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  • The Jigsaw Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gord Rollo
    • Narrated By Michael Ray Davis
    Overall
    (6)
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    (6)
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    (6)

    Michael Fox is a homeless man living in a garbage dumpster beneath the Carver Street Bridge in Buffalo, NY. He's bitterly depressed and ready to commit suicide; anything to put an end to his miserable existence.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "You want horror, you got it here!"
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    When it comes down to it, Jigsaw Man is simply a story about fear, cowardice, and overcoming them to dispense revenge. That will assault your emotions with it’s heart wrenching cruelty and explicit goriness. Gord Rollo was able to capture my full attention and toss my mind around until I thought I couldn’t take any more and start all over again.

    This is a story about a coward named Michael Fox. To me he is a coward because he has let various fears turn his life upside down only to end up as a nameless homeless name. He is unwilling to face his fear that it was his fault his family died. He cannot face is surviving daughter based on the fear the she blames him for their death. All of this fear leads him to do what many do in these situations, drink and drink heavily, use any substance available to flatten or diminish these emotions from coming to the surface.

    Soon he has taken all he can from his self inflicted inner turmoil and decides to end it all. Right before he could accomplish this he is approached by a mysterious stranger. Who offers him two million ($2,000,000) dollars for his right arm. Being a left handed person Mike thought this sounded like a perfect opportunity to turn his life around and to provide for his daughter.

    Up until this point the book was disturbing yes but compared to what’s left it was very tame.

    Mike soon finds that he is not the only one to be recruited for body parts, others are selling their left arm and both legs. Leading him to believe that there is more going on than meets the eye. I cannot divulge too much more without giving critical information away.

    Jigsaw Man might be the horror novel that for whatever reason you pass by. Don’t let this happen to you. I would have never guessed that I was going to like this adventure a into truly sick and twisted disturbingly refreshing modern reinventing of the old classic Frankenstein’s Monster. That made my soul feel dirty and awkward for enjoying such a brutal and unsettling tale.

    Michael Ray Davis doesn’t have the type of voice you would expect from and audio performer. Not at all a polished commanding voice. But a very unique deep gravely “redneck” type voice. Which happens to lend itself very well to a man that drinks Sterno and has had a very hard life.

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  • The Perseid Collapse: The Perseid Collapse, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By John David Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (223)

    2019. Six years after the Jakarta Pandemic “decimated” the world's population; life is back to normal for the Fletchers and most Americans. The United States stands at the brink of a complete domestic and international resurgence, with stories of confidence and prosperity dominating the headlines. Appearances can be deceiving. An undercurrent of paranoia and fear still runs strong below the surface; the collective angst spawned by 28 million American deaths forever stamped into population's psyche.

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    "The story line is excellently executed"
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    The year is 2019 and the populations of the world have already survived (barely) the Jakarta Pandemic. Alex Fletcher and his family and friends, after surviving the Jakarta Pandemic, have planned for the next devastating event. Back packs of survival gear and a safe place to head off to should the unthinkable happen again. But will that be enough? His planning and skills will be drawn upon to save his family and those of his friends.

    The beginning opens in China and an underground bunker with some questionable capabilities being guarded by their military. Then we switch to Alex Fletcher and his family sailing and being miserable because of mosquitos. That’s nothing compared to what’s coming!

    An EMP which sends the U.S. into darkness and a tsunami drive the family to make a dangerous trek, on foot, to their home where they encounter law enforcement confiscating guns and vehicles and some neighbors bent on stealing the one running car in the area. Alex, Carl and Ed map a route to Boston to get Alex’s son and Ed’s daughter from their colleges.

    The wives and children make the trek to Alex’s parents place – the safe house. Before they can get there though, they encounter members of the local militia with some serious and deadly views on ethical and moral behavior.

    Alex, Carl and Ed encounter many different people and deadly situations. Although Alex has planned everything out to a T, there are of course things he could not prepare for – such as a college full of students stranded with no hope of rescue and a flagging military presence. This is where the book ends rather abruptly.

    This chronicles the event 48 hours after it happens. Konkoly does an excellent job of spelling everything out in a way that is clear and leaves little to no doubt in what is happening. The story line is excellently executed and well plotted. The character development is strong and clearly defined – one can almost see each one in their mind as they listen.

    The production of the audio was well done by Steven Konkoly.

    The narrator John David Farrell did an excellent job of projecting emotions of everyone and keeping the reading going smoothly and well enunciated. I cannot wait to read the next one!

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  • Yesterday's Gone: Season 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, David Wright
    • Narrated By Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
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    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    A group finds itself taking refuge at The Sanctuary, a religious compound with an enigmatic leader called The Prophet. A serial killer finds himself leading an unlikely group of survivors. A young man searches to prove himself to his group, and avoid being bullied ever again. A young child is called to perform another miracle at great personal cost. Every decision. Every action. Every dream. Every alliance. Every secret. Every betrayal.

    Wendy says: "LOVED IT I CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE !"
    "Like... WHAT just happened?"
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    The ending to this one left me in shock but let me first delve a bit into the review prior to this crazy ending.

    All the great characters are back! Bericio! Lucka, Mary, Paulo! There are so many that I wanted to hear about again and they are here. That doesn't necessarily make it a good thing though because the world is even worse than it was in season 1. This one starts right where season 1 starts off too. At craziness!

    One thing I have to commend is the audio. This is narrated by a great cast of people, all of who have to imbibe different voices for different scenes and they do a magnificent job!

    Maxwell Glick has the job of the Lucka and does a great job. The only issue I had with the younger version is that when we are in Lucka's head it seems as if we are listening to a much younger story. I do enjoy being able to discern the very different voice with so many men narrators in this. Lucka's very different connotations also help us to understand and really feel how he feels so the reader's empathy is really tugged at. All due to Maxwell's great narration. All of the narrators are fantastic and there is not one voice that makes me cringe when I hear it. Even though I prefer not to listen to most women narrators, Tamara Marston's narration is fabulous and I enjoyed her portions just as much as the men.

    The only downside to so many narrators are the issues with keeping the voices separate. They read chapters at a time, not different voices. So I got used to Bericio's voice but he came up in other narrator's chapters as well. Not a bad thing, just A thing. Over all the narration and the full audio was outstanding and I thoroughly enjoyed being pulled into the second part of this story. The portions with music were intense and the music added perfectly to that intensity. Especially at the end!

    The plot of the book had its highs and lows but for the most part this kept up with the very fast pace of season one. I didn't love Lucka's chapters but appreciate getting into the boy's head. They seem like they are written to and from a younger child but I'm guessing this is just the great writing as we are supposed to be reading what a young boy would be thinking and feeling.

    The amount of characters is the only downside but for the most part I was able to keep those characters in check. I think it can almost be harder when listening to an audio to keep so many characters straight but the characterization of each is very well done.

    And if I could just bring up the end again... Just wow. Cannot wait to listen to the next season and find out what happens next.

    In short: Amazingly well done book with great audio! Great for a book two. Some high's and low's but overall wonderful.

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  • The Warrior & The Flower: 3 Kingdoms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Camille Picott
    • Narrated By Al Kessel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Yi, a retired soldier, has lost everything he loves -- his wife, his daughter, and his home. He seeks refuge from his heartache by plunging into a secret mission for the World Emperor. The assignment takes him to the doorstep of a brothel, where he witnesses the madam beating a young girl. Drawn by the child's striking resemblance to his lost daughter, Yi rushes to her defense and negotiates for her purchase - after all, how hard can it be to care for one little girl?

    AudioBookReviewer says: "When I finished this book I was left craving more"
    "When I finished this book I was left craving more"
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    First thoughts about the cover of The Warrior and The Flower? This kinda looks like traditional Japanese art. What type of lion, dragon, horse thing are they riding on? That guy dwarfs that female. Is it a little girl? Or is he just really big? I like the colors. Very bright, very alive.

    This story has two main characters. One is Yi and the other is Tulip. Yi is in his thirties and Tulip is eight. Tulip is a very inquisitive, bright, brave little girl. Yi is a warrior. Yi adopts Tulip and becomes her Papa. He’s very sweet to her, very kind. He’s also protective and you can tell he greatly loves her. My favorites scene between father and daughter was when Tulip fixed his hair in a coiled braid. It was the type of hair style a prostitute would wear.

    I love the Kilyn (Probably spelling that wrong…). They are these lovely beasts that have scales, a forked tongue, and they crave lightening. It tickled me that they have antlers and come in many very vibrant colors. I’d love to have one. They remind me of a mix between a horse, an a deer, and a dragon. Beautiful creatures.

    In this story there are many Gods that people pray to. Kyfue is the Buddha like God who is the God of Luck. There are dragons in other worlds that step thru to Yi and Tulip’s with the help of rituals. These rituals are a very strong mix of Japanese traditional ceremonies.

    The narrator is Al Kessel. His voice is low, light, and soothing. I got a kick out of how he spoke Tulip’s voice. I very much like his voice. The author is Camille Picott. This book is 7 hours and 35 minutes long. I greatly enjoyed this book. I will be getting every book to this series as they come out!

    When I finished this book I was left craving more. It reminds one that family is important. You need family and they need you. It does not matter if your family is blood. Family of the heart can be just as strong.

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  • Sheep's Clothing

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Einspanier
    • Narrated By Zach Brewster-Geisz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    Doc Meadows, frontier doctor working in the small town of Salvation, has always considered himself a sensible man and has not believed in monsters for a long time. When injured half-Indian Wolf Cowrie staggers into his practice one night, however, he brings terrifying news - a vampire he hunts plans to settle in Salvation and turn it into his own private larder.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "It is this refusal to impose current ideology"
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    Sheep’s Clothing by Elizabeth Einspanier has all the potential of a great book. Her Vampires display all the traditional characteristics of the classics, no sparkling or glittering in sunshine for Alexandre Russeau, trying to overcome the monster within by munching on wild game or attempting to assimilate into the community by being Mr Nice-guy or getting in touch with his feelings, in fact Russeau very much reflects the more traditional vampires to such an extent that I felt that any moment in the book he would be revealed as a descendant of Dracula himself. It is this refusal to impose current ideology on her ‘monsters’ that most appealed to me in Elizabeth Einspanier’s text; most modern vampire fiction attempts to humanise fictional ‘evil’ in line with contemporary needs to justify and explain the reasons for ‘evil’ itself; as a society we seem to apply the ‘nature vs nurture’ physiological debate to fictional and non-fictional ‘characters’ alike with the winning ‘nurture’ often justifying atrocities in the name of a ‘bad childhood’ or not being loved enough. Not so in Einspanier’s text, here there are no ambiguities and we are urged to pick up our pitchforks and our burning torches (or we would be if Doc and Wolf had not come to the rescue) and smite the ‘vicious and feral‘ vampires with no reservations.

    Another interesting aspect of Russeau and his ‘brides’ is their OCD-like need to count, while Arithmomania was common to vampires in early folklore, in literature it now seems to be limited to the Muppet’s Count von Count, and for good reason; if Vampires were so easily distracted that a simple sprinkling of rice could keep them busy for hours and hence keep their potential victims safe, wouldn’t every vampire hunting kit contain a bag of basmati? I can’t help but reimagine all the great vampire showdowns; who needs stealth, cunning and bravery…Van Helsing seems a lot less impressive armed to the teeth with lentils but I like the inclusion of this characteristic in Einspanier’s vampires, it enhances the folklore background of the narrative.

    Sheep’s Clothing is good escapism, it is fast moving and action packed but I would have loved it to be a bit longer so I could engage with Doc Meadows and Wolf’s back stories a bit more as I’m sure their fight against Salvation’s villain would have been more poignant if the reader was a bit more invested in the two men and their relationships but perhaps this would hinder their traditional fight against evil.

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  • Drummer Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Nicholson
    • Narrated By Milton Bagby
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    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
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    (4)

    On an Appalachian Mountain ridge, young Vernon Ray Davis hears the rattling of a snare drum deep inside a caveknown as "The Jangling Hole", and the wind carries a whispered name. According to legend, the Hole is home to a group of Civil War soldiers buried by a long-ago avalanche. On the eve of an annual Civil War reenactment, the town of Titusville prepares for a mock battle. But inside the Hole, disturbed spirits are rising from their slumber, and one of them is heading home.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "The plot and characters were well developed and be"
    "The plot and characters were well developed and be"
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    Dummer Boy is the second in a series following The Red Church. The setting is in Titusville – somewhere on the Appalachian Mountain Ridge. This area is deeply committed to its historic past of battles during the Civil War. Residents of this town are poor and stereo-typical back hills redneck types. The story centers around the civil war and it’s victims of long ago who still can be found near the Jangling Hole.

    Several people have fallen victim to the Jangling Hole and it’s spirit inhabitants. The Hole is stirred up when the mountain is slated to be a huge housing development. The spirits manifest and visit several residents who have ties to the long dead men. Within these residents is a young boy – Vernon Ray Davis who does not belong in the world of his father (although he longs for it) and does not belong in the world of the Jangling Hole residents.

    Vernon Ray Davis and his friends have multiple encounters with these spirits but ultimately, no one can save Vernon. He is faced with joining a world whose inhabitants have accepted him and given him what he has longed for – respect, and a coveted role of drummer boy or continue in the world where his father mocks and openly hates him. the jangling hole and it’s residents resonant with the rat-a-tat of the snare drum from the dead drummer boy who needs to be replaced.

    Officer Littlefield who was predominant in the first book – The Red Church – is not as involved as he is always a day late and a dollar short.

    The book had some harsh language but given the demographic it is written about, it only makes it more realistic. The plot and characters were well developed and believable.

    The narrator, Milton Bagby did an excellent job of reading the book. He spoke clearly and concisely.

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  • Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Amber Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
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    (293)
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    (301)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Anthony says: "Love Amber's Narration"
    "I love snarkiness in characters"
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    This was set up in two different editions. The one I listened to was narrated by Amber Benson and I think she did a fabulous job. I actually looked to see if it was only one actor because Amber is so fantastic at voices that I thought another gal may have joined her. Her voice and play on characters is nice because there is not a small amount of characters in this. It would have been very difficult to keep up with everyone had she not done such a superb job with the accents. I actually laughed a few times because the idea of the person matched what her accent was.

    As the book introduces the characters I got a sense of real snarkiness form the two lead gals. Both cops, one locked in and one not. I love snarkiness in characters so this really thrilled me. There is some stuff about both gals that Scalzi does go into later on in the plot but not so much that it drags anything down. I really enjoyed hearing about their backgrounds, although, we learn about the main character, Chris Shane, pretty fast.

    Then there is the sciencey stuff. I totally loved this part until the explanations start rolling. To be honest maybe some of it went over my head but not so much that I couldn't continue with the story line so I just went with it and tried to keep up. It was fantastically done being that John Scalzi had to explain the entire mystery behind what is driving the plot. This was great too because at about 10% I was asking where the story was going to go and shortly thereafter I got my answer. There IS a mystery behind it all but the Hadens have to be explained before the story can really get in that direction.

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  • Hallways in the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By R.C. O'Leary
    • Narrated By Steven Jay Cohen
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    (8)
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    (8)
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    When a veteran cop tries to arrest baseball's home run king, one of them ends up on trial and the other one ends up dead. A routine stakeout is almost over when Dave Mackno decides to pursue a speeding Porsche. It's a decision that will have deadly consequences. That's because the Porsche is being driven by Remo Centrella, baseball's home run king, who is half-drunk and at the tail-end of a steroid cycle that makes him think he's bulletproof.

    Karen says: "Just when you think you know how it will end..."
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    We are introduced to a pair of police detectives, Dave Mackno and his partner, that work a part of town that few want to. Because it contains much of the poorer population and tends to have crime and violence. Right off the bat we get to witness the racism that both certain police have and their assailants and vice versa.

    Then while on a stakeout Mackno decides to investigate a suspicious situation. One that leads into a series of unfortunate events, between Mackno and the best baseball player the town has ever known.

    The characters are so impressively deep and colorful. Each time introduces a new player we are treated to a very interesting recap of what makes them tick. This was the driving force of this story. This was so much more than a whodunnit court room battle. O'Leary made me care for all of the characters, to the point of wanted everyone to win in the end.

    While everything plays out much like I expected, except for the twist at the end, that even got me. Normally I can see those coming a mile away, but not here. I couldn't stop listening. I needed to know more about the characters, much more than what was going to happen next.

    This was my first time listening to Steven Jay Cohen, he didn't disappoint. Even though at first I didn't think I was going to be able to finish the story. Very soft spoken raspy voice, average characterizations. Eventually I started to love the voice and all the subtle nuances, that I do not think everyone would notice. By the end I had to double check that this wasn't actually narrated by one of my favorites, Fred Burman.

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  • PRIMAL Origin: The PRIMAL Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jack Silkstone
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (74)
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    (75)

    Your mission is to build an organization capable of dealing with men…Men who think they are above the law. Men who sow hatred and pain wherever they walk. Men who are evil.” That’s the call to arms for Vance, Ice, Mitch, and Bishop, a team of highly trained operatives who’ve gone rogue and formed PRIMAL, a global vigilante unit. They protect the innocent, punish the guilty, and wage war against terrorism, all in the name of justice. Their first target: the wealthy CEO of a powerful corporation—and a die-hard jihadist supporter—scheming to exterminate Western influence in the United Arab Emirates. Our four warriors challenge his murderous ambitions, turning the dark arts of clandestine ops against a seemingly untouchable evil. Success gives them access to new resources and new targets, and within a matter of days they’ve brought a Russian mafia cartel to its knees.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "would recommend it to anyone that enjoys military"
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    The CIA are working undercover to prevent terror attacks when they find out that they are the next target, rather than pack up and go home, two members of the team decide to find out what is going on and put an end to the attacks. Through this they are approached to set up a team that would fly under the radar, no government controlling them, all they have to do is rid the world of the ’bad guys’ with an unlimited budget, that was an offer they couldn’t refuse. We join Vance & Ice as they set up their ‘PRIMAL’ team and embark on their first mission. I liked the characters, I thought they were written really well and that the author did a fantastic job of setting the scene in his descriptions, it is fast-paced and kept my attention throughout. Overall I think the origin did its job, it has whet my appetite enough to make me want to read more of the series.

    I have only ever listened to one audio book by Dick Hill, so I don’t really have much to compare it to, I thought he did a good job with it, the narration was clear and entertaining, I could follow which character was which with no difficulty at all and I even had a few laugh out loud moments, which was more due to Dick Hill’s narration than the writing. It is not a long audio book, easily listened to in a day. I found that I enjoyed the narration more on the second listen than I did originally, whether that was because it took a while to get used to the narration or because I gave it more attention, I’m not sure. Overall I enjoyed the audio book and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys military thrillers.

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  • The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By William Peter Blatty
    • Narrated By William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (401)
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    (405)

    Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

    Purdy Oaten says: "Add 3 Hours&40 Years&Let Simmer Till Very Dark"
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    Holy crap! I can remember watching this as a kid in the dark. I loved being so freaked out and so scared and curious about the world and if this kind of thing can actually happen. Not much has changed in those twenty years! I'm still really curious and still love being scared, which is why I jumped at the chance to review the audio version of The Exorcist!

    Not only am I excited that this is in audio but I'm super excited that the author is narrating this! He has a really interesting voice that adds to the drama of the story itself. A sense of hypnosis happened while listening to his voice which again, just adds to the zen before the horror starts. I think it's also great when authors narrate their own stories. They are the only ones that know exactly where they want the anticipation to heighten or when to add in a softness that other narrators may not pick up on.

    Overall this was amazing. There are a few differences if you compare the book and the movie. Firstly is being able to get into the thoughts of the characters more. I was able to completely understand how the mother is really into making sure that Reagan is ok after her parent's divorce. She is very into Reagan's life and in the beginning of Reagan's "illness" she is trying to take Regan to everyone she can think of to get Reagan better. She even has a career opportunity that she gives up for Reagan and I don't remember any of that coming through in the movie. Being able to hear how solid and secure she is and then watching her entire self get slowly chipped away was a huge thing that I think wasn't in the movie. Chris is completely flabbergasted and at her wit's end! I could feel her tension in every part of the book, even when it seems like nothing is going on that is that crazy.

    Also, there is Father Carries. He is completely unable to believe in God or Demons which creates another huge amount of tension. He's a normal guy that is just faced with some real questions in life. Something we ALL go through.

    So, I was loving the story, three hours in the intensity goes from ok, this is creepy to HOLY CRAP!! IT has started!

    Going back to how the narration is done I am in love with William Peter Blatty's voice. He has an almost guttural quality, or a scratchiness that totally lends itself to this type of book. At times his voice could be soothing and welcoming or sounding completely insane! He easily transformed between the two. The only downside is that the second narrator, Eliana Shaskan, only had small parts. I think it may have added even more if she voiced more female parts but it didn't really take away from the story because (yet again I'm gushing here) William Peter Blatty was amazing!

    As the story intensifies I did notice quite a few of the scenes were in the movie. I was pleasantly surprised because these became the iconic scenes and statements. Like when Linda Blair's head does a 360, or when the demon is calling Regan a sow. All of the gruesomeness that I loved in the movie was there, and more! It's a lot to pack into a two hour movie but just enough for a book. The intensity does ratchet up quite a bit but there are some down times to the plot. Kinderman is trying to figure out the crime while the priest is trying to be a psychiatrist, and the people in the house are dealing with this gruesome being that used to be a sweet little girl.

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  • Dark Recollections: Adrian's Undead Diary, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (78)
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    For the first time, the Internet phenomenon is now in print! Beheading a zombie isn't easy in a world where you're more afraid of the living than the dead. Adrian Ring's simple life is thrown into chaos when the world is ripped apart by a plague of undead and legions of desperate survivors. Retreating to Auburn Lake Preparatory Academy, Adrian attempts to rescue friends and family on the way while dancing around his impending insanity over who and what he left behind, and evading maniac survivors.

    Mike Naka says: "northern exposure meets zombieland"
    "A man who is more mystery than anything else"
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    The audiobook intro, you know the part that says “…presents Adrian’s Undead…” made me fear that I was in for a home made tinny hollow sounding narration. Thank God that changed as soon as the real book started.

    Dark Recollections is the diary of an everyman named Adrian. A man who is more mystery than anything else and more is revealed throughout the story little by little adding to his interesting character. Told in the journal style that I expected and was happy to hear that it worked very well. This is something, in my mind, that would be difficult to pull off. The author has to remember that it isn’t straight action and what not as many people would leave certain thing like that out of their diary and Philbrook remembered that.

    Adrian is alone through most of the story, except for his pal Mr. Journal. Reconstructing the tasks and events that take place for him to build a secure hideout. The day to day work of clearing infected and gathering supplies.

    There were a few side stories that veered away from Adrian’s point of view and they were welcomed by me. They added more depth the outbreak epidemic.

    While it was slow paced, there are so many different direction the story could go. I want to listen to more and more of Adrian’s adventures and cannot wait for book 2 to come my way.

    I wasn’t sure, right away, if I was going to like James Foster’s performance or not. Mostly because of the opening few words that I mentioned above. But the more I listen the more I was mesmerized.

    Foster sounds like a regular guy, not a news caster or movie preview guy, not polished. Just real and raw storytelling. Good characterizations, great ability to emphasize humor and terror. I will be looking for more from him.

    Audiobook provided for review by the narrator.

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