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Paso Robles, CA, United States
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  • Joyland

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,491

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great Stephen King crime/mystery

  • By Mark on 07-11-13

Joyland was a joy

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

Reviewed: 01-19-16

I've listened to this story several time now. Each time it gets better. The characters are great and the reader does them justice.

  • Teaching the Cat to Sit

  • A Memoir
  • By: Michelle Theall
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

A compelling memoir of a gay Catholic woman struggling to find balance between being a daughter and a mother raising her son with a loving partner in the face of discrimination. From the time she was born, Michelle Theall knew she was different. Coming of age in the Texas Bible Belt, a place where it was unacceptable to be gay, Theall found herself at odds with her strict parents, bullied by her classmates, abandoned by her evangelical best friend, and kicked out of Christian organizations that claimed to embrace her - all before she’d ever held a girl’s hand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely relatable for a fellow Catholic lesbian

  • By Ro on 05-17-16

Sometimes, something feels like truth.

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

Reviewed: 05-08-14

If you could sum up Teaching the Cat to Sit in three words, what would they be?

Honest. Vulnerable. Revealing.

What other book might you compare Teaching the Cat to Sit to and why?

Parts of the book remind me of The End of the Affair—because it made me want to believe in God again. The God I was taught to believe in sometime during Mass. The God I stopped believing in, many years later, sometime during Mass.

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

Great narrator. I found myself unconsciously echoing her light Southern accent after listening to the book.

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

Sometimes the hardest person to live with is yourself (and your mom—she's super hard to live with, too.)

Any additional comments?

Really well written. I loved the narrative structure, which shifts back and forth, from past to present—each section informing another. It feels like the piecing together of a life. And at the end, the pieces fit.

  • Hunted Down

  • A Charles Dickens Story
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

A story that has a version of Uriah Heap, a story within a story, touching on the themes of death and deliverance, anger and revenge. This is a classic short story well worth introducing to young listeners to before they embark on the longer voyage of Dickens' novels. Dickens employs wonderful character names here, such as Mr. Heap and here Mr. Slinkton. Cathartic and uplifting. (American accent narration.)

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really don't enjoy this narrator

  • By FrankstMal on 02-06-15

Disappointing narration

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

Reviewed: 03-25-13

What disappointed you about Hunted Down?

Dickens is about characterization. This particular narrator didn't pull it off. Plus, the quality of the recording was really poor. It made the story hard to listen to and impossible to enjoy.

Would you be willing to try another one of Deaver Brown’s performances?

Nope.