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  • A Descent into Hell

  • The True Story of an Altar Boy, a Cheerleader, and a Twisted Texas Murder
  • By: Kathryn Casey
  • Narrated by: Gillian Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

Bright, attractive, and both from good families, University of Texas college student Colton Pitonyak and vibrant redhead Jennifer Cave had the world at their beckoning. Cave, an ex-cheerleader, had just landed an exciting new job, while a big-money scholarship to UT's prestigious business school lured Pitonyak to Austin. Yet the former altar boy had a dark, unpredictable streak. When Jennifer failed to show up for work on August 18, 2005, her mother became frightened. Sharon Cave's search led to Colton's West Campus apartment, where Jennifer's family discovered a scene worthy of the grisliest horror movie.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not my cup of tea.

  • By Sharon on 08-14-13

Fascinating Account of Heinous Crime

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

Reviewed: 03-25-13

Where does A Descent into Hell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would rank this book in my top Five of all crime novels written in the past 20 years!

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The lead-in to the crime usually involves a good bit of tedium in these books, not here, the narrator paints a vivid pre-crime atmosphere.

What does Gillian Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator adeptly brings the characters to life and draws the listener in immediately. Great Job!

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

It was concerning to learn the ambivalence the murderer and his accomplice showed toward the victim.

Any additional comments?

I would really like to hear more from this author and narrator on other true crime events.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Day By Day Armageddon

  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,938
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,924

In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freakin' AWESOME!

  • By Brandon on 02-09-11

Gripping and Fast Moving

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

Reviewed: 12-26-11

Bourne has written a tidy little zombie story here with a new twist; first person narrative. The daily diary reveals the unfolding events in a more immediate and personal way as compared to most of todays tiresome undead novels and stories. Snyder reads as if he has just uncovered the diary and is sharing it with us.

  • Ghoul

  • By: Brian Keene
  • Narrated by: Wayne June
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

June 1984. Timmy Graco is looking forward to summer vacation, taking it easy and hanging out with his buddies. Instead his summer will be filled with terror and a life-and-death battle against a nightmarish creature that few will believe even exists. Timmy learns that the person who’s been unearthing fresh graves in the cemetery isn’t a person at all. It’s a thing. And it’s after Timmy and his friends. If Timmy hopes to live to see September, he’ll have to escape the Ghoul.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!!!!

  • By Amanda H. on 02-23-12

Unexpected Pleasure

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

Reviewed: 12-01-11

Wow, what a great job by the narrator. I have never heard such great voice work by a male speaking for females. Usually, it is poorly executed - not here. Great character differentiation as well. The story was also interesting and atmospheric, making great use of location descriptions. Highly recommend.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful