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Bette

HURLOCK, MD, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 4 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 141 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (448)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "This book will stay with you!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A very interesting way to tell a story, and the narrator does a fantastic job. This is a very disturbing tale about a family gone terribly wrong. All told from the mother's perspective in the form of letters to the father, it gets more and more addictive the further it gets along. Part cautionary tale and part mystery, the story of Kevin is heartbreaking and chilling. I couldn't get my mind off this book days after I finished listening! I watched the movie a couple of days after and I believe they did a very good job at telling the story; like another reviewer, I would recommend reading/listening first and then watching the film.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gary A. Braunbeck
    • Narrated By Eric Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    After he finds himself stranded at a truck stop in Missouri, Mark Sieber gets one of the biggest shocks of his life when he recognizes the face of a little girl on a Missing poster as belonging to the same little girl he saw only a few minutes before. Looking around for some sign of her, he comes back to his table in the restaurant to find the little girl sitting there, waiting for him. "I'm sorry, mister," is all she seems capable of saying.

    Shad says: "A unique story"
    "Worth the listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I see that a lot of people who have submitted reviews are put off by the subject matter of this story. It is disturbing and horrifying, to be sure. But, if you can make it through that, you will hear a beautiful, haunting, and moving story. I cried at the end. I have read one other novel from this author, and Braunbeck is a very talented writer. Please do not let the descriptive narrations throw you off; it all pays off at the end. I liked the narrator quite a bit - he is very good and has a wonderful moment toward the end. All in all, a terrific story, seemingly hopeless but in the end very redeeming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Horror Stories: Twenty Six Scary Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jack Kilborn, J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    Twenty-six horror stories by masters of fiction J.A. Konrath and Jack Kilborn.

    Barbara says: "Just "ok""
    "Some great, some not so much."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This collection starts out very strong. The first few stories are great, particularly a vampire tale read in a very convincing british accent. However, at a certain point I found the quality very uneven. I am not a prude when it comes to reading dark fiction - I actually enjoy blood and guts and I have a very strong stomach, but some of the tales lapse into grossness for the sake of grossness. Dare I say "potty humor"? Close to it. I actually had to turn one of them off.

    I would recommend this overall for any fans of horror with a dark comedy edge. There were times I laughed out loud. But just know that, like most anthologies, not every story is up to snuff. So even if you skip a couple here and there, you will still end up entertained in the end because there are plenty of stories here and you get your credit's worth of listening. Don't skip the vampire story - I believe it is the 2nd or 3rd one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Goes There?: The Novella That Formed the Basis of 'THE THING'

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John W. Campbell
    • Narrated By Steve Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    Who Goes There?, the novella that formed the basis of the film The Thing, is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient body of a crash-landed alien.

    Joel says: "An Absolute Classic!"
    "Wonderful story!"
    Overall

    This is a great preamble for those who have not watched The Thing or The Thing From Another World. Or those who have to give you greater insight. It's amazing how this story is so ahead of its time and how it still holds one enthralled. A great, tight little SF thriller that will hold your interest until the end. Highly recommended!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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