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  • The Cellar: The Beast House Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Richard Laymon
    • Narrated By Therese McLaughlin
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Arguably Laymon's most celebrated and most infamous novel, The Cellar is the first book in his Beast House Chronicles. Only the bravest tourists dare to venture inside the sealed-up Beast House, long rumored to be haunted. But the creature that lives in the cellar is no ghost, and its hungry!

    Johnny says: "Strong story, uneven performance"
    "Meh"
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    Would you try another book from Richard Laymon and/or Therese McLaughlin?

    Yes, probably. His story ideas are interesting, but his novels always leave me flat somehow. He's kind of like a train wreck - you don't want to look but you know you will anyway and will come away disappointed that there was nothing to see.


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

    The women need to be smarter in Laymon's stories. Mr. Laymon is a good writer, no doubt, but he seems to have absolutely no insight into the mind of women at all. This is the 3rd Laymon novel I've read and in all three the women characters were absolutely ridiculous. They always do things that no person in real life would ever do. While the men are smart and brave and quick-thinking, the women are simpering and weak and any smart or brave move they may be about to make is always derailed by their apparently uncontrollable libidos. For once, just once, I'd like to read a Laymon novel where the female protagonist tells the man hitting on her to go jump in the lake.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Meh. It was okay. Nothing to write home about.


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

    Maybe, but they would have to almost completely re-write the story. Make the women smarter, the sex not so slimey, and the story more cohesive.


    Any additional comments?

    I really do like the way your twisted mind thinks, Mr. Laymon and I want to continue reading your books, but can we PLEASE have a smart female character in your next novel? Pretty please???

    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
    (408)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (358)

    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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5876)
    Performance
    (5488)
    Story
    (5507)

    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
    (106)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    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
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1533)
    Performance
    (1274)
    Story
    (1284)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "Ho-Hum"
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    Any additional comments?

    Terribly terribly boring. I just couldn't give a poop about any of these characters and the story and writing was just a little too hectic for me. Every other paragraph had someone getting shot at or fighting or something exploding, but there was never any real character development in-between to make all of the action interesting (or pertinent). It read like a bad Steven Seagal action movie (sorry, a bit redundant - all of his movies are bad). Maybe this genre just isn't for me. I found the magic to be not very interesting or magical and the characters simple and predictable. The reader was very good though - I'd definitely listen to other books read by Mr. Andrews.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lycan Fallout: Rise of the Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (700)

    The world of man was brought to its knees with the zombie apocalypse. A hundred and fifty years have passed since man clawed and climbed his way back from the brink of extinction. Civilization has rebooted, man has begun to rebuild, creating new communities and society. It is on this fragile new shaky ground that a threat worse than the scourge of the dead has sprung... Once again, one man finds himself once thrust into the forefront of a war he wants nothing to do with and seemingly cannot win.

    Teddy says: "Loved it! Mike Talbot Returns!!!"
    "surprisingly disappointing"
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    Would you try another book from Mark Tufo and/or Sean Runnette?

    Yes, definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    I've become quite a fan of Mark Tufo, but this one left me flat. The biggest problem I had was that I felt like I was dropped in the middle of something that I knew nothing about. The reviews and synopsis assured that you didn't need to know the backstory to like this book, but I found that not to be the case. I had too many questions and not enough answers and that caused me to not care at all about the characters. I'm going to keep this in my library and may give it another shot after I've read the previous books in this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hungry Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry presents a quirky collection of five stories starring a whole cast of the ever-popular undead. Here you will find a semi-sequel to Dead of Night in which four army reservists are assigned to hold a small rural bridge during the early days of the zombie apocalypse; a comedic story involving a couple of idiot moonshiners, a comet, gangsters, zombies, and the Great Chicago Fire; a downbeat psychological drama set in the bleak wastelands a few years after the zombie apocalypse; and more.

    Amazon Customer says: "Damn good collection of diverse Zombie tales"
    "Very impressive"
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    Any additional comments?

    I discovered Jonathan Maberry when a friend recommended Patient Zero to me. I was very surprised to find it so enjoyable. His writing is impeccable. His attention to detail and knowledge of a variety of different areas of science and politics really blew me away. So when I saw a collection of short stories from him I grabbed it immediately, anxious to see if he could do more than a good zombie story. Well, I was not disappointed. This one and also Tales From the Fire Zone were both completely engaging and incredibly well written. His writing is smart and crisp and the stories move quickly and make sense. The gore is just the right amount, the romance is just the right amount, and the tension is perfectly drawn out. With these books Mr. Maberry has solidified himself as one of my top 3 writers. I hope that Hollywood will take note - his books would make fantastic movies.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tales From Beyond The Pale, Season 2 LIVE! Dead Air

    • ORIGINAL (33 mins)
    • By Simon Barrett
    • Narrated By Larry Fessenden, Jonny Orsini, Joel Garland, and others
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Conceived during a fog-drenched car ride with nothing beyond the windshield but a horizon-less void, Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid created the acclaimed "Tales from Beyond the Pale," audio theater inspired by the vintage radio shows of Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles. Tales Season Two delves even further beyond the pale with eight explosive tales to tickle your fancy and curdle your blood. In 'Dead Air' by Simon Barrett, a college DJ stuggles with the demonic forces that haunt the hallways during a late night broadcast.

    Igrat777 says: "Great fun!"
    "Great fun!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. it's fun to hear a "full cast" audio book. The stories were great - reminded me of Twilight Zone type stories.


    Would you recommend Tales From Beyond The Pale, Season 2 LIVE! Dead Air to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. It's different than the normal audio books and will keep you quite entertained.


    Was Tales From Beyond The Pale, Season 2 LIVE! Dead Air worth the listening time?

    Definitely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3446)
    Performance
    (1387)
    Story
    (1405)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "Wonderful!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to I Am Legend the most enjoyable?

    The reader was fantastic.


    Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first one.


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

    No, no extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    This is NOT the Will Smith movie. People should know that going in. I thought it was and was a little confused at first, but this story is so much better than the Smith movie that I quickly just got absorbed in the story and forgot the film. A film of this book was made (1964 Vincent Price film "The Last Man on Earh" ) and it was wonderful. I liked the Will Smith film too but it is very different than this book.

    Richard Matheson is a very unique literary voice. The way he developed a story with really only one character was amazing. The part about the dog is heartbreakingly sweet. The main character's struggle to survive and keep his sanity all at the same time was nail-biting in some places and inspiring in others. I highly recommend this audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oh, the Horror: A Collection of Dark Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jaime Johnesee
    • Narrated By Stephanye Dussud
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    From Jaime Johnesse, a collection of psychological horror short stories.

    Igrat777 says: "Horrible"
    "Horrible"
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    Would you try another book from Jaime Johnesee and/or Stephanye Dussud?

    No.


    Has Oh, the Horror turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just from this author


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephanye Dussud’s performances?

    Yes - she was a good reader


    What character would you cut from Oh, the Horror?

    All of them. They were all ridiculous.


    Any additional comments?

    This audio book was terrible. These stories felt like they were written by a 4th grader. No tension, no twists or surprises, no character development (at all), nothing. I've never read stories where the cop catches a suspect, they confess in 2 minutes, the end. These stories did nothing but annoy me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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