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Kelly Sue Plamp

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  • Magic Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Beth MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    With Magic Terror Peter Straub, best selling author of The Talisman (with Stephen King), has written one of the most imaginatively unsettling collections in years. The terrain of these extraordinary stories is marked by brutality, heartbreak, despair, wonder, and an unexpected humor that allows empathy to blossom within the most unlikely contexts.

    Plus, hear Peter Straub in a recent Fresh Air interview.

    Toivo says: "I call this pretty good"
    "Great Stories, Bad Formatting"
    Overall

    The stories in this book are terrific -- creepy and disturbing. However, the way they are put together without any break or announcement when one story ends another begins makes it very difficult to listen to. I made several attempts and finally looked up the stories on the internet to figure out how many stories there were and what they were about, and finally was able to separate them.

    100 points for the author, -10 for Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life Among the Serial Killers: Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Murderers

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Helen Morrison, Harold Goldberg
    • Narrated By Helen Morrison
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than 80 serial killers around the world. What she has learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious killers known to man.

    P. Minor says: "Boring reader,boring writing"
    "An Interesting Theory"
    Overall

    One you get past Dr. Morrison's bragging about her life and lifestyle, this is a very interesting and detailed study of serial killers. Her reading style is bit stiff, but not difficult for listening. Following Dr. Morrison's experiences and watching them build into her theory about serial killer behavior is interesting and educational.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Marc Cashman, Erik Davies, and others
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (283)

    Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

    Dominique says: "True Horror -- Not for the faint of heart, stomach"
    "Unfortunately Limited Vocabulary"
    Overall

    I can tolerate foul and/or crude language in fiction -- even Stephen King at his worst is okay ("Christine"), and, although I hate to give my age away, I even truly enjoyed "A Boy and His Dog" by Harlan Ellison. Why? Because in these stories the language generally fit the characters who uttered it, and became a believable part of the story.

    I sought out this book because the cover, the description, and the reviews made it seem an interesting read. And I love ghost stories. However, I was really disappointed at Palahniuk's use of language. It served no purpose other than to distract from the story. I was unable to get past chapter 1 without just turning it off in frustration.

    Mr. Palahniuk apparently is overly absorbed with backsides, and unfortunately only appears to know one word with which to identify said portion of anatomy. I prefer my authors to possess a bit broader vocabulary.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (1724)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (702)

    Stephen King's second novel, Salem's Lot, is the story of a mundane town under siege from the forces of darkness. Considered one of the most terrifying vampire novels ever written, it cunningly probes the shadows of the human heart and the insular evils of small-town America.

    Eileen says: "Classic King on audio - FINALLY"
    "Okay for what it is"
    Overall

    To quote a character from the movie "Sister Act II" -- "It's okay for what it is, but it ain't all that." This book is a bit dated, and pulls in material from several other vampire stories, but it is fun to listen to if you want a rather light-hearted remake of a modern-day vampire. While not comparable to Anne Rice, King at least makes the story interesting, although a bit self-indulgent.

    If you're looking for light summer reading, you have quite a bit of time to spend, and you like modern gothic fiction, this is a perfect book.

    I cannot say I liked it, or I didn't like it. I liked the character development, and I enjoyed the characters. I didn't care for the plot; it was just a bit too contrived and tried too hard to mimic Stoker. But over all I enjoyed it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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