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  • The Switch House: A Short Novel

  • By: Tim Meyer
  • Narrated by: Kristin Price
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Angela and Terry return home after several grueling months of filming the popular television show, Let's Switch Houses!, only to find their residence in ruin. Sure, the décor and framed photographs are the same; the color of the walls hasn't changed; the furniture sits unmoved. But something is off. Their quiet New Jersey home feels tainted. Angela can sense it. Crawling inside her. Infecting her mind. Poisoning her thoughts. Then the nightmares begin. Awful, lucid visions that cause her to question her own reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen!

  • By Justin M. Woodward on 01-31-19

Unexpected

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I was surprised by this story. What started as a seemingly simple haunted house story spiraled into some interesting, creepy story and a lot of twists.

  • Dead in the Water

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: Sandy Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

When Commissar Ciaphas Cain is sent to a river-world, he must deal with a dangerous enemy, an enemy whose true identity remains unknown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bring out the rest of the stories ASAP!

  • By Cassie on 11-04-18

More Cain Please!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I love this series and the level of work that went into this was amazing!

  • The Haunted Forest Tour

  • By: Jeff Strand, James A. Moore
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 374

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Haunted Forest Tour! Sit back, and enjoy a smooth ride in air-conditioned comfort as your heavily armored tram takes you through nature's most astonishing creation. The forest is packed to capacity with dangerous and terrifying creatures of all shapes, sizes, and hunger levels, and you'll get to observe these wonders in complete safety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW, just WOW. Great book!!!!

  • By Jason on 09-07-18

Jurassic Park Meets Monsters

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I really enjoyed the overall premise, but most of the cast was unlikable, to say the least. Especially most of the male cast.

The narrator was alright, but not really energetic with his delivery, and could have tried to very the characters' voices a bit more.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mountain Man: Prequel

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,274
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,092

After a long day of prepping a house for painting, all Gus Berry wanted was the night off to spend some time with his girlfriend and relax before having to return to work the next morning. But that isn’t going to happen. Because Gus’s co-worker Benny has found a one-night job at the local Mollymart East, a job that has to be done by morning. If Gus and his paint crew can complete the work by then, it could mean huge business with a respected, established grocery store chain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gus... Redefining the ‘Everyman!'

  • By Tracy P. on 10-24-18

The Prequel Standard

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I loved this story as well as the series. I'm usually not a fan of prequel stories, but this was amazing. Keith C. Blackmore is one of the best writers around and RC Bray's narration makes a great story even better.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • FantasticLand

  • A Novel
  • By: Mike Bockoven
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,386

Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where "Fun is Guaranteed!" But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absurd...But awesome

  • By T.J. on 11-12-17

Wasted Potential

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

Lord of the Flies in an amusement park.

Really interesting idea, but fails due to the boring, interview format that it uses. Maybe if they had lead each chapter with an interview, then lead into the actual events from the characters' perspective, maybe that could have helped it. By being in an after-action interview style, you lose a lot of the tension on whether characters will live or die.

The acting--barring the Surfer-dude pirate and the National Guard-is amazing. There is a lot of emotion from the voice work and that is what saved this book for me.

One final note, if you're going to write a character from the perspective of a military person, please talk to an actual vet or active duty person. No military personnel would ever use the term 'assault rifle'.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Summer of Night

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,903

It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic childhood. But amid the sun-drenched cornfields, their loyalty will be pitilessly tested.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Go Ahead...Take A Stroll Down Horror Lane

  • By Jan on 10-31-14

Summer of Nightmares

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

Where does Summer of Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. I'm regretting that I'm just now getting to this amazing story.

What did you like best about this story?

The main characters, perhaps. Dwayne was my favorite.

Their main enemy was great, too.

What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Giving the characters voices I would not have put to them.

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

Absolutely.

  • The Shuddering

  • By: Ania Ahlborn
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 325

A group of close friends gathers at a secluded cabin in the wintry mountains of Colorado for a final holiday hurrah. Instead, it may be their last stand. First a massive blizzard leaves them marooned. Then the more chilling realization: Something is lurking in the woods, watching them, waiting.... Now a weekend of family, friends, and fun has turned into a test of love and loyalty in the face of inhuman horrors. The only hope for those huddled inside is to fight - tooth and nail, bullet and blade - for their lives. Otherwise, they’ll end up like the monsters’ other victims: bright pools of blood on glittering snow, screams lost in the vast mountains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was some scarey shit!

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 03-17-14

Shuddering in Anticipation.

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

Where does The Shuddering rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

While a fairly decent horror story, Mr. Luke Daniels' performance was amazing. I wish I could rate it 6 Stars. It's no small thing when I say that when I first started listening to audiobooks, Mr. Daniels' performance is what I imagined. He gives the dialogue such energy, and a uniqueness. If I see a book with his name attached as narrator, I will absolutely buy it on that fact alone. Although RC Bray may be my favorite narrator so far, Luke Daniels is a close second.

The horror story is, like I said, decent. Several friends having one last get-together in a fancy cabin in the middle of nowhere get attacked by monsters in the middle of one of the worst snowstorms in recent history.

However, two things I feel make this stand out is that the characters have real and unique personalities, with their own hopes and dreams, fears and wants. Makes me feel for them when the bad things start to a-happen--even the annoying one. Although they do make some stupid calls, at least they're justified at feeling right at the time and not stupid just for the sake of the plot. They're more stupid as in hindsight, as oppose to instantly feeling like a bad idea from the very beginning. I also enjoy how they even call out the fact that the beginnings sound like they're in a horror movie. The second thing is the anticipation of the horror. There's a lot of buildup in this story before things go South for the characters, and when things finally happening, it almost feels like some kind of release for the listener.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shuddering?

The first "on screen" character death of the main group. I was not expecting it to happen to that character. At least, not so soon.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Ryan leaped in to save someone else when they got injured. I don't like going into details about this to avoid spoilers....but there's spoilers in that sentence.

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

"From the Woods", or "In the Trees"? Or..."The Cold Hunger"? I'm not sure, and I will say that the title of the book almost made me want to avoid it because of the generic "The X-ing" title.

  • The Hour Before the Dark

  • By: Douglas Clegg
  • Narrated by: A.T. Chandler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

There are rules to every game. You must never play the Dark Game after sunset - it becomes real then. It takes you over... The Hour Before Dark is a riveting gothic suspense novel of supernatural horror from best-selling and award-winning novelist Douglas Clegg - author of The Children's Hour and Halloween Man. When his father is murdered in one of the most vicious killings of recent years, Nemo Raglan must return to the New England island he thought he'd escaped for good...and the shadowy home called Hawthorn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weirdly Written Pacing Throws Off Story

  • By Mitch on 03-03-17

Weirdly Written Pacing Throws Off Story

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

1

I am currently still listening to this book, so this review may change. This story--at least in the beginning--doesn't seem to understand where it wants to go. It discusses concepts before they're needed and then repeats.

2

The same information once it IS needed. It mentions how the kids don't like the smokehouse a couple of times in the narration before the characters even discuss it. Making it a boring subject and losing any potential intensity once it's brought up with the characters for the first time, but the third or fourth time for the reader. Not only that, but it fills like there is a lot of filler.

3

The narrator will break the pace of the story to explain things that he will learn later, that could make for interesting moments or minor revelations...but, it just doesn't fit into how the story needs to be written. It's like the writer wanted a 1st-person perspective, but kept mixing it into a 3rd-person omniscient. Making the story feel jarring and stilted. Not only that...

4

But what is with the section breaks in the chapters? Just reading this breaks up the pacing--like how I'm doing for this review--can you imagine how annoying it gets when listening to someone? It especially doesn't help that alot of the "commerical breaks" feel unnatural to the story, making it halt unexpectantly.

5

In the book, it may have worked better as stopping points for the reader to make it easier to get back to their spot, but they should have been removed for the audiobook. Who knows? Maybe all of these weird and unnatural elements will tie together in the end, but right now, it really takes me out of the story, which you cannot do in a horror novel.

6

Again, my opinion and review may change once I finish the book, but I may not even finish it at this point.

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  • Floodwater

  • By: Sean Thomas Fisher
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83

After a night of camping turns deadly for Rory and his friends, the town sheriff finds no trace of wrongdoing. No bodies. No blood. No nada. Sheriff Hooper scoffs at their story about the dead people who came out of the lake. The moss-covered ones that allegedly dragged their friends, kicking and screaming, back into the water with them. It doesn't take long for the dwindling group of survivors to uncover who is responsible for the uprising, and what follows is a tidal wave of bloodshed and horror.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 08-11-16

Refreshing Dip into A Dried-Out Horror Genre

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

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

The semi-original zombie concept, and the fact that the characters were somewhat genre-savvy regarding zombies. I liked that the cops weren't completely useless like in most horror stories, but there are still some cliches remaining.

The weakest part of the story--aside from the narrator--was the ending. Spoiler Alert: It's a cliffhanger. I don't know if the author intends to follow it up or not, but that's not a fair way to end a story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Floodwater?

Probably when one of the character's gets bitten and asks the others to delete some Facebook statuses so his mom wouldn't get mad before he turns. It was a legitimate funny and sad moment.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I think a different narrator was needed altogether. Although his semi-nasally voice worked well with several characters, the others it just didn't mess with the characters...it gets especially hard when some of the voices start sounding the same and you have difficulty telling them apart.

Do you think Floodwater needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Well, like I said earlier, it ends of a cliffhanger, so it could definitely use a sequel...but I don't really want it to, because it seems to be devolving into the standard zombie story at the end, as opposed to the unique twist it gave us.

Any additional comments?

If I could go back, I'd read it as oppose to listen to it, but still a decent story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Diggum

  • By: Isaac Thorne
  • Narrated by: Isaac Thorne
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Meet Diggum, the local graveyard caretaker who lives in a small cottage at the edge of the lot. Diggum has spent most of his life angry with god, whom he blames for the devastating house fire that cost Diggum his family. But Diggum has a secret. It is a secret he will carry to his own grave. It is a secret that he hopes will finally get him his ultimate revenge on god.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • grave-digger horror

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 02-09-17

Digging Your Own Grave

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

If you could sum up Diggum in three words, what would they be?

"God's a cheater" may be the best way of summing up the overall story.

Which character – as performed by Isaac Thorne – was your favorite?

There was really only Diggum--the main character--but he did surprisingly well. The last book I listened to where the author (not Issac Throne) narrated his own story--The Black: Outbreak--was absolutely terrible to the point where I requested a refund. Mr. Throne quickly set a decent tone and pace where the character's voice quickly shined through.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The second death, since there was far more details to it and seemed to mark a turning point for Diggum.

Any additional comments?

This story is one that doesn't overstay its welcome. It is exactly the length it needed to be.