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  • The Painted Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Brian James Freeman
    • Narrated By Alexander MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (17)

    When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his terror by drawing pictures of what he had witnessed. Eventually, Henry's mind blocked out the bad memories, but he continued to draw, often at night by the light of the moon. Twenty years later, Henry makes his living by painting his disturbing works of art. He loves his wife and his son, and life couldn't be better...except there's something not quite right....

    Carla says: "Page-turner story about creativity's demons!"
    "A perfect creepy tale with an amazing narrator!"
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    What did you love best about The Painted Darkness?

    The Painted Darkness is an easy to listen to, fascinating story. The narrator is pitch-perfect and it feels like the narrator teamed up with the author to give everything a cohesive feel that is sometimes missing from audiobooks. I found myself replaying this adventure in my head long after it was over. The quiet terror of the story was an absolute joy to listen to.


    What about Alexander MacDonald’s performance did you like?

    I've never heard anything by Alexander McDonald before, but I know for sure I will. His voice recording is top-notch, and I will be seeking out new books narrated by him.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ronald Kelly
    • Narrated By J. Rodney Turner
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    From out of a shadowy backwoods hollow echoes a dark threat from the past, nearly a century lost and forgotten. The rural town of Harmony, Tennessee, possessed a disturbing secret; a secret so ancient that most of its residents were completely unaware of it. Even the last survivors of a vigilante raid long ago have filed the tragic events of that autumn night away, totally unaware of the evil that remains, dormant, but forever patient, among the tall pines and thick-leaved kudzu of a place known only as Hell Hollow.

    Tabitha says: "AMAZING Southern-fried, coming-of-age horror tale"
    "AMAZING Southern-fried, coming-of-age horror tale"
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    As if told by your favorite front-porch-story-tellin' Southern grandpappy, this tale will leave you breathless. The narrator is excellent for the charm of this tale, and the story is near-perfect. Ronald Kelly outdid himself. If you like this one, pick up his short story collections and The Dark'Un too. I really hope we'll be getting more of Ronald Kelly's novels on Audible soon. VERY soon.

    Plot in a nutshell: Kids band together to fight an evil force.

    And it's GOOD!

    I recommend listening to this on your headphones while swinging on your porch swing and sipping sweet iced tea on a collection of summer evenings.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Deliverers of Their Country

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Edith Nesbit
    • Narrated By Karen Krause
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    "It all started when Effie got something in her eye…" and before the week was out, the country was overrun with dragons of all sizes. Effie and Harry decide something must be done, so they set out to wake St. George. Edith (E.) Nesbit was a master at weaving imagination and real life into timeless fairy tales, with fantastic mythical creatures, princes and princesses, magic, and just the right touch of silliness.

    K. April Holgate says: "Great book for kids!!"
    "A unique joy."
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    This classic stand-alone dragon tale is exciting and fun. My kids (5 and 9) listened to it on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. In fact, I really enjoyed it too. It is a real adventure and St. George even makes a hilarious appearance. Kids who like a touch of fantasy in their stories will LOVE this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie + Ace: The Case of the Pinched Peaches

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By Tangerine Toodles, Wednesday Whistlehoot
    • Narrated By Tiffany Williams
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
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    (3)

    The soon to be, nearly, just about, almost world famous detectives are sniffing out clues in one of their toughest mysteries yet. Real trouble threatens their small town of Huckleberry Springs. And it threatens the town right where it matters most-in the stomach! Each night, a troublemaker strikes, stealing all the peaches from one tree after another. Soon there won't be a single peach left in Huckleberry Springs, which means there won't be a single peach pie either.

    Yaquelin says: "better and better"
    "Similar premise to the first and just as good."
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    Adult readers might have an issue with the similar overall mystery to the first book in the series, but kids won't mind. Mine sure didn't (age 5 and 9). Their attention remained the entire time and they would NOT let me stop playing it. They had to listen to the whole thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie + Ace: The Case of the Bedtime Bandit

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By Tangerine Toodles, Wednesday Whistlehoot
    • Narrated By Tiffany Williams
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
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    (8)

    Meet Ellie and Ace! Soon to be… Nearly… Just about… World-famous detectives! Well, almost. Any day now, if they solve enough cases. And good news! They are on a case now. Someone is causing trouble all over their small town of Huckleberry Springs. Each night, the troublemaker strikes - breaking into houses, spilling garbage, and stealing toys. Nobody knows who the culprit is, but everyone blames someone else. Ellie and Ace have to solve the mystery fast – before their neighbors go to war. Ellie could smell the mystery in the air. She could also smell a lot of knocked-over garbage. She and Ace had a job to do, and they had better do it fast. “Are you ready, Ace?” Ace barked and tightened his collar. It was go time! Girl detective Ellie and her dog pal Ace are on the case. Can they catch the bedtime bandit? Read to find out!

    Yaquelin says: "Kids will love it"
    "Kids enjoyed it and stayed engaged."
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    This is an enjoyable audiobook. It kept my 5 and 9 year old's attention nicely for its entire length. I am going to try an experiment with the next book in the series and only have them listen to one chapter at a time to increase the mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of a Dragon: Book I of the DeChance Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Niall Wilson
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    When Anya Cabrera, a Voodoo Houngan in San Valencez California’s Barrio, tampers with the ceremony that draws the Loa to possess the faithful, Donovan DeChance, book collector, mage, and private investigator is contacted immediately. Donovan helps to maintain the balance of supernatural forces in the city – and that balance is in serious danger. The Dragons, a local motorcycle gang, live under a shaky truce with a neighboring Hispanic gang, Los Escorpiones, who are now aligned with Anya. The two groups face off in a battle that becomes more than the Dragons expected.

    Canberra Dilettante says: "Jim Butcher & Buffy & a touch of Dennis Wheatley"
    "An enjoyable tale of urban fantasy"
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    David Niall Wilson's writing can sometimes be like poetry. And, like poetry, it is easy to get lost in the words and not pay attention to their meaning. This book starts with that style, but quickly goes into a more regular form of story-telling.

    This book/series is an urban-fantasy series (like the Dresden Files, Anita Blake, etc...).

    Much of this book is located in a Latino barrio. The narrator of the audiobook sometimes mispronounces how the characters would actually pronounce things, but that is forgivable.

    Books in this series
    1) Heart of a Dragon (which came out after the first couple books...a prequel)
    2) Vintage Soul
    3) My Soul to Keep & Others
    4) Kali's Tale
    (Wilson's NEVERMORE also has a link. DeChance mentions that he met Poe in KALI'S TALE, which birthed the need for Wilson to write NEVERMORE according to Wilson's website.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brothers, Braces & Bullies

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Hattie Byrd, Chris Byrd
    • Narrated By Marti Dumas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    It was Louise Sowders' first day back at school since her life had been ruined. Dad called it a rite of passage, but she knew better. It was the beginning of her dork years. So, doing what any level-headed fifth grade girl would do, she kept to herself and kept her mouth closed. Everything went great until lunch...

    Tabitha says: "Fifth and Sixth Grade Can Feel Like It'll Kill You"
    "Fifth and Sixth Grade Can Feel Like It'll Kill You"
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    "Brothers, Braces, and Bullies" brought back a lot of memories of the turnaround time known as "The Fifth and Sixth Grade." The time when new braces and other new changes make many feel like they're on the edge of dorkdom. Awkwardness, being unsure, trying hard to be cool (and failing), keeping as quiet and as invisible as possible are all themes touched on within these pages.

    Modern things like text messaging, clear braces, Facebook and more help put this into the "now," but the story feels timeless. The rumor mill just moves faster nowadays with our online lives.

    Some of the adults/teachers are a little "dumb," and I really don't like that. But there is also a golden magical Fortune Teller (aka Cootie Catcher). So, this isn't a story fully based in reality.

    The narrator does a very good job. Dialogue pops out and she even sings a bit of "Who Let the Dogs Out."

    A fun story. A great narrator. An excellent listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fiends

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Farris
    • Narrated By Chet Williamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In the frozen pit of blackest hell, Death sleeps. Ravishing beyond words, evil beyond our darkest dreams of Satan, Her eyelids flutter. Rising from Her pit, She wakes her vampire brood - and frees them from their ancient graves. No, no one is safe, no one - from the unwashed Children of Eve.

    Dawn says: "Novel story and characters"
    "A fun and well recorded classic"
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    Chet Williamson makes listening to audiobooks an effortless and enjoyable time. He grabs me with his tone and doesn't lose me even in slower parts of a book. Being a writer himself, he knows how to read and narrate a tale. His voices for dialogue do not distract either.

    FIENDS is a great classic horror tale (first published around 1990). Thank goodness for Crossroad Press for picking books like this and Ronald Kelly's classic but forgotten tales for their audiobook line.

    This tale is perfect for listening on wintery or rainy nights and long drives. It is unique and yet familiar enough to let yourself get lost in it. I listened to a large part of it on my deck just staring at the trees while my mind was led away.

    The book is recorded quite well. No distracting noises, perfect pauses. This was obviously engineered and edited with love and respect for the material. Extremely high quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Johnny Junk

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Brian Knight
    • Narrated By Arnie Mazer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Everyone had given up on the lost children. The parents have destroyed and - as well as possible, rebuilt their lives. Then the phone rings, and a father hears his daughter's voice. Everything changes. What happens when four fathers venture onto the reclusive Johnny 'Junk' Curtis's property in search of their missing children is far worse than their imaginations could have conceived. In a castle of booby traps and junk, they uncover secrets better left alone - and meet the truth behind the legend of 'Johnny Junk.'

    Tabitha says: "An Original Horror Tale"
    "An Original Horror Tale"
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    "Johnny Junk" starts like many supernatural horror stories. A phone call from someone who was believed to be gone from this world. But that's close to where familiarity will end for the reader.

    In a small town where children have been disappearing, most of the parents have given up. Jim had too. Until he received a phone call from his daughter. A phone call that had a caller ID. A phone call from the residence of a local hermit nicknamed Johnny Junk. Soon a vigilante group of grieving and angry parents are on Johnny Junk's property. That's the start of an ever-building pile of secrets, traps, and strange that is this story.

    The story pulls you in and gets you interested. Some of the characters are laid out in a no-nonsense list partway through, but this is a short novelette. Brian Knight wants to tell his story and keep his audience moving as fast as he can write.

    The narrator does a great job of keeping this story moving at the ultra-speed it is meant to be read.

    I recommend reading this or listening to it -- whichever with you feel more comfortable -- in one sitting.

    The ending was mixed for me but still original. I love the duality of the title that will become apparent to the reader after they are done enjoying this tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2 B R 0 2 B

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Basil Sands
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    The original short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. on which this remade version of 2BR02B is based, appeared in the January 1962 edition of "Worlds of If." This version is a complete rewrite based on the original story including significant artistic and textual changes, while retaining the general concept, the bones, of Vonnegut's original story.

    Tabitha says: "A Great Re-make of Vonnegut Classic"
    "A Great Re-make of Vonnegut Classic"
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    I wrote my main review for this audiobook on Amazon, but here's the gist:

    This story is smart. The title translates to, "To be or 'naught' to be." You can read the original Vonnegut version for free on Project Gutenberg. Sands' version extends and re-writes this original short story. Sections are exactly the same as Vonnegut's, so to me this version feels like a Director's Cut, but with a new director behind the camera adding newly shot footage. The story still works.

    I like not fully knowing about what a story is about before reading it. Having known this story's "spoilers" before listening made this an uneventful read except for the new material thrown in. If you do any research on "2BR02B" you will get spoilers (or seemingly spoiler-y write-ups).

    Parts of Vonnegut's story are very staccato, like bullet shots. Adding to these scenes with extra description kind of slows it down. No matter how colorful the new imagery may be. For this, I subtracted a star.

    It looks like Basil Sands has his own recording studio, and he sounds great. No "other" sounds sneak their way in. He has recorded for others and himself on many occasions, and his experience shows.

    If you're looking for a well-written, thought provoking 30 minute audio-read, this book works quite well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea Was Wet As Wet Could Be

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By Mel Gilden
    • Narrated By Commodore James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In a Los Angeles that is something like ours - but in which magic has become an integral part of society - P.I. Turner Cronyn and a beautiful woman named Astraea Scales investigate the theft of Big Al (the Triton)'s conch shell horn, which not only plays beautiful music at the Triton Club, but also has magical properties that could inundate greater L.A. And the villain appears to be the last of the surviving race of Sirens (of Circe fame), who still wants revenge on the Greek hero Jason!

    Tabitha says: "Hard boiled parody filled with urban fantasy."
    "Hard boiled parody filled with urban fantasy."
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    Any additional comments?

    "The Sea Was Wet as Wet as Could Be" by Mel Gilden is a hard boiled parody filled with urban fantasy.

    In a world where ancient gods walk among us, who's going to be the hard-boiled detective to point a finger at who stole an aquatic deity's prized possession? P.I. Turner Cronyn, that's who. Writing any more than that about the plot of this short story would give away too much. I feel the description on the main page here gives away too much.

    I read this book with a wry smile on my face. It didn't make me laugh out loud, but it constantly amused with its style. The story is just that, a story. It is about an hour long in audio (around 40 pages in book form).

    While there is some low-key double entendre, this is just a low PG read. Younger kids might enjoy it, but most wouldn't know the mythic gods.

    About the narrator and narration: Commodore James reads the Sam-Spade style well enough. Not exactly the way I'd like, but it works. He is quick-paced. The recording engineer chose to record all dialogue separately from the reading of the main narrative. This changes the sound of the dialogue slightly by adding an echo-effect (like being read in an empty room...which may have been how it was done). Like most books, parts are re-recorded at a different time (probably because of mistakes in the original recording). While this is noticeable, it doesn't distract. His voices are pretty normal and discernible. The one fantastical creature that only has one line shows the narrator's chops for more cartoony voices (an imp which sounds like Gurgi from Disney's "The Black Cauldron").

    Interesting note: Unbeknownst to me until now, I grew up with elements of Mel Gilden. My favorite TV show was "The Real Ghostbusters" and he was the assistant story editor for it. He also wrote for "M.A.S.K.," "Heathcliff & the Cadillac Cats," "Fraggle Rock," and more shows from my childhood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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