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  • S.P.I.D.A.R.

  • By: Bryan Alaspa
  • Narrated by: Robert Keesecker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

The town of Whittier is isolated in Alaska, and the people all live within towers once used by the military. The tourist season is over, and winter is on the way. Then, a body washes up on shore. A body that says it's from the government facility across the sound at Esther Island. With a storm coming, the citizens of Whittier have to deal with this on their own. They put the body in the basement of the towers, but their doctor wants to find out what killed this man. Was it a disease? How dangerous is it? Then, the horror begins.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Get out now before you buy this book

  • By Tatiana on 05-08-18

Get out now before you buy this book

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

This was a boring book filled with idiots doing things that didn't make sense. In addition to being idiots, the characters were totally uninteresting. I would not have cared if they all killed each other. Nothing about this was scary or even remotely entertaining. The narrator was mildly interesting, but only in the sense that his upbeat performance was totally incongruous with the supposed mood of the story.

There were multiple issues with logic in the way situations were presented. Characters would say things like, 'all evidence points to' such and such, when literally none of the evidence showed that. I question the reasoning skills of whomever decided to publish the book this way.

There are so many great books on Audible, but this is not one of them. I advise you to run away from this page right now and never return. Don't make the same mistake I did. Save yourself while you still can.

  • Deep Shadow

  • Caribbean Dive Adventure, Volume 1
  • By: Nick Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Scuba divers travel from all over the world to visit the little island of Bonaire, with its crystal clear waters and a host of beautiful marine life. After three years in the “Diver's Paradise”, divemaster Boone Fischer thought he’d seen it all, but on a routine afternoon dive, he spots something that will turn his tranquil life upside down. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Diving, Drugs, and Deep Shadows

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-01-18

Poor narration by the author

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

There are times when an author should narrate their own book, and times when they shouldn't. This was one of the latter.

I bought this book because I really enjoyed Zombie Bigfoot, which was written and narrated by the same author. It was a clever, funny story that perfectly matched the author's jocular performance. Unfortunately, as much as that attitude worked there, it was simply out of place in this work. The author just cannot match the serious tone the atmosphere of this book requires.

I saw another review that compared this book to Sphere and The Abyss. Well, I LOVED both of those, but they are both somber, eerie, and suspenseful works. The author's speaking voice is pure tongue-in-cheek humour, and nothing else. It's a jarring mismatch.

Also, the accents are a little difficult to listen to, with the supposed 'south London' being more Australian, etc. But that's a pet peeve of mine.

I really do want to know what happens in the book, but I think I will have to look for the Kindle version. I can't concentrate on the story through this narration.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cyclops Road

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Evan Portin is at a sad, scary place in his life. While taking a long walk to compose himself and figure out where to go from here, he encounters a young woman being mugged in a park. When he tries to intervene, he discovers that she doesn't need his help. At all. Her name is Harriett. She is very, very good at defending herself. Everything she owns is in a large backpack. She's never seen a cell phone. She's never been in a car. She's never really ventured into the outside world. And she says she's traveling across the country to slay a Cyclops. She's crazy, right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked me from the first sentence

  • By Dee on 04-07-17

I wish there were a sequel!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

I was so impressed by this book. I'll read just about anything by Jeff Strand, and listen to almost anything by Joe Hempel, so when you combine the two, you know it's going to be a winner.

It starts out by hooking you with a witty conversation in which two people are fatalistically trying to scare each about a roller coaster ride. I thought, wow, these people are a little nuts . . . but in a good way. It was effective, because it made me invested in the main character from the beginning.

From there the story takes a very brief dark turn (which serves to increase character interest), but soon becomes a mix of comedy and suspense, with a bit of Twilight Zone thrown in. It's basically a really long, strange road trip where you have absolutely no idea what to expect. Crazy things happen out of nowhere. I laughed--a lot.

In the end I liked this even better than the Wolf Hunt books. Those were also funny and suspenseful in Strand's hallmark way, but this one has an off the cuff weirdness the others lacked. I really wish Strand would do a sequel--and have Joe Hempel narrate again, obviously. As usual, Mr. Hempel gave life to the characters and his delivery was flawless. Even the female characters were perfect. It was much better and more fun than reading this in print.

I received this audiobook for free at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Childhood's End

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,639
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,693

The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Food for Thought

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-17-08

Skip the introduction

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Authors and publishers: please reserve the introductions of classic books for introducing those books--not for spoiling the plot.

The introduction of this book gives too much away. I normally avoid introductions due to exactly this possibility, but the guy started this one by saying, "Greetings, carbon-based bipeds!" which I thought was kind of funny, so I trusted him and stayed. Mistake. Before I could stop him, this guy ended up telling me things about the book I didn't want to know.

Why do people do this? Yes introducers, I realize YOU have read the book and are of the mind everyone else should have done so already, but some of us have to have a first time. Why do you want to ruin mine?

Despite that, I loved the book. I've heard it said that it was Clarke's greatest achievement, and having read most of his other work, I tend to agree. It is classic sci-fi at its finest.

  • The Demonic

  • A Supernatural Horror Novel
  • By: Lee Mountford
  • Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53

Years ago, a young girl ran away from her childhood home and vowed never to go back. It was a place of fear, pain, and misery at the hands of an abusive father. But now, her father is dead, and she is forced to break that vow and return home - to lay his body to rest and face up to the ghosts of her past. However, Danni is about to learn that some ghosts are more real than others. Something beyond her understanding waits for her there, lurking in the shadows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dead Goat Equals No Go

  • By Spooky Mike on 02-27-18

Genuinely Scary Tale

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

I really enjoyed this. I was in the mood for haunted house story, but so many of them just fall flat. They start with a creepy beginning, and by the middle you're just irritated with the characters for being so stupid. All the atmosphere goes totally out the window.

Not this one. The entire story was actually scary! I listened to it at night with the lights off, which is what I like to do sometimes, and I was actually nervous when I had to get up and go to the bathroom in the dark. I *almost* turned the lights on!

I don't scare easily and I'm not squeamish at all, but this one had me. The suspense and creepiness just continue to build, and don't let up until the end.

The narration was fantastic. I save my five star rating for the best, and Hannibal Hills deserves one.

  • The Bad Games Series Box Set: Books 1-3

  • By: Jeff Menapace
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 23 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

The Lambert Family is heading to Crescent Lake, a rural cabin community in Western Pennsylvania, for an idyllic weekend getaway. Some fishing, some barbecue, some games... The Fannelli brothers are heading to Crescent Lake, too. Some stalking, some kidnapping, some murder, definitely some games...though not necessarily the type of games the Lamberts had in mind. But it doesn't matter. The Lamberts are going to play whether they like it or not. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a ride!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-03-18

Extremely satisfying suspense!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

This is another book I meant to listen to ages ago but somehow forgot about. I got it because I am a fan of the narrator, Gary Tiedemann, who I think is highly underrated. But I think maybe on some level I hesitated to listen to the book because I was afraid it would be along the same lines as the movie "Funny Games," in which a family is brutally targeted by psychos and watch their children murdered in an essentially gratuitous fashion. I'm a fan of horror, but not the kind where children get slaughtered.

But this is not like that at all. There is a great deal of danger and true horror, but nothing evil or gratuitous. It's disturbing, but not twisted to the level that you'll wish you hadn't heard it. Everything that happens is something that organically arises from the plot. You should definitely still be worried, but not about pure sadism--at least not on the part of the author. The two brothers are total psychopaths. But honestly, they are some of the best villains I have read in a VERY long time.

I'm so glad I listened to this, and I very highly recommend it.

I received this book for free at my request (it was on my wish list at the time) and have voluntarily left this review. This did not affect my opinion, and in hindsight I would definitely spend a credit on it if I had to.

  • Transmission

  • A Supernatural Thriller
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 325

College students Kenji and Dylan stumble upon a strange recording in the background of an obscure song. It's a woman's voice uttering a string of seemingly random characters. Upon further inspection, the song appears to have been embedded with a hidden message. Attempting to crack the mysterious code and becoming obsessed with the recording, Kenji and Dylan set off in search of answers. With every turn in the road however, the puzzle only seems to grow more complicated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't go into the house alone!

  • By Matthew on 12-05-16

An underrated gem

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

This one has been in my library for a while now, but for some reason I totally forgot about listening to it until recently. Now that I have, I wish it hadn't taken so long. I have no idea why it isn't rated higher than it currently is. The story is creepy and original, and the narration is simply excellent. Ambrose Ibsen is always good for a scary tale, and of the five or six I own, this one is my favorite. I highly recommend it for those looking for supernatural horror.

I received this book for free at my request from the author, publisher or narrator, and have voluntarily left this review. This has not affected my review in the slightest however, as I wanted to listen to the book even before it was given to me, and would have eventually spent a credit on it anyway. I can say now it would have been totally worth it.

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  • The City Stained Red

  • By: Sam Sykes
  • Narrated by: David DeSantos
  • Length: 22 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

Step up to the gates. After years in the wilds, Lenk and his companions have come to the city that serves as the world's beating heart. The great charnel house where men die surer than any wilderness. They've come to claim payment for creatures slain, blood spilled at the behest of a powerful holy man. And Lenk has come to lay down his sword for good. But this is no place to escape demons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chaos and Characters

  • By Nate Card on 12-20-17

Too many not-so-clever jokes

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

This one didn't do it for me. I agree with the other reviewer called Chelsea who said it was juvenile. Every line was another attempt at wittiness, totally at the expense of a plot. Was there a plot? There certainly wasn't a protagonist. Just a group of tropes jaunting around telling jokes. Or worse--the author telling jokes and using the characters as props. There is zero depth or interest to these characters beyond cookie cutter stereotypes.

There are also vast numbers of original races, none of which I really had any interest in and which I felt cluttered up the world. This may just be me, because I honestly prefer my fantasy human-based, with at most a dwarf or an elf thrown in here and there. While a non-human race or two *may* add depth in some situations, to me, a half dozen or more is total overkill. This world is the fantasy equivalent of Deep Space Nine.

Given the title and synopsis I thought this book would be dark, but it definitely isn't. There are grim themes such as killing, sure, but they are wrapped up in so many jokes that the mood is the opposite of grim. The main mood seems to aspire to be humor, but if the author's style of one-liner comedy falls flat with you (as it did with me), then there really isn't much left. It's just random, unsatisfying events.

Okay, in total fairness, I did get a few laughs out of the giant guy from the sample. That's not nearly enough though. Learn from my mistake and save yourself the credit.

  • The Death Wish Game

  • By: Jonathan Chateau
  • Narrated by: Aaron Shedlock
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

A one-way trip to Florida offers Rodney Corso the chance at a fresh start from his dead-end life in South Carolina. Newly divorced, broke, and unemployed, a bus ticket gifted to him by his sister could not have come at a better time. However, this bus would never reach its final destination. Sometime during the 10-hour trek to Miami, both he and the rest of the passengers awaken to find themselves duct-taped to their seats and stranded in the middle of nowhere in the black of night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buckle Up You are in for a wild ride.

  • By cosmitron on 03-17-18

Prepare yourself--this one grabs a hold of you

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Wow, this was a good one! It was like the mainstream Hollywood horror movie of the year, in audiobook form. So much suspense and action that pulls you in right from the beginning. It grabs you by the pants and throws you on a roller coaster you can't get off. I will definitely be waiting for more from this author!

The narration is excellent, and I actually listened to the whole thing. From me, that's the best recommendation I can give.

I received this book for free at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • The High King's Vengeance

  • By: Steven Poore
  • Narrated by: Diana Croft
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Malessar's Curse is broken, the wards around Caenthell destroyed. The Warlock himself lies, exhausted and gravely wounded, in the rubble of his own house. And while the dire spirits trapped behind the wards for centuries are unleashed into the world once more, Cassia is confined to a cell deep in Galliarca's grand palace. Yet Caenthell calls to her, and Cassia must answer. As Heir to the North, the throne and the power behind it belong to her. But the twisted hunger of Caenthell's spirits appalls her. and Cassia vows to do everything she can to defeat them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time to take out the bad guy!!!

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-28-18

Excellent Follow Up

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

I really enjoyed the first book of this series, and this is an excellent follow up. Like many fantasy series, it just gets better once you know the world and are invested in the characters. I wish I could give it four and a half stars.

The main character in particular has a fantastic arc, and unlike many series I have read, she doesn't stop learning and improving at the beginning of the first book, but continues throughout. It seems like the author did a lot of thinking about how he wants his characters to develop and has spaced it throughout the books, augmenting the epic experience and general sense of reality. One of my favorite elements of the story was a certain dark undercurrent that flows throughout and really heightens the suspense and the mood. It was really well done.

The world itself is incredibly rich and detailed. My one criticism would be that the speech is anachronistic, sometimes using idioms or even contemporary slag which feels out of place with the rest of the story tone. I did clench my teeth a few times over this. I liked the story so much that it was worth that minor irritation, however, if not for that I probably would have given it five stars overall.

The narration was very nice.

I received this book for free at my request and have voluntarily left this review.