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  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6782)
    Performance
    (5162)
    Story
    (5242)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Excellent Book"
    Overall

    This is a great book. Very hard to put down and well read. I personally did not find it in the least bit dull as others have mentioned and therefore recommend this book. I also liked the way the author combined actual history with fiction. Buy it.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2237)
    Performance
    (2084)
    Story
    (2104)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Just as Awesome as it was when I read it years ago"
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    The Shining is a great book. I read it years ago when it first came out. Then came the movie - loved by millions... but if you've only seen the movie - it's quite different from the book and not as good as the book. If you haven't read this book you won't be disappointed. Actually you will be disappointed that you thought the movie was great until you realize the book is even better.

    The narrator is excellent. I read another post that complained that his enunciation is very precise and it is. Crisp, clear and exact. Perhaps the other person would prefer a person who speaks in a lazy manner - something I personally don't care for. I give this narrator 5 stars for the excellent reading that really brought SKs book of wonderful prose to life!

    I'll always like this book - it's a keeper. Except now, when I next watch the movie - I know I'll be wondering "Why did the producer change that in the movie - why didn't they stick to the book?" The movie would have been so much better.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (926)
    Story
    (917)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    T.D. says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "Awesome Book"
    Overall
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    I couldn't put this book down once I started it. There were a lot of twists and turns that kept you eager to read more - and prevented the book from being predictable!

    If you're wondering whether it's worth a credit - It Certainly Is and you won't regret it.

    This is one of those books that I'll read again in time.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Supernaturals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (543)

    Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy's investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy, and destroyed his career. Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success, she needs help from the one man who has come face-to-face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure. Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with it. But Summer Place has other plans....

    DebaDeb says: "Scary!!"
    "Exceeded my expectatations"
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    This turned out to be a really good book. I had read a couple of negative reviews as well as positive ones and decided to find out for myself - and liked the book considerably. Really well done and a very enjoyable ride into the supernatural. I hope the author comes out with another book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2237)
    Performance
    (1973)
    Story
    (1972)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "A Bit of a Departure but still an Awesome Read!"
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    The only reason that I gave an overall rating of 4 is because this book, the setting/place, greatly departs from the previous books... I don't say it departs is a bad way, but I'm still thinking it over. Having said that, I'd readily purchase the book again!

    If you're an Odd fan - Buy it, read it. Odd is considerably more 'no-nonsense/ruthless' in this novel - which is good to see.

    Dean appears to be taking Odd to a new level and it appears from this book that all bets are off as to what that direction could be.

    Great job Mr. Koontz, can't wait for the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amped: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (383)

    In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.

    D says: "No Michael Crighton but still worth a listen"
    "Awesome Read"
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    I found this book - both content and delivery (nararrator) excellent. What a great book and one I think I'll read again at some point in the near future. The way the nararrator reads the book - is 'right in keeping' with the main character and perfectly rendered.

    The concept of the book is also excellent, because it touches on the technology we're building and the perceptions or prejudice that may result from its use in the future.

    I'm glad I didn't listen to some of the other reviews (sorry guys) that downgraded the book.... as I found it to be absolutely excellent.

    I recommend it.

    Excellent book!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (262)

    For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past - and get away with murder. Peter Straub's classic best seller is a work of "superb horror" (Washington Post Book World) that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time - and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.

    Jaimie says: "Great Story! The Best of Peter Straub"
    "Book might be good but the narrarator is AWEFUL"
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    The book might be good, but the narrarator is SO BAD that I can't tell. The narrator ruins the story because the way he makes the characters talk is so un-natural that it distracts one from the story.

    I gave the story a single star - Sorry Peter Straub - not because the story is not a good one - probably is - but the Narraration is Terrible and so distracting that I cannot tell one way or the other whether the story is any good or not.

    The inflection he uses is incredibly un-natural. Nobody talks the way he talks for the characters. Choppy and the inflection is way off. Monotone in many places and just plain weird... I can't describe it because it's so strange.

    It's like listening to a mental patient or someone from another planet who knows the language but doesn't understand inflection.

    I have tried to listen to it over and over but turn it off after 10-20 minutes because of the horrible narrartion. It's so bad and distracting from the story (and nearly every character sounds the same) - that I don't even know after 2 hours into the story - exactly who the characters ARE!

    I'd buy the paperback book and read it - BUT DON'T RECOMMEND YOU PURCHASE THIS BOOK DUE TO THE NARRATORS INCREDIBLE LACK OF ABILITY TO NARRARATE.

    I listened to the sample and the bit that plays doesn't sound too bad... but boy did I find out real fast what a mistake I'd made by wasting a credit.

    Whoever decided to use this guy really screwed it up for Peter Straubs chances to make any money from Audible sales.

    The producer (if there was one for this book) should have known within minutes that the choice of narrarator was a big mistake! Personally, I'd demote the producer for lack of judgement and probably for intended sabotage and a willing attempt to ruin any attempt to make money from the sale of the book!

    Peter Straub should have been able to intervene to stop this deplorable attempt to destroy what is probabaly a good book and have this narrarator replaced.

    Peter, you can probably write off any real sales of this book - except for those making the same sucker mistake I made.

    I have a couple hundred (litterally) Audible books in my library and occasionally there's a bad narrarator - but this one IS THE WORST EVER.

    I'll remember the name of this Narrarator and avoid any other books read by him! Get another job!

    And fire the producer for their inept choice and attempt to sabotage what is otherwise no doubt a good book.

    It disgusts me that I wasted a credit on this book!

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Wasteland II: Last Train to Diavalo

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Keith Crews
    • Narrated By John Bell
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Hitman, Angelo Marchetti returns in book two of the Wasteland series, “Last Train to Diavalo.” Trapped aboard a Demon Train of the damned, the Hitman must fight to escape if He is to reach the ancient cemetery of the Avalon so that He might live again. However, The Master of the Train, Mr. Stiles has other plans for karma’s prodigal son. In this latest chronicle, the Hitman traverses the spiritual boundary that separates realities in order to secure ammunition for Thunder’s empty magazine.

    Steve says: "Too Many Words for a Disappointing Story"
    "Too much 'Flowery Speach'"
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    The story IS a good one and the narration is excellent. But the flowery speach detracts from the story. I read the first book of the series and got about 1/2 way through this one and simply couldn't take the flowery speach anymore. It's a distraction from an otherwise good storyline.

    One finds themselves 'translating' the flowery speach ALL THE TIME - and it causes the story to 'stop flowing'.

    I don't expect to read anymore of these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17874)
    Performance
    (15891)
    Story
    (15848)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Absolutely Magnificent!!!"
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    This is an awesome story, absoluetly magnificent.

    I only wish it were 100 hours instead of 50! The character development and story line flowed like - well, like time itself.

    Stephen King never disappoints and this will be marked as one of the best books ever written by this author... and though all of his works are "Great Works", this one in particular is outstanding.

    From the first minute that this book started I could not put it down.

    Keep up the great work Mr. King!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2672)
    Performance
    (2272)
    Story
    (2259)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "A Must Read"
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    This book was absolutely awesome and I hope to read more from this talented author! The narration was supurb as always, the storyline well thought out and not predictable. Excellent attention to detail made the story vibrant and real. This is a must read book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pest Control

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bill Fitzhugh
    • Narrated By Colby Elliott
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Bob Dillon is a down-on-his-luck exterminator from Queens who just wants to make a killing with his radical new environmentally-friendly pest elimination technique, involving his hybrid assassin bugs (a very real group of insects). But when Bob decides to advertise, his flyer falls into the hands of a European murder-for-hire broker who mistakes Bob for a professional assassin.

    A User says: "Super! Difficult to put down"
    "Super! Difficult to put down"
    Overall

    I was pleasantly suprised by this book and found it difficult to put down. It's funny, well written (and very well narrated) with an excellent plot that leaves you wishing the book was longer. Highly recommended for anyone wanting a book that will make them laugh at every turn. Extremely entertaining!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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