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  • Hallow Be the Haunt

  • A Krewe of Hunters Novella - 1001 Dark Nights
  • By: Heather Graham
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Years ago, Jake Mallory fell in love all over again with Ashley Donegal - while he and the Krewe were investigating a murder that replicated a horrible Civil War death at her family's Donegal Plantation.

Now, Ashley and Jake are back - planning for their wedding, which will take place the following month at Donegal Plantation, her beautiful old antebellum home. But Halloween is approaching and Ashley is haunted by a ghost warning her of deaths about to come.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story; poor performance

  • By Rachel on a Hawg on 11-12-18

couldn't finish

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I usually enjoy the stories from Heather Graham. however, the narrator did the poorest reading of a woman's voice that I found myself rolling my eyes and mocking him every time he spoke as the heroine. just horrible.

  • The Haunting of Seafield House

  • By: Caroline Clark
  • Narrated by: Sangita Chauhan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Gail Parker never believed in ghosts and yet she knows her boyfriend does. Jesse saw ghosts as a child and has spent the last decade trying to reconnect with spirits. Every haunted house he has investigated has been a hoax or he has found a logical explanation for the phenomenon. That was until he found Seafield House. At first, the house is just dark and uncomfortable, and Gail has enough problems of her own. There is a secret she must tell Jesse and she promises to do so after this weekend.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't even listen to this

  • By Amber L. Campbell on 08-29-18

Couldn't even listen to this

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

The narrator was horrible and I only was able to tolerate a few minutes of the story. Her cadence was wrong. She paused in completely inappropriate places in a sentence. And it sounded like she had recorded the book in a metal room with a hollow, tinny sound. Absolute waste of time. Read the book instead.

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  • How to Save an Undead Life

  • Beginner's Guide to Necromancy Series, Book 1
  • By: Hailey Edwards
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Grier Woolworth spends her nights weaving spooky tales of lost souls and tragedies for tourists on the streets of downtown Savannah. Hoop skirt and parasol aside, it's not a bad gig. The pay is crap, but the tips keep the lights on in her personal haunted mansion and her pantry stocked with ramen. Life is about as normal as it gets for an ex-necromancer hiding among humans - until the society that excommunicated Grier offers her a second chance at being more than ordinary. Too bad no one warned her the trouble with being extraordinary is it can get you killed.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Waiting

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-13-18

Good story, textbook reading narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

The story was very good, and exciting, if a little frustrating with the main character's naivete sometimes. The relationship between Grier and Boaz was seductive and fun.

The narrator, however, sounded like she was reading from a textbook most of the time. The way she finished sentences, enunciated the wrong word in sentences, was a little annoying. Though she did make the different characters sound good and different.

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  • The Haunting of Bechdel Mansion Omnibus

  • A Haunted House Mystery
  • By: Roger Hayden
  • Narrated by: Tia Rider Sorensen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

A young couple from the city move to a small town, looking for a fresh start. They soon find their dream house in an old Victorian mansion and everything seems perfect, that is, until they experience strange supernatural occurrences linked to an unsolved mass murder from 40 years ago. Unearthing the secrets buried within the mansion won't be easy. Can they solve the mystery in time, or will they face the same doomed fate as the tenants who came before them?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't get past the first 4 minutes

  • By N. Luciano on 09-28-17

Needs Some Work

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

This book and narration had many issues.

The writing is juvenile. As a writer myself, I understand how annoying it can be trying to "Show" as opposed to "tell" my story. However, this book was all tell. It read as a list of things the characters did. There was no build up of tension or suspense because the character first did this, and then did this. The author would have benefited from a good editor and if he had one, he should have gotten a second opinion. An editor should have caught the many issues with sentence structure and absolute boredom this book brought out.

The narrator did not vary enough in her voices. Several times I thought the main character was speaking because there was no way to tell it was a man, or another character. Not sure how long she has been doing it, but I hope she has become better with her narrations.

This book needs some work, maybe a rewrite and then a new narration.

  • Rise to Me

  • Psychic Surveys, Book 2
  • By: Shani Struthers
  • Narrated by: Sheila Dearden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Eighteen years ago, when psychic Ruby Davis was a child, her mother - also a psychic - suffered a nervous breakdown. Ruby was never told why. "It won't help you to know," was the only answer she was ever given. Fast forward to the present and Ruby is earning a living from her gift, running a high street consultancy - Psychic Surveys - specialising in domestic spiritual clearance. Boasting a strong track record, business is booming. Dealing with spirits has become routine, but there is more to the paranormal than even Ruby can imagine.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring....

  • By az_homes on 11-11-18

Worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

The story was very good, though there were times it seemed to lose itself in the passage of time. Shani Struthers writes a good paranormal story that seems to have been well researched and well thought out.

The performance though for this book was rather annoying. There were times the audio became soft, as if the narrator didn't have her setup done properly and she leaned away from the microphone. other times, she seemed to have her mouth right on the microphone and was too loud. Sheila Dearden also made the main character very high pitchy and annoyingly childish this book.

The first book in the series was very well done, and was the whole reason I purchased the following books. But if I had listened to this one first, I would not have continued with how the narrator made Ruby and Carina sound almost exactly the same. Ruby sounded like she was 12, not an adult of 25. I hope the other books are more like the first one.

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  • Moving In

  • Moving In Series, Book 1
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 195

To escape the stress of living in the city and the anxiety of his high pressure job, Brian Roy moves his family to the country. His wife loves the easy living, but Brian hates it...especially when weird things start happening in the house. When he discovers a dead body in the woods and a burial ground in his basement, Brian could never imagine the shocking history of the house or its former occupants that comes to light. As his life starts to unravel, Brian isn't so sure living in the country is going to be the oasis of peace he and his wife expected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A cute little ghost story ....

  • By The Dark Side on 10-19-16

Everything Comes Together

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I have been listening to several of Ron Ripley's series and everything is coming together. It is cool to have characters coming into other series and seeing the start for all of them

The narrator is too mechanical in his reading. It sounds like this is the first time he read through this book and it is very disjointed and bland. I definitely prefer the other narrator that is used for the Berkley Street series.

Some of the writing is immature. Too many "he said", "she said" parts. And he mentions the characters' names too many times when there is no other character in the scene. But I still enjoyed the book.

  • The Supernaturals

  • By: David L. Golemon
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654

Seven years ago Professor Gabriel Kennedy's investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy and destroyed his career. Now Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success she needs help from the one man who has come face-to-face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Review for Anybody Who Owns the Previous Version

  • By Jessica's Bookshelf on 11-04-16

Worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

What made the experience of listening to The Supernaturals the most enjoyable?

The story was very interesting. It was fun to find the semblance between this story and the House on Haunted Hill.

Who was your favorite character and why?

John Lonetree was my favorite character. He was well grounded and didn't let the entity disturb him as much as the others did.

What about Stephen R. Thorne’s performance did you like?

The performance was good. However, I would have liked a little more variation between the characters and more of a break in the scenes where one was appropriate.

If you could rename The Supernaturals, what would you call it?

I wouldn't rename it.

Any additional comments?

The author brought a very interesting story to life. However, his POV left a lot to be desired. There were times it seemed that every paragraph was a different POV, which left me somewhat confused at times. Every author can break the rules of writing as they see fit if they have a reason. POV is one that shouldn't be broken so flagrantly.

  • Dragon Blood - Omnibus

  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 27 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498

A thousand years have passed since a dragon has been seen in the world. Science and technology have replaced magic, which has dwindled until it has become little more than an element of myth and legend. There are those who still have dragon blood flowing through their veins, distant descendants of the mighty creatures of old. These rare humans have the power to cast magic, the power to heal, and the power to craft alchemical weapons capable of starting wars...or ending them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly entertaining

  • By Joanne M. on 10-02-15

Exciting, but difficulty with the narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, especially if the friend enjoys young adult books.

What did you like best about this story?

This story was unique in bringing dragons and dragon blooded to a future world.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator needs to learn to pronunciate the T's in words like "Mountain" and "Important". It is distracting and I cringe every time she mispronounces these words and others like them.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

n/a

Any additional comments?

n/a

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  • The Unseen

  • By: Heather Graham
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

1800s. San Antonio, Texas: In room 207 at the Longhorn Saloon, in the long shadow of the Alamo itself, a woman renowned for her beauty was brutally murdered. Her killer was never found.

One year ago: In that same historic room, another woman vanished without a trace. Her blood was everywhere... but her body was never recovered. Now: In the last month, San Antonio has become a dumping ground for battered bodies. All young women, many of them long missing, almost all forgotten. Until now.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I heart Luke Daniels!!

  • By Jessica on 11-22-12

Formula Story telling

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

Reviewed: 11-01-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Unseen to be better than the print version?

I have not looked at the print version, so i cannot compare it.

Would you be willing to try another book from Heather Graham? Why or why not?

I am currently listening to the entire Krewe of Hunters series.

Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Luke Daniels is part of the reason I have gone so far in this series. I love his voice and usually his performance is outstanding. However, I have found as the series goes on, that he is not consistent with the voices he uses. In one story, the main character will have a specific accent and sound, but when that character comes up in a later book, Luke Daniels does not maintain the accent and tone of voice.

If you could rename The Unseen, what would you call it?

I have no other name for this book.

Any additional comments?

Heather Graham knows her genre. However, she does not know her dialogue. Her dialogue is very sterilized and non-emotional and non-moving. Her dialogue makes me think of people sitting in a stark white room, staring at each other. If it wasn't for the performance of Luke Daniels, there would be no emotion. And her cookie cutter stories are getting old. After the first three books of this series, the first sex scene became a question of birth control from the guy, with the promise of birth control pills from the girl. Where is the seduction of the woman helping the man put on a condom? Why must the woman always be the one prepared?

Speaking of the woman always being the one for anything... why does it always have to be the woman who gets in trouble and is saved by the man? Why does the woman always have to be the damsel in distress saved by her prince charming? Why not the man in trouble saved by the woman one time? Does Heather Graham really think all women are helpless and must be saved by their men? Sad case of sexism.

  • Phantom Evil

  • By: Heather Graham
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 951
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 839

A secret government unit is formed under the oversight of Adam Harrison, famed paranormal investigator. The case: In a historic mansion in New Orleans’ French Quarter, a senator’s wife falls to her death from a balcony. Most think she jumped, distraught over the loss of her young son. Some say she was pushed. And yet others believe she was beckoned by the ghostly spirits that inhabit the house - once the site of a serial killer’s grisly work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surpisingly good!!

  • By Shirley on 05-19-13

Beginning of What should be a good series

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

Reviewed: 11-01-14

Would you listen to Phantom Evil again? Why?

Yes, because I enjoy the paranormal mystery and romance written in it. However, the dialogue is very bland and gets annoying after awhile.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jackson Crow. Because he's tough, sexy, and in charge.

What aspect of Jeffrey Cummings’s performance would you have changed?

Jeffrey Cummings did not seem to know how to do his accents for the different people very well.

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

yes

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