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  • Floating Staircase

  • By: Ronald Malfi
  • Narrated by: Monty Lewis Sauerwein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80

Following the success of his latest novel, Travis Glasgow and his wife Jodie buy their first house in the seemingly idyllic western Maryland town of Westlake. At first, everything is picture perfect—from the beautiful lake behind the house to the rebirth of the friendship between Travis and his brother, Adam, who lives nearby. Travis also begins to overcome the darkness of his childhood and the guilt he’s harbored since his younger brother’s death—a tragic drowning veiled in mystery that has plagued Travis since he was 13.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed

  • By R. S. on 01-18-15

Story great, narrator voices terrible

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

Story great, narrator great until he does women's voices. So bad they're laughable add distracting.

  • House of Echoes

  • A Novel
  • By: Brendan Duffy
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan, George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 77

Ben and Caroline Tierney and their two young boys are hoping to start over. Ben has hit a dead end with his new novel, Caroline has lost her banking job, and eight-year-old Charlie is being bullied at his Manhattan school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scary Horror, Remarkable Characters

  • By Wasie on 07-03-15

Great book! Not a ghost story.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

This book was long and I still very much enjoyed it. I think the pacing was delicately balanced... almost too slow but not because the author gave you a morsel often enough to create a near perfect slow build. I just wish it was a ghost story, which it's not and it's the primary reason I listened to the book, but I was not disappointed even still, which is saying something.

The male narrator was good with dialogue, bit straight narration was a bit labored. He had good inflection and everything, but he often sounded like he was teaching a history lesson rather than reading spooky fiction. He gets slightly better toward the end and he's not all that bad, but he might deter me from other books narrated by him in the future.

  • The Ghost Writer

  • By: John Harwood
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 115

In this tantalizing tale of Victorian ghost stories and family secrets, timid, solitary librarian Gerard Freeman lives for just two things: his elusive pen pal Alice and a story he found hidden in his mother's drawer years ago. Written by his great-grandmother Viola, it hints at his mother's role in a sinister crime. As he discovers more of Viola's chilling tales, he realizes that they might hold the key to finding Alice and unveiling his family's mystery - or will they bring about his untimely death, as they seem to foretell?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A modern master of the Gothic

  • By Zaubermond on 09-12-14

Great

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

Reviewed: 10-15-15

The Narrator is excellent and the story very good, though there are many stories within stories so sometimes it's challenging to keep track of who is who, especially in audio book format. I should have liked a little more story at the conclusion, but really, very good. the author is an excellent writer, not just because of plot, but also his eloquence of phrasing. Not once did I find the expressions tedious or unrealistic or overdramatised.

  • The Uninvited

  • By: Cat Winters
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Twenty-five-year-old Ivy Rowan rises from her sickbed after being struck by the great influenza epidemic of 1918, only to discover that the world has been torn apart in just a few short days. But Ivy's lifelong gift - or curse - remains. She sees the uninvited ones - ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked for and unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, if you like this kind of topic

  • By Amy on 09-05-15

Great, if you like this kind of topic

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

Reviewed: 09-05-15

I have to give this book four stars because it was well written and a good story, but unfortunately I didn't really enjoy it. That isn't the author's fault, however. It's because this book reads like an historical fiction romance, not a supernatural ghost story like I wanted.

A caution to those expecting this to be a creepy ghost story; nothing is creepy about this book and the ghostly elements in it are scarce. The book has a great twist but one I saw coming a mile away and didn't make up for the boredom I experienced waiting for the ghostly portion of this book to emerge.

It is a great story for those interested in a historical fiction romance vibe, set against a war backdrop and peppered with political statements (all of which bore me to tears in fiction) but will probably disappoint those looking for a supernatural thriller (like I was) such as those by Wendy Webb, John Harwood, and F.G. Cottam.

The narrator annoyed me to no end, but unfortunately I also have no objective reason to give for it. I simply didn't enjoy her voice or style but see no reason why others might not.

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  • Matilda

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,844
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,511
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,513

"The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Childhood Memories

  • By Dylan on 05-19-16

Kate Winslet kills it!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-15

Kate Winslet kills it! The story is fun but Kate really makes it. Her voices are engaging and convincing.