Books To Which I Have Listened, Eh?
"Bitchen" Ric Johnson
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The World's Shortest Stories Edited by Steve Moss
This is a remarkable collection of fifty-five-word
fiction pieces. Muller is one of three readers delivering a plethora of pleasing
short short stories. This book is a compilation of stories written by
many, many people, and shows how remarkably much can be said in only fifty-five
words. Ranging from love to murder to horror, some of these stories require a
second and third listen to fully grasp the authors' intent. Each story has
conflict and resolution (usually in the form of a twist at the end) just like
The great thing about this two-tape set is that
you can get a fulfilling story on the shortest of car rides. A quick trip to
the store a mile from my house renders no less than five complete stories.
Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio
The Runaway Jurywd by John Grisham
This is one of the best readings I've heard. The accompanying clip demonstrates a dozen different voices in the span of eight minutes. And astounding performance of an equally intriguing book. If you like Grisham (The Firm, The Partner), this is the only way to experience his works.
The Green Mile (Serial)wd : Parts 1-6 (Box Set) by Stephen King NEW
I hated this book in print when I read
it in monthly installments. It seemed that King was out of his element with not
being able to go back and rewrite or change the overall length of the book.
But knowing how the story comes out and who's guilty make it better the second
This is an amazing
performance. Muller never ceases to amaze me
how he can bring a cajun, a french Canadian (with differing accents),
a large Black man, and a couple of old (yet different) women to life just
by altering his inflection. This is an excellent example of the vast array of
voices he can conjure. Any fault with this book is strictly King's.
"The Night Flier" from Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Vol III
by Stephen King
An average story for King. A silly one about a vampire who pees blood and flies around in a dirt-filled Cessna.
This collection has a couple of good moments, though. Grace Slick reading "You Know They Got a
Hell of a Band" (about a town of dead rockers) and a delightful story called "The Ten O'Clock People" about people who step out for a cigarette at ten o'clock everyday. A couple of truely off-the-wall horror stories.
The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
This is just a re-release of an earlier recording for Recorded Books, Inc. to coincide with the release of the movie. (see
Different Seasons: Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption)
"When Penguin wanted to coordinate an audio release with the film,
they acquired the rights from RB. Scuttlebutt is that King insisted - I've never gotten the full story..." -- FrankM
Recorded Books, Inc (800.638.1304)
1984 by George Orwell
You know, I could never get through this book in high school. But sitting on my lawn tractor mowing eight acres, this book took me away to Orwell's universe. I'm not saying 1984 isn't a good book. It is. But in my case it was a
good example of how a book on tape can drag you through the details of a book you might skip past or miss while reading it in print. My
optical centers, not bogged down with lexical processing, were free to build the scenes in my head as Muller poured them through my
If you have to read 1984 for school, this is the only way to do it.
A Map of The World by Jane Hamilton NEW
read with C.J.Critt
The parts that Muller reads are great. The Critt stuff is marginal. That could easily be because of the first person
change. That the female character is simply more annoying to "listen in" on.
If you have young kids, you'll relate to this book well. It has a lot to do with trying to keep your family together under circumstances way
out of your control. This isn't my kind of fiction. I survived it because of the reader and that I have small kids--but if it were a movie, I'd wait for the video and make sure I had a date.
Different Seasons: The Apt Pupil by Stephen King
I'm going to have to say that this book is not for the faint of heart. It investigates the
cruel workings of a Nazi war criminal's mind. It describes, in detail, the thrill that one might get from gassing innocent beings.
A haunting, yet interseting, study. This is not light entertainment. For something lighter, listen to
I hear they're making a movie of this. (I read it on Coming Attractions, a very cool site.) Such a movie
would certianly be strange. On the order of Angelheart and Seven combined.
Different Seasons: The Body by Stephen King
Seen Stand by Me? It's this story. Another rare instance (like Shawshank)
where a King movie and his book are strikingly similar. (Dolores Claiborne being the only other instance.)
Different Seasons: The Breathing Method by Stephen King
Different Seasons: Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
This is the story that the movie, The Shawshank Redemption with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, was based on. If you liked the movie, then definitely listen to this.
Far and away the best performance Muller has ever given (and it has won
awards for it). Lent excellent material by King, Muller takes us to a place far away without ever calling
attention to his performance. I don't know which I love more: the story or the performance -- but their synergy is one you must experience!
The Game of Thirty by William Kotzwinkle
Saving this book is Muller's extrodinary mastery of accents, especially an Hasidic Jew from New York. The story itself crests at the middle and rolls
clumsily downhill with a movie-of-the-week sensationalism to it's predictable end. A good example of how Muller's mastery can make many unreadable works a joy to experience. This is not a book I would have finished if I were reading it in print, but the performance made it worth my while. (For another example of this phenomenon, see Elmore Leonard's Riding the Rap.)
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Nop's Hope by Donald McCaig
sequel to Hope's Trials, also read by Muller
Riding the Rapwd by Elmore Leonard
You'd think the guy who wrote Get Shorty (hey that's on Showtime tonight,
gotta record that. . .) would do a better job of constructing
a flawless hitman tale. Think again. If it weren't being read by Muller, I would have put this book down a third of the way into it. Silly.
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice