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  • The Crooked Staircase

  • A Jane Hawk Novel (Jane Hawk, Book 3)
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,111

Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she’s breathing, she’ll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom - and free will - of millions. Battling the strange epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane’s husband, and is escalating across the country, has made the rogue FBI agent a wanted fugitive, relentlessly hunted not only by the government but by the secret cabal behind the plot. Deploying every resource their malign nexus of power and technology commands, Jane’s enemies are determined to see her dead...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By James C. Lamb on 05-11-18

Not his best work - LIGHT SPOILERS

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I like the idea of the Jane Hawk series; however, it is too long with too many unnecessary information (in my opinion). Clearly for whatever reason Dean thought the information was needed. In the previous book, Jane rescued a bunch of kids who were too young to have the implants work. Great, they were rescued and I thought the backstory with them tied in nicely with the overall arc of the storyline.

This book starts off with every other chapter following the attempted abduction and implantation of these two siblings. They were being chased by two henchmen. They were captured and well I don't want to say too much more, but the first half of the book bouncing between these twins and Jane made zero sense. I learned nothing new about the bad guys, their end game, or the henchmen that I didn't already know, or wouldn't have deduced by their following actions. You can seriously read the first half of the book skipping every other chapter and it would be magnitudes better.

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  • The Taking

  • A Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Ari Meyers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 565

On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Neil Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now they rise to find a luminous silvery downpour drenching their small California mountain town. A strange scent hangs faintly in the air, and the young couple cannot shake the sense of something wrong.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The book may be good, but how can we tell?

  • By Don Pearsall on 06-23-04

Not his greatest

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

This wad actually quite hard to listen too. I had listedened in the past and it was so unmemorable that I had completely forgetten everything about it. Certain aspects rang bells so I know I did listen to this on CD before the days of audible.

Anyway, to me the story was weak. Dean sets up a no win scenario for humanity and then it quite literally is gone in the blink of an eye. I don't want to give anything away, but I do not recommend this book.

  • The Iron Trial

  • Book One of The Magisterium
  • By: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail. All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst - and fails at failing. Now the Magisterium awaits him. It's a place that's both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Potter it ain't!

  • By Douglas on 09-11-14

Conditionally excellent book.

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

What did you love best about The Iron Trial?

I'm not sure what I liked best. If you have never heard of Harry Potter, this is an excellent book. If you have heard of Harry Potter but have never read or seen the movies, this is still a great book. If you have read the Potter series, seen the movies, or know anything about the basic premise of that series, this is only a good book. There were too many similarities between this book and the HP series to not make mention of this. The main three characters are two boys and a girl. One boy is the chosen one, the girl is the brainiac know-it-all, and the other boy lacks confidence but is really good. If you break the story down to idea per idea without specifics, it would mirror Harry Potter. Instead of a castle in the North Mountains, it is hidden caves under mountains. Instead of being divided into houses, specific masters choose their apprentices. The main character and another rival student take an immediate dislike to one another. And so and and so on. However, if you can put all that aside and just listen to the story, it is enjoyable. The narrator is quite awesome and easy to listen to.

Would you ever listen to anything by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare again?

Yes, I plan on continuing the series despite the similarities to the Harry Potter series.

Have you listened to any of Paul Boehmer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I am aware of.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Iron Trial: Not a Harry Potter Story.
I'm sorry, but I think the similarities between this and that industry are too great for Hollywood to not notice.

Any additional comments?

I think I've said it all. I enjoyed the story, but it is essentially a twist on Harry Potter.

  • Lightning

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,931

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable.

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 01-01-09

EXCELLENT STORY.

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

I love this book. It is definitely one of my favorites of Dean Koontz. I like the new twist on a couple of old stories. He establishes a set of well thought out rules and sticks to them.

  • Airframe

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Frances Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214

Airframe is nonstop Crichton: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton hallmark since The Andromeda Strain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Try it, you'll like it.

  • By Robert Solomon on 04-04-03

Section 92, time index 4:13 is broken

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

Reviewed: 08-27-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Airframe to be better than the print version?

No I would not consider it better than the print version. While the narrator is quite excellent, the recording is broken in section 92 and stutters. It was clearly ripped from a scratched CD and skips and pops through this section. Luckily, it is only in this section. Also, the book doesn't say "This book is continued on disc XX ... disc XX " and then repeat the previous one or two sentences. They could have gotten a different copy to rip the CD from, they could have also edited out the disc transitions. For these reasons I give the overall a 4 star on this book.

What other book might you compare Airframe to and why?

Don't know.

What does Frances Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A female narration for a story written in the female perspective.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No reaction. Just a wish that my engineering career path had led me into aviation or engineering forensics. I've always been fascinated by both of those industries, I would do well with them. But the classes I took in school and the opportunities I had to take to continue my career didn't lead me into those industries. This book makes me feel like I'm actually there, like I was on that career path.

Any additional comments?

FIX SECTION 92, TIME INDEX 4:13ish

  • And Another Thing...

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 6
  • By: Eoin Colfer
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,243

Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, has not been entirely without incident.Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful return to the H2G2 Universe

  • By John Williams on 10-15-09

Excellent book in the Douglas Adams style

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

First of all, I love the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. it is by far one of my favorite series. When I saw this book I knew I had to have it.

Listening to it, I could almost forget Douglas Adams didn't write it. This is partially due to the narrator.

I didn't like the end. I liked how it almost ended, but didn't.

  • Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles: A Radio Dramatization

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: The Colonial Radio Players
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

The people of Earth are preparing for war - a war that could potentially destroy the planet. Explorers are sent to Mars to find a new place for humans to colonize. Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor, where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars... and then is conquered by it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adaptation of the Revised Edition

  • By Maliboo on 05-05-13

It isn't a terrible mash-up / conglomeration

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

Reviewed: 04-21-14

What disappointed you about The Martian Chronicles: A Radio Dramatization?

Nothing really disappointed me. But at the same time, it didn't captivate me or entertain me like the individual stories did. Having listened to many of these segments on X-Minus-1, suspense, etc. or having read the original short stories I was familiar with most of what went on. But tying them together into one story, was choppy and broken up. It just didn't captivate me, that's what disappointed me.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

As with the previous comment, nothing. It simply was there; no aspect of the story was overly memorable or not. It would have been better as separate short stories.

Which character – as performed by The Colonial Radio Players – was your favorite?

None, nothing was that memorable

What character would you cut from The Martian Chronicles: A Radio Dramatization?

None, this question seems rather inappropriate for here. The author wrote what he wrote and I would not feel right telling him so-and-so should not have been in the book(s).

Any additional comments?

Like I said, it isn't bad; it also isn't great. I would set up bookmarks to mark the changes from one story to another and treat it as such. I series of short stories strung together. The pre-defined chapters are a good starting place to find the starts of the stories.

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