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  • The Lottery, and Other Stories

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 254

"The Lottery," one of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, created a sensation when it was first published in the New Yorker. "Powerful and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery" with 24 equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate her remarkable range - from the hilarious to the truly horrible - and power as a storyteller.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Titles please!

  • By Elizabeth A. King on 05-14-17

Collections of Fragments

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Prepared to stay confused as this assortment of pieces of stories plays out.
Most randomly start and finish leaving many questions and much unanswered.
Would probably be better in print as you could actually tell when the various tales begin or end. In the audio format, the only clue is a change in the voice indicating that the previous rambling has ended and another is beginning.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Strain

  • By: Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,822
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,825

The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could be better but still a worthy vampire yarn

  • By Mark on 08-17-09

Way too short for a trilogy.<br />

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

Needs much longer segments in each piece.
Ron Pearlman does a great job of matching the speech patterns of each of the characters depicted in the TV series.

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,021
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,089

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic with a Top-Notch Performance!

  • By Nicole - Audible on 06-19-17

One of Kings greatest works.

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

Have read the book twice and enjoyed the Audible version just as much.
An epic piece of literature.

  • Raylan

  • A Novel
  • By: Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by: Brian D'Arcy James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 554

With the closing of the Harlan County, Kentucky coalmines, marijuana has become the biggest cash crop in the state. A hundred pounds of it can gross three-hundred thousand dollars, but that’s chump change compared to the quarter million a human body can get you - especially when it’s sold off piece-by-piece. So when Dickie and Coover Crowe, dope-dealing brothers known for sampling their own supply, decide to branch out into the body business, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens to stop them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator was awesome! good voice changes

  • By Cyndi on 01-02-13

Better if you never saw the show.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

Just OK. Story is a mix of parts that never quite seem to come together.

  • Hearts in Atlantis

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, William Hurt
  • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944

All the stories in this collection from Stephen King are related to the Vietnam War. King fans will recognize echoes of The Dark Tower series in the collection's first story, "Low Men in Yellow Coats." As the characters develop over the next four stories, King's version of the Vietnam War becomes one of his most frightening tales ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching, Funny - Amazingly well written and read.

  • By Steve A. on 01-15-03

Stephen King -Masterful Storyteller

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

King rarely fails to deliver the best in story telling. This however was not one of his best works and leaves several unanswered questions for the listener. This was not due to a shortage of time as this story takes a very long time to complete.

  • Of Mice and Men

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Gary Sinise
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,626

While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My First Steinbeck... I've Missed So Much!

  • By Jonathan Love on 08-31-16

Breathtakingly.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Gary Sincese was made for this story, both on screen and narrator.
This story pulls the listener into it as very few others can.

  • Consumed

  • A Novel
  • By: David Cronenberg
  • Narrated by: William Hurt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82

Stylish and camera-obsessed, Naomi and Nathan thrive on the yellow journalism of the social-media age. They are lovers and competitors - nomadic freelancers in pursuit of sensation and depravity, encountering each other only in airport hotels and browser windows. Naomi finds herself drawn to the headlines surrounding Célestine and Aristide Arosteguy, Marxist philosophers and sexual libertines. Célestine has been found dead and mutilated in her Paris apartment. Aristide has disappeared.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • reading was great but not my kind of book

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-29-16

Book without a plot

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

Reviewed: 10-14-14

Would you try another book from David Cronenberg and/or William Hurt?

No. William Hurt did a fine job of reading this book, although I am not sure how he stayed awake.

What was most disappointing about David Cronenberg’s story?

The absence of a plot.
Was only able to listen to the first two hours of this story,
Gave up. Simply could not hold my attention.}
Not a book to listen to when driving a car.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Hurt?

Not sure.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Consumed?

Probably would have never published the book to begin with.

Any additional comments?

Remove from library of available material.
If I could, I would gladly return the book for a refund.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful