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Firestarter
    
    
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        Stephen King
    
    


    
    
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        Dennis Boutsikaris
    
    


    
    Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
    664 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Firestarter

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497

Charlie McGee inherited pyrokinetic powers from her parents, who had been given a low-grade hallucinogen called "Lot Six" while at college. Now the government is trying to capture young Charlie and harness her powerful firestarting skills as a weapon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing and Thoughtful

  • By Bill on 05-17-10

Sorry, I didn't like it.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-15

Sorry, I just never could get into this book. The narrator wasn't the best, and the book really went downhill after the girl burned down the farm. It was a struggle to finish.

  • Mustaine

  • A Heavy Metal Memoir
  • By: Dave Mustaine, Joe Layden
  • Narrated by: Tom Wayland
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507

James Hetfield, with whom many years ago Mustaine founded a band known as Metallica, once observed, with some incredulity, that Mustaine must have been born with a horseshoe up his ass. That's how lucky he's been, how fortunate he is to be pulling breath after so many close calls. And Hetfield is right. Mustaine has been lucky. He has been blessed. But here's the thing about having a horseshoe lodged in your rectum: It also hurts like hell. And you never forget it's there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • peace sells...I'm buying!!!

  • By michael on 09-19-10

Excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

Tom Wayland is the best type of narrator for a rock n roll biography. He sounds like he's from L.A. and, in this case, he sort of sounds like Dave Mustaine.

I'm an atheist, but, admittedly, the best moment of the book was when he laid all his burdens down at the cross. I'm sure a great weight was lifted and he saved his life and his family.

Great story. I got confused with all the lineup changes,etc. I would have loved to hear more about how he learned to play guitar and more about how he created the music.

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  • The God Delusion

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,164

Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming, smart, and unpretentious

  • By Blake on 06-04-13

Dawkins is too nice, but great book.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

If you could sum up The God Delusion in three words, what would they be?

Truth bombs dropped.

Which scene was your favorite?

N/A. Nonfiction.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yeah, when he stated that every atom that your body is currently made up of now, was NOT there when you were a child.

Any additional comments?

I think Dawkins is actually too nice towards religious people. Religious people have lied to children and that is the "ultimate sin." I think he made one mistake in the book, though. He says that Christians are never happy when someone dies. He is wrong. When my mother passed away in January of this year, losing her battle with cancer, the fundamentalists in my family, the ones who really believe the scriptures, actually WERE "praising the lord" because they thought my mom went to heaven and that "they wished they could go with her."

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,318

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please. Do You Really Need Another Great Review?

  • By Michael on 10-06-12

One has to remember when this was written.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

If you could sum up Dune in three words, what would they be?

Politics. Environment. Culture.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

When Jessica drank the drugged water and got high and the old woman "downloaded" all of her memories(and the memories of every person who had "downloaded" her memories to the next person) and she knew everything that had ever happened in that culture.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Yes, except all the narrators weren't there for the whole book, to read their parts. Sometimes, the main narrator had to do different voices for different characters whom had had a different voice in the preceding chapters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What would life be like on a desert planet?

  • The Blank Slate

  • The Modern Denial of Human Nature
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526

In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits, denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as expected

  • By Carolyn on 05-30-14

Steven Pinker is very objective.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

Where does The Blank Slate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the top. I learned a lot, although, I'm not smart enough to say that I grasped all the concepts completely.

Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine – was your favorite?

N/A. Nonfiction

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. I'm open minded. I learned a lot.

Any additional comments?

This is probably a book where one should buy the book and not listen to the audiobook. I've been told that the book has a lot of corresponding graphs, etc., so that you can see the data and grasp the concepts at hand.

  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,023

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sucks

  • By Jeff on 04-08-19

Why does the bad guy always hesitate?

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

What made the experience of listening to Mr. Mercedes the most enjoyable?

Will Patton, the narrator, without a doubt.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Holly, because she really came alive when someone showed her some empathy, just as one would hypothesize.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Kermit Hodges hit that thug upside the neck with the "happy slapper." LOL.

Who was the most memorable character of Mr. Mercedes and why?

Brady. I think King nailed the underlying reasons (lack of peaceful parenting, parent being absent, sexual, physical, and/or mental abuse when a child) why people turn into sociopaths and do evil things. One gets the feeling that Holly could almost be the same type of person if people never gave her empathy(Hodges, in this case).

Any additional comments?

My only gripe about this book was the bad guy hesitating for dramatic effect. I see it in movies all the time and it's become a turn off. Evil people, who haven't hesitated one bit throughout their lives to kill or maim someone at a moment's notice all of a sudden hesitate just a few moments to pull the trigger on their opus magnus criminal act.

Will Patton just plain kicks gluteus maximus. I can't wait to listen to other books by him.

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  • The Fountainhead

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 32 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,339

One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Fountainhead

  • By Zachary on 06-04-10

Christopher Hurt is a great narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

I loved the reading of this work of literary genius by Christopher Hurt. He gave each character a unique voice and didn't hesitate or stutter between characters during conversation.
As far as the story, I think Atlas Shrugged is better, but this book makes a lot of great points, too, but in a more subtle way, via the personalities of each of the characters.

  • Ghost Rider

  • Travels on the Healing Road
  • By: Neil Peart
  • Narrated by: Brian Sutherland
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

In less than a year, Neil Peart lost both his 19-year-old daughter, Selena, and his wife, Jackie. Faced with overwhelming sadness and isolated from the world in his home on the lake, Peart was left without direction. That lack of direction lead him on a 55,000 mile journey by motorcycle across much of North America, down through Mexico to Belize, and back again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not happy, but fascinating

  • By Jim In Texas! on 09-25-14

Sorry, I can't recommend...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-15

I love Rush, I love Neil's lyrics, and I love Neil's genius and talent and unending energy, and I respect him for sharing his travel stories and this story of grappling with immense personal loss.
However, it turned into a snoozefest, with events being retold over and over in the letters to his friends. Also, the narrator mispronounced many place names, specifically "Newfoundland" making it sound almost like "New Finland".
I have a lot of empathy for people and often try to put myself in their shoes, but it was very difficult to do this with Neil since he was travelling first class on a BMW bike, drinking single malt whisky and fine dining at the best restaurants in North America, sleeping in fancy hotels.

Yes, I became very green with envy, mostly due to the anger that I have with myself for never going to these places that he went, which are the same ones I wish to visit.

The story has a great ending and , of course, Neil got back with Rush, and I'll get to see them at two concerts this summer, so I'm glad it worked out for him in the end.

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