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  • The Crooked Staircase

  • A Jane Hawk Novel (Jane Hawk, Book 3)
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455

Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she’s breathing, she’ll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom - and free will - of millions. Battling the strange epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane’s husband, and is escalating across the country, has made the rogue FBI agent a wanted fugitive, relentlessly hunted not only by the government but by the secret cabal behind the plot. Deploying every resource their malign nexus of power and technology commands, Jane’s enemies are determined to see her dead...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By James C. Lamb on 05-11-18

So disappointed Mr. Koontz!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-18

I am so unashamedly hooked on your novels, especially the "multiples", I loathe referring to the as triologies, even serials. Having said that,one of the best parts for me is when you've wrapped everything in as tidy a bow as possible and there is a tangible conclusion. **Spoiler Alert** the protagonist is sleep deprived, wandering around in a field off the side of the highway contemplating the universe and her place in it ...while her kid is still in mortal danger..WTF seriously Mr. Koontz, you're killing me with this one. I loved it, but you gotta give me the rest PLEASE.

  • Year One

  • Chronicles of The One, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,419

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Apocalypse "Lite"

  • By Kitty on 12-07-17

Great Storyline!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-18

The narration was good, however the dtruggle to take on the male voice was evident, and the story would have fared better in my opinion if it was done by a msn.

  • Salem's Lot

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Stephen King
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,240

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can't go home again...

  • By David S. Mathew on 10-12-16

Again & Again, & Again !

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-18

This story is one of my "go to" reads again & again. because there is no way to catch all of King's subtle references to earlier and later books. King is a master storyteller plain and simple.

  • The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 4

  • By: Ellen Datlow (author editor), Stephen King, Peter Straub
  • Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell, Rebecca Mitchell, Michael Healy, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122

With tales from Laird Barron, Stephen King, John Langan, Peter Straub, and many others, and featuring Datlow’s comprehensive overview of the year in horror, now, more than ever, The Best Horror of the Year provides the petrifying horror fiction readers have come to expect - and enjoy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Only a few decent stories in this bunch.

  • By Jerry on 12-06-14

<br />Just so so..........

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-17

Narration was just okay. Some storirs more grim than others. Rather a bizarre compilation of individual tales.

  • Duma Key

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,648

A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Play the Book and Let the Book Play You

  • By OldDog on 11-09-09

Outstanding Listen!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-17

What sn amazing read. The chatscters are mluti-layered annd the story is as well. Very good yet again!

  • Revival

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,606
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,610

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sinister and Classic King

  • By David Shear on 11-12-14

Excellent Narration, not at all what I was expecti

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-17

This tale tells itself from beginning to end
Jamey is all things, yet only one thing. I seriously enjoyed getting to go along for the ride. King continues to delight, despair, scare, making you care so much for his woebegone troupe of characters . Including the Rev, yes even that malevolent bastard.

  • Bag of Bones

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,786

Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best I've read by Stephen King.

  • By Joseph on 11-06-08

So many layers

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-17

one of Mr. King's best! I believe this to be the case simply because it was performed by the author himself. Mind you, it was a damn good story but it was even better given King's ability to tell it. I would liken it to the contents of a picnic basket my mother would prepare for our last minute excursions ( she loved a good adventure), the basket was revered by my siblings and I because you were always ever so delighted to watch her with baited breath as she delved in and produced layer upon layer of surprising goodies. Each morsel connected to the one before it or not, but in the end you can't get over the incredible spread she laid out. That was this story. Great job yet again Mr. King and thanks.

  • The Gingerbread Girl

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Mare Winningham
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 315

In the emotional aftermath of her baby's death, Em starts running. Soon she runs from her husband, to the airport, down to the Florida Gulf, and out to Vermillion Key, where her father has offered the use of a shack he has kept there for years. This is doing her all kinds of good, until one day she makes the mistake of looking into the driveway of a man named Pickering. Pickering also enjoys the privacy of Vermillion Key, but the young women he brings there suffer the consequences. Will Em be next?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On the Edge of the IPOD.

  • By Jason_in_Gilbert on 06-02-08

#shortreadgreatstory

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-17

Again, Mr. King creates an engrossing story. Although it could have been a novella, he's ticked all tbe expectex boxes with only 5-6 characters in this short but complete short story. I enjoyed the use of a nursery rhyme for the title; apropos.
Mare Winningham's narration was spot on.

  • Bitter Remains

  • A Custody Battle, a Gruesome Crime, and the Mother Who Paid the Ultimate Price
  • By: Diane Fanning
  • Narrated by: Karyn O'Bryant
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

On July 13, 2011, Laura Jean Ackerson of Kinston, North Carolina, went to pick up her two toddler sons. It would be the last time she was seen alive. Laura's ex, Grant Hayes - the father of her two sons - and his wife, Amanda, the mother of his newborn daughter, both pointed the finger at each other as the one guilty of murdering Laura, cutting up her body, and then transporting and disposing of the remains on the shores of Oyster Creek, Texas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • COMPELLING ACCOUNT - WRONG NARRATOR!

  • By Linda Lou on 03-18-16

Tragedy times three

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-16

The narration, by Karyn O'Bryant is engaging, and fluid. It is as if she was talking about people she knew personally. That is of course due in part to Diane Fannings' empathetic prose. Bitter Remains isn't just about a horrific crime, rather about the descent into psychopathy, of a trio of very damaged people; but about the ripple effects that will leave limitless scaring of three very young children. Very inconceivable, but very good read.

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  • Seize the Night

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128

Moonlight Bay: a safe, secluded small town that is at its most picturesque in the gentle nighttimes that inspired its name. But now, somewhere in the night, children are disappearing. Christopher Snow believes that the children are still alive. He is convinced the disappearances have everything to do with the catastrophic effects of secret research conducted deep within Fort Wyvern. To keep those secrets, violent and powerful forces are willing to conceal even the most heinous crimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece

  • By Chris on 07-22-07

GREAT READ

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-16

The narration was amazing! The plot line was easy to follow, characters continue to morph into additional dimensions that was not anticipated.