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Charles

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  • The Mothman Prophecies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John A. Keel
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    West Virginia, 1966. For thirteen months the town of Point Pleasant is gripped by a real-life nightmare that culminates in a tragedy that makes headlines around the world. Strange occurrences and sightings, including a bizarre winged apparition that becomes known as the Mothman, trouble this ordinary American community. And journalist John Keel, arriving to investigate the freakish events, soon finds himself an integral part of an eerie and unfathomable mystery.

    Marc says: "Smart, compelling, disturbing"
    "A good pick up."
    Overall

    I chose this title based on the reviews slagging it for not being based on the movie. This is pretty much in documentary form, which I find more interesting than the movie, and doesn't include the Hollywood embellishments. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this story is the linking of several phenomena. From mothman to UFO's to poltergiests and the infamous MIB, Keal links them all together. Definitely for the conpiracy theorist.
    I was a bit disappointed with the second half of the book though. At points it was more far-fetched than I was willing to go, which almost threw the entire story out for me. Still, the first half was excellent and aside from the problems with the second half was still a very enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Denis O'Hare
    Overall
    (2385)
    Performance
    (1246)
    Story
    (1269)

    Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

    Allison says: "High Fantasty in a modern world setting"
    "Don't bother."
    Overall

    I tried. I really did. This was a very bad purchase. Maybe it's only the narrator that makes this bad....but I doubt it. Just a really really lame story.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ambrose Bierce
    • Narrated By Jonathan Reese
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This collection of fourteen of Ambrose Bierce's short stories begins with "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", Bierce's best-known story and a good example of how his writing jars the listener out of a comfortable complacency with its improbable twists of plot, tone, or perspective.

    Charles says: "WTF?"
    "WTF?"
    Overall

    Worst narrator EVER. Got bored, lost interest, had no idea when stories were ending. Just really bad. Really doesn't do Ambrose Bierce justice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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