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Kent Knopp-Schwyn

Mineapolis, MN United States
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  • Fender Lizards

  • By: Joe R. Lansdale, Cassandra de Cuir - director
  • Narrated by: Kasey Lansdale
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Dot waitresses on roller skates at the Dairy Bob, doesn't care for smoking, at least partly on account of her dad having never returned from a cigarette run, and carries on the family tradition of philosophizing. Life hasn't done her any favors in her 17 years so far. But if there was ever a heroine built for turning things upside down and seeing what shakes out, it's Dot. Determined to find out who she is and why she's the way she is, an opportunity presents itself when her heretofore-unknown uncle suddenly moves his camper into the front yard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Fun

  • By Bob on 02-12-18

Great story

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Excellent match between voice and story. It's as if the book was written specifically about and for Ms. Lansdale to read aloud. A short and bittersweet tale of adolescence and growing up poor but doing fine in spite of that.

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  • Sex and Violence in Hollywood

  • By: Ray Garton
  • Narrated by: Seth Michael Donsky
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

This blockbuster is a chilling combination of thrills, terror, and black humor, plot reversals and a climax so shocking that it will leave you shaken. Adam Julian, son of a Hollywood screenwriter, has a life many would kill for... and some would kill to keep. He's tangled in a web of forced sex, coerced into robbery, and it's only a short step to killing as a choice. At the center of the book is a sensational murder trial which oddly resembles the O.J. Simpson case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book weak narrator

  • By Kent Knopp-Schwyn on 07-13-17

Good book weak narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

As always Seth Michael Donsky is not a good narrator at all. However, listening to this was one of the only ways I was going to get around to this book. It is a fun tale especially if you think of it in terms of a way over the top screenplay. It plays out in your head like a B Grade thriller with A Grade production values and special effects. You really don't feel much for the characters and you can actually see where everything is headed but it is still a lot of fun to go along for the ride. The books is really sort of 2 parts - first part is sex and crime and then you have a courtroom drama/activity followed by the ending zinger. Have fun, just wish they would have gotten another and MUCH better narrator.

  • They Thirst

  • By: Robert McCammon
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 735

It looked like another ordinary day in Los Angeles. Then night came...Evil as old as the centuries has descended upon the City of Angels - it comes as a kiss from the terrifying but seductive immortals. Slowly at first, then by the legions, the ravenous undead choke Los Angeles with bloodthirsty determination - and the hordes of monstrous victims steadily mount each night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Entertaining-A Classic Vampire Story

  • By Paulette on 03-05-14

Great book. A bit over the top at the end

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

Excellent vampire tale and not terribly dated despite being written in the 80's. The Audible narration is quite well done an the story remains fast paced all the time. While the ending does draw everything to a satisfying close it does feel a bit like a huge set piece dropped on a rather tight knit and intimate battle that has been going on before. Still this is a fu and well written vampire yarn t

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  • Dark Channel

  • By: Ray Garton
  • Narrated by: Julia Farhat
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

People from across the country and around the globe are coming to the mountain retreat of Hester Thorne, the enthralling leader of the Universal Enlightened Alliance. They are coming to hear the comforting wisdom and messages of peace offered by Orrin, the centuries-old entity that Hester channels. They are coming to donate their money and time to Hester, the Alliance and Orrin. And some are chosen to make a more significant contribution...a greater sacrifice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent first novel and a great dark tale

  • By Kent Knopp-Schwyn on 07-25-14

Excellent first novel and a great dark tale

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

Reviewed: 07-25-14

Despite the length, the overall story is well written and builds slowly. You can tell it is an early effort by the author since the whole thing wraps up a bit too quickly and too neatly at the end but a solid and engaging tale overall. The narrator does a great job with voice inflection and some minor character accents but she does not overdo it at all. I would recommend this novel and this narrator to anyone who enjoys a good, dark scare

  • Shackled

  • By: Ray Garton
  • Narrated by: Seth Michael Donsky
  • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Children disappear all the time. It's in the news every day. Where do they go? What happens to them? Who has taken them? While covering a story for his tabloid newspaper, reporter Bentley Noble accidentally stumbles onto something else entirely...a story about something so unspeakable, he doesn't know if anyone will believe it...a story that pulls him down into the depths of evil and depravity and threatens his very life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Dannielle on 04-07-13

Decent story, terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 07-10-14

The author was very passionate about the story and the background info which is readily apparent from the "data dump" provided in the first third of the story. After that the tale devolves into something of a cliched 90 action movie but with more sex, child abuse and faux religion. Usually I enjoy Ray Garton tales for the fast pace, great monsters, and gratuitous sex. Unfortunately, by the end, this one seemed like a James Bond villain rehash. But the narration was truly bad. If the narrator had just read the book without inflection or trying to change his voice it would have been MUCH better - but all the bad accents, terrible inflections, racist portrayals, maniacal laughter, and bad pronunciation made it a chore to listen to. The story moves fast but the narrator s l o w s everything down by doing such a poor job.