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  • The Fisherman

  • By: John Langan
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 378

In upstate New York, in the woods around Woodstock, Dutchman's Creek flows out of the Ashokan Reservoir. Steep-banked, fast-moving, it offers the promise of fine fishing, and of something more, a possibility too fantastic to be true. When Abe and Dan, two widowers who have found solace in each other's company and a shared passion for fishing, hear rumors of the Creek, and what might be found there, the remedy to both their losses, they dismiss it as just another fish story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Horror of Loss

  • By Jim N on 04-20-17

Harrowing Novel by One of Horror's Modern Masters

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Would you listen to The Fisherman again? Why?

The Fisherman unfolds like a story told by a grandfather during a storm or at a bar when the sea's too bad to catch anything. It only gets better with a second listen!

What did you like best about this story?

Langan's language is incredible.

Have you listened to any of Danny Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

n/a

If you could take any character from The Fisherman out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Abe--if only to hear the yarn from the man himself.

Any additional comments?

This Stoker Award-winning novel ushers in what will hopefully be the rise of the Weird Fiction Horror Novel. Let's hope it inspires Audible to produce his short fiction as audiobooks as well. I can't wait to hear The Wide, Carnivorous Sky!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Stranded

  • A Novel
  • By: Bracken MacLeod
  • Narrated by: PJ Ochlan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Badly battered by an apocalyptic storm, the crew of the Arctic Promise find themselves in increasingly dire circumstances as they sail blindly into unfamiliar waters and an ominously thickening fog. Without functioning navigation or communication equipment, they are lost and completely alone. One by one, the men fall prey to a mysterious illness. Deckhand Noah Cabot is the only person unaffected by the strange force plaguing the ship and her crew, which does little to ease their growing distrust of him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Odd But Compelling

  • By Kim Venatries on 11-28-16

Unique Twist on a Trapped in the Ice Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-16

Nothing about this book is boring. I've never read anything by MacLeod before, so I was pleased to be grabbed by the throat on page one and pulled through the storms and ice and horror of the novel by a master of pacing. The deckhands and roughnecks of STRANDED are quick to jump to conclusions or violence, but the same force that stretches the suspension of disbelief never once takes your attention for granted with long, tedious passages of forty different ways to say it's cold. MacLeod knows you get it. He doesn't have to prove it over and over. Things are tough in this story, and they can always get worse.

I've read that it's being compared to John Carpenter's THE THING, but beyond the setting and a few of the ancillary characters the two stories are altogether different beasts. I feel the comparison lessons the world MacLeod created in this book. Not every twist worked for me, but that doesn't mean I won't be lining up to get his next book as soon as I hear about it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nightwise

  • By: R. S. Belcher
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,581

In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It's said he raised the dead at the age of 10, stole the Philosopher's Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he's also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed Story And Narration

  • By Beth on 08-28-15

An Unexpected Delight

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-16

Great story, great reader. I was immediately inspired to hunt down his next one.

Highly recommended

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nameless Dark

  • By: T.E. Grau, Nathan Ballingrud
  • Narrated by: Armen Taylor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 96

The Nameless Dark debuts a major new voice in contemporary weird fiction. Within these minutes, you'll find whispers of the familiar ghosts of the classic pulps - Lovecraft, Bradbury, Smith - blended with Grau's uniquely macabre, witty storytelling, securing his place at the table amid this current Renaissance of literary horror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolute gem

  • By T on 07-01-16

A Unique Collection of Dark Fiction

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-16

This is a strong audio collection of horror stories, highlighting the talents of one of the strongest new voices in the genre. Grau pulls you into his stories, giving you the creeps as you try to guess where he's going, and then shocking or surprising you and taking you into the unexpected. His characters touch on the damaged, the broken, and the damned. These are people on the fringe, experiencing cosmic horror (without falling into the tropes of Lovecraftian pastiche) and horrified wonder. When I originally read his collection I would turn pages as fast as possible, gulping down the stories to answer the eternal reader's question, "What happens next?" But with this audio book I was on the journey of each story at the narrator's speed, and even though I knew the destination, it was delivered to me masterfully.

I love audio books of anthologies and collections, and this one absolutely does NOT disappoint. More than once I spent those extra few minutes in the car after arriving at my destination so I could finish a story, and then I'd look forward to the next drive so I could start another. I TORE through all 12+ hours of this, and I'm delighted to say that quite a few of these deserve another listen.

Highly recommended!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • A Head Full of Ghosts

  • By: Paul Tremblay
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,282
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,124

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when 14-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents' despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie's descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner

  • By E.C. on 07-31-15

A dark and compelling masterwork

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-16

I've now read this novel three times, twice via this wonderful audio version. This is a stand-out story, weaving the history and horror of pop-exorcisms with the breakdown reality of a family in financial and emotional crisis. It's a book that gets its hands around your throat, except where it crawls under your skin. It's scary, it's heartbreaking, and it solidifies Paul Tremblay's place among the best author's of dark fiction writing today.

Highly recommended.