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James C. Maddox

Marietta, OH
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  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,317

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there!

  • By D. McMillen on 05-31-05

The Book I Wish Would Never End

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

JS&MN is such a large undertaking that upon my first picking it up, I imagined I would be more than ready to get away from it by the last page. However, quite the opposite was true. The world Clarke created for this story is so vast, so complete that I wanted to be able to peer into other dark corners of the story's history and find several other hours of entertainment. This book is a masterpiece that is as good on the fourth read as it is the first.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Head Full of Ghosts

  • By: Paul Tremblay
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,081
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,936
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,933

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when 14-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents' despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie's descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner

  • By E.C. on 07-31-15

Horror at its best!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

If you dig horror to the point that even deconstructions of the genre make you smile, do not miss this book.
It moves so quickly and cuts so deep that you'll want to go back through immediately to see what details and perfectly spun phrases you missed on previous reads.
Can't recommend enough.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,884

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

King is a genius!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-12

King is known for his horror, but 11/22/63 exemplifies his ability to tell a story that hits on all themes of the human condition. This book is not only a fantastic King tale, but a fantastic example of American fiction.

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  • The New York Trilogy

  • By: Paul Auster
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Paul Auster's signature work, The New York Trilogy, consists of three interlocking novels: City of Glass, Ghosts, and The Locked Room - haunting and mysterious tales that move at the breathless pace of a thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book of Pretentiousness

  • By James C. Maddox on 11-26-09

Great Book of Pretentiousness

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-09

This book is a little too much for a lot of people, but I like how Auster riffs on identity issues and then pairs it up with the classic icon of the private detective. If you're looking for something that will take you back to Chandler, this might not be up your alley, but if you're seeking something a bit experimental and somewhat quirky, check out the NYT.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

  • By: Jeff Lindsay
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,870
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,101

Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling but unsettling

  • By V. Sharol on 02-11-07

Junk Food

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-09

This book kept me interested, but served mainly as an easy listen. I'm a big fan of the Showtime series, and thought I'd give the source material a shot, expecting it to be about the same in style and mood, and Lindsay's book met the goal. Exactly what I was hoping it would be.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House of the Dead

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

The House of the Dead is a fascinating portrait of life in a Siberian prison camp - a life of great hardship and deprivation, yet filled with simple moments of humanity showing mankinds ability to adapt and survive in the most extreme of circumstances. Dostoevsky tells his story in a chronological order, from his character's arrival and his sense of alienation to his gradual adjustment to prison life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In the Prison House

  • By James C. Maddox on 10-25-09

In the Prison House

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-09

Dostoyevsky imparts his experiences from a Siberian prison camp, and during this narrative, we find out again why this writer is regarded as the best in fiction. Through his techniques in presentation and methods of characterization, Dostoyevsky delivers another great read.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • American Psycho

  • By: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Narrated by: Pablo Schreiber
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 18

Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Twisted!

  • By Mike Calvo on 09-13-09

Disappointment.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-09

I entered this book expecting to find some great satire, remarkable writing, and a lot of violence. I'd read Ellis's Rules of Attraction earlier and found it very enjoyable, but with American Psycho, all that seemed to be conveyed was boring lists and repetitive routines and details.
I get what the author was shooting for, but—with me, at least—I wasn't convinced that his work hit the mark.
Ellis has talent. I don't see this as his best, but that doesn't mean prospective readers should disregard him entirely.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Elephant Vanishes: Stories

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

A collection of off-the-wall short stories by Japan's leading contemporary novelist. An elephant vanishes; hunger drives a couple to rob McDonalds; an insomniac wife wakes in a different world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Collection

  • By Jennifer on 09-18-06

Murakami Rocks Both Styles!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-09

All of Murakami's novels have been amazing, but with The Elephant Vanishes, the writer shows that he can handle the short story as well as his longer works.
With the exception of "The Wind Up Bird and Tuesday's Women," each of these stories stands alone as fantastic. (Note: the only reason I say this is because I can't break this story away from the masterpiece novel it later became.)
Moving on to "The Second Bakery Attack," this story relates just how little we sometimes know our significant others, albeit in an exaggerated way.
Probably my favorite story, however, was "The Last Lawn of the Afternoon." By the time this story ends, the ambiguity of the drunken housewife's motivations paired with the facts we know about her past leaves us wondering what kind of emotional pain she's really going through, and how our narrator helped her ease that pain in the long run.
Easily, this collection of 17 short stories can be seen as Murakami's best. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy their literature with a bit of strangeness added.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Meridian

  • Or the Evening Redness in the West
  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,586
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,574

Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Existential leavings

  • By Colin on 03-22-08

High lit, well-read.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-09

Never before have I encountered a book that went so far over my head the first time I read through it, but Blood Meridian passed by so high, it's taken me quite some time to reach a point that I could appreciate the work for all its accomplishments. This book is a chore, plainly stated, but - like so many difficult yet great books that are out there - it will be worthwhile for those who decided to take up the task.
As for the reading, Poe did a fantastic job in his narration. Not over-the-top but not a monotonous drone, his choices in the voicing of these characters allowed for the text to really speak out.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • What I Talk about When I Talk about Running

  • A Memoir
  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,541

From the best-selling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It is what it says it is

  • By Rick on 03-10-09

Murakami Nonfiction

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-09

I've found the Murakami's nonfiction can be both insightful and lacking depending on the section you read. With WITAWITAR (whew!), I found the book meters above Underground, which was a bit repetitive. With Running, you get anecdotes that come across as both touching and insightful. These two words are often used to describe Murakami's fiction (along with weird, surreal, etc.), but here they come across through the effort of journaling.
I will say, however, that HM's nonfiction doesn't hold a candle to his novels, or even his short stories, but for the price they're asking here, you can't go wrong with this selection.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful