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B. McCurdy

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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
    (770)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (689)

    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.

    Mark says: "Superb Reading of Horror Classic"
    "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
  • 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
    (177)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    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
    (914)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (530)

    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
    (593)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (361)

    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
  • Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (237)

    In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die. She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out-of-body near-death experiences.

    Christine says: "Read this book, but don't listen to it!"
    "Could've done with a different narrator"
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    If you could sum up Spook in three words, what would they be?

    tongue-in-cheek


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Roach again?

    I'm not to sure if I'd purchase an audible or hard copy of any of Mary Roach's books again. I still haven't decided if it was the narrator I didn't enjoy or the actual content.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bernadette Quigley?

    I have no idea who I would've cast as a narrator, but it sure as hell wouldn't have been Bernadette Quigley. I COULD NOT stand the snotty way she interpreted Mary Roach's opinions. Nor could I stand the way she felt the need to use an accent for every person that is quoted in the book. Specifically, the Middle Eastern doctor in the chapter about reincarnation. Totally and absolutely obnoxious.


    If you could give Spook a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Spook: When a close-minded skeptic continues being a close-minded skeptic


    Any additional comments?

    I only finished this audio book because I paid for it. Otherwise, it wouldn't been deleted after chapter two. The only things I actually enjoyed were learning about some of the scientific/medical aspects of the search for the afterlife.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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