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Austin, TX. USA
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  • Thinner

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525

Billy Halleck commits vehicular manslaughter when his lack of attention results in the death of an old gypsy lady on the street. Overweight Halleck is a lawyer with connections, though, and he gets off with a slap on the wrist. After the trial, the victim's ancient father curses him with a single word: "thinner". Shedding weight by the week, Halleck is desperate enough for one last gamble...one that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying music played throughout

  • By Jonathan on 11-04-17

One of King's best, but the "bumper" music is distracting and outdated

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

I would recommend this book as a good, scary and very original creepy King book. The narrator is almost perfect, but like most male narrators trying to do women's voices, those parts are annoying and almost sound like a mean parody of how a woman speaks. The music at the beginning of each chapter adds nothing, goes on too long, and is unappealing. All those negatives being said, I would still say this book is worth a listen.

  • A Torch Kept Lit

  • Great Lives of the Twentieth Century
  • By: William F. Buckley
  • Narrated by: Tony Pasqualini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

In a half century on the national stage, William F. Buckley Jr. achieved unique stature as a polemicist and the undisputed godfather of modern American conservatism. He knew everybody, hosted everybody at his East 73rd Street maisonette, skewered everybody who needed skewering, and in general lived life on a scale, and in a swashbuckling manner, that captivated and inspired countless young conservatives across that half century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent...inspiring imagery!

  • By Lisa Hill on 10-14-16

I Surely Miss That Man

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

I wish I owned every copy of "The National Review" and a video of every "Firing Line." No one articulated conservatism better than William F. Buckley, and he did it with such aplomb and class. There exists no one today of any political persuasion who is anywhere near his equal. This audible book, with its excellent reading, is a fine reminder of what perfection is, and it will be listened to by me over and over.

  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion

  • Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation
  • By: Elizabeth Letts
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339

November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When will this story become a movie

  • By eddie on 01-18-12

A Most Wonderful Story About the Courage and Friendship Between an Extraordinary Man and His Amazing Horse

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

There was nothing about this true, inspiring story not to love. Kudos to the author and the storyteller. Just perfect!

  • Gunsmoke, Season 1

  • By: PDQ Audioworks
  • Narrated by: William Conrad
  • Length: 31 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Everyone's favorite western, Gunsmoke, debuted June 26, 1952, on the CBS radio airwaves on starring William Conrad as Matt Dillon, and ran until June 18, 1961, making it the longest running dramatic series in radio history. This amazing audio collection contains 64 episodes from the first radio season, and are the live cast recordings from the original on-air performances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL "GUNSMOKE."

  • By billdalton on 06-05-16

THE ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL "GUNSMOKE."

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-16

I loved listening to it as a child, and I still love it. It is perhaps the best radio series ever produced. I will archive it for a year and then listen again!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Options Trading: Invest Wisely and Profit from Day One - 2nd edition

  • By: Winston J. Duncan
  • Narrated by: Barry Eads
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 16

Do you want to know what option trading is? Could you use extra money? Do you dream of becoming financially independent? Are you looking for ways to invest in your future? Do you want to improve your financial situation? Are you interested in learning what different type of options are out there? If you can answer yes to even one of these questions, then you need to buythis book today.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds like a lecture for high school students in 199x

  • By digitizer on 06-23-17

Options Trading: Invest Wisely and Profit from Day One

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-16

Written by an amateur and narrated by one, this audio book isn't worth a dime. The content demonstrates the author knows his subject, but writing and narrating should be done by professionals. There are many who know the subject, there are few who can write well and fewer who can narrate professionally. Five minutes of listening and I realized I wasted the purchase price.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • A White Heron and Other New England Tales

  • By: Sarah Orne Jewett
  • Narrated by: Sandra Piechocki
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Sarah Orne Jewett's stories have been hailed as "nearly perfect" and "A White Heron" itself was described by a reviewer as "a tiny classic." Taking place in 19th-century New England, "A White Heron" showcases Jewett's eye for regional detail and subtle symbolism, as she writes about a lonely 9-year-old girl named Sylvia. One day, while walking her cow home, Sylvia meets an exotic man searching for birds for his collection. The man offers her 10 dollars if she can find the heron's nest, forcing young Sylvia to decide between helping her new friend or saving the rare bird. Beautifully interpreted by narrator Sandra Piechocki, this special collection also includes 6 more of Jewett's best-loved tales, "Miss Tempy's Watchers," "An Autumn Holiday," "William's Wedding," "The Dulham Ladies," "The Only Rose," and "Miss Esther's Guest," all of which confirm that human nature is truly timeless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Regional Writer Simply A Great Writer

  • By billdalton on 07-24-15

Great Regional Writer Simply A Great Writer

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

Reviewed: 07-24-15

Jewett is a national gem, a writer whose talents were unexceeded in her own time and as good as any American writer of any time. And her storytelling skills are magnificent as well as her literary skills. As an audible book, her talents come through beautifully. Although I gave the performance five stars, I think the speaker is a bit enthusiastic, but that should in no way lessen the value of Jewett or the audible book.