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Judy

I love a good supernatural story with good content, especially from authors that don't feel the need to add smut.

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  • Draculas: A Novel of Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson, Blake Crouch, Jack Kilborn, and others
    • Narrated By Eric Dawe
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Mortimer Moorecook, retired Wall Street raider, avid collector, is losing his fight against cancer. With weeks to live, a package arrives at the door of his hillside mansion—an artifact he paid millions for…a hominoid skull with elongated teeth, discovered in a farmer’s field in the Romanian countryside. With Shanna, his beautiful research assistant looking on, he sinks the skull’s razor sharp fangs into his neck, and immediately goes into convulsions.

    Brenda says: "Exactly what I expected"
    "Not bad but not good either"
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    What did you like best about Draculas? What did you like least?

    A different take on the traditional vampire story. Definitely written by men who like guns. The male narrator made the women sound weak and the story was a little drawn out. I liked the ending, though.


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

    Nice twist.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not made females sound like helpless victims.


    Could you see Draculas being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    That would be interesting.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Blink of an Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Wendy Corsi Staub
    • Narrated By Allyson Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Welcome to Lily Dale, New York...a sleepy summer resort, home to a population of psychics, and the place where Julia Garrity and Kristin Shuttleworth formed a fast friendship broken only by death. Ten Summer Street is no ordinary house. It was there, 15 years ago, that Kristin saw something on a Halloween night that would haunt her until the end of her days. Since then, Julia has watched both Kristin and her mother fall prey to whomever - or whatever - lurks there.

    Judy says: "Not enough paranormal to this mystery"
    "Not enough paranormal to this mystery"
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    It's a decent story but the narrator grates on my nerves. She sounds like Thurston Howell III when she attempts to narrate a males voice. There isn't much to add to the summary provided by Audible. Not great but not bad either, just mediocre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2384)
    Performance
    (2244)
    Story
    (2244)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Marci says: "King and Patton create a winning combo"
    "Surprisingly good after some duds"
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    Mr. Mercedes isn't the old scary monster style that made Stephen King famous. This story is scary because of the depravity of the human mind - it could happen.

    A retired cop gets taunted by a man who killed several people waiting in line for a job fair. Through a series of exchanges, the hunt for the killer is resurrected.

    I've never been satisfied with most endings in SK's books and this isn't one of my favorite endings, either, but overall, it was a good read, especially after the Sleep Doctor garbage that he put out last year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunting Season

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michelle Muto
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Able to talk to ghosts, Jess quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects, who have their own “gifts.” One is possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead.

    Heather says: "One of my favorite YA reads of ALL time!"
    "I thought I was reading a teenagers diary"
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    I din't realize this was a YA novel when I purchased it but I decided to give it a chance anyway. This story is about a group of young people, each with a supernatural ability, brought together for some type of experiment.

    The ghost story wasn't bad but the teenaged hormones were just plain bad. "He's so sexy" was bad enough the first time it was used so by the time we got around to the fifth time or so, I was ready to throw my iPhone across the room.

    There was also a very poorly written sex scene that really had no place in the book, not to mention the fact that my daughter is almost that age and that's not how I want to picture a young woman my daughter's age.

    This book was very juvenile. It could have been a decent short story if Ms. Muto had a better editor.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Promise Not to Tell

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (42)

    Kate Cypher is revisiting her childhood home to care for her Alzheimer's-afflicted mother. She's avoided the place for years, fearful of childhood memories of her friend Del - dubbed Potato Girl by cruel classmates - whose murder 30 years prior was never solved. On the night Kate arrives, an eerily similar murder occurs, forcing Kate to confront her haunting memories.

    Darja says: "another mystical thriller about little girls"
    "More mystery than ghost story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have made the main characters name feminine. I kept thinking Reggie was a boy. The main character wasn't very likable, either, making her reminiscent of a Gillian Flynn character.


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

    I liked other books by the author more than this one. This one was ok but I found the others more interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Celeste Ciulla – was your favorite?

    None of them.


    Could you see Promise Not to Tell being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I can't see it as a movie, so I have no answer.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanishing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wendy Webb
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired...and who the world believes is dead.

    Ruby says: "Loved this book"
    "Great book with a rushed ending"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a slow, suspenseful tale. The author would tell you just enough, then leave you hanging until the background story is picked up again, which kept my interest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a haunting story without gore or sex.


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

    I thoroughly enjoyed the narrators work. She had believable voices for each character and would enjoy listening to her narrations again.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending felt rushed and was rather silly. SPOILER ALERT: The ending of the main part of the story sounded like an episode of The Haunting on The Discovery Channel. It was pretty awful, especially after reading what I considered to be a very good ghost story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Starter House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sonja Condit
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    Her dream home is about to become a house of nightmares... From the moment Lacey glimpses the dusty-rose colonial cottage with its angled dormer windows and quaint wooden shutters, she knows she's found her dream house. Walking through its cozy rooms, the expectant mother can see her future children sitting on the round bottom step of the house's beautifully carved staircase, and she imagines them playing beneath the giant maple tree in the warm South Carolina sun.

    Virginia says: "Very Very Very Boring"
    "Decent ghost story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Starter House to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the book, I only listened to the audiobook.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the first half was the best. I got a little boring during the beginning of the second half of the audiobook.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I wasn't fond of the ending and didn't think it was as well developed as it could have been. It was rushed but I also just thought it was a poor ending.


    0 of 0 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
    (320)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (295)

    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"
    "Interesting from beginning to end"
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    Where does The Winter People rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best stories I've read lately. So often, the background story is given in the beginning and doesn't capture the readers interest but this author captured my interest from the very beginning.


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

    Not on the edge of my seat but I looked forward to quiet time so I could listen to the story. I even shooed my husband out of the room once so I could have quiet to listen.


    What about Cassandra Campbell and Kathe Mazur ’s performance did you like?

    I hate to sound insulting but I do not like Cassandra Campbell's voice. She sounds so incredibly whiny that I want to reach through the book and slap her. This is the third book I've read that she's narrated and once she goes into her version of helplessness, it is mind-numbing.


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

    Nothing extreme, just an enjoyable read.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (4031)
    Performance
    (2477)
    Story
    (2504)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "It was ok"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened to and from my drive to work but it wasn't interesting enough for me to listen to at home. There were a lot of characters and it was hard keeping track of who was who in the beginning. That may also have been because I didn't give it my full attention because it didn't grab me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the monster ate the annoying people.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I actually rented the movie for comparison. That was a dud.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sleeping Doll: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    Overall
    (988)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (350)

    Ten years ago in California, Daniel Pell, a self-styled Charles Manson, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering an entire family: husband, wife, and two children, plus one of his young male followers. He is brought to Salinas, California, to interview with Kathryn Dance after he is implicated in yet another killing. Things go terribly wrong during an interview break, and Pell escapes, intent on killing again.

    Paige says: "A decent listen"
    "Enjoyable, suspenseful audibook"
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    Would you listen to The Sleeping Doll again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this again. The story kept my interest and was enjoyable.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Spell: Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Alan Smyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (674)

    With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken. A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape - by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside.

    Margaret-Ann says: "Narration is terrible"
    "Fun read, just a story to get lost in"
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    What did you love best about Shadow Spell?

    I enjoy the fantasy and magical aspect of it. Yes, some of it is corny but it's a nice, light read. I like the characters and hope to see them all happy in the end. The real world is filled with enough sorrow, so it's nice to have stories with happy endings.

    It's not a story with any kind of deep meaning and it doesn't solve any questions. It's a fun book, well written. I actually want to visit Ireland even more after reading this book, so it will probably be the vacation we choose to celebrate my husbands retirement.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like stories with magic in them, so this fits.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The love scenes when the characters finally give in to one another.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to October 28th when the final book is released. I already marked my calendar with a reminder.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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