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Jimmy Oaks

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  • The Passage

  • A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,177

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

Great Book.......Disappointing TV Series....

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

I gave this book a second listen prior to the TV series....I loved this book but the "edited" TV Series just confused me. Many of the characters that were so well developed in the book were just half-assed in the series....Amy, Sister Lacey, Woldgast.....it would have been so easy on the TV series to follow the framework of the book to create a real narrative of the intention of the author when this book was written.....I know he is listed as a producer (or something) but I think his clear vision in the book was compromised in the series and diluting the overall story in the trilogy......

Great read but don't be fooled by the TV series if you have read or listened to the book...you will spend a lot of precious time to reconcile the two....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Man in the High Castle

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,846
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,363
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,386

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to see what all the buzz was about!

  • By Gray on 06-23-15

Disappointing Read

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

I became interested in this book because of the series on Amazon Prime. This book has little to do with the series and bounces all over the place....not in a good way!

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,197

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Novel Twist....but expected ending

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

I really did enjoy this book. There was just enough symbolism to keep you interested until the last quarter of the book when the ending became inevitable....enjoyed it none the less....

  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,022

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sucks

  • By Jeff on 04-08-19

Great read.

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

Reviewed: 01-17-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Mr. Mercedes to be better than the print version?

I think you get more of what the author intended in the inflection and nuisances of the word flow.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I was intrigued by the bi-plot of the book. On the one hand you saw Bill and his thought process and on the other you saw the killer (Brady) and his thought process. Very hard to stop listening.

Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

I think Jerome was very intriguing as a character. He was very calm and intelligent in the way that he handled the entire hunt for the killer (Brady).

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think the death of Bill's girlfriend was the most poignant. The loss of a newly found love is always a moving moment. Coming in a close second was interaction between Bill and Holly.

Any additional comments?

Great book and great series. A good change of pace for Stephen King fans.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Finders Keepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,844
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,059

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. "Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars for Will Patton reading Stephen King

  • By PlantCrone on 06-21-16

Great follow Up Novel

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

Loved the continuing story. Can't wait for the next installment to see where Bill, Holly and Jerome go next!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • NOS4A2

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,452

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping performance by Kate Mulgrew....

  • By Leslie on 05-06-13

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 06-29-15

Loved the book. At first I was thinking "great, but not for me"... Then the story picked up and WOW!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Poet of Tolstoy Park

  • By: Sonny Brewer
  • Narrated by: Rick Bragg
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

This book is based on the true life of Henry Stuart. When the 67-year-old former professor finds out he is dying of tuberculosis, he vows to “learn in solitude how to save myself.” He sets off for Fairhope, Alabama, with only the writings of his beloved Tolstoy for company. There, the barefoot poet builds himself a small hut and slowly becomes an inspiration for the rest of the utopian town. When his last few months become his last few years, Henry’s attempt to understand death becomes a lesson on life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Jimmy Oaks on 03-23-15

Great read

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

Great story about the will to persevere and the benefits and pitfalls of a solitary life. Great narration and story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Boy's Life

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,395

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to like this book.

  • By Adele Beeman on 06-18-15

Great read

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

Reviewed: 01-23-15

Being from Alabama I relate to the story and see much of my childhood from the sixties in the author's words. Friends never seem as important as they do when you are young. Highly recommended read.

37 of 38 people found this review helpful

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,531
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,863
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,792

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Alan on 07-08-14

Something new with each read/listen

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

What made the experience of listening to To Kill a Mockingbird the most enjoyable?

The narration was the most compelling aspect. Sissy Spacek made you feel as if she was Scout.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Atticus. He was trying very hard to raise his children in the midst of racial prejudice and bigotry while teaching them life lessons about dignity, honesty, and doing the right things not because they were popular but because they were the moral things to do.

What about Sissy Spacek’s performance did you like?

Sissy really put emotion and passion into this performance. She painted the characters with a brush that we all can relate to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did not want this book to end. There seemed to be so much more to learn about Atticus, Scout, and Jem.

Any additional comments?

I was raised in the south during the 60's and this novel was so familiar to me as a snapshot of what my childhood was like and how I thought about integration and adults reaction to it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Twelve

  • A Novel
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,678

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • TWO IN THIS SERIES IS ENOUGH

  • By Randall on 06-15-18

Excellent Story!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Twelve: A Novel to be better than the print version?

This is a great follow-on to the original novel. The characters were well developed in detail and tied back to the first novel. Not so much so that this book could not stand on its own though. Hopefully there will be a new novel soon that extends the adventure of Lish and Zero.Great read.....

What other book might you compare The Twelve: A Novel to and why?

The Stand by Stephen King. Primarily because it is a play on good vs. evil and how humans react to that grand drama

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Scott Brick was consistent and emotive in his narration. It really added to the story.

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

The dark future man has wrought....something like that I suppose

1 of 9 people found this review helpful