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  • Beware

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Richard Laymon
    • Narrated By Charles Bice
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    An invisible killer is chasing reporter Lacey Allen across Arizona, and leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. Using ancient black magic a dangerous, vindictive maniac is made all-powerful by his ability to become invisible. Raping and murdering his way around the States, he is biding his time before fulfilling his one desire - to get even with the high school belle who rejected him years before.

    Igrat777 says: "Shame on Laymon"
    "Shame on Laymon"
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    What did you like best about Beware? What did you like least?

    This was a very interesting premise for a story and usually Laymon delivers, but the heroine was just so incredibly stupid and unlikeable that it didn't allow me to get wrapped into the story. The things that she does is just so beyond the realm of common sense that i found myself audibly saying "oh, come on!!"


    What was most disappointing about Richard Laymon’s story?

    Most disappointing thing about this story was Lacey's character. I didn't think a female character could be so incredibly dumb and still manage to make it to the next chapter.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Charles Bice’s performances?

    yes - but it would have to be a story that I REALLY wanted to hear. He wasn't one of my favorite readers.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Laymon is usually one of my favorite writers but I think he was doing drugs when he wrote this one. Shame on him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghoul

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Brian Keene
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (129)

    June 1984. Timmy Graco is looking forward to summer vacation, taking it easy and hanging out with his buddies. Instead his summer will be filled with terror and a life-and-death battle against a nightmarish creature that few will believe even exists. Timmy learns that the person who’s been unearthing fresh graves in the cemetery isn’t a person at all. It’s a thing. And it’s after Timmy and his friends. If Timmy hopes to live to see September, he’ll have to escape the Ghoul.

    Amanda says: "CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!!!!"
    "Well done"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, a younger friend though.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was good but exactly what I expected.


    Did Wayne June do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel was like Pumpkinhead meets Stand by Me. Well written, a little drawn out at times, but nicely done. Worth the money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer: John Cleaver, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (299)

    John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

    G. Mott says: "Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator."
    "Teen thriller"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was well written and mildly interesting but not at all what I thought it was going to be. It was more of a sophisticated teen horror story than the adult bloody thriller I was expecting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Keith C. Blackmore
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (735)

    "Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

    Ian says: "Kind of Undersells Book 2"
    "Pretty darn good!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story?

    When the zombie babies attacked. What a terrific visual!!


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best free books I've ever gotten. The characters were pretty interesting and the writing was wonderful. I will probably buy the Mountain Man series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sick Stuff

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ronald Kelly, Zach McCain
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hall
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Repulsive. Disgusting. Beyond the realm of good taste...A serial killer records the abominations he has committed...on the only journal he has in his possession. All stem from a voodoo curse cast upon the unfortunate survivors of a Louisiana family...This is the sick stuff.

    Igrat777 says: "Good stuff!"
    "Good stuff!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Pretty good collection of odd, disgusting and horrific tales. I loved that each one was very different but equally (if not more!) intriguing than the last.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Milk-Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Matthews
    • Narrated By Jay Wohlert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Lilly is 10 years old, born with a heart defect, and already addicted to heroin. Her mother is gone from her life, and there are rumors that she was killed by her father and buried near the abandoned house across the street. The house intrigues her, she can't stay away, and the monstrous homeless man who lives there has been trying to get Lilly to come inside.

    Cyndi says: "Disturbing book"
    "Much better than I expected it to be"
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    If you could sum up Milk-Blood in three words, what would they be?

    dismal urban horror


    What other book might you compare Milk-Blood to and why?

    Not a book but a movie - Wes Craven's "The People Under the Stairs".... except the movie had a happier ending.


    Which character – as performed by Jay Wohlert – was your favorite?

    Lily


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a story for everyone. There is no happy side to this tale. It's gritty and dirty and makes you feel like you want to shower after reading/listening to it. But very very well written and I actually like stories that are not formulaic. This tale took me places I didn't think it would. Nice little gem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Journal

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Gail Smith
    • Narrated By Linda Mooney
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The hand-written account of a woman trying to survive in a world gone dead. Something has happened to the world, and now the living are gradually becoming the living dead. This is the story of one young woman's struggle to live a life that has no future.

    Igrat777 says: "Time to take a break"
    "Time to take a break"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Neutral. It certainly wasn't time well spent but I didn't feel it was a waste of my time either.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Different narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Linda Mooney’s performances?

    No.


    Could you see Journal being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. It's not different enough. Same as every other zombie story out there.


    Any additional comments?

    It may just be time for me to take a break from all of the zombie stories for a while. They're all starting to blur together. Except for a few standout stories (like the Book of Riley series) they're all the same unoriginal gory flesh-eating living dead tales. This story was....fine... just plain, ordinary, and fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Situation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eloise J. Knapp
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (370)

    When the end finally occurred, everything about it was cinematic. The dead came back and ate people, civilization collapsed, and no one could do a thing. But Cyrus V. Sinclair couldn’t care less; he’s a sociopath. Amidst the chaos, Cyrus sits back and contemplates the gore stained streets and screams of his fellow man with little more emotion than one of the walking corpses. With his cache of guns and MREs, he rather likes the idea of hunkering down in his Seattle apartment while the world ends outside.

    Robert says: "Unique Zombie Tale"
    "Not what i thought, but okay"
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    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book because the premise sounded fascinating -- a sociopath in a zombie world. But Cyrus was not much of a sociopath. He was terribly boring, childish, and surprisingly normal. I found Blaze way more interesting than Cyrus. I thought Cyrus would be this killing machine with absolutely no conscience or remorse, but, well, sadly that was not the case. Blaze was the real sociopath here, not Cyrus. The other thing that I found annoying was that the situations kept repeating themselves. The group makes a stupid decision, comes upon danger, fights their way out, moves on, makes a stupid decision, comes upon danger, fights their way out, moves on, rinse and repeat. The only saving grace of this book was that the author is a very good writer and the reader was also very good. The story was fun enough. The character of Blaze was also pretty fascinating - I would love to read a book about her backstory.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6715)
    Performance
    (6262)
    Story
    (6287)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Pretty darn good"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David. I loved how his character was developed. I bought it. He wasn't just this weird little kid that kept getting into implausible situations. He had a purpose, and experience and skills to back up his actions. Very good character development.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one in particular. The entire book was really quite good. Very entertaining and surprisingly engaging. VERY well written. I would listen to other books by this author.


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

    No.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Exoskeleton: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Shane Stadler
    • Narrated By Patrick Conn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (137)

    A convicted felon is given a choice following his sentencing: serve a 25-year conventional prison sentence...or spend 365 days in a new, experimental corrections program. He opts for the experimental program, only to realize he has made a horrible mistake. A dark tale of science spun dangerously out of control, Exoskeleton will leave even the most jaded of listeners quaking in their boots.

    Molly says: "Exoskeleton - now I get it"
    "Not what I expected"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a very interesting, and well-written book. First time in a long time that I had to skip ahead at some parts (the dentist scene had me cringing like nothing I've ever read before! - pure genius!). I really felt for the main character but was skeptical of him as well. His character was written in a way that made you question his innocence. It took quite a few chapters into the story before I realized that he was indeed guilty?/innocent? (I won't spoil it for you!) I would actually really like a sequel to this book. It ended in such a way that I would love to know what this character does next.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Boulevard

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephen Jay Schwartz
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    LAPD detective and former vice cop Hayden Glass is a sex addict. The addiction has ruined his marriage and continues to complicate every aspect of his life. But regular attendance in Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings has helped keep his behavior from affecting his career. That is, until he suspects that three macabre and seemingly unrelated murders are linked to his meetings and targeted directly at him.

    Amazon Customer says: "4.5 For sure!"
    "I have never disliked a book more"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it had turned into a completely different book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen Jay Schwartz again?

    No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was great. The only good thing about this book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Throughout this entire book I just kept hoping the main character would die. What an absolutely despicable, selfish, entitled, rude man. Everything that he did was only to benefit himself. People got hurt, people died, all because he was a selfish a-hole.

    I generally like main characters that are flawed. But this character went so far beyond flawed it was downright obnoxious. And he was flawed in such an unrealistic way that, as a reader, I just felt angry and insulted. If you're going to have a flawed character you should at least give him enough redeemable qualities (or even just ONE redeemable quality) that the reader can overlook, or maybe even empathize, with his flaws. Not this guy. I found myself rooting for the killer.

    And don't even get me started on the female characters!! It's terribly frustrating to have seemingly intelligent, strong and successful female characters behave in the most unintelligent, weak, and plain 'ole stupid ways. Kennedy was an accomplished crime investigator for cripes sakes! And she falls into a "thing" with this rude, sexist, selfish, sex-addicted, lying detective? And why was everyone else kissing this guy's hiney too? His captain, the forensic guy, his partners... EVERYONE just let Hayden push them around and then bent over backwards to help him even after he was a complete shmuck to them! smh. Sorry, but this one baffled me. I just did not sympathize or care about this character in any way. ****SPOILER ALERT**** I only kept listening to the end because I was hoping he was the killer. Hayden was just so dreadful that I thought, my goodness, he MUST be the killer!

    Maybe it's a sign of a good writer that I actively dislike this character so much, but it's certainly not a sign of a good story. I will not be listening to anything else by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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