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  • Madhouse

  • A Suspenseful Horror
  • By: Miguel Estrada
  • Narrated by: Zak Price
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 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

Faced with his parents' divorce, 11-year-old Lucas runs away from home in the hope that his family will get back together to find him. While walking through the empty streets, he is picked up by a mysterious woman who offers to take care of him and provide him with a loving family. The boy then wakes up in shackles, confined to a bed in a decrepit house in the middle of nowhere and will have to face his deepest fears in order to survive in his new home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted...

  • By Wanda on 09-17-18

Don't Run Away From Home

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

I have never wanted to run away from home. I have known people who have and while they seemed to have fun for a few days eventually they had to go back home and face the consequences. Have to say this reaffirms my decision to never do that.
The story is quick, but pedal down the whole way. Would say this follows the typical abduction story and since it is packed into a two hour story it engages you quick and keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way. As should be expected with such a short story there isn’t much for character development, but you do develop a relationship with Lucas quickly. There is a huge twist at the end that changes how you feel about everything you listened to.
Zak does a great job. Good character voices and made for a pleasant listen to a not so pleasant story.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • Arkship Obsidian

  • The Arkship Saga, Book 1
  • By: Niel Bushnell
  • Narrated by: Mike Robinson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Earth has been destroyed, the entire solar system turned to dust by a cataclysmic event known as the Fracture. Now, the last survivors of humanity live on vast arkships drifting through the Cluster, doing what they can to survive in a hostile ever-changing environment. When the arkship Obsidian is attacked, Wynn awakes in an escape pod fleeing from a huge space battle, unable to remember who he is. Hunted by a killer robot, the forces of a rival arkship, and the Church of the Infinite, Wynn must survive long enough to unlock his lost memories, discover who is behind the attack and take his revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Earth is gone, humanity is in danger

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-18-18

No need for spice with this

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

When I was younger I didn’t’ want to read because there where so many other things to do. Eventually I found an author who actually captured me and I loved to read her books. I still have them because they remind me that even someone who doesn’t like to read can eventually find something that will get them into it. While this is quite a bit different from those stories, this really brought back the feeling of reading one of those books. Not something anybody else would be expected to share in, but just a note as to why I really enjoyed this story and want to continue on with the saga. Hopefully this will inspire you as well.

This definitely has a Dune feeling without some of the weird and confusing aspects or Sting. If you enjoyed that book or watching shows like BSG this story is right up your ally. I really felt that the characters were the focus of the story and I think that connection I felt with Wyyn and Berra sold me on it. Even the antagonist, who I also enjoyed, was someone I understood. These characters are in the typical scifi space environment but they are quite well developed and ones you want to follow.

I felt the plot was simple and fairly recognizable, but not a bad thing. The overall mystery was easy to figure out, how it played out was a fun ride and worth it. This shows you a world where space is the final frontier and you belong or don’t. Factions exist and you are either in or out and trust is something everyone needs to be evaluated on.

Mike Robinson did a great job. Again this story touched me in the right spot and I know Robinson was helpful in that. My internal voice is awful, so I was happy to have Robinson narrate and fill my head with his. I really hope he is the narrator for the rest of the series.

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  • The Fall of the House of Usher - Unabridged

  • By: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

"The Fall of the House of Usher" tells the tale of Roderick and Madeline Usher, ailing siblings who inhabit a gigantic mansion that is, as they are, slowly deteriorating.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic story with a great narrator

  • By Spooky Mike on 09-18-18

Classic story with a great narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

As far as Poe goes this is one of his less elaborate and more straight forward suspense stories. For those who have a hard time getting into his stories this one is perfect to start out with. There is extensive analysis done on Poe so I will leave you with one thought, as a person who thinks Poe and Hubbard are overrated I do enjoy this story.
Kevin really rocks this story. He has the perfect old timey voice and cadence and I could picture people listening to this sitting around the radio. He really keeps the story going and I would be more inclined to listen to more Poe if Kevin continues to voice them. He definitely is a narrator I'm going to have to listen to more of.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Anthem

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Kieffer
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in the United Kingdom. The story takes place at an unspecified future date when mankind has entered another Dark Age. Technological advancement is now carefully planned and the concept of individuality has been eliminated. A young man known as Equality 7-2521 rebels by doing secret scientific research. When his activity is discovered, he flees into the wilderness with the girl he loves. Together they plan to establish a new society based on rediscovered individualism.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A quick and thought provoking experience

  • By cosmitron on 08-08-18

Once we've lost everything we're free for anything

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

We have all seen dystopian movies and this plays out just the same. There are a number of stories and movies that replicate this style of future. The loss of individuality is not something that we should ever want to see and this story provides a bleak future where that is the case.
Ayn Rand is well known for her thought provoking books. This is a great one to get you into her philosophical stories and get you used to her style before you venture into a longer one. For this story I was happy with the length. I think it could have easily turned confusing or boring if it were much longer.
Jimmy Kiefer did a great job. I have to say that the story didn’t lend itself to dramatic reading and Jimmy was able to keep my attention the entire time.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

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  • Dark Passenger

  • By: Donald Allen Kirch
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

On board the RMS Titanic, Professor Dennis Parker believes he's taking with him to New York the archaeological discovery of a lifetime. As the voyage progresses, passengers and crew become the victims of several grisly murders - not seen since the infamous Jack the Ripper. All clues point to the impossible: The murderer is a 3,000-year-old mummy named Ka-Re. Amid all the death and chaos, Parker is ultimately forced to choose between preserving his lifelong discovery and saving himself. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top of the world, Mummy, Top of the world!

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-03-18

God Himself could not sink this ship

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

This is the story of the sinking of the Titanic, it also tells a paranormal story of a mummy on board. We all know what happened to the Titanic, and surely the same fate happens; however, this provides a slightly different twist to the story. This gives a great reinterpretation of the sinking of the Titanic and there are definitely no “On Top of the World” moments.
The setting of the Titanic is a great place to tell a paranormal story. Having a well-known setting, regardless of how tragic it is, allows you to focus on what is different. I fully enjoyed everything about the mummy, although I would have preferred to hear more. This was a great story and I loved the mixture, just wanted a slightly different ratio.
I really like the focus on the characters and you really get close to them. I really got attached to two, well three if you count the mummy, and was biting my nails waiting to hear their fate. For what this may have lacked in some plot, this definitely made up for in character development and was an overall great story.
I have to say that I was really impressed with Hollie Jackson. First time I have listened to her and was quite happy. I really enjoyed just listening to her voice, yet alone her telling me a really neat story. She read this clearly, confidently, and with great character voices that captured me. I hope to come across more of her in the future.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Purloined Letter - Unabridged

  • Two Edgar Allan Poe Classics!
  • By: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 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

Edgar Allan Poe - the master of horror - was also responsible for writing the first detective stories in history. His master sleuth, the elusive logician C. Auguste Dupin, is the man the police turn to when they find themselves unable to solve a mystery. Here are two of Poe's Dupin stories in a single volume, one involving blackmail of the royal family and the other...a tale of two brutal murders in the heart of Paris!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sherlock Holmes before there was Sherlock Holmes

  • By Spooky Mike on 09-12-18

Sherlock Holmes before there was Sherlock Holmes

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Wow, I didn’t know Poe wrote Sherlock Holmes stories. While horror is my main genre I haven’t listened to a lot of Poe. I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes so this was a great treat from the legendary writer. I was expecting a bit more horror and got a great detective story from the mind of Edgar Alan Poe. I am really happy having listened to this now learning that this story was the inspiration for so many other great stories.

While I have listened to a few Poe stories I was never that excited. Unless Vincent Price it was on film and Vincent Price was the lead, I usually just lost interest. So this was a great treat. I was quite partial to The Murders in the Rue Morgue. While The Purloined Letter followed some of the same style it wasn’t nearly as adventurous or of a follow the clues mystery. Not the typical Poe and while this was right for me this could be a miss for someone seeking his darker style.

The narrator did a great job. To me, he had the voice of a radio narrator of yesteryear. Was perfect for these old time stories and I would gladly listen to him tell more.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Cold Days

  • Space Truckin', Book 2
  • By: Jason Davis
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Will was once a truck driver. When he was on Earth, his days were spent alone, traveling the highways for months until he went home to see his wife and family. Then Space Trucking became the new thing, and they didn't want pilots. They wanted men like him: the ones who were used to the isolation. Now after six years, Will has had his first break down, but this isn't a semi and there's no such thing as roadside assistance. When you break down in space, all that remains are the Cold Days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In space, nobody can see you die

  • By Spooky Mike on 09-07-18

In space, nobody can see you die

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I have to say that if I was stuck in space this would be exactly my story. I’m not a deadbeat, but would have only one thought. The darkness of this story comes from both the plot and the character. A trucker in space alone in the cold has a brief time to think about his life. Listening to the thoughts of someone on the verge of dying is always sad and depressing. This one can hit you hard if you are a family man.
While this is book two in the series it stands alone. I haven’t listened to book one and didn’t seem to miss anything. This narrator also didn’t do book one so that could change things up for those wanting to listen to book one after listening to this or starting from book one. The length of this was perfect, no need to make this longer and while I’m hopeful for another book I assume it would also be stand alone.
Rick Gregory is a top narrator for me and I appreciated his narration for this. Since this is mostly all in third person we only get Gregory’s narrator voice and not any of his typical character voices. Totally makes the story bleaker, not because of his voice, but because we don’t get Gregory’s usual excitement in his character voices. I felt like he read this story as it was meant to be heard.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Joyride

  • By: Jack Ketchum
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Carole and her lover thought they had committed the perfect crime, murdering Carole’s abusive husband and making it look like an accident. Unfortunately there was a witness, someone far more twisted than they are, with plans for a killing spree of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Volvos are not a joy to ride in

  • By Spooky Mike on 09-07-18

Volvos are not a joy to ride in

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Wow this escalated quickly. Starts out as a light thriller and quickly becomes a dark disturbing nightmare. We get to ride with a complete homicidal maniac and the ride is not joyful. While the story is quite simple, it is very detailed. Every victim you become quickly acquainted with and I immediately was hoping for the best while realizing that was futile. Super happy this was a work of fiction, although I can totally see this as real life.
The four main characters are quite solid and you understand everything that they are doing and why. Don’t agree with one of them, but this really takes you for a ride inside the mind of madmen. In their own way, all of them are mad, just some more twisted than others. There is a lot of graphic violence so this is not for the faint of heart. Rule number one of no children and women is totally violated.
Like I said the plot itself is quite simple, but very smart. This is a well written and well calculating story that definitely ups the ante quickly. I love horror, and while this was horrific, this was edge of the seat thriller. I had to keep listening but really did not want to continue. That is huge kudos to the author.
David Stifel completely made this book. His voice was just as calculating as the author’s words. No way this book would have gotten under my skin without him. Second story I’ve heard from him and he did not disappoint. It takes a solid narrator to read a story like this.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Blood and Oak

  • By: Garrett Bettencourt
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Growing up on his father's ship was an adventure for young John. His world crumbled the day the Barbary Pirates took him away in chains, along with his mother and sister. Five years later, after a daring escape to America, John is eager to join the USS Philadelphia and meet the corsairs with steel. Then, one stormy night, a stranger brings word: His sister, Kaitlin, is alive. John must risk everything on a bold plan to sail to the Barbary Coast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Draw for the ace win with the deuce

  • By Spooky Mike on 09-05-18

Draw for the ace win with the deuce

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Very character driven and given the length this also has a solid plot. I was more focused on the characters as we meet a lot of them, and I assume that many would come in and out. I really enjoy hearing how John matures throughout the story, even though he seems to straddle a thin line of being the hero I want him to be. All of the characters are well developed and everyone’s story really gets you sucked into this world and connect with each of them.

The plot had everything I would expect a swashbuckler would want; gambling, duels, fighting, romance, a kidnapped family. This book is clearly setting up the world that Bettencourt is going to play in for what I hope to be more books. Nautical adventures are far from my normal reading but this was a great adventure and a lot of fun. Once I started I was hooked, plus I’m a sucker for a good revenge story. I’m glad that this wasn’t the Hollywood version of pirates and I assume more truthful to how things really were. This is book one in a series and while there is some resolution at the end the story is far from over and definitely ends on a cliff hanger.

I’m a huge fan of Travis Baldree’s narrations and think he does fantastic character voices. With the many different characters in this story he pulls out all the stops to do a truly awesome job with them. Paviat was one of my favorites. Baldree’s ability to quickly go back and forth within conversations between the different characters and keeping them consistent is really amazing. Baldree clearly had fun with this story and it really shows and added so much to the already great writing.

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  • Ghost Stories: The Most Horrifying Real Ghost Stories from Around the World Including Disturbing Ghost, Hauntings, & Paranormal Stories

  • By: Night Terror Publishing
  • Narrated by: Martin James
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Discover the horrible facts of these true ghost stories! Warning: Please be aware. All the stories in this book have been verified as being true ghost stories from around the world. These stories are not hoaxes - they are backed up by facts. May be disturbing for some! When you download Hannah J. Tidy's Ghost Stories: The Most Horrifying Real Ghost Stories, your skin will crawl with the idea that these stories are real - and could happen to anyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good collection of paranormal stories

  • By Spooky Mike on 09-03-18

Good collection of paranormal stories

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

As a fan of all things haunting, I really enjoyed these brief looks into paranormal stories. As typical with collections like these some are well known and others are less. I was about 50/50 which means I need to brush up more on my stories. I like how some were old and others were more recent. While I watch their shows, I wasn’t super excited that Ghost Adventures or TAPS evidence was cited. Don’t really believe reality shows provide any credible evidence, regardless of how entertaining they are.
In general this was a good mix of paranormal stories. The stories span a long enough time that some of the more recent stories involve places you can still go visit, prices are even offered for some of those locations. There were a few like Amityville and Winchester House, which while interesting, have been documented so many times I feel like adding them to a collection is unnecessary. As with any collection, you don't get enough of the stories you really like and I'm now on to do my own research.
The narrator did a good job. I didn’t notice the robotic tone others did and listened to him quite happily. Since this is told as a matter of fact story and doesn’t involve characters I was quite happy with the narration.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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