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  • All the Children on the Porch: A Short Horror Story

  • By: Dona Fox
  • Narrated by: Sarah L. Colton
  • Length: 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Jenny was born on October 31st. She’s never gone trick-or-treating or celebrated her birthday beyond an initial taste of frosting that always puts her into a deep, drugged slumber - a sleep that protects her from family secrets and the horrible reality that dark holiday could reveal. What will happen when she finds her father’s journal and determines to stay awake on Halloween? Will she survive when the dreadful truth comes out? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A read that will sneak up on you

  • By CLOregon on 10-15-18

A read that will sneak up on you

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

The writing style is the first thing that catches you on this. It's unsettling. You feel like looking behind you to make sure someone isn't there. Combined that with the mysterious story of a girl who thinks each year her dad drugs her birthday cake and, well, it because very disquieting. The fact it takes place on Halloween only adds to the haunting feel.

First class story all of the way. Loved the narrator as well. She helped really sell that skin-tingling feel.

  • It's Only Funny If You Laugh

  • The Haunting of the Midlands Amusement Park
  • By: Kevin Candela
  • Narrated by: Gary Bennett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

In 1972, the Red Bozos were the friendliest faces in frenetic Midlands Amusement Park. Flash forward four and a half decades: Midlands is a ghost park. Closed long ago and nearly forgotten, even by the locals, it sits shrouded in undergrowth and hill-topping forest surrounded by upscale new homes. Ringed with a decaying fence, hidden from sight, it presents a huge temptation to a group of bored, thrill-seeking youths who are about to learn that terror is, in fact, immortal. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Candela Clowns around with time travel

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-19-18

Chilling Haunted Amusement Park story

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

This book had everything I look for in a haunted house/haunted amusement park story plus a little more (the ending was quite surprising, which I like, hate predictable endings).

A group of teenagers go to a haunted amusement park for fun (to their credit, they didn't know it was haunted) and discover not just a haunting but killer clowns. The situation can't get much worse than that. As the death count ranks up, we discover the chilling truth behind the haunting.

With lots of unexpected twists in the story and a little humor thrown in occasionally, this was a very satisfying and entertaining read.

  • Death, Infection, the Devil...and Jed

  • By: Howard Carlyle
  • Narrated by: Paul Delaross
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Four different stories of horror, all with deadly outcomes. How would you handle a bullying coworker? Brian did it perfectly! What if a deadly virus left you as the last man standing? What would you do? Would you make a deal with the devil to get everything you wanted? Martin had the chance and took it with horrific consequences. How far would you go for your favorite dish of homemade soup? Jed went that one step further than normal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Unique Mix of highly creative Horror Stories

  • By CLOregon on 09-04-18

A Unique Mix of highly creative Horror Stories

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I really loved the mix of stories in this book, each one was very different from the other. My favorite was the zombie story that started at the beginning of the plague and walks us all the way through to the end. This slow burn was super creepy, just love stories like that. His other stories were highly creative and you never quite knew where they would end. A couple of them actually surprised me and I'm pretty good at guessing the ending. This book was exactly what I was looking for, a great mix of scary tales. I'll also add that I thought the writer's style, kind of a casual conversational tone, made it feel like I was listening to the stories around a campfire. It's hard to explain, but this style hit me just right. I loved this book and I will get more works by this author.

The narrator was perfect, providing the right emotions and giving each character their own unique voice.

  • Everything Inc.

  • The Precious and the Broken
  • By: Geoff Sturtevant
  • Narrated by: Paul J. McSorley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

In a dystopian future where a single organization controls all goods and services, thousands of impoverished Americans abandon pride and freedom to become part of Everything Incorporated. When Paul Harper, alone and failed, makes his way to Enterprise City, will he find fulfillment in a new beginning, or be buried underground, like all he's left behind? Everything Inc. is a story of perseverance and redemption. Finding purpose in a world where purpose has been removed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern day Orwell

  • By erobbins33 on 07-10-18

Too close to reality

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Like my title says, it's just to close to reality. I guess I shouldn't have listened to this when I was at work. Still, because of it I was totally hypnotized by this book, I finished in one sitting, couldn't turn it off. Think 1984 and Animal Farm all rolled into one. Except it's kind of real...kind of what we all live every day. Very disturbing

Part of the appeal of this book, I have to admit, was the characters in the book. Like us, they make friends, find a way to make the miserable more pleasant. It's this camaraderie that makes it fun in the middle of all of the disturbing. I would definitely read it again.

The narrator helped to drive home the story, fantastic range of voices, they did a great job.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tainted Waters: A Dark Paranormal Fantasy Novel

  • Paranormal Peacekeepers, Book 1
  • By: Lucretia Stanhope
  • Narrated by: Joan Dukore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Alice is alone and desperate to fit in at her aunt's coven when she embarks on a dubious quest for cave nettle. Decker is a leader running out of time. Isolated from the main cave system due to a hex making the water in his cave toxic, even the war his clan demands won't save them. The two must put aside centuries-old survival instincts and work together to save lives and preserve the fragile treaty between the coven and clan. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 07-23-18

A very original fantasy novel

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I'm not sure what I expected with this novel, but it sure wasn't what I read. From page one it just felt different, one of a kind and unpredictable. It turned out to be just that.

The main character, Alice, a young witch, is sent on a simple errand by her coven to find a cave dwelling plant. Except this simple errand turns out to be a setup, a suicide mission as she finds herself surrounded by angry elves. Try as she might to explain away what happened, there is no way around it, this was no accident. Someone at the coven deliberately sent her to her death. However, things don't turn out quite that way. Alice convinces the elves that she can fix their water that was hexed. But since witches hexed it, they clearly feel they can't trust her. A truly character driven piece.

I won't give away any more of the story than that. I will say that the book has one surprising twist after another and many of the characters you spend most of the book trying to decide if they are good or bad. Most, you decide, are in fact gray, with many, many layers. The only one who is completely unquestionable is Alice who goes from a sweet, innocent trapped in a snare, to a brave hero, unafraid to face any challenge.

An excellent book, well written and well thought out. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

An added note narrator is spot on. She disappears into the background and lets all of the characters speak in their true voice. Very masterfully done.

  • Kiss of Quicksilver

  • A Short Horror Story
  • By: Dona Fox
  • Narrated by: Freddy Moyano
  • Length: 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Evil rules the mean streets in many guises, waiting in the shadows along the crumbled edges of the mega-cities, where murder is the only crime that leaves a trace for lesser violent acts are simply not reported. Children, the elderly, the slightly and severely damaged make up the homeless. The weak and the helpless are deemed beyond salvation and beneath contempt by all but the strongest and the cruelest who see them as a source of sustenance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kiss of Quicksilver

  • By ZOE R on 08-22-18

Brutal, heart wrenching and unforgetable

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

The story starts of with the main characters having a very bad day and the days that follow just gets worse from that point on. It's said that true horror will bring out almost a physical response in the reader and this story certainly fits that description. I went from being horrified, to feeling sick to my stomach to then becoming overwhelmed with a sense of dread. I would actually go so far to say this steps into the realm of extreme horror. Which, again, is great if you are into true horror. The author doesn't flinch or pull back for a second, staring the darkness straight in the eye and forging ahead without even the slightest attempt to soften the edges. The author was fearless, leaving the reader to experience the fear instead. An excellent example of true, raw horror. If you like it harsh, this is it. No room for whimpy readers here.

I will say one thing. I no longer think bad people die and go to Hell. I think they die and return as children in a Dona Fox story. Oh my gosh! All I can say is I hope this is not a reflection of her childhood, because holy freakin' cow!

  • Whispering Corridors

  • A Ghost Story
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

College students Eric and Lydia are looking for a novel way to spend Halloween. They decide to put together a documentary about the supernatural and take a camcorder into the long-abandoned house on Kenwood Drive. It's said that a vengeful spirit lives there, and Lydia thinks it the perfect location. Eric, though, has his reservations. Having grown up in the area, he's familiar with the stories of the spirit they call the "Upside-Down Man", and as their trip to the house draws near, his fear begins to mount.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A better boogie man

  • By Jessica Gamez on 05-03-17

What a Haunted House story is supposed to be

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

I love Ambrose Ibsen's books only I'm usually too lazy to review them. But I wanted to make special note of this one. I avoided it forever. From the description I had envisioned something like Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm street and similar films where you get these cartoonish college kids so absorbed in drugs and sex they don't notice the bad guy sneaking up on them. He then kills them in imaginative ways with a clever remark and a wink at the camera. Nope, not the case here at all.

This was a serious haunted house story where two realistic college people who are just trying to create a film (no drugs and no sex pulling us out of the story) and they run into the upside-down man who is...holy cow. So creepy and disturbing, he is barely recognizable as formerly human, he's more like spider in fact. With my eyes wide open and in broad daylight the author gave me chills.

The problem with haunted house stories these days is the books are not serious, they don't give you the creepies, like vampire stories, they don't scare anymore. Well, not this one...or any of his books. Creepy as hell. For me, he has breathed life into a dying genre and took it to all new heights. Great job. In my opinion, this guy is better than Stephen King and ranks with my other favorites Roma Gray and Darcy Coates.

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  • Crawl Space

  • A Short Horror Story
  • By: Dona Fox
  • Narrated by: Caroline Downs
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Claustrophobic, disturbing, and creepy. A lost girl is kidnapped and held for years by a dangerous man. Her doll takes the brunt of his abuse in place of the girl. Then the man is killed in a bloody and brutal attack. Now she must protect her own child from the jealous, intrusive, and sometimes vicious toy. Who will survive when they enter the crawl space under the house?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly Creepy

  • By peacemaker on 08-13-18

Ok, now I'm Claustrophobic

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

This was a very creepy story, with extremely strong character development. It's not often you see such strong writing in such a short story, but this was an unforgettable tale. I thought about it a long time after I read it because it was so emotional, so tragic...and that's before the crawl space enters the picture. Wow. Then it gets terrifying.

The narrator really helped sell it. Great job.

  • Ungodly Undoing

  • Tales of Ubiquitous Umbrage (Project 26, Book 21)
  • By: Essel Pratt
  • Narrated by: Tom Howery
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Strange occurrences plague Mishawaka, Indiana’s past and present. Local lore whispers accusations of strange and peculiar happenings, prefacing uncertainty if the future is safe. A meeting of youthful inquiry and aged intellect coalesce to reveal the tales behind the secrets. Only the future will reveal if their telling will be Mishawaka’s ungodly undoing!  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story

  • By Preeti Paul on 07-20-18

Like Listening to Stories Around a Campfire

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

A young boy meets an older gentleman who knows quite a bit about the local town...mysterious things he shouldn't know. The stories are surprising and completely engaging. Great character development and a very creative descriptive style. Highly entertaining.

The narrator has a soft voice which just adds to the feel of this book. It's haunting... I'll probably listen to this more than once because the stories are so well crafted and so original. Really, an unexpected gem.

  • Ghosts Beneath Us

  • Spookie Town Murder Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Kathryn Meyer Griffith
  • Narrated by: Jan Kennedy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

Someone is terrorizing the elderly and vandalizing their homes in a certain neighborhood in Spookie. As usual, Abigail Sutton, a freelance artist, and her boyfriend, Frank Lester, a retired homicide detective, are called in to help find out who's doing these awful acts. The two seem to have an uncanny knack for unraveling mysteries and getting to the bottom of such strange happenings. Some of the old people think it's ghosts in their basements, in their homes, doing these destructive deeds, but Frank doesn't believe in ghosts while Abigail isn't so sure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Spooky Town mystery

  • By Rabid Reader on 06-17-16

Outstanding Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Spooky town is the kind of place you want to live in yourself..great friends and neighbors, fantastic restaurants and a very high death rate...uh, wait a minute... In typical fashion, the author first made me comfortable then scared me to death. Think a more scary version of Murder She Wrote.

The author's overall style is very polished and the narrator has a warm voice that is perfect for this type of book.

A+++ novel. Great entertainment.