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waylon

los angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 21 Short Stories from '31 Horrifying Tales from the Dead'

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Drac Von Stoller
    • Narrated By Michael Adashefski
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Sit back, turn the lights down low, and get ready for the scare of your life. Immerse yourself into some of the best horrifying short stories ever told. 21 Short Stories from '31 Horrifying Tales from the Dead' includes "Don't Mess with the Dead", "Don't Go in the Woods", "Death Island Lighthouse", "I Just Couldn't Leave Her in the Cold Dark Ground", "Cannibal Lake", "The Red Room", "Death of a Writer", "Army of the Dead", "The Shadowman", "Knock Three Times on My Grave", "Worley Manor", and many more.

    waylon says: "I'm sorry i thought this book was for adults"
    "I'm sorry i thought this book was for adults"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    seven year old boys. it has gore and shock, but the voices are over blown and the writing simple like a purple dinosaur


    What could Drac Von Stoller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not published it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Adashefski’s performances?

    Negative. He is good for telling children a story around the campfire, but not for me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    anger, disappointment. i love short horror stories.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps i am being unfair, and this graphic book was for young adults. but even so, the mind of a child can feast on meatier fare than this junk.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (481)

    On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as The Long Walk. If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying.

    Bill says: "The Amazing, Darker Side of Stephen King"
    "The Master of Horror spews more drivel"
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    Art imitates life as the story was as painful as the walk described in the book. the main character weak, the reason he undertook this walk, unclear. And the endless waxing of life, love and regrets during this grueling challenge by each insipid character, coupled with defiant gestures of tedious predictability, make me wonder why S. King was so enthralled with his own journey, writing under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. This reads just as lamely as some of his other tomes, that try to capture what is his greatest earlier talent: strong and surreal experiences, interwoven with the earthy lives of people, feeling their own fragility, and limits of knowledge. See: Salems Lot, the Shining, the Body.

    Same old S, different name. For my money S.King and Richard Bachman should both go jump in a lake, with a copy of this book shoved down their pants.

    i did appreciate how the narrator read the story, and the germ of the concept intrigued me as well. But i sure wished I walked on by.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sterling Point Books: Stampede for Gold: The Story of the Klondike Rush

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pierre Berton
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The Klondike gold rush, which occurred between 1896 and 1899, was one of the strangest outbreaks of "gold fever" ever to take place. With news of California's rush still fresh in their minds, thousands of men with get-rich-quick dreams hurried to stake out claims in the Yukon. But they did not count on the murderous weather...or the severe mountain passes that protected the gold.

    waylon says: "Great and profound story, enjoyable and thrilling"
    "Great and profound story, enjoyable and thrilling"
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    If you could sum up Sterling Point Books in three words, what would they be?

    powerful, funny, engaging


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sterling Point Books?

    the stories that described the discovery of the gold, and the ones describing the end of the dream for so many.


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

    His voice has a great gravity to it, as well as humor


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

    can't say.


    Any additional comments?

    I found out about Berton thru his illustrated book on the Klondike, full of amazing pictures. an incredible collection. His narrative is just as evocative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bedbugs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (298)

    FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker's fee. Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up. Big mistake.

    Barbara says: "Fantastic narration! Good, creepy story."
    "Story is tired weak sauce"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    if the story didn't go by the numbers to a painfully obvious conclusion, i'd like it more.


    What was most disappointing about Ben H. Winters’s story?

    The characters were obvious and shallow in their relationship to each other, and the source of evil that causes the mayhem is unconvincing without the cliches that couch it.


    What three words best describe Elisabeth Rodgers’s voice?

    rich, caricature, interesting


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The anxiety of the main character was interesting, as one wasn't sure if it was insanity, or a supernatural reality tormenting the protagonist's mind. This was maintained for a little while.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator has a wonderful voice, but her voice for male, baby, old lady etc. is so over the top, I would have been more persuaded if I was 5 and it was story time. She has read more than one book like this, unfortunately.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Infected: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Scott Sigler
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (297)

    Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

    Jessica says: "Confused? This review might help."
    "good news, bad news"
    Overall

    good news is the description of this fictitious disease is very detailed and imaginative, Crihtonesque for sure, and there are descriptions of things that truly made me nauseous, so that was fun.
    The bad news is that to get to these clever moments you have to endure simple brained dialogue not fit to come out of a purple dinosaur on a kid's program. To call these characters in this book caricatures would suggest that these people have been formed more fully with convincing personality, however cliche. This isn't the case. Whatever the author has been observing to inspire this tome, it wasn't conversation.
    Add the cruel fact that this man soils his own book by narrating it himself, doing himself and my ears a true disservice, then you can see why two stars is all i can give this nonsense.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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