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  • Hell House

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (426)

    For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity.

    But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House.

    Phebe says: "Hell House is like Hill House, but fiercer"
    "Was not my favorite"
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    Would you try another book from Richard Matheson and/or Ray Porter?

    Ray Porter, Yes


    What character would you cut from Hell House?

    I would have added a few more


    Any additional comments?

    Ray Porter was the only reason I finished this book, another version of House on Haunted Hill by Vincent Price stuck in the back of my mind for some reason.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1067)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (1000)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "We all know the book"
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    Sissy Spacek blew this out of the water, perfect, made me fee as l if I was right there! I hope she reads some more books soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Beautiful Friendship: Star Kingdom, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1164)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1031)

    Stephanie Harrington had always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore. It should have been the perfect new home - a virgin wilderness full of new species of every sort, just waiting to be discovered. But Sphinx is a far more dangerous place than ultra-civilized Meyerdahl, and Stephanie's explorations come to a sudden halt when her parents lay down the law: no trips into the bush without adult supervision!

    brendanstallard says: "Wow, Weber hits the target."
    "good first book"
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    about to start the second book, I listened to the first book a while ago, I hope I remember where it left off

    0 of 0 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
    (69)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    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"
    "No,No,No"
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    What disappointed you about Starter House?

    So glad this book is over & done with


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sonja Condit again?

    No, not worth a credit!


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Yes very much.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Starter House?

    At least 1/3rd to 1/2 of the book, plus have someone else write the ending!


    Any additional comments?

    I should have returned this one, but too late now.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone House

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (279)

    Hilary and Mark Bradley are trapped in a web of suspicion. Last year, accusations of a torrid affair with a student cost Mark his teaching job and made the young couple into outcasts in their remote island town off the Lake Michigan coast. Now another teenage girl is found dead on a deserted beach... and once again, Mark faces a hostile town convinced of his guilt. Hilary Bradley is determined to prove that Mark is innocent, but she’s on a lonely, dangerous quest.

    Squeak says: "A Very Suspenseful Murder Mystery!"
    "No start, no finish, no nothing!"
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    Any additional comments?

    So glad to get this one out of my Library. It is one of the books I will return, do not use a credit on this one, waist of a credit by all means. # 2 of my all time ( Not Like ) Books!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2241)
    Performance
    (1399)
    Story
    (1407)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "waste of $3.95 on the Daily Deal"
    Overall
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    What would have made Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close better?

    A different book all together


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Safran Foer’s story?

    The use off 911, which really had nothing to do with the book in large.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    One narrator only


    Any additional comments?

    So glad I did not use a credit for this one! Every school has got one of these kids, think back & you might remember the name of the one in your school, I did. Not a good read, or listen! My review has nothing to do with 911, but the book itself.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The 5th Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (618)

    After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the fifth wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself.

    FanB14 says: "Not Your Typical YA Dystopian Fare"
    "It was OK"
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    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book but it is not in my interest to listen to another of the same.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hallowed Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Laura Bickle
    • Narrated By Nora Hunter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.

    Margaret McCollam says: "Not well written and under performed."
    "Not for me"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I had no Idea this was a Vampire story, if you are like me, & don't like Vamp books, delete it from your wish list, if you do, it is worth a listen I guess?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Scent of Rain and Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nancy Pickard
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (86)

    Written with the wisdom and grace devoted readers have come to expect from the award-winning author of The Virgin of Small Plains, here is a brilliantly moving tale of family, murder, and redemptive love.

    Gretchen Lord Anderson says: "Really good book; poorly chosen narrator"
    "The narrater tried her best, BUT!"
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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tavia Gilbert?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Tavia Gilbert did her best to make this book worth a credit, it was not her fault, it was the fault of the author, boring from start to finish.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sanctuary

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (279)

    Jo Ellen Hathaway thought she had escaped the house long ago. It was where she spent her loneliest years, after her family was shattered by the sudden, unexplained disappearance of her mother.

    But now, the sprawling resort off the coast of Georgia haunts her dreams. Even more haunting are the pictures that someone is sending her - strange close-ups, candid shots, and finally, the most shocking and heartbreaking portrait of all: a photograph of her long-lost mother. . . naked, beautiful, and dead.

    Lajuan says: "Intriguing"
    "Not for me"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    For me, I could not get past 3 hours of this book, guess you have to be a Nora Roberts fan

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carol Rifka Brunt
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (430)

    1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal....

    Lynn says: "Authentic and Compelling"
    "No beginning, no ending"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    If I heard the names, Toby or Finn a few more hundred times in this book I was going to delete it, but the book finally came to an end, ,thank goodness

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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