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Donna

Queensland, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • How To Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (118)

    Seth Grahame-Smith delivers the definitive, essential guide to making it through a horror movie in one piece. As hilarious as it is useful (if you’re trapped in a scary flick, that is), How to Survive a Horror Movie covers all the bases. Trapped in a haunted house? Check. Stalked by an evil doll? Check. Wandering aimlessly through the remains of the old world as a plague of zombies sweeps over the planet? Check.

    Wil says: "Entertaining. What I expected"
    "Great Fun :)"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. Like my headline says, this book is great fun. It would have been great to read anyway, but Johnny Heller's narration was fabulous and made it extra special.


    What other book might you compare How To Survive a Horror Movie to and why?

    Haven't read or listened to anything like this before...


    Have you listened to any of Johnny Heller???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not to my knowledge, but I'll be looking for his name in future.


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

    Lots of laughs and smiles here for me. As soon as I finished listening to it I went back and started it again. This will get multiple listens.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for something fun, this is for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (1002)
    Story
    (994)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "Can't get enough of Joe Ledger!"
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    A fantastic addition to the series, this one does not disappoint. I can add this to the list of Jonathan Maberry books I've read/listened to that have made me cry (all of them). Ray Porter is wonderful, as always. This is one of those book series you just don't want to have to end, ever :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Plagues: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (1717)
    Performance
    (1517)
    Story
    (1515)

    Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured. 1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission.

    Jeremiah says: "Better Than The Second Joe Ledger"
    "Maberry & Porter are a perfect team."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The King of Plagues to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version. Mr Maberry's books are hard to find in Australia!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like all his stuff, and as I've said many times before, this is a very human story that gets you angry, excited, and makes you (or me, anyway) cry. Many times.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ray Porter IS Joe Ledger. He's all of them. He's fabulous with the humour, with the tragedy, with the accents. I just can't fault him so far in this series.


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

    Many, many, but I don't like to give away things for people who haven't read/listened yet!


    Any additional comments?

    I finished listening to this book this afternoon. I'm downloading the next book right now, and I'll start listening to it in about ten minutes, as soon as it's on my iPod. I can't get enough of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2084)
    Performance
    (1827)
    Story
    (1829)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    crazybatcow says: "Without the lectures, it's a decent action novel"
    "Brialliant as Ever."
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    Where does The Dragon Factory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top, along with everything else Mr Maberry has written.


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

    I listen to audiobooks when exercising or when doing housework, as a reward to myself for doing stuff I hate. Let's just say a lot of things got cleaned in record time while listening to this book :)


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

    I'm familiar with Mr Porter, and I must say he's one of my favourite narrators. He's great at accents, at character, at everything. Love him.


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

    Just watch it.


    Any additional comments?

    On to the third book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Gathering of Crows

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Keene
    • Narrated By Monty Lewis Sauerwein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Brinkley Springs is a quiet little town. Some say the town is dying. They don't know how right they are. Five mysterious figures are about to pay a little visit to Brinkley Springs. They have existed for centuries, emerging from the shadows only to destroy, to kill. To feed. They bring with them terror and carnage, and leave death and blood in their wake. As the night wears on, Brinkley Springs will be quiet no longer. Screams will break the silence. But when the sun rises again, will there be anyone left to hear?

    Amanda says: "Interesting and a fun listen"
    "I really don't know how to rate this book"
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    Every paperback copy of Brian Keene's work that I have read, I have loved. Every audiobook of his that I've listened to, I've struggled with. The reason seems to be the narrators that are chosen to read them.
    In a previous review on one of Keene's audiobooks, I explained that that particular narrator was horribly inconsistent and made it very hard to listen to. So hard, in fact, that I still haven't managed to listen to the sequel, which is read by the same guy.
    A Gathering of Crows is read by a different man, but again, I don't like him. The voices he uses for some of the women are particularly annoying and whiny, but just overall I really don't like the performance.
    The performances of all of Brian Keene's audiobooks that I've listened to grate on me so much that I can't give a proper review of the work. The work doesn't stick with me, the bad narration does.
    I've given this book four stars for the story simply because I suspect that it's fine beneath all that horrible narration. I will stick to paperback copies of this man's work from now on, I think. And it's such a shame, because I really do like his books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mirror Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Yvonne Navarro
    • Narrated By Nancy Linari
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Hannah Danior is a young woman struggling to build a life after an unspeakable experience in her childhood. Now self-sufficient, she is nonetheless still tormented by her past... and the cruel demons of her childhood are not finished with her. At any instant and with no warning, she will inexplicably manifest the injuries of someone she?s never even met. Enduring everything from mere bruises to mortal blows, many of her wounds would kill a normal woman, but just as inexplicably, she heals - at astonishing speed - presumably so she can be victimized again.

    Donna says: "I liked this one :)"
    "I liked this one :)"
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    Mirror Me was an easy listen, interesting, well written and well read. I'd be happy to listen to anything else written by this author or read by this narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slither

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Edward Lee
    • Narrated By Andy Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    The trichinosis worm is one of nature's most revolting parasites. Certain types of this tiny worm alter a host's DNA by injecting a virus which mutates the reproductive system. This forces the host to bear the worm's young. Typically these worms are never longer than a few millimeters. But guess what? Now there’s a subspecies that's 30 feet long.

    Frat says: "Finally - Edward Lee on Audible!"
    "Not a fan..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I couldn't finish it. I've not read Edward Lee before (although I realised the other day I have City Infernal in my bookcase, waiting to be read), but I was hopeful because of positive comments by other listeners and also because he seems to have written quite a few books.
    I was, and still am, quite interested in the science part of the story, but the frequent and, in my opinion, lame and unnecessary sex scenes are a huge turn-off. I also remember there being a particular character (the chick in the sex scenes) coming across as an absolute moron, not someone I could care about or force myself to listen to for a moment longer.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't even finish the first part, let alone get to the end.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Andy Mack?

    Maybe. It's hard to tell, in cases like this, whether the narration was awful or if the narrator was just doing what they could with the material they were given. I won't being looking for his name specifically, and if I listen to anything else by him it'll be purely coincidence.


    Did Slither inspire you to do anything?

    Start a different book.


    Any additional comments?

    In a few months I may forget how awful I thought this was and try it again. If I get REALLY desperate.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Partials

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (431)

    The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials - engineered organic beings identical to humans - has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

    Tabitha says: "Action! Romance! Science!"
    "A Good Listen"
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    I'm a Dan Wells fan, and this book did not disappoint. The main reason I'm writing this review is so that I can encourage Audible to get Dan's 'Serial Killer' series online. I loved reading them, and I think they'd be wonderful to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bentley Little
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (473)

    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"
    "Gotta Love Bentley Little"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, if any of my friends read horror. I've read a lot of 'haunted house' stories over the years, and this one managed to be fresh and interesting and really captured my imagination.


    What other book might you compare The Haunted to and why?

    I wouldn't really compare it, personally. It's different enough, to me at least, to stand alone.


    Have you listened to any of Dan Butler???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think I've heard any of his other readings...


    If you could rename The Haunted, what would you call it?

    Oh man... I'm a writer and naming my own stuff is hard enough, I don't think I'd think of anything better. This title suits the book perfectly, and was certainly enough to make me buy it without a second thought (the author's name helped, too!).


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a Bentley Little fan. Occasionally his stories go off on strange tangents that to me feel like they fit with the rest of the story, but this is NOT one of those books. I'll be listening to this one again, no doubt about it.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Bell Witch: An American Haunting

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Brent Monahan
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (72)

    Known throughout Tennessee as "Old Kate", the Bell Witch took up residence with John Bell's family in 1818. It was a cruel and noisy spirit, given to knocking and gnawing sounds before finding its own voices. With these voices and supernatural acts, the Bell Witch tormented the Bell family. The extraordinary tale recounts the only documented case in U.S. History when a spirit "actually caused a man's death".

    Donna says: "Quite Interesting"
    "Quite Interesting"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Bell Witch the most enjoyable?

    I listen to and read books like this for two reasons. Firstly, entertainment, and secondly, because I myself like to write in the horror genre, and naturally anything I read or listen to can spark ideas for my own, original work. The Bell Witch introduced a little twist to the poltergeist phenomena that I have actually already incorporated into something I'm writing, but listening to this has given me a clearer idea of what I need to do to be effective, and has encouraged me to keep going with my project.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bell Witch?

    When it was revealed why the 'witch' had come in the first place.


    What does Cameron Beierle bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He did the voice for the 'witch' in a way I never would have come up with in my own head, and he managed to make it sound quite eerie in many places. I can still hear it now :) Also, for me at least, it's always easier to listen to a book written in an older style than it is to read it.


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

    Not sure, something about revenge, maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't care if this is non-fiction or fiction, really. I was quite entertained all the way through, and that's all I ask from a book :)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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