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  • The Sicilian

  • Godfather, Book 2
  • By: Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by: Larry Brandenburg, Jane Brody, Walter Brody, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

The sequel to Puzo's epic and brutal Mafia classic The Godfather. Once again Puzo brings the history of the Corleone family to life. Michael Corleone's exile in Sicily is ending, but on the instructions of his father, The Godfather, he must bring back to him the young man known as Salvatore Giuliano - if he can find him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worst quality audio I've ever heard on audible

  • By Cords Mortimer on 08-11-2017

Worst quality audio I've ever heard on audible

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

Reviewed: 08-11-2017

The story is okay, well written but nothing to do with the Godfather story; more just an pretense to tell the story of Giuliano. Good story, just was expecting more to do with the original Godfather.

The worst audio quality I've ever come across. I had to reset the audio to 0.85x speed, or it just sounds weird, like it's on fast forward. There are no pauses at the ends of chapters; the next chapter sounds like a run-on sentence. All the speech timings are rushed.
The supporting audio actors almost all sound like they're being recorded through a phone from the 90s.
Still, enjoyable listen, just took me half the book to get used to it. I suggest you slow down the audio.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rose Madder

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Roused by a single drop of blood, Rosie Daniels wakes up to the chilling realisation that her husband is going to kill her. And she takes flight - with his credit card. Alone in a strange city, Rosie begins to build a new life: she meets Bill Steiner and she finds an odd junk shop painting, Rose Madder, which strangely seems to want her as much as she wants it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection!

  • By Melissa Kelly on 28-02-2016

God awful music, pretty good story

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

Reviewed: 01-07-2017

At some points, the purposely grating music is louder than the narration. It's really awful.

story is great, could have ended a chapter earlier and lost nothing.

  • Thinner

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

The name on the covers was Bachman. But the imagination could only belong to one man: Stephen King. 'Thinner' - the old gypsy man barely whispers the word. Billy feels the touch of a withered hand on his cheek. Billy Halleck, prosperous if overweight citizen, happily married, shuddered then turned angrily away. The old woman's death had been none of his fault. The courts had cleared him. She'd just stumbled in front of his car.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Mick Fleay on 12-05-2018

Could not stop

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

Reviewed: 15-06-2017

I try to keep audiobooks as something to listen to while driving or falling asleep. Nope not this one, couldn't stop. Joe Mantegna is so much fun to listen to, too.
10/10 would compulsively listen to again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their hometown: familiar, well ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • unbelievable narration.

  • By Travis on 13-10-2016

Great performance, amazing story.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-2016

Not often the narrator is this quality, I find. Story's of King's usual amazing standard.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny's visions grow out of control. As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217, and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best listen yet

  • By Cords Mortimer on 19-09-2016

Best listen yet

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

Reviewed: 19-09-2016

While the story itself is great, Campbell Scott's performance was the best I've yet heard. The distinction between voices was amazing and I actually felt the fear as Jack Torrence was yelling, and I don't often get freaked out by books.

The story itself is also fantastically written. Perfect build, and I love how King makes his stories that much richer with sort of side wanderings that are loosely relevant to the main story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fireman

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

Some flames burn too brightly to be extinguished. This exceptional new thriller from Joe Hill is essential reading for 2016 and perfect for fans of Justin Cronin's The Passage. In a world overtaken by a deadly and dramatic new virus, Harper is determined to live long enough to deliver her baby. But when all it takes is a spark to start a deadly blaze, she's going to need some help from the mysterious fireman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Justin on 07-07-2016

Nowhere near as dark as his father

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

Reviewed: 26-08-2016

Not a bad story but lacked some extra layer that King has, which I'm used to reading.
A little bit too... light. Not bad, but just didn't pull me in and give me the sense of dread and discomfort I crave.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Night Shift

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

A collection of tales to invade and paralyse the mind as the safe light of day is infiltrated by the shadows of the night. As you listen, the clutching fingers of terror brush lightly across the nape of the neck, reach round from behind to clutch and lock themselves, white-knuckled, around the throat.This is the horror of ordinary people and everyday objects that become strangely altered; a world where nothing is ever quite what it seems, where the familiar and the friendly lure and deceive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good range

  • By Cords Mortimer on 02-05-2016

Good range

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

Reviewed: 02-05-2016

good range of stories. I hated the music, really detracted from the narrative for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 28 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

The triumphant, gripping finale to Stephen King's magnificent, epic masterpiece. Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA. The final volume sees gunslinger Roland on a roller-coaster mix of exhilarating triumph and aching loss in his unrelenting quest to reach the dark tower.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why would you do this?

  • By Cords Mortimer on 02-12-2015

Why would you do this?

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

Reviewed: 02-12-2015

I'm done. I'm done with you Stephen King. Why do you hurt me? Amazing series. I no longer know what to do with my life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 25 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

The fifth novel in Stephen King's magnificent epic, one of the most popular series in publishing history. Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA. In the fifth novel in King's best-selling epic fantasy series, the farming community in the fertile lands of the East has been warned the wolves are coming back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breathtaking

  • By Andrew on 30-10-2016

Amazing story, painful reader

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

Reviewed: 14-11-2015

Listening to Frank Muller is like listening to someone's very white grandfather read a bedtime story.
Reading anything remotely angry or exciting or sexual didn't sound right, and all women and children sound very timid and annoying.
Jake's voice is the same whether he's angry or tired or happy.
But if you get past that, Stephen King's story is amazing!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful