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Delilah

Dissonant Muse

Boston, MA | Member Since 2012

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  • 39 reviews
  • 73 ratings
  • 361 titles in library
  • 46 purchased in 2014
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  • Urban Gothic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Brian Keene
    • Narrated By Jeff Pringle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    When their car broke down in a dangerous neighborhood, Kerri and her friends thought they would find safe shelter in what they thought was an old abandoned row house. They were wrong on all counts. The residents of the row house live in the cellar and rarely come out in the light of day. They’re far worse than anything on the streets outside. And they don’t like intruders. Before the sun comes up, Kerri and her friends will fight for their very lives…though death is only part of their nightmare.

    Cidney says: "Appetite Suppressant"
    "Want Your Gore Read by Casey Kasem? Me Neither."
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    This was the worst pairing of a narrator to a tale that I've come across. It literally seemed like a joke, like someone had given Casey Kasem the least appropriate script possible just for shits and giggles. What were they thinking?

    Keene crafted some stunning gory and grotesque visuals in this piece, but without a story or characters to back it up they were wasted. I wanted to take the imagery, the element Keene delivers best, and write a better story around it! There was a tremendous amount of potential in this tale but absolutely no follow through. Also there were a handful of poorly edited pieces in the prose. If you just said that the dude's skull exploded like a watermelon, you can't follow it with a description of a mallet head the size of a watermelon. Really Keene? Were you sitting at a picnic when you were writing this?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Homicidal

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Paul Alexander
    • Narrated By Paul Christy
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (745)

    Homicidal is the story of the almost 25-year serial-murder crime spree of Lonnie Franklin Jr., who is alleged to have killed at least 10 women in Los Angeles, if not more. Nicknamed by the media the Grim Sleeper, because there appeared to be a 13-year lull in the killings, Franklin met most of the women through random encounters that ended in murder. Significant blunders by the Los Angeles Police Department helped Franklin avoid arrest for years.

    Ian says: "Why was this written?"
    "Skip It"
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    There are so many quality true crime works out there that do not have audio versions; I'm certainly perplexed why such a mediocre one was recorded. You can learn more about this case - which *is* quite compelling - with an afternoon of perusing crime library sites online. This work doesn't assemble the story in a fulfilling or worthwhile manner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6598)
    Performance
    (6114)
    Story
    (6136)

    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"
    "The Sequel We Waited Decades For"
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    Those of us who have shared lifetimes of reading and re-reading Stephen's The Shining have eagerly awaited it's long overdue sequel, Doctor Sleep. The Shining was written when Stephen King himself was suffering with addiction problems and is often seen as an allegory for substance abuse. Doctor Sleep, written by an author many years sober, casts The Shining's protagonist, now grown, as a recovering addict who has to deal with the demons of his drug-addled past while he faces the demons that King pens for him. This book was worth waiting for, and the audio version features an explanation and insight read by King that is most certainly worth the price of admission.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • False Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (271)

    It's a fear more paralyzing than falling. More terrifying than absolute darkness. More horrifying than anything you can imagine. It's the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you run...no matter where you hide. It's the fear of yourself. It's real. It can happen to you. And facing it can be deadly.

    Dohna says: "Koontz did it again......."
    "Definitely Among the Best Koontz Books"
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    The premise of this novel nears the precipice of my suspension of disbelief but that doesn't spoil the story; those who are familiar with neuroscience and psychiatry might enjoy certain aspects of this novel for their plausibility alone. It's not a horror novel, but a thriller based on the self-deception our minds can be capable of spinning. Koontz writes psychiatric conditions skin-crawlingly well; if you've seen or experienced severe phobias or obsessive compulsive processes you'll recognize that right away. The conditions woven throughout this book are real, and that alone reminds you that horror is all around us.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2921)
    Performance
    (2710)
    Story
    (2714)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Outstanding and Scary in New and Terrifying Ways"
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    The wonderfully crafted dark beauty of the setting in this book may inspire you to channel your inner tortured artist and paint the Christmas Town of your own nightmares. A five star horror novel for sure; Joe Hill has just ensured that I will pick up everything he pens from here on out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (2038)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (929)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "If You Can Be Spooked, This'll Do the Trick"
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    Joe Hill does not disappoint with this one. It's a bit of a ghost story trope, not a unique premise, but the oldest tales, told well, have longevity for a reason. I was particularly impressed with the fact that the protagonists were realistically flawed to the point where I didn't *like* any of them (just as in real life... if we knew one another's inner selves there'd be a lot more misanthropes) and I had to wonder what I'd do next in their unfortunate, haunted shoes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bedbugs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (304)

    FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker's fee. Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up. Big mistake.

    Barbara says: "Fantastic narration! Good, creepy story."
    "Itchy. And *Almost* Good."
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    Without putting forth any spoilers, I will say that this was almost an awesome book, and had it gone the direction I'd hoped, I'd be raving. For the first two-thirds, I was genuinely impressed, but after the 'insanity or for-realsies or supernatural' plot resolved I was wickedly disappointed. That said, I'd read another contribution from this author, just to see what he had kicking around in his head. Also, itchy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sleep Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    For a very long time, Jack Ketchum and Edward Lee have followed their separate paths of line-crossing, gut-wrenching, no holds-barred storytelling. Now, those roads have drawn close and merged for a collection of five collaborative stories guaranteed to shock, amuse, disgust, and bring lovers of extreme fiction back for more.

    Delilah says: "Raunchy Sexy Disturbing Candy"
    "Raunchy Sexy Disturbing Candy"
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    When two hardcore horror writers do a collaboration "just for fun," you get a no-holes-barred (there's a dirty pun in there) sexy, crunchy, bloody, twisted, good time. I wanted ten more of these stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slither

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Edward Lee
    • Narrated By Andy Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    The trichinosis worm is one of nature's most revolting parasites. Certain types of this tiny worm alter a host's DNA by injecting a virus which mutates the reproductive system. This forces the host to bear the worm's young. Typically these worms are never longer than a few millimeters. But guess what? Now there’s a subspecies that's 30 feet long.

    Frat says: "Finally - Edward Lee on Audible!"
    "Sexy, Gory, Science Shivers"
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    Kudos to the author for doing the scientific research necessary to allow suspension of disbelief to be a background concern on this one. Creepy and grotesque but also raunchy with some great visuals to make you shudder, this book delivered what I want in my horror pulp.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Afraid

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jack Kilborn
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (250)

    Welcome to Safe Haven, Wisconsin. Miles from everything, with one road in and out, this peaceful town has never needed a full-time police force. Until now.... A helicopter has crashed near Safe Haven and unleashed something horrifying. Now this merciless force is about to do what it does best. Isolate. Terrorize. Annihilate. As residents begin dying in a storm of gory violence, Safe Haven's only chance for survival will rest with an aging county sheriff, a firefighter, and a single mom.

    coreybeth says: "Run, catch, torture, repeat puhleeezz"
    "Pain & Violence Well-Done, "Endurance" is Superior"
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    Perhaps because I recently listened to Kilborn's Endurance, which was fantastic, this one fell pretty short. Kilborn is a master of sadism and gore, and Afraid delivers, but the pacing and story aren't as solid as in Endurance and it was sorely missed. I didn't care about the characters much, although I admit there was a scene toward the end that involved a monkey that had me actually crying boo-hoo tears of sadness, but I'm a sucker for critters. The bad guys are some kind of military creation, leave it at that, which somehow isn't as much fun as accidents of nature. That said, I couldn't stop listening until the end, so not bad at all, if you're a fan of the genre!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jack Kilborn
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (218)

    The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location, especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor. With the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone....

    Terri says: "WOW.......GREAT BOOK!!!"
    "Grotesque Genre Gem Brilliantly Narrated"
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    Kilborn has the unique ability to combine gorgeously horrific visual imagery, antagonists, and setting with consistent and enthralling action and character development. Too often, authors simply can't deliver any semblance of plot within the genre of graphic or dark thrillers, and never have the elements come together so well as in Endurance. The setting alone was so wonderfully flushed out that an entire novel could have been written about coming across the area later on - even without the deformed and twisted inhabitants that brought it to life (and death! Muhahaha!). Christopher Lane delivered the performance of a lifetime in this book, I listened to it twice just to marvel at his vocal characterizations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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