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Cynthia

Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States Member Since 2012

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  • "Because the Past Defines the Present"

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    I discovered Stephen King the summer I was 13 years old. I remember reading "The Shining" (1976), "'Salem's Lot" (1975), "Carrie" (1974), and "Night Shift" (1977) over a hot and humid week. When the weather broke one night with a spectacular summer thunderstorm, I woke up screaming, convinced that a long-dead priest was in my room.

    Carrietta White and Danny Torrance psychic abilities - their shines - fascinated me. Wouldn't it be fun to make the tight Jordache jeans the tall blonde who was "going with" the boy I had a crush, on split the bottom of her jeans wide open, just as she tossed her perfectly feathered Farrah Fawcett hair? But Margaret White, Carrie's mother was a religious zealot; and Jack Torrance, Danny's father, was a raging alcoholic. Carrie and Danny didn't use their shine for fun, they used it because the people who loved them were murderous. Only Danny survived his childhood.

    In 2001, about the time Danny is learning to become sober, Abra Stone is born into a family with two (mostly) normal parents and an adoring great grandmother. Abra shines, and shines brightly. Her parents realize it, and take an approach to the situation Andrew Solomon (Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, 2012) would approve of: they have a pediatrician observe her, confirm what they know - and love and support her.

    Danny has a great evil to fight - alcoholism. He started drinking at 13. It dulls his shine, and considering what he does for a living - he's an orderly at hospices, and he helps people pass on, who could blame him? But, as any alcoholic knows, Danny drinks because he is a drunk. King has been sober for 26 years, and writes about Alcoholics Anonymous - 'the program' - with the passion, clear head, and understanding of someone who knows the program far deeper than being able to recite the Serenity Prayer from memory. King's description of Danny's longing for a drink at a dive bar with neon lights advertising $2 pitchers was so vivid, in one of the most narratively tense parts of Doctor Sleep, I found myself thinking, "Don't do it Danny, don't do it!"

    Danny and Abra have another, prescient and cannabalistic evil to fight - Rose the Hat and "The True Knot," a band of seemingly ordinary people criss-crossing the United States in those spectacularly expensive RVs you sometimes see on long drives on the 10 West, heading into Arizona; or parked in a Walmart lot, easily taking up a dozen parking places. The people in them look normal - even dull - but . . . and Rose and the True Knot are very, very old - because they take something from children with the shine.

    Would I have enjoyed Doctor Sleep as much as I did if I hadn't read "The Shining," or for that matter, "Carrie"? I think I might have liked it even more, because I would have been truly surprised by the Overlook Hotel/Lodge - and frightened by the ghosts, maybe as I was that long ago summer.

    I'm giving the audio a 4, not because Will Patton isn't a fantastic narrator - he is. He's got the characters to a t. When he was Dick Hallorann, I actually saw Scatman Crothers from the 1980 movie "The Shining" in my mind. However, there's a small portion of the narrative that is difficult to follow as an audio book. It sorts itself out eventually, but that's why I knocked a point off.

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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"
  • "Control. Chaos. Darkness."

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    There was something unique about the publication of Stephen King's 2014 "Mr. Mercedes". There wasn't a whole lot of publicity when it came out. Teasers didn't show up on my Facebook and Twitter feed, as they had for King's 2013 charmer, "Joyland." There was an unfortunately coincidence that warranted the silence.

    I purchased the Audible "Mr. Mercedes" without reading the Publisher's Summary, so I could enjoy the surprise of knowing I would almost certainly like it, since it was King - but not knowing the genre or story before I listened. Was it Sci-Fi, like "The Tommyknockers" (1987)? A coming-of-age story, like the 1982 novella, "The Body: Fall from Innocence", which was adapted into Rob Reiner's 1986 "Stand by Me"? Of was it horror/supernatural, like - well, most of his books?

    "Mr. Mercedes" turned out to be fan fiction - a modern tribute to Dashiell Hammet's Sam Spade ("The Maltese Falcon" (1929) etc.) mixed in with the brilliant, quirky women who intrigue Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe ("The Big Sleep" (1939), etc.). There's also a hint of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch ("Blood Work", 1998").

    King's making a nod to nearly a century of hard-boiled detective fiction, and it's a fedora wearing trip to ethically challenged but morally pure shamuses.

    King introduces retired detective Bill Hodges, who is eating himself to death in his La-Z-Boy, but if that doesn't work, has a .38 at the ready. Hodges is pulled out of retirement by an unsolved mass murder. Hodges' Watson is a deep voiced 17 year old Jerome Robinson, a brilliant, fearless young man from the most all-American family ever who has an uncanny knack for filling in Hodges' thoughts and seeing danger.

    Unfortunately. there were some plot holes big enough to drive a Mercedes - or maybe even a Hummer - through. I enjoyed the book - especially the dialogue - but King's usually a tighter writer. That's why the 3 on the story.

    Now for the reason this book was probably rolled out with such little fanfare: Brady Hartsfield, King's imagined serial/mass killer. Hartsfield's sad lack of friends - he has just one, a co-worker who probably has no idea she is his only friend; his social awkwardness; his twisted sexuality; and his hatred of almost everyone, especially minorities, is eerily close to real life mass murderer Elliott Rodgers. Rodgers killed 6 people and injured 13 in Isla Vista, CA, on May 23, 2014, and then killed himself. Rodgers' "My Twisted Life" (2014) is essentially a 141-page suicide note, explaining why Rodgers was going to slaughter as many women as he could - and it isn't so far from what the fictional Hartsfield intended to do. "Mr. Mercedes" was released just 10 days later. It had to have been finished long before Rodgers' rampage - but the timing was truly unfortunate.

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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"
  • "No Doz for your Road Trip"

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    I downloaded a copy of "Road Rage" (2009) to listen to on a trip from Southern California to Arizona. If you want to make sure that you'll be hyper vigilant for semis and motorcycles, and in no danger of falling asleep on a long and lonely stretch of I-40 or 89A, this Audible will do it for you.

    "Road Rage" is a themed collection of two novellas. The first story is Richard Matheson's "Duel" (1971), which pits a salesman with an appointment to keep against an ancient tanker truck with a mysterious driver. The salesman duels across the desert with a tanker driver intent on killing him. When I Googled "Duel" to get the original publication date, I learned it had been adapted into a 1971 Emmy award winning television movie - directed by Steven Speilberg. I plan to find it on line and watch.

    "Throttle" (2012) by Stephen King and Joe Hill clearly was inspired by, and a tribute to Matheson's "Duel". It begins with, "They rode west from the slaughter, through the Painted Desert . . ." "They" are "The Tribe", a motorcycle gang of military veterans who handle a failed illegal business venture terribly. A vengeful semi with a wronged driver is involved in this story, too.

    Stephen Lang's narration sounded gravelly, roughened by too many cigarettes, not enough sleep, and a tough day driving. He was an excellent choice for this listen.

    I wanted to mention that when I researched "Duel", I found out Richard Matheson died on June 23, 2013. Audible, how about a featured obit for this influential writer?

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    Richard Matheson's Duel, an unforgettable tale about a driver menaced by a semi truck, was the source for Stephen Spielberg's acclaimed first film of the same name. Throttle, by Stephen King and Joe Hill, is a duel of a different kind, pitting a faceless trucker against a tribe of motorcycle outlaws, in the simmering Nevada desert.

    Gregory says: "Nice work"
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  2. Mr. Mercedes: A Novel
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A Peek at G. House Sr.'s Bookshelf

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  • Innocence: A Novel

    "Slowly Unwinds and Suck You In"

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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame-esq story opens very slowly. But although you recognize the plot line, or think you do, by an hour into it you wondering. Wonder how, what, who's the girl, what's it about and then you are sucked in, you can't stop listening. Even the tragedies mote different in this work. Koontz get you to immediately connect with the main character (Addison) and is a master at telegraphing the characters inner emotions.

    MacLeod Andrews does and excellent job with the story in terms of pace and inflection, as with most excellent narration, adds to the suspense rather than distracts. If you like the Odd Thomas series, you will definitely like Innocence. Koontz is at his best with description and detail. I give this a solid must listen.

  • Frankenstein, Book Two: City of Night

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    I love the first book, and the second is the classic middle of a three ACT structure. The first book sets Adventure, gets all the players in the right position with their motivations; the second set their allies and they engage in some preemptory skirmishes; the third book is setup for major conflict ? it is going to be good.

    I like the narrator from the first book better though.

  • Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure

    "Wow - Koontz Cranks out another Hit"

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    Odd Interlude was released after Odd Apocalypse by six months. However, Odd Interlude takes place one day after Odd Hours ends and before Odd Apocalypse begins. For listening fans, this may be a little confusing at first if you’ve already listened to Odd Apocalypse because the timing is inconsistent with the character story arc. I went back and verified that the release dates were indeed out of sequence. No matter, Odd Interlude is a great story. One of the pleasant parts of this novel is the addition of a two kindred spirits: JoLeigh and Ed. I won’t spill the beans on who they are and the roles they play in the story; but, I will comment that Koontz does a nice job in allowing them to fold effortlessly into this tale.

    I really like the narration of David Aaron Baker. He has been the voice of Odd since the very beginning and his performance is excellent. He does a great job differentiating characters and imbuing them the emotion of the story.

    If you are a fan of the series, you will like the story. Although this story does not rely on the supernatural as much as the others, it is a fun listen and I believe is much more filled with humor than the darker Odd Apocalypse. If you are not a series reader, you can read this novel first. It will leave a lot of open questions and spoil the first Odd Thomas novel and Odd Hours, but that will be the extent of the spoiling.

    I continue to be a fan of the series. I hope to continue to see Oddy pick up some friends. I give a big thumbs up recommendation.

  • Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6

    "Oddly Excellent!"

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    What does an exploding cantaloupe and a simile equating perfect hash browns to driving speed have to do with the new Odd Thomas installment? You’ll have to listen to find out. The plot is laid quickly, Odd finds himself going head-to-head with a maniacal trucker who tries to kill him not ten minutes in and the vision of what he is bound to do is grizzly. Even though the mission is somber, like all adventures, Odd is full of metaphors and witticisms as usual. Odd keeps collecting folks and Edie will charm your shocks off.

    The great thing about the Odd Thomas stories is how deeply sincere and amusing the character is. I love how self-effacing and humble he is; and, with each story we learn more and more about him and his journey. You would think that this would get old given we’ve been we Odd through heartbreak and triumph and pretty much think we know him. But Koontz continues to unravel us a little more each time as he writes another one of these stories. He not a FBI agent of a Forensic Scientist from a Lincoln Child or Patricia Cornwell – he is simple Fry Cook, a very, very interesting Fry Cook.

    This is book seven for David Aaron Baker who is now the voice off Odd Thomas. His narration fits the quirky nature of Odd Thomas and very much like his easy going narration.

    I love these series! My heart still aches for him and Stormy Llewellyn way back from book one. Koontz has managed to tap into a vein with the Odd Thomas stories that keep you reading and wanting more. Perhaps it is the simplicity that surrounds the deeply complex Odd Thomas as his enigmatic cast. I highly recommend this installment of Deeply Odd – please give it a listen.

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  • "One More Mortal Sin"

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    What do you want from a sequel? Comfort? More of the same? Or simply a continuation? A further exploration that goes somewhere different? There isn't one right or wrong answer. Sometimes it's one thing, sometimes it's something else, sometimes it's a mixture. Tim Powers' Hide Me Among the Graves falls into the latter category - there are similarities to its predecessor, but it is also very much its own book.

    You should know upfront that Tim Powers’ The Stress of Her Regard is one of (if not my all time) favorite vampire books of all time. It was one of the first things I reviewed here, and it unlike any other vampire story I’d ever read. What was terrifying about it wasn’t just the inhuman vampires (though they were), but the way it examined the notions of the muse, as well as success and the arts. It remains to this day one of the most frightening books I've read.

    Hide Me Among the Graves includes vampires, and some minor characters return, but it’s much more of a dark fantasy adventure than it is dark fantasy horror. It's Doctor Sleep to The Shining. There is plenty of spookiness afoot in séances, ghosts cursed to swim the Thames, and spiritualism. But it never achieves the shocking horror awful lusts of The Stress of Her Regard. It’s almost like the second half of Dracula, where Van Helsing organizes Jonathan Harker, Dr. Seward, and the rest of the gang to go a vampire-hunting. There’s danger, but it’s matched with humor and excitement.

    It’s also features much more of an ensemble. Where the first book held a relatively tight focus on Michael Crawford (with occasional dalliances into Percy Shelley), the net here is cast much broader. Happily, the ratio of male/female heroes is much more even, which is good. One of the main issues with The Stress of Her Regard is that Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) had so little to do, and was pushed to the side for her husband and friends. This time out, we get the poet Christina Rosetti, street smart former prostitute Adelaide McKee, and young Johanna. They’re joined by veterinarian John Crawford, poet Dante Gabriel Rosetti, and elderly former explorer and adventurer Edward Trelawney. They’re all very different from each other, and due to some of the conflict that arises, the book is surprisingly quite a bit funnier. But that doesn't make this book a comedy by any stretch. There's an unsettling scene early on when teenaged Christina's father essentially forces her to take one of the demonic statues, and sacrificing her to save himself. Many of the characters suffer hellish graveyard sequences and haunted seas. But it's not as disturbing or challenging a novel as The Stress of Her Regard.

    Simon Vance is one of my favorite readers in the business, so I was sad he didn’t return here. However, Fiona Hardingham narration was nothing short of excellent. This was no small task, as she had to work to differentiate the various characters – who were often in the same place together, or whose narratives jumped from one to the other. McKee in particular was a lot of fun to listen, as was her salty old-dog take on Trelawney (and when the two of them were playing off each other, it was listening bliss). The rest of the characters felt not only like individuals, but the protagonists of their own stories under Hardingham's voice. It’s the first time I’ve listened to Hardingham narrate, but her voice was easy to settle into hearing, and I hope to hear much more of her work.

    All in all, Hide Me Among the Graves is a welcome return to Powers dark, mysterious world of vampires, art, and the muse. I’d be happy to go back again if Powers found himself inspired to keep us up late at night again.

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    Winter 1862, London. Adelaide McKee, a former prostitute, arrives on the doorstep of veterinarian John Crawford, a man she met once seven years earlier. Their brief meeting produced a child who, until now, had been presumed dead. McKee has learned that the girl lives - but that her life and soul are in mortal peril from a vampiric ghost. But this is no ordinary spirit; the bloodthirsty wraith is none other than John Polidori, the onetime physician to the mad, bad, and dangerous Romantic poet Lord Byron.

    Dave says: "One More Mortal Sin"

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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
    (2291)
    Performance
    (2088)
    Story
    (2113)

    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"
  • 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
    (10021)
    Performance
    (4940)
    Story
    (4971)

    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 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
    (6982)
    Performance
    (3396)
    Story
    (3448)

    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!"
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  • 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
    (2137)
    Performance
    (1989)
    Story
    (2011)

    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..."
  • 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
    (2290)
    Performance
    (1218)
    Story
    (1227)

    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"
  • 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
    (4503)
    Performance
    (3235)
    Story
    (3260)

    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"
  • Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King Narrated by Becky Ann Baker, John Cullum, Boyd Gaines, Peter Gerety, Josh Hamilton, Arliss Howard, Judith Ivey, Stephen King, Justin Long

    Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Becky Ann Baker, John Cullum, Boyd Gaines, and others
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (202)

    The first collection of stories Stephen King has published since Nightmares & Dreamscapes nine years ago, Everything's Eventual includes one O. Henry Prize winner, two other award winners, four stories published by The New Yorker, and "Riding the Bullet", King's original e-book, which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story of the decade. Intense, eerie, and instantly compelling, they announce the stunningly fertile imagination of perhaps the greatest storyteller of our time.

    Amazon Customer says: "It Was So Eventual"
  • Dribs n Drabs (






UNABRIDGED) by D. Jonathan Brudie Narrated by D. Jonathan Brudie

    Dribs n Drabs

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By D. Jonathan Brudie
    • Narrated By D. Jonathan Brudie
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Author D. Jonathan Brudie takes you deep inside the realm of madness, superstition, and depravity, where you will find yourself immersed in the array of horrors that await. If you crave terrifying fiction in all of its guises, then this is the audiobook you must listen to. All 11 short stories and poems will haunt your mind and fire your imagination.

  • Human No Longer (






UNABRIDGED) by Kathryn Meyer Griffith Narrated by Sara Mackie

    Human No Longer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kathryn Meyer Griffith
    • Narrated By Sara Mackie
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Jenny and Jeff Sanders become the victims of a bizarre crime, leaving Jeff dead, Jenny in a temporary coma. She returns to her children. With Jeff's death she must move back to her childhood home in Summer Haven, Florida, where once they destroyed a family of vampires. Her brother, Joey, a local diner owner, helps them.

  • The Hunger and Other Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by Charles Beaumont Narrated by J. Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki

    The Hunger and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Beaumont
    • Narrated By J. Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    A collection of horror stories by the iconic Charles Beaumont. When The Hunger and Other Stories first appeared in 1957, it heralded the arrival of Charles Beaumont as an important and highly original new voice in American fiction. Although he is best known today for his scripts for television and film, including several classic episodes of The Twilight Zone, Beaumont is being rediscovered as a master of weird tales, and this, his first published collection, contains some of his best.

  • Lost Tales from the Mountain (






UNABRIDGED) by Elizabeth A. Garcia, Karan Henley Haugh, Tess Votto, John Broderick, Keith C. Chase, John Kovacich Narrated by Carl Moore

    Lost Tales from the Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth A. Garcia, Karan Henley Haugh, Tess Votto, and others
    • Narrated By Carl Moore
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Beware! These pages are filled with thrilling tales of ghosts, horrors, and things that go bump in the night. A little for everyone, including short stories and poems written by diverse talents and great students, too.

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  • Slow Burn: Box Set 1-3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Bobby Adair Narrated by Jason Damron

    Slow Burn: Box Set 1-3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bobby Adair
    • Narrated By Jason Damron
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Survive the infection! Survive the infected. Book 1: A new flu strain has been spreading across Africa, Europe, and Asia. Disturbing news footage is flooding the cable news channels. People are worried and frightened.

    Shawn says: "Great books, not sure about the audio book."
  • Scare Tactics (






UNABRIDGED) by David Whitehead Narrated by Quintin W. Allen

    Scare Tactics

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Whitehead
    • Narrated By Quintin W. Allen
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Ever fancied taking a trip through the twilight world of the supernatural? Here's your chance to explore a terrifying universe where men fall in love with monsters, a trouble child's nightmares prove to be all too real, a house attracts evil much as a sponge attracts water, and Lovecraftian demons from a time before history make Satanic pacts in order to return from the past.

  • Meridian Six (






UNABRIDGED) by Jaye Wells Narrated by Nicky Phillips

    Meridian Six

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jaye Wells
    • Narrated By Nicky Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Meridian Six remembers the days before the Troika enslaved humans. She also remembers her mother, a freedom fighter murdered in the final battle between humans and vampires. But it is her mother's final words that have haunted her: Red means life. In the years since her mother's death, she has been used as both a propaganda tool and a blood slave by the Troika.

  • The Grinding (






UNABRIDGED) by Matt Dinniman Narrated by Chris Sorensen

    The Grinding

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Matt Dinniman
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Six months ago, the world watched in horror as we lost an American city. The Grinder. That's what the survivors of Tucson called the monster. Just one touch, and they became a part of it. It used their bodies as limbs and as weapons. In just a matter of hours, it became huge, a towering monstrosity made entirely out of tens of thousands of people and animals.