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Barbara

GREENVILLE, WI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Hater

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Moody
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    Within seconds, normally rational, self-controlled people become frenzied killers. Christened "Haters" by the media, the attackers strike without warning, killing all who cross their path. People are afraid to go to work, afraid to leave their homes, afraid that at any moment their friends or family could turn on them. In the face of this mindless terror, Danny McCoyne must secure his family, seek shelter, and watch as the world falls apart. "Attack first, ask questions later" becomes the order of the day.

    Barbara says: "Not too bad"
    "Not too bad"
    Overall

    This book was entertaining enough. I like the concept and sorta cared what happend to the main character. I could relate to his bad days and frustrations. It even made me want to get away from the main characters kids, they were pretty annoying. It's not scarey but it takes a lot to scare me. Narrator was ok, someone else could have done worse, someone else could have done better. All in all, not bad but I probably won't remember it in a week or two.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Abandoned in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Boyle
    • Narrated By Roy Wells
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Abandoned in the Dark is a collection of unnerving stories which are grounded in reality, journeys that promise to keep you awake at night and get your heart pounding. “Abandoned in the Dark” and “Close Call,” among other similar stories collected here, delve into our universal feeling of dread and will ruthlessly steal your breath away. “Behind the Curtain,” a uniquely unsettling sexual tale ridden with disturbing undertones and unforgettable imagery, is certain to haunt parents in particular.

    Barbara says: "Should have listened to the sample first"
    "Should have listened to the sample first"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one.


    What was most disappointing about David Boyle’s story?

    None of them were scary.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was like having Carl Sagen, whom I loved but spoke very, very slowly and nasally, on horse tranquilizers reading you the dictionary.


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

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I'm beginning to think the folks who hire these narrators don't bother to listen to them before they record them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God Virus

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Skip Coryell
    • Narrated By George Kuch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Suddenly, the lights went out, not just in one town or village, but all across the world. It was an act of cyber terrorism that plunged the world into the heart of darkness, into the 1000-year night, letting loose the demons of a billion souls, pitting dark against light, causing each person everywhere to choose sides.

    Barbara says: "Started out interesting enough..."
    "Started out interesting enough..."
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    What would have made The God Virus better?

    This book would have been much better if not for the muslim bashing, pro-Christian and Endless preaching. I realize what the title is however, I thought it was more along the lines of something such as "Satan's hammer" about an asteroid. I was wrong. It's preachy. Also, I'm neither a republican nor a democrat so, the last thing I want is for my entertainment to be one sided or Any sided propaganda.
    Write books to entertain, not to preach and spread hate filled propaganda. If I wanted either of those two I'd go to a church or watch the news.


    What was most disappointing about Skip Coryell’s story?

    The endless bashing of muslims. Coryell makes it all too clear he hates muslims, in a sickening way. He needs to grow up and realize everyone in the world will not be little cones of him, thank goodness.


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

    Kuch has a good voice. His tone is nice, his voices are kind of similar but you can tell different characters are talking.


    What character would you cut from The God Virus?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder how many white hooded meetings Coryell missed to write this trash.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Are But Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By M Howald
    • Narrated By Jack de Golia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    How far will a man go to protect his family from a war being declared on his home? Some thing, an anomaly, an anarchist, invades Ben Needham's home, demanding resurrection. Enlisting a team of scientists, Ben surrenders his life to unravel the tragedy in his home that left it stained and soulless. A murder and a cover-up take us across the spiritual divide and back, until we learn we are so much more than our ABCs and our 123s.

    Barbara says: "The story seems interesting but.."
    "The story seems interesting but.."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is for anyone who has insomnia. The narrator has a nice voice but no range. His mundane story parts are the same as his scary story parts. Such as one instance a character is quasi violated by a ghost. It Should have been scary. It was boring. He has a very nice voice if he were reading a historical novel but, he's not for horror stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jack de Golia?

    Someone that can pull off female voices and change tone when something scary happens.


    What character would you cut from Are But Shadows?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    I would listen to this narrator again and read another book by this author. I just will avoid them when they are put together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2286)
    Performance
    (2125)
    Story
    (2128)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "As boring as his father"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who reads the steaming piles that King puts out will enjoy the steaming pile his son got published. If you long for a well written, intelligent, origional horror story, you won't like this book.


    What was most disappointing about Joe Hill’s story?

    This story's plot has been done in books 3 times and in 2 different movies. It's in no way unique. I half hopped he wouldn't follow in his fathers hack like footsteps but, sadly he does. The language isn't as bad as most people have reviewed. The swearing isn't overly done, not that I am opposed to such language. The most disgusting part of this book was adding in New Yorks 9/11 attacks. There was no reason for it, it added nothing to the story. The fact it was added into this book is more ghoulish then the books villian. I mean it's amazingly tasteless. That's where I stopped listening to this farce.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Mulgrew – was your favorite?

    Mulgrew did a fine job of narating. Sadly, the book she was given to read sucked so badly. I will look for her again in hopes that she's given an origional and interesting book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book made me feel disgust for this author. A tasteless, plagiarizing hack indeed.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sacrifice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Farris
    • Narrated By Arnie Mazer
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Seventeen-year-old Sharissa Walker is beauty personified, decency incarnate and a joy to behold - the apple of her father's eye. By anyone's standards, Greg Walker is the perfect father. He'll do anything to protect her and keep her safe. But in this novel of terror and suspense, nothing is as it seems. Nothing. Not youthful innocence. Not daughterly devotion. Not a father's love...

    Barbara says: "So..."
    "So..."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Couldn't say..


    Has Sacrifice turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just the narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This is basically how the narration went:Ifyoucanreadthisreallyreallyfastthenyouwillknowhowthenarratorspeaks. He doesn't pause between words, sentences, paragraphs or chapters. I have no idea how he was even able to breath. He does No character voices so it sounds like one person is talking to himself Really fast and his voice is monotoned as well as obnoxious. I couldn't get through more than a half hour of this book. It literally left me drained and tired out just trying to figure out what was going on, why, who was who and what they were doing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sacrifice?

    I have no idea, I couldn't get passed the narrator to make that call.


    Any additional comments?

    For the love of all that's holy, people recording these audiobooks, Listen to them before releasing them to the public.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9798)
    Performance
    (8901)
    Story
    (8913)

    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!!"
    "I liked it up until the end."
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    What did you like best about 14? What did you like least?

    The story was creative until the ending. As you get closer to the ending the story just goes down hill.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Did 14 inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flesh Gothic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Edward Lee
    • Narrated By Andy Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Hildreth House isn't like other mansions. One warm night in early spring, 14 people entered Hildreth House's labyrinthine halls to partake in diabolical debauchery. When the orgy was over, the slaughter began. The next morning, 13 of the revelers were found naked and butchered. Dismembered. Mutilated. But the 14th body was never found. The screams have faded and the blood has dried, but the house remains - watching. Now five very special people have dared to enter the infamous house of horrors. Who - or what - awaits them?

    James says: "LIPS THE COLOR OF GARDEN SLUGS"
    "Nothing to rave about..."
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    What would have made Flesh Gothic better?

    There was nothing scary about this book. In fact it was pretty boring.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Edward Lee? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I heard this was one of his best books. If that's the case, I'm not impressed.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Andy Mack?

    ANyone who didn't make characters sound like hokey cartoon characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Bordum.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a good, old school haunted house book, check out Hell House. It's the story this one was ripped off from.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies' Night

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack Ketchum
    • Narrated By Anthony Mendez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (17)

    Ladies' Night is a non-stop rollercoaster ride of sheer nerve rattling terror, previously deemed too violent for mass market publication. In this modern tale of the ages-old battle of the sexes carried to the extreme, Jack Ketchum again provides readers with an excursion into horror as relentless as a John Woo film.

    Barbara says: "Lame to the core"
    "Lame to the core"
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    What would have made Ladies' Night better?

    If it actually had a plot and a writer with a clue.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Ketchum again?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrater did well with the book he had. I feel bad that the poor guy had to read the entire book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It was highly disapointing. After reading the reviews, I thought it was going to be kind of like the story "The Screwfly Solution." All that it was was pretty much like hearing HBO porn read to you by your uncle. It was just boring. I'm not a prude but, if you have to write about people masterbating at least 4 times within a 15 minute time span, your writing skills are seriously in question. I realize that the women are supposed to be "hypersexual" and all that but, there actually is a limit. We get it, they turn into nymphos, get on with the plot... oh, that's right, there isn't one. The 20 minutes of Ketchum whining about the book before it even started should have tipped me off to how the book was going to go.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a lonely guy, you'll probably like this book. If you have a brain and want a good scarey story, search elsewhere.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (844)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Think about this says: "I was consumed by this story!"
    "What the fu..dge did I just listen to?"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Minnie Goode?

    There are some Very sexist reviews of this narrators job. I've listened to some amazing female narrators. With that said, I can honestly say this woman is a terrible narrator. Anyone would have done a better job, male or female. Her character voices were just laughable. I couldn't get passed 5 minutes of part 1. I went and bought the book instead.


    Was Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) worth the listening time?

    No! The book is good, the narrator is horrible.


    Any additional comments?

    This will teach me to buy a book on my phone while on a trip without being able to listen to the sample first.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Gathering of Crows

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Keene
    • Narrated By Monty Lewis Sauerwein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Brinkley Springs is a quiet little town. Some say the town is dying. They don't know how right they are. Five mysterious figures are about to pay a little visit to Brinkley Springs. They have existed for centuries, emerging from the shadows only to destroy, to kill. To feed. They bring with them terror and carnage, and leave death and blood in their wake. As the night wears on, Brinkley Springs will be quiet no longer. Screams will break the silence. But when the sun rises again, will there be anyone left to hear?

    Amanda says: "Interesting and a fun listen"
    "Ehhh"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If there were things I could change about this book I would choose two things. The first would be the endless political comments. The second would be how every female character is either a grumpy spinster or a complete moron. I'm not sure if that's what the author intended but if so, he must really not like women.


    What three words best describe Monty Lewis Sauerwein’s performance?

    He has an amazing voice until he does a woman or a childs voice. It turns a little too nasaly and whiney. With that said, I would not object to listening to this man's voice again.


    Did A Gathering of Crows inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, it inspired me to find another book by another author.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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