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Delilah

Dissonant Muse

Boston, MA | Member Since 2013

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  • 44 reviews
  • 90 ratings
  • 430 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2015
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  • Endurance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jack Kilborn
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (317)

    The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location, especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor. With the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone....

    Terri says: "WOW.......GREAT BOOK!!!"
    "Grotesque Genre Gem Brilliantly Narrated"
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    Kilborn has the unique ability to combine gorgeously horrific visual imagery, antagonists, and setting with consistent and enthralling action and character development. Too often, authors simply can't deliver any semblance of plot within the genre of graphic or dark thrillers, and never have the elements come together so well as in Endurance. The setting alone was so wonderfully flushed out that an entire novel could have been written about coming across the area later on - even without the deformed and twisted inhabitants that brought it to life (and death! Muhahaha!). Christopher Lane delivered the performance of a lifetime in this book, I listened to it twice just to marvel at his vocal characterizations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deja Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (497)

    It's June in Montreal, and Dr. Temperance Brennan, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend in beautiful Quebec City. First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. The remains are probably old and only of archeological interest, but Tempe must make sure they're not a case for the police. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab.

    Kay says: "Mixed"
    "Fans of "Bones" might be disappointed"
    Overall
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    This is a pretty cut and dry detective story and mystery. Those of us who have come to love the Temperance Brennan from the television series won't find her here, however. There's little resemblance to the quirky, rational forensic anthropologist we see on television and the character as she was originally penned. The Tempe from the novel is a divorced recovering alcoholic with a grown daughter when we meet her, and while she's a likeable enough protege, I was really hoping for the internal monologues of the character from the TV series, and it's simply a different person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Free

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (639)

    Leo Graf was just your average highly efficient engineer: mind your own business, fix what's wrong, and move on to the next job. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat, where a group of humanoids had been secretly, commercially bioengineered for working in free fall. Could he just stand there and allow the exploitation of hundreds of helpless children merely to enhance the bottom line of a heartless mega-corporation?

    Kelly Howard says: "if you want the books in order..."
    "Sci Fi Sociology"
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    Reminiscent of Heinlein, this deals with the personhood of the genetically engineered. A bit dated and heavy-handed, but good solid work in the genre. I'm surprised it's a jumping off point for a series, it didn't have that feel to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Apples

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jonathan Carroll
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Vincent Ettrich, a genial philanderer, discovers he has died and come back to life, but he has no idea why, or what the experience was like. Gradually, he discovers he was brought back by his true love, Isabelle, because she is pregnant with their child - a child who, if raised correctly, will play a crucial role in saving the universe.

    Jason Coffin says: "Thank you Neil!!! Carroll is my new favorite."
    "Astoundingly Resonant"
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    I found this book to be philosophically resonant in a manner that I was certainly not expecting from the genre. There is a story, yes, but the elements that really stayed with me when I finished were not plot based but thematic. Life and death and everything in between.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coldheart Canyon: A Hollywood Ghost Story

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Clive Barker
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Hollywood has made a star of Todd Pickett. But time is catching up with him. After plastic surgery goes awry, Todd needs somewhere to hide away for a few months while his scars heal. As Todd settles into a mansion in Coldheart Canyon - a corner of the city so secret it doesn't even appear on a map - Tammy Lauper, the president of his fan club, comes to the City of Angels determined to solve the mystery of Todd's disappearance.

    april franklin says: "Soft Porn"
    "Masterpiece"
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    How rare it is to cry, laugh and be legitimately aroused all over the course of one narrative! What a rollercoaster and I enjoyed every minute of this peculiar Hollywood ghost story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2426)
    Performance
    (1735)
    Story
    (1755)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    Steven L says: "Good Book But Missing Something"
    "Like A Thousand Years of Solitude, for geeks"
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    This book made me question my decision not to breed. A multi-generational journey into the sociology of genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Homicidal

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Paul Alexander
    • Narrated By Paul Christy
    Overall
    (889)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (785)

    Homicidal is the story of the almost 25-year serial-murder crime spree of Lonnie Franklin Jr., who is alleged to have killed at least 10 women in Los Angeles, if not more. Nicknamed by the media the Grim Sleeper, because there appeared to be a 13-year lull in the killings, Franklin met most of the women through random encounters that ended in murder. Significant blunders by the Los Angeles Police Department helped Franklin avoid arrest for years.

    Ian says: "Why was this written?"
    "Skip It"
    Overall
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    There are so many quality true crime works out there that do not have audio versions; I'm certainly perplexed why such a mediocre one was recorded. You can learn more about this case - which *is* quite compelling - with an afternoon of perusing crime library sites online. This work doesn't assemble the story in a fulfilling or worthwhile manner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7815)
    Performance
    (7214)
    Story
    (7233)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "The Sequel We Waited Decades For"
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    Those of us who have shared lifetimes of reading and re-reading Stephen's The Shining have eagerly awaited it's long overdue sequel, Doctor Sleep. The Shining was written when Stephen King himself was suffering with addiction problems and is often seen as an allegory for substance abuse. Doctor Sleep, written by an author many years sober, casts The Shining's protagonist, now grown, as a recovering addict who has to deal with the demons of his drug-addled past while he faces the demons that King pens for him. This book was worth waiting for, and the audio version features an explanation and insight read by King that is most certainly worth the price of admission.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • False Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (312)

    It's a fear more paralyzing than falling. More terrifying than absolute darkness. More horrifying than anything you can imagine. It's the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you run...no matter where you hide. It's the fear of yourself. It's real. It can happen to you. And facing it can be deadly.

    Dohna says: "Koontz did it again......."
    "Definitely Among the Best Koontz Books"
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    The premise of this novel nears the precipice of my suspension of disbelief but that doesn't spoil the story; those who are familiar with neuroscience and psychiatry might enjoy certain aspects of this novel for their plausibility alone. It's not a horror novel, but a thriller based on the self-deception our minds can be capable of spinning. Koontz writes psychiatric conditions skin-crawlingly well; if you've seen or experienced severe phobias or obsessive compulsive processes you'll recognize that right away. The conditions woven throughout this book are real, and that alone reminds you that horror is all around us.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3615)
    Performance
    (3352)
    Story
    (3354)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Outstanding and Scary in New and Terrifying Ways"
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    The wonderfully crafted dark beauty of the setting in this book may inspire you to channel your inner tortured artist and paint the Christmas Town of your own nightmares. A five star horror novel for sure; Joe Hill has just ensured that I will pick up everything he pens from here on out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2350)
    Performance
    (1213)
    Story
    (1210)

    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"
    "If You Can Be Spooked, This'll Do the Trick"
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    Joe Hill does not disappoint with this one. It's a bit of a ghost story trope, not a unique premise, but the oldest tales, told well, have longevity for a reason. I was particularly impressed with the fact that the protagonists were realistically flawed to the point where I didn't *like* any of them (just as in real life... if we knew one another's inner selves there'd be a lot more misanthropes) and I had to wonder what I'd do next in their unfortunate, haunted shoes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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