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An Avid Reader of Mystery, Zombies, History, Science and good stories. I live in Miami, FL and love every minute of it!

Miami, FL | Member Since 2009

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  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "Amazingly Well Done!"

    Rare do I write such a great review. This book kept me spellbound, jawdropping at one point.
    Who would not like to take revenge on a wrong, have that power to love, be lost upon losing her, blamed for her death, and forsake life, God Himself, or Satan for that matter, for the wrong it did to us. And ah finally a great story with a great and suprise ending. That is rare it itself Ah the most amazing book I have read in a long, long time. I recommend it highly.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "Freaking Scary/Un-Nerving..."
    Would you listen to Heart-Shaped Box again? Why?

    This is Deep Psychology, real enough to be real..which makes it all the more Scary. I thought Koontz and Craven had the Top of the list, but Wow, this was a story and Joe Hill nailed it.

    1. Suspenseful, it kept it going, to the very last 30 seconds I kept thinking 'Will She...'

    2. Dark and Deep, a kind of Hypnotic Lull.. I at times thought it to dark and I wanted to be happy, but I wanted to find out how the story played out. The characters are on constant edge, so tired of the chase that it would be easier to give up kind of drama.

    3. "It Could Happen" kind of Ghost / Spirit points. Who hasn't seen a ghost, had a premonition etc.

    One of the Darkest Stories ever, not gore, but Pure Evil, Angry vs Love and Triumph. But mostly the ending, that is always the hardest point of any book/story. Again Joe Hill Nailed it, it will surprise you to the bitter end. Imagine someone from beyond the grave can control your mind, and whose one goal is to kill you at all cost. He can appear anywhere, control others to come at you, even your girlfriend...that my friend is not something I want to happen to me..

    What other book might you compare Heart-Shaped Box to and why?

    Tick Tock by Dean Koontz. This one was better than Tick Tock but it had the same 'being chased by the Devil Himself Panic.

    Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang – was your favorite?

    Craddock...The one who came back from the dead with a Vengance to Kill Jude and anyone who helped him. The Voice was un-nervingly evil, calm and leacherous.

    Who was the most memorable character of Heart-Shaped Box and why?

    Craddock. His Character just never quit, was around every corner, a evil presence that could control your mind and make you see/do what ever he wanted you to do. Part Army Interrogation/Hypnosis and Voodo...

    Any additional comments?

    A Dark Book, it evelopes you this way. As noted a few times I was like 'to depressing' and I wanted to go out and do something else. But ever time I stopped the audio book I couldn't wait to continue it.

    I definately thought I saw a 2nd part brewing there...Craddocks daughter is still alive after all !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "A Rare suprise, Constant story, edge of your seat"
    What did you love best about Steelheart?

    Overall I don't follow comic books, but this is kind of like 'If Superman was Evil' concept. A strange planet gives many across earth 'Epic' powers..Invisibility, Strength, Shape Shifting, Darkness etc. More than X-Men, a story of how a few overpower Earths people.

    Yet where there is Evil, Hero's arrive.

    What did you like best about this story?

    It seemed far more realistic than XMen or Avengers etc. Here you see ones Epic powers used to cause fear, others who support him, aligning like Nazi's, afraid to go against the powerful, people go in, the light of the Sun is blocked, people move underground out of fear. A police state ensues, yet a band of 'Reckoners' seeks to end the Reign of evil by 'Steel Heart' the most powerful Epic on the earth.

    Oddly each Epic has a weakness, and one nerd spent his life documenting them, and his skills will not be lost!

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

    If I could have I would. The Action is never ending, the plot beliveable, just a great action story of Super Heroe's gone bad and a small rag tag band seeking to end their Reign and restore peace.

    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite books of all time!

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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.

    "True but hard to touch, Scary absolutely"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Demonologist to be better than the print version?

    I saw 'The Conjuring' and wanted to know more. I am just that way, factual, investigative and seeking evidence. I also love a good story, and this one didn't fail. Part 'Campfire Scary' part 'Holy Crap, I will never look at an Ouija Borad again' scary. I ended up listening to this along my commute, not quite wanting to listen to this at night.

    But in the end, I didn't finish it. Oh it was interesting for sure, but 'Demon Cars along icy roads racing into us' said to me 'Not a Ghost or 'Non Human Spirit' but immagination gone a bit to far.

    But still, case studies don't lie, history is there, something is there.

    I grappled with the 'Physcial' Part of Energy being able to focus, why can a spirit pull a girl by her hair but you can't touch or see what is doing this. But facts are facts and again, something is doing something out there. Just as I can't see infrared, i am sure that it does exist.

    The book was definately more detailed than the movie 'The Conjuring' and mystery surrounds all their case studies. Why they keep a room with so much evil objects is beyond me.

    Don't get me wrong, I didn't finish this book out of boredom. I almost never, ever quit a book before the end. I guess as a super postive guy, the very thought of all that Evil, especially at night was just to much to keep putting into my brain.

    Dont' take this book lightly. After so much of this book, it makes sense. Why do normal people snap and go on murdering rampage, are so evil to rape, but later not realize why they 'Snaped' Is it the Army of the Fallen Angels that lined up with Satan, eternally corrupting those who seek their dark powers, are full of hate etc.

    I just wish there was a companion book 'Angel's among us' that show how great some people truly are, from Mother Teresa, Ghandi, suvirors of the Boston Marathon, such as Lance Benson, who ran the race with no legs. Surely Angels inhabit us just as easily as Demons.

    So in the end, super scary because it is real, so real you don't want to pull out a Oujia Board and say 'Talk to me, is there anyone there'

    I dare you, after reading this book, I double dog dare you!

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ed and Lorraine both. I truly belive they can tap into these forces of the spirit world.

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

    It was good audio reading, it kept me listening, engaged.

    If you could give The Demonologist a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The Devil or God, choose a side, else it be choosen for you. I kid but this point rang true. Be Positive and good things come (I know, I am and they do) but be negative, run to this negative energy and what do you expect will happen.

    Any additional comments?

    One of the most fascinating books I couldn't finish..or didn't dare to finish. Read it, you will sew what I mean when you read this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Entralling, Tear Jerking, Scientific, Hits Home!"
    What did you love best about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?

    A True Story, often so better than Fiction. How the story was woven from historical to modern day, allowing the family views to the scientiest. It was a wonderful read who I would recommend everyone read. Why? It shows no matter how small, one person can change the world for the better!

    Imagine never Knowing your mother. I had that experaince but at least at 18 I had a chance to meet her before she died shortly after. Deborah never had this, was shuffed to a horrible home, beaten and abused. As she emerged in Adult life, this haunted her.

    This story allower to get to know her past, her future and bonded a family in one purpose, the get the credit due to one amazing Mother.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?

    The ugly truth behind the Black Communities medical testing. Cruel, Horrible to Heroic at times.

    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The reader was just fantastic, one of my favorite so far.

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

    The Death of Deborah, especially as explained in the post script. It hits home.

    Any additional comments?

    Every Human Matters, have empathy for all. This was a story about a Mother a Daughter new had a chance to know, a Sister that was lost to hear. Had not this book been written, a most wonderful family line would have never been shown the light.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Fully Enticing from Begining to End."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was a big fan of the 'Old' Stephen King when he was pure. I had read this as a Teen. It was always one of my favorite books. Later as I got to be Audible based, I kept looking for it over 5 years until, finally the Audible Version came out!

    This story is solidly based on the main characters, he weaves their story's of a Pregnant Teen, A lonely teen ager, Good Old Boy Texans and Dark Women, Men gone bad in Prision and the Devil Incarnate

    Good vs Evil, the ultimate story. This book weaved the tale back and forth like a fine tapestry, the ulitmate storyline that kept me up late listening this book. It was one I couldn't leave.

    So just hope you don't have 'Trashcan Man' in your area, much less a guy in Jean Jacket, leather boots and a black amulet.

    Few master such a grand tale over the long run of this very long book. To me this is and will always be Stephen Kings masterpiece!

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

    Good vs Evil ..who wins comes down to the last second of the book.

    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    I had high expectations on this book. As any audible owner knows the Reader can make or break it. Grover Gardner pulled it off perfectly.

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

    To many to list, but I am a sucker for a good ending. This one has some very sad moments in it, but any good story does!

    Any additional comments?

    Finally Stephen King....what took you so long to release this book to Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "It just kept on going..Action, Plot Thickens etc.."
    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    I never read the book, but I think the Audio has to be better

    What did you like best about this story?

    A truly great story. You think ..What is 5 people in an Apartment about...Trust me on this, the levels of this book amazed me. They just kept going. It kept me glued.

    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Nate and Zeela.

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

    I could have. I made the mistake of listening to this before I go to sleep..ha...the story kept going and kept me up late at night.

    Any additional comments?

    Probably one of the best overall stories I have listened to in a long time. I was sad when it ended, that is a mark of a great book right!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Riptide

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate?

    Allan says: "very cinematic. high tech meets pirate treasure."
    "Great Adventure read based on a True Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it keeps you anticipating the next moves.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not anyone character, they were all played out equally well.

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

    The Lost Treasure of the Water Pit.

    Any additional comments?

    A rare find, I am so glad I picked this up! The Narration is great, a love story and a happy ending (of sorts)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Fast Action, well Played, great Narration..."

    Upon another great review and as a fellow 'Zombie' genre lover, I bought this book not expecting much. But as I listened more and more it draws you in. Fast paced, realistic and gritty. My only 'ummm' was the ending...but then that is what we all look for ...closure. Lets just say the book was very well done and I am glad I bought this audio book. And now..sigh...the hunt for yet another good book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Bryan Burrough
    • Narrated By James Jenner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Best-selling author Bryan Burrough reveals how four Texas oil tycoons transformed America. Rising from humble beginnings through hard work and shrewd dealings, they shifted the balance of power in American politics. While hobnobbing with movie stars and presidents, the Big Rich also created the legend of the swaggering Texas oilman with island hideaways and sprawling ranches.

    Andrew says: "Houston Oilman"
    "As a Native Texan, I found this a great read"

    Historical and Accurate.
    I don't live in Texas now, but ah the memories it brought back and ones I never knew. Did you know that during the Great Depression, the East Texas Oil Fields were booming and work was plentiful.
    Thsi goes over the nail biting deals, debt and fortunes made during this days. A very exciting historical book. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Good Story, Ok Zombie Story, but still Great!"

    This was a sleeper hit, I didn't expect it to be this good.
    From 'Breathers' I went to this one, and was pleasantly suprised. The storyline kept me going till the end! Very well done.

    Who needs Vampires, Zombies you can kill guilt free !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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