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“The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.” The Night Circus

Timberville, VA, United States

  • 4 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 43 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Woman in Black

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Paul Ansdell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

    Karen says: "good story and narration"
    "Chilling tale, fantastic narration!"

    The Woman in Black is so darkly enchanting. I had seen trailers for the movie which provoked me to give the book a try. The story alone is profound, moving, and horrifying... but narrator, Paul Ansdell, read with such emotion and feeling that served to better the listener's understanding of Arthur Kipps' horror. I found myself delightfully nervous for Kipps as I listened. I would definitely and already have recommend this to everyone.

    A first rate story by Susan Hill. I know I shall be searching for other books narrated by Ansdell.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bentley Little
    • Narrated By Dan Butler

    The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

    Jessica says: "Scarier Than I Thought it Would Be"
    "Fell very short of initial expectations"
    What disappointed you about The Haunted?

    (Spoiler alert:) The reactions of the family to these disturbing scenarios seemed extremely unrealistic. The reluctance to communicate between family members and the refusal to wake others when things went bump in the night seemed less than plausible. I get that the presence in the house drew them in... made them do things they weren't quite aware of but all were in possession of their mental faculties most of the time. The sudden bursts of rough sexual acts caught me off guard and left a sleazy aftertaste. The ultimate climax of the book just didn't seem to follow the flow of the story.

    The almost constant repetition of certain bits of dialogue became obnoxious. "I'll kill you both..." and "take off your pants" were repeated so often I found myself rolling my eyes each time, thinking that the author must consider the reader/listener awfully inept at recalling plot points. Also... the writer's expressions could use a bit of diversity. Another expression that grew old entirely too fast was "persue/follow this line of questioning."

    Has The Haunted turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I will always be an occasional listener of horror fiction.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    During dialogue, the narrator's tone never seemed to match the mood of the context. When a character cried out in panic, anger, lust, or fear the narrator sounded bland, bored, or conveying the exact opposite emotion.

    What character would you cut from The Haunted?

    Rick, the owner of the print shop. He was really only an occasional distraction who served little purpose in the overall plot, other than to convey Claire's distaste for Julian's friends.

    Any additional comments?

    There were excellently written thrills and incredibly bizarre moments that made my nose pinch with revulsion and disgust. Bentley's capability to write gruesome or thrilling fiction is unquestioned. I was properly scared a number of times... but I was able to predict the ending about an hour and a half before the book's conclusion and found myself so disappointed to be proven right.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Dreaming

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For the first time on audio, here is number one New York Times best-selling author Karen Marie Moning’s novella Into the Dreaming, a tale of Highland fantasy, star-crossed lovers, and the timeless manipulation of the ancient, immortal Unseelie king. This is Moning at her romantic, funniest finest. Caught in a deadly game between the light and dark courts of the Fae, Jane must find a way through the ice to the heart of her Highander. But will the love of one mortal woman be enough to defeat such ancient and ruthless immortal enemies?

    CAROLYN says: "Ahhh ..... it's short but oh sooooo good!!!"
    "Totally worth it."

    I love Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series and Into the Dreaming was no exception. Granted, I was disappointed to realize that it was much shorter than her other Highlander works but in this case quality definitely trumped quantity. Listening to Into the Dreaming is a perfect way to pass a lazy evening or boring commute. Phil Gigante's narration is as wonderful as ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Grant says: "Something about this book bothered me."
    "Absolutely Captivating"

    Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus was an absolute treat! The story is captivating and daring, pushing the boundaries of magic and fantasy into a world of impossible and magical dreams. Celia and Marco's star-crossed love affair is a timeless theme, so eloquently played out as the illusionists crash together and cannot be pulled apart. Jim Dale does a fantastic narration and his character voices are distinct and endearing. I'm really going to be hard-pressed to find a book that will even come close to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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