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  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,186

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

Painful and very disappointing!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

No, if this is the style of the author then I'm not going to put myself through it again. The narrators were slow and painful to listen to. The writing did not help.

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

Not even on a bet. The story had a good start, then it went off and withered away to an empty ending.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

Nothing could have saved this book. The writing was bad enough, the narrators dragged it along even further.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and disappointment. I was hoping for a solid wrap-up to all the sub-stories swirling around, not even close.

Any additional comments?

Possible Spoilers....You may thank me later....The story started off interesting enough, quick and intriguing, then the female lead meets her target, and the pace crept slower than a crawl. The dialog consisted of everyone repeating everyone's statements, the story of the cat city was retold multiple times for no purpose what so ever. The ending was the absolute worst and most disappointing I have ever read. I don't want to give it away, but I thought there was a sequel in the wings by the way it was written. Surprise, there is not. Forty hours I endured and it was a black void in my life when I was finished. Pass, pass, pass on this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Wasteland II: Last Train to Diavalo

  • By: Keith Crews
  • Narrated by: John Bell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 7

Hitman, Angelo Marchetti returns in book two of the Wasteland series, “Last Train to Diavalo.” Trapped aboard a Demon Train of the damned, the Hitman must fight to escape if He is to reach the ancient cemetery of the Avalon so that He might live again. However, The Master of the Train, Mr. Stiles has other plans for karma’s prodigal son. In this latest chronicle, the Hitman traverses the spiritual boundary that separates realities in order to secure ammunition for Thunder’s empty magazine.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too Many Words for a Disappointing Story

  • By Steve on 05-16-12

Too Many Words for a Disappointing Story

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

Reviewed: 05-16-12

What disappointed you about Wasteland II: Last Train to Diavalo?

I loved the first book, great story, great character build, great stuff. This sequel must have been written by someone else. So many extra words to say something simple, too many adverbs and adjectives. It's as if the author was required to write x-amount of words but only had a small story to work with. And, it was a dumb plot. I hate the fact I read the second story because I have no desire to see how it ends, I don't care enough about the characters to read anymore. So many fluff words for a small reward. What a disappointment.

What do you think your next listen will be?

11/22/63 by Stephen King

What three words best describe John Bell’s voice?

easy to forget

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Major Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I've said enough, to say anymore isn't worth the time.

  • Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer, Talmadge Ragan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,520

Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes, Volume One - it’s the full length adventures of the one and only Mechani-Cal! So grab your battlesuit and prepare to get a little nasty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite The Avengers, But Just As Much Fun...

  • By Michael on 10-08-12

Worth every penny/credit!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-12

Would you listen to Confessions of a D-List Supervillain again? Why?

I thought the character was fun to listen to. The reader did an awesome job of relating the high and lows of Cal through voice inflection and attitude. The story was very well written and I would listen to this story again as well as any sequels if/when written.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Confessions of a D-List Supervillain?

Any time Stacey and Cal interacted.

Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer and Talmadge Ragan – was your favorite?

The anti-hero hero - Mechani-Cal.

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

To write that would give away parts of the story that deserves to be read on its own.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart

  • By: Jesse Bullington
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

The year is 1364. Hungry creatures stalk the dark woods of medieval Europe, and both sea and sky teem with unspeakable horrors. There is no foulness, however, no witch nor demon, to rival the grave-robbing twins Hegel and Manfried Grossbart. This is their tale, sad but true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Listen Since Eco's Baudolino

  • By Ambrose on 02-27-12

Very well written.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-11

This book was a departure from my normal likes, but it was worth the time I spent listening. The author took two really despicable people, and made them fun to follow along with. They have little or no redeeming qualities, but this story kept me interested to see what they would do next. I liked the ending, and felt it was the only true way to end it. The only reason why I gave it 4 stars out of 5 was the length and the plot dragged in a few spots, but don't let that stop you from dropping a credit for this book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Horns

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,515

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started out good, BUT...

  • By Randall on 06-06-18

Great story, but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-11

Joe, you are a great writer, and this book is much better than your last one, but the ending really needed to be better written. It's like, you lay out this great story, give it plot twists and charactor developements that carry me along, then it seems you needed to wrap it up and rushed the ending with a quick fix-it-all. I still enjoyed it though. It's worth the credit.

4 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Let Me In

  • By: John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,136

Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grizzly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last - revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him. While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. A new girl has moved in next door. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Saw the movies. The book is different

  • By Mark on 04-17-12

A very good read!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-11

I was drawn in early to the story, and it kept me interested until the very end. My only complaint is that the book puts a charactor twist on the young vampire, that the movies or other reviews fail to recognize or acknowledge. I happen to think this twist made the story line less enjoyable, but at least be true to the book when using it elsewhere. I think Lindqvist was trying to make some kind of social statement, but it didn't need to be made here. Worth the credit though.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • 'Hello', Lied the Agent

  • And Other Bullshit You Hear as a Hollywood TV Writer
  • By: Ian Gurvitz
  • Narrated by: Ian Gurvitz
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

Most of us have no concept of what goes into creating a show, getting it on the air, and keeping it on. Perhaps we assume that the people in charge simply decide what amuses them at the moment, make those shows, stick them on, and wait to see if the public responds. Or maybe they just throw darts at a board? The truth, as with most things, is more complicated. In 'Hello', Lied the Agent, Ian Gurvitz has produced a corrosively funny insider's look at what being a television writer is really all about.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By A A on 09-17-09

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-11

I have listened to this book several times now, and enjoyed it each time. What really made it fun to listen to was the author reading his book with unashamed passion. His opinions and approach to the television industry made me laugh several times outloud, and anyone who ever thought it was easy to enter and work in the TV industry needs to listen to Ian's book. Well worth the credit!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunting of Hill House

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,655
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,661

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written horror tale

  • By Crystal on 02-11-14

Painful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-11

I am a huge fan of horror stories about haunted houses and ghosts and other paranormal topics. Having said that, this was very painful to listen to. I don't know if it's just dated, or if the narrator lacked the emotion behind Ms. Jackson's story, but it was hard to listen throughout and to the end. The plot was sluggish, the twists were predictable, and the climax was just plain dumb. I do not recommend this and felt my credit could have been used better elsewhere.

12 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost Country

  • By: Patrick Lee
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

What Paige Campbell saw when she opened a door into 70 years from now scared the hell out of her. She and her Tangent colleagues brought their terrible discovery to the President and were met with a hail of automatic gunfire after leaving the White House. Only Paige survived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story!

  • By Avid Reader on 09-12-11

Confusing Ending

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-11

I really liked this book, up until the ending. The story was written well, the narrator was very good, and listening to this book was enjoyable. The ending however, felt rushed and confusing. There were story items that were not explained and I even went back and re-listened hoping to find I missed something. I'll let other readers decide on their own if it was lacking a few plot items.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 18,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,631

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

Waiting for the sequel!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-10

Sometimes a bit confusing, but stick with it. The author ties up loose ends nicely. The only reason this did not get 5 stars is at times the author provides a list of details that tends to drag on, but don't let that stop you from enjoying this book.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful