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Kim Venatries

There are few things better than a good story well told!

Member Since 2010

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  • Spandau Phoenix

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (215)

    The Spandau Diary -- what was in it? Why did the secret intelligence agencies of every major power want it? Why was a brave and beautiful woman kidnapped to get it? Why did a chain of deception and violent death lash out across the globe, from survivors of the Nazi past to warriors in this new conflict about to explode? Why did the world's entire history of World War II have to be rewritten as the future hung over a nightmare abyss?

    Corinne says: "Excellent and intense"
    "Well Told Story of Intrigue and Suspense"
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    Greg Iles is a wonderful story teller and this book is a thrilling tale of espionage, heart-stopping suspense and action. This well-told story spans more than 50 years. It centers on the real identity of Rudolf Hess and whether members of the Royal family plotted with Hitler to save England during WWII. It all begins with a policeman innocently finding notes left by a recently deceased elderly prisoner in Spandau prison.

    I would have given it a full 5 stars but as has been pointed out by other reviewers, the story has a few too many plot lines and characters than it needs. There are Nazis, neo Nazis, KGB, all manner of spies, police and secret police (Russian, British, South African, Israeli and American), assassins, Arab terrorists, Cuban and Columbian mercenaries, nuclear weapons, arms dealers, drug dealers ???. This shouldn???t stop anyone from enjoying the ride; just know that it???s going to be a wild one.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Town: Wayward Pines, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town's creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond.

    justin says: "TWO/THREE star review within 3 hours ? RIDICULOUS"
    "Awww man, it’s over!"
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    I am sorry to hear this series come to an end. If you’ve read the first two books in the Pines series you must hear how it all ends. A memorable, action-packed and thought-provoking story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animosity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By James Newman
    • Narrated By James Fouhey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Andrew Holland is a best-selling horror writer. While none of Andy's neighbors has any interest in reading his macabre books, they're pleased to have a celebrity author living among them. Then, one morning, Andy finds the body of a child several hundred feet from his front door. A little girl who has been raped and murdered. And everything changes on Poinsettia Lane. Andy's neighbors turn on him. Their animosity is subtle at first: a dirty look from across the street, a friendly wave that is not reciprocated.

    E. says: "A powerful story enhanced by a talented narrator"
    "Much Ado About Horror"
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    This is a good time-burner that will hold your attention while asking you to suspend quite a bit of logic. I know there are people out there who run the scale from literary snobs to book burners, but the main character in Animosity manages to find an entire community willing to commit murder because they suspect someone of a crime primarily, or at least in part, because he writes horror stories. That was a bit of a stretch for me. True, I am a fan of the genre but how could anyone think that all horror writers are devil worshiping child sex perverts? Perhaps I am naively underestimating people’s capacity for stupid? As I said, people do actually burn/ban books so maybe there really could be such a community out there, but this story did not make me believe it.

    James Fouhey is a good narrator but not right for this book. The voices and overall tempo did not convey a small southern town. Overall Animosity seemed somewhat self-indulgent but a good listen (3.7) and worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan: Event Group Adventure, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    The ships of the world are under attack, attacks so sudden and vicious that many ships are lost without a single distress call. Enter the Event Group, the most secret organization in US history. Armed with proof that history is repeating itself, the Group finds themselves in the grasp of an insane genius straight out of the pages of Jules Verne.

    Kim Venatries says: "Leviathan: A Classic Journey!"
    "Leviathan: A Classic Journey!"
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    This exhilarating re-imagining of the Jules Verne and Alexandre Dumas classics, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Count of Monte Cristo, will keep you glued to your head phones. It is a fast paced and entertaining story spanning 150 years and culminating with an Event team underground and underwater nuclear face-off. David Golemon has hit one out of the park! And Richard Poe does not miss a beat with his performance. I highly recommend this. Just one small word of caution: It helps if you have read at least one of the previous books in the series to know some of the characters’ back stories. I would recommend Event, the first in the Event Group Thriller Series. Enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Keith C. Blackmore
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (422)

    "Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

    Ian says: "Kind of Undersells Book 2"
    "Not Sure About This Series?"
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    I got this after listening to the Mountain Man and I get why the reviews for The Hospital are on the average side. In the Hospital you get a taste of who Gus is but just a taste. Do yourself a favor and get The Mountain Man. You'll get to know Gus better and enjoy Mr. Blackmore's fine story telling skills. I really liked that story and I am looking forward to more of the Mountain Man.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mountain Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Keith C. Blackmore
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (171)

    Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Hilarious, Serious, Heartfelt Zombie Survival"
    "You Will Not Regret a Trip Up this Mountain"
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    If you are a fan of the Walking Dead, you should not hesitate to get this. Everything you like about the WD is condensed in this well written story. The main character is no superhero or ex-military know-it all. He’s an every-man, trying to stay alive and sane in the aftermath. The overall tone of the story is neither too dark nor too light although there are moments of both.

    Even if you don’t like zombie stories I think you will find this a pleasurable listen.

    As another reviewer said, it’s better to read this before The Hospital even though the events in The Hospital precede The Mountain Man. You’ll understand the main character, Gus better. Keith Blackmore is a very good writer and I look forward to more from him. And R.C. Bray did a superb job narrating, especially with the voices. I hope they team up again for another trip up the mountain.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Shady Palms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Allen Dusk
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (278)

    A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls. When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can't get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.

    Bill says: "What a fun ride!"
    "Lots of Shady. No Pines."
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    I almost passed on this gem of a story. Unable to get a handle on what “kind” of story it is, I was going to skip it. I’m so glad I did not. Big thanks to other reviewers who convinced me to give it a try. It was a suspenseful, entertaining trip to a creepy place. Yes, there is horror, but it’s the characters that make this a solid listen. One character in particular, Sanjay, the proprietor of a motel that you really don’t want to check in to, is one of the most interesting and complex characters I’ve “met” in a long while. Mr. Dusk does a good job of melding the crazy goings on at the Shady Pines into a unique, gripping story I was sorry to hear end. I'd give it a strong "R" rating for all the sex stuff and some gore. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to more from the author.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    You wake up in the morning to discover that you have been sealed into your home. The doors are locked, the windows are barred. There's no way out. A madman is playing a deadly game with you and your family. A game with no rules, only consequences. So what do you do? Do you run? Do you hide? Or do you die?

    Mary says: "I love this book!"
    "Deadly Secrets!"
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    What did you love best about Strangers?

    The story did not get mired in relationship drama although a good deal of the book is ultimately about a very dysfunctional family in a very dire situation. The pacing is fast and the tension will keep you listening. I thought the ending was a bit weak but overall I recommend it to suspense and horror fans.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plague

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Buzz Bernard
    • Narrated By Drew Commins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In only a matter of days, 9/11 and the destruction of the Twin Towers will be rivaled by a lone-wolf terrorist attack on America. Atlanta is targeted as Ground Zero for the most horrifying plague in modern times. Deep in the secret recesses of a Cold War lab, the Russians created tons of deadly bio-weapons. Now, decades later, a protege; of that Russian research is about to release weaponized Ebola into the heart of the South's most iconic city: Atlanta, where the symbols of American "decadence" range from a happily diverse population to the Coca-Cola museum and CNN building.

    Michael Oberhardt says: "Fantastic Bio-Terrorism Novel"
    "Worst First Day on the Job Ever"
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    Where does Plague rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's memorable because it's cautionary. It's not the best executed story but the warning is clear. The story was engaging with non stop action. However, I had big problems with some of the plot devices and decisions the characters made. I cannot believe that the CDC, FBI and Atlanta police would be that lethargic in responding to someone with critical information about a bio terror attack when they (1) know the threat is real; people are already dying; (2) the threat has no cure and a 90% kill rate and (3) the general public knows nothing about the threat so it's not some random person giving out fake information. Also, within moments of meeting you, your executive assistant is flirting with you like you're the last man on earth and you decide to follow her home just so see how things play out? Mind you, this is the new CEO of a major phamacuetical company, chosen for his good judgement. So overall this is closer to a 3.5 than a 4, but it will keep you listening.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was good except for the wince-worthy accents. I couldn't get Rocky and Bullwinkle's Natasha out of my mind every time one of the main characters spoke; only to discover it was supposed to be an Israeli/German accent. And the African Americans spouted more Uncle Remus than a southern drawl. Drew Commins is a good text narrator but voices not so much.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Highways

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.

    Kim Venatries says: "So Where Are the Rest of the Stories?"
    "So Where Are the Rest of the Stories?"
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    What happened to the rest of the book? There's only one story here. Disappointed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Troop

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nick Cutter
    • Narrated By Corey Brill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (309)

    Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip - a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there - which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier.

    Kim Venatries says: "Seriously Messed Up Gruesome Horror"
    "Seriously Messed Up Gruesome Horror"
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    Lord of the Flies meets Hannibal Lector. I’ve been reading horror stories since junior high and it takes a lot to ‘disturb’ me. There were points in this story that made me nauseous. There are parts I wish I could un-hear. But there were also parts that made me ache for the characters. Some of the characters that is. Hell is not hot enough for a couple of the characters. Overall I’m not sure how to judge this book. But I can warn you that there are scenes of animal torture that are ugly and graphic.

    The plot is interesting. A group of boy scouts on a remote island encounter a seriously ill man. It turns out the man is carrying a contagious “disease” that infects their scout leader leaving the boys on their own. One of the boys is a secret sociopath that would make Dalmer and Bundy turn away in disgust. And then there’s the disease… well that’s another very dark road. The writing and narration were good but imho the horror is too grisly, too nasty and too real. Listen at your own risk.

    41 of 41 people found this review helpful

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