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  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,869
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,178

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

A Delightful Background Story

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This is a delightful, comedic telling of The Princess Bride backstory as according (mostly) by Cary Elwes and narrated by him. If you are a fan of the film, it’s worth a listen.

#biography #film #lovestory #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,878
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11,877

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

The Ideal House for a Steal. Nothing Wrong There

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This is a tale about a young couple, expecting, who come upon a home for sale - beautiful, ready to sell with an unbelievable deal. Catch is, it is a #hauntedhouse. The realtor has to tell them it has been branded as such; brushing it off as nonsense. But is it? We find out.

#horror #suspense #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Final Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Riley Sager
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett, Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,950
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,943

Ten years ago college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie-scale massacre. In an instant she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to - a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking twists and turns

  • By S. Winchester on 07-18-17

Takes the Campy Trope to a New Place

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

There are a lot of twists to this one; some very unlikely and leaning heavily on circumstance but still well told and performed. I like these kinds of #horror stories of survival with a twist.

#clever #suspenseful #serialkiller #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • 30 Days of Night

  • By: Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, R. S. Belcher (adaptation)
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla, Mark Boyett, Kevin T. Collins, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 907
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 849
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 848

An all-new, full-cast dramatization of the classic graphic novel. The isolated town of Barrow, Alaska, is plunged into darkness for a month each year when the sun sinks below the horizon. As the last rays of light fade, the town is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires bent on an uninterrupted orgy of destruction. Only Barrow's husband-and-wife sheriff team stand between the survivors and certain destruction. . By the time the sun rises, will they pay the ultimate price - or worse?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By Dan on 11-06-17

Dramatized Version of Story

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This is the short, dramatized version of 30 Days of Night. An evil, wild force descends on a small Alaskan town as it falls into 30 days of darkness. Well performed; frightening.

#horror #vampires #Alaska #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

  • Dexter, Book 1
  • By: Jeff Lindsay
  • Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,800

Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened - of himself or some other fiend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love the show, like the book

  • By Heather on 02-14-13

Dismally Diabolical Devilishly Dreadful Dexter

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

This is my 2nd read. [The Book Series] I'm delighted I delved into Dexter's dark, dismal, diabolical, devilishly deceptive and deadly world, playing co-pilot to his dark passenger and witnessing all of his dirty little deeds. I read most of the series (first) before watching the titular Showtime series, named after the protagonist Dexter [Morgan]. While he comes off as a mild-mannered, geeky, responsible member of the Miami PD, employed as a forensic blood splatter analyst, there is more to Dexter. He plays his everyday citizen role well, but often the facade cracks a little; perhaps only perceptible to those who see the predatory glint in his eye when he settles upon the next victim for his table. He takes a slice outta life to an all-new reality as Dexter is a serial killer. The only people who have known this entire time are his adoptive father Harry and his victims of course. Harry, being the seasoned homicide detective he is, cleverly hones Dexter's psychotic skill-set from a young age into another outlet in order to ensure Dexter's survival. These are Harry's rules, the primary one being to only kill and dispose of those (like himself, other killers and or blights on society such as child molesters and rapists) who deserve it.

Throughout the series, we see Dexter's two lives collide and unravel in a fascinating, dark dance that at times can have a misstep or two, thus jeopardizing both Dex and the people he loves (if a numb serial killer could love).

[The Show] When I heard Michael C. Hall was going to don the visage of a vigilante serial killer lurking under Miami PD's nose as a trusted department blood splatter analyst (essentially grandfathered in given his adopted father and sister's roles as detectives), I didn't think he would do the part justice. I remembered him from his Six Feet Under days, playing David the undertaker, and had a hard time wrapping my head around it. I was wrong.

[Overall] There are enough differences between the Showtime series and the books (characters living and dead, situations, relationships) I've read thus far to suggest any Dexter fan (especially anyone who was disappointed with how the television series ended) convert over to the novels.

#serialkiller #crime #darkpassenger #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Nothing Good Can Come from This

  • Essays
  • By: Kristi Coulter
  • Narrated by: Kristi Coulter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

When Kristi stopped drinking, she started noticing things. Like when you give up a debilitating habit, it leaves a space, one that can’t easily be filled by mocktails or ice cream or sex or crafting. And when you cancel Rosé Season for yourself, you’re left with just summer, and that’s when you notice that the women around you are tanked - that alcohol is the oil in the motors that keeps them purring when they could be making other kinds of noise. In her sharp, incisive debut essay collection, Coulter reveals a portrait of a life in transition.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay in beginning

  • By Anonymous User on 08-10-18

A Tale of Sobriety And Gender Politics

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Enjoyed the introductory chapter, her honest reveal about how she felt in terms of her career and treatment. I was able to relate to many aspects in terms of relations and being a woman in corporate America (gender) politics. There were points though where I felt the book started to become scattered in terms of timeline/events and, at times, was hard to follow. But still worth the read.

#sobriety #biography #womanhood #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,069

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

Sprinkles of the Talented Mr. Ripley and Dolores C

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

For me, this has sprinkles of the Talented Mr. Ripley and Dolores Claiborne.

I like how this book allows you to get the perspective of each character.

<spoiler>I can understand where Lily comes from with her bohemian childhood - the neglected daughter of an artist mother who drags home strays and a well-known author and educator father who beds his young students. This subjects their teenage daughter to some unhealthy, premature understanding of sex, relationships, and abuse. Lily, our female lead for most of the book, is no ingenue. She is pragmatic and learns from an early age not to be too emotionally attached to anyone. When her trust and heart is broke, she takes it upon herself to straighten that person out. Her version of morality and justice is intriguing. </spoiler>

Throughout the book, we're privy to the misunderstandings and inner-thoughts of everyone. So you really do need to pay attention, even when things seem a little slow with backstory. I listened to the audio version of this and think the narrators each did a fantastic job with their respective character.

  • The Indignities of Being a Woman

  • By: Merrill Markoe, Megan Koester
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

The Indignities of Being a Woman candidly traces the history of womanhood and investigates how much things have really changed for womankind. By carefully x-raying areas such as body image, marriage, mental illness, fashion, and politics, this audiobook examines what it was like to be a woman in the past versus what it’s like now, when women are constantly told equality between the sexes exists but reality proves otherwise. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • snarky, cynical, snide and too damn true...

  • By sierra on 09-30-18

Really Hard To Listen To as a Feminist

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Yup, that's me. A feminist. Brand it whatever you want, because I know feminism has been given a bad rap, but I believe everyone deserves equal footing regardless of race or gender. And no, I don't want Caucasian, WASP or puritanical Christian men to have less, I just don't want to be limited in this life solely because I'm a woman who has non-traditional wants and values. My personal happiness doesn't involve marriage and kids, and I have the right to pursue what makes me happy as much as anyone else without being held accountable to someone else's version of what they think should make me happy. If I want a career and don't have kids, I shouldn't have to explain or defend myself. If I decide I want to have 3 kids and no husband but still work, again, not anyone's business (so long as I can provide for them). Or if I decide to be married with kids and stay home, again, no reason to feel guilty, inadequate, or have to explain how I want to live my life.

Having said all that, this book took me way longer to listen to than I expected. I endured a lot of frustration and disappointment, not in the performance or coverage of historical factoids about women, as the authors try to sprinkle hints of humor, but how can you laugh at marital rape? My issue is with the literal indignities. They set me in a dark place where I am reminded of the pooh-covered end of the stick ladies have been handed over and over throughout history. And we've been expected to smile politely and delicately accept it as though it were a gift. I'm an egalitarian feminist; I don't want anyone to have less (male, female, other). I believe everyone should be equal; with equal rights, freedoms, and it be less about privilege based on gender and more about what a person has to offer. Akin to the Handmaid's Tale, I had a difficult time keeping my justice warrior in check and simply listening to the outright degradations, double-standards, and limitations, many of which are still imposed upon women today. It is 2018 and we're still, at times, ranked as 2nd class citizens. We're still expected to look a certain way, act a certain way, when we're successful and buck traditional roles, we are seen a certain way (as a threat to the establishment instead of people looking for our own happiness). Ultimately, I hated this book. Again, not for the material itself or the presentation, but what it represents because of how it boldly addresses something that still happens in modern society.

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  • Alien: Sea of Sorrows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: James A. Moore, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: John Chancer, Stockard Channing, Walles Hamonde, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034

Set 300 years after the events of Alien: Out of the Shadows and Alien: River of Pain, Alien: Sea of Sorrows deals with the rediscovery of dormant Xenomorphs (Aliens) in the abandoned mines of LV-178, the planetoid from Alien: Out of the Shadows, which has now been terraformed and renamed New Galveston. The Weyland-Yutani Corporation, reformed after the collapse of the United Systems Military, continue their unceasing efforts to weaponise the creatures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Way to leave me hangin’!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-26-18

Entertaining Alien Shorts

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I love the audible produced Alien audio dramas. They are very entertaining; the sounds, themes, and action do the Aliens franchise justice. They are short enough to listen to while doing an afternoon of work/cooking/piddling around the house. There were times I was entranced in the happenings, and was very drawn in by the characters. I highly recommend all of the Alien short audio dramas. I’ve not been disappointed.

  • Deadly Escape

  • Shelby Nichols Adventures, Book 11
  • By: Colleen Helme
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

How many times can a person escape death? Shelby Nichols may be one lucky gal, but this time, her luck is about to run out. Working for a mob-boss has danger written all over it, but when an escaped convict with a lust for revenge goes after him, it’s up to Shelby and her mind-reading skills to keep Uncle Joey alive. Not only that, a federal agent from her past has an agenda with her name on it, and he won’t take no for an answer. What’s a mind-reading soccer mom to do? If you’re Shelby Nichols, you jump in with your mind wide open and hope for the best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another adventure of the mind reading soccer mom!

  • By Wayne on 07-04-18

Like to Listen at 1.25

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

I've been a Shelby fan since Carrots. I wanted something that took the place of Stephanie Plum when I stopped reading Evanovich. I needed a new source of mystery chic-lit. Shelby Nichols and her mind-reading ways fit the bill. While I find the situations Shelby gets into unrealistic, the story - overall- is usually entertaining. I enjoy that Shelby's character has evolved throughout the series; straddling both sides of the law working for a mob boss as well as the police & other authorities (FBI, etc.). She does so with a sense of her own morals and ethics in mind, not just what everyone else expects her to do. I notice her children are being featured less and less; her husband Chris when situation-worthy. Otherwise, we mostly deal with Shelby, Ramos, Uncle Joey, Dimples, and an assortment of <i>guests & criminals</i>. Shelby falls into danger, Ramos (universally sexy, hot, but she can't have him hitman), swoops in to save the day, rinse/repeat/ride the motorcycle. It's fun, she's sweet, with sprinkles of mob-drama.

I think Wendy Tremont King does a fantastic job, but I can't listen on the standard 1x. It seems paced a hint too slow with the length of pauses and breaths. 1.25x doesn't distort, it just eliminates the slightly longer gap that perhaps is noticed by and only annoys me. Great series. Will likely continue to listen.

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