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  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,914
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,988

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

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

Would you consider the audio edition of It to be better than the print version?

This is, perhaps, my favorite Stephen King novel. These kids do the things to have fun that I did as a kid. So how they got scared and how they escaped both IT and the tough kids rang true for me. Just an excellent story. Steven Weber brought this amazing book to life! His characterizations were spot on. His stuttering seemed true to the book. I was so scared in the tunnels I had to stop listening for a while! And that is a tribute to Weber's narrative. Really excellent rendition of a book I've always loved.

What was one of the most memorable moments of It?

Weber's reading of the kids in the tunnel -- I had to stop listening! Awesome!

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

The voices in my head do not do justice to the characters. This is true for any book I've read. I do community theatre and know how to give voice to a character on stage, but I am not a pro and Steven Weber is. He made the things these children went through vivid in my head.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt a great deal of fear, to the point of stopping for a day. I chuckled a few times at how Stephen King made the adventures of my childhood alive on the page.

Any additional comments?

Excellent book excellently done.

  • A Drink Before the War

  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,143

With novels like Mystic River and Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane has dramatically altered the landscape of the crime thriller—while boldly overstepping the boundaries that have long separated mystery from literature. Now two of his sensational early novels have been combined in a single volume—two gritty and mesmerizing masterworks of suspense featuring the private eye duo of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great beginning to thriller series

  • By L. O. Pardue on 11-23-11

A bit dated, but a great story

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

Would you listen to A Drink Before the War again? Why?

I have yet to listen to any book other than The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings more than once, so it's unlikely. On the other hand, this was a good story excellently read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Drink Before the War?

the story

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

He seemed to understand the story and read it with humor and pathos. Excellently done. Too many male readers don't do women well, but he did.

Any additional comments?

Although a bit dated for 2016 (it's from 1994) a lot of the story line still fits today. The problems, if they can be called that, were the dating of the references to films, music, and political figures. Other than that, it was an excellent story excellently read. I will be reading more Dennis LeHane.

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  • End of Watch

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,950
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,166

In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of a great Trilogy

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-09-16

Pretty Good!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

What made the experience of listening to End of Watch the most enjoyable?

The story kept me involved throughout, especially towards the end. I kept looking at the clock and how much time was remaining to see if I could stay awake late enough to finish! It was worth it. The last two hours were spellbinding. Not just a crime caper, but a surreal trip into the mind of a mad man. This series (Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End Of Watch) were great reads. Edge of my seat stuff!

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

What I like about Will Patton is the gruffness in his voice for much of the book. What I absolutely hate, hate, hate about listening to him is his portrayal of women. Why do they all sound so freakin' stupid? Aggravating and annoying. I would actually prefer someone else read the books as his treatment of women is so very bad.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No such reaction, but it did keep my attention throughout.

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  • The Drop

  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

Three days after Christmas, a lonely bartender looking for a reason to live rescues an abused puppy from a trash can and meets a damaged woman looking for something to believe in. As their relationship grows, they cross paths with the Chechen mafia; a man grown dangerous with age and thwarted hopes; two hapless stick-up artists; a very curious cop; and the original owner of the puppy, who wants his dog bac.k…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soooooo great

  • By Candace Russell on 12-15-16

New Favorite

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

I read this book because I loved the film. I didn't realize when I saw it that LeHane wrote the book, but that didn't matter -- I needed to read the source material. I am now a big fan. As much as I liked the novel, the performance lacked some nuance in areas. I could have used more emphasis in certain passages.. While these were distracting at times they didn't take away from the story. Mr LeHane writes very literal books that make great movies like Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone. I will be listening to many more of his novels.

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  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,011
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,014

A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conrad's Brilliant & Wild Novella

  • By Darwin8u on 11-21-12

Finally!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh to be better than the print version?

I have loved this story for a very long time, but for some reason it never resonated and moved me until I listened to Kenneth Branagh bring it to life! 'nuff said!

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  • Radiant Angel

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,318
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,314

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG - surveilling Russian diplomats working at the UN Mission - is thought to be "a quiet end", he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another John Cory Success

  • By R. Warren on 05-31-15

Typical

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

Reviewed: 07-14-15

I am a fan of Nelson DeMille and usually buy and enjoy all his books. I found Radiant Angel to be almost predictable in both story arc and exciting conclusion. I found myself wondering if this was a result of the reading, which was a bit of subdued breathy-ness, or if I just enjoy DeMille more when I read. Whichever, I still listened to the entire book because I like John Corey and the stories, regardless of their predictability.

  • The American

  • By: Martin Booth
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 311

The locals in the southern Italian town where he lives call him Signor Farfalla - Mr. Butterfly - for he is a discreet gentleman who paints rare butterflies. His life is inconspicuous: mornings are spent brushing at a canvas, afternoons idling in the cafés, and evenings talking with his friend, the town priest, over a glass of brandy. Yet there are other sides to this gentleman’s life.... Part thriller, part character study, part drama of deceit and self-betrayal, The American shows Martin Booth at the very height of his powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow burning, but leaves a warm glow

  • By Brendan on 09-07-10

Subtle and strong

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

I truly enjoyed this and not just the story. Mr Cosham's reading, with his melancholy and perfect understanding of the prose, lent a credibility I was not prepared for. Told almost exclusively in first person, with opinions on a great many subjects, this was a memorable listen. Do not expect the movie...

  • I, Sniper

  • A Bob Lee Swagger Novel
  • By: Stephen Hunter
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

Four famed '60s radicals are gunned down at long range by a sniper. Under enormous media scrutiny, the FBI quickly concludes that Marine war hero Carl Hitchcock, whose 93 kills were considered the leading body count tally among American marksman in Vietnam, was the shooter. But as the Bureau, led by Special Agent Nick Memphis, bears down, Hitchcock commits suicide. But Nick is suspicious and asks his friend, the retired Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, to examine the data.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • from a former MOS8541 and Hunter reader

  • By Steven on 12-21-10

Pulp Fiction

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

Awful narration of a disappointing book. I've read other Stephen Hunter and realized that his dialogue is preposterous, his world views taken straight from Fox News (the stereotyping, the hatred, the bigotry). The story was, after a very short time, predictable. It's like listening to an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger. Just a bad book all the way around.

  • Gray Mountain

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,744
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,000
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,008

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Painful to listen to

  • By Toni on 10-24-14

Hmmm...

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

Reviewed: 02-15-15

While I enjoyed the story--Grisham's usual David & Goliath--it sounded like he was trying to write from a woman's perspective. Not as intriguing as some other back stories. This caused some of the dramatics to be a bit tame. Not one of my favorites.

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