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  • The Phantom of the Opera

  • By: Gaston Leroux
  • Narrated by: Keith Wickham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

In a Paris Opera House, Chorus singer Christine Daaé develops a relationship with a disfigured Phantom, who she believes to be the Angel of Music, promised to her by her late father. The Phantom tutors Christine, but the relationship breaks down when the Phantom discovers Christine's love for her childhood sweetheart Raoul. Who will win Christine's heart and with what consequence?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Voice Acting, Terrible Volume Consistency

  • By Carson Bendel on 08-07-17

Different but The Original.

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

I’ve seen the Webber musical a number times all over the world and the movie once...
But in these pages is where all the movies, major Motion picture and the beloved musical was adapted. It is what all based on this.

I consider myself to be a true Phantom follower growing up, now and for the rest of my life. The different stories that followed the book have some similarities and overtones to this original work and some and some never heard or listened to. This book is far more detailed from it’s “descendants”.

I feel that this book, written more than 100 years ago, will stand the test of time as a great literary work that stirs the soul as it is a beautiful and not so beautiful story unlike any other. It stirs the sole, the heart and the imagination.

Must read!!

  • Driven Snow

  • Pennymaker Tales, Book 2
  • By: Tara Lain
  • Narrated by: Kale Williams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Young Snowden "Snow" Reynaldi is brilliant, beautiful, and alone. Though he's shy, weird, and tolerated by the NorCal University students because he's a renowned whiz at chess and helps put the school on the map, that doesn't keep him from dreaming of the object of his desires: Riley Prince, championship quarterback. When Riley needs a physics tutor, Snow jumps at the chance, and their relationship heats up - but Riley has to come out of the jock closet to get anywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite in this series and wonderful narration

  • By Morgan A Skye on 08-11-16

Way to easy.

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

Reviewed: 07-22-16

These two guys, Chess nerd and quarterback
fall in deep true love entirely too easy. That part was extremely unrealistic which is what a book like this is about.. falling in love and what continues from there.

No graphic sex… Which is what I like. Sex but not every single detail described. Leave a few things to the imagination.

  • Skye & Colin

  • By: Mark A. Roeder
  • Narrated by: Bryant Sullivan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Skye can handle anything...almost. He's battled bullies and foes most would not believe; he's fought against impossible odds and survived the un-survivable, but nothing that has come before has prepared him for the greatest challenge of all: fatherhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner by Mark...

  • By Stephen on 04-12-16

Another winner by Mark...

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

This entire book was a super Audio Book.

The characters were very endearing. You felt the joy you felt your pain.

The reason for the four stars instead of five was because of the narrator's perception of what Sky's Voice would be like. The tone that the narrator used was far too deep and too "Rusty".
That's the only way I can describe his voice.

I hope that Mark uses a different narrator next time.

  • The Vampire's Heart

  • By: Mark A. Roeder
  • Narrated by: Bryant Sullivan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46

When strange happenings begin to occur at Griswold Jr./Sr. High, Graham's once boring life becomes more exciting than he can handle. Mystery, intrigue, and danger await Graham as he sets out on an adventure he never dreamed possible.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • great concept horrible story line

  • By Erick Nicholson on 03-02-17

Very good book.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-16

This particular book is not a typical book for this author. It follows the path of a very young ostracized boy Who is generally i'm excepted by everyone. Then he meets this mysterious stranger at school and everything changes completely. Things are not as they appear… Quite the opposite actually.

A very good read that that is completely unrelated to any of his other books. It does not follow any particular series that Mark has written.

It's an excellent book to introduce someone to his work for the first time reader. I follow all his books regularly and have read many of his books regularly. He is an excellent writer for this particular kind of genre.

I am in my late 30s and his books are usually easy reading but they intended for a younger audience… but that does not take away from what he had written and make any of his books less enjoyable. I have enjoyed every book, some more than others that he has written.

I so enjoy his books as they typically are a coming-of-age stories. So most of his books are easy reading. I believe that Mark is not only providing entertainment but he is providing information to the young gay audience who grow up in a stereotypical ideology heterosexual world and are taught that there is something terribly wrong with them which is specious.
These books provide information that are contrary to this and indicate it's OK to be gay.

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  • Revival

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,859
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,864

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sinister and Classic King

  • By David Shear on 11-12-14

Enjoyed BUT...

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

The book was an interesting book… The narration was excellent. I just didn't care for Stephen's interpretation of what the afterlife may be... Basically the last two chapters of the book.

Anne Rice in tried to explain the "after life" in "Memnoch the Devil". I didn't care for her take on it either.

Both of these authors have nothing really to go on except their own conjecture and imagination. I think it is interesting to try to entertain kinds of "what if"…

But just as the Reverend tried to find out where his wife and son went to... Though it's fascinating to speculate, this boot fell short and in my opinion was not what I would consider to be one of Stephen King's greatest pieces of work.

  • Drunken Fireworks

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Tim Sample
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,272

Only on audio! A brand-new, never-before-published Stephen King short story unavailable in any other format! Alden McCausland and his mother are what they call “accident rich”; thanks to an unexpected life-insurance policy payout and a winning Big Maine Millions scratcher, Alden and his Ma are able to spend their summers down by Lake Abenaki, idly drinking their days away in a three-room cabin with an old dock and a lick of a beach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A taste of down east humor.

  • By Daniel J. Matyola on 07-07-15

I come to expect more from Stephen King... :(

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

The narrator for this book was in someway is appropriate but I had to strain to understand.

The audiobook itself was only about an hour and so minutes and I would've been really upset if I invested a lot of time into this work which was so disappointing.

I don't recommend!

  • The Scorch Trials

  • Maze Runner, Book 2
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,960
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,984

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn't done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers' destruction—and they're determined to survive. Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast pace, new twists and more mysteries

  • By Paul on 11-07-10

Excellent sequel to the original book.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

I have just finished book 2 minutes ago. I have book three ready to go and will begin it right after I make this review.

First of all, I hope you read book one and didn't rely on just the movie… For those of you who did read The Maze Runner, there are some differences and much more detail. As with all stories, I find that reading the book is so much more gratifying.

As I indicated earlier, this book was a wonderful sequel. I enjoyed reading about the the "Friends" I made in the first one and continue seeing them hold together, through it all, and survive this second book. Only through there comradely as a team and as friends could they survive... The Scorch Trials.

If you listened to this story on Amazon's audible book, The narration from the reader was one of the better performances I have listened to. The reader read each role appropriate for each character in the book, giving this story another level of realism to this audible book.

i'm very pleased with this series of books.