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Julie Troshkova

My reviews are my personal opinions. I am not an expert or a critic or a massive reader/audiobook listener, and neither do I claim to be. I choose my audiobooks by reading the reviews, therefore I try and make my reviews as honest as possible.

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  • Hell House

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (387)

    For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity.

    But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House.

    Phebe says: "Hell House is like Hill House, but fiercer"
    "Made me laugh, but for all the wrong reasons"
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    Now this book is weird! The reason why I bought it is because it is narrated by Ray Porter - an excellent narrator.

    If the author meant for it to be a horror or a thriller, he failed. I listened to the story before bed, alone, in the dark, and it failed to scare me. Many parts of the story I found amusing. I don't want to spoil anything for potential readers, so I will make an example: you're in the middle of a cemetery near a haunted house and you stumble upon a quartet of singing stone busts performing the Lollipop song (if you've seen Haunted Mansion with Eddie Murphy, then you know what I'm talking about). I liked the reason behind the haunting of the house (i.e. the house's past). I didn't like the way the book ended, I felt like the author was in a hurry to finish and just sort of... did.

    The narration was amazing though, which doesn't come as a surprise to me, because Ray Porter is a genius and deserves a medal.

    Overall, I would recommend this book but not for people who want to listen to a horror story and experience fear and a rush of adrenaline.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (779)

    In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, the body nearly decapitated. Two strands of silver hair — not human — cling to her body. They are Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make a startling discovery: This violent death had a chilling prequel.

    Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker says: "somewhat disappointing"
    "Didn't finish listening to this book"
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    I always try to choose my audiobooks carefully because they are pricey, so I bought this audiobook because of the description and the reviews. I have to say, I wasted my money. The beginning is good and that is the only reason I gave the Story 2*, not 1*. Unfortunately, after the first two chapters the story begins to become more and more boring. I only had a couple of chapters to go until the end, but I was so uninterested in the story I often had to rewind because my mind would wander elsewhere. In the end I just gave up and didn't finish listening.

    The narrator's voice is too soothing for my liking. I feel like Tanya Eby should do meditation tapes rather than narrate crime novels. Her narration was too monotone for me. Although she tries to vary her tone and do voices for the different characters, I wouldn't say she is good at it.

    Overall, I gave this audiobook 2* and I would not recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10564)
    Performance
    (9588)
    Story
    (9608)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "14"
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    I didn't know what to expect when I bought this audiobook. It was my first one too. I thought it would be a thriller judging by the illustration but it turned out to be so much more. The story is absolutely unbelievable. I never knew where it was going and was absolutely on edge. I loved the story.

    I also loved the way it was narrated. Even if the names wouldn't have been mentioned, I would be able to tell who was talking because Ray Porter did a marvelous job with the voices.

    All in all, loved this book and recommend it.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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