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  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,335

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dull for a S.K. book.

  • By raybaker23 on 02-01-19

Pointless details and colloquialisms

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

This is a 6 hour story stretched out over 18 hours with pointless details that don't add anything. Character's inside thoughts don't add to your understanding of them or how you feel about them. Place and situational details don't enhance the story or move it along. The novel is chock full of folksy slang and colloquialisms that take you out of the story. No one thinks, says or says these things. Most of Kings slang and "local color" would never exist. Every character is so literal and introspective, it's infuriating. You can't enjoy what may be a good story for all the pointless nonsense in the way. Maybe I just can't read King anymore but I keep hoping. The narration becomes unbearable when a certain female character with a staccato and breatchy speech pattern appears from another novel series. Couldn't return it fast enough.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Romanov Cross

  • By: Robert Masello
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 316

Army epidemiologist Frank Slater is facing a court-martial, but after his punishment is mysteriously lifted, he is offered a job no one else wants - to travel to a small island off the coast of Alaska and investigate a potentially lethal phenomenon. The permafrost has begun to melt, exposing bodies from a colony that was wiped out by the dreaded Spanish flu of 1918. Frank must determine if the thawed remains still carry the deadly virus in their frozen flesh and, if so, ensure that it doesn't come back to life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Anne on 01-09-16

Juvenile written & narrated poorly

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

Reviewed: 01-19-16

The plot had SO MUCH potential. I feel like the author read some Preston & Child novels, took a writing class and sat down to write this idea he had. Everything is described with two descriptors, even insignificant details, so childish. It's full of technical issues too, for example in a critical scene the hero identifies a villain as having a Glock 19 pistol because he hears "the saftey click off". Glocks don't have a saftey and if they did, they'd all sound the same. Filled with childish writing, I couldn't finish it. returned it for replacement credit....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Tongue

  • By: Marko Hautala, Jenni Salmi - translator
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 15

For generations, the urban legend of Granny Hatchet has plagued the quiet residential area of Suvikylä in northern Finland. As the story goes, this immortal killer murders her victims with a hatchet then buries the hearts in a potato field and eats them after they've rotted black. But not everyone is convinced it is just a story.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disjointed and Difficult

  • By Jessica C Boulware on 10-09-15

Poorly translated and a disjointed story

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

Reviewed: 09-25-15

Would you try another book from Marko Hautala and Jenni Salmi - translator and/or James Patrick Cronin?

No. The translation is way too literal, like a non-native English speaker did it. The terminology, phrasing and references were all foreign and distracting. The narration switches between 1st and 3rd person, maybe 4th person at times(if that's possible). The narrative is a mix of thoughts, internal dialogue, memories and what's happening now. Impossible to follow.

What was most disappointing about Marko Hautala and Jenni Salmi - translator ’s story?

It's incredibly juvenile. The author is obsessed with under-age teen sex, condoms, drinking and puking for some reason. Someone is constantly doing of these things, awkwardly and usually without motivation. He talks about sex, drugs and rock n roll like someone who's heard about these things, but never experienced them. The conversations and encounters are all unbelievable and awkward.

How could the performance have been better?

The story may be great, I don't even know. It needs to be westernized and translated in a way that "translates" so it can be followed as the scenes switch. Also, the entire performance sounds like it's half-whispered.

What character would you cut from The Black Tongue?

All references to the parents are over the top stereotypes and don't add anything to move the story forward.

Any additional comments?

I can't tell WHEN this is supposed to take place. There are references to flat panel TV's and cellphones, but the teenagers are all listening to 80s metal music, using Walkmans, playing VHS and cassette tapes. Yet Julia carries a camcorder everywhere. Maybe this is the norm in Finland, but it really takes you out of the story here in the US.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Storm

  • By: Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,884
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,888

Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to an ancient mystery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • deep storm or low rumble?

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 03-28-14

Pretending to be Preston/ Child

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I felt it was a weak story line, just not fleshed out and closed up. As I said, I was expecting a Lee Child or Douglas Preston novel. This isn't one

What could Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stop using a confusing pen-name.

What three words best describe Scott Brick’s voice?

Love Scott Brick, dry and flat, with menacing emphasis where it's needed.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It's a great story framework, just not developed.

Any additional comments?

I wish Scott Brick would stop reading for this author. It adds to the confusion. I really feel this guy is trying to get over.

  • Revival

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,796
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,801

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
  • One Listener's *Meh* is Another's Listener's *Wow*

  • By Mel on 01-01-15

Been There, Heard This

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

Reviewed: 11-14-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not unless they just want to hear a long narative about a guy, who has a couple of creepy things happen. It pales in comparison to almost everything King I've read.

What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

It was not scary at all, no really horror element as it's billed. No real suspense either. Just a few paranormal elements that occupy a small fraction of the story line.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Might make a better film than a book. I can see this as a 4 part mini-series on FOX.

Any additional comments?

Seemed to evoke elementsfrom "11/22/63" and some short stories from "Full Dark" along with King's typical obsession with Carnies', lightning, religion and the afterlife. But, it just never surprised, thrilled or wowed me. The story just plodded along, had a little fizzle, then was over.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Child

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,532
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,418

My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite listening experience to date

  • By @MrBookChief on 10-12-14

Was hard to listen to

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

Reviewed: 10-20-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better audio and clarity with the voices would help. Voices tended to distract tather than enhance, not sure why.

What could Sebastian Fitzek have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

As the end neared, the twist was telepraphed and predictable. I felt like I'd been tricked in to an audio version of an old Twilight Zone type of bit.

How could the performance have been better?

More diffrentiation in the voices, less Brittish accent. More range.

What character would you cut from The Child?

The kid himself maybe? We could hear aobut him just was well as hearing from him. A sudden appeearance/ interview at the end may have made it more dramatic.

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  • The Shack

  • By: Wm. Paul Young
  • Narrated by: Roger Mueller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,570
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,234

Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • much more than I expected

  • By Renato on 09-05-08

Intentionaly deceptive

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

Reviewed: 09-04-12

What would have made The Shack better?

An honest description.

Would you ever listen to anything by William P. Young again?

No.

What about Roger Mueller’s performance did you like?

Was just fine for the tone and pace of the book.

What character would you cut from The Shack?

Don't. Know.

Any additional comments?

A thinly vailed religious diatribe. Not really a novel at all but a preachy sermon, disguised as a novel. Most disappointing thing I've seen on Audible. I'm not anti religion at all, quite the opposite, but don't like being deceived.

  • Damned

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,070

“Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued 13-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a marijuana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As a new Chuck Palahniuk reader, I liked it a lot!

  • By William R. on 01-18-12

A lot of thought provoking ideas.

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

Reviewed: 05-16-12

Where does Damned rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A great Palahniuk blast. Freaky and sureal but also very "real". A favorite.

What did you like best about this story?

Love the detailed visual imagery of daily life in hell! Lol

What about Tai Sammons’s performance did you like?

Perfect voice for the awkward main character.