Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's beds for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened, or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.
DUDE! This was amazing! I haven't read a horror story this good in a LONG time! The author pulled no punches, he just went right in for the kill, so to speak. The characters were great, and the stlory is simply thrilling. I especially enjoyed the backstory, and how it all came full circle in the end. I mean, WOW! I will definitely be re-listening to this one on a nice stormy night.
The narrator was good, too, though occasionally the tension felt off. Not enough to pull me out of the story, though, just enough for me notice.
This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.
Okay, I am obsessed with this book. I read it at LEAST once a year, and this year I got the audible for my birthday! I know Mr. King doesn't get why we love it so much, but we do. I do. I think it helps us face a deep seated fear, that some may not even know they harbor. And it sees us through it, it shows us that we can come out the other side, and gives us hope. At least, that's part of it for me. It doesn't hurt that the characters are amazing and basically everything Stephen King is gold in my eyes!
I wasn't entirely keen on the narrator at first, but he grew on me, so there's that.
Bob says: 4 Platypires! 5 for the book itself, obviously.
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.
Dresden is my book husband now. There's no way around it. I loved the shifters, or whatever term would be appropriate for this case, and the fact that various types were included. The characters are, as always, well written and intriguing. I need the next book desperately!!
The narrator is simply fantastic.
Bob says: 5 Platypires
A mysterious suicide. Horrific specters walking the streets. A drug that promises to change the world. An apocalyptic cult. Something is stirring in the city of Duluth, Minnesota. Ever since a celebrated researcher announced the creation of a new experimental drug - a drug with the potential to cure the mind of countless ills - people have been disappearing. When a grad student involved with the drug's development unexpectedly commits suicide, a private detective is tasked with unearthing the details of her tumultuous final days. This miracle drug may not be what it seems.
*I was graciously provided an Audible code for this book, to be honestly reviewed*
This had all the factors to shape up to a great story, and I think the author and narrator really pulled it off! I loved some characters, hated others, and loved to hate yet more. Their different thoughts about the going were amazing, and I was really pulled in. I sat on the edge of my seat, getting killed in my game, because I got so focused on the story I was being read that I completely forgot to defend myself LOL. Great book, I can't wait to find out what happens next!
I'm quickly becoming an Ambrose Ibsen fangirl.
Bob says: 5 Platypires
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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
This book! Equals parts heartbreak, thought-provoking, and eye-opening. It was a powerful read, and an important one, I think. It really lets you see things more clearly, from the angle you don’t generally see from the media coverage of such things. Sadly, the people who need to read this the most to gain a little understanding, probably never will.
The narrator was amazing. No jerky, unsure reading, and a speculate job on the different voices. She really brought this to life for me!
5 Platypires all around for this amazing book.
Masie, the daughter of notorious bootlegger Dutch Schultz, returns home from boarding school to find her family in crisis. Her mother is dangerously unstable, her father's empire is on the brink of ruin, and the boy she once loved has become a ruthless killer for hire. To keep her family's dangerous secrets Masie is forced into a lie that will change the course of her future - and leave her trapped in a gilded cage of her own making.
I really liked this story, and am definitely hungry for more! The characters are great, and I enjoyed the interactions, drama, and thrills throughout. Will definitely be getting more from this series.
Sadie Schrock swore that she would never marry. All of her other Amish friends could court and marry; she was content to manage the family business and eventually take it over when her parents were ready to retire. But all of that changes when a reckless driver kills both of her parents and seriously injures her younger sister. With mounting hospital bills adding to the pile of debt her parents left behind, Sadie is left with no choice: She must marry.
This book was fantastic! I felt for Sadie through her many trials, I could feel her emotions and was able to identify with her. Her loyalty to her family goes above and beyond, and I really liked her character in general. I love the redemption angle in the last half of the book, too. Normally, I don't feel like I would have, but it was just so perfectly done and fitting for the story that I had no issue with it at all.
The ebb and flow of the plot was great, and I listened to the entire book in one go. The writing is gorgeous, and I think it's safe to call me a new fan!
The narrator was really quite good, too. She has a pleasant voice and a nice pace to her reading. She seemed to know the story fairly well, though occasionally I felt like the tone of a character's voice was off. A minor thing, and probably one that's just particular to my tastes. Overall, I would definitely listen to her reading again.
I definitely recommend this to those who like Amish themed books, a reluctant romance, and a nice, clean read.
Bob says: 5 Platypires, and a favorite for 2018!
Peter watched his new family drive away, certain it was the last time he'd ever see them. But sometimes plans go awry in the best way. Now, the plan is to get back to them. But sometimes plans go awry in the worst way. Sometimes the only plan is to believe it will be all right, even when it's almost impossible to believe.
This book was a great short read. I liked how Peter had to actually think things through, and that not everything was just perfect for him. I loved the characters he met along his way, and was cheering for him by the end. I have a feeling, from his own inner thoughts and the preview at the end, that he has gone through some major character development, and I’m pretty excited to see that happening! Which means yes, I will be continuing on in yet ANOTHER series. I should really just start sending Audible all my money at this point lol.
The narrator has a beautiful voice and great pace, seems to know the story well, but I think they needed a man to narrate this one, as it’s an almost all male cast. But, she still did well, and I enjoyed hearing her read.
Overall, Bob says: 4 Platypires!
At the grisly murder scene of a teen prostitute, Virginia state trooper Riley Tatum's past roars back to haunt her. When she was a teenage runaway, she was kidnapped, drugged, and left unconscious on the streets. She has no memories of what happened, only strange recurring dreams of two men playing cards. Former FBI agent Clay Bowman, Riley's old flame, is Shield Security's newest member. He's plagued by the unsolved case of a serial killer nicknamed the Shark who murdered girls as part of a sadistic poker game.
This book was GREAT! I haven't read a whole lot of women-led, serial killer genre books that really and truly hooked me, but this was so good! There was plenty of information to really get into it, without it becoming bogged down in details. The characters were engaging and fun to get to know, and the general flow of the story was spot on.
While I had already guessed who the other player was, it was still intense to see Riley when she found out, and everything just fell right into place. There was romance in the book, but it happened without taking over the story or overshadowing anything. Amazing. I will DEFINITELY be continuing on with this series, and if you like this genre of books, I think you will, too.
The narrator was good, too, though I feel like a female/male duo might have been more suited to this particular story. Still though, she did a really good job!
Overall, Bob says: 4 Platypires!
Brother Dust, a changeling born amidst a sandstorm, has seen it all before. He's watched as the heavy imperial boots have crushed dozens of planets. Watched as their drills pierce the core of a world, slowly killing it while the natives are kept docile, and compliant with the gifts and pleasures the empire brings them from the stars.
I received an Audible code for this book via Audiobook Boom! for an honest review.
So, I really liked this book. The different alien races, the struggle of one believing they are superior, and therefore entitled to take over other worlds for their own gain. A lot of not so subtle subtext, I think haha. And it was well written, with a good flow and engaging characters.
However, the jumping back in time and back ahead got a little confusing at times, and could have been made more clear what was happening. Other than that, I have no real complaints with the story!
Now, for the narration. It just really wasn't my favorite thing. Sometimes he sounded like he was doing a Batman impression, which made me giggle, but also pulled me out of the story. Same with when he sounded like Mr Movie Announcer. He has a nice voice in general, but just not for this book.
Overall, I have to go with 3 Platypires.