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  • The Hatching

  • A Novel
  • By: Ezekiel Boone
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 344

Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India, earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government "accidentally" drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Part One of ???

  • By Patrick Marstall on 07-17-16

Pretty standard monster movie/potboiler fare.

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

Overall I feel like this is one third of a better novel. Making this a series is a mistake. Ironically enough, I'm not that excited for a trilogy of "man vs the giant spider" novels. The idea...well, it doesn't have legs.
A fun couple hours that suffered from a lack of imagination and an over-abundance of self-importance. This story could be done better.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ex-Patriots

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,030

It’s been two years since the world ended. Two years since the dead rose and the plague of ex-humanity decimated mankind. For most of that time, the superhero called St. George, formerly known to the world as the Mighty Dragon, has protected the people of Los Angeles at their film-studio-turned-fortress, The Mount. Together with his fellow heroes, he’s tried to give the survivors hope and something like a real life. But the swollen population of The Mount is becoming harder and harder to sustain....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better Than The First!!!

  • By phil humphries on 08-09-17

Better than the first!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

Spends less time establishing the world and allows you to jump right in, like any good comic book.
The finale of this one isn't as action packed as the first, but the new characters are worth it. looking forward to picking up part 3.

  • Mannheim Rex

  • By: Robert Pobi
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Recently widowered and grieving, Gavin flees New York City for the quiet of the country. His new home on Lake Caldasac has surprisingly few visitors, and the author soon learns why: a suspiciously high number of people have gone missing in the small town. The deaths have all been ruled accidents, but Finn Horn, a handicapped boy obsessed with fishing, knows the truth. There’s a monster in the lake. And it wants to feed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and fun

  • By Bob on 01-14-13

Slick and more fun than you'd expect

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

More than a Jaws rip-off by a mile. the stories and people in this book are great and show a very smart writer working thr genre just right.
Only criticism comes with the human villain. he really feels like he belongs in another story. Evil people are out there, sure. But this level of cartoon character evil becomes a little bit ridiculous.

  • Ex-Heroes

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,589
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,611

Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superheros, Villians & Zombies... mmm heaven

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 08-16-13

Awesome! A wild concept executed with style

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

You wouldn't think this concept would work. it sounds stunt-y and like the cash-in idea of a hack. "Gee these two things are popular, let's crap out some schlock."
But then you read it. And the heroes are human and complicated, the setting unique and creative, the prose fun and alive. The story isn't about superheroes vs zombies. It's about hope vs fear. Highly recommended, can't wait to read this whole series.

  • NOS4A2

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,477
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,468

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping performance by Kate Mulgrew....

  • By Leslie on 05-06-13

Joe Hill only gets better.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

This book is by far the best story about a bad-ass biker mama fighting to save her son from a innocence-draining immortal maniac that you'll ever read.
This isn't damning with faint praise, simply a statement on what a wonderful, unique, literally and figuratively fantastic adventure this novel is. And read in a way that moved me, frightened me, and kept me anxious to get my headphones back on.
This cannot be over stated: Kate Mulgrew is PHENOMENAL. Her voice is so nimble, her characterization so complicated and complete, that Charles Talent Manx came so alive as to make my blood run a little colder. Everyone else is read great too, but her reading of Charlie deserves an award.
Read this book. Listen to it. Live with these beautiful, flawed, compelling characters for a while. Share their ups and downs, their tragedy and eventually- their Triumph.

  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)

  • An Oral History of the Zombie War
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,679
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,903

World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED

  • By Kim Venatries on 05-22-13

so GOOD to finally have a complete edition

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

the audio edition of this book always felt SO incomplete. the added star power helps too.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, Volume 3

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Wayne June
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

Howard Phillips Lovecraft has been hailed by literary critics as the inventor of modern horror and a cultivating force behind such modern writers as Robert Bloch, Wes Craven, and Stephen King, just to name a few.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wayne June is perfect for Lovecraft's tales

  • By Stephen M on 09-01-12

Great Tales, some of my favorites, well told!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

Wayne June's voice is perfect for Lovecraft. He truly excels when given the weird, the wild, and the bizarre and if there's a writer who supplied more of those qualities in his work per word than Howard Phillips Lovecraft, June should read that too!
A match made in R'Yleth for fans of weIrd fiction.

  • Project Hyperion

  • A Kaiju Thriller - Nemesis Saga Book 4
  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

While Maigo, the young woman who was once a part of the kaiju known as Nemesis, goddess of vengeance, and Lilly, a chimera cat-woman, sneak off to investigate Big Diomede, an island with an ancient secret inside Russian territory, two monsters fall from the sky. One heads for Tokyo, the other for the already battered Boston. Tsunamis rise from the depths, leveling cities. The two new kaiju - Giger and Lovecraft - follow close behind, bringing death and destruction with them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully Sublime Ear Candy

  • By DobieChuck on 12-11-15

The series fulfills its destiny of absurdity.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

Once you get used to Robinson's penchant for childish humor and relentless pop culture references, the actually kinda cool story he's trying to tell shines brighter in this entry than in other installments where the "aliens from other dimensions" sprawling connected-series narrative is more of a sidebar. As such he fulfills the destiny of any kaiju series that goes on too long: you must continually up the stakes and it becomes utterly ridiculous. Now that Nemesis is firmly in her humorous, friend to mankind, aided by a giant robot from Atlantis Showa Era, is it any good?
Yeah. The characters are still occasionally kitsch and the same can be said for dialogue that was fine before we quoted Star Trek for the umpteenth time. But in the kaiju department, Nemesis is an utterly badass Godzilla proxy with unique villains and locales. A solid, if WAF, read.

  • Nocturnal: A Novel

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 22 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,841

Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind. How else to explain the dreams he keeps having - dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? How else to explain the feelings these dreams provoke in him - not disgust, not horror, but excitement? As Bryan and his longtime partner, Lawrence 'Pookie' Chang, investigate the murders, they learn that things are even stranger than they at first seem.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • creative author dips into the unknown

  • By Lynn Wright on 12-30-14

Pookie pookie pookie pookie pookie pookie pookie.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

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seriously all you start to hear in this mediocre excuse for a novel is the word Pookie. I hate it like it obviously hates me.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

  • Stories
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, Dylan Baker, Brooke Bloom, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,408

A master storyteller at his best - the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant fan. "I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HE'S A CUP OF COFFEE

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-10-15

Some recycled material, but overall good King.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

If you really love Stephen King this collection disappoints since there's so much old material.