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skee a. Goedhart

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  • A Dark Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    The charismatic and cunning Spenser Mallon is a campus guru in the 1960s, attracting the devotion and demanding sexual favors of his young acolytes. After he invites his most fervent followers to attend a secret ritual in a local meadow, the only thing that remains is a gruesomely dismembered body and the shattered souls of all who were present.

    A User says: "drugged"
    "A Dull Matter"
    Overall

    I can't add much to what's already been written about this boring waste of time and money. I, like another reviewer thought at one time that Mr. Straub was destined to become the next Stephen King, this dreadful effort has finally put that possibility to rest.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hell Bound-Train

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By SonicMovie.net
    • Narrated By K. Anderson Yancy
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The classic tale in which a drunken cowboy passes out on a barroom floor and to his horror awakes to finds he's on a train bound for hell.

    skee a. Goedhart says: "I so stupid!!!!!"
    "I so stupid!!!!!"
    Overall

    This book was an abomination to listen to; appalling narration, fantastically bad sound effects. But suddenly I realized: "Hey what am i thinking? Anyone dumb enough to shell out $3 for 5 minutes of ANYTHING deserves to be abused." Just the fact you're actually reading this review right now should alert you to the fact that you are dangerously close to walking down the same road of humiliation that i once traveled.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Facts Concerning The Late Arthur Jermyn And His Family

    • UNABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By K. Anderson Yancy
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Many would have disliked to live if possessed of the peculiar features of Arthur Jermyn, but he had been a poet and scholar and had not minded, until a peculiar box object arrived from Africa and after seeing it, he went out on the moor and set himself on fire. Discover what it was about the object that explained his peculiar personal appearance, and made him end his life.

    skee a. Goedhart says: "For the love of God, run from this book!!!"
    "For the love of God, run from this book!!!"
    Overall

    SonicMovie's contribution to audiobooks is akin to water-boarding's contribution to modern diplomacy. Forget about Britney Spears or Barney being played at deafening volumes for weeks upon end, listen to this little 'gem' once and you'll be begging to confess your darkestest secrets! Take the worst dubbed kung fu flick you've ever seen and imagine it vomiting out of your ipod headphones and turning your brain into quivering, stupified mush. Beside that the book was great!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Picture In The House

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Kevin Yancy, K. Anderson Yancy
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    A genealogist conducting research in the backwoods of Massachusetts seeks shelter from the rain in a home he initially believes abandoned. Inside, he discovers that the home, furnished with relics from the American Revolution, is not abandoned.

    Gibsonite says: "Avoid Purchasing!"
    "Ahhhhh, Mr Yancy has done it again!!!"
    Overall

    I thank the Audible gods that i wasn't suckered into buying the entire collection. Mr Yancy with his abominable narration and ridiculous sound effects is the true horror in this tale!!! How anyone could destroy such a great Lovecraft story like this mind bending.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hound

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Kevin Yancy, K. Anderson Yancy
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Two men, only able to find pleasure in the extreme, turn to defiling crypts and keeping the souvenirs of their nocturnal expeditions, creating a morbid museum in the basement of their secluded home. When they steal a potent amulet mentioned in the dreaded and forbidden Necronomicon from a 500-years-dead grave robber in Holland, he comes back for it and more.

    skee a. Goedhart says: "Run Away!!"
    "Run Away!!"
    Overall

    This is a dreadful, dreadful recording!!! Mr Yancy lacks the talent as a reader and one gets the feeling he's attempting to cover up his inadequacy by drowning it with the most annoying sound effects and music. Did i mention it was dreadful??

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon-Bog

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By K. Anderson Yancy
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Denys Barry, a very wealthy American, who has moved to his ancestral home of Ireland, discovers to his horror that his plans to drain a bog conflict with the desires of the wraiths protecting it.

    skee a. Goedhart says: "It should be tossed into the Bog!!"
    "It should be tossed into the Bog!!"
    Overall

    I rarely get the chance to say this but this is a truly dismal attempt at producing an audiobook. Mr Yancy lacks the talent as a reader and one gets the feeling he's attempting to cover up his inadequacy by drowning it with the most annoying sound effects and music. Poor Mr. Lovecraft will be rolling in his grave over this one!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nightmare at 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King (introduction), Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Julia Campbell, Paul Michael Garcia, Malcolm Hillgartner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Much of Richard Matheson's work has found its way into pop culture: the title story became a memorable episode of television's The Twilight Zone, and more recently, Will Smith starred in the blockbuster movie I Am Legend. Stephen King has declared Matheson to be one of his favorite writers. Find out why as you listen to the classic horror story of a man who peers out of his airplane window to see a gremlin destroying the wing.

    skee a. Goedhart says: "An Excellent Collection"
    "An Excellent Collection"
    Overall

    I've listened to numerous short story horror collections through
    Audible and have to say that this is one of the finest. Unlike many other collections which tend to meander, wandering in and out of the horror genre, Mr Matheson's writing is pure terror; bold, original (even against contemporary authors) and, to quote Mr. King's introduction, 'unrelenting'. From the opening tale Matheson puts you on the edge of your seat and then never gives you a moments' rest! Well narrated, nice clear recording.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Nagorski
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    Based on previously secret documents and eyewitness testimony, this is the shocking account of the most massive and deadliest battle of World War II, which ended in Hitler's defeat and changed the course of the war. Andrew Nagorski, Newsweek's former Moscow bureau chief, reveals that 2.5 million of the battle's 7 million troops were killed, taken prisoner, or severely wounded.

    Shimon says: "Misleading"
    "Where's the battle??"
    Overall

    This book was well written and well read but sadly contained little information dealing with the battle of Moscow itself. By the end of it I found myself scratching my head and thinking 'did I listen to this thing right?' It talks about everything else surrounding the battle, but the battle itself is presented more as a footnote than the main subject. In fact if you really want to jump into the actual conflict I would suggest skipping the entire first download portion and starting with the second, which will save you quite a few hours of frustration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By The Goldman Family, Pablo F. Fenjves, Dominick Dunne
    • Narrated By Kim Goldman, Pablo Fenjves, G. Valmont Thomas, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    In 1994, Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson were brutally murdered at her home in Brentwood, California. O. J. Simpson was tried for the crime, but was ultimately found not guilty of criminal charges. The victims' families brought civil cases against Simpson, in which he was found liable for willfully and wrongfully causing the deaths of Ron and Nicole by committing battery with malice and oppression. The Goldman family views this book as Simpson's confession.

    Debra says: "True OJ"
    "The freak show continues. . ."
    Overall

    In true form to one of the weirdest criminal trials in history, this book is equally as bizarre, unsettling and cryptic. The work is a seething nest of inconsistencies: Simpson's rage, during that infamous moment of passion is fueled by Nicole's flagrant disregard for their children's welfare, (engaging in sexual and illicit activity with the children under the same roof). Yet did he consider leaving her partially decapitated corpse on the front steps responsible? Every chapter, except one, attempts to explain, why O.J is a misunderstood, mercilessly vilified and profoundly innocent man. But the key chapter (and the one reason why anyone would ever read the book) is clearly confessional, even if written in a cliche, 'Film Noire' style, i.e. "my mind went completely blank and only when the fog lifted, did I realize that my hands were covered with blood. . . "

    By far the most disturbing aspect of the book is its' outrageous inference that the murders are a mere footnote to a far greater 'crime'. To Simpson, that injustice lies in the fact that we have all been hoodwinked by the lies of the media and the prosecution and blinded to the real reason why he would ever dream of committing such a heinous act. The evidence presenting him as a paranoid psychopath trying to rekindle a dead relationship was maliciously false. In reality it was Nicole who was badgering him. He, on the other hand, was completely over her and trying to move on with his life. Ultimately he was the true victim, trying to escape her and her crazy, obsessive, drug fueled lifestyle (at times Simpson barely conceals his utter contempt for her). While there may well have been some truth to these assertions (we will never know), in the end it really doesn't matter nor does it make the killings any less horrific.

    The book offers little if any contribution to literature but hopefully it will be the final nail in the coffin of a subject that should have been long buried.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (583)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "One scary read!"
    Overall

    This is a great and frightening book. Before reading it I hardly knew anything about the 1918 flu pandemic, let alone that it took 50 to 100 million lives! The numbers just boggle the mind and the descriptions of the suffering and chaos chill the blood.
    The Audiobook was well read and clear. My only complaint was that there was almost too much information at times. The first six hours dove into the history of medicine in general and the Johns Hopkins University in particular (which is fine if you have the spare time to listen to it). My advice, if you want to get into the real 'meat' of the influenza subject, is to bypass the first download section, and start listening from the beginning of the second.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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