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  • The Deceased

  • By: Tom Piccirilli
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 17

Something is calling Jacob Maelstrom back to the isolated home of his childhood - to the scene of a living nightmare that almost cost him his life. Ten years ago his sister slaughtered their brother and parents, locked Jacob in a closet...then committed a hideous suicide. Now, as the anniversary of that dark night approaches, Jacob is drawn back to a house where the line between the living and the dead is constantly shifting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nwe take on the Haunted House

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-04-18

Interesting Paranormal Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-18

As far as haunted house stories go, 'The Deceased' was a fairly unique take on the idea! Plagued by his past, Jacob Maelstrom is drawn back to his home where his family was brutally murdered many years ago. This story vacillates between worlds and points in time, making for an interesting and fun to follow plot that is ever twisting and evolving. It's hard to say much of anything else without giving away spoilers! While it wasn't the best paranormal story I've read, it was certainly fun and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre. J. Scott Bennett delivers a wonderful narrative performance.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Truth

  • The Rick Cahill Series
  • By: Matt Coyle
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

When a long-hidden safe unlocks clues about why his father was kicked off the police force 27 years ago and then spiraled into an early drunken death, Rick determines to find the truth, even if it proves the one thing he's always feared. But as he grapples with his father's past, the woman he still loves pleads with him to find out if her husband is having an affair - or is involved in something much more sinister. Could the truth send her back into Rick’s arms?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Story With Lots Of Action

  • By Lia on 01-28-18

Absolutely Fantastic Thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I will listen to literally anything narrated by Travis Baldree - his narration is always phenomenal without fail. 'Blood Truth' is the 4th book in the Rick Cahill series and while I started on book 4, I had no trouble getting into the story and following along. I intend to go back to the beginning because 'Blood Truth' was so compelling! Rich Cahill is a character you won't soon forget and the competing, action packed story lines in this thriller will leave you satisfied at the end. I would recommend this book to anyone at all who enjoys a mystery/thriller!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Murder of Saints

  • By: Chris Miller
  • Narrated by: Tim Halligan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Sophie Fields is a little girl tortured by her memories of Damien Smith, a much-loved and respected church elder with a secret lust for the unmentionable. After his misdeeds are covered up by church leaders, she climbs to the roof of her house and jumps to her death, right in front of her shocked brother, Charlie. 20 years later, detective Harry Fletcher learns that Charlie Fields has come back to town with one mission: to kill everyone responsible for his sister's death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Murder Mystery

  • By Simone K on 04-02-18

Compelling Murder Mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-18

'A Murder of Saints' is a classic revenge story, in my book at least! When the abuse from a pastor results in the death of his younger sister, Charlie is haunted for the rest of his days. Finally, he has no choice but to seek revenge on all of those who caused his sister's death. While he pursues this endeavor, Detective Fletcher is tasked with hunting him down and stopping him. I won't say more for fear of spoilers, but I will say that this was a fast-paced and very satisfying murder mystery novel. I would recommend this one to anyone who enjoys this genre!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Salvation State

  • By: Marcus Damanda
  • Narrated by: Jessica McEvoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Rebecca and Daniel have never met. A 15-year-old preacher's kid and a 16-year-old atheist outcast, they appear to have little in common. And yet they both have attracted the attention of a recruiter for Angel Island, where bad kids go to be remade-or destroyed. Agents of the all-powerful New America Unity Church will stop at nothing to get them. They're building an army, a modern children's crusade, in which Rebecca and Daniel may be just the kind of future leaders they need. If not, they might be just the kind of sacrifice necessary to keep the rest of the faithless in line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book and performance!

  • By Charlotte on 01-29-18

Fast Paced, Gripping Thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I love a story about out of control cults. They're just so fun! 'The Salvation State' seems to take place in a future where being religious is a requirement for living - having a job, being respected, remaining safe and free. In this future, when one rebells they may find themselves indefinitely imprisoned in a mental institution... or dead. Two young people from opposite sides of this faith fence, end up en route to the same isolated island where the religious nuts are building a terrifying youth army. This story was absolutely enthralling for me from top to bottom; I had a very hard time putting it down. That said, this book has no ending. It just ends. So unless there is a sequel coming out be prepared to love the book and be disappointed in the last second. Normally, this would mean I couldn't recommend this book. But the story itself is so good I can forgive the no-ending enough to recommend it. Jessica McEvoy gives a fantastic narrative performance!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hatched

  • Invisible Spiders, Volume 1
  • By: Jason R Davis
  • Narrated by: Darren Marlar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

It is the morning hours in the small town of Hammond and, as the town wakes up it finds that there is something spreading. Something that is not seen until it is too late because by then, you are already infected. At that point, they are already... Hatched.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy, Crawly, Heebee, Jeebees In The Best Possible Way

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-19-18

Psychosis, Spiders and Zombies, Oh My!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I was interested in this book based on the cover art and title alone, and they do not disappoint. 'Hatched' is a unique take on a parasitic invasion that affects humans in ways that are horrifying and hard to predict. I read a lot of content in this genre and I'm always on the hunt for a unique take on a cliche - this is the one for zombie lore. I've consumed an absurd amount of this kind of content and there is nothing out there like this that I've found. If you like horror, have a fear spiders and enjoy a thrilling, spine tingling (literally) adventure, then 'Hatched' is the story for you! Darren Marlar gives a stellar performance.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Storm Before the Storm: A Novel of Preparedness and Survival

  • American Sundown Series
  • By: Joe Russell
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

As a prepper, Dave Galanos has always made an effort to do what he can to prepare for the unexpected. But when something goes terribly wrong halfway through a backpacking trip with his wife and family, his world is turned upside down, and he is tested in a way he had never planned for.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book if you have Insomnia

  • By cosmitron on 02-23-18

Excellent Start to the Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I love an apocalypse story and I particularly love an EMP apocalypse story, so it's no surprise to me that I thoroughly enjoyed "The Storm Before the Storm." And beyond that, I can actually say that so far this is my favorite EMP tale yet! All of these stories seem to begin with the most obvious moment - people driving along when their cars just stop, or they're home and their power goes out and their cellphone no longer works. It's the moment you expect to read about when thinking about an EMP. But this one was different; it begins with what feels like a very real and compelling story about two couples that venture into the woods for a nature filled few days. Things start to go wrong for the group but the evil at hand is of the human variety. It's only close to the end of this first book that the group even realizes what is happening in the world at large. I thought that was extremely clever, the characters are fully fleshed out and the adventure they are on will draw you in. Kevin Pierce never disappoints with his narration, he is one of the very best on Audible!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • But Not Forgotten

  • Clint Wolf Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: BJ Bourg
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Two years after Clint Wolf's life has been disrupted forever, he's asked to serve as police chief for a quiet little town deep in the swamps of Louisiana. But the tranquility of the town is shattered when a severed arm is found in the jowls of an alligator. With the aid of Sergeant Susan Wilson, Clint investigates and it isn't long before they realize someone has been murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 Stars The Ending Was Deflating!!

  • By Lia on 12-04-17

So Much Fun!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-18

Right from the start I felt like I was dropped into the swamps of Louisiana; J. Scott Bennett succeeds in bringing this story to life in a dramatic fashion. This murder mystery unfolds in an incredibly satisfying way, with twists that are hard to guess and characters with lives you'll want to follow. There are a few stand outs in this story that I won't soon forget (such as the old woman who is sure her husband will come home, even though he has recently been eaten by an alligator). I enjoyed this one from top to bottom, I would recommend it to any of my friends and I look forward to book 2!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Happy Man

  • A Tale of Horror
  • By: Eric C. Higgs
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Charles Ripley has a good job as an engineer, a pretty wife, and an expensive house in a fashionable San Diego suburb. But it isn't until Ruskin Marsh moves in next door that Ripley realizes how passionless his life really is. Marsh, a connoisseur of the arts, high-powered lawyer, model husband and father, and effortless seducer of women, is so supremely alive that Ripley finds himself irresistibly drawn to him. But after Marsh's arrival, local girls begin to vanish, marriages end violently, and horribly mutilated corpses are found.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a neighborhood friend telling you a crazy story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 04-15-18

Moderately Good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-18

I wanted to like this book so badly. From the description to the narrator to the cover, it sounded right up my alley. I had the hardest time getting into this one. It seemed to get interesting in bursts to me but never really grabbed me. Perhaps it just wasn't for me! Matt Godfrey literally always does fantastic work, so it may be worth the listen just for him. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone only because it didn't strike a chord with me.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Phantoms of Dixie

  • By: Hans Holzer
  • Narrated by: Pam Dougherty
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Dixie, with its romantic moods and old-world charm, is particularly prone to harbor phantoms, such as the Gray Man of Pawley's Island, South Carolina, who warns of impending disaster, or headless Joe Baldwin and the famed Maco light of Wilmington. In perhaps the most chilling account, a Tyler, Texas, family suffers years of agony at the hands of a particularly destructive poltergeist. Insects come from nowhere to literally rain on them in their home, and heavy objects are seen to move through space. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Collection of Reported True Ghost Stories

  • By Spooky Mike on 12-27-17

Not For Me

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-18

I really wanted to like this collection of true ghost stories. I kept waiting for the stories to become compelling, scary, spooky or even just a little bit creep-inducing. But they never got there. This is some of the driest 'true paranormal' material I've ever come across. That said, Pam Dougherty delivers a performance that almost makes it worth it. I wouldn't recommend this collection to my friends, there is much more interesting 'true' paranormal content out there.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Butcher

  • A Cold Hollow Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Emilie J. Howard
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

A butcher, a baker, and a cadaver maker walk into a bar. Who comes out alive? You never know in the twisted town of Cold Hollow, but you know it's not going to be an ordinary day when you receive half a human face in the mail. Mayor Myrna Gillette and Chief Hanover are at it again when an unwanted visitor, bent on revenge, refuses to leave their town. With arsonists, the Mafia, and murderers to keep in check, Myrna is determined to keep her pleasant town intact.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun suspenseful mystery

  • By Spooky Mike on 01-31-18

The Butcher

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-18

I have a sense that if I had read this series in order, I would have had a much different impression of this book. I spent much of it being somewhat confused. But for that I can only blame myself, as I did start this series on book 5! Outside of being a little lost, I found this story to be outrageously different from things I normally read, which are within this genre as well. I intend to go back to the beginning and consume this series in the right way! Bennett delivers a good performance.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful