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Shirley

Lead Hill, AR, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Secret of Crickley Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By James Herbert
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (104)

    There is an old, empty house in Devil's Cleave, a deep gorge that leads from the high moors down to the harbour village of Hollow Bay. The house is Crickley Hall and it's large and grim, somehow foreboding. It's rumoured to be haunted. It's thought to hold a secret. Despite some reservations, the Caleighs move in, searching for respite in this beautiful part of North Devon, seeking peace and perhaps to come to terms with what's happened to them as a family. But all is not well with the house....

    Karen says: "ZZZZZ......"
    "Entertaining..spooky...Sad"
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    If you could sum up The Secret of Crickley Hall in three words, what would they be?

    The book is well written. I don't normally like the british accent when listening to a book but this one good listen. I did not have trouble understanding what was being said. The history of the house is sad..the story pulls at your heart strings for the children.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rushed: Rushed, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brian Harmon
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    When Eric catches sight of Creek Bend, Wisconsin's most famous missing person, his mundane morning of running errands rapidly erupts into a chaotic search for mysterious, hidden places scattered throughout his own hometown. Along the way, he'll have to deal with strange monsters, a murderous cowboy, and a curiously intimidating man in a pink shirt

    Shirley says: "Love It!"
    "Love It!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would not without having said friend read/listen to Rushed (book 1). Having said that, I would highly recommend these books! They are not heavy on the horror aspect but they are a really fun listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eric, just the way he handles all the obsticles he is faced with through out the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but the whole story line just kept my attention, and I can't say that about all the books I listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    In my own personal opinion, these books do not disappoint.

    1 of 1 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
    (449)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (421)

    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!"
    "Entertaining, if you're into the Paranormal"
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    If you could sum up The Demonologist in three words, what would they be?

    Creepy, Provoking, Enlightening


    What does Todd Haberkorn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The way he vocalized the thoughts of the Warren's, the way he told the story. I liked it.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book many many many years ago, when I saw it here I had to have it and listen to it. Was not disappointed. I started reading the Warrens' work when I was a teenager back in the early 80's and have been fascinated with ever since. It was very sad when Ed passed away back in 2006 but we each must move on. This is a couple I could have sat down and talked with for hours. Not everyone believes in the paranormal, and for those that don't well they don't, I am not one to push what I believe onto anyone else. I have always believed in it and will continue to listen to stories and read books on the subject.

    If your are ghost paranoid then this book is not for you if you wish to sleep peacefully again, but if you can listen to it with a detached sense of mind then it is a great listen, if you don't believe in the paranormal at all I would keep on moving to the next book cause the whole book will be an eye roll for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Homing

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Saul
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Karen Spellman is leaving Los Angeles behind, packing up her life and her daughters, and returning to her hometown to marry her high school sweetheart. In the countryside of her childhood, she is looking forward to a fresh start. But her life quickly turns dark and a malevolent force beyond her control threatens to take her daughters from her and ruin her dreams of a new life. Little does anyone know that an evil thought to be long dead has only been lying in wait, quietly anticipating the day when it will finally be able to satisfy its vengeful desires.

    Shirley says: "Predictable"
    "Predictable"
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The idea was very interesting. I can absolutely see big industry testing like this and the average person would have no idea it is happening.


    What about Tanya Eby’s performance did you like?

    How she was able to portray the male characters voices.


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

    No, it was strange enough with adding a follow up to it


    Any additional comments?

    It is your typical John Saul book, centers around teenagers and kids. It is an alright listen, there were parts where my mind started to wonder and I would have to rewind. Typical single mom, single dad, meet and combine families in the beginning. Lots of teenage angst.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Untcigahunk: The Complete Little Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Rick Hautala
    • Narrated By Bob Dunsworth
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    It has been five years since Kip Howard saw his mother killed horribly by a blur of "little brown things."Five years of nightmares and a terror of dark places. Five years of struggling to overcome what must have been just his imagination... But the "untcigahunk," the Indian word for "little brothers," are no one's imagination. Hideous forest creatures who feed every five years on human flesh, the little brothers are about to emerge from underground once again.

    coreybeth says: "Wow AWESOME. Scary Suspensful & just plain fun"
    "Interesting Enough"
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    Would you listen to Untcigahunk again? Why?

    If there was nothing else to listen to, I would. It was a good story the first time around, but not good enough for me to listen to again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Untcigahunk?

    When Kip stopped being the victim and stood up to his older brother. I mean really!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't turn off the Lights!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting idea for this book. There were parts where I reallly just wanted to slap the main character silly and tell him to get over himself, but overall a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead of Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jack Night
    • Narrated By Folly Blaine
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    For the Anderson family, Rockwell is the picture-perfect small town. A wholesome place to start over. But as the autumn days begin turning to winter something is awakened deep within the woods. Something bent on revenge. Cut off from the rest of the world they must fight to stay alive as the haunting presence lays claim to Rockwell, exposing the dark secrets of the town that created it.

    Micaiah Evans says: "Top-notch reading of a fairly good book"
    "Creepy"
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    If you could sum up The Dead of Winter in three words, what would they be?

    Just short of a Zombie Apocolypse, but, it is not a book about Zombies.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was interesting enough to keep my attention, without being overly gory.


    Any additional comments?

    While not fighting Zombies in this book, it has the same feel. It is an interesting story, the ending felt a little rushed, but really it ended in the best possible way it could tying up MOST of the loose ends. The book has some gory parts but they are not overly done, just enough. Great story line, felt there could have been more action, but what there was of it was acceptable. This book does drag in a few places, where eye roll happens, but overall not bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rushed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brian Harmon
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Eric can't remember the recurring dream that keeps waking him in the middle of the night with an overwhelming urge to leave, yet he spends each day feeling as if he desperately needs to be somewhere. With no idea how to cure himself of this odd compulsion, he decides to let it take its course and go for a drive, hoping that once he proves to himself that there is nowhere to go, he can return to his normal life.

    justin says: "A ONE STAR REVIEW in less than 5 HOURS? Hmmm..."
    "Great Listen"
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    Where does Rushed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Would not say the absolute best listen, but was a very good listen


    What about Eric Michael Summerer’s performance did you like?

    I really liked how he portrayed each character. The personality of each character came through with his different inflections of each.


    If you could rename Rushed, what would you call it?

    Dream Compulsion


    Any additional comments?

    This book is by no means one that will keep you awake at night with things that go bump, but, it does let your imagination run wild with the description of the creatures Eric comes across in his day of travel. The humor between the main character Eric and wife is very entertaining. I look forward to the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Backtracker

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jason Koenig
    • Narrated By Daniel Dorse
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Miraclemaker comes and goes like a ghost in the night, taking lives by the score as if he were Death himself. The streets run red with the blood of his victims. Only one man knows he exists, one man who loses everyone he ever cared about, one by one, to the hands of the killer. This man, Dave Heinrich, setsout on a desperate hunt to stop the Miraclemaker at any cost. But does Dave stand a chance against a murderer who just might have a connection to terrifyingly dark and powerful supernatural forces?

    Alan says: "Decent Read, Terrible Narration."
    "Good Story!!! But........."
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    Where does Backtracker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is very good, but getting over the narrator....the voice drove me crazy!!! Clear your throat and speak up!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Daniel Dorse’s performances?

    Absolutely Not!! This guy basically whispered in this rough harsh whisperish voice like he needs to clear his throat voice. The story line is the only thing that kept me listening. I will not be getting another book that he is the narrator on.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If someone like Scott Brick, Joe Montenga was reading this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (203)

    From the author of The Secret History comes a dark, suspenseful novel of lost childhood. Harriet Dusfresnes is a child in Mississippi, haunted by the murder of her brother when she was just a baby. He was found hanging from a tree in their backyard; his killer was never identified, nor did the family ever recover. Only Harriet's teenage sister might have seen what happened that day, and she has blocked it out from her memory.

    Sam says: "Couldn't put it down"
    "Had the potential to be a good book"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Based on the book description alone, yes, but after reading the book. No. It listed a mystery thriller, but this book is really neither. It just follows a little girl who lost a sibling.


    What was most disappointing about Donna Tartt’s story?

    Small SPOILER: Without ever reavealing what truly happened to her brother leaves this book just hanging. Listening to the life of this little girl growing up was interesting with her family an all, but seemed to me nothing was tied up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (160)

    Dr. Joanna Lander is a psychologist specializing in near-death experiences. She is about to get help from a new doctor with the power to give her the chance to get as close to death as anyone can.

    Aser says: "You Can't Get There From Here"
    "Good Story Line"
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    What did you love best about Passage?

    The book followed a topic that I have always found interesting.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dina Pearlman?

    Her reading style takes alot to get use to. She made the main charactor of this book ALWAYS sound so ominous. It was a struggle at times listening to her, but the story itself was good enough to keep me going.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had the time to sit and listen to an entire book at one time, this book would not be the one.


    Any additional comments?

    The story line is good. The book is about 200 pages to long. While I really enjoyed the story line, at some points it did get montonous, the same thing over and over again. I would recommend this book to someone, overall it is a good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6336)
    Performance
    (5875)
    Story
    (5897)

    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"
    "Must READ or LISTEN to The Shining first"
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    Any additional comments?

    I loved this!! If you don't listen to The Shining first then you will find areas in this book that will lose you. Watching the movie The Shining does not follow the book. There are things they added to the movie that is not in the book and things in the book that did not make the movie. I would recommend the unabridged version, I have listened to both and I have watched the movie.

    I am a big Stephen King fan so I was very excited when this book was released!! The narrator did a good job, had me wondering at first if I was going to be able to listen to him for long, but he grows on you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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