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  • How My Brain Ended Up Inside This Box

  • By: Tom Lichtenberg
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 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

When I was born I was so small I was mistaken for a French fry. I was never an ordinary creature. My best friend was a seagull. I was strictly illegal. Artificially Intelligent Persons like me, commonly known as "apes", had been banned ever since that thing with the Twelve Elevens. Mother raised me for the black market. Buyers and sellers all had their plans, but then I grew a mind of my own. This is my story, the story of how my brain ended up inside this box.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story of AI, from an AI's POV

  • By Kara on 11-20-18

Great story, perfect narration

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

Although it took a while for me to understand what was happening, I think that this is an excellent and imaginative story. Tess Irondale is a great choice for narration, as her voice is a perfect choice for the main character. It’s as if the character is telling the story, not the narrator.

  • Human Element

  • By: AJ Powers
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The Neuroweb began as the greatest invention since written language. A simple brain implant allowed the user to access information, entertainment, and even pain relief. The Neuroweb was the beginning of a golden age for mankind.... Until it was compromised. Everyone with the implant lost his or her most important commodity: free will. The collective human consciousness was hacked and is now directed by artificial intelligence. Only those without the Neuroweb have a chance of resisting...if they dare. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everybody loves tech until it’s too late

  • By Mary Karowski on 12-04-18

Excellent Post Apocalyptic Novel

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

Human Element is an excellent post apocalyptic novel. The two main characters are sympathetic and engaging.. Their backstories are interesting, as is the story of the collapse.. Their struggles keep you interested throughout the story.. The narrator does a great job: he makes you feel their emotions, but is not intrusive. Plenty of story is left for sequels.

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  • Follow the Money

  • A Tale of Tales
  • By: David Fuentes
  • Narrated by: Matthew Kerslake
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Follow the Money is a collection of novellas that follows the lives of different bank notes on their respective journeys, as they pass from one person to the next through London and New York. In a twist of fate, both of these bank notes transform in the second installment of each story. It sends them on a completely new journey into the unknown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Follow the money

  • By Deedra on 11-06-18

Interesting and unusual

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

This book is not for you if you object to graphic descriptions of sex or violence. In fact, the author has a gift in his ability to paint descriptive word portraits. The novel tells the story of whoever is possesses a certain 20 pound note as it passes from person to person. In the second half of the book, the action moves from London to New York City and follows a 20 dollar bill. Some stories are brief. Most are more involved. Most of the the stories are interesting, graphic, and usually end badly for the person possessing the bill. The book also presents two very different endings. Overall, a very interesting, very unusual, read.

  • Sticky Fingers: The Complete Box Set Collection

  • 36 Deliciously Twisted Short Stories
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Roshina Ratnam, Bianca Flanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

This compelling collection of 36 short stories by JT Lawrence is diverse, dark-humored, and deliciously bite-sized.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice collections of short stories

  • By VonB on 11-01-18

Diverse stories, outstanding narration

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Sticky Fingers is a set of well written and cleverly crafted short stories. The narrators did an excellent job conveying the tone of the stories, as if the author was narrating them herself. The stories range widely in subject matter, including horror, science fiction, detective, comedy, and slightly twisted stories of everyday life. You’ll find a heroic department store Santa, a tragic Viking warrior, the self deluded writer of a series of Trip Advisor reviews, and many other diverse characters and stories.

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  • The Case of the Haunted Address

  • An Aggie Underhill Halloween Short Story (An Aggie Underhill Mystery, Book 9)
  • By: Michelle Ann Hollstein
  • Narrated by: Eliza Anders
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

It’s Halloween night, and Aggie, Betty, and Roger are invited to a haunted house by a handsome vampire. Little did they know that they were about to encounter something incredibly spooky. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun Halloween listen.

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 10-28-18

Clever and Humorous

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

A clever, lighthearted, mystery centered around three friends , an invitation to a Haunted House show, and a mysterious address.

  • Ghostly Gig: A Vienna Rossi Paranormal Short Story

  • A Lost Souls, Book 4
  • By: Michelle Ann Hollstein
  • Narrated by: Natsumi Bailey
  • Length: 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Vienna accepted a side job that she finds intimidating. She’s worried that it’s out of her league. She’s been hired to alleviate a house of a haunting. And in order to complete the task at hand, Vienna will need to use her newfound psychic abilities to communicate with the ghost. She’s never removed a ghost from a house before. Will she be able to solve this lost soul’s mystery and help the ghost crossover? Join Vienna and her best friend Kim in a hauntingly good A Lost Souls short story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spooky good listen.

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 12-10-18

Ghostly short story

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

A sweet little ghost story about Vienna, a ghost whisperer, and her friend Kim, who are hired to rid a home of troubling spirits. Now to get more of the backstory I will need to read the prior three stories, which haven’t been made into audios yet.

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

  • By: Dona Fox
  • Narrated by: Sarah L. Colton
  • Length: 48 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

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? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short horror story

  • By ZOE R on 10-20-18

Horror in the mundane

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Dona Fox is a master of finding horror in the mundane and ordinary. Told from the perspective of a young girl who finds her father’s diary, belief is supplanted with horrible reality. And as with many of her stories, there is no need for the supernatural when reality is terrible.

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  • Blue Lights, Bitter Roots: a short horror story

  • By: Dona Fox
  • Narrated by: Sarah L. Colton
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Millions of threads so thin as to be invisible, so vaporous as to be ductile, drift through the classroom, emitting a chill and leaving a sense of unease. Hidden deep in their cloaks, the Blue Lights analyze the odors that cling to the individual cells of every child, from the top of each little head to the bottom of their ticklish feet and every dark secret place in between, from their gathering brains to their blood-soaked spleens. One girl feels dizzy; one boy throws up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Eerie Little Number

  • By Azura S on 11-21-18

Fantasy or Reality

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Set during the influenza epidemic of WW1, this horror story walks a fine line between gritty reality and nightmarish fantasy.You are left wondering what is real and what is fantasy . And which is worst?

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  • 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 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

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

Realistic Horror

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

Kiss of Quicksilver is a realistic, not supernatural, horror story. It is very well written, very gritty. This one is worthy of literary awards. Also, Dona Fox has a knack for picking the perfect narrator to deliver each story.

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  • The Girl with Atypical Eyes

  • A Short Horror Story
  • By: Dona Fox
  • Narrated by: Barbara Nevins Taylor
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Life played its horrible games with the girl. As she grew up she devised clever places to hide - inside and outside of her mind. She was tricked by her own illusions; she was caught in traps of her own creation. It began with a kidnapping, a locked room, and the broken doll that was more than a plaything…and always, in the shadows, the dangerous painting from her past waited, threatening to expose her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously Creepy

  • By Azura S on 11-20-18

Eerie and Unsettling

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

With this little piece of horror Dona Fox should be crowned the Queen of Creepy. Barbara Taylor has the perfect voice to narrate this eerie and unsettling story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful