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  • So Cold the River

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 598

It started with a documentary. The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford's past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life. In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By Scott Simons on 08-16-10

Really solid!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I really liked this book. I thought the story was really original, and I enjoyed the mix of historical fiction and modern mystery/suspense. I really didn't know how the story was going to end, which is unusual for me, so that was a big plus.
The only things I can say in terms of criticism are that a few times the story slowed to an agonizing pace, and occasionally the music and sound effects added to the performance actually detracted from the reading of the story.
Other than that, I highly recommend this book. Such a great break from the same old haunted house stories.

  • The Demonic

  • Supernatural Horror Series, Book 1
  • By: Lee Mountford
  • Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 183

Years ago, a young girl ran away from her childhood home and vowed never to go back. It was a place of fear, pain, and misery at the hands of an abusive father. But now, her father is dead, and she is forced to break that vow and return home - to lay his body to rest and face up to the ghosts of her past. However, Danni is about to learn that some ghosts are more real than others. Something beyond her understanding waits for her there, lurking in the shadows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dead Goat Equals No Go

  • By Spooky Mike on 02-27-18

Beyond Boring

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Boring, cliche ridden story. Characters aren't interesting. Evil thing is not interesting.
The incest story line adds nothing to the story and rather than heighten the evil characteristics of the antagonist, it just seems like it was thrown in for shock value.
There is no substantive story here. Dialog between characters often is repetitious and takes too long. Very little forward action or explanation. Lame ole haunted house crap.

A definite "nah".

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stirrings in the Black House

  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

When struggling concert pianist Emil inherits a house from his late uncle, he thinks all of his problems are solved. Absconding to the mysterious Weatherby House in the suburbs of Portland where his famous uncle composed many classical masterpieces, Emil finds the place completely empty, save for one thing: his uncle's grand piano.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy!!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-09-17

Boring. The most predictable book he's done.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I knew in the first half hour how the entire book would end.
Boring. Even the parts that are supposed to be shocking are just meh. No suspense. No terror.
Boo.

  • The Haunted

  • By: Bentley Little
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 894
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 815

The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very dark, Very Good!

  • By Jason on 05-24-12

Such a waste of time

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Bentley Little's books always try to shock you, but it's really just the same one-trick pony every time.
This book is no different. Starts off strong, but becomes cliche and boring less than mid-way. He fills this space with violent sex and gore to try to keep you interested, but after a while, you become sort of desensitized to it and you realize none of it is moving the plot forward. The end of this book was as sappy as the rest of the novel was sexual and bloody, and this about-face made you feel a little like you flicked the TV channel from a horror movie to a Lifetime Christmas special. The ending was incredibly anti-climactic. It felt like he didn't really care how this story ended, so long as it ended. Honestly, that's how I felt too.

  • Looking Glass

  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534

Professor Theo Cray caught one of the most prolific serial killers in history using revolutionary scientific methods. Cut off from university research because of the shroud of suspicion around him after the death of his former student and the aftermath of catching his quarry, Cray tries to rebuild his life but finds himself drawn into another unsolved case. The desperate father of a missing child, ignored by the authorities and abandoned by his community, turns to Theo for help. The only clues are children's drawings and an inner-city urban legend about someone called the Toy Man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent follow up to The Naturalist...

  • By shelley on 03-14-18

I love Theo. More please!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

I have really loved both the books in this series. Andrew Mayne is smart, creative, and dark. Nothing was obvious. I never knew exactly what was going to happen, and I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I'm usually pretty good at that. There is very little suspension of disbelief in these books, and rarely do you find that in mystery/suspense/horror fiction.
I haven't looked forward to another novel in a long time. Can't wait to see what's next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Naturalist

  • The Naturalist, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,874
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,866

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop. As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! I loved this book!!

  • By shelley on 10-02-17

Exceptional!

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

I adored this. Scary and captivating. I love Theo's character and the way his mind works. A great read.

  • In Her Shadow

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Esther Wane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

For four years Jessica has never doubted that her sister Isabel’s death was an accident. But when Jessica’s young daughter seems to know long-forgotten details about her aunt’s past, Jessica can’t shake the feeling that there’s a more sinister truth behind the tragedy. As Jessica unearths disturbing revelations about her sister, and about the people she loved and trusted most, it becomes clear Isabel’s life was less than perfect and that Jessica’s might also be at risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In Her Shadow

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-04-18

A "miss" by a good author

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I'm a huge fan of Mark Edwards, but this is a miss for me. His work has started to become a bit formulaic.
Here's how they go (warning, semi-spoilers):
Seemingly paranormal things are happening, ten red herring characters are introduced while crazy things go on, then one by one they are eliminated until the very end, where there's one character that is responsible for some of the crazy things but not all of them and another character is actually the main criminal. Then everything wraps up with a little zinger of that original paranormal stuff- a little "what if".
Mostly, I don't mind this formula, but this one was predictable and the story was not very interesting. Side note: the four year old girl Olivia in this book was so spoiled and annoying, it was hard to sit through. If that were my daughter, she would have told me her "secrets" the first time they came up. I think most parents would react that way.
I look forward to Edwards' next book. This was just very underwhelming.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Braving the Wilderness

  • The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,062
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,943

"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actual Step-By-Step To Authenticity!

  • By Gillian on 09-14-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

So much to unpack, but worth it.
I feel like this may help me change the course of my life. I'm really grateful.

  • The Last Wish

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,781

Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin. And a cold-blooded killer. His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world. But not everything monstrous-looking is evil, and not everything fair is good...and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! I feel lucky to have found this book.

  • By KS on 02-14-16

I'm obsessed with this

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I loved this. Can't wait to read more about these characters and to watch the upcoming series on Netflix.

  • Bone White

  • By: Ronald Malfi
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 215

Paul Gallo saw the report on the news: a mass murderer leading police to his victims' graves in remote Dread's Hand, Alaska. It's not even a town; more like the bad memory of a town. The same bit of wilderness where his twin brother went missing a year ago. As the bodies are exhumed, Paul travels to Alaska to get closure and put his grief to rest. But the mystery is only beginning. What Paul finds are superstitious locals who talk of the devil stealing souls, and a line of wooden crosses to keep what's in the woods from coming out.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Best part of the book was a mini background story

  • By Mark Pelham on 10-17-17

Fantastic, Terrifying!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Well crafted story, great characters, terrifying! Why isn't this a movie/series?
Will definitely listen to this author again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful