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Barbara

GREENVILLE, WI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 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
    (548)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (476)

    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
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    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 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Mothman Prophecies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John A. Keel
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    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
  • 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
    (125)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    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
  • 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.

    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
    (342)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (322)

    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
  • The Books of Blood, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Clive Barker
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Dick Hill, Peter Berkrot, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (87)

    Weaving tales of the everyday world transformed into an unrecognizable place, where reason no longer exists and logic ceases to explain the workings of the universe, Clive Barker provides the stuff of nightmares in packages too tantalizing to resist. This first volume contains the short stories : "The Book of Blood," "The Midnight Meat Train," "The Yattering and Jack," "Sex, Death, and Starshine," and "In the Hills, the Cities,"

    Steven Savile says: "Everyone's a Book of Blood"
    "Ehh.. it just wasn't there"
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    Would you try another book from Clive Barker and/or the narrators?

    Maybe


    Would you ever listen to anything by Clive Barker again?

    If it was free.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    The narrator was fine.


    Any additional comments?

    The stories are your run of the mill "trying to be scary and shocking but failing horribly" kind of stories. Granted, I don't get scared easily, but I expected more from Barker.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary's Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ira Levin
    • Narrated By Mia Farrow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    She is a housewife: young, healthy, blissfully happy. He is an actor: charismatic and ambitious. The spacious, sun-filled apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side is their dream home, a dream that turns into an unspeakable nightmare. Enter the chilling world of Ira Levin, where terror is as near as your new neighbors and where evil wears the most innocent face of all.

    Michael E. Wallster says: "Here Be Witches"
    "I was hoping for more..."
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    What did you love best about Rosemary's Baby?

    I love the build up to the ending, I also love the ending as well as book 2.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it puts a mothers loyalty to whatever she gives birth to into question.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


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

    No, not really.


    Any additional comments?

    While I've never found this story to be scary, it is interesting. However, I'd heard from people that the book was different from the movie (and the sad remake), it really isn't any different. I was hoping that like the book "The Exorcist" it would shine a little more light on the story, it doesn't. So if you enjoyed the film, you'll like the book.

    Mia Farrow is an amazing narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abandoned in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Boyle
    • Narrated By Roy Wells
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Abandoned in the Dark is a collection of unnerving stories which are grounded in reality, journeys that promise to keep you awake at night and get your heart pounding. “Abandoned in the Dark” and “Close Call,” among other similar stories collected here, delve into our universal feeling of dread and will ruthlessly steal your breath away. “Behind the Curtain,” a uniquely unsettling sexual tale ridden with disturbing undertones and unforgettable imagery, is certain to haunt parents in particular.

    Barbara says: "Should have listened to the sample first"
    "Should have listened to the sample first"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one.


    What was most disappointing about David Boyle’s story?

    None of them were scary.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was like having Carl Sagen, whom I loved but spoke very, very slowly and nasally, on horse tranquilizers reading you the dictionary.


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

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I'm beginning to think the folks who hire these narrators don't bother to listen to them before they record them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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