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  • By The Great Horn Spoon!

  • By: Sid Fleischman
  • Narrated by: Willard E. Lape, Jr, the Full Cast Family
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

One of Newbery Medalist Sid Fleischman's most beloved books, this rip-snortin' saga of a young man and his butler bound for California during the great Gold Rush was just made to be read by a full cast. Our collection of coots, codgers, geezers, and outlaws will have you laughing out loud...when you're not holding your breath in suspense!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spoon!

  • By Steven on 03-03-08

good book, horrible performance

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-08

heavy handed, self indulgent acting makes this highly entertaining book an impossible to listen to "performance". Most painful is the condescending narrator. Hurt my head to listen to him. I wish I could get my money back. I know there's a straight-forward audio-book version of this. I wish audible had that. I sincerely hope, for everybody's sake, the people who put this "performance" together NEVER do it again.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Time

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: Caleb Carr
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53

From master novelist Caleb Carr comes Killing Time, a gripping tale of the enormous - and terrifying - power of the Internet. Power to manipulate. Power to alter history. Power to kill. Take a glimpse into the future - if you dare.

Also from Carr: The Alienist.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Killing Time and Bandwidth

  • By William on 08-03-03

Don't listen to or read this book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-05

I have enjoyed reading Caleb Carr's other work and was excited to hear what his "science fiction" was like.

This book sounds like it was written by an adolescent boy with a dictionary. The characterizations are juvenile, the plot inane and riddled with un-adressed logic holes and the basic premise itself is flawed.

It would have been interesting to hear a contemporary writer write and update of "20,000 Leagues under the Sea" replacing the renegade Captian Nemo with a high-tech information age satellite baron. This book only comes close. And that proximity makes the failure to achieve anything engaging or even mildly interesting all the more frustrating.

In case it's not coming across, I was angry that I trusted Caleb Carr enough as a writer to sit all the way through this drivel. ( the cop-out ending is one of the worst parts of a very bad.)

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Talisman

  • By: Stephen King, Peter Straub
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 28 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,164

On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had no idea.....

  • By Nate_D on 03-26-14

Can't hear the book through the narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-05

Okay, I know Frank Muller is much acclaimed. The New York Times calls him a genius and Stephen King seems to love him. But I had serious difficulty listening to this book through his monotoous phrasing and rasping, breathy voice. Every sentence ends with the same hissed exhalation, sounding like Jack Nicholson doing his imitation of Jack Palance. This would be fun, were it not used to inflect EVERY sentence. I mean literally. The reader seems to have no sense of which ideas or events should carry more weight than others, and so everything is ominous and heavy.

It is a testament to the story and the writing itself that I was able to make it all the way through. I strongly recommend the book, but also hope they stop Frank Muller from doing Stephen King's work.

21 of 35 people found this review helpful