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  • Baby Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Zoje Stage
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,582

Suzette knows her clever and manipulative seven-year-old daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and her husband apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immediately Gripping

  • By Tatiana on 07-18-18

Wow. This one will stay with me for a while.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Just... wow. What a completely different novel. I read horror/thriller/mystery novels almost exclusively and I can confidently say I have never listened to or read anything so mesmerizing and unique. I listened to it in 2 days, and while some people disliked the ending, I thought it was wrapped up perfectly - with a mix of dread and hope so perfectly concocted that this story will stick with me for a long, long time. The narrator was also flawless. Her portrayal of Hanna was especially convincing, and I felt like I could visualize all of the characters because of her variation and delivery.

Highly, highly recommend for anyone who likes a good psychological thriller and is looking for something totally unique.

  • The House of Long Shadows

  • House of Souls, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 360

Kevin Taylor is an Internet-famous handyman on a mission: Find a house and renovate it in 30 days. By flipping a derelict house in a month's time and chronicling the entire thing on video for his online subscribers, he seeks to become a star. The problems that plague this property will require more than elbow grease to fix, however. Shadows throughout the home are distorted, and an enigmatic trespasser keeps showing up in his footage. Worse still are the hideous voices that issue from otherwise empty rooms in the dead of night.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dry

  • By Donna Johnson on 08-21-18

Not for me, but didn’t hate it

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

Title of the review says it all. I thought the story was a somewhat interesting take on the usual “haunted house” thriller, and I absolutely ADORED the ending. I disliked the protagonist immensely though (being a 26-year-old woman, the 25-year-old good-looking wannabe TV star bro induced so many eye-rolling moments I thought they’d fall out of my head). The narration was not varied enough for me, and I died a little inside every time he mispronounced “Annapolis.”

All in all, a decent haunted house book but not unique enough for me to read/listen to again.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Girl Last Seen

  • By: Nina Laurin
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,147

I force myself to look at the face in the photo, into her slightly smudged features, and I can't bring myself to move. Olivia Shaw could be my mirror image, rewound to 13 years ago. I've spent a long time peering into the faces of girls on missing posters, wondering which one replaced me in that basement. But they were never quite the right age, with the right look, in the right circumstances. Until Olivia Shaw, missing for one week tomorrow.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rambling... still rambling...

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-19-18

Heartbreaking, twisty thriller

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Great suspense, heartbreaking premise, twisty mystery. The characters are believable, but though one of the most important seemed a bit underdeveloped. Impossible to put yourself in the narrator’s shoes, but the author did a great job of getting the reader as close as possible to understanding her motivations.

Overall, really great listen. A few hastily wrapped up plot points/small holes in the last 40 minutes, but I blew through this one in just two days. You won’t be disappointed with this one!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Revenge

  • Eleven Dark Tales
  • By: Yoko Ogawa
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith, Johanna Parker
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

An aspiring writer moves into a new apartment and discovers that her landlady has murdered her husband. Elsewhere, an accomplished surgeon is approached by a cabaret singer, whose beautiful appearance belies the grotesque condition of her heart. And while the surgeon's jealous lover vows to kill him, a violent envy also stirs in the soul of a lonely craftsman. Desire meets with impulse and erupts, attracting the attention of the surgeon's neighbor - who is drawn to a decaying residence that is now home to instruments of human torture.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe, more Gray then Dark?

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 10-28-14

One of absolute favorites

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

This is the only book that I keep in my phone's Audible library at all times. I first bought this book a few years ago thinking its stories would fall more in the horror/thriller genre (which I listen to almost exclusively), but they instead depict more of a subtle, delicate, yet unrelenting unease. The book is comprised of several short stories that stand strong on their own, but are also intertwined in the most beautiful, delicate way. The re-listen value of the book is huge because of this – you'll definitely want to go back and see if you can discern any of these connections that you may have missed the first time.

This stories in this book are definitely dark; but they are a subtle, gentle, almost minimal brand of darkness. It is not loud, and there are no occasions of extraneous exploitation or gore. Its masterful use of imagery, allegory & character development instead bring forth a sometimes-shocking, sometimes-heartbreaking, always-unique darkness that you don't see very often in short stories/novels these days, especially in the West.

Revenge may not be for everyone, but for me, this book is absolutely captivating and one of my all-time favorites.

  • The Handyman

  • By: Bentley Little
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 877

Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood. Frank's gaze was oddly confusing, as if he was attempting to discern the proper way to behave because he didn't know how to respond in a human manner. Since Frank obviously wasn't an alien, young Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy. In the end, Daniel would learn the terrifying truth about Frank Watkins. And as an adult, Daniel is about to discover there are more of them out there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Little is back!

  • By JuniorLo on 02-08-18

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

I read and listen to horror novels almost exclusively, and unfortunately this one wasn’t one of my favorites.

- mild spoilers -

That being said, the first half of this novel is absolutely marvelous in its ambiguous horror. The stage is set well, and the narrator’s and audience’s introduction to the main antagonist is so cavalier that it makes the novel’s subsequent events that much more disconcerting. Before the supernatural portion of the plot is introduced, I was legitimately frightened - and that’s not easy to achieve.

After part 2 (which I actually did really enjoy) which delves into other incidents brought on by the antagonist, the book takes a haphazard turn towards a hastily thrown together supernatural explanation. Where the first part of the novel is terrifying in its ambiguity (think: bad people do bad things - we don’t know how, when or why, but the fact that they do them and could do them to you is horrifying in itself), the second portion is clumsily overexplained (think: a joke where you have to explain the punchline isn’t funny anymore).

I think that if the book were a novella and ended with more of a “The Strangers” esque finale (think: “why are you doing this to me?” “Because you were home.”), I would have enjoyed it a lot more. Instead, the compelling, frightening characterization of the antagonist immediately dissolved once this strange, overexplained supernatural mythos was introduced.

I didn’t hate the book - its brand of using hastily thrown together supernatural entities to hastily explain away the plot’s events just wasn’t for me.

** Note: If you are triggered by violence against animals, this book will definitely not be for you.

1 of 7 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 1,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067

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

I have never been so sad for an audiobook to end

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

I absolutely loved it. The performances were so incredible - I couldn’t believe there were only two narrators, bravo to them for playing so many unique characters.

If I have any criticism, it’s that the book seemed a bit too aligned with the plot of the lord of the flies, and certain characters seemed to correspond to those in battle royale. That being said, I think it’s fascinating that this book is like a mixture of the two brought into the age of social media dependence.

But wow. I listen to, read, and watch a lot of horror fiction and I have to say; between the writing style, the plot, and the performances, this is one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever been exposed to. I devoured it in less than two days and will probably listen to it again fairly soon.

Definitely get this one if you’re a fan of horror/thrillers. You will not be disappointed.

  • The Naturalist

  • The Naturalist, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,451
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,444

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop. As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! I loved this book!!

  • By shelley on 10-02-17

A few too many correct guesses

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

I didn't love this book. That being said, I did listen to it all in three days, so there's definitely something to be said for that. I didn't find the protagonist very likable and after a while all of his lucky guesses became almost painfully annoying.

I did like the idea of the antagonist, though, he definitely seemed scary. I also liked how the case unraveled through biological science instead of forensics - I thought that was a really interesting spin on the crime drama genre.

Probably won't listen to again, but it was entertaining.

  • The Elementals

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,730
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,723

After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame, on Alabama's Gulf Coast, where three Victorian houses loom over the shimmering beach. Two of the houses are habitable, while the third is slowly and mysteriously being buried beneath an enormous dune of blindingly white sand. But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Haunted House Book - and that's rare!

  • By Uber Femme on 06-28-18

Loved it! Pleasantly surprised

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

I'm not usually interested in supernatural horror (I prefer more realistic, twist-ridden stories) but this book was absolutely phenomenal, as was its narration. The characters and setting come alive so vibrantly that I feel like I've been watching a movie. Really fascinating descriptions of southern culture. A slow burn yes, but a consistent burn too. Every exchange between characters was so interesting and realistic, I truly felt like I was there.

Overall, I really, really, really enjoyed it!

  • Good Me Bad Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Ali Land
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,949

Milly's mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother's trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! Good Wolf &Bad

  • By Linda on 11-22-17

Finished it in 2 days!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

The prose is absolutely phenomenal. The narration is flawless (I've listened to 2 other books by Imogen Church and by god I could listen to that woman read a hundred takeout menus). The characters have so much depth.

*minor spoiler* If there is anything negative I have to say about this book, it's that Phoebe (and some of the other schoolgirls) seemed more like a hyperbolized charicature of the "bully" archetype. This combined with her parents' lack of discipline made certain plot points just a touch less believable.
*end spoiler*

Other than that minor criticism, this was a fantastic book. Couldn't stop listening, like many other reviewers I agree that I was sad when it came to an end. Recommend 110%!

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Troop

  • By: Nick Cutter
  • Narrated by: Corey Brill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,887
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,885

Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip - a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there - which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously Messed Up Gruesome Horror

  • By Kim Venatries on 03-13-14

Lord of the Flies + Battle Royale + The Ruins =...

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

First and foremost, I didn't hate this book even though I gave the story 2 stars. I love Nick Cutter's writing - some people claim that he goes off on too many "tangents," but for me those flashbacks helped create three-dimensional characters whose memories and experiences influence their every decision, making them that much more believable. That being said, the plot definitely borrowed from a lot of existing works and I was pretty bummed about it. I'm a huge horror fan and have devoured a ton of movies/books and the plot of The Troop ended up seeming like a mash-up of a few existing motifs (***SPOILER*** early psychopathic behavior = killing small animals, cutting flesh to get parasites out, psychopath given free reign to kill peers in isolated location without repercussions, boys left to fend for themselves on a deserted island, etc) ***END SPOILER***

I listened to Little Heaven first (which I enjoyed immensely) and this book had been recommended to me for a few weeks, so I dove in. Two important trigger warnings that I wish I'd known before purchasing this book:

1. Animal cruelty. There are 2 scenes that are so graphic and heartbreaking that I had to skip them - even though I skipped most of them I so badly wish I could un-hear what I heard. I'm a huge animal lover, and there was some animal cruelty in Little Heaven as well, so I'm a bit wary of listening to this author's other works even though I do enjoy his writing style.

2. Parasitic worms. I had a phobia of tapeworms when I was younger, and some of the scenes in this book made me nauseous.

All that said, I did finish this book in just two days. I quite liked the characters, ending, and how the main narrative was interspersed with interviews and news articles pertaining to the events of the story. The narration by Corey Brill was fantastic, (though not as good as his work in Little Heaven in my opinion). The two trigger warnings I mentioned & the somewhat trite/expected/been-done-before motifs earned this books story 2 stars, but I don't regret listening to it - though I probably won't listen to it again.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful