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  • Sleeping Beauties

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,727
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,689

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Patty on 07-15-18

Sleeping reader

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I have read or listened to just about every Stephen King book and unfortunately this one has to go at the bottom of the favorites list.

I found it dragged on way too long in most places and while the premise of the story had promise if felt it got lost down side roads and distractions along the way.

Rather than my usual “don’t want to turn it off” I found myself thinking “I have to get through this and hope it gets better”. It didn’t.

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,414

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Wow. An unexpected treasure!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

This was an incredible story, perfect performance and simply one of the best audiobooks I've listened to in a long time. I grabbed this book after seeing an audible recommendation and I'm glad I did.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 155,622
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143,605
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 143,450

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

A real nice surprise.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-15

I grabbed this book simply based on other reviews I saw on the audible site. What a great story and narration. I could not stop listening to it.

I seldom give 5 stars but this one earned it.

  • Team of Rivals

  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,251
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,275

On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative

  • By JJ on 09-10-12

A lot of information and insight.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-14

This very long book had a lot of great insight into the character of A. Lincoln. At times I felt a sense of "Deja Vu" as the book tended to repeat some information. Also, I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard "melancholy". If the book wasn't 700 hrs long I'd suggest a drinking game where you have to drink every time you hear "melancholy". Ugh...

Also, I had to listen to this book on 1.5x speed - thank God for that feature. Many times the audio book seemed to have long silent gaps but at 1.5x times it sounded ok.

  • Guns

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,224

In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good for you, Stephen King

  • By Salt Lake Joan on 05-15-13

Balanced insight into a sensitive issue

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

Reviewed: 04-07-13

I really enjoyed Stephen King's perspective on Guns in this essay. I'm not sure I agreed with it 100% but it wasn't presented in a way that made the reader feel like they must agree but rather presented a perspective and opinion that certainly was balanced with practicality. It's very easy to get emotional about this issue of Guns but unfortunately it's not an issue solution. I think this essay presents a constructive start to the dialog.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • No Easy Day

  • The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
  • By: Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,060

From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear

  • By Darwin8u on 09-04-12

Great insight and telling of UBL killing

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

Reviewed: 04-07-13

I thought this book would not be very good to be honest especially after being disappointed in the movie Zero Dark Thirty but this book was great. It wasn't just a lot of fluff around the mission itself but rather went into the preparation and training for the mission from a SEAL perspective. The details of the mission itself were much more in depth than I expected and wasn't just an account of what happened but I felt like I was in the head of the SEAL that was telling the story.

  • The Wind Through the Keyhole

  • The Dark Tower
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,769
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,292

In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-25-12

Another great piece of the Dark Tower series

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

Reviewed: 02-04-13

Well I had waited all these years to start the Dark Tower series because I wanted to be able to get through the entire series without stopping for years in between books. Then this book comes out and places itself in the MIDDLE of the saga. I was worried that reading it "out of turn" would be confusing, etc. but also appreciated the fact that it was published way out of sequence.

Turns out that this book can really be viewed as a pit stop along the journey that is the journey to the Dark Tower. Really there is little to do with our main characters of Roland and the rest of the Ka-tet but instead a completely different story with completely different characters set in the same world.

It was a good story with fresh ideas but all set in the same Dark Tower universe.

So don't get too hung up on the Dark Tower aspect of it and if you haven't gotten through the entire series of the Dark Tower I wouldn't worry too much about the order in which you read this book.

  • The Road Virus Heads North

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Jay O. Sanders
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

The Road Virus Heads North tracks an author who buys a creepy painting at a yard sale which was painted by a metal-head neighbor just before he committed suicide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic King

  • By Rob on 08-24-10

Nice Stephen King appetizer.

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

Reviewed: 01-16-13

I enjoyed this short story by Stephen King. The performance was good and the story kept moving pretty good. I think this would have made a great Twilight Zone episode.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Lincoln

  • The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,220

The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History Made Interesting

  • By Daniel on 04-11-12

Bill O'Reilly's performance is terrible.

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

Reviewed: 01-16-13

The worst part about this book was the performance. Bill O'Reilly's reading just gets old quick and I feel like I'm being lectured to. I found that odd given in the intro he talks about how they turned the book more into a suspense type novel but yet it reads like someone reading the US Tax code.

I was also disappointed by the embellishment of the "story". Meaning, in their attempt to make the book more of a suspense they left me saying "now how do they know that happened???" too often.

Also, the first 3rd of the book was mostly about civil war battles and didn't even mention Lincoln for chapters on end... At one point I was beginning to think I was listening to the wrong book... But Bill O'Reilly's grating voice quickly brought me back to reality.

Lastly, I didn't feel I knew more about Lincoln or his assassination than I did before listening to this book. I felt they spent more time on civil war battles than they did on the plot to kill Lincoln.

I was really looking forward to this book as I love learning about Lincoln but it left me unsatisfied and was a big let down.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Dome

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,186

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Stephen King I've Heard

  • By Scott on 02-10-10

Good premise, Great start, fizzled out at the end

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

Reviewed: 01-01-13

I am a huge Stephen King fan but I found this book to be one of the worst I've read / listened to in some time. I really looked forward to this book as I thought the premise had a lot of promise. I thought the book started off very strong and setup what I though would be a great story. The middle of the book dragged on and it felt like the author got lost and forgot where he wanted to take us. I felt like I was just wondering around this book observing things that I wasn't sure were relevant and it turns out most of it wasn't. The ending of the book was a huge let down. I am not going to spoil anything but I thought this would result in the usual "good vs. evil" King novel (that I enjoy so much) but it never happened. I remember thinking at the end of this book: "That's it???" Pretty surprising for a 1,000+ page book.

What I found interesting is during the author's notes, Stephen King said he actually started this book a long time ago and put it down. I feel like the best part of the book was that early start he did so many years ago. Once he picked it back up again, I don't think he had a great place to take it and it probably should have stayed at rest.

Again I am a huge King fan and have read / listened to the VAST majority of his work but this one is towards the bottom of the list for me.

I'd suggest if you are looking for a great recent Stephen King book I'd go with 11-22-63 - incredible. Of course his classic works like "The Stand" and the Dark Tower series are still his best works.

The performance of this book was ok. Nothing that memorable but it wasn't horrible.