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Mary

Alberta, Canada

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  • The Spirit Clearing: A Michael Talbot Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (423)

    After a horrific accident Mike wakes to find himself blind in one eye. He now sees things that others can't, and nobody will listen to him. That is, until he meets Jandilyn Hollow. Will she be able to pull him out of the depths of his despair? Can love transcend even death?

    Amanda says: "Spiritually deep and moving"
    "Really enjoyable!"
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    Once again, Sean Runnette is Mike Talbot. Sean has captured the essence of Mike Talbot's character and delivers over & over. Best of all, he can do female voices well enough that one doesn't cringe or want to pitch a book at him like some male interpretations of a women's voice.
    I think the only big problem I had was trying to separate this Mike Talbot with the adult Mike Talbot fighting zombie's. I really didn't enjoy this Talbot as much. I think it would have been much better to create a wholey different character.

    I have loved all the books I have "read" of Mark Tufo (maybe with the exception of Timothy). The writing was strong enough to cause me to actually cry at the death of one of the characters and believe me, thats not an easy thing to do!

    I truly think that if you buy this book, you will not be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sinister: Tales of Dread 2013

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Billie Sue Mosiman
    • Narrated By David C Fischer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Fourteen brand-new 2013 tales of dread ranging from horror to dark science fiction and noir, Sinister will keep you awake at night. Two hundred and forty-four pages of aliens who come from the sky, a detective working his last case, a skull flenser who loves his job, and various evils and dark chills creep through this new collection from the Edgar and Stoker nominated author, Billie Sue Mosiman.

    Deidra says: "Not happy..."
    "Stories ok as far as they go"
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    What robs this book of a 5 star rating from me is the feeling that many stories left me with the feeling the author either forgot to finish writing their story or simply ran out of plot line. To be hones there were at least 5 stories really well done & kept my full attention but for most of the remainder stories, the end came so abruptly I felt quite the jolt when I realised the narrator moved onto the next story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes to See: The Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joseph Nassise
    • Narrated By Anthony Bowden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (294)

    In an urban fantasy that charts daring new territory in the field, Jeremiah Hunt has been broken by a malevolent force that has taken his young daughter and everything else of value in his life: his marriage, his career, his reputation. Desperate to reclaim what he has lost, Hunt finally turns to the supernatural for justice.

    Lisa Lisario says: "superb"
    "My ears "smiled" from the first book to the last!"
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    I put off buying the first book for along time because the small preview really didn't do much for me but once I started, there was no way I could stop. Joseph Nassise's writing style, very clean & crisp; much like Jonathan Maberry. Anthony Bowden did a super job of narrating & best of all didn't make me cringe when he narrated female characters.
    I recommend the Hunt Chronicle's wholeheartedly, credit well spent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Clean

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Narrated By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (223)

    Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room - the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home and her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends.

    Margaret says: "Vicarious Hoarding"
    "Terrific insight to a hidden life"
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    I wasn't too taken with this book when I started & listened to a few other books thinking to return this book in a day or so. For some reason I started listening again & my engagement with Kimberly Rae hit me big time. While Iike many. I know a bit about hoarders, I know very little about the effect of hoarding on family members. The author explained the "love/hate" that many family members feel towards the hoarder or indeed any addict family member very lucidly and with much compassion. I wish Kimberly Rae & her family a happy healthy future as I do anyone struggling with an addiction & it has effect on the family members.
    This book is well worth the time & credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chimera: A Jim Chapel Mission, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Wellington
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Wounded Special Forces veteran Jim Chapel has been stuck behind a desk rather than out in the field, but medical technology has finally caught up with his ambitions. Coupled with his unstoppable determination, it will take him back to where he thrives: the thick of the action. Drafted into a new war, this time in our homeland, Chapel is tasked with hunting a group of escapees from a top-secret military compound - all extremely deadly, genetically modified killers - and unraveling the mystery behind their existence.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Joe Ledger you have some Competition"
    "I LOVED this book! Simply one of the best!"
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    I haved listed to the vampire trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed it as well. There is so much action and drama that its hard to put down. I found myself thinking about the story between times i was able to set time aside to listen to the story. Without going too much into a spoiler alert, let me say that the characters were drawn to such a way that when one character got killed, i felt justice was served in the way "he" died because of the horrible way he dispatched one of the characters. I really felt a tightening in my chest when the "driver" died.
    I will be waiting for book 2 of the Jim Chapel Mission series or pretty much any book David Wellington publishes: I have become a true fan of David Wellington!

    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
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (511)

    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.

    Cliff says: "Scary fun."
    "Only interesting for those who scare easy..."
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    This book, in my estimation is really geared towards people who are just getting into reading books or seeing movies involving demons, spirits & possessions. It's really basic information and more of a "something you should be aware of" if you are starting to play with your Ouji board a bit too much. I do like (love) my scary stories and have for years and I deeply regret the waste of a credit on this "story".
    The voice of the narrator was not suited for this type of work although he spoke clearly and did have a vocal range to assume different charactors but I don't think even if the skills of Ray Porter, Ron McLarty or Sean Runnette could have saved this uninteresting effort of audibook. (just my humble opinion. i'm no writer myself) - m

    7 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Alien 3: The Novelization

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Lance Henriksen
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Here, even the wind screams. Abandoned hulks of machinery rust in the colorless landscape. Dark, oily seas beat against a jagged black shore. And the remnants of a reentry space vehicle crash into the rough waves. In it sleeps Ripley, a woman who has battled the enemy twice. It killed her whole crew the first time. The second time, it slaughtered a spaceload of death-dealing Marines. Now on this prison planet that houses only a horde of defiant, captive men, she will have to fight the ultimate alien horror one more time.

    Danny Burke says: "The audiobook was much better than the film."
    "a real high in low!"
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    I really hate to give any sort of negative review but this audio book is so awful I almost feel its my duty. I think what really makes book bad is the narration. Frequently the narration can really make or break a story it this book may not be as awful as I think it is just because of Lance Henriksen's naration. There isn't anything really wrong with Mr. Henriksen's narration, its just that he should have not been hired for this vocal. His voice was soft and almost soothing so the fright I should have felt when Ripley was fighting her alien and the Company has come to collect both her & the alien was just not there.

    Save your credit or your $$ & run, don't walk away from this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feeding Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sarah Pinborough
    • Narrated By Peter Bishop
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It's Blane Gentle-King's lucky day. A drug-dealing prince who rules a London apartment complex, he's languished the last three months in jail, accused of murder. His cellmate has worn his nerves wire-thin. Over the past weeks, fewer and fewer guards have stalked the prison, and the prisoners' meals have dwindled to one a day. At first Blane fears he and everyone else will starve behind bars, until his right-hand man and childhood friend Charlie Nash shows up to spring him....

    Cathryn says: "Just Great"
    "I'm sorry this story is truly TERRIBLE!"
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    I gave extra points for narration as Peter Bishop wasn't distracting trying to do voices he wasn't capable of as in other story & there was a tragic scene in one of the streets that Lyssa Graham wrote quite well. However I couldn't finish the book but did fast forward to the end.

    Sympathy star scores aside, give this story a miss its just not worth the credit spent.

    Thank you for reading my review.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Breeding Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sarah Pinborough
    • Narrated By Lyssa Graham
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Life was good for Matt and Chloe. They were in love and looking forward to their new baby. But what Chloe gave birth to isn’t a baby. It isn’t even human. It’s an entirely new species that uses humans only for food—and as hosts for their young.As Matt soon learns, though, he is not alone in his terror. Women all over town have begun to give birth to these hideous creatures, spidery nightmares that live to kill—and feed. As the infestation spreads and the countryside is reduced to a series of web-shrouded ghost towns, will the survivors find a way to fight back?

    Madeleine says: "Interesting Premise, Not Well Explored"
    "Painful story to get through :-0"
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    This story could have been so much more than bits an pieces from "Midwich Cuckoo", 'The Day of the Triffids and "Alien'. It did have real moments of 'icky" and "eerie" but the inabilility of the narrator to do a credible male voice was really, realy distracting. Lyssa Graham did do a good job narrating but only the female voices. Sarah's characters were drawn okay; it was easy to feel really sad for the females who suddenly found themselves pregnant with these disgustingly awful babies but no reason is given or suggested as to why major events happened.

    If the story had been much longer I could never have been able to listen to the end. With this story, it was touch and go all the way.

    Thank you for reading my review, I hope I have helped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tunnelers

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Geoff Gander
    • Narrated By Darlene Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When a traumatized mining foreman is placed under the psychiatric care of Dr. Vincent Armstrong, the doctor thinks he has started just another shift. But as the victim begins to remember what drove him temporarily insane, Armstrong's interest becomes personal, and he makes a series of discoveries that threaten to tear apart his carefully constructed scientific view of the world, and show in horrifying clarity that his patient is anything but delusional.

    Mary says: "Intriguing and well written story, very enjoyable!"
    "Intriguing and well written story, very enjoyable!"
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    I loved this story!
    Although it is a very short story, it had to successfully make its point in a minimal number of words, every word counts in a short story. The rising tensions in the story were carried well till the end. I truly was on the edge of my seat and very sorry to have it end.

    Darlene Allen did a commendable job of narration and I understand this story is Geof Ganders first published story. Well done both of you! I will keep on the lookout for your next work!

    thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boleyn Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Lucy Scott, Emma Powell, Candida Gubbins
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    It is 1539, and the court of Henry VIII is increasingly fearful at the moods of the ageing, sickly king. With only a baby in the cradle for an heir, Henry has to take another wife. The dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves, who has her own reasons for agreeing to marry a man old enough to be her father. Although fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings, Anne senses a trap closing around her.

    Mary says: "Amazing story! characters brillantly alive"
    "Amazing story! characters brillantly alive"
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    Anyone who knows me would never believe I would enjoy a book about court intrigue in Tudor times. But I was so taken with the way Ms Gregory drew the charcters & kept the plot line moving! Katherine Howard was beautifully shown to be an innocent pawn of the Duke of Norwich. I kept hoping he would be found out and put in his place until the bitter end.

    I will be listening to each book in the series and recommend you listen to at least one of Phillipa Gregory's book of the series you will get so much enjoyment that I envy you the new experience!

    thank you for reading my review; I hope it helps

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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