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  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,088

"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie, honest, frightening!

  • By 9S on 01-15-11

Rat Alert

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-19

I was not surprised Stephen King mentioned " 1984" in his afterwards . "1984" is a book I've never gotten over. I have an abnormal fear of rats.I've warned.my family ,if rats are involved, I'll throw you all under the bus. King had done another superb job writing about ordinary people with his wonderful insight. This is what makes him my favorite ,despite the rats. Of course he's just a great writter. I'm not sure what makes a good writter. I just want to keep reading King ,even when he is long winded. These stories are very dark but worth the facing the darkness.

  • Verses for the Dead

  • A Pendergast Novel
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,163
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,005

After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York field office, A. X. L. Pendergast is abruptly forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the famously rogue agent must now work with a partner. Pendergast and his new teammate, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to Miami Beach, where a rash of killings by a bloodthirsty psychopath are distinguished by a confounding M.O.: cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them - along with cryptic handwritten letters - at local gravestones, unconnected save in one bizarre way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Absorbing Pendergast novel...

  • By shelley on 01-01-19

Good police procedural,

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-19

Very intriguing police procedural with ridiculous premise. But of course that is to be expected. We can't. have a.run of the mill serial killer Auberjonois is the perfect narrator.I especially like his portrayal of Prendergast. A book I'll.read again . Highly recommend despite being far fetched. Of course far fetched,but of course that's what we.expect in.a in a Prendergast book.

  • The Way We Live Now

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562

In this world of bribes, vendettas, and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel...a bloated swindler...a vile city ruffian'. But as vile as he is, he is considered one of Trollope's greatest creations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Long, but well worth it.

  • By Nardia on 03-03-10

Enjoyed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-19

Enjoyed very much.Well written though over long. This is in a class withVanit ity Fair, one of. favorite books. I look forward to other books by Mr Trollope I recommend highly to any one who likes book about Victorian England. It has interesting characters, has a satirical bend and is not full of over long insights. IOne can draw own insight to the characters with out long lectures One of my best spent credits

  • The Hiding Place

  • A Novel
  • By: C. J. Tudor
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang - the betrayal, the suicide, the murder - and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn't have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe's sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault. Lying his way into a teaching job at his former high school is the easy part. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horror with a touch of wisdom

  • By Elizabeth P. Fowler on 02-09-19

Big disappointment

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-19

Another book about a tragic youth. Some of.these stories are good. They offer some mystery. Not this one. Endlessly gloomy ,never gets to the plot. Loved Chalk Man. ' .The Hiding Place doesn't measure up. Big waste of a credit.

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  • Firestarter

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050

Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson participated in a drug experiment run by a veiled government agency known as The Shop. One year later, they marry. Two years later, their little girl, Charlie, sets her teddy bear on fire by simply staring at it. Now that Charlie is eight, she doesn't start fires anymore. Her parents have taught her to control her pyrokinesis, the ability to set anything - toys, clothes, even people - aflame. But The Shop knows about and wants this pigtailed "ultimate weapon".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its a Gem !

  • By Hubert on 03-22-16

Bad editing Some words. Missing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-19

Bad recording. Words dropped. Ridiculous pauses. Revenues warned of recording problems. I hoped they had been corrected. No such luck. Doesn't anyone listen to the final recording, so we don have to pay for sub standard. Read when this came out. I didn't like it as much this time. Good story, good narrator., if you can tolerate the poor recording.

  • The Golden Bowl

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Wealthy Maggie Verver has everything she could ever ask for - except a husband and a title. While in Italy, acquiring art for his museum back in the States, Maggie’s millionaire father, Adam, decides to remedy this and acquire a husband for Maggie. Enter Prince Amerigo, of a titled but now poor aristocratic Florentine family. Amerigo is the perfect candidate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best!

  • By susan von schlegell on 07-29-18

Too many words

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-19

I've been trying to read the classics over the last few years. I've found 19th century writers away over blown. What can be said in a couple of sentences is covered in paragraphs. James is the worst. I wouldn't be surprised if he forgot what he started to say by the end of events and insights. I certainly did. I've enjoyed George Elliott despite her long insights.And of course Jane Austen and Dickens are wonderful. I love Theodore Dreiser. So I do give these older writers credit for a job well done .After A Portrait of a Lady I would not have given James a second chance but since it A Golden Bowl was read by the great and incomparable Juliet Stevenson I gave it a go. Even she can't save ,what is probably a good story, from being a bore. Glad I got that off my chest. I seem to be as long winded as some authors

  • The Man in the High Castle

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,764
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,285
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,305

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to see what all the buzz was about!

  • By Gray on 06-23-15

Worst No Stars

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-19

If I could give this no stars I w ould. I love revision history but this book is boring confusing and depressing. I've tried to read.it twice. Got further the second time. Not worth my time. Some seem to like it, which I'll never.understand.

  • Blood Echo

  • The Burning Girl, Book 2
  • By: Christopher Rice
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Kidnapped and raised by serial killers, Charlotte Rowe suffered an ordeal that made her infamous. Everyone in the world knew who she was. But no one in the world has any idea what she’s become…Charlotte is an experiment. And a weapon. Enabled by a superpower drug, she’s partnered with a shadowy pharmaceutical company to hunt down and eliminate society’s most depraved human predators. But her latest mission goes off the rails in a horrifying way. Unsettled by her own capacity for violence, Charlotte wants some time to retreat so she can work on her new relationship with Luke.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent 2nd in series

  • By Deborah Mak on 02-25-19

Boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-19

Goes on and on without anything happrning. I'm not into s lot of action in a book. I prefer more thoughtfulness. But this is ridiculous. Too much of what the characters are thinking. Not enough of what they are doing.

  • Concrete Angel

  • By: Patricia Abbott
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Eve Moran has always wanted "things" and has proven both inventive and tenacious in getting and keeping them. Eve lies, steals, cheats, swindles, and finally commits murder, paying little heed to the cost of her actions on those who love her. Her daughter, Christine, compelled by love, dependency, and circumstance, is caught up in her mother's deceptions, unwilling to accept the viciousness that runs in her mother's blood. Eve's powers of seduction are hard to resist for those who come in contact with her toxic allure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like true life

  • By night owl on 02-21-19

Reads like true life

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-19

Often the claim is made that a non fiction book reads like a novel this

is is a reverse of that. Although the story seems far fetched, it really isn't. With what I know about real life ,I can see a lot of this is possible Narration is very good

  • A Song for the Dying

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

A heart-stopping crime thriller from the author of three consecutive No. 1 bestsellers, including Birthdays for the Dead and the DI Logan McRae series. He's back... Eight years ago, ‘The Inside Man' murdered four women and left three more in critical condition - all of them with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside. And then the killer just … disappeared. Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MacBride knocks it out of the park.

  • By 6catz on 01-22-14

Horrible narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Just started this and am disgusted with the thick avcent.Who is this guy trying to impress. These audio are for us to listen to and enjoy. Not to show off the narrators ability to use a thick accent. I lived in Eng for five years and had neighbors from the north. I had little trouble understanding them.I have no idea what is going on. Hardly understood the first chapter. McBRide is one of my favorites. But
Will not listen to this narrator again.