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Superb and funny

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Reviewed: 22-11-19

Loved the first and this was just as good. Very interesting and funny. Thanks Bruce!

By the way I started watching Burn Notice. Fine work Sir. Must check out your Evil Dead shenanigans.. sounds delightful!

Ciao!

Essential for expanding your understanding..

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Reviewed: 10-05-19

This has to be one of the most enlightening books I've listened to. If you feel there IS something beyond what we already know, this book gives a very credible explanation.
I'm slightly biased as I'm a big fan of anything which connects with quantum theories and as a person who uses positive thought and positive energy.
Sean Runette is brilliant as narrator and gives the book a slightly humorous taste while maintaining the impact of the implications of the subject.

Expand your understanding and add this to your library.

No one goes to 'Salems Lot anymore...

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Reviewed: 20-12-18

A classic vampiric story from the legendary Stephen King. Whether you've seen the film versions or not, this is a must for any King fans and those who need to hear how things really happened, how the 'Lot went from a cosy but quiet neighbourhood to a place where people tend to avoid now.

Especially at night. You don't see many people in the day time, should you be either passing through or visiting friends. Well, of course that's if your friends still answer the phone or reply to letters. More and more people wonder what happened to family or friends.. and why its best not to go looking for them. Not anymore.

Especially at night.

Sorry.. must go now.. sounds like someones scratching at the window.. weird huh?

The Apocalypse Comes With A Bite!

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Reviewed: 20-12-18

The first in The Strain Trilogy introduces us to a very good mass apocalyptic story which is quite well narrated by the legendary Ron Perlman. I'm heavily into the 'end of the world' stories so I'm biased but this series is very much worth it.

I gave it 4 stars on 'Performance' because it seemed to me that Ron got a little bored narrating this towards the end. He is a good narrator don't get me wrong, but it did spoil it a little. But don't let this put you off, the second and third books are read by Daniel Oreskes and nicely done too.

A virus is brought into the US via a normal airline flight and quickly spreads causing horror and mayhem as the infected follow their one purpose: to spread itself. But its not your standard pathogenic killer. Its nature is more vampiric and it becomes apparent that there is a controlling entity which must be stopped... but its far too late.

There is a very good TV adaptation of the trilogy available too, on Amazon. Normally these TV adaptations are approached with some concern, but this time they really nailed it. Listen to the audiobook first, or read the book and then savour the TV version. I did and it was worth it!

Very best regards,

Karl

Every Book Is Better Than The Last!

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Reviewed: 19-12-18

I hadn't known Maggie Stiefvater before this series but oh WOW she is a great author. In addition to this you have, in my opinion, the best narrator in the business, Will Patton. He even makes the credits sound ominous and exciting!

This series of books is one that stands out because the story and narration get progressively better. The first was brilliant and I was hooked. The second even better, so can it get even better? HELL YES! One character stand out from the superb list to choose from: Jessie Dittley (spelling may be wrong, sorry Jessie), Superbly voiced by Will.

I'm probably repeating myself from earlier reviews, but these stories are so so good.

Very best regards,

Karl

Very, Very Good!

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Reviewed: 05-12-18

Short review: Superb production of the book and the musical blended into a sweet mixture. If your a fan, you should buy it!

Longer review:

I'm writing this review having only listened to two chapters. I could have well done this after only one. It reminds me of an idea I had a only a little time ago: I already knew the book was superb, having read it numerous times, I already knew that the musical version was utterly superb, having literally grown up listening to it countless times over the years. Create a uber-masterpiece from the two masterpieces! Have the narrative blended with the goodness of the music Jeff Wayne created, but use more, if not all of the book.

And they did it.

But who would take the narrator/journalist role? This above all was most important, but who? When I listened to the sample, I actually thought they'd used Richard Burtons' voice somehow, then read that Michael Sheen had done it. Absolutely perfect! Adrian Edmonson is brilliant! I'm getting to know the rest of the cast as I go, but I know that they WILL be exceptional performances. You have to get something like this right, and I feel they've nailed it sweetly.

Some slight niggles though, but this is mainly due to the use of the newer musical versions' music, the dance beat style portions just didn't feel right. Having said that I will say I eventually began to like the newer musical version, very well produced!

Some of the books' greatest fans may not like this production much as they may say there is too much music for it to be called an audio book as such, and so its called a audio drama/book maybe? Maybe not a musical in the true form? Well they seem to use a good portion of music, and have used pieces in different places too. Nicely done!

AND the BBC TV version of the book is just around the corner. Finally set IN THE RIGHT COUNTRY AND TIME PERIOD.

Thankyou for the time taken to read this giddy fans mumblings. Thankyou to the good people behind this production.

Now go buy it!

Very Best Regards,

Karl Hart

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A great story! And Flagg is in it!

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Reviewed: 03-12-18

Well I can say I did get this mainly because Flagg was in it, and I wasn't disappointed. Great story anyway but any narrative that gives a glimpse of the Dark mans other lives is always going to end up in my library. Fits in nicely within our Kings universe. Superb!

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Excellent story brilliantly read

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Reviewed: 10-10-18

Excellently read by Bronson Pinchot, this is an great following on of the first book. I sincerely recommend it.

Compelling and captivating

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Reviewed: 05-10-18

Will Patton could read a restaurant menu and make it compelling. So the story was a gamble, would I enjoy it? Oh yes indeed! Brilliant story from start to finish and I most definitely will complete the series. There wasn't a moment I didn't enjoy. The author has a new fan.

Superb!

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Reviewed: 19-08-18

Brilliant in every way. Superb story and narrated by Will Patton perfectly. Had to stop myself from listening through in one sitting to make the experience last longer. Definitely has to be in your King library.