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Toddany

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  • The Haunting of Hill House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (737)

    Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

    Crystal says: "Well written horror tale"
    "Best narrator I've listened to to date"
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    Would you listen to The Haunting of Hill House again? Why?

    I wouldn't, only because I've never been the type to read/listen to a book twice. It's nothing negative about the book itself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Haunting of Hill House?

    The ending....although I won't say anything more to spoil it


    Which character – as performed by Bernadette Dunne – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed her performance for all the characters. She did an amazing job distinguishing them.


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

    Absolutly. I was highly disappointed when I would arrive at my destinantion and have to turn off the book.


    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Doll's House: DI Helen Grace 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By M. J. Arlidge
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Scott Joseph
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Doll's House, the third installment of the Detective Inspector Helen Grace series by M. J. Arlidge, read by Elizabeth Bower and Scott Joseph. A woman wakes. Immediately she knows she's not in the bed in which she slept. It's just the beginning of her nightmare. Across town a child discovers a woman's body buried beneath the beach. Then another victim is found.

    Toddany says: "Wasn't good until the last drop"
    "Wasn't good until the last drop"
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    I was a bit confused by this book. After all was said and done, I felt there were far too many characters with too much time being spent on their individual plot lines which, had nothing to do with the storyline. It made it seem the author was trying to reach a word quota for publishing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turning Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (559)

    As two of the most prominent citizens of Natchez, Drew Elliott and Penn Cage sit on the school board of their alma mater, St. Stephen's Prep. When the nude body of a young female student is found near the Mississippi River, the entire community is shocked - but no one more than Penn, who discovers that his best friend was entangled in a passionate relationship with the girl and may be accused of her murder.

    Sharon says: "Boring, too long and drawn out"
    "Narrator win!"
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    Hands down, this was THE BEST narrator I've heard yet. He did a great job differentiating between characters and an even better job bringing excitement to the story line.

    The story itself was well written, the twists in plot lines kept you from figuring out the conclusion until the author wanted you to. Very well done

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Room

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Ellis
    • Narrated By Jim McCance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (462)

    A young woman is found, brutally murdered and left on gruesome display in the "safety" of her own home. The atrocity kicks off an investigation into a bizarre string of increasingly disturbing murders, all believed to be perpetrated by someone of unprecedented savagery and cunning.

    kelly says: "Intense, intricate story, superb narration"
    "Holy plot twist, Batman!"
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    Great characters and an even better storyline! Best part was the unexpected twist. I would definitely recommend this for a mystery-thriller enthusiast

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Floating Staircase

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ronald Malfi
    • Narrated By Monty Lewis Sauerwein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Following the success of his latest novel, Travis Glasgow and his wife Jodie buy their first house in the seemingly idyllic western Maryland town of Westlake. At first, everything is picture perfect—from the beautiful lake behind the house to the rebirth of the friendship between Travis and his brother, Adam, who lives nearby. Travis also begins to overcome the darkness of his childhood and the guilt he’s harbored since his younger brother’s death—a tragic drowning veiled in mystery that has plagued Travis since he was 13.

    Jan says: "A Little Horror, A Little Mystery, A Little Ghost"
    "Blah, yawn, blah"
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    I kept waiting for the story to get interest in but alas, it never happened. Altogether I found it to be very anticlimactic. As far as the narrator goes, poor choice. He did a good job that he was hired for but I felt he sounded far older than the characters he portrayed. He also had a very robotic tone, sounding as if it was an actual computer reading the story.

    Overall, I would not suggest this book for any friends or family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3818)
    Performance
    (3368)
    Story
    (3363)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "Great narration but..."
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    Great narration but the plot line felt repetitive. The author gives away the "whodunit" pretty early on, therefore leaving the rest of the story to be based around the characters deciding how to expose the rest of the story behind it. I got through the book fine but never had a moment of excitement where I just had to listen for ten more minutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flesh Gothic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Edward Lee
    • Narrated By Andy Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Hildreth House isn't like other mansions. One warm night in early spring, 14 people entered Hildreth House's labyrinthine halls to partake in diabolical debauchery. When the orgy was over, the slaughter began. The next morning, 13 of the revelers were found naked and butchered. Dismembered. Mutilated. But the 14th body was never found. The screams have faded and the blood has dried, but the house remains - watching. Now five very special people have dared to enter the infamous house of horrors. Who - or what - awaits them?

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "LIPS THE COLOR OF GARDEN SLUGS"
    "If Larry Flint & Dan Brown co-authored a book"
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    Best way to sum this book up; if Larry Flint and Dan Brown coauthored a book, you'd have Flesh Gothic. Not for the prude or faint of heart, that's for sure. The narrator was fine but I had a hard time not smirking whenever he was reading as one of the female characters. It reminded be of a bad drag queen impression.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snowblind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher Golden
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (177)

    In Christopher Golden’s first horror novel in more than a decade - a work reminiscent of early Stephen King - Snowblind updates the ghost story for the modern age. The small New England town of Coventry had weathered 1,000 blizzards...but never one like this, where people wandered into the whiteout and vanished. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same. Now, as a new storm approaches 12 years later, the folks of Coventry are haunted by the memories of that dreadful blizzard and those who were lost in the snow.

    Cheryl says: "Overwrought"
    "Felt like Groundhog Day"
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    Would you try another book from Christopher Golden and/or Peter Berkrot?

    After this book, I'm not too interested in other story lines he has to offer


    What was most disappointing about Christopher Golden’s story?

    Way to many main characters! I had figured out the plot line fairly early in the book and had to sit through the torturous internal battles of the seven-plus characters. It felt redundant and I found myself wishing someone would just get to the point already! It had a good plot but, it was overshadowed by all the minuscule reflections of all the characters


    Did Peter Berkrot do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator did a good enough job differentiating between the characters but when it came to the character of the stereotypical overachieving detective with the self doubt I cringed as soon as I heard the voice. It was very forced and reminiscent of Christian Bale doing Batman; too much and overdone


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Snowblind?

    I'd take out all the main actors and only leave three. Less redundant


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clockwork Orange

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anthony Burgess
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (608)

    A vicious 15-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic, a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. In Anthony Burgess' nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.

    Steve says: "Great book, great narration, but not for everyone"
    "Such a classic"
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    Where does A Clockwork Orange rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story has always been one of my number ones. I read this back in my high school days but had to see the movie to understand it. The narrator did an exceptional job giving you a visual of the characters and situations just by the inflictions in his voice. He also did an amazing job capturing each character's personality when doing their voices.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alex, of course. He's the villain, hero AND victim


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (389)

    Catherine "Cat" Ferry is a forensic odontologist, a specialist in bite marks and the clues they provide. But while Cat's colleagues know her as a world-class scientist, she secretly attempts to manage her fragile psyche with alcohol, delving into the minds of rapists and murderers yet never allowing her own frightening past to creep into the foreground.

    Corinne says: "Well-researched, sensitive and a good story"
    "Could not put this "book" down"
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    Would you listen to Blood Memory again? Why?

    I would say yes, if I "read" books twice, but once I finish a book I'm very unlikely to read it again. Although I did love this book.


    What other book might you compare Blood Memory to and why?

    I can't think of any comparisons


    What does Joyce Bean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She did a PHENOMENAL job capturing the characters identities and emotions with her voice


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I became obsessed with getting through just one more chapter and finding ways and the time to listen to it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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