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Marcus

SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Nightmare Pearl

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By G. Norman Lippert
    • Narrated By Steve White, Kimberly Meciti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    David is a 12-year-old boy in 1976 when he first discovers Rebecca Anne, the young black girl living in the abandoned culvert by the bay. Captivated first by her, and then her harrowing story of murder and ghostly revenge, he joins her in unearthing the secrets of her past. Sheila is a young wife new to Manhattan when the Twin Towers come down, apparently taking her husband with them. And yet she insists that he is not dead, only missing.

    Natalie @ ABookLoversLife says: "Captivating!"
    "Emotional, Mysterious, Spooky & Endearing."
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    This story is split into two parts and is wonderfully woven-together to dole out morsels of truth until all is revealed in a satisfying and emotionally-charged conclusion.

    The first part, "Weeping Willow" is told by "David" and takes place decades ago (the late 70's or 80's if memory serves -- it's not important). It's the story of an encounter he has with a young girl who was hiding out near his grandparents' home in Ohio (he's from Brooklyn).

    The second part, "Lost Things" is told by David's wife Sheila (don't worry, you realize this pretty soon, so it's not really a spoiler) and follows her journey in "the futuristic year of" 2012. It picks up months after the Twin Towers fall in NY as she is trying to figure out what happened to David (because he's NOT dead, she can feel his heart strings!).

    While the writer does a good job of making both halfs mean something to the other, in my opinion, "Weeping WIllow" is the meat and potatoes of this story. It could have been the whole book and I would have been thoroughly pleased.

    "Lost Things" feels more disjointed and uninteresting. It feels more like a distraction from the true story, and stumbles over itself a few times while trying to make itself come alive. It does (come alive), though that is mostly due to the ties it has with "Weeping Willow". It's not all bad however, it just pales in comparison to "Weeping Willow". Without "Lost Things", Nightmare Pearl may have felt more like a well-developed short story than a short novel.

    David's narrator did an excellent job bringing a childhood summer of mystery and intrigue to life. Sheila's narrator was very good, but sometimes read with awkward pauses in odd locations that could be distracting. This may have been down to the production however.

    As I mentioned, the ending is thoroughly-satisfying. It even includes an unexpected epilogue that brings even more life to the tale. Although I received this book for free in exchange for taking the time to write a fair review, I can honestly contend that it's well-worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10243)
    Performance
    (9585)
    Story
    (9571)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "Fresh scifi in an immersive world"
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    This is the second time this year I've read a book with scifi elements that I found unique and I thorougly enjoyed it.

    It's clear that Scalzi has the Haden world deeply fleshed out in his head, and not only because of the "unlocked" bonus (which was more interesting than I originally thought it would be), but because it oozes out of the story's pores. Little things in the writing make it clear that this future is a living, breathing thing in Scalzi's mind.

    The "whodunit" part of the story was less fascinating, mainly because it was fairly linear and predictable early on, but it was still done fairly well. I would have liked some more focus here, but if one part had to suffer, I'm glad it was the procedural and not the scifi.

    Wil Wheaton did a fantastic job narrating. It was a coin-toss on which version to listen to, but I settled on Wheaton's because the protagonist was male.

    Would definitely recommend this listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombies, Ghosts, a Psycho and a Fight

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Paul S. Huggins
    • Narrated By Fox Druin
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Whether it's fighting off a horde of zombies from a stately home, a brief visit to Hell, a solitary existence in the aftermath of the apocalypse, a frightening ride home from work during the early hours, or a bar fight, its all here in bite-size chunks. Six short stories of horror, terror, and violence.

    Ray Johnson says: "A zombie walks into a bar during the apocalypse "
    "An interesting medley"
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    It's always a bit hard to rate/review compilations(full disclosure: I got the book free to do so), and it's even harder to do so when there's as much variation in the content as there is here.

    The subject and style of each stories range, as does the tone: from quirky to horrofic, but in just about all cases, you end with a smirk on your face for what the author just dropped in your lap.

    The narrator has a fairly pleasant voice, but I'm not sure he was best suited for these types of tales. Aside from alternatively rushing through some prose and plodding through others at a glacial speed, his intonations were far too pleasant. I kept being reminded of the narrator for one of the Thomas the Tank Engine episodes -- and these were definitely not "useful engine"-type stories.

    All that said, it's definitely worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quidditch Through the Ages

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By J.K. Rowling, Kennilworthy Whisp
    • Narrated By Andrew Lincoln
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (660)

    A perennial best-seller in the wizarding world and one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School Library, Quidditch Through the Ages contains all you will ever need to know about the history, the rules - and the breaking of the rules - of the noble sport of Quidditch. Packed with fascinating facts, this definitive guide by the esteemed Quidditch writer Kennilworthy Whisp charts the game's history from its early origins in the medieval mists on Queerditch Marsh through to the modern-day sport loved by so many wizard and Muggle families around the world. With comprehensive coverage of famous Quidditch teams, the commonest fouls, the development of racing brooms, and much more, this is a must-have sporting bible for all Harry Potter fans and Quidditch lovers and players, whether the weekend amateur or the seasoned Chudley Cannons season-ticket holder.  

    Todd Neblett says: "A fantastic production!"
    "Once again manages to make a textbook interesting"
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    She first did it with Fantastic Beasts, and she's done it again. J.K. Rowling (and Andrew Lincoln) somehow make what should be a fairly boring and dry read about the history of a (magical) sport, very interesting.

    There is a bonus section at the end (about the same length as the main book) where we get to catch up on some old characters by way of Ginny's Quidditch commentary. Fun times, even if a bit sad.

    Would definitely recommend it to any Potter fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Dead: A Rho Agenda Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1275)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1173)

    Jack Gregory, the CIA’s top assassin, went rogue after a mission gone wrong. When a confrontation leaves him bleeding out on death’s doorstep, he is faced with an offer from a dark figure named Anchanchu. If Jack is willing to act as a human host for Anchanchu, the entity will revive him and give him another shot at life. Jack takes the deal...but he must now face the consequences of having the same dark creature in his head as some of history’s greatest villains. Struggling with desires and memories that are not his own, Jack is not the man he once was.

    Cliff says: "Not my usual cup of tea but pretty good"
    "Needless Supernatural Bits Bog Down Great Thriller"
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    I suppose in an effort to somehow tie this to the Rho Agenda, the author has pointlessly added supernatural elements to this story. They do not add to the tale; in fact, they seriously detract.

    What this IS is a pretty interesting action/thriller novel. There's a lot of technical mumbo jumbo that the author probably cursorily-researched, but the action is where it's at. Those bits are written fantastically in my opinion.

    The story ends with a possible opener to future novels, but I think I'll pass. While mostly enjoyable, the story did not turn out to be what I thought I was signing on to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbsburg Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas S. Flowers
    • Narrated By Craig Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    This collection features seven original tales of horror.

    Dominique says: "A nice collection of horror thrillers"
    "A collection of half-formed thoughts "
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    I should've known from thThere are a number of gems in this collection, but they are outnumbered by the many half baked tales. Too many in this collection are either nonsensical or just underdeveloped to the point they feel like a random thought someone had and decided to put it to pen with nothing more behind it.

    The titular tale was pretty decent, as were a few others, but for the most part, this is an easy pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Wrong: Lukas Boston, Private Investigator, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Logan May
    • Narrated By G.M.Hague
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Lukas Boston suffers a bad start to his day. There's a ghost standing in the corner of his bedroom, Lukas got too drunk the night before and he can't remember his new girlfriend's name, and when he opens his window for a breath of fresh air, a sniper puts a bullet in Lukas' wall. His landlady is going to hate that. Welcome to the world of Lukas Boston, a private investigator who attracts cold-blooded killers, hot-blooded women, and really unhelpful ghosts.

    Muraenidae says: "Fun start to a promising series"
    "Wasn't sure what to expect, but I liked it!"
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    I regularly read this author's Horror Story volumes, so I'm quite familiar with his work. The Horror Stories are diverse-enough that this story isn't a huge change for him IMO, and it shows. Hague steps into this like he's been writing this series for ages, and I immediately felt at home with the character.

    There's enough mystery and shenanigans to keep just about anyone's attention, and though I felt like there were a few things left unexplained (how can others see the ghosts that he does?), I'd hope to see those explored in future installations.

    Worth noting for those sensitive to it that there's a bit more sex in these than Hague's other stories. I'd noticed that in his recent stories things tended to get a tad more heated (sexually-speaking). Nothing over the top, just more mentions of it than had been typical. G.M. fully unleashed the beast in this novel though, and yet it fit and flowed so well that it wasn't gratuitous or out of place at all (heck, I started to both envy and pity the guy!).

    I was given this book gratis by the author in exchange for my review, and I can honestly recommend it. I would love to read what's next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After the End of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (279)

    The Unfolded World is a bitter and unfriendly place for Daniel Carter and Emily Lovecraft. In this world the Cold War never happened because the Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1941. In this world the Nazi Großdeutschland is the premier superpower and is not merely tolerated but indulged because, in this world, the Holocaust happened behind the ruins of the Iron Curtain and consumed only Bolsheviks, Communists, and others the West was glad to see gone. In this world there are monsters, and not all of them are human.

    S. Yates says: "Fantastic fun, eldritch horrors, and a cliffhanger"
    "A bit aimless after the first"
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    The cliffhanger from book 1 is immediately resumed in this second installation and we get to see what life is like on the other side of the fold.

    Sadly, aside from the cool "oh, it's like THIS over here", there's not much interesting about it. It boils down to the Nazis never lost and the US treats them as equals.

    Most of the story revolves around Carter & Lovecraft bumbling from one fateful encounter to another while being obviously manipulated from afar.

    Although much DOES happen in this book, it doesn't feel like anything has really happened at all. We know a smidgen (and the tiniest of smidgens it is) more about what's going on behind the scenes, and Lovecraft grows a bit more into her own as a useful character (beyond being book smart). Carter, unfortunately, is pretty much the same, and is surprisingly incompetent in many situations which his background would lead you to believe he shouldn't be.

    No cliffhanger here, just an obvious opening to anoher entry that I think I'll likely pass on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Weather: Four Novellas

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Joe Hill, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1690)
    Performance
    (1578)
    Story
    (1572)

    A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill.

    Lew says: "Absolutely Brilliant Work. "
    "A strange collection indeed!"
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    What a pleasant collection of stories.

    Snapshot felt like classic Steven King to me. It was a relatively short story with a whole lot of depth and resolution. It felt a bit like Gwendolyn's Button box -- the action was in the middle, but you cared just as much about the character and story development on either end.

    Loaded, the second tale, was easily my least favorite. First off, there's nothing supernatural here, just human-based horror. Secondly, it was far longer than it needed to be. The story opens with a prolonged scene -- with an ending you could see a mile away -- that made very little difference to the actual story. As for the story itself? A horrific and inconsequential tale of human violence that can best be described as a mixture of Gun Control propaganda and Gun Porn. I walked away feeling I had my emotions toyed with for no good reason. Maybe that was the point, but it felt like a waste of time to me -- especially since there were so many events described in detail and character development that just went nowhere. 0/5 stars for this one.

    Thankfully, Aloft got things back on track with an engrossing tale that was not so much horror as it was supernatural or otherworldly mystery. There was a lot left to contemplate at the end of this one, and it was a pretty fun ride as well.

    The last story, Rain, was pretty unique to me. Aside from the idea of the end-of-days coming about because clouds began raining spikes, our protagonist is what Mulgrew performs as a lesbian redneck with a black girlfriend and a heart of gold. It's part end-of-the-world survival (don't worry, no zombies, riots or looting), part mystery, part supernatural-looking science and all fun. I had no idea where it was going when I started, but was thoroughly pleased by the end. I'm actually planning to re-listen for clues I may have missed.

    You'll have to forgive me, but it wasn't until the end of the second story that I started to realize the "weather" theme implied in the title. Though by story 3, it was pretty darned obvious. I like that the weather elements were there in all 4 stories, though not always in-your face (ironically, it was least-influential in the second story).

    I could easily skip the second story, but overall, a solid collection that's definitely worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Plot: The Invisible Library, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Genevieve Cogman
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    After being commissioned to find a rare book, Librarian Irene and her assistant, Kai, head to Prohibition-era New York and are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae.

    Marcus says: "A good entry in a great series"
    "A good entry in a great series"
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    The Invisible Library is one of the series I eagerly await releases on. I've been hooked since the first, and immediately put aside anything I'm listening to when another hits my library.

    The Lost Plot was no different, and I immediately fell back into the world I loved. The story opens with Irene making one of her usual daring heists, but almost immediately jumps right to the main storyline. Before you know it, Kai and Irene are headed to Prohibition-Era New York City.

    Given the change of scenery, this book has a more distinctive feel than past entries in that it feels a bit more modern than fantastical (relatively-speaking in any case). It's different, but not jarring, especially because we still have plenty of Fai and Dragons to contend with. In fact, it was cool to see how those supernatural forces mixed with a relatively modern world.

    I was slightly disappointed that "The Lost Plot" seemed to actually lose the main plot of the series however. I guess you could look at this entry as a stand-alone side-story that details the adventures of a Librarian, but doesn't have a whole lot of immediate effect on the overall story arc. What little effect the events of this book could have had on the overarching story seems to be somewhat nullified in the end.

    Still a great listen though, if you enjoy it for what it is: relatively stand-alone.

    As always, Susan Duerden did an excellent job narrating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blackwater: Two Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Christian Galacar
    • Narrated By J. M. Needham
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Blackwater is a collection of two tales of horror and dark fantasy. In "Mercury Rain", a soldier fighting a new enemy learns the importance of holding on to his memories. "Blackwater", the title story of the collection, is an homage to Stephen King's short story, "Graveyard Shift", and it tells the tale of Paul Hawkins, a mine worker who disturbs something terrifying in the Blackwater Hills of Durham, Pennsylvania, in the summer of 1976.

    Muraenidae says: "Two decent stories"
    "Great couple of stories"
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    There are 2 stories squeezed into 90 minutes here, and though both are good, the first is easily my favorite.

    Mercury Rain is a short story taking place in a distant(?) future where man and machine are now at war. They're as smart as us, but with none of our fleshy weaknesses. What makes this story great though is the perspective from which it is told and the wonderfully-crafted ending that will leave you pondering well after the story ends.

    The second tale, Black Water, is more traditional supernatural monster horror. It follows a miner that stumbles onto something buried deep under Pennsylvania soil. It's also written pretty well and is atmospheric enough to give the chills, but lacks a bit of the poetic and emotional flair of the first.

    Both great listens though, especially given the run time.

    I was provided these audiobooks free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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