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Kim Venatries

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

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  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2541)
    Performance
    (2313)
    Story
    (2297)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Master Storyteller!"
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    Dark Tower 4.5 is a great listen. Mr. King???s imagination and wonderful story telling skills come alive in this tale of Gilead and young Roland. There is a story within the story which is where the cover art comes from. In it there are beasts, swamps, magic, evil, good and a young boy???s quest to rescue his mother from darkness. The Wind Through the Keyhole is more a glimpse of the world in and around Gilead than it is about Roland, Eddie and Suzanna. And while I still think of Frank Muller as the voice of the Dark Tower novels, Mr. King???s narration is very good. I very much recommend this for Dark Tower fans.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Phantoms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1092)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (701)

    They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

    Crystal says: "GREAT story. HORRIBLE narrator!"
    "Nothing tastes like lovin like something from..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! And I have. This is so much bigger and better than the movie. Excellent early D. Koontz.
    This is one of my top five all time reads/listens. Sure it's a little dated and a little corny but it's so entertaining, imaginative, fast-paced and scary. You can't be a fan of Dean Koontz if you haven't read/listened to Phantoms.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blindsighted

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    A small Georgia town erupts in panic when a young college professor is found brutally mutilated in the local diner. But it's only when town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton does the autopsy that the full extent of the killer's twisted work becomes clear. Sara's ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, leads the investigation - a trail of terror that grows increasingly macabre when another local woman is found crucified a few days later.

    SA Shay says: "Perfect!!!"
    "Another Gripping Grant County Mystery"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely if they were into well written mysteries. Although there are some rather gruesome elements to the story that aren't for the sensitive. The writing is clean, crisp and the characters move the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I wanted to.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent narration by Kathleen Early. I've given up trying to figure out the correct order to these books. I'm just really happy when I come across one I haven't read or listened to before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Ship: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By William Brinkley
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    The unimaginable has happened: the world has been plunged into all-out nuclear war. Sailing near the Arctic Circle, the USS Nathan James is relatively unscathed, but the future is grim and Captain Thomas is facing mutiny from the tattered remnants of his crew. With civilization in ruins, he urges those that remain - 152 men and 26 women - to pull together in search of land. Once they reach safety, however, the men and women on board realize that they are the earth's last remaining survivors.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Sailor Beware"
    "Cringe-Worthy Misogyny"
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    I actually had to find out when this book was published (1988) because of some of the attitudes and comments of the main characters. It is all about the navy and no one can argue the military is less than enlightened when it comes to attitudes about women but there are parts of this narrative that seem like they come from the 1880s. (For example, when a rape occurs aboard ship, the Captain actually asks the ship’s physician if the woman had been a virgin?!).

    That aside, the story did hold my attention because of the premise. Multiple mutual nuclear missile strikes take out almost all of humanity. The missles are launched from navy ships and enemy submarines. Some of the few survivors of the apocalypse are shipmates aboard U.S. Navy Destroyer, the Nathan James. The Nathan James is one of the first few Navy vessels to hold a mixed gender crew. There are several plot lines (scarcity of food and fuel, PTSD, radiation contamination, command authority, reproduction ethics, religion…) that raise interesting questions and kept me listening. But, everything in the book is forced through the spectrum of THE SEA. Everything is seen, told, evaluated and experienced from a naval standpoint. There are several instances where it is stated outright with no irony what so ever that seamen are just better people in general and certainly better equipped to withstand the apocalypse not because they happened to be at sea when the bombs start to fall but because they are better trained, better equipped, smarter, stronger and better disciplined than ANYONE else in the world.

    As noted by other reviewers, the story is bloated with extra narrative, but I would recommend the listen if you have a diehard interest in naval or post-apocalypse adventure. Christopher Lane is one of my favorite narrators and did a fine job here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Year Island

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Paul Draker
    • Narrated By Teri Schnaubelt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (155)

    Ten strangers, recruited by an edgy new reality show and marooned on an abandoned island overrun by wildlife. One dies in a horrible accident. Nine realize they are all past survivors, alive only because they've beaten incredible odds once before. One by one, their hidden secrets are revealed. Eight discover they are trapped. Caught in a game so deadly that the most terrifying experiences of their lives were only its qualifying round, they must now face the greatest danger on the island... each other.

    Terri B. says: "Wow, just wow!"
    "On and On"
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    New Year Island is a who-dunnit mystery in the vein of Ten Little Indians with the setting being a remote tiny island inhabited by giant elephant seals and surrounded by great white sharks. The characters are dropped off on the island under the pretense they are participants in a new reality show in the vein of Survivor with a multi-million dollar payoff for the winner.

    The first section of the book deals with the characters’ back stories. It was a bit confusing to me because I didn’t know that. The book just seemed to be bouncing all over the place. Once on the island it was easier to follow but it still took me a while to identify the characters.

    The premise was good and the author had a few interesting twists but the length….I stuck with it because I wanted to know who did it, but this story did not need to be this long. So many of hours of repetitive petty bickering. Good narration. It would have been a 4.5 listen for me except for the bloated middle.

    6 of 9 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
    (1839)
    Performance
    (1163)
    Story
    (1169)

    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.

    2 of 2 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
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    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.

    CLOregon says: "High Action and Inventive Story"
    "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.

    1 of 2 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
    (49)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    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.

    3 of 3 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
    (525)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (476)

    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....

    Eva Gannon says: "Good Book Spoiled By Poor Narration"
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Burial Ground: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael McBride
    • Narrated By Gary Tiedemann
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    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.

    Wag The Fox says: "Better Run Through the Jungle"
    "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.

    8 of 9 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
    (167)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (158)

    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.

    Bob Marean says: "A Real Winner"
    "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

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