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Alicia K. Russell

Member Since 2015

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  • 7 reviews
  • 74 ratings
  • 236 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2015
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  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2392)
    Performance
    (1254)
    Story
    (1251)

    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"
    "Had potential but flopped!"
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    Heart Shaped Box had potential and it did have the creepiness aspect. The last half of this audio book became monotonous. It started out intriguing and keeping my attention but grew to be repetitive. I found myself not caring at all about the main character which made it even more tedious. The narrator may have been attempting to sound ominous but, as the story drudged on (and on), he sounded more dull and weary than anything else. I wouldn’t recommend this audio book unless you have money to waist and time to kill.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Regret

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Dawkins, Michael Robertson, Jr.
    • Narrated By Paul Fleschner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Dan blamed himself for his wife's untimely death...at first, that is. Dan, a newly published best-selling author, has just begun to taste the good life: money in the bank, house in a quiet neighborhood, beautiful wife. His monster of a fictional character - a wealthy, handsome, womanizing murderer - is the catalyst for Dan's good fortune, intriguing millions of fans. But when Dan sleeps with his agent on a business trip, and then confesses the whole thing to his wife in near tears, he sets off a chain of events that cause him to lose his wife and his grip on everything, including reality.

    Alicia K. Russell says: "Regret was mediocre.. not great but not bad either"
    "Regret was mediocre.. not great but not bad either"
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    Would you try another book from Dan Dawkins and Michael Robertson, Jr. and/or Paul Fleschner?

    Most likely.


    Would you recommend Regret to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not because I tend to only recommend books that I find amazing.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was average, better than some but not as great as others.


    Was Regret worth the listening time?

    Sure but I'm pretty easygoing with my time.


    Any additional comments?

    I tend to really enjoy psychological thrillers and believe that's why I still enjoyed this book a bit. This book is difficult to rate because it wasn't really bad or good. It had it's interesting moments as you followed the main characters descent into madness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Highways

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (612)

    Joey Shannon, an alcoholic whose life has been going nowhere for 20 years, returns to his hometown for the funeral of his father. As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.

    Michael says: "OK Koontz but Shorts not Included"
    "Disappointing Without The Short Stories"
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    When I first read the synopsis of this book, it listed not only the title story "Strange Highways" but also many other short stories. I was disappointed when the title story ended and more did not follow. "Strange Highways" was good but not Koontz best work. It was somewhat tedious and did not fully keep my attention. While I still recommend this book, I caution the Audible buyer to focus on reviews of the audio book so that they are not disappointed when all of the short stories listed in other reviews do not follow the title story.

    28 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John Harwood
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    In this tantalizing tale of Victorian ghost stories and family secrets, timid, solitary librarian Gerard Freeman lives for just two things: his elusive pen pal Alice and a story he found hidden in his mother's drawer years ago. Written by his great-grandmother Viola, it hints at his mother's role in a sinister crime. As he discovers more of Viola's chilling tales, he realizes that they might hold the key to finding Alice and unveiling his family's mystery - or will they bring about his untimely death, as they seem to foretell?

    Die Falknerin says: "A modern master of the Gothic"
    "Spellbinding... left something to be be desired."
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    There was so much about this novel that I absolutely loved. I spent most of the novel awestruck at the well entangled composition. Like many other reviews, the last chapter left me feeling incomplete. I read and reread it and finally drew my own conclusions. The ending didn't by any means ruin the rest of this spellbinding novel. I would still highly recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunting Season

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michelle Muto
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (84)

    Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Able to talk to ghosts, Jess quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects, who have their own “gifts.” One is possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead.

    Heather says: "One of my favorite YA reads of ALL time!"
    "Horror - No... Young Adult - Maybe"
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    It is seldom that I give a book only 2 stars but this one was so cliché. It did have a few creepy moments. The young adult crowd may enjoy this book. At the age of 38 and having read/listened to my share of haunted house stories, I found it predictable and too filled with too much nonsense and gooey puppy love for my taste.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1292)
    Performance
    (1160)
    Story
    (1175)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Anthony says: "Best Dean Koontz book yet"
    "Long-Time Koontz Fan!"
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    As a long-time fan of Koontz, I was astonished by how much this book managed to encompass all that I've come to love about his works. It gave me chills from both fear and delight as the characters were fully developed. I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Shadow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (669)

    Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

    Carol says: "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    "Disappointing for Koontz Fans"
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    I was disappointed. I usually rave about Dean Koontz but this book didn’t “do it” for me. It was okay. It’s worth listening to as long as you don’t have the expectation that it will be as good as some of Koontz’s previous books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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