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  • Under the Dome

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,796

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Stephen King I've Heard

  • By Scott on 02-10-10

Wish I could rate the book and narrator separately

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-10

My biggest issue with the reading was one that I hadn't seen mentioned, so I wanted to toss it out there. There are quite a few characters who are children, and every one of them are read like they're morons with head colds.

Also, someone mentioned the political commentary... that person missed the irony, I think. Yes, there are several "types" portrayed in the book, and two of the characters are an aged, liberal, pot smoking professor and his much younger squeeze. They're pretty pompous, and yes, a comment is made about it not being Bush's police state any more...but they're portrayed as annoying, preaching, laughable characters. It's certainly not an endorsement.

If King inserted his own political views in the book, "Under the Dome" would indicate that he's a moderate, irritated by those at the far ends of the spectrum who are sure they know best for everyone else. Besides, the good guys aren't political, and the bad guys aren't driven by politics or ideology- they're only interested in power.

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  • Thinner

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

Six weeks after an old Gypsy man curses Billy Halleck for sideswiping his daughter, he's 93 pounds lighter. Now Billy is terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble...that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tale fit for the literary gourmand

  • By Dave on 02-09-09

Joe Mantegna puts this one over the top

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-10

He's a great narrator, particularly effective in this story full of gypsies and mobsters.

As for those who have issues with King vs. Bachman, there's no doubt that he put his darker fodder out as under the pen name. King's novels always have something of "the coming of the white" about them, while under Bachman you just have to wait for the darkness you know isn't going to let up.

Another reviewer asked something along the lines of "how much can you say about weight loss?" and my reply is: Quite a lot, actually, especially since it's not really about the physical weight but about guilt, family ties, responsibility, and how far one is willing to go before they hit the wall.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Late, Late at Night

  • By: Rick Springfield
  • Narrated by: Rick Springfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

In a searingly candid memoir that he authored himself, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Rick Springfield pulls back the curtain on his image as a bright, shiny, happy performer to share the startling story of his rise and fall and rise in music, film, and television, and his lifelong battle with depression.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Confessional, honest, bitter and yet a bit creepy

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-18-14

Late night snack

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-10

As a child of the 80s It pains me to not like this book- Jesse's Girl was first song I heard coming out of my very first radio. It seemed like a sign, and I loved RS thereafter.

Which now seems rather ironic, given that he loves to talk about "signs" in his bio. And his many trysts, not to mention going on and on about how wonderful the wife he keeps cheating on is. And his depression, which he calls "Mr. D," and seems quite reminiscent of Dexter's Dark Passenger.

But none of it is in much depth- he's miserable enough to end up on lithium for a time, but doesn't really describe what either the depression or the relief feel like. He uses and tosses away many (many) girls but doesn't explain the inner mechanism that drives him to it. He and his wife have many issues to overcome, but there's no real explanation of how they do this- she's just "endlessly understanding" as they "work together."

Plus RS wants it both ways. In the book he literally chastises the reader for standing in judgement of him about all his behavior- some of which is quite creepy, including the only affair he goes into depth about, involving a clearly crazy kid with daddy issues. Yet without the sort of behavior that begets chastisement, what kind of book deal would he have gotten?

I have no doubt that he's suffered immensely in his life, both by circumstance and through his own actions. It would have been a much better book if the reader was able to find a larger sense of growth after his "late late night" finally ended.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Divine Misdemeanors: Meredith Gentry, Book 8

  • A Novel
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784

You may know me best as Meredith Nic Essus, princess of faerie. Or perhaps as Merry Gentry, Los Angeles private eye. In the fey and mortal realms alike, my life is the stuff of royal intrigue and celebrity drama. Among my own, I have confronted horrendous enemies, endured my noble kins treachery and malevolence, and honored my duty to conceive a royal heirall for the right to claim the throne.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A lazy disappointment

  • By Theresa on 01-10-10

A lazy disappointment

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-10

Hamilton is always makes me vaguely sad- such a fantastic imagination with wonderful concepts but never, ever enough story and always too much pointless, repetitive sex. We get it, the heroine is strong and sexy, but those scenes lose their impact and become eye-rollingly annoying when we follow her into her boudoir over and over in every book.

Add to that an overly breathy, moany narrator and I threw in the towel halfway through. After wading through dozens of Hamilton books to pick out the meaty bits of story, this just might be the last time I indulge in my dirty little secret indulgence. (though I've said that before...)

Incidentally, although I recognize that there are only so many ways to describe certain acts, if I never hear anyone talk about 'spilling' (out of clothes, over passionate edges, etc etc) ever again it'll be too soon. :)

15 of 15 people found this review helpful