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  • The Lords of Salem

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rob Zombie, B. K. Evenson
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Heidi Hawthorne is a 37-year-old FM radio DJ and a recovering drug addict. Struggling with her newfound sobriety and creeping depression, Heidi suddenly receives an anonymous gift at the station - a mysteriously shaped wooden box branded with a strange symbol. Inside the box is a promotional record for a band that identifies themselves only as The Lords. There is no other information. She decides to play it on the radio show as a joke, and the moment she does, horrible things begin to happen.

    misty says: "Ho Hum"
    "Much more indepth than the movie"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Lords of Salem the most enjoyable?

    Having seen the movie and having vastly enjoyed the movie, it was interesting comparing this novel, which was the original draft, to the movie. To see what scenes were left out, what scenes were added, and what was altered in the film. I can see, budget wise, why changes were made, but I do believe this was the best draft and what Zombie should have followed in his bringing this great story to the main screen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "Black Herman" struck me as a fantastic character. His final moments are definately, well at least for me, the most emotional in the entire story.


    What three words best describe Erin Bennett’s voice?

    Tries. Too. Hard.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Lords of Salem and why?

    All of the cast is certainly memorable in their own way. They each have certain nuances that the bring to the story, and honestly the story wouldn't be the same without them.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Colony

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By F.G. Cottam
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (257)

    For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.

    Amanda says: "Solid atmospheric horror"
    "This book desperately needs a part 2."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book was exceptionally well paced up until the very end. The characters are well developed, the setting is well described, and the plot is well drawn out. However, the book suffers from quick finish syndrome. Instead of a reasonable and fulfilling conflict with the antagonist, the author leaves the final conflict to be a marginal 5 minutes. Many elements in the story don't pan out, and make you wonder if Cottam put those in just to try to bring about scares any way he possibly could, or if he innocently ran out of steam while writing this book. Basically, it just felt unsatisfying after all the foreplay.


    Do you think The Colony needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Without a doubt. There is something special here, but too many ideas were not fleshed out and too many things were left open ended. Too much happens off screen, too much is left to exposition. This book would be well serviced by a companion book that paints the pictures that the exposition briefly skims over. The audience would be well served by such a venture, and the book would feel complete.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (5792)
    Performance
    (5364)
    Story
    (5384)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "An amazing and moving story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    The book is tied to The Shining and yet it pulls away and makes itself its own beast. The antagonists are well thought out, and described in ways that can be readily understood and appreciated as their own entities, removed from, yet tied into the evil of the Overlook Hotel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny was the best written character. When hearing this story, I heard a little bit of King himself in Dan. I heard his pains, the way he felt certain rejection through the late 90s and early 2000s, his trouble with alcoholism, and in a way - his trouble with critics. Danny was an insightfully written character, and had transformed so much from the character of the Shining that I needed to remind myself that this was indeed same character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The way this book deals with dealing with a bad situation (with a woman) and trying to move on from it, and yet still being haunted by it hit unfortunately really close to home. I felt those nightmares as I've had my own nightmares. The way Danny was horrified on some levels and yet the way he was strong on certain levels really spoke to me. It was unique, and a bit on the harrowing side.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gerald Brittle
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (385)

    If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

    eric says: "WARNING!: THIS IS BASED ON REAL CASES,TERRIFYING!"
    "Unfortunately not at all frightening"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would. But not the way that Audible has promoted this book. This book was a biography of The Warrens written in 1980. It has been repackaged and given audio to tie in with the screaming success of The Conjuring. The book itself plays as a worship piece. Softballing questions to The Warrens and allowing them to circumvent facts with phrases like "clearly you can see" when they have really explained a skeleton of what they are talking about. if the friend was interested in the Warrens story, then yes, I would recommend it. But as a horror book, as Audible packaged this book as, I was vastly disappointed.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Run: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (296)

    Five days ago a rash of bizarre murders swept the country. Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected. A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike. A mass of school shootings. Prison riots of unprecedented brutality. Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state. Four Days Ago the murders increased ten-fold. Three days ago the President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace. Two days ago the killers began to mobilize. Yesterday all the power went out. Tonight....

    Jacqueline says: "Violent, Depressing, Mostly Sci Fi"
    "Run: Away from this novel"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Having come off of Pines from Blake Crouch, a novel which I thought was exceptionally well written, intelligent, and astounding... I was looking forward to seeing how this novel ended up, especially considering the mountain of positive reviews this material had been getting. So I hunkered down to enjoy it, and it started off well enough... but then became a drivel mess. However not for the reasons that most would have you believe.

    I had no problem with the premises of the novel, even though it did seem a bit in the vein of Cell or Haters, but it was the main cast of characters I didn't like. The biggest problem was the wife and the children. Both were shrill, unsupportive, and idiotic. Every time they began to open their mouths I was ready for their part to be over. Was this a little unfair of me? Perhaps. But it is the first book in a long time I found myself walking away from.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Blake Crouch again?

    Yes.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    The husband.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Strangers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall, Alison Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts. The home's new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin ten-year-old daughters. Together they hope to rebuild their lives there after Chip, an airline pilot, has to ditch his 70-seat regional jet in Lake Champlain due to double engine failure. The body count? Thirty-nine.

    Gavin says: "Could have been so much better... no, seriously..."
    "Could have been so much better... no, seriously..."
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    What disappointed you about The Night Strangers?

    The book was presented to readers as a ghost story novel with a creepy door leading to new and extended possibilities. That part had all of about... 30 minutes in the novel. The rest of the novel focused on a series of


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Dean Koontz' 77 Shadow Street.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall and Alison Fraser – was your favorite?

    I actually really enjoyed the pilot (Chip). His narrative was compelling and interesting. Far better than any other character in this mess pile.


    What character would you cut from The Night Strangers?

    There is an entire subplot dealing with a cult member trying to have the pilot committed. This isn't a spoiler because nothing is made with this plot. In addition the cult member who is the psychologist is annoying and one dimensional. I would have loved to have seen this entire 3 hour waste of time removed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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