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Silly

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

Steven King always write well, with vivid details and well-formed characters and dialogue. Some of his books have been wonderful works of fiction with stories that resonate. I’m thinking of Bag of Bones, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Misery and other. Some, like Christine, are just plain silly at the end, and this is one of those.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Where the Crawdads Sing audiobook cover art

Entertaining but predictable and formulaic

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

Reviewed: 05-15-19

I enjoyed listening in spite of myself. It was well performed but broke no new ground and was a very formulaic story about the genius raga muffin who’s also a great beauty. Oh, and go ahead and throw in a transparent murder mystery for good measure. The real mystery is why this has been number one on the New York Times best seller list so long when it’s really just tripe!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Melodramatic purple prose.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

This book was interesting at first, but the melodrama and overworked, purple prose was distracting. The twists and turns became extremely predictable until it became hard to finish. The narration was over dramatic and gloomy as well. Not a fan.

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Steven King formula book

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Overall, this was an enjoyable listen, but not one of King’s best. It followed his formula, like ‘It’, with likable good guys, dislikable bad guys and a very evil monster. The characters are non-complex, even the female character with Asperger’s-like behavior. King is so much better than this! The Green Mile, Bag of Bones, 11/22/63, and some others he has written, show an artistry of plot and character development, as well as prose craftsmanship, that far exceed formulaic horror books and tell us a great writer is in residence. This book falls short.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

A Little Life audiobook cover art

Great character study

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

This book del rd deeply into the interior life of an individual with an extremely abusive background. It was fascinating but overlong and, at times, tiresome. It would be much better half the length.

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Technical problems with the recording.

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

There was a constant, irritating, hum in the background throughout this book and the reader frequently paused while reading so the story didn’t flow well. The story was good, though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Perfect Match audiobook cover art

Not her best

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

I love Jodi Picoult's writing, and her writing was as good as ever in this book. The performances were excellent. I didn't find her characters as sympathetic in this book, so that subtracted from my enjoyment.

The Obsession audiobook cover art

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

This is a formula crime fiction book, but a good, entertaining and satisfying one. It's a little too pat, with no important characters biting the dust, the couple set up to marry and fall in love do so, the whodunnit fairly easily figured out, the main characters too perfect, too pretty, but enough fresh twists and good writing flow makes the book a good, light summer read.

A Conflict of Interest audiobook cover art

Strange naration

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

Usually the book was evenly read with great inflection and passing, but every so often there were a few words at a distinctly different volume and cadence, perhaps a voice-over?
The book was narrated by the character, with his self/dialogue, however his behavior was often destructive toward himself and others without a sufficient internal dialogue to support it.

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Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-16-16

The story plot was very good, but the character's emotions and reactions struck me as annoyingly artificial. The narrator was good except for the "Southern accent" which wasn't one you hear in Nashville or Tennessee.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful