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Barbara

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  • The Red Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Caitlin R. Kiernan
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens, Katherine Kellgren, Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    Sarah Crowe left Atlanta, and the remnants of a tumultuous relationship, to live alone in an old house in rural Rhode Island. Within its walls she discovers an unfinished manuscript written by the house's former tenant - a parapsychologist obsessed with the ancient oak growing on a desolate corner of the property. And as the gnarled tree takes root in her imagination, Sarah risks her health and her sanity to unearth a revelation planted centuries ago.

    Kristen says: "Worth it for the quality of writing"
    "Not too shabby"
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    Would you try another book from Caitlin R. Kiernan and/or the narrators?

    Yes, I might.


    What other book might you compare The Red Tree to and why?

    I'm not sure there's one that compares exactly. It has a "falling down the rabbit hole" surreal feel to it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story about the woman on the cliff.


    Could you see The Red Tree being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not scary (I feel like I write that a lot about "horror" books lately *sigh), but it is interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn: Xenogenesis, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Aldrich Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is "awakened", she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever.

    Christopher says: "Creepy alien sex is suprisingly interesting..."
    "Wow..."
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    Where does Dawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dawn ranks up into my top 5 books of all time. I read a lot of books, sci-fi, fantasy and horror. I have been through so many different authors that it's mind boggling. Not one can I say I am what you'd call a "fan." I would buy two maybe three books by a single author and lose interest. They eventually become unrelatable and repetitive to me. I am a very hard to please book fan... extremely hard to please. I have just discovered Octavia E. Butler last week. I have already read /listened to four of her books. For me, the way she writes is a way I can relate to. I see myself in her characters. I listen to her "Forwards" and "Afterwards" and I am right there with her. I've never had that with an author before. She is a real literary gem and more than deserving of every award she won. At least, in my opinion.


    What other book might you compare Dawn to and why?

    I can't really compare the story to another book. It's more like a very interesting "Twilight Zone" episode.


    Have you listened to any of Aldrich Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first listen to Aldrich Barrett. She is Amazing. Her voice is soothing yet to the point and quietly intense when it needs to be. Her character voices are easily distinguishable. She has no overly cartoony voices. She doesn't try to have a "male" voice, yet it comes across clearly that she's speaking as a male character. No obnoxious lisp, gross popping saliva like sound some other readers have. I would Love to hear a book read by her coupled with Tim Curry.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The main characters revulsion and acceptance at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    Give one of Octavia's books a try. I rarely rave about authors, you can see this from my other reviews. If you like stories that reply more on the actual story to be interesting, psychologically complex, then Octavia's writing is for you. If you Only need 6 hours of someone bashing in skulls to entertain you and scare you (Not that I am opposed to such books, they just aren't very.... scary, kind of boring and most try too hard to be shocking that they fail horribly), you will not have the intellect to understand the real horror she writes about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By Paula Slade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    They have the beginnings of a perfect family. A husband, a wife, a baby on the way. But something will stop them from being happy as they move into their new house: the power of the undead that roam the halls of their home. The demons that have come to claim them. The darkness that seeks to destroy them.

    Michaela M. Nelson says: "New Owners Beware"
    "Predictable"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change how quickly one is able to figure out what is going on, drag out the suspense.


    Has The Haunted turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nope


    What does Paula Slade bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think she did a fine job of reading the story. There's a few parts where the book calls for an adult to talk "baby talk" to another adult. It's really friggen obnoxious. I literally was grinding my teeth to make it through those parts. Thankfully, it only happens 4 times. I think the author has a nice voice, then again deep voices sound more pleasant to me than high pitched ones, so it's a personal preference. At least she doesn't have a lisp like some unfortunate books I've wasted credits on.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This books plot has been in several movies. "I see dead people."


    Any additional comments?

    The story is interesting and the reader does an ok job. It's not scary, the plot has been done numerous times (I mean NUMEROUS times), but if you have a spare credit to throw about it's not a bad story. From other reviews I was expecting to be scared out of my wits. That didn't happen. I suppose if you're sheltered from horror stories this might scare you. For a veteran horror fan, this will just make you think, "Oh.. this story again" as you search for a scarier book to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New Neighbor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ray Garton
    • Narrated By Ginger Beechwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The Pritchard family is quite content in their home on Deerfield Avenue...until Lorelle Dupree moves in across the street. The new neighbor is astonishingly beautiful...friendly...and seductive. Each member of the Pritchard family surrenders to her advances and Lorelle's influence changes them in shocking ways. Soon everyone on Deerfield is changing. And then the killings start. The new neighbor is not interested in borrowing a cup of sugar or using your weed-whacker. She's more interested in your soul.

    Barbara says: "Shame on this author."
    "Shame on this author."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is for anyone who, like the author, hates people who are over weight and finds it perfectly alright to insult them. You can describe an over weight person without using the words "flabby, sickening, jiggling fat rolls" etc.


    What could Ray Garton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Keep his personal feelings about over weight people to himself.


    Have you listened to any of Ginger Beechwood’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope, I have not, nor will I listen to another.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It had none. It was written as if by a pre-teen. The story would have been better if it was written by an adult.


    Any additional comments?

    Authors like this are disgusting. I love horror books and "out of the box" kind of stories, however I draw the line at authors who put their disgusting prejudices in their stories, be it racism, sexism, age-ism or size-ism.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (503)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "Just couldn't get into it"
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    What disappointed you about We Need to Talk About Kevin?

    It was just really, truly boring.


    What could Lionel Shriver have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It needed more than just a woman complaining that she's single. I get it, it sucks. Move on!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Coleen Marlo?

    I think she did a fair job. I've heard better and worse.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed in this book. I was expecting something more. Ah well, you win some you lose some.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paranormal Intruder: The True Story of a Family in Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Caroline Mitchell
    • Narrated By Shiromi Arserio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    An innocent family finds itself completely helpless against the sudden onset of paranormal activity in their quiet rural home. A knife embedded in a kitchen cupboard, crockery smashed by invisible hands, and blood-chilling growls emit from thin air. Caroline and her husband Neil search for answers as they try to protect their family from the unseen entity that seems determined to rip them apart. The biggest question looms over them like a dark cloud ... who is going to help us?

    Restless says: "Impressive"
    "Nice Narration but that's about it"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who thinks Paranormal Activity 1-962 were scary films would enjoy this book. Anyone else will find it boring.


    Has Paranormal Intruder turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This book hasn't turned me off the genre, it's just yet another in a long line of so called scary books that falls extremely short of being scary.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Shiromi Arserio?

    I would. She has a beautiful and relaxing voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Ummm.. no. None at all.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't believe the hype. This book is not scary or even quasi entertaining.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Mothman Prophecies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John A. Keel
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    West Virginia, 1966. For thirteen months the town of Point Pleasant is gripped by a real-life nightmare that culminates in a tragedy that makes headlines around the world. Strange occurrences and sightings, including a bizarre winged apparition that becomes known as the Mothman, trouble this ordinary American community. And journalist John Keel, arriving to investigate the freakish events, soon finds himself an integral part of an eerie and unfathomable mystery.

    Marc says: "Smart, compelling, disturbing"
    "Not what I expected, in a bad way"
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    What did you like best about The Mothman Prophecies? What did you like least?

    The stories are interesting enough. The narration is pretty good.

    The thing that bugs me the most is the Endless comments that basically is the author saying, "Look how important I am! Seriously. I'm that important. Everyone knows who I am, even people not interested in UFOs. I really am kind of a big deal!" I was kind of able to ignore the constant patting self on the back to get through the first half. The second half and this issue gets worse. This probably would have been a great book on "What ifs" and "Maybe" but for the endless ego stroking.


    Has The Mothman Prophecies turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just the author.


    Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but he does a very good job reading Keen's ego stroking. I would love to hear him read a better book.


    Did The Mothman Prophecies inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, never read or bother listening to anything from Keen again.


    Any additional comments?

    You wrote a book, Mr. Keen and that's great. Not many folks have written and had published any sort of book. With that said, get over yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yah-Ko

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jamie Sutliff
    • Narrated By Jamie Sutliff
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This adult horror story is based on northeastern Native American beliefs about such magical creatures as skinwalkers and shapeshifters. "Yah-ko" is Algonquian for "evil little men," goblin-like creatures that can shape-shift into animals. A Mohawk shaman describes them as the spawn of Gan-Nos-Guah, the human flesh eater. The Yah-ko are at war with the Nen-Us-Yoks, or "spirit dwarf people," the spawn of Oh-ke, the Earth Mother. Accurate research and a compelling story line make this book an entertaining, scary read.

    Barbara says: "Pleasantly surprised."
    "Pleasantly surprised."
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    Would you listen to Yah-Ko again? Why?

    Ya, probably.


    What other book might you compare Yah-Ko to and why?

    I'm not really sure. It's kind of an "evil gnomes vs humans & owls" kind of story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When someone starts to change.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Ya, out of curiosity.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was fairly good. It's not scary, but interesting. It lost something with the introduction of immortal owls. It's not a horrible book, it's pretty creative. Some books I've listened to and forgot the entire book the next day because they were so boring. This is not one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen: Descendants Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Somers
    • Narrated By Duncan White
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    A heavenly war rages among the Fallen that threatens to tear Victorian era England asunder. As the Descendants of these angelic warriors take sides in the escalating conflict, Brody West arrives with his father from America, only to find that his role in this firestorm is far greater than he ever could have imagined!

    The Descendants Saga answers Where the creatures of mankind's myths and legends really came from...and their plans to subjugate humanity and dominate the world!

    Jase says: "Nice, and good to have a book with Christian tones"
    "Too preachy."
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    Would you try another book from James Somers and/or Duncan White?

    Nope. Never.


    What was most disappointing about James Somers’s story?

    The entire thing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Duncan White’s performances?

    Nope.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Maybe to throw on a camp fire to tell an interesting story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (381)

    The entire human race balances on the razor's edge of annihilation, beset by an enemy that turns our own bodies against us, that changes normal people into psychopaths or transforms them into nightmares. To some, Doctor Margaret Montoya is a hero-a brilliant scientist who saved the human race from an alien intelligence determined to exterminate all of humanity. To others, she's a monster - a mass murderer single-handedly responsible for the worst atrocity ever to take place on American soil. All Margaret knows is that she's broken. The blood of a million deaths is on her hands.

    Shawna M says: "A Good Ending to the Series"
    "Not as good as the other books"
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    What disappointed you about Pandemic?

    The plot was just one dimensional. The other books had depth and good plots. This one seemed like he wanted to finish the story so he dragged out an ending he could have just tagged onto the last book in one chapter.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Scott Sigler again?

    Yes, I would.


    What three words best describe Phil Gigante’s performance?

    He was alright. I've heard better, I've heard worse.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Umm... no. None I hate to say.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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