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michael king

prefers the darker side of fiction

LINCOLN, NE, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 10 reviews
  • 25 ratings
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  • 47 purchased in 2014
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  • The Reapers Are the Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alden Bell
    • Narrated By Tai Sammons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    For 25 years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can’t remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her off on her personal journey toward redemption.

    Jason says: "I wish this book was three times as long"
    "alden bell pulls it off!"
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    Reapers is well written and unique, thrilling and provocative. the characters are engaging and absolutely human. proof there is still some bite left in zombie fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Troop

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nick Cutter
    • Narrated By Corey Brill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (282)

    Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip - a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there - which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier.

    Kim Venatries says: "Seriously Messed Up Gruesome Horror"
    "ooooh yeah. good stuff indeed."
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    Would you listen to The Troop again? Why?

    certainly. the narrator is perfect for the material.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Troop?

    everything matters. don't want to give anything away.


    Which character – as performed by Corey Brill – was your favorite?

    Doc.


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

    don't even breath...


    Any additional comments?

    an honestly good horror story. done with integrity. at turns creepy, at others spit-gulping gross. the characters are interesting and fresh and never boring or stale or wooden. file under literary horror.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Day: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Dan Maurer
    • Narrated By Allwyn Baskin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It happens each winter, and has for over 35 years. Every time the snow starts to fall late in the evening before a school day, the dreams begin again for Billy Stone. They are always the same - there's a dark tunnel, and there's blood, lots of blood, and someone is screaming.

    G. Forde says: "Great read, different, good for teens and adults"
    "scary, and it will make you think."
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    liked Snow Day quite a bit. "read" it in two sittings and will "read" it again. not only did it make this 40-year-old a little paranoid of his neighbors, but it made him wonder about his childhood and what might have been lurking there. as for the narrator's performance, at first i found it a little over-the- top but it quickly grew on me and i very much enjoyed it overall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fevre Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Ron Donachie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (238)

    When struggling riverboat captain Abner Marsh receives an offer of partnership from a wealthy aristocrat, he suspects something’s amiss. But when he meets the hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York, he is certain. For York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet. Nor does he care that he won’t earn back his investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marsh’s concern - no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove.

    Melinda says: "Captain Stoker Marking Twain on the River Styx"
    "long live the cap'n and his beautiful steamboat!"
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    martin can really spin a yarn, and donachie's performance is spot on! the characters are flawed and beautifully realized, most of them walking right off the page. i will certainly listen to this audiobook again some day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1121)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (965)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Penny pulls it off again!"
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    Any additional comments?

    hard to praise this book enough. Haunting, enthralling, richly detailed, complex. am sure i'll read it again and again, and i can't wait for Penny's next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kill You Twice: Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    Nothing makes Portland detective Archie Sheridan happier than knowing that Gretchen Lowell - the serial killer whose stunning beauty is belied by the gruesome murders she’s committed - is locked away in a psych ward. Archie can finally heal from the near-fatal physical and emotional wounds she’s inflicted on him and start moving on with his life. To this end, Archie throws himself into the latest case to come across his desk: A cyclist has discovered a corpse in Mount Tabor Park on the eastern side of Portland. The man was gagged, skinned, and found hanging by his wrists from a tree....

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Great improvement in Cain's writing"
    "Give Cain a Chance"
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    Any additional comments?

    awesome. excellent writing and characters. don't let the cheesy title fool you. this ride is worth twice the price of admission.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Some of Your Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Theodore Sturgeon
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Army psychiatrist Philip Outerbridge receives a confidential folder containing the letters, memos, and transcripts for a young soldier named George Smith - a quiet young man with a terrible past and a shocking secret. As Outerbridge conducts George’s therapy, he gradually discovers the truth about George’s traumatic childhood, his twisted romance with an older woman named Anna, and the unusual obsession George keeps hidden from the world.

    michael king says: "sturgeon's horror masterpiece"
    "sturgeon's horror masterpiece"
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    excellent story. truly haunting. I don't want to say too much because i don't want to give it away.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sheltering Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Paul Bowles
    • Narrated By Jennifer Connelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (185)

    The Sheltering Sky is a landmark of 20th-century literature, a novel of existential despair that examines the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness of the desert. Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream) gives masterful voice to this American classic.

    Melinda says: "A Teacup Full of Sand on the Highest Dune"
    "bowles's best?"
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    Any additional comments?

    really wanted to like this story, but it simply didn't work for me. i love a well-written tale of despair and this certainly fits the description, but i found myself waiting for it to end. if you like your fiction dark (I do) and value writing over story (I don't), this might work out better for you.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Dark Water

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Joe Lansdale
    • Narrated By Angéle Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    May Lynn was once a pretty girl who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star. Now she's dead, her body dredged up from the Sabine River.

    Sue Ellen, May Lynn's strong-willed teenage friend, sets out to dig up May Lynn's body, burn it to ash, and take those ashes to Hollywood to spread around. If May Lynn can't become a star, then at least her ashes will end up in the land of her dreams.

    Stephanie says: "Excellent!"
    "the latest lansdale..."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    ...is worth a listen if you don't mind a little corn with your fiction. i minded, but lansdale's writing and a superb narrator kept my attention until the very end. will keep an eye out for lansdale's next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bentley Little
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (455)

    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"
    "a better bentley..."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    worth the price of admission. not one of bentley little's hits, but not exactly a miss either. i enjoyed the ride.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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