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  • 2 reviews
  • 33 ratings
  • 100 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014

  • The Cellar: The Beast House Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Richard Laymon
    • Narrated By Therese McLaughlin

    Arguably Laymon's most celebrated and most infamous novel, The Cellar is the first book in his Beast House Chronicles. Only the bravest tourists dare to venture inside the sealed-up Beast House, long rumored to be haunted. But the creature that lives in the cellar is no ghost, and its hungry!

    bet says: "This title should have a 'GRAPHIC' warning!!!"
    "Strong story, uneven performance"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There feels like there's some action missing. Laymon's Beast House series is a reasonably well-known, grim and gruesome set of stories, but this introductory story feels like it skips over some crucial parts. Of course, given the unreliable nature of the performance / production, it's not easy to say if this is an actual story criticism, or a result of the production.

    How could the performance have been better?

    The performer's voice work was good, but the pacing of the performance was very rushed, leaving no breathing room to let any suspense or tension build. But much worse than that, obvious editing errors. At a minimum, more than one instance of repeated lines, and there certainly FEELS like there are moments that were left out of this final product even though the story is unabridged. It's hard to tell if this is a result of the production or the story, but the fact that the production has enough known shortcomings to make this a question speaks to the overall lack of quality of the audio itself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Johnstown Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

    Susan K Donley says: "A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel"
    Where does The Johnstown Flood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If it's not the absolute best, it's certainly a contender.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story unfolds in an excellent balance. It's reminiscent of a three act play: the beginning act introduces the potential peril of the South Fork Dam and the folly of its construction, Act II sees the dam break and the artificial lake sweep through the valley bringing with it horrific destruction, and Act III--perhaps the most interesting, believe it or not--provides an excellent presentation and examination of the aftermath. This is stunning, engaging history.

    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Herrmann couldn't possibly be any better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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