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victoria

murfreesboro, TN, United States

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  • Savage

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Richard Laymon
    • Narrated By Peter Bishop
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Whitechapel, November 1888: Jack the Ripper is hard at work. He's safe behind locked doors in a one-room hovel with his unfortunate victim, Mary Kelly. With no need to hurry for once, he takes his time gleefully eviscerating the young woman. He doesn't know that a 15-year-old boy is cowering under Mary's bed....

    Leon from PA says: "Boring"
    "THIS IS A WESTERN!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Richard Laymon and/or Peter Bishop?

    Not likely. The first few chapters tell a chilling story of the Ripper's last murder, but then the story takes a detour from the dark fog-filled back alleys of Whitechapel to....wait for it....the Wild, Wild West and side stories about train robberies, desperadoes, saloon shoot-outs, and even a traveling snake oil salesman! Additionally, about 20 or more people are killed in the presence of our plucky hero, yet he manages to escape every one of them thanks to what he describes as "a bit of luck." Preposterous!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Laymon again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was tedious and frustrating listening to desperadoes and cowboys in the 1888's talk with an English accent.


    What character would you cut from Savage?

    Almost all of them. Too many side stories that brought nothing to the story. The author should have stuck with Jack the Ripper and Whitechapel instead of sidetracking us with other characters that never fully developed. We knew very little about these people and cared less.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an extremely boring listen. I was disappointed and skipped most of the latter chapters just to get to the ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2811)
    Performance
    (2510)
    Story
    (2496)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Excellent Story and Talented Narrater"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Speaks the Nightbird again? Why?

    I enjoyed listening to this story. It transports the listener to 1699 and describes in detail the brutal naive approach to incarceration, trials and evidence. The narrator has an uncanny talent for altering his voice to define each of the characters - even a 17th century Indian.


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

    The story was suspenseful and enjoyable.


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

    No but this listen promptly led me to get the other Matthew Corbett books.


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

    Not a thing!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    Former FBI Special Agent Will Piper solved and survived the "Doomsday Killer" case, and his reward was a forced early retirement. But the shattering truths he learned about the government's most covert operations won't let him rest and now he's on the trail of a mysterious volume that's been lost for six centuries.

    Brian says: "Must Read!"
    "Excellent Listening!"
    Overall

    This was as thrilling and suspenseful as Glenn Cooper's "Secret of the Seventh Son." Read that one first and Book of Souls will be more enjoyable because its events take place after "Secret...." The narrator was excellent managing the different roles and varied accents with ease. Both books weave an interesting story starting with 8th century Britain to the present. If you close your eyes you can vividly picture the monks, the abbey and the present day events. I lost 3 lbs. listening to it because I did so only when on my treadmill. The desire to hear what was going to happen next encouraged many impromptu treadmill sessions. Both books were awesome!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mill Pond Ghost and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Pamela Oldfield
    • Narrated By Jean Waggoner
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Feel the fear of the Deep One - a dungeon so deep and dark that the prisoners have been known to go mad overnight. Tremble with terror as the ghostly games on All Hallows Eve become too real for comfort... From the mysterious boy in the wood to the deadly white killer, these stories will keep you on the edge of your seat - or glancing uneasily over your shoulder. Thirteen spooky stories that are sure to chill your blood, from bestselling author Pamela Oldfield.

    victoria says: "Great Spook Stories.....for kids"
    "Great Spook Stories.....for kids"
    Overall

    I was somewhat disappointed with these stories. Most are about child ghosts and the stories are not frightening at all. In most cases, the ending can be guessed shortly after the story unfolds. These stories are, in my opinion, excellent for pre-teens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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