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Rene Bellis

Rene

Michigan, USA | Member Since 2014

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  • 38 reviews
  • 38 ratings
  • 64 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2015
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  • This House Is Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    When she arrives at the hall, shaken by an unsettling disturbance that occurred during her travels, she is greeted by the two children now in her care, Isabella and Eustace. There is no adult present to represent her mysterious employer, and the children offer no explanation. Later that night in her room, another terrifying experience further reinforces the sense that something is very wrong. From the moment Eliza rises the following morning, her every step seems dogged by a malign presence that lives within Gaudlin's walls.

    Dorothy says: "Well Read - Not Very Scary, Had Promise"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up This House Is Haunted in three words, what would they be?

    Delightful, entertaining, enjoyable


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes! This book was delightful! I loved the narrator who portrayed the story quite well. I especially loved the writer's use of the "Old" English word usage.


    Which character – as performed by Alison Larkin – was your favorite?

    The governess


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    no

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Whispers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (156)

    Hilary Thomas knew terror as a child, but never anything like this. He is hunting her with a sick desire more terrifying than hatred could ever be. And he is in her house again.

    SA Shay says: "Turn on the lights!"
    "Awesome and terrifying!"
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    Where does Whispers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd put it at 90% top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hilary. She was a strong person to have gone through such torment.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't. I liked his performance.


    If you could rename Whispers, what would you call it?

    Secrets Yet To Be Known


    Any additional comments?

    Great Story! Glad I got it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snowblind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher Golden
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (182)

    In Christopher Golden’s first horror novel in more than a decade - a work reminiscent of early Stephen King - Snowblind updates the ghost story for the modern age. The small New England town of Coventry had weathered 1,000 blizzards...but never one like this, where people wandered into the whiteout and vanished. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same. Now, as a new storm approaches 12 years later, the folks of Coventry are haunted by the memories of that dreadful blizzard and those who were lost in the snow.

    Cheryl says: "Overwrought"
    "Terrifying and Thrilling"
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    Where does Snowblind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was pretty good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed Ella. She was a strong character>


    Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but it was good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the icemen took the little brother.


    Any additional comments?

    Eerie story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter People: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (488)

    West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, 19-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary....

    Eva Gannon says: "Good Book Spoiled By Poor Narration"
    "Chilling story"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Winter People?

    I like how the author tied the past to the present.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Winter People?

    When the body was discovered in the barn.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell and Kathe Mazur – was your favorite?

    Ruthie. She had to find the strength to take care of her little sister and find her mother.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Winter People: A Chilling Tale of The Past


    Any additional comments?

    Spooky story! Worth listening to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghosts: The Ghost Stories Of Noel Hynd, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Noel Hynd
    • Narrated By Time Winters
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Nantucket Island. Quiet. Peaceful. Idyllic. For Oscar-winning actress Annette Carlson, it is the perfect refuge from a demanding career. For brilliant burned-out cop Tim Brooks, it's a chance to get away from the crime-ridden streets of the big city. And for Reverend George Osaro, ghost hunter, it is about to become a place of unspeakable terror.

    Jan says: "Noel Hynd's "Ghosts" Updated and Revised"
    "Lovely story! Terrific terrifying tale!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Ghosts: The Ghost Stories Of Noel Hynd, Book 1?

    The eeriness of how the spirit of Henry was able to communicate telepathically with Tim. It's frightening to have something like that inside of your head.


    What other book might you compare Ghosts: The Ghost Stories Of Noel Hynd, Book 1 to and why?

    Whispers. Similar creepy feeling.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Tim discovered the truth about Pastor Osaro.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Ghosts: The Truth About The Spirit World


    Any additional comments?

    I'd love to listen to other books by this author. Very entertaining!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted on Bourbon Street

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deanna Chase
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (430)

    When empath Jade Calhoun moves into an apartment above a strip bar on Bourbon Street, she expects life to get interesting. What she doesn't count on is making friends with an exotic dancer, attracting a powerful spirit, and developing feelings for Kane, her sexy landlord. Being an empath has never been easy on Jade's relationships. It's no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. But when the ghost moves from spooking Jade to terrorizing Pyper, the dancer, it's up to Jade to use her unique ability to save her.

    Angela says: "Decent listen, but not great"
    "Excellent! I loved this book!"
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    If you could sum up Haunted on Bourbon Street in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging; alluring; sexy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jade, definitely! She was a complex, yet realistic character.


    What does Traci Odom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice was easy to listen to and her representation of the characters were terrific.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither, but it was entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles L. Grant
    • Narrated By Bill Andrew Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Syd and Theresa Guiness got out of their crowded city apartment and moved to a quaint house on a quiet cul de sac in the suburbs. Their dreamhouse. Then little things began to happen. Theresa was certain it was just her imagination and didn't pay much attention...until it was too late - their dreamhouse had become a nightmare.

    Rene Bellis says: "Pretty good story"
    "Pretty good story"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It tells a good story about native American culture.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Curse?

    When Theresa realized her husband was missing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Theresa discovered the truth.


    If you could take any character from The Curse out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Syd. He seemed like a fun character.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost House: The Ghost House Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alexandra Adornetto
    • Narrated By Emily Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger.... Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander's past love, Isobel.

    Rene Bellis says: "Great story!"
    "Great story!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Ghost House?

    I loved Chloe's character's interaction with Alex and how he "fell" for her.


    What other book might you compare Ghost House to and why?

    If Walls Could Talk


    Have you listened to any of Emily Foster’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but it was great.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Where you come to experience the afterlife."


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, well narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Floating Staircase

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ronald Malfi
    • Narrated By Monty Lewis Sauerwein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Following the success of his latest novel, Travis Glasgow and his wife Jodie buy their first house in the seemingly idyllic western Maryland town of Westlake. At first, everything is picture perfect—from the beautiful lake behind the house to the rebirth of the friendship between Travis and his brother, Adam, who lives nearby. Travis also begins to overcome the darkness of his childhood and the guilt he’s harbored since his younger brother’s death—a tragic drowning veiled in mystery that has plagued Travis since he was 13.

    Jan says: "A Little Horror, A Little Mystery, A Little Ghost"
    "Scary and earthy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Floating Staircase?

    The story had a sadness about it that made it life-like.


    What other book might you compare Floating Staircase to and why?

    The Third Floor because of the way the story is told.


    What does Monty Lewis Sauerwein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A great narrator who tells a good story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I'd like to enjoy it over a period of time.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe don't make Jody's voice sound like a gay man? Women don't talk that way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Visits from the Afterlife: The Truth about Hauntings, Spirits, and Reunions with Lost Loved Ones

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sylvia Browne
    • Narrated By Jeanie Hackett
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Sylvia Browne showed us how to get in touch with departed loved ones in The Other Side and Back and Life on The Other Side. In Visits from the Afterlife, Browne journeys even deeper into The Other Side. She describes visitations with ghosts and travels to haunted homes and ships possessed by the otherworldly forces who walk their deserted decks. Through these spiritual visits, she explains the reasons behind many of the world's most bizarre and mysterious hauntings.

    Jan says: "You'll Listen Multiple Times!"
    "I love it! I wish it would have been longer."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I told a few of my friends about this book because she explains the afterlife so well, in a way you can relate to, without fear.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Visits from the Afterlife?

    Her moments with the singers really struck a "chord" with me! Amazing! Also, her encounter with Marilyn Monroe.


    What does Jeanie Hackett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I feel the voice adds so much more to the story, therefore by simply reading a book, you miss a lot of the inflections that add to the feel of the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she spoke to John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! I would love to listen to more from her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunting Season

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michelle Muto
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (90)

    Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Able to talk to ghosts, Jess quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects, who have their own “gifts.” One is possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead.

    Heather says: "One of my favorite YA reads of ALL time!"
    "Great story, disturbing"
    Overall
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    Where does The Haunting Season rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not bad, interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way the characters interacted to the house in their own way.


    Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but this book was pretty good. I liked her southern inflection to the voice of each character.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Haunting Season and why?

    Jess because she was very "real" in the story. Her story came to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought Allison's voice was too intense and sounded like she was on the verge of panic with every sentence. Her character would have annoyed me had this been a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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