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Melinda

Melinda UT Member Since 2009

So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.

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  • "King's Favorite Novel? Good Enough..."

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    Fond of keeping the blood curdling throughout the month of October, I was looking for only the best of the spine-tinglers, the elite nightmare elicitors, the ones that scare the bejesus out of you and have you even welcoming your dog onto your clean bedspread for the night. While there are some awfully good reads out there, I harkened back to one that I read in 1975 (when I was 5 yrs. old)--one of only 3 books that has truly ever creeped me out (one being The Exorcist and the other scares me too much to mention!). And, it is a pedigreed chiller, claimed by the King himself to be his favorite child...Salem's Lot. He even dedicated this one to his daughter. *Do not think of the terrible mini-series...it did not do this one justice.

    Dracula, Count Orlok (Nosferatu), and Mr. Barlow...the aristocracy of vampires (Lestat was just too well behaved). There is something undeniably exclusive to Dracula - despite all the gore clever authors can think up, or all the modern diabolical twists and turns -- Count Dracula still reigns supreme as the black-hearted grandaddy of them all. King takes Stoker's lore of Dracula, revives it, and brings it out of the dank castle cellars of Transylvania to a small town in modern Maine (of course--but it could be anywhere, USA) as Mr. Barlow. There are no new evolved vampirical powers, just the original undiluted horror of the Vampire. [*Note" On this most recent recording, the author gives a brief introduction for the story, explaining how his idea evolved into the book--really fun.]

    The battle is between pure good and absolute evil -- and more importantly, convincing townfolk that there is a vampire in town - an actual bloodsucking demon of the night - before they themselves are recruited to this legion of the undead. The 1970's rural town is wonderfully depicted, full of the kind of hay-seed characters, and that small town party-line feeling King is known for creating so richly. His personal bone-to-pick with small towns comes through loud and clear as he devours the residents without mercy, relishing in extinguishing the abusers, gossipers, and Salem's Lot ne'er-do-wells. The narrator enriches the story with the appropriate chills...if you pardon his un-even delivery of Mr.Barlow's dialect (3.5*).

    For fans of the good-ol' garlic-hating, crucifix-fearing, coffin-dwelling, sun-dreading vampire...dig this one out and brush off the dust. It holds up perfectly and deserves to be held in equal esteem with the best of the worst vamps and their stories. You don't need my recommendation; if Stephen King -- the man who has defined what goes bump in the night -- says this is his personal favorite out of his own novels, you know it's got to be wonderfully deliciously dreadful.
    [*Disclaimer: I'm not a fan of abundant gore, and haven't read much of Koontz or Barker!]

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    Salem's Lot

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    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
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    Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

    Melinda says: "King's Favorite Novel? Good Enough For Me!"
  • "'HE is Legend'"

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    I enjoyed every aspect of this brief, well produced audible version of I Am Legend, (and especially recommend if you can pick it up when Audible has one of its special offers). Dean's narration made the listen as animated as a Columbia Broadcasting System radio presentation ala Orson Wells doing H.G. Well's War of the Worlds.

    Bless Matheson for bringing us the concept of a vampire apocalypse! Because of his imagination and talent, so many of Matheson's books and stories were translated to movies and TV. Loved, loved, reading the reviews and opinions about the book vs. the multiple movie versions of I Am Legend. Either I am not so opinionated, or just easily entertained, because I thought all the book to movie interpretations were great fun ... from the Vincent Price version (which embarrassed author/screenwriter Matheson resulting in him using a pseudo-name in the end credits aka *Logan Swanson*); especially the very campy Omega Man, the vampires replaced with the *Family* of albino mutants [so bad it was good]; and finally to Will Smith's intellectualized NY version with the *Darkseekers*. As fun or as creepy, none of those versions equal the book and it's emphasis on the psychological impact of being alone.

    Why read this book when we know the story almost ad nauseam - in hundreds of incarnations? Because 'MATHESON is legend'. Give a quick look at his Wiki profile.... The Legend of Hell House, What Dreams May Come, Somewhere in Time, A Stir of Echoes, I Am Legend, Steel, Duel (yes directed by Spielberg), The Night Stalker, Twilight Zone episodes (including intro and closing every show), Star Trek episodes. If you are still unconvinced of his genius - remember the Zuni fetish doll that chased Karen Black around her NY apartment with a carving knife?....Matheson's creation! And the piece de resistance....Nightmare at 20,000 Feet -- William Shatner looking out the window from his airline seat at a gremlin tearing the steel and wire cables from a rear jet engine. I think I'd rather see vampires at my door.

    It's not so much an issue of *holding up to time* as to how many times it has been done; but read with the knowledge that this was the first...wow. What a legacy--what a legend!

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    I Am Legend

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    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

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  • "The Curtain Falls...Applause, Appla..."

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    Hearing the final words, "Audible hopes you enjoyed.." it's hard to resist vigorously clapping your hands together and jumping to your feet to whoop out a "Bravo!" While it looks like some reviewers are more familiar with the particulars of each narrator, I must be less fussy; I thought it was a perfect cast that produced a dark gothic atmosphere that Stoker would call worthy of this masterpiece.

    The story is longer than I thought it would be, the flowery speech style of the Victorian era no doubt adding to the length of the journals/diaries of each articulate character, that comprise the tale -- a style that, if you are unprepared for, may be too verbose to your liking (but authentic to the time--think Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats). Where one during that period might say:
    "Dear Madam, by God, your neck! May perhaps I suggest more wreaths of the garlic flowers to be festooned around your lovely neck to prohibit a further attack from this most vile blood-sucking fiendish creature of the night which has befallen upon you most unfairly, dear sweet lady?"
    We today, 100 years later, might say:
    "Huh, vampire bite. Want some garlic (was he sparkly)?"
    You can see how this could take up some pages. But the profuse Victorian vernacular combined with the fine reading puts you in the necessary frame of mind -- where a dark red-eyed character in a cape could creep around a deteriorating castle, summon wolves from the fog, and morph into a bat flapping against a pane of glass. (It was a little amusing listening to the breathy and fragile Lucy and Mina...considering the time frame in which this was written. While Stoker had them helplessly swooning away, across the pond, Susan B. Anthony was gathering her own minions.)
    Bram Stoker truly affected history with this book -- Audible's production was a great homage to a literary icon as well as a fun engaging production, well worth the purchase.

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    Dracula [Audible Edition]

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    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
  1. Salem's Lot
  2. I Am Legend
  3. Dracula [Audible Edition]
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A Peek at Mike Naka's Bookshelf

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  • Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel

    "pretty good zombie story"

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    first off, i'm a big mayberry fan. i've read all of his joe ledger books and enjoyed them. however, i wasn't sure about his zombie books. probably b/c of the audible samples and some of the reviews. yes, i read a lot of the reviews you guys write (thanks!). i've listened to a bunch of the zombie books on audible and needed my zombie fix. b/c of that and the strength of the joe ledger series, i decided on dof (dead of night) before dust & decay and rot & ruin.

    don starts off slow building the story. dez is a female cop in a small town. she's your stereotypical hot blonde cop with an attitude. she's pissed at the world b/c she believes everybody's always left her so instead of being hurt again, she lives a reckless life, indulging in men with blonde hair and a good butt. the only person she cares about is jt, her partner. jt is an older black guy who is like her surrogate father.

    the story starts with dez and jt investigating a crime at a funeral home. the doc and cleaning maid have been viciously killed, and the dead body is missing. while investigating, the cleaning lady attacks dez, and she re-kills her. at first, jt doesn't believe dez and asks her if she's still drunk. that's when they notice the body of the doc is missing. they try to come up with some plausible story as their backup arrives. the chief doesn't know what to make of their story so dez, jt, and their backup start searching the woods for the missing bodies, and this is where the action starts to pick up.

    as people start to get infected, they don't know what to do with them b/c they're friends. in a small town, everybody knows each other. so at first, they're reluctant to kill someone they know. so what do they do? they handcuff an infected friend and take him to the hospital.

    eventually, those killed by the infected come back to life, and infection starts to spread. the story starts off slow, but the action builds as the story progresses.

    trout, dez's ex-boyfriend, is a journalist who happens to be in town when the first killings take place. they fight like hell, but trout smells a story. he realizes the missing body is that of a missing serial killer. he thinks a group of crazed fans stole his body so he follows the leads. he eventually tracks down the prison doctor who injected the serial killer. trout and his buddy, goat, learn the doc's secret and try to get the word out, but the military has encircled the small town.

    i don't want to give more away, but i enjoyed the story. i enjoyed listening to what it's like being a zombie. we learn about it from the funeral home doc. what the virus does is break the link b//ween your consciousness and your body. you can see and hear everything you're doig, but you can't stop your body from craving fresh blood. this is a great take- it's sad and horrifying!

    i think the biggest downside is the whining about killing all the people you know. i think i'd be too s#!tless to care at the time. how about you?

    overall, i'm glad i took a chance on dead of night. it's a solid standalone zombie story. it's got everything for a good zombie story- background, characters, action, zombie carnage, and a good ending.

  • The Dark

    "reminded me of the movie the mist"

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    imagine you're sitting on the couch in your living room, texting your friend, as the power goes out. your first reaction is to moan and groan about the loss of signal. but when you lift your head to see why no else one is saying anything, you notice everybody around you is gone. you don't realize that the only reason you're still here is because the light emanating from your cell phone protected you from being snatched away by the darkness when you look around and call out to see where everybody went, you catch something out of the corner of your eye. you see them standing on the edge of the darkness. when you ask them what's going on, all they say is, "turn out the light."

    this is a spooky story about what lurks in the dark. there's a small, likeable cast of characters that you come to know pretty intimately through their fear of what's happening. there are some creepy moments that'll raise the hair on the back of your neck.

    overall, an entertaining short story! well, 6 hours is short for me. LOL

    i agree with amanda-- this is a great story for the halloween season!

  • Elements of the Undead: Books One - Three

    "started strong but left me seriously disappointed"

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    How could the performance have been better?

    almost all of the characters are male. why would you use a female narrator to narrate an almost all male cast? her female voices were ok, but her male voices were horrendous, laughingly bad, especially the teenage boys! omg, they sounded like my dogs' squeaky toy!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Elements of the Undead?

    cut? cut? cut? i would ADD lots of scenes, seems like the editor cut the best scenes!


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    book 1 starts off pretty good. it introduces a lot of characters in diverse situations.

    megan is a prostitute who works in a brothel outside of las vegas. after her last client, her manager informs her there's some serious virus going around making people sick. they flip on the tv to see the cities imploding from seemingly rabid people attacking each other.

    kevin is just waking up as his plane lands in boise, idaho. he's been travelling the last 20+ to get home. all he wants to do is get to his motorcycle and go home. however, as he jostles his way up the tunnel into the terminal, he hears screaming and passengers start running back down the departing tunnel.

    alicia and brittany are finishing up their day as cashiers when something grisly happens in the parking lot.

    mike pringle is flying across the u.s. when one of the stewardess calls him on his pilot's phone, reporting a really sick passenger. soon, nobody is responding and there is a banging on the cockpit door.

    jack and sara are having a hard time digging a koi fish pond as a surprise birthday present for their twin daughters when jack's mother calls and tells him that something is wrong.

    cesar is part of a group of illegal aliens crossing from mexico into texas. when they run into someone strange, they think the person must be half-dead from the heat.

    betty hollister is the first female submarine captain. as she prepares her crew for exercises in the pacific ocean, she receives an alarming eam (emergency action alert) ordering her to release her nuclear weapons.

    like i said, book 1 starts off pretty good. i liked the diverse cast of characters, and how they reacted to their different situations.

    HOWEVER just as i was wondering how each of them were going to escape their precarious situation, there's a 3 month time skip! can you say blue balls? sorry ladies! lol

    some of them have found their way to competing compounds. one compound has most of the characters i've mentioned, and the other compound is filled with who's left from captain betty hollister's sub. some how, they've ended up in texas. they've abandoned their military professionalism and become sex-crazed and drug-crazed, especially the captain, who routinely wears out all the young male stragglers her group picks up. i know the author was trying to create the "bad" group, but it is an utter failure. totally unbelievable!

    then just as tensions start to build...book 1 ends, and book 2 starts! book 2 is a short story with new characters. as a standalone story, it's ok. chris goes to the hospital to see how his brother, dave, is doing. dave got into an acident driving his motorcycle. while chris is visiting dave, the hospital is overrun by the infected.

    book 3 then picks up 3 years later. megan and jack are reconning a canyon with another new character, archie, looking for a good source of water when they notice a massive zombie hoard.

    three more new characters are introduced- ryan, paige, and luke. they are a family who've been holed up in a bomb shelter for 3 years. they and another family have adjoining bomb shelters. ryan notices the hoard coming, and he and his neighbor try to plan what to do- to fight or flee.

    there is no mention whatsoever of what happened to captain betty hollister and the "bad" group. there is no mention of why the zombies are acting differently.

    i imagine there'll be more books forthcoming b/c of the lack of closure and a subtle hint at the end of book 3 when 2 characters are kissing, and one of them gets a funny taste in her mouth.

    this omnibus started out strong but went downhill. some of the characters i liked in the beginning become unwitting victims of the author's lack of imagination. there was a lot of potential, but it was wasted. i'd fire the editor.

  • Warrior Within: Surviving the Dead, Volume 3

    "surprisingly good"

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    Did Jordan Leigh do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    jordan leigh is a new narrator. he does a pretty good job differentiating the characters; however, my biggest caveat of the story is how he narrates steve. i kept thinking of those cheesey gov't sponsored voice overs from the movie starship troopers. jordan's portrayal of steve is too cartoony. another reviewer, greg, says jordan's portrayal of gabe is kind of like batman. i agree, but i got used to it. the new narrator isn't bad, but i did ding that part of my rating one star.


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    why do i say "surprisingly good?" at the end of book 2, you kind of get the idea that the story is going to take a turn - a turn away from battling with zombies to clashing with another group of survivors. as a zombie junkie, i wasn't sure if i was going to like the change in plot. after finishing the story, i can safely say that i think this is the best book in the series.

    at the end of book 2, eric and gabe run into steve, the green beret eric met and didn't really get along with in book 1. steve offers them refuge in hollow rock and treatment for eric's gunshot wound, but they need to trade something in return. elizabeth, the mayor, wants them to train some of the citizens of hollow rock so they can defend themselves against the free legion, another group of survivors who've been looting all of the other towns.

    as book 3 opens, 6 weeks have passed and eric and gabe are training a group of volunteers. i was worried that this would be cliche and boring, but it ended up actually being interesting and exciting. the amount of the story devoted to training is just right, and you believe the story the author's spinning.

    the author does a good job of building the suspense of a new enemy- the free legion. again, i wasn't sure of the direction of the story, but this is a nice twist! eric is tasked with infiltrating the free legion, and i was really leary about how the author was going to do this, but i must say this was my favorite part of the story. it's horrifically delicious listening. lol

    this leads me to pacing. the author does an excellent job of pacing the story. he continuously keeps the story moving. the author doesn't linger or waste too much time on one part of the plot. it is kind of teasing though! the overall story is broken into 3 parts, and i kind of wished the author had squeezed out a little more time with each part. must have been the editor! lol but the writing is much stronger in this book than the previous 2.

    a few new characters on both sides are introduced, and they are unique enough to stand apart in your mind. they add depth and flavor to the story, especially the evil ones. i enjoyed listening to how survivors are indoctrinated into the free legion. it's heartbreaking and diabolical!

    overall, a very good story! even though the zombies are less of the plot, i enjoyed the direction of the story! now if james cook would just get to writing the next chapter in the series! lol btw...he's got a good blog and an interesting story.

Ryan

Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 09-07-10 Member Since 2005

Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.

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  • "entertaining escapism"

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    If you're looking for entertaining, competently-written escapist fantasy, you could do worse than the Warded Man. As might be expected in a book where bestial demons rise out of the ground every night to terrorize human beings protected by fragile magic wards, there's not a whole lot of subtlety to either the characters or the writing, but I found the story engrossing nonetheless. Brett confidently draws the reader into the fine details of his three protagonists' lives, gradually adding twists and internal conflicts as they grow from childhood, and I found myself staying awake "just one more chapter". The world reminded me a bit of Stephen King's The Wizard and the Glass, with its part medieval, part Wild West, and part post-apocalypse setting, though the mix here leans more towards the former.

    Yeah, the book has its flaws. The prose can be adverb-heavy, the side characters are a little exaggerated, and the demons themselves have all the personality of monsters from the computer game DOOM. (On a side note, some readers have also complained about the rape scenes, but I didn't find the author's choice to include them objectionable -- I thought they fit in with the harshness of the novel's world.)

    But, overall, I found The Warded Man an enjoyable read and got sucked into the book's world. I liked the conflicted central characters and the portrayal of human society in uneasy coexistence with an ever-present (if mindless) supernatural threat. Usually, I don't mention the audiobook experience, but, in this case, the narrator, whose voice was perfect for this kind of tale, probably added something. Give it a shot. I immediately downloaded the sequel upon finishing.

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    The Warded Man

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    • By Peter V. Brett
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    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"

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    As the World Dies: Untold Tales, Volume 3

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    In the third volume of the As the World Dies Untold Tales experience three terrifying tales of those who are forced to face the unrelenting and hungry walking dead. Returning to Texas after celebrating his divorce in Vegas, Rune, a biker cursed with the ability to see ghosts, discovers that the world is being taken over by the hungry undead. Soon he realizes he will have to depend on all his abilities to survive not only the ravenous zombies, but the dangerous men lurking on the back roads of Texas.

    Shea says: "Awesome"
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    DEAD: Perspectives (Vol. 1) (






UNABRIDGED) by TW Brown Narrated by Andrew McFerrin

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    Steve Hobart is just a regular guy, his world is tipped on its side as the dead began to walk. He slowly gathers a group of other survivors and, together, they brave the horrors of a Dead world. Every choice seems to yield as many consequences as it does rewards. He struggles with decisions made as well as opportunities lost as he finds himself in the unlikely role of leader. With a group that includes an Army doctor, a five-year-old Hispanic girl, a convicted murderer, and a teen girl who seems far better equipped to deal with the situation....

    Heath Stallcup says: "Excellent!"
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    The Stand (






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    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
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    Doctor Sleep: A Novel (






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    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
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    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
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    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
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    The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II (






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    The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II

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    Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower.

    Kevin says: "If you read this, you're hooked"
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    Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

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    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Marci says: "King and Patton create a winning combo"
  • Shadow of Night (






UNABRIDGED) by Deborah Harkness Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda

    Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5614)
    Performance
    (5035)
    Story
    (5027)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King Narrated by Will Patton

    Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (5995)
    Performance
    (5559)
    Story
    (5577)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
  • The Stand (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King Narrated by Grover Gardner

    The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6138)
    Performance
    (5408)
    Story
    (5455)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
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  • Under the Dome: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King Narrated by Raul Esparza

    Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9888)
    Performance
    (4818)
    Story
    (4846)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
  • The Strain (






UNABRIDGED) by Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan Narrated by Ron Perlman

    The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2226)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1168)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King Narrated by George Guidall

    The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6872)
    Performance
    (3297)
    Story
    (3343)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
  • It (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King Narrated by Steven Weber

    It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4405)
    Performance
    (3140)
    Story
    (3166)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
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  • Dracula [Audible Edition] (






UNABRIDGED) by Bram Stoker Narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley

    Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2221)
    Performance
    (2024)
    Story
    (2047)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
  • The Shining (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King Narrated by Campbell Scott

    The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2033)
    Performance
    (1891)
    Story
    (1911)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
  • Contamination Boxed Set: Books 0-3 (






UNABRIDGED) by T. W. Piperbrook Narrated by Troy Duran

    Contamination Boxed Set: Books 0-3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By T. W. Piperbrook
    • Narrated By Troy Duran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    The infection has begun, ravaging the American Southwest and leaving chaos in its wake. In this new world, there will be no last meal, no dying wish. The only reward left is to survive another day...

    Casey Skelton says: "Holy Sh@#!"
  • Horns: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Joe Hill Narrated by Fred Berman

    Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (715)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
  • Craven Place (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Wright Narrated by Kathy Bell Denton

    Craven Place

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Richard Wright
    • Narrated By Kathy Bell Denton
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The author. The psychic. The vagrant. The hack. An invitation to a crumbling cottage in the lonely wilds. The legend of the witch who haunts it still. A disappearance from a locked room and the rising, ancient power that may be culprit. The hag has waited long for visitors, and guests are encouraged to extend their stay. For whatever remains of their lives.

  • Z-Risen: Outbreak (






UNABRIDGED) by Timothy W. Long Narrated by Todd Menesses

    Z-Risen: Outbreak

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy W. Long
    • Narrated By Todd Menesses
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    When the USS McClusky (FFG-41) was overrun by the dead, Machinist Mate First Class Jackson Creed, and Marine Sergeant Joel "Cruze" Kelly, were forced to abandon the ship and take their chances in San Diego. Now they are stuck in a city that has been completely overrun with zombies, and as the days go by, they must range farther and farther away from "fortress" in their search for supplies.

  • Desperado (






UNABRIDGED) by Sara Barnard Narrated by Tiffany Williams

    Desperado

    • UNABRIDGED (38 mins)
    • By Sara Barnard
    • Narrated By Tiffany Williams
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    With the help of her family, Shelby must try to piece together the story of the haunted mallet and a certain song by the Eagles that keeps playing ... and playing ... and playing - before this Texas-sized ancestral ghost story takes a turn that just might be headed down a dead end.

  • Tina (






UNABRIDGED) by Dave Donahue Narrated by Emily Lindsay

    Tina

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Dave Donahue
    • Narrated By Emily Lindsay
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Tina's mother has passed leaving her and Tom in charge of keeping the farm running. On one fateful morning, the two embark on a trip to town for supplies. What transpires is a macabre trip into the madness of the mind.

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  • I Devour, Therefore I Am: I Waited for so Long to Be Free, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Bradley Ramsey Narrated by Lee Zasloff

    I Devour, Therefore I Am: I Waited for so Long to Be Free, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Bradley Ramsey
    • Narrated By Lee Zasloff
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    In the first audiobook of the trilogy, I Devour, Therefore I Am, an ancient order must perform a sacred ritual at Stonehenge; the remnants of an ancient prison known to the order as "The Circle of Captivity." Arlana Tristus spent her entire life defying her own destiny, but now she can run no longer. The ritual at Stonehenge has failed, the prison bars have been shattered, and what lies within is unleashed upon the Earth.

  • Electric Spook: Stories of Horror (






UNABRIDGED) by Ron W. Koppelberger, Jr. Narrated by Jack Nolan

    Electric Spook: Stories of Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ron W. Koppelberger, Jr.
    • Narrated By Jack Nolan
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Open it and see what ye are dreaming of, a bit of adventure, drama, fear, horror, or mystery - 'tis but a small sampling of the other side fer just a touch - a touch of the magic in yer amusement and fear. So come along ye to the moment of sleep and dreams, traveling frights, and the contemplations of a generation in flux.

  • Get the Hell Out: The Ella Hunt Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Jared Peterson Narrated by Roni Gallimore

    Get the Hell Out: The Ella Hunt Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jared Peterson
    • Narrated By Roni Gallimore
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    An audiobook that follows a young girl's story of getting caught up in the evil web of Satan via the Ouija board and learns what happens when you open yourself up to evil. While fleeing the indiscretions of her father, Ella and her mother move to a small mountain town. Keeping their old life a secret, they soon discover this town has secrets of its own.