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Kim Venatries

There are few things better than a good story well told!

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  • Spandau Phoenix

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (290)

    The Spandau Diary -- what was in it? Why did the secret intelligence agencies of every major power want it? Why was a brave and beautiful woman kidnapped to get it? Why did a chain of deception and violent death lash out across the globe, from survivors of the Nazi past to warriors in this new conflict about to explode? Why did the world's entire history of World War II have to be rewritten as the future hung over a nightmare abyss?

    Corinne says: "Excellent and intense"
    "Well Told Story of Intrigue and Suspense"
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    Greg Iles is a wonderful story teller and this book is a thrilling tale of espionage, heart-stopping suspense and action. This well-told story spans more than 50 years. It centers on the real identity of Rudolf Hess and whether members of the Royal family plotted with Hitler to save England during WWII. It all begins with a policeman innocently finding notes left by a recently deceased elderly prisoner in Spandau prison.

    I would have given it a full 5 stars but as has been pointed out by other reviewers, the story has a few too many plot lines and characters than it needs. There are Nazis, neo Nazis, KGB, all manner of spies, police and secret police (Russian, British, South African, Israeli and American), assassins, Arab terrorists, Cuban and Columbian mercenaries, nuclear weapons, arms dealers, drug dealers ???. This shouldn???t stop anyone from enjoying the ride; just know that it???s going to be a wild one.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1513)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (880)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Unexpected Powerful Account of Recovery"
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    The saddest thing kept running through my mind as I listened to this story…this could be real. I’m sure no one would have to strain to recall a story of a missing woman suddenly returned or rescued months or even years after some horrific abduction and imprisonment. This is that story. And what life is like in the aftermath.

    The story is very effectively told in first person in the form of sessions with a ‘voice-less’ psychiatrist. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good mystery and some horror. Well worth the credit or cash.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kathryn Meyer Griffith
    • Narrated By Dan McKinney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Prehistoric creatures have again invaded Crater Lake National Park - and this time there's more than one. Henry Shore has been Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park for thirteen years now and thought the days when he'd had to fight a rogue dinosaur that lived in the caves below the lake were long over. Until one of his park rangers, to save a visitor's life, is in a deadly struggle out in the woods with a new breed of dinosaur worse than the last one.

    Kim Venatries says: "Good Story but Dry Reading."
    "Good Story but Dry Reading."
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    I recommend this book if you're in to cryptozoology. It's an enjoyable trip back to Crater Lake where new critters are threatening the tourists and townies alike. I did not care for the reader. His performance was oddly dull and unimaginative. IMHO, an unfortunate choice of narrator for such an exciting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paranormal Intruder: The True Story of a Family in Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Caroline Mitchell
    • Narrated By Shiromi Arserio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    An innocent family finds itself completely helpless against the sudden onset of paranormal activity in their quiet rural home. A knife embedded in a kitchen cupboard, crockery smashed by invisible hands, and blood-chilling growls emit from thin air. Caroline and her husband Neil search for answers as they try to protect their family from the unseen entity that seems determined to rip them apart. The biggest question looms over them like a dark cloud ... who is going to help us?

    Restless says: "Impressive"
    "A Terrifying Tale of the Supernatural."
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    This is more than just a haunted house. It's a hostile, not-so-subtle, evil thing that has ensnared a couple and won't let go. It really makes you wonder what you would do in their place. Highly recommended for any horror story buffs.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter People: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (408)

    West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, 19-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary....

    D. says: "Get past the narration of the first chapter"
    "There's Probably a Good Story Here...Somewhere."
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    I found this story engaging but very hard to follow. It seemed disjointed somehow. Maybe print would be better. I think chapter and section headings would have made a difference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burial Ground: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael McBride
    • Narrated By Gary Tiedemann
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    When the body of Hunter Gearhardt washes up on the banks of a seasonal river outside of Pomacochas, Peru, with only samples of vegetation, a handful of feathers, two black- and gray-streaked rocks, and a golden headdress of indeterminate origin in his possession, his grieving father launches an expedition to determine how his son died. The party uses these clues to divine Hunter’s route into the jungle, where they find a surviving offshoot of a primitive tribe, long thought to be extinct, and something far more sinister, something that’s been able to avoid discovery for eons for one simple reason: No one leaves the rainforest alive.

    Kim Venatries says: "Those Dirty Birds..."
    "Those Dirty Birds..."
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    Reminiscent of early Preston/Child non-Pendergast fare, this story should satisfy any need you might have for a good jungle expedition story. There’s nothing particularly new here but it entertains.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Boy's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

    Kim Venatries says: "A Feast for the Senses!"
    "A Feast for the Senses!"
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    Smell the honeysuckle, summer heat and barbeque. Taste the homemade ice cream and peach pie. Hear the drone of bees and the yells of kids on the last of school before summer vacation. See the tiny town of Zephyr, Alabama and experience life in a small, rural town in the tumult of the 60s. A Boy’s Life is about feeling invincible, protected and being convinced you know what the world is about at the tender age of 12. Until a ghastly murder slowly erodes what you thought you knew. If you read A Boy’s Life in print, enjoy this unabridged Audible treat. It’s as good as you remember. If you never read A Boy’s Life, download it at once. This is a masterpiece.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Iain Rob Wright
    • Narrated By Chris Barnes
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    On a night when it begins snowing in every country of the world, an ordinary group of people gather at a rundown English pub to take shelter from the cold. At first they assume the weather is just some random occurrence, but as the night goes on, strange things happen, and it isn't long before the group begin to realize that something far more sinister is at hand than just the weather. Something that none of them could ever have imagined. By the end of the night, not everyone will make it, and those that do may wish they hadn't.

    Matthew says: "This one will really mess with your head..."
    "Bring Your Own Blanket and Hot Beverage!"
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    Iain Rob Wright is a very skilled writer. His character driven books engage you completely. I've enjoyed this in print as well as the audio version. Both are excellent and highly recommended. The narrator did a fine job. However, you might want to listen to the sample if you find it difficult to follow heavy non-American accents. Mr. Barnes' Scottish accent is very much a part of the story. By the way, if I'm wrong and his accent is actually Irish, Welsh or something else, please forgive my ignorance! This is a great thriller!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Town: Wayward Pines, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (527)

    Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town's creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond.

    justin says: "TWO/THREE star review within 3 hours ? RIDICULOUS"
    "Awww man, it’s over!"
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    I am sorry to hear this series come to an end. If you’ve read the first two books in the Pines series you must hear how it all ends. A memorable, action-packed and thought-provoking story.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Animosity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By James Newman
    • Narrated By James Fouhey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Andrew Holland is a best-selling horror writer. While none of Andy's neighbors has any interest in reading his macabre books, they're pleased to have a celebrity author living among them. Then, one morning, Andy finds the body of a child several hundred feet from his front door. A little girl who has been raped and murdered. And everything changes on Poinsettia Lane. Andy's neighbors turn on him. Their animosity is subtle at first: a dirty look from across the street, a friendly wave that is not reciprocated.

    Edward Lorn says: "A powerful story enhanced by a talented narrator"
    "Much Ado About Horror"
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    This is a good time-burner that will hold your attention while asking you to suspend quite a bit of logic. I know there are people out there who run the scale from literary snobs to book burners, but the main character in Animosity manages to find an entire community willing to commit murder because they suspect someone of a crime primarily, or at least in part, because he writes horror stories. That was a bit of a stretch for me. True, I am a fan of the genre but how could anyone think that all horror writers are devil worshiping child sex perverts? Perhaps I am naively underestimating people’s capacity for stupid? As I said, people do actually burn/ban books so maybe there really could be such a community out there, but this story did not make me believe it.

    James Fouhey is a good narrator but not right for this book. The voices and overall tempo did not convey a small southern town. Overall Animosity seemed somewhat self-indulgent but a good listen (3.7) and worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan: Event Group Adventure, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    The ships of the world are under attack, attacks so sudden and vicious that many ships are lost without a single distress call. Enter the Event Group, the most secret organization in US history. Armed with proof that history is repeating itself, the Group finds themselves in the grasp of an insane genius straight out of the pages of Jules Verne.

    Kim Venatries says: "Leviathan: A Classic Journey!"
    "Leviathan: A Classic Journey!"
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    This exhilarating re-imagining of the Jules Verne and Alexandre Dumas classics, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Count of Monte Cristo, will keep you glued to your head phones. It is a fast paced and entertaining story spanning 150 years and culminating with an Event team underground and underwater nuclear face-off. David Golemon has hit one out of the park! And Richard Poe does not miss a beat with his performance. I highly recommend this. Just one small word of caution: It helps if you have read at least one of the previous books in the series to know some of the characters’ back stories. I would recommend Event, the first in the Event Group Thriller Series. Enjoy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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