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  • Burnt Offerings

  • Valancourt 20th Century Classics
  • By: Robert Marasco
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,464

Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their tiny Brooklyn apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for the entire summer for only $900, it's an offer that's too good to refuse. There's only one catch: behind a strange and intricately carved door in a distant wing of the house lives elderly Mrs. Allardyce, and the Rolfes will be responsible for preparing her meals. But Mrs. Allardyce never seems to emerge from her room, and it soon becomes clear that something weird and terrifying is happening in the house.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Haunted house story more creepy than horrific

  • By Calliope on 05-03-17

This was written in 1973.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

It seemed that something was off through out the whole book. Once I realized WHEN it was written, so many more pieces fell into place. The heroine was not as strong as I thought she should have been, but maybe in today's world she would have found more strength outside herself rather than make the choices she did. Her husband should have made different choices too, but his character was not as well developed as it would have to have been to make them.

  • The Child Finder

  • A Novel
  • By: Rene Denfeld
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon's Skookum National Forest. She would be eight years old now - if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as "the Child Finder", Naomi is their last hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beauty and Brutality, Haunting and Healing

  • By Marisa on 10-03-17

An unexpected find.

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

The narrator was perfect for this book. This is a book I will be sure to listen to several times. An unexpected story of hope.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Breeds 2

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054

Months after the war with Borland and his vicious were-brood, Kirk and Morris are experiencing curious after-effects. They're stronger, faster, and no longer vulnerable to the sharp sting of silver. There is one concern, however. They're forever hungry, and nothing they eat provides the same nourishment as what they consumed on the island of Newfoundland. And when a mysterious stranger rides into Moses Morris's territory wishing to hunt, the were-warden knows the visitor isn't after deer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want more!

  • By ilovebooks on 10-18-16

An unexpected delightful find.

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Where does Breeds 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is not my normal type of book, but the first one caught my attention and held it and this second one is just the same. It's fast paced and has such an interesting theme that it's one I'll read several times.

Who was your favorite character and why?

These characters are old, crotchety, and set in their ways. Because of that you wonder how they still get by, but they are not idiots and that somewhat saves most of them. I love Morris and Kirk. Those two grumpy old men will make you smile.

Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

He reads them all well. No disappointments in any of them.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I rarely get to listen to anything for more than an hour or two, but I've made time to hear it in 4 days.

Any additional comments?

This is not my normal genre. I picked it up because I enjoy the other series by the author. I cannot wait until book 3 is out!

  • Skin

  • Insatiable Series, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Logan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 148

Tucked away in northeastern Vermont, picturesque Askergan County is the perfect place for a winter vacation - for the lucky few who know about it. Askergan is so peaceful, crime so nonexistent, that they don't even have a full-time police force, just a Sheriff and two deputies who spend most of their time dishing out parking tickets and breaking up the occasional bar fight. But that was before the storm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will be haunted by that voice for days

  • By Julie Ann Sanchez on 10-11-16

Where is the beginning of the story?

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

What did you like best about Skin? What did you like least?

I liked best that it was weird in a good way. There was an interesting thread of a story.

What about Michael Pauley’s performance did you like?

He read well and was enjoyable to listen to.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

I listened to most of this story twice thinking I had missed something. There is no story about how all the events started, no legend, no folk tale. It just started and didn't develop as well as it could. I can't even write a review about it. Probably not going to listen to this author again.

  • To Die For

  • By: Alice Clark-Platts
  • Narrated by: Rachel Bavidge
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 631

In an empty car park, Ryan James sits in his car contemplating death. He has set up a hose pipe that is pouring carbon monoxide into the car, and his deciding whether or not to close the last window and end it all. Finally, he gets a text and decides to end his life. Detective Martin is called to the scene the next day. At first she is convinced it is a simple suicide but as she looks deeper into the boy's life and his relationships she begins to wonder if someone else was involved.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's like getting only the first 2 chapters of a book

  • By Lisa on 05-12-17

hardly worth hearing

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

It's an hour long. I thought maybe I had bought part of a book, but no - that's it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Lake

  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Nicky Phillips
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

Sam is excited to spend a week at her uncle's remote lake cabin. It's a chance for her to focus on her art without distractions: no neighbors, no phone, and a small radio as her only contact with the outside world. But there's something deeply unnatural lingering in the lake. The radio's news reports talk about disappearances on a nearby hiking trail. The car won't start. And Sam starts to believe she's being stalked when she catches glimpses of a tall, strange man standing at the end of her dock.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book but not my cup of tea

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-20-18

Please note this book is less than 3 hours long.

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

What did you like best about Dead Lake? What did you like least?

Had this book been 8 hours long or even 6 hours long or maybe 5 hours long, then the author could have pulled you into the story, rather than telling you a story with a lot of missing parts.

If you’ve listened to books by Darcy Coates before, how does this one compare?

Never listened to her before. Don't plan to do so again.

What about Nicky Phillips’s performance did you like?

She did a wonderful job. Not rushed, just doing the best with what she had to work with.

Did Dead Lake inspire you to do anything?

Yes, write a review to warn others.

Any additional comments?

This story has great potential. As disjointed and bizarre as it was I fully expected to find that this was a dream and the main character woke on the couch after just arriving at the cabin in chapter 1. THAT would have been a better ending than what the author crammed into the last 12 minutes.

  • The Girl in the Ice

  • Detective Erika Foster Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,802
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,782

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound, and dumped in water around London.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good New Series

  • By Lia on 05-11-17

Needed a couple of editors.

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

Reviewed: 07-28-16

What did you like best about The Girl in the Ice? What did you like least?

I like that it ended. I might not finish it if it continues like it is. I'm on chapter 33 of 87.....

This book needed editing. I know the Queen's English is different than American English, but I've read tons of both and I still got lost in this one.

If you’ve listened to books by Robert Bryndza before, how does this one compare?

The narrator was ok, however she seems bored at times and I couldn't decide if she was trying to convey what people saw or felt, or if she was just as bored as I was.

Which character – as performed by Jan Cramer – was your favorite?

None of them. They are all broken, hateful, shallow and not likable.

Could you see The Girl in the Ice being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

NO

Any additional comments?

I wanted to look and see how old this book is. Published in Feb of 2016. Maybe I missed what year this was written for, but it seems over 15 years ago. The dialogue is stunted, stiff, boorish and confusing. It seems that this book just confirms that men cops are all bullies and worried about how long their dick is. When I call the cops, I don't want these guys to shoe up. Not sure I can finish it. The characters are needing shrinks and I'm surprised any crimes get solved by this lot.

  • Lost and Found

  • By: Amy Shojai
  • Narrated by: Amy Shojai
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

Animal behaviorist September Day has lost everything - husband murdered, career in ruins, confidence shot - and returns home with her trained Maine Coon cat, Macy, to Texas to recover. She's forced out of hibernation when her nephew Steven and his autism service dog Shadow disappear in a freak blizzard. When her sister trusts a maverick researcher's promise to help Steven, September has 24 hours to rescue them from a devastating medical experiment impacting millions of children, a deadly secret others will kill to protect....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The value of life!

  • By Angela on 04-28-15

I made it 10 minutes and couldn't take anymore.

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

Reviewed: 07-19-16

The reviews for the book are good and maybe I'll get around to reading it, but I cannot take another minute of this horrible narrator. It is the author and she needs to get a professional. Couldn't tell you if the story is any good.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Darkest Minds

  • Darkest Minds, Book 1
  • By: Alexandra Bracken
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,550

When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall, I really enjoyed this thrilling book

  • By Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies on 08-06-13

This is young adult, teen fiction.

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

I've stopped halfway through. I will finish it, but not right now.

I would not have bought it had someone said it was teen fiction.

The story is interesting, the performance is pretty good but it is not what I was looking for. I grew up somewhere along the line and need a more complete story, dialogue and explanation. Don't just tell me a frog is green, tell me about the frog so I can see the green for myself.

  • Kindling Flames: Gathering Tinder

  • By: Julie Wetzel
  • Narrated by: Marcio Catalano
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Fresh from college and with no real work experience, Victoria Westernly considers herself lucky to land the coveted position of personal assistant to Darien Ritter, the CEO and owner of a multibillion-dollar company. His busy schedule and eccentric ways are enough to keep her on her toes. But, all is not what it seems when she discovers the handsome man employing her just happens to be the most powerful vampire in the area.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By Kelsey M on 03-26-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

I'm not usually a fan of vampire stories, but this one has just enough of everything else that I was glad I bought it.

As some of the other reviews said, it is part of a longer story and I wished the author had made each one longer so I hear more. It stopped at a critical point and there were better ways to play this out that would have made the characters more 3 dimensional. However, if I find the others on sale I'll buy them.