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R. MCRACKAN

Raleigh, NC | Member Since 2018

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  • Hotel California: A Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Davina Rush
    • Narrated By Tom Jordan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    On a dark desert highway, hidden from sight, there is a place that exists just beyond the shadows. A place that calls to the broken, the lost, and the tormented who wander the desolate roads of night. Temptation to leave the world behind presents itself as a beautiful seductress offering a variety of exquisite pleasures, luring you further into the dream. But elegant parties and pretty faces quickly dissolve into the stuff of nightmares as the door closes and the feast begins.

    Janice Deane says: "A thrilling short story that does a brilliant play on lyrics"
    "So close to being great"
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    Any additional comments?

    The famous Eagle's song is turned into a heart-breaking narrative.

    Dark beginnings, self-destruction, and a tragedy beyond simple survivor's guilt lead a man into a gothic horror thick with dream logic. Rich visuals and gothic archetypes of a temptress, a devil figure, decadence leading to punishment, and unambiguous lines between good and evil made for a compelling story in which you can easily lose yourself.

    The downfall is the Eagle's song and its lyrics. Some aspects of the lyrics are central to the setting and mood; these are fine. In particular, the heaven and hell dichotomy and not being able to leave. However, these are the minority. Far too many scenes serve no function except to incorporate the lyrics for their own sake. This cheapened and distracted from an otherwise engaging horror full of fantasy, tragedy, and pain. The feast, for example, was set up only to mirror the song. But with a little more effort, the devil-figure could have been more of a presence and the food's reveal could have been used as a twist which reflected the main character's sins and guilt.

    I've listened to many books by this narrator and this book is consistent with the quality I've come to expect. His telling of this story remains low and grim without being flat.

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Healing Energy of Reiki: A Beginner's Book for a Better Understanding

    • UNABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By Lewis Haas
    • Narrated By Pam Rossi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Do you want to make a profound change in your life and the world around you? Want to learn one of the best undiscovered secrets in alternative therapy? The Healing Energy of Reiki is the best, most basic coverage.

    cosmitron says: "A good overview of a controversial therapy."
    "Summary of Reiki"
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    This was an interesting read filled with good info for people who don't know much about Reiki. That was the case for me when I asked a friend who is a practitioner of Reiki for more information. It's clearly written, gives a clearly defined overview of Reiki and is helpful enough to increase interest in the field. However, if you are skeptical of such alternative medicines, this book is unlikely to change your mind.

    The narration was neither good nor bad. It was compelling enough to keep my mostly interested in the subject matter. It was pretty flat though and I could feel my attention drifting at times.

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30551)
    Performance
    (28220)
    Story
    (28221)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "FLEETWOOD MAC"
    "Solid original zombie fiction"
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    This is one of the most original pieces of zombie fiction I've seen in a long time -- maybe ever. Act 1 is unique and amazing. The entire book would have been worth it for this part alone. Act 2 is your standard zombie story but done really well. No complaints but also nothing you haven't seen before. Act 3 morphs from typical well trod zombie apocalypse to something smarter and braver. I almost didn't get this book. I am so glad I took the chance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ending In V

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Michael Bussa
    • Narrated By Peter Lerman
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    A dark and humorous, albeit, twisted story of two opposites on their sixth anniversary. They should never have married. Violet is submersed in fantasy and denial. She is blindly in love with Gideon who cannot bear to breathe in the same room with her. She manages her day in the ignorance of bliss, an element of the marriage that only she knows. Gideon is in torment every moment of each passing day. He finally realizes that it must end if he is to be free to search for his own happiness. What will he do?

    cosmitron says: "Short quick fun."
    "Denial til the end"
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    A short story of an anniversary that comes to a simmer then to a boil. I found it a bit too cynical, even for me, but I can't deny that it kept my attention.

    The narration was a lot of fun. It really captured her giddiness and his dripping contempt.

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Little Pigs

    • UNABRIDGED (9 mins)
    • By Joseph Jacobs
    • Narrated By Heidi Gregory
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The Three Little Pigs is a classic fable about three pigs who build three houses of different materials. A big bad wolf blows down the first two pigs' houses, made of straw and sticks respectively, but is unable to destroy the third pig's house, made of bricks.

    David M. Schrepfer says: "A timeless classic"
    "Cute retelling of the classic"
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    In this version of the 3 little pigs, the suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat and you'll never guess the shocking twist! Kidding. Obviously you know the story. It's the same charming classic we all know and love. Joking aside though, I always think of the straw, twigs, and bricks and forget that half of the story is actually the bricks-pig outsmarting the wolf.

    Loved this narration. She did great voices and had a really dynamic, engaging voice. I'll have to check out some other recordings by her.

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry - editor, George A. Romero – editor, Gabrielle de Cuir - director
    • Narrated By full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (187)

    In 1968 the world experienced a brand-new kind of terror with the debut of George A. Romero's landmark film Night of the Living Dead. This was something new...and terrifying. Since then, zombies have invaded every aspect of popular culture. But it all started on that dreadful night in a remote farmhouse. Nights of the Living Dead returns to that night, to the outbreak, to where it all began.

    AudioBook Reviewer says: "just incredible to listen to"
    "Enjoyable anthology"
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    These stories were just the right length and each was very well done. A few were run of the mill zombie stories. This isn't a bad thing but those become white noise after a bit. The rest though offered some really original takes on this well trod genre and will be a treat for anyone tiring of the same old same old.

    The narration was equally good. With 20-ish tales, some are bound to not be your favorite, but all in all, these were very well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1669)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1137)

    The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

    David says: "Amusing, but still terrifying"
    "Still holds up"
    Overall
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    This book is fantastic at playing it straight. It is 100% not a humor book. It is firmly a work of earnest sci-fi/horror. There's nothing scary about it per se, but it is written as though it exists in the horrific world implied by its instructions. It's supplemental reading not to a work he wrote, but to a genre Brooks clearly loves. Obviously later he would go on to write WWZ, but when this guide was published, it was nothing except Brooks applying his painstaking attention to detail and logistics to the creations of others.

    The only complaint I have is that, unlike World War Z which works far better as audio, The Zombie Survival Guide works better as a physical book rather than audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win 5th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford
    • Narrated By Chris Ruen
    Overall
    (8051)
    Performance
    (7246)
    Story
    (7232)

    Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited, has been tasked with taking on a project critical to the future of the business, code named Phoenix Project. But the project is massively over budget and behind schedule. The CEO demands Bill must fix the mess in 90 days, or else Bill’s entire department will be outsourced. With the help of a prospective board member and his mysterious philosophy of the Three Ways, Bill starts to see that IT work has more in common with manufacturing plant work than he ever imagined.

    Peter says: "Theory and Practice merged"
    "Underwhelmed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What should have been a dozen blog posts has been turned into a condescending poorly written narrative. The content is not bad. DevOps are not as clean cut and unmistakably awesome as this book would lead you to believe but there are definitely some good ideas in it. This book takes those good ideas, makes them one-sided and wraps them in a really bad story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fizzlesprocket: Everybody Loves Large Chests - Vol. 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Neven Iliev
    • Narrated By Jeff Hays
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (661)

    Things are not well within the Lodrak Empire. An entire city goes up in smoke and ash, and an entire province is slowly being consumed by an ever-expanding cloud of death. But while the humans rally to contain the fallout of this disaster, they are much quicker to pin the blame for it on their elven neighbors to the north. With centuries' worth of strife and bad blood between the two nations flaring up, all out war is rapidly becoming an inevitability.

    Tia Marie says: "Tasty!"
    "A worthy sequel"
    Overall
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    Everything you love from the first book is back, only better. Our lovable sociopath finds more adventures and is an absolute delight. The first book had a forced cliff hanger which made me not really care if there was a sequel. However, the ending to this book left me genuinely invested and wanting more.

    As always, Jeff Hays is a wonderful narrator. It's getting to where I'm starting to seek out books just because he narrated them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Please Don't Beg!: How to Get Book Reviews and Keep Your Friends

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Keith Wheeler
    • Narrated By Drew Straub
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It's time to cut the crap! Do you want to listen to a long book on self-publishing or would you prefer an audiobook packed with knowledge, compiled in a short, succinct fashion? Instead of writing a lengthy book full of stuff and fluff, I have put together a compilation of real, actionable examples of things you can start to implement today to actually help get real honest reviews on your published books!

    cosmitron says: "If your a new Author read this book."
    "Practices what it preaches"
    Overall
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    This book is about how to get meaningful book reviews. Obviously one of his methods worked: giving out a free copy for review. Since I am indeed typing this, it's hard to argue with the results.

    There's nothing groundbreaking in here. There is good information though that one could do well with being reminded of when they're feeling a bit desperate for more exposure. All in all, it feels like a writer with a few years of real world experience is sharing his early hard won lessons. It's similar to what I'd expect to find on a writer's personal blog as a series of articles. I'd expect this to be most valuable to people just starting out.

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mimi's Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Keith Wheeler
    • Narrated By Patrice Cannestra
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Ever wonder what it would be like to go on an adventure? Well, travel with Mimi as she learns first hand what it's like to head out on an unknown adventure. What will she do? What will she see? And is it everything she thought it would be? There's only one way to find out....

    Adam says: "Short trip for the imagination"
    "Cute little poem"
    Overall
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    Charming 3 minute poem about a girl and her doll. Well narrated. It's clearly a kids' bedtime story which would benefit from seeing the illustrations.

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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