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Maliboo

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  • The Starmen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Leigh Brackett
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
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    (9)
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    Outcast in space. Michael Trehearne had always been an outcast among his people on Earth. He knew he was different. He did not know how or why. Then one day, on the wind-swept coast of Brittany, a bewitchingly beautiful girl appeared & told him he had the look of the Vardda - those elite star travelers who alone could withstand the rigors of intergalactic flight .Michael had to join them, had to find his place in the universe at last. But it would not be easy.

    Maliboo says: "Not Leigh's Best"
    "Not Leigh's Best"
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    Originally published in the March 1951 edition of Startling Stories pulp magazine, then subsequently published in hardcover by Gnome Press in 1952, this was later revised and cut by about 20,000 words and retitled The Galactic Breed to be published as half of an Ace Double. Strangely, that's the title of the Kindle edition linked to by Audible if you get the whispersync deal. Also, the author of that Kindle edition is only listed as "Leigh." Annoying. Oh, and this book was also later retitled The Starmen of Llyrdis. Whew.

    Anyway, I wouldn't recommend this book even though I love Leigh Brackett, this isn't one of her best. The narrator performed very well, but the story was rather dull. If you're looking for a Leigh Brackett audiobook you should look elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H. P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural: 20 Classic Tales of the Macabre, Chosen by the Master of Horror Himself

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen Jones (editor), Henry James, Washington Irving, and others
    • Narrated By Davina Porter, Steven Crossley, Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
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    (42)
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    H. P. Lovecraft is arguably the most important horror writer of the 20th century. Culled from his 1927 essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature”, Lovecraft acknowledges those authors and stories that he feels are the very finest the horror field has to offer, including Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Guy de Maupassant, Ambrose Bierce, and Arthur Conan Doyle. This chilling collection includes 20 works, each prefaced by Lovecraft's own opinions and insights in each author’s work.

    Stephanie says: "Not all the stories are complete"
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    Courtesy SFFAudio:

    Introduction by editor Stephen Jones – Approx. 7 Minutes
    Notes on Writing Weird Fiction By H.P. Lovecraft – Approx. 11 Minutes
    The Tale of the German Student by Washington Irving – Approx. 14 Minutes
    Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson – Approx. 49 Minutes
    Who Knows? by Guy de Maupassant – Approx. 34 Minutes
    The Invisible Eye by Erckmann-Chatrian – Approx. 41 Minutes
    The Torture by Hope by Villiers de l’Isle Adam – Approx. 15 Minutes
    Ms. Found in a Bottle by Edgar Allan Poe – Approx. 29 Minutes
    What Was It? by Fitz-James O’Brien – Approx. 34 Minutes
    The Middle Toe of the Right Foot by Ambrose Bierce – Approx. 24 Minutes
    The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James – Approx. 4 Hours 52 Minutes
    The Dead Smile by F. Marion Crawford – Approx. 57 Minutes
    The Wind In The Rose-Bush by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman – Approx. 38 Minutes
    The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman – Approx. 36 Minutes
    The Recrudescence of Imray by Rudyard Kipling – Approx. 30 Minutes
    The Hands Of Karma (Ingwa-banashi) by Lafcadio Hearn – Approx. 11 Minutes
    The Burial Of The Rats by Bram Stoker – Approx. 1 Hour 7 Minutes
    The Red Lodge by H.R. Wakefield – Approx. 35 Minutes
    The Captain Of The Pole-Star by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Approx. 1 Hour 6 Minutes
    The Villa Desiree by May Sinclair – Approx. 28 Minutes
    The Voice In The Night by William Hope Hodgson – Approx. 36 Minutes
    Novel of the White Powder by Arthur Machen – Approx. 48 Minutes

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eldritch Tales: A Miscellany of the Macabre

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By various narrators
    Overall
    (32)
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    (31)
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    Following the phenomenal success of Necronomicon, its companion volume brings together Lovecraft's remaining major stories plus his weird poetry, a number of obscure revisions, and some notable nonfiction, including the seminal critical essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature." athering together in chronological order the rest of Lovecraft's rarely seen but extraordinary short fiction, this collection includes the entirety of the long-out-of-print collection of thirty-six sonnets "Fungi from Yuggoth."

    Maliboo says: "Audiobook Contents"
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    History of the Necronomicon
    The Alchemist
    A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson
    The Beast in the Cave
    The Poe-et's Nightmare
    Memory
    Despair
    The Picture in the House
    Beyond the Wall of Sleep
    Psychopompos; A Tale in Rhyme
    The White Ship
    The House
    The Nightmare Lake
    Poetry and the Gods
    Nyarlathotep
    Polaris
    The Street
    Ex Oblivione
    Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
    The Crawling Chaos
    The Terrible Old Man
    The Tree
    The Tomb
    Celephais
    Hypnos
    What the Moon Brings
    The Horror at Martin's Beach
    The Festival
    The Temple
    Hallowe'en in a Suburb
    The Moon-Bog
    He
    Festival
    The Green Meadow
    Nathicana
    Two Black Bottles
    The Last Test
    The Wood
    The Ancient Track
    The Electric Executioner
    Fungi from Yuggoth
    The Trap
    The Other Gods
    The Quest of Iranon
    The Challenge From Beyond
    In a Sequester'd Providence Churchyard Where Once Poe Walk'd
    Ibid
    Azathoth
    The Descendant
    The Book
    The Messenger
    The Evil Clergyman
    The Very Old Folk
    The Thing in the Moonlight
    The Transition of Juan Romero
    Supernatural Horror in Literature

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Necronomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia, Bronson Pinchot, Stephen R. Thorne, and others
    Overall
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    (60)
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    Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and '30s, H. P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when first published. This tome brings together all of Lovecraft's harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were when first released.

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    Dagon
    Herbert West: Re-Animator
    The Lurking Fear
    The Rats in the Walls
    The Whisperer in Darkness
    Cool Air
    In the Vault
    The Call of Cthluhu
    The Colour Out of Space
    The Horror at Red Hook
    The Haunter of the Dark
    The Outsider
    The Shunned House
    The Unnamable
    The Thing on the Doorstep
    Under the Pyramids

    74 of 88 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Terror and Death: The Dream Cycle of H. P. Lovecraft

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
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    This volume collects, for the first time, the entire Dream Cycle created by H. P. Lovecraft, the master of twentieth-century horror, including some of his most fantastic tales.

    Maliboo says: "Table of Contents"
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    Azathoth
    The Descendant
    The Thing in the Moonlight
    Polaris
    Beyond the Wall of Sleep
    The Doom That Came to Sarnath
    The Statement of Randolph Carter
    The Cats of Ulthar
    Celephais
    From Beyond
    Nyarlathotep
    The Nameless City
    The Other Gods
    Ex Oblivione
    The Quest of Iranon
    The Hound
    Hypnos
    What the Moon Brings
    Pickman's Model
    The Dream Quest of Unknown Kaddath
    The Silver Key
    The Strange High House in the Mist
    The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
    The Dreams in the Witch House
    Through the Gates of the Silver Key

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Martin H. Greenberg (editor)
    • Narrated By Suehyla El Attar, Nicholas Tecosky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
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    Before The Road by Cormac McCarthy brought apocalyptic fiction into the mainstream, there was science fiction. No longer relegated to the fringes of literature, this explosive collection of the world’s best apocalyptic writers brings the inventors of alien invasions, devastating meteors, doomsday scenarios, and all-out nuclear war back to with a bang. The best writers of the early 1900s were the first to flood New York with tidal waves, destroy Illinois with alien invaders, paralyze Washington with meteors, and lay waste to the Midwest with nuclear fallout.

    Maliboo says: "The Apocalypse Without Zombies"
    "The Apocalypse Without Zombies"
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    Here's an interesting idea, suppose they gave an apocalypse and no zombies came? This anthology bucks the trend of zombies ruling over the apocalypse that is so prevalent in today's science fiction and horror literature (the stories collected here were written before the recent zombie craze.)

    Actually, there is one story (The Underdweller by William F. Nolan) that is somewhat zombie-like in the same way that Richard Matheson's I Am Legend is, in that the world is overrun with monsters. Exactly what kind of monsters though remains to be seen until the shock ending.

    Contents:
    1. Introduction: Dancing Through the Apocalypse - Robert Silverberg
    2. The Hum - Rick Hautala
    3. Salvador - Lucius Shepard
    4. We Can Get Them for You Wholesale - Neil Gaiman
    5. The Big Flash - Norman Spinrad
    6. Kindness - Lester del Rey
    7. The Underdweller - William F. Nolan
    8. Lucifer - Roger Zelazny
    9. To the Storming Gulf - Gregory Benford
    10. The Feast of Saint Janis - Michael.Swanwick
    11. The Wheel - John Wyndham
    12. Jody After the War - Edward Bryant
    13. Salvage - Orson Scott Card
    14. By Fools Like Me - Nancy Kress
    15. The Store of the Worlds - Robert Sheckley
    16. Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels - George R. R. Martin
    17. "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth..." - Arthur C. Clarke
    18. Afterward - John Helfers
    19. When We Went to See the End of the World - Robert Silverberg
    20. Flight to Forever - Poul Anderson

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Washington Irving, Jerry Robbins (dramatization)
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
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    (32)
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    Ichabod Crane, a lanky, lean, superstitious school master, arrives to teach the children of Sleepy Hollow. As he vies for the attention of the lovely Katrina Van Tassel, his rival for her attention is the town rowdy, Brom Bones. Brom tries to scare Ichabod away with local superstitions and ghost tales. And soon enough the ill-fated schoolmaster encounters a terrifying legend come to life: the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

    Amazon Customer says: "Return of the Classic!"
    "Very Faithful Adaptation"
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    Large portions of this adaptation are taken directly from Washington Irving's text. The first few pages and the ending are nearly unabridged readings. In-between, sentences are quoted verbatim as the structure follows closely the original story.

    The dramatized portions include songs (similar to the Disney animated adaptation) and other whimsy as well as sound effects and music. The thrilling finale is read with suitably theatrical gusto and is completely unabridged from the original text.

    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is perhaps the ultimate Halloween story, and this rendition does it proud.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bite Me: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    "The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog, stand between the ravenous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public. Whoa. And this is a love story? Yup."

    Ron says: "WOW!!!"
    "Read By the Voice of Siri"
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    As all the other reviewers have stated, the voice performance by Susan Bennett is incredible. She is an amazingly talented voice artist, so much so that Apple actually chose her to be the voice of Siri.

    When this news first broke today on CNN, I immediately looked her up on Audible to see if she had any audiobooks and was very surprised to find that she performed this book. Needless to say, she doesn't sound at all like Siri on this recording, which just goes to show how incredibly versatile a voice actress she is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Pleasure to Burn: Fahrenheit 451 Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
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    Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 is an enduring masterwork of twentieth-century American literature - a chilling vision of a dystopian future built on the foundations of ignorance, censorship, and brutal repression. The origins and evolution of Bradbury’s darkly magnificent tale are explored in A Pleasure to Burn, a collection of sixteen selected shorter works that prefigure the grand master’s landmark novel.

    Maliboo says: "The World of 451"
    "The World of 451"
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    "It was a pleasure to burn." That is how Fahrenheit 451 opens. This collection titled after that first line contains stories that might be set in the universe of Fahrenheit 451, are thematically similar, or are actually early versions of that novel.

    Contents:

    The Reincarnate • (2005) Unrevised version of same title published in We'll Always Have Paris.
    Pillar of Fire • (1948) Previously collected in S Is for Space.
    The Library • (2006) Originally published in Match to Flame: The Fictional Path to Fahrenheit 451 (an earlier deluxe edition of this collection.)
    Bright Phoenix • (1963) Previously collected in Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales.
    The Mad Wizards of Mars • (1949) Variant version of The Exiles from The Illustrated Man and R is for Rocket.
    Carnival of Madness • (1950) Variant version of Usher II from The Martian Chronicles.
    Bonfire • (1950) Originally published in the fanzine Torquasian Times Winter 1950/51, later collected in Gauntlet #2.
    The Cricket on the Hearth • (2002) Originally published in One More For the Road.
    The Pedestrian • (1951) Previously collected in The Golden Apples of the Sun and S Is for Space.
    The Garbage Collector • (1953) Previously collected in The Golden Apples of the Sun.
    The Smile • (1952) Previously collected in A Medicine for Melancholy and S Is for Space.
    Long After Midnight • (2006) Not the same story as in the book Long After Midnight, this is the earliest take on what would eventually become Fahrenheit 451, it was previously unpublished until Match to Flame (2006)
    The Fireman • (1951) Originally published in Galaxy Magazine February 1951, this is the original novella that was later expanded into Fahrenheit 451.

    Bonus stories - all featuring the same characters and dystopian time travel premise:

    The Dragon Who Ate His Tail • (2007) Originally published in a chapbook of the same title, previously uncollected.
    Sometime Before Dawn • (2004) Variant version of the same title originally published in The Cat's Pajamas.
    To the Future • (1950) Variant version of The Fox and the Forest from The Illustrated Man.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the World's Dusk

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Edmond Hamilton
    • Narrated By Jim Gallant
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    There has always been a looming question in the mind of man. Will the human race become extinct one day? This is a story of Galos Gann, the last great scientist on Earth, who attempts to save humanity from oblivion. So take a journey into the outer twilight of your mind. Turn off the light, sit back and relax, close your eyes and enter the infinite universe of your imagination.

    Maliboo says: "The Last Man on Earth"
    "The Last Man on Earth"
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    Originally published in the March 1936 edition of Weird Tales pulp magazine, this story has been included in anthologies with titles such as "The End of the World" and "The Last Man on Earth" so you can guess what it's about. It was also included in "The Best of Edmond Hamilton" which was edited by his wife Leigh Brackett, so they must've thought it was a pretty good story. And it is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Face: The Best of Jack London, Volume 2

    • ABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By Julie Just
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    Experience first-hand the dramatic ebb and flow of emotion as classic literature is transformed into the world of your imagination like never before. In Lost Face, the listener sits right beside a tribal prisoner as he plots to avoid the painful beheading that awaits him next.

    Maliboo says: "Unabridged"
    "Unabridged"
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    Audible seems to have made a mistake in listing this as abridged. I've listened along with the free Kindle ebook and can confirm that it is in fact completely unabridged.

    This is one of Jack London's darkest tales, it's even been anthologized in a number of horror story anthologies. Like many of his stories it involves a man struggling to survive, but this time instead of struggling against the uncaring brutality of Nature, our hero is fighting against the cruel brutality of Man. The protagonist is a prisoner of a barbaric Indian tribe who are savagely torturing their prisoners to death one by one. While the man awaits his turn he has only his wits to use to avoid his horrible fate.

    The narration is superb. There is some background music that lends atmosphere such as tribal drums which some people may not care for. Listen to the sample and decide for yourself. I personally believe it enhances the immersive experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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