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  • Whitefern

  • By: V. C. Andrews
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Audrina remembers a better time, when her husband, Arden, was a young man with a heart filled with devotion for her. He didn't used to be this ambitious, this expansive...this cruel. But then, the death of Aurdina's father changed a great many things. When the reading of her father's will reveals that Audrina herself will control 51 percent of the family brokerage, the halls of Whitefern again don't feel safe. Arden's protestations become frantic, nearly violent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good after story to sweet Adrina

  • By Ellie on 09-08-16

Satisfying Sequel

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I went into this sequel not expecting much, but it turned out to be a good read. Andrews’ has always been pretty great if you’re looking squidgy subject matter and twisted family relationships and Whitefern doesn’t disappoint. While the twists in the story are pretty predictable, it didn’t take away from the my enjoyment of the story.

I’m not sure how to address this without giving too much away, but as the description calls Arden into question it should be okay to point out... I have heard from others they thought Arden was a bit out of character. I can understand the criticism. He’s nothing like the young Arden who was a pretty great son. Instead, he’s a more concentrated version of who he showed himself to be at the climax of My Sweet Audrina. To me his character’s flaws developed like a tooth with some decay that, with time and no dentistry, rots through.

  • The Devil Crept In

  • By: Ania Ahlborn
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They're well aware that the first 48 hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark's youth, he knows that, too; he's seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent New Horror

  • By Jay on 02-15-17

Forest Adventures in the Pacific Northwest

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

Can something be described as both enjoyable and gruesome? Why yes, yes it can, and that's how I'd best describe this latest book by Ania Ahlborn. This woman has an incredibly macabre imagination and the writing chops to share that gift with fans of the horror genre. I found Stevie, our young hero with serious issues and many verbal ticks, sympathetic, intelligent, and completely screwed up. It turned out to be a winning combination when paired with his dysfunctional family and something sinister in the woods. This is sort of like the unholy love child of Ahlborn's books Seed and The Shuddering with a shout out to Within These Walls. Totally worth the time and credit. The narrator did a great job and I would have loved to give him 5 stars, but as a native to the PNW I know how to pronounce Tillamook and that wasn't it.

  • Heidi

  • By: Johanna Spyri
  • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

This classic tale of a remarkable, unaffected five-year-old orphan will charm you, just as Heidi charms her fierce, hermit grandfather when she comes to live with him in the Swiss Alps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST-HAVE!!

  • By Julie Tucker on 08-29-07

Swiss Miss

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

I've always enjoyed the story of Heidi from a young age. It's sort of a necessary read when your name is also Heidi. It's a heart warming and simple story of goodness and love. The narrator seemed to be a good fit and was enjoyable to listen to. Not an easy feat for any narrator in this case, what with how uncomfortable hearing your name repeated for hours can get.

  • 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 209
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

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

Not worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 07-19-16

The premise was good, but the execution was poor. This was the most poorly narrated audiobook I've ever heard. It sounded like it was being read by a computer. You know when you call a company and receive an automated recording that sounds like they recorded each word separately and it comes out stilted, disjointed, and wrong? Maybe you saw Big Hero 6 and remember what the robot sounded like? Yep, it was that bad. At times the narrator seemed to almost slip into a human voice, but he couldn't or wouldn't maintain it.

The writing reminded me of a creative writing assignment a high-schooler might turn in. Though perhaps, with good narration, it could have been fun or sarcastic or something worth listening to.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Head Full of Ghosts

  • By: Paul Tremblay
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,885
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,752

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when 14-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents' despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie's descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner

  • By E.C. on 07-31-15

Well that was disturbing...

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

This was a fantastic book. It is at once everything one would expect and nothing as anticipated. I wouldn't describe this book as traditionally scary, with scenes of horror and terror that chill the blood and make you afraid to shut your eyes to sleep. This story as a whole is unsettling and disturbing. Even though I saw the end coming, it still left me with a hollow numb sensation like a punch in the gut that was truly satisfying.

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 27 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,355
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,505
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32,448

Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book You'll Read This Year

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-22-15

Thrilled Harry Potter is now Available on Audible!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-15

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is not my favorite book in the series, Harry can get quite angsty, but it is still delivers great entertainment and is one of the most necessary books in the series. Voldemort is back, clues to future events are hidden in the text, important events occur, important characters in the war are introduced, and key information is given. Harry's story moves on dramatically and he grows up significantly, turning from angry, angsty, troubled, and misunderstood kid, to the character he must become to take on what lies before him.

As usual Jim Dale's narration is spot on. I'm always amazed at how he is able to create so many different characters and keep their voices consistent throughout the entire series.

After listening to these books on CD for years, and then having to rip each of the disks to the computer to be able to listen to them digitally, I'm extremely excited to be able to listen to one of my favorite series's so easily. For a bit of comparison I pulled out those discs and found that this audiobook alone consisted of 23 separate discs consisting of 10 or more tracks each and cost $75 at the when it was first released.

12 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Brother

  • By: Ania Ahlborn
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a crooked farmhouse miles from any road. The Morrows keep to themselves, and it's served them well so far. When girls go missing off the side of the highway, the cops don't knock on their door. Which is a good thing, seeing what's buried in the Morrows' backyard. But 19-year-old Michael Morrow isn't like the rest of his family. He doesn't take pleasure in the screams that echo through the trees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very messed up book!

  • By Stoney on 12-17-15

Dark and Twisted Tale

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

Reviewed: 10-29-15

A young abducted boy named Michael grows up as the adopted son in a family riddled with psychopaths. The story itself was an interesting horror thriller that hits harder in retrospect. Characters play out their lives without really understanding their deeds until later in the story, when some of those horrible deeds become utterly horrific. The narrator was okay, but odd bits of an accent, that didn't go with the story, the characters, or even with the rest of the general narration, would break through. The beginning of the story seemed to be especially problematic for the narrator to keep consistent.

Be warned that this book is very dark, violent, gruesome, and even stomach turning. It's got a Texas Chainsaw Massacre, House of 1000 Corpses, Wrong Turn, horror movie vibe, that has been mashed together with traits possessed by some of the real world's most famous serial killers, and it is held together with intense deadly family disfunction, abuse, and Stockholm syndrome.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,573

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

  • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

Wonderful Reading of a Classic

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

I have listened to other audio versions of this book and this version is my favorite offering.

Written as a series of letters, memorandum, newspaper clippings, telegrams, diaries, and journals, the story of Dracula is told in a variety of voices. Therefore, this reading of the story, is greatly enhanced by each character receiving its own narrator and each narrator does an excellent job of bringing their character to life.

I've been a fan of Dracula since I first read the book at the early age of 11. It began a love of gothic horror that remains with me 25 years later. This work is not the first to tell the tale of the vampire, but it is the one that really shot vampires into the limelight and is still a reference for many tales of vampires told today. This tale is a must read for lovers of the genre.

  • The Killer Next Door

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,650
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,639

Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn't, they wouldn't be renting rooms in a dodgy old building for cash - no credit check, no lease. It's the kind of place you end up when you you've run out of other options.The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don't know is that one of them is a killer. He's already chosen his next victim, and he'll do anything to protect his secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible--but not for the faint of heart

  • By Lesley on 01-11-15

Entertaining Story Built Around Engaging Characters

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

Reviewed: 06-16-15

This story isn't exactly a mystery or thriller, though it is based around grizzly murders, it is also about family dynamics, romance, friendship, hardship, class distinction, and more. The variety of personalities in the cast of characters added vital body and dimension to the story that allowed the book to be so well rounded. I found the characters to be refreshing, genuine, believable, and interesting. A delightful listen!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,606
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,560

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

This was a great listen. Clines creates characters that are fun, quirky, comic, intelligent, and enjoyable to read and Porter really brings those characters to life.

I was already a big fan of the book 14, even though I'm not big on science fiction, and have listened to it many times. I picked this up thinking it was another stand alone work in the same vein. To my glee The Fold has more in common than the author's gift for sculpting characters that are fun, quirky, intelligent, and enjoyable to read and the narrators ability to give life to them. I don't want to say too much and give anything away, but I would call this a companion to 14. I am crossing my fingers that the story won't be ending with The Fold.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful