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The Gunslinger
    The Dark Tower I
    
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        Stephen King
    
    


    
    
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        George Guidall
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    11,129 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • The Gunslinger

  • The Dark Tower I
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,290
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,361

Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dark Tower Review - Part One

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-23-03

The Quest Begins

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

Lately, I've been reading a ton and listening to audiobooks to try and remember why I decided to pursue writing in the first place. Roland, The Gunslinger from Gilead is one such reason.

  • 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 19,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,843

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The worse Stephen king novel I've ever heard

  • By obsidian dusk on 12-12-13

Entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

I knew this story was going to be out there, but it's imaginative engine kept me hungry to keep listening. I'm glad I did.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Imajica

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 37 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,209

Imajica is an epic beyond compare: vast in conception, obsessively detailed in execution, and apocalyptic in its resolution. At its heart lies the sensualist and master art forger Gentle, whose life unravels when he encounters Judith Odell, whose power to influence the destinies of men is vaster than she knows, and Pie "oh" pah, an alien assassin who comes from a hidden dimension.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Imajica is full of adventure, love, lust, power, g

  • By MizNikki on 08-21-15

Unsurpassed Art

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

I had read Clive Barker's Imajica 8 times when I acquired this audiobook. For me, all fantasy books fall behind this novel. Hands down, nothing enthralls me more than Clive Barket's imagination and prose.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Odyssey

  • By: Homer, Robert Fagles - translator
  • Narrated by: Ian McKellen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874

The great adventure story tells of Odysseus, a veteran of the Trojan War, who - through a landscape peopled with monsters, sea nymphs, evil enchantresses, and vengeful gods - makes his tortuous way home to his faithful wife, Penelope. Shipwrecked numerous times, faced with apparently insurmountable obstacles, offered the temptations of ease, comfort, and even immortality, Odysseus remains steadfast and determined. Themes of courage and perseverance, fidelity and fortitude.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fagles yes, McKellen yes, Production NO!

  • By Vic on 06-13-14

What would the gods say?

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

This book is a legend. Homer's Odyssey, What else should I say? Oh snap. The audio book narration was performed by Ian Mckellen, (Gandalf) and is brilliant.

  • The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

  • By: Robert E. Howard
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032

Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities...there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars.... Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand...to tread the jeweled thrones of the earth under his sandalled feet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Perfect Introduction

  • By Wes on 11-09-09

Conan needs no headlines.

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

The narrator provides a capable reading.

Robert E.Howard's blue eyed adventurer does not fail to make himself known in this exquisite collection. Conan comes to life at points in this audiobook and for me those moments felt worth the admission fee.

I'd recommend this audiobook to any fan of Conan's sagas.

  • Prince Lestat

  • The Vampire Chronicles
  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,849

The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis… vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned… Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh how I have missed this series

  • By Samantha on 11-04-14

More vampire chronicles: Less Lestat

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

I have to state that I like Ann Rice's vampire chronicles. The passion in those undead immortals Ann Rice created makes them seem more viable, and accessible.

Of all the Vampire Chronicles I have read, I'd say the Prince Lestat is most like Queen of the Damned in terms of build. Prince Lestat a complex weave of character storylines, of other vampires other than Lestat that later fuse with his story.

Such a trip through all these vampires lives, (who are prompted by "the voice" to burn their fellows) is a tedious affair. Then there are characters Rose and Victor too.

As complex as this story was, and as disappointed as I was to find out it wasn't a story about just Lestat, I wound up really liking Prince Lestat.

The ending was satisfying.

  • Black House

  • By: Stephen King, Peter Straub
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 26 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,092

Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack Sawyer delivers

  • By Brian on 12-28-12

Gripping, dark, and intensely satisfying.

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

I loved this book. The descriptions made the story real to my mind. The power of the prose and narration blew my mind.

There as some very dark sections in Black House. Some may find these unnerving, buch such scenes make the book into something special, something other than the same old story.

This narrator is now being stalked by me, so that I can hear him read me more novels by Stephen King. Speaking of Stephen King, it is very hard to tell what lines he wrote, and which ones Peter Straub, (a really fantastic writer himself) wrote. I found this excited me as I listened, trying to think who might have written what.

But the best thing about this one is the story. Jack's story, as in Jack from Straub and King's Talisman. As I said earlier, I loved this book -every second.

Side note: If anyone ever complains to me that I write dark stuff I will tell them to read Black House. Great stuff, but epically obsidian.

  • The Hellbound Heart

  • Abridged Edition Read by the Author
  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Clive Barker
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

Frank Cotton's insatiable appetite for the dark pleasures of pain led him to the puzzle of Lemarchand's box, and from there, to a death only a sick-minded soul could invent. But his brother's love-crazed wife, Julia, has discovered a way to bring Frank back-though the price will be bloody and terrible . . . and there will certainly be hell to pay....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful and Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-11-18

Hell Reborn!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

Clive Barker gives his own no-nonsense on The Hellbound Heart well. With a knowing voice he leads you to the very artifact and very same story that started it all. This is the story that spawned all of those Hellraiser movies, a darkly rewarding tale of evil and destruction.

Some my find Mr. Barker's English accent a bit distracting, but I did not. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

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  • Veil of the Dragon

  • Prophecy of the Evarun, Book 1
  • By: Tom Barczak
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Chaelus, Roan Lord of the House of Malius, is raised from the dead by the hand of a child. His kingdom stolen by the evil dragon, Gorond, Chaelus's only hope to reclaim his throne rests with the child knight who saved him, the heretical order to which the child belongs, and the truth about Chaelus which they alone protect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Veil of the Dragon sings a lyric song of discovery

  • By Convoke on 11-17-14

A great story made better aloud!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

Prior to listening to Veil of the Dragon; I had already read Veil of the Dragon for the Kindle, so having enjoyed the written kindle edition, I decided to give the audiobook a listen.

This audiobook came alive for me in a way the author's written words could not achieve for me. I began to visualize the Evarun series like never before. I became enthralled as the story unfolded in a series of thoughtful lines, eloquently spoken by the narrator.

Before long, I began to read those lines along with the narrator, and I saw Tom Barczak's genius like never before, and became a fan. I highly recommend this great story made better aloud through the spoken word.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sacred Band

  • By: Janet Morris, Chris Morris
  • Narrated by: Christopher Crosby Morris
  • Length: 31 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

In 338 BCE, during the Battle of Chaeronea that results in the massacre of the Sacred Band of Thebes, the legendary Tempus and his stepson cavalry rescue 23 pairs of Theban Sacred Banders, paired lovers and friends, to fight on other days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Story

  • By Al-Khemet Book Club on 02-02-15

Stunning, artful prose brought to life in voice.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-14

Would you listen to The Sacred Band again? Why?

I already am. It is a marvelous experience to hear Chris Morris' understanding of the Sacred Band translated through each nuance of the novel, breathing to life the characters and scenes, all fantastically realized in this audiobook set.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sacred Band?

They are too numerous to list.

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

You can feel the stakes, the emotions each character faces. Bravery is expressed eloquently. Each character is represented in such a way that I cannot imagine them sounding different. Chris' performance pulled me into this world- and its battles.

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

"Delivering the goods!"

Any additional comments?

I did not find The Sacred Band- it found me. It sought me out, where I live inside. This series is packed with genius and it shows, in every word and sentence, with every word spoken by Chris Morris- through every fighting scene- it resounded inside my head and tugged at my heart.

Throughout the ride legendary authors Chris & Janet Morris deliver the goods.

There are other fantasy series, but none guarantees a better experience than The Sacred Band, the capstone novel from one of the greatest fantasy series of all time. Add this one to your collection, you will not regret it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful