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  • The Secret of Crickley Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By James Herbert
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (107)

    There is an old, empty house in Devil's Cleave, a deep gorge that leads from the high moors down to the harbour village of Hollow Bay. The house is Crickley Hall and it's large and grim, somehow foreboding. It's rumoured to be haunted. It's thought to hold a secret. Despite some reservations, the Caleighs move in, searching for respite in this beautiful part of North Devon, seeking peace and perhaps to come to terms with what's happened to them as a family. But all is not well with the house....

    Hope says: "The SECRETS of Crickley Hall"
    "On a cold and rainy night....."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret of Crickley Hall to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version but the narration was wonderful and for me, brought the story alive.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Herbert? Why or why not?

    Yes, I love James Herbert. This was the first time listening to an audio book by him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scene where Lily the psychic was there with the children watching everything that was going on as if she were there. It was a bit graphic and disturbing but really puts things in perspective.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Laugh if you want but it was when the dog came home. I don't want to go into any detail and spoil the story.


    Any additional comments?

    While this was not an excellent read it was an enjoyable one. It was not so much a spooky ghost story for me as it was feeling like I was part of the family and getting to know the characters. It was a nice escape read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1218)
    Performance
    (1121)
    Story
    (1127)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    S. Csorna says: "Listen to this now!"
    "Worth Listening To"
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    Would you listen to Leaving Time again? Why?

    No, I never listen to or read a book twice.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I enjoyed the information about the elephants, the stories, the rituals. For me, the elephants where much more interesting then the story of Jenna.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narration was AWESOME! I love when books are read by numerous people. It really brings it to life for me and this cast was wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say that this was Picoult's best work. I didnt find the story of Alice, Thomas and Jenna holding my attention as much as the elephants did. I will say the ending blew me away and I never saw it coming! Enjoyable read overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Caitlin Doughty
    • Narrated By Caitlin Doughty
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre - took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead).

    LB says: "Important Book on Confronting Mortality"
    "Bringing Death to Life!"
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    Would you listen to Smoke Gets in Your Eyes again? Why?

    Yes. I normally won't read or listen to a book twice but Smoke Gets in Your Eyes was not only entertaining but educational. I have no doubt that I will learn something new in the next listen.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    A hidden, non-discussed subject literally brought to life is what drew me in and held me there. I hope there are more books coming from this author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed the scenes telling of the witnessed cremation. I could relate to them having been there when my mother was cremated. I only wish I knew then what I learned from the book.


    If you could give Smoke Gets in Your Eyes a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I think the title is perfect the way it is.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad that I listened to this over reading it. I feel that listening to the author read her own book totally brought it to life. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gerald Brittle
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (545)

    If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

    Cliff says: "Scary fun."
    "Disappointing"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. While there were some interesting parts that were like hearing a good spooky ghost story the book itself was not so great. For me it felt like the Warrens, particularly Mr. Warren was just spouting his greatness. The narrator was awesome and the best part of the book.


    Would you recommend The Demonologist to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It was not a good enough book for me to recommend.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had no favorites.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2580)
    Performance
    (2217)
    Story
    (2205)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Disappointed"
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    What did you love best about Broken Harbor?

    Nothing really resonated with me about this book. I would have to say the setting is what I loved.


    If you’ve listened to books by Tana French before, how does this one compare?

    It doesn't.


    Did Stephen Hogan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I enjoyed his narration but it was not nearly as good as Tim Gerard Reynolds from A Faithful Place which was my all time favorite book mostly due to his narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1540)
    Performance
    (1414)
    Story
    (1409)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    Stacy says: "As Ridiculous and Unimaginative as the TV show."
    "I liked it"
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    Would you listen to Free: Whodunnit? again? Why?

    No, I rarely listed or read books twice.


    Would you recommend Free: Whodunnit? to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would. For a freebie I thought it was pretty good.


    What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

    I thought he was a good narrator. He kept my attention.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    A cheesy mystery with little character development but still a decent listen for a freebie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3826)
    Performance
    (2198)
    Story
    (2203)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Could Not Stop Listening"
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    Where does Faithful Place rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Faithful Place was a most enjoyable book. I believe the narrator had everything to do with this but of course a great plot helped.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between Frank, his daughter and his ex-wife. I enjoyed reading about a family that was able to get along even after a divorce and keep what is best for the child foremost in their minds.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the entire book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed in many places. While at times it was sad, I never did cry.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is Tana French at her best. And Tim Gerard Reynolds was one of the best narrators that I have listened to. I am going in search of more from him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1174)
    Performance
    (988)
    Story
    (990)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "Grabs you by the throat....."
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    If you could sum up Into the Darkest Corner in three words, what would they be?

    A GREAT BOOK


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I did not have a favorite. I enjoyed all of the characters and how they interacted with each other. There were times that Cathy got on my nerves and other times where I was cheering her on.


    What about David Thorpe and Karen Cass ’s performance did you like?

    I absolutely loved the accent of Karen Cass. It make listening so enjoyable. Usually I have problems when it is a female narrator but not this time.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book moved me. For different reasons at different times. It moved me to anger when Cathy put up with the crap that she did, then it managed to move to to compassion and understanding of why and on to excitement when things were coming to a head!


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the best audio books that I have listened to. I believe it would not have had the same impact on me had I read it in print. The author did a wonderful job of taking up into the life of a person with OCD. She explained how she got there, how the disease was overtaking her life and how she managed to take the steps to overcome it.

    All of this was wrapped in a very intense story of abuse, love, trust, betrayal and unexpected humor to break it all up. I highly recommend this book for lovers of psychological suspense.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3067)
    Performance
    (1956)
    Story
    (1961)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Bleh"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, it was quite boring compared to the first in the series.


    What was most disappointing about Tana French’s story?

    It was not at all believable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine, she just did not have a good book to narrate.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3057)
    Performance
    (2636)
    Story
    (2655)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "WOW"
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    What did you love best about Six Years?

    Six Years starts out with a bang and does not stop. I love books that pull me right in. I enjoyed the humor mixed in with the suspense.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was fast moving with characters that were like friends. I came up with numerous theories as to what was going on but didn't figure things out until the end. At times I found it a little hard to follow but that in no way took away from the enjoyment.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott Brick rocks. He is always tops in my opinion.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You think you know, but you don't.


    Any additional comments?

    Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors and this book did not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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