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  • The Call of the Cthulhu and Other Stories

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Gareth David-Lloyd, Ian Fairbairn
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

The Call of Cthulhu", written in 1926, is probably Lovecraft's best-known work. Discovering notes left by a deceased relative, the narrator pieces together the whole truth and disturbing significance of the Cthulhu cult. This release also contains the shorter tales "The Festival" and "The Hound", in which gravediggers bring home more than they bargained for!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovecraft, a Rare Presentation

  • By David on 02-14-10

Narration is horrible!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-10

I've tried twice listening to this but the reader is horrible! The reader has a thick lisp causing the words to not enunciated clearly. It made it very hard to understand what was going on.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Deepest Water

  • By: Kate Wilhelm
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Considered "one of the masters of psychological fiction in America" ( San Francisco Chronicle), Kate Wilhelm serves up a chilling puzzle that will keep listeners captivated until the very end.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious at best

  • By Joyce on 01-16-05

Worthwhile but had it figured out early

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-09

This was a good, but I had the killer figured out really early into the book. I don't think that took to much away from the book but it made some parts a little frustrating. It was still worthwhile and I will probably pick up another Wilhelm book, but it wasn't an amazing mystery.

  • Staying Dead

  • A Retrievers Novel
  • By: Laura Anne Gilman
  • Narrated by: Emma Woodbine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73

As a Retriever, Wren Valere specializes in finding things gone missing - and then bringing them back, no questions asked. Normally her job is stimulating, challenging and only a little bit dangerous. But every once in a while....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Urban Fantasy!

  • By Anne on 03-11-09

Good first book.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-09

This was a good first book in a new (to me) paranormal series. I don't think the writing was amazing and it took me a minute to figure out what was going on sometimes. The concept was slightly refreshing. I still feel it was solid enough that I will probably pick up the next one to try.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gargoyle

  • By: Andrew Davidson
  • Narrated by: Lincoln Hoppe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time. The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Gargoyle

  • By R. H. on 11-27-08

Conflicting

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-09

I loved this story and I disliked it (hate would be a little strong here). I had a really hard time with the very graphic description and detachment of the narrator and loved Marianne's stories. I loved the evolution of the main character but disliked his self-centeredness. I really enjoyed Marianne and her stories but didn't understand her manicness. Clearly, I'm conflicted on this book. Would I recommend someone else read/listen it? Definitely. Will I read/listen it again? Probably, just to better understand it. This book is not for the light of heart of the easily grossed out. It is an enduring love story and a unique historical fiction novel. It was good, but I'm not yet sure if it was amazing as all the hype seems to think it is.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Inside Job

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

Rob, a professional debunker, is watching yet another performance by a supposed psychic. But as she calls forth the spirit entity known as Isus, another voice suddenly interrupts. And this one is so unexpected and so real, even the hardened skeptic finds he can't help but believe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific, but too short

  • By Linda on 05-15-08

Fun Paranormal!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-09

This was a quick and fun paranormal fiction piece. When a new psychic act comes to town, ex-actress Kildy decides that her boss needs to see the show. Rob, a journalist and professional skeptic doesn't do channelers with Kildy's nudging it goes to a performance. In the end, he gets more then he bargained for and maybe the story to end all stories.

The dialog between Kildy and Rob make this novella. It was a fun and witty listen that has convinced me to pick up more by Connie Willis.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last of the Winnebagos

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

In this Hugo Award-winning novella, dogs have become extinct after an epidemic, and the Humane Society has been granted extraordinary police powers to protect the remaining animals. As the Society investigates the death of a jackal on a highway, its attention turns to a photojournalist whose own dog was one of the last to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quick and fun listen!

  • By Sassbot on 07-07-09

Quick and fun listen!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-09

This was a wonderful novella. It was quick, interesting and heartbreaking in a way. A world without dogs – which I can't image as a person who loves dogs. For a quick read that keeps you thinking, this was great.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Darkest Night

  • Lords of the Underworld, Book 1
  • By: Gena Showalter
  • Narrated by: Max Bellmore
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,658
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,770
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,776

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member - a man trapped in a hell of his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • sexy.....

  • By Patsy G. on 12-21-09

Gah! Will it never stop?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-09

I thought the story for this sounded really interesting and could be a fun romance. Instead of being fun, I found the dialog between Maddox and Ashlyn to be forced. The majority of their conversations seemed to be single words. All the men in this novel are to be "big, strong warriors" but instead of having an attractive appeal, it was a complete turn off because they became more like brutes. Every time one of the men spoke (for the most part) all I could think was caveman and "me man, you my women." The attempts to make Maddox seem more emotional just left me thinking "gah!" and seemed unbelievable to me. This book also struck me as being very formulaic. Beautiful virgin finds handsome warrior who reveals a tender side which no one ever knew he had and they have steamy sex, then something happened and must be saved by the handsome warrior. Also, the language and wording used during the multiple sex scenes were turn offs for me and no at all romantic and were repetitive. At one point I just wanted the plot to get moving and skipped ahead during a sex scene by 15 minutes and it was still going. The male reader I also found did not appeal to me. I think he only increased how weird the sex scenes were because he voice didn't change much, it felt very monotone. In the end, I was very happy for this book to be over and don't think I will trying any more by this author.

17 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The Scold's Bridle

  • By: Minette Walters
  • Narrated by: Sharon Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Mathilda Gillespie's body was found nearly two days after she had taken an overdose and slashed her wrists with a utility knife. But what shocked Dr. Sarah Blakeney the most was the rusted metal cage obscuring the dead woman's face - a medieval instrument of torture called a scold's bridle grotesquely adorned with a garland of nettles and Michaelmas daises. What happened at Cedar House in the tortured hours before Mathilda's death?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable!

  • By Sassbot on 05-21-09

Enjoyable!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-09

When sharp-tongued, Mathilda dies in her home with a scold's bridle over her head, it looks like an apparent suicide, but the detective assigned to the case doesn't think it really is a suicide. Mathilda's GP, Dr. Sarah Blakeney is another that doesn't believe Mathilda would kill herself. After meeting Mathilda's daughter and granddaughter, both the detective and Sarah are even less inclined to believe the old women would kill herself. After the will is read, everything people thought they knew about Mathilda, change.
This was a well paced thriller that goes from the beauty of a doctors care to the cruelty within in a single family with too many secrets. Well written and read, this was an enjoyable mystery that will keep you guessing with all the twists.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Hunter's Run

  • By: George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Daniel Abraham
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 206

Like so many others, Ramón Espejo ran from the poverty and hopelessness of the Third World to the promise of a new world, joining a host of like-minded workers and dreamers aboard one of the great starships of the mysterious, repulsive Enye. But the life he found on the far-off planet of São Paulo was no better than the one he had abandoned.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different but good

  • By Richard on 07-19-08

Don't bother

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-08

George R.R. Martin should never be listened too. Couldn't go past the first two hours without being bored. I've read a few of his books and would recommend them but the three books I've tried to listen to, were not very good at all. If you like his books, don't ruin that by listening to them.

2 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Sofie Metropolis

  • By: Tori Carrington
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Sofie's a young Greek American woman living in Queens. If you'd asked her a few months ago what she'd be doing now, she'd have replied, "I'm going to be married to a wonderful guy and working at my father's Greek restaurant." That was before Sofie caught the groom in a compromising position with her maid of honor. Before she punched the priest who tried to get her to marry the cad anyway. Before she chucked her engagement ring into the garbage disposal. Before she became a junior detective for her uncle's detective agency.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't expect too much

  • By Sassbot on 07-26-08

Don't expect too much

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-08

A fun story with a times a little too much going on to make this a great listen. I enjoy the main character for the most part. I didn't enjoy the meaning of life and self reflection bits at the end. That kind of ruined the whole goofy story for me. The whole story had kind of Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich) feeling but not nearly as well written.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful