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  • The Talisman | Stephen King,Peter Straub

    The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (3658)
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    (3661)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Bill S. says: "Still Good"
  • Black House | Stephen King,Peter Straub

    Black House

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2206)
    Performance
    (1976)
    Story
    (1978)

    Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories....

    Brian says: "Jack Sawyer delivers"
  • Ghost Story | Peter Straub

    Ghost Story

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (604)

    For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past - and get away with murder. Peter Straub's classic best seller is a work of "superb horror" (Washington Post Book World) that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time - and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.

    Jaimie says: "Great Story! The Best of Peter Straub"
  • Shadowland | Peter Straub

    Shadowland

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    First setting: an all-male prep school in Arizona, where two sensitive freshmen form a bond based on their interest in magic tricks. Second setting: the labyrinthine house of a weird magician uncle in New England, where the two boys spend a memorable summer being trained in the art of illusion. Or is it real magic? Third setting: an alternate world where dark forces are at play - forces that first show up at the school, but intensify their power the summer.

    James Patten says: "Still one of my favorite books!"
  • The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 4 | Ellen Datlow (author, editor),Stephen King,Peter Straub

    The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ellen Datlow (author, editor), Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell, Rebecca Mitchell, Michael Healy, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
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    (86)
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    (86)

    With tales from Laird Barron, Stephen King, John Langan, Peter Straub, and many others, and featuring Datlow’s comprehensive overview of the year in horror, now, more than ever, The Best Horror of the Year provides the petrifying horror fiction readers have come to expect - and enjoy.

    Jerry says: "Only a few decent stories in this bunch."
  • Koko: Blue Rose Trilogy, Book 1 | Peter Straub

    Koko: Blue Rose Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
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    (153)
    Story
    (155)

    KOKO. Only four men knew what it meant. Now they must stop it. They are Vietnam vets — a doctor, a lawyer, a working stiff, and a writer. Very different from each other, they are nonetheless linked by a shared history and a single shattering secret. Now, they have been reunited and are about to embark on a quest that will take them from Washington, D.C., to the graveyards and fleshpots of the Far East to the human jungle of New York.

    JohnB says: "Starts out slow, but builds suspense."
  • The Hellfire Club | Peter Straub

    The Hellfire Club

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
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    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    They are dying, one by one. Wealthy, middle-aged women in an exclusive Connecticut suburb. Their murderer remains at large. Nora Chancel, wife of publishing scion Davey Chancel, fears she may be next. After all, her past has branded her a victim.... Then Davey tells Nora a surreal story about the Hellfire Club, where years before he met an obsessed fan of Chancel House's most successful book, Night Journey - a book that has a strange history of its own.

    Cheryl says: "Whaaaaaaat?"
  • Magic Terror | Peter Straub

    Magic Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Beth MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
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    (26)
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    (26)

    With Magic Terror Peter Straub, best selling author of The Talisman (with Stephen King), has written one of the most imaginatively unsettling collections in years. The terrain of these extraordinary stories is marked by brutality, heartbreak, despair, wonder, and an unexpected humor that allows empathy to blossom within the most unlikely contexts.

    Plus, hear Peter Straub in a recent Fresh Air interview.

    Amazon Customer says: "Had to re-listen twice"
  • Mystery | Peter Straub

    Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
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    (108)
    Story
    (107)

    Tom Pasmore, ten years old, survives a near-fatal accident. During his long recovery, he becomes obsessed with an unsolved murder and finds he has clues to solving it that he shouldn’t. Lamont von Heilitz has spent his life dealing with mysteries, until he wanted to know nothing more of the terror of life and the horror of death. When a new murder disrupts their world of wealth, power, and pleasure, the two must form an unlikely partnership to confront demons from the past and the dark secrets that still haunt the present.

    epeep says: "Very confusing and slow; hated the reader."
  • Lost Boy, Lost Girl | Peter Straub

    Lost Boy, Lost Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
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    (58)
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    (57)

    A woman commits suicide for no apparent reason. A week later, her son- fifteen-year-old Mark Underhill - vanishes. His uncle, novelist Timothy Underhill, searches his hometown of Millhaven for clues that might help unravel this horrible dual mystery. He soon learns that a pedophilic murderer is on the loose in the vicinity, and that shortly before his mother's suicide, Mark had become obsessed with an abandoned house where he imagined the killer might have taken refuge.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "ALAN ALDA WITHOUT THE SMIRK"
  • The Throat | Peter Straub

    The Throat

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (116)

    Tim Underhill, now an acclaimed novelist, travels back to his home - town of Millhaven, Illinois after he gets a call from John Ransom, an old army buddy. Ransom believes there’s a copycat killer on the loose, mimicking the Blue Rose murders from decades earlier - he thinks his wife could be a potential victim. Underhill seeks out his friend Tom Pasmore, an aging hermit who has attained minor celebrity as an expert sleuth, to help him investigate. They quickly discover that Millhaven is a town plagued by horrifying secrets....

    Gerald says: "Very enjoyable culmination of Mystery & Koko"
  • Houses Without Doors | Peter Straub

    Houses Without Doors

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (13)
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    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    These psychic and horror fictions - seven of them short-shorts - reveals Straub at his spellbinding best. Two tales (first installments of his Blue Rose trilogy), are linked to Koko and Mystery and exactingly probe the consequences of boyhood clashes with evil. Includes: "Blue Rose", "The Juniper Tree", "The Buffalo Hunter", "Mrs. God", and "A Short Guide to the City".

    Stephanie says: "Do NOT waste your money"
  • Julia | Peter Straub

    Julia

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (12)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    In a house in London, a woman starts a new life, trying to put tragedy behind her. Then a pretty blonde child runs into view, bringing with her an inexplicable suggestion of evil. Once, Julia Lofting had a husband and a daughter. But everything has changed since she bolted from her marriage, in flight from the unbearable truth of her daughter's death. For Julia, there is no escape. Another child awaits, another mother suffers, and a circle of the damned gathers around her. The haunting has begun....

    Amazon Customer says: "WHAT JUST HAPPENED??"
  • Poe's Children: The New Horror: An Anthology (Unabridged Selections) | Peter Straub

    Poe's Children: The New Horror: An Anthology (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Various
    Overall
    (28)
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    (16)
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    (15)

    From the incomparable master of horror and suspense comes an electrifying collection of contemporary literary horror, with stories from 25 writers representing today's most talented voices in the genre.

    Rona M. Berkhouse says: "STOP! READ REVIEWS 1ST!!!"
  • If You Could See Me Now | Peter Straub

    If You Could See Me Now

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (14)
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    (13)
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    (13)

    One summer night, a boy and his beautiful cousin plunge naked into the moonlit waters of a rural quarry. Twenty years later, the boy, now grown, flees the wreckage of his life and returns to Arden, Wisconsin, in search of everything he has lost. But for Miles Teagarden, the landscape he knew so well has turned eerie and threatening. And the love he shared has become very, very deadly....

  • A Dark Matter | Peter Straub

    A Dark Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
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    (55)
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    (53)

    The charismatic and cunning Spenser Mallon is a campus guru in the 1960s, attracting the devotion and demanding sexual favors of his young acolytes. After he invites his most fervent followers to attend a secret ritual in a local meadow, the only thing that remains is a gruesomely dismembered body and the shattered souls of all who were present.

    Nancy Bauer says: "Incomprehensible hype"
  • 5 Stories | Peter Straub

    5 Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Michael Easton
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    (15)
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    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    “Little Red’s Tango” incorporates a vampire story, miracle legends, a saint’s legend, an epistle, beatitudes, and jazz minutiae within a contemporary faux-gospel.“Lapland, or Film Noir” is a journey to a place of the dark, paranoid crime movies made in Los Angeles between 1948 and 1956, which Straub calls “one of the most compelling periods in American film history.” “The Geezers” is a fascinating exercise in withholding everything that might explain what the protagonists and their friends were up to, and describing instead their reactions to the consequences of actions.

    Janet says: "I really enjoy it. "
  • Mr. X | Peter Straub

    Mr. X

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (28)
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    (21)
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    (22)

    Every year on his birthday, Ned Dunstan is cursed with visions of horror committed by a savage figure he calls "Mr. X". This year, Ned's visions will become flesh and blood. A dreadful premonition brings Ned home to find his mother on her deathbed. She reveals the never-before-disclosed name of his father and warns him of grave danger. Driven by a desperate sense of need, Ned explores his dark past and the astonishing legacy of his kin.

    Old Man Parker says: "Mystery eech!"
  • Floating Dragon | Peter Straub

    Floating Dragon

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Fritz Weaver
    Overall
    (12)
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    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Two monstrous evils. The quiet suburban town of Hampstead is threatened by two horrors. One is natural. The hideous, unstoppable creation of man's power gone mad. The other is not natural at all. And it makes the first look like child's play.

    al says: "heavily abridged"
  • In the Night Room | Peter Straub

    In the Night Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (163)
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    (35)
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    (34)

    Willy Patrick, the author of the Caldecott-winning young-adult novel In the Night Room, thinks she is losing her mind again. Two weeks before her second marriage, on her way home one day, Willy is drawn into the parking lot of a warehouse. Knowing that her daughter, Holly, is being held in that building, she wants to rescue her. But what she knows is impossible, for her daughter is dead.

    Paul says: "In the night room"
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