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Dennis

Arlington, VT, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6477)
    Performance
    (4885)
    Story
    (4963)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Interesting but kind of dry"
    Overall

    While I did like the way he wove history with fantasy, it was kind of dry and if I had been reading I probably would have stopped in the middle - I'm not that strong a reader anyway, and that's why I love audio.
    He got the essential elements correct, history, manner of speaking and writing for the times and all that. Perhaps that is why I thought it rather dry.
    All that said, it is clever and worth a look for those who love the time period of history and vampire stories.

    36 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Demon Seed

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    In the privacy of her own home, and against her will, Susan Harris will experience an inconceivable act of terror. She will become the object of the ultimate computer’s consuming obsession: to learn everything there is to know about human flesh.

    Guy says: "Worst Koontz Ever!"
    "Creepy Rewrite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was interesting to hear Koontz talk about the history of this work, his experience with the movie studio, and the new release.
    This is a type of story that has been told in different versions before, but this has to be the creepiest I have run across so far. Funny strange and disturbing. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pickaxe Killers: Karla Faye Tucker & Daniel Garrett: A True Crime Short

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By R. Barri Flowers
    • Narrated By C. Gardner
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    One case that stood out to Flowers for its sheer brutality as well as shocking aftermath was that of Karla Faye Tucker and Daniel Garrett, who used a pickaxe to hack to death two people. It began in the wee hours of June 13, 1983, in Houston, Texas, as lovers Tucker and Garrett broke into the apartment of Jerry Lynn Dean. By the time the couple left, Dean and his companion, Deborah Thornton, were dead following a vicious attack with a pickaxe and hammer.

    Dennis says: "Skip it."
    "Skip it."
    Overall
    Performance
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    This contains about as much information as you'd get out of old news articles and nothing more. Very short and just the basics. I didn't even find the narrator's voice appealing,
    Most of the book is advertising his other works, and maybe a 15th of the book is on the title story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect Poison: A Female Serial Killer's Deadly Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By M. William Phelps
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    In Northampton, Massachusetts, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Kristen Gilbert was known as a hardworking, dedicated nurse - so why were her patients dying? So many emergencies and sudden deaths occurred while Kristen made her rounds on Ward C that her colleagues jokingly called her the "Angel of Death".

    heather says: "Men are naive"
    "So Outragious I Actually Giggled"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    That's right, this made me giggle with nervous laughter I could not believe how bizarre this woman's actions were. This has to be one of my all time favorite True Crime books as I have listened to it several times. I have also talked to people who couldn't believe it either - mostly nurses believe it or not, and a a few of them have read it on my recommendation - and they were as dumbfounded as I was.
    Excellent book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unsolved Serial Killings

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By RJ Parker
    • Narrated By Beth MacEwan
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Unsolved Serial Killings by R. J. Parker is a fascinating glimpse into the mindsets of cold-blooded serial killers. Complete with F.B.I. stats, profile classifications, and psychotic windows to peer into, this book is about the most horrific of criminals. There are some great examples of unsolved murders that leave the listener wondering, did the killer, stop killing, die, or go to prison on unrelated charges? A spellbinding new audiobook from an author with investigator in his blood!

    Rusty Shackleford says: "Snorefest + Horrible Narrator"
    "See Spot Run. Run Spot Run!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Is there a way to give this book a negative number of stars?

    This should have been titled "Serial Killers For Dummies"
    If you like reading the dictionary and have never heard of serial killers in your entire life - this is the book for you...but you could still be bored to tears.

    For the rest of us - move along, nothing to see here.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4080)
    Performance
    (3588)
    Story
    (3607)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "Excelent series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was really pleased with my decision to continue with the second book of this series.
    Great sense of action and humor is shown in this and the other two books - and I'm excited that there is a 4th one now.

    I think these would be pretty good movie material on the level of something like Hellboy.

    Wyman really makes the very tightly written characters to life as they were meant to be.
    Entertaining all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Bizarre illnesses and plagues that kill people in the most unspeakable ways. Obsessive and inspired efforts by scientists to solve mysteries and save lives. From The Hot Zone to The Demon in the Freezer and beyond, Richard Preston's best selling works have mesmerized readers everywhere by showing them strange worlds of nature they never dreamed of.

    Doug says: "WAIT! Maybe this isn't what you think...."
    "Interesting in parts"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really like the way Preston writes and researches his material, but there were some parts of this book that I fast forwarded through. He has much better books than this here - please look for them, they are worth a listen over this choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The White House Boys: An American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Dean Kiser
    • Narrated By T. Ryder Smith
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Hidden far from sight, deep in the thick underbrush of the North Florida woods are the ghostly graves of more than 30 unidentified bodies, some of which are thought to be children who were beaten to death at the old Florida Industrial School for Boys at Marianna. It is suspected that many more bodies will be found in the fields and swamplands surrounding the institution.

    Karole says: "Tough. Brutal. Realistic. Vivid"
    "Wow - I hope times have changed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book makes me wonder how things were for my uncle in the 1930's in reform school. People who were in charge of this place in Florida should be in prison or in hell if they're already dead.
    Very well done book. Lessons to learn here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kenneth Oppel
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures... until the day their adventures turn all too real. They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor's curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library....

    Debra says: "Chilling and oddly poignant"
    "Not enough for me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It wasn't dark and thrilling enough for me - it seemed more like a Harry Potter adventure than a horror story.
    The flavor of it was just not right in my opinion

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3267)
    Performance
    (2979)
    Story
    (2978)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Amazon Customer says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "Nothing new here - move along"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was disappointed in the direction the story took - for me there were no surprises, and nothing really great about it.
    As dull as those Twilight books

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1090)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    Katherine says: "excruciatingly vivid, marvelously written and read"
    "interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I remember watching the movie back in 1972 as an 11 year old and being very uncomfortable with a certain scene (you know the one), but it was a good movie - so I decided to see how the book was.
    It is very well written and fills in the inner thoughts that are often missing from movie translations - it is told from the point of view of Ed.
    I was a little uncomfortable with his description of his admiration of his macho friend Lewis more than that scene in the movie.
    It's a different book from my usual listening fare, and ultimately it is a good listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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