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  • December Park

  • By: Ronald Malfi
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

In the fall of 1993, the quiet suburb of Harting Farms is shocked when children begin to vanish, and one is found dead near December Park - a great, sweeping expanse that is sunken below the streets and surrounded on three sides by vast woodlands, a place children believe is haunted. Newspapers call the abductor the Piper because he has come to lead children away, while kids whisper darker names for him in the school halls. Angelo Mazzone and his friends discover a link to the dead girl and take up the search for the killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this one. Written and narrated very well.

  • By Bill on 12-13-17

Beware the Piper!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

At its heart December Park is a murder mystery. The fun and listening enjoyment comes from Ronald Malfi's talent at creating completely realistic characters and an immersive atmosphere. In this case using teens in a small suburban town gripped by a rash of child disappearances. Great story and narration.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Subhuman

  • Unit 51, Book 1
  • By: Michael McBride
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 167

They are not human. They are not natural. They are not friendly. At a research station in Antarctica, five of the world's top scientists have been brought together to solve one of the greatest mysteries in human history. Their subject, however, is anything but human. Deep beneath the ice, the submerged ruins of a lost civilization hold the key to the strange mutations that each scientist has encountered across the globe. When a series of sound waves trigger the ancient organisms, a new kind of evolution begins. A long-extinct life form is reborn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intense and fast paced!

  • By love2read on 01-12-18

Science, Sound and Secrets

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Mr. McBride just keeps getting better...and he was pretty good from the start. His latest work, Subhuman, takes place in an Antarctic research station. The story relies on science more than characters but the atmosphere of wonder and terror develop grow steadily. There are several nods to sci-fi classics which made the listen even more enjoyable. I took off points on the performance because there are several audio glitches, several audi, several audio glit (sigh) throughout the narration. There aren't enough to completely spoil the experience and I would certainly listen to Neil Hellegers again without hesitation. I just wish someone had given the final recording a listen to edit out the boo-boos.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Sea Raptor

  • By: John J. Rust
  • Narrated by: Don Colasurd Jr.
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

From terrorist hunter to monster hunter! Jack Rastun was a decorated U.S. Army Ranger, until an unfortunate incident forced him out of the service. He is soon hired by the Foundation for Undocumented Biological Investigation and given a new mission, to search for cryptids, creatures whose existence has not been proven by mainstream science. Teaming up with the daring and beautiful wildlife photographer Karen Thatcher, they must stop a sea monster's deadly rampage along the Jersey Shore.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The plot and writing seemed good but...

  • By Kim Venatries on 08-25-17

The plot and writing seemed good but...

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

I cannot say for sure because the narration was such a struggle to get though. You literally have to ‘translate’ each sentence into something understandable. Way too much work. The narration is BAD. A sing-song Yogi Bear voice with no clue about punctuation, inflection or just how humans talk. Glaring mispronunciations added to the mess. I couldn’t finish this. My strong advice is to get the book version. I really appreciate authors bringing these types of books to audible but I would beg them to look for a decent narrator. Even a mediocre amateur is better than someone who makes your book a joke.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mist

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735

In the wake of a destructive Maine summer thunderstorm, an impenetrable mist descends from the direction of a local military facility and infiltrates the small town of Bridgton. David Drayton and his son, Billy, are dragged into a living nightmare as unnatural and violent forces concealed by the mist begin to emerge, wreaking havoc in their wake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great audio

  • By Debbie on 07-04-17

Something in the fog took John Lee!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

Frightening story, expertly narrated. What lurks in the mist is nothing compared to the boat load of crazy those cowering from it face. This is the novella previously published in a collection of shorts.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,493

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-Food Science Fiction

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-07-17

This is Why I Read and Listen to Books...

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

This is pure immersive entertainment. The description of this book doesn't do it justice because it can't convey how attached you become to characters and their situation. Thank you so much to all the reviewers who recommended this. This is a really good story, well written and narrated. Do yourself a favor and download it now.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Feast

  • The Hunger Series, Book 2
  • By: Jeremiah Knight
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

The human race hangs by a thread the thickness of a single gene: RC-714. The gene, which unlocks the millennia of genetic traits stored in junk DNA, gives crops the ability to rapidly evolve and thrive in any environment. But RC-714 is passed on when consumed. Any creature - mammal, reptile, fish, or insect - that eats the genetically modified crops becomes a slave to the Change. Bodies morph into unrecognizable abominations. Intellect takes a back seat to ravenous hunger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Apocalyptic Appetite Killer

  • By Kim Venatries on 04-26-17

Apocalyptic Appetite Killer

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

This series will appeal to fans of action thrillers and science fiction buffs. It's fast paced with unique characters. The premise is terrifying because you CAN imagine something going really sideways with a plan to genetically modify crops (to taste better and grow faster even in the most inhospitable places) to feed the desperately hungry. Great narration. Can't wait for Book 3.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ararat

  • By: Christopher Golden
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 453

Christopher Golden's Ararat is the heart-pounding tale of an adventure that goes wrong - on a biblical scale. When an earthquake reveals a secret cave hidden inside Mount Ararat in Turkey, a daring, newly engaged couple are determined to be the first ones inside...and what they discover will change everything. The cave is actually a buried ancient ship that many quickly come to believe is Noah's Ark. When a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark, they discover an elaborate coffin in its recesses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good story

  • By Shaymus on 10-19-17

Icy Creepiness!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

The plot isn't particularly original ( A mash up of Ten Little Indians, The Exorcist and The Thing) but Mr. Golden does a great job of creating an atmosphere of dread and menace. I subtracted a star from the narration which overall was pretty good except for the female lead who sounded off to me. Like someone doing a bad Morticia Adams imitation.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Devil Dragon

  • By: Deborah Sheldon
  • Narrated by: Gary Regal
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 11

Dr. Erin Harris may be a scientist, but she has an unscientific obsession: to find a living Varanus priscus. Cryptozoologists call it the Devil dragon. This giant Australian reptile went extinct some 12,000 years ago but like Bigfoot or Nessie, there are occasional sightings. Spurred by a credible witness, Erin cobbles together an expedition party consisting of herself, the witness, and his deer-hunting neighbors. They travel into the unexplored heart of a remote national park.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Syfy for Your Ears

  • By Kim Venatries on 04-26-17

Good Syfy for Your Ears

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

This book isn't deep or terribly frightening but it will hold your attention. It's a closer to a 3.5 over all. It would have been a solid 4.5 except, in my opinion, the main character is an idiot. You'll have to listen to decide for yourself but I found her incredibly annoying. Still I couldn't stop listening because I wanted to know how/if she would finally die. Also, I don't know if there is a sequel planned but I hope so just because of how this story ends.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Shore

  • By: Andrew Cunningham
  • Narrated by: Greg Hernandez
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

It's July 5th, and the Cape Cod roadways are clogged with tourists heading home from the holiday weekend and trying to outrun an approaching potentially catastrophic hurricane. But in the blink of an eye, their lives are thrown into chaos when terrorists bring down the bridges to the Cape. Instantly, a half million terrified people have no way to escape. And when the terrorists threaten to release anthrax on the captive population if their demands aren't met, fear turns to all-out panic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 02-27-17

Fast Moving Thriller

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

What made the experience of listening to Deadly Shore the most enjoyable?

Clean cut story that moves.

What about Greg Hernandez’s performance did you like?

Solid performance that in no way distracted from the story.

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

Yes. There were no slow parts. The main characters were likable and the premise, though a bit over the top, put you in the "what would I do" frame of mind.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Terror

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
  • Length: 28 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008

The men onboard HMS Terror have every expectation of finding the Northwest Passage. When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the Terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear there is no escape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • F**KING AWESOME!!!

  • By Matthew S. Hill on 11-16-17

Finally in Unabridged Form!

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

I've been waiting for years for this in unabridged format. Dan Simmons tells a gripping story of courage and perseverance amongst the crews of HMS Erebus and Terror. Fascinating historical detail mixed with all kinds of horror. One of my all-time favorites expertly narrated by Tom Sellwood.

36 of 39 people found this review helpful