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Katherine

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San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Soulstorm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chet Williamson
    • Narrated By Chet Williamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Three men are offered a million dollars each if they will spend a month in an isolated Pennsylvania mansion, The Pines. There they will confront madness, murder, and the ultimate evil – so that their billionaire host might find the key to life beyond the grave. But as they learn, dead souls dwell in The Pines. And death is just the beginning…

    Leah says: "This is a 'Must read'"
    "Sexist and Homophobic"
    Overall

    Lovers of “Haunting of Hill House” and “Hell House” should only read this book if they are in for a good laugh, followed by revulsion. At best the writing style is unpracticed and inept. The characters are paper-thin, too many clichés, and the plot is ultimately predictable. Also, every strait character (except for the cop) is a closet rapist. All of them make at least one reference to having their way with, if not forcing themselves, upon a female…with many of them actually making the attempt at least once. As well, the author needlessly decided to add gay bashing into the mix. The main character is a homosexual. The house makes him strait and he ultimately decides he likes it better that way, as if homosexuality was a disability that a person had to overcome in order to function in society.
    If I had known about these elements, I would not have purchased this book.

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Earthbound

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    David and Ellen Cooper came to the lonely beachside cottage in hopes of rekindling their troubled marriage. Yet they are not alone on their second honeymoon. Marianna, a beautiful and enigmatic stranger, comes to visit David whenever Ellen is away. Who is Marianna, and where has she come from? Even as he succumbs to her seductive charms, David realizes that Marianna is far more than a threat to his marriage, for her secrets lie deep in the past and beyond the grave.

    Javier says: "Definitely not Matheson's best"
    "Not his best, but still enjoyable"
    Overall

    The story is an interesting exploration of what drives a man to be unfaithful. Lots and lots of inner monologue and self exploration. The ghosts activities struck me as a pale rehashing of the haunting shown in Hell House. The events of the haunting manufactured to continue the self exploration of the main character rather than drive the plot. The main character, David, is the only one who is developed and has drives and wishes. Everybody else is there to give him reasons to act. Still an enjoyable story.

    The Narrator, Bronson Pinchot, is not very good. inflection misplaced constantly and some of the fight scenes are read very stiffly, as if he wasn't sure they were really shouting at each other at the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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