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Jim Mastertone

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Texas | Member Since 2012

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  • Real Ghost Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William T. Stead
    • Narrated By Scott Woodside
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    It is an offence to some to take a ghost too seriously; to others it is a still greater offence not to take ghosts seriously enough. One set of objections can be played off against the other; neither objection has a very solid foundation. The time has surely come when the fair claim of ghosts to the impartial attention and careful observation of mankind should no longer be ignored.

    Jim Mastertone says: "Not a collection of ghost stories at all"
    "Not a collection of ghost stories at all"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are doing research on paranormal phenomena in general.


    What was most disappointing about William T. Stead’s story?

    It wasn't a story at all, but a collection of essays on all things supernatural. Not a bad collection at that, but a completely misleading title.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ronald Kelly
    • Narrated By J. Rodney Turner
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    From out of a shadowy backwoods hollow echoes a dark threat from the past, nearly a century lost and forgotten. The rural town of Harmony, Tennessee, possessed a disturbing secret; a secret so ancient that most of its residents were completely unaware of it. Even the last survivors of a vigilante raid long ago have filed the tragic events of that autumn night away, totally unaware of the evil that remains, dormant, but forever patient, among the tall pines and thick-leaved kudzu of a place known only as Hell Hollow.

    Tabitha says: "AMAZING Southern-fried, coming-of-age horror tale"
    "Two many themes"
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    What would have made Hell Hollow better?

    I got the distinct feeling this book was being written by a tag team of different writers. It shifts from young adult, to soft porn, to adult murder, and finally to supernatural. Hard to stick with.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the House of Mirrors

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Tim Meyer
    • Narrated By The Soliloquy Man
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    When Ritchie Naughton, amateur photographer, stumbles upon a house in the woods, strange things start happening. His camera captures images that should not exist, things that cannot be explained. Soon, he'll realize that the people of Red River, New Jersey, are in terrible danger. A darkness grows within the house, threatening them all.

    Fernando Zepeda says: "Entertaining, Dark & Fun to Listen too!"
    "This is a novel of supernatural horror?"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm an hour and a half into this book, and have yet to encounter any trace of the supernatural. You don't have to hit the reader with a ghost in the first 5 minutes, but you'll lose him in 30. Struggling to stay with this. Hoping for a payoff. I'll update my review at that point.


    Any additional comments?

    "His words tugged on my empathy like an angry puppeteer." (Favorite metaphor!)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Supernaturals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (623)

    Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy's investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy, and destroyed his career. Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success, she needs help from the one man who has come face-to-face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure. Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with it. But Summer Place has other plans....

    Michelle says: "The Audible equivalent of a SyFy movie."
    "Above average"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    While I worship Shirley Jackson's "Haunting of Hill House" too, I think there was a bit too much direct reference to it here. The book ends forcefully, and once into the denouement, it flowed well, but the bickering conflict amongst and between the main characters leading up to it was overworked. Still, good ghost story fiction, a rare thing today. Also, in the same thread as Jackson's work, I think the greatest fear is in our minds - what might be behind the door, instead of seeing what it actually is. Invariably, I lose interest in a story or movie that shows too much of "the bear" as they say in the UK. The scene in Jackson's short book where the door bends inward, or the door knob turns is terrifying because you don't know what's on the other side, and would have been far less chilling were the door to open and reveal the ghost.
    I'll be honest, though. I think my opinion is in the minority. Judging by the content of modern horror, folks seem to want to see graphically and explicitly what is behind the door.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David L. Golemon? Why or why not?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Floating Staircase

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ronald Malfi
    • Narrated By Monty Lewis Sauerwein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Following the success of his latest novel, Travis Glasgow and his wife Jodie buy their first house in the seemingly idyllic western Maryland town of Westlake. At first, everything is picture perfect—from the beautiful lake behind the house to the rebirth of the friendship between Travis and his brother, Adam, who lives nearby. Travis also begins to overcome the darkness of his childhood and the guilt he’s harbored since his younger brother’s death—a tragic drowning veiled in mystery that has plagued Travis since he was 13.

    Jan says: "A Little Horror, A Little Mystery, A Little Ghost"
    "Interesting, worth the download"
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    Would you try another book from Ronald Malfi and/or Monty Lewis Sauerwein?

    Yes, I would.


    Did Monty Lewis Sauerwein do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, although the female voices were a bit distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    This book falls almost into the category of murder mystery rather than haunting, although it is both, really.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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