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  • The Lesser Dead

  • By: Christopher Buehlman
  • Narrated by: Christopher Buehlman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live - and die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody - he has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the city's sidewalks.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • NICE GUYS NEARLY ALWAYS FINISH LAST

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-27-17

This book is remarkable.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-16

Possibly one of the best genera books I have ever read. And the author should be commended for the quality of his narration.

Is it "Let the right one in?" No. Nothing can be. But it is easily that books next door neighbor.

  • Daimones

  • By: Massimo Marino
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

Dan and his family awake one day in a world where everyone is dead but no evidence points to a cause. Initial searches for survivors yield nothing and, in panic, the family turns their house into a stronghold. Eventually, they find Laura, a survivor who manages to win their hearts…and leads Dan to temptation. Laura reveals her panicking encounter with strange entities which Dan recognizes in his childhood hallucinations. He forces himself to find and confront them: An older power controls the fate of men.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good story and narration, but...

  • By Connie on 08-02-15

Really really not very good.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-16

What would have made Daimones better?

I thought the set up was interesting, but it just didn't go anywhere.
And the payoff was both predictable and in my opinion kind of a cheap trick.
I was really hoping the author wasn't going to push the whole Biblical/spiritual connection to the aliens thing.

As far as Science fiction goes, I prefer a more objective approach when it comes to the characters.

Also, the whole polygamous subplot was just silly and unrealistic. Not because it can't work, but how easily accepted this massive life change was and how quick it came about. Not to mention how far ahead it was telegraphed. It, like large chunks of the rest of the book felt like it was the author working his own agenda in, rather than allowing the characters to act in realistic ways.

Also, while the performance as a whole was ok, the treatment of the different characters voices was distracting. They sounded as if they were recorded at different times and then edited together. Or that there was subtle pitch shifting to make the voices seem more "female," but it ended up sounding detached.

What could Massimo Marino have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I honestly don't know. It would take a pretty massive rewrite.

What three words best describe Jeff Hays’s performance?

Adequate at best

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

Disappointment.

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  • All Things Cease to Appear

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Brundage
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 255

Late one winter afternoon in upstate New York, George Clare comes home to find his wife killed and their three-year-old daughter alone - for how many hours? - in her room across the hall. He had recently begrudgingly taken a position at a nearby private college (far too expensive for local kids to attend) teaching art history and moved his family into a tight-knit, impoverished town that has lately been discovered by wealthy outsiders in search of a rural idyll.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Savage Sketching of a Psychosis in Focus

  • By W Perry Hall on 03-22-16

Adequate story... Weak ending.

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

So much set up... But the payoff if you can call it that was not worth it.

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  • Visits from the Drowned Girl

  • By: Steven Sherrill
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Tower jockey Benny Poteat has seen a lot of things. Working hundreds of feet in the air repairing tension lines and replacing burnt-out bulbs, secured by nothing but a leather harness and carabiners, he's witnessed baptisms, outdoor weddings, dogfights, glorious sunsets, topless sunbathers, fierce storms, raging fires, and plenty more. Not much he sees surprises him, until the day he watches a woman die.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting & worth a listen!

  • By Clint on 06-13-05

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

There is nothing I can write that will do this book justice. Which I suppose makes it by definition sublime.