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Karen

Love Horror and Sci-Fi. I enjoy historical romance

Philadelphia, PA, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • The Book of Obeah: Crossroads, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Sandra Carrington-Smith
    • Narrated By Dave Fennoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Upon the passing of her beloved grandmother, Melody Bennet receives startling instructions that she is to take the ashes of Grandmama Giselle to southern Louisiana. Melody must step far outside her comfort zone in the suburbs of North Carolina to fulfill this dying wish. She finds herself blindly navigating the exotic, sometimes hostile environs of New Orleans and Bear Bayou, and immersed in a subculture based on an ancient West African religion. At this unexpected crossroad, she discovers new cultures and beliefs - and new dangers - and awakens to a new way of seeing the world and her role in it.

    Karen says: "Interesting"
    "Interesting"
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    Love. Love. Love history and mystery. Anything to do Voodun peaks my interest. This book has a steady pace. It doesn't give an opportunity for the reader to get bored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Choir Director

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Carl Weber
    • Narrated By Marc Damon Johnson, Adam Alexander, Patricia R. Floyd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (175)

    Carl Weber is a New York Times best-selling author who’s made a name for himself with wildly entertaining works marked by his trademark wit and storytelling panache. In The Choir Director, Bishop T.K. Wilson is banking on dynamic new choir director Anthony Mackie to reverse the failing congregation’s fortunes. But while Anthony’s got more than enough chops to raise a heavenly chorus, he’s also got a weakness for the ladies that could make the Devil himself stand up and take notice.

    annette says: "Off The Chain!"
    "I can relate"
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    I would listen to Choir Director again because I have run across characters in my own church portrayed in the book. It is funny, it has heart. It shows faith in what's good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Brandon Massey
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    In Dark Corner, a Mississippi backwater harbors a growing evil. After David Hunter learns of his estranged father's death in a freak boating accident, he travels to the famed author's home in the quaint burg of Mason's Corner to discover the man he never knew, and something terrifying about himself.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Heading to the top of the genre!"
    "Pretty Good"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a basic vampire tale. Although I'd have liked it better if the author would've given a more historical background.


    Have you listened to any of J.D. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think this is the first book I've heard J.D. Jackson perform. His voice was engaging.


    Could you see Dark Corner being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think a tv series. Anthony Mackie as David Hunter; Idris Elba as his Father Richard. Stellar combination.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret of Crickley Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By James Herbert
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (96)

    There is an old, empty house in Devil's Cleave, a deep gorge that leads from the high moors down to the harbour village of Hollow Bay. The house is Crickley Hall and it's large and grim, somehow foreboding. It's rumoured to be haunted. It's thought to hold a secret. Despite some reservations, the Caleighs move in, searching for respite in this beautiful part of North Devon, seeking peace and perhaps to come to terms with what's happened to them as a family. But all is not well with the house....

    Karen says: "ZZZZZ......"
    "Thoroughly Creepy"
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    If you could sum up The Secret of Crickley Hall in three words, what would they be?

    Touches every fear


    What other book might you compare The Secret of Crickley Hall to and why?

    The Haunted by Bickley Little
    Tells of a tortured, purely evil soul bent on terrorizing it's occupants.


    Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't heard any of his other performances but I truly enjoyed him in this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did but it also wasn't too hard to put it down as needed, rewind it a little when I got a chance and finish it up.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5128)
    Performance
    (4598)
    Story
    (4591)

    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"
    "Historical Phenom!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book! Most of my friends and family enjoy "history lessons". The way they present the references to some of the characters made me want to research further into the notable mentioned.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Taking "stuffy" history and turning it into adventures.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ONE of my favorite scenes is when Diana gives them the tools needed to make the first telescope. It tickled me that they managed to give a "slight" nudge in changing history.


    If you could rename Shadow of Night, what would you call it?

    Becoming of One.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (532)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Mesmerizing"
    Overall

    I listened to this book at work, on break, during my lunch (which by the way...I usually nap then) Excellent book! While listening, I even researched some of the voudon references. Wouldn't follow them but made for excellent reading!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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