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  • Holy Ghost

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842

Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of 700 souls. Nothing ever happened there - until the mayor of sorts (campaign slogan: "I'll Do What I Can") and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They'd heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They'd all get rich! What could go wrong? When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that's only the beginning of their troubles - and Virgil Flowers'....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • F*****G Flowers and Frozen Pot Pies!!!!

  • By shelley on 10-10-18

Ugh

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Could not stand the narrator...returning this one. I just could not get into the story. The narrator was too gruff and drama tic. Some folks may like this type of dramatic reading but not me.Sandford is one of my favorites so I may try it again in book format.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,495
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,492

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A decent short short story

  • By All for Him on 10-05-18

Soooooo scary!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

This was so scary and sad. Every parents worst nightmare. Beware moving in to a haunted house! A good spooky story to be told on cold wintry nights by the fireplace!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The World of Lore: Dreadful Places

  • By: Aaron Mahnke
  • Narrated by: Aaron Mahnke
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Join Aaron Mahnke, the host of the popular podcast Lore, as he explores some dreadful places and the history that haunts them. Mahnke takes us to Colorado and the palatial Stanley Hotel, where wealthy guests enjoyed views of the Rocky Mountains at the turn of the 20th century - and where, decades later, a restless author would awaken from a nightmare, inspired to write one of the most revered horror novels of all time. Mahnke also crosses land and sea to visit frightful sites with their own echoes of dark deeds, horrible tragedies, and shocking evil still resounding.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sudo-factual stories.

  • By Mal on 10-11-18

Sudo-factual stories.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

This is a group of stories covering urban legends surrounding many famous and not so famous haunting and weird occurrences. Truth ordinance, you decide, I’m a believer. Interesting stories, narrator, ok. Worth a credit, and full of historical facts that are really interesting and second hand stories that will give you goose bumps!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Marriage of Opposites

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Gloria Reuben, Tina Benko, Santino Fontana, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,779

Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel's mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel's salvation is their maid Adelle's belief in her strengths and her deep, lifelong friendship with Jestine, Adelle's daughter. But Rachel's life is not her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical!

  • By TV on 09-27-15

Good until the middle..

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

This was good until it hit the halfway mark and I tried and tried, re-reading the same chapter over and over...I just could not get through the entire book. I gave up.

  • Hidden Figures

  • The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
  • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,099

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. Among these problem solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Subject

  • By Jami on 02-05-18

Good subject, but can’t get through it.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

This book had a wonderful subject, but, I could just not get through it. I guess the movie might be a better way to get the story for me.

  • The Changeling

  • A Novel
  • By: Victor LaValle
  • Narrated by: Victor LaValle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 864

When Apollo Kagwa's father disappeared, all he left his son were strange recurring dreams and a box of books stamped with the word improbabilia. Now Apollo is a father himself - and as he and his wife, Emma, are settling into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Apollo's old dreams return and Emma begins acting odd.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fractured Fairytale

  • By Diane on 08-07-17

Totally delicious

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

The changeling book review.
I love that Victor Lavelle narrated his own book because he knew exactly how to do it right! I don’t understand why there were negative comments concerning his narration, really. He narrates the book more like a person reading a book aloud in person. I found his voice so comforting with just enough inflection to get the gist of the prose across, yet, let my imagination form images on my own without unnecessary drama. The tone was just right as far as I’m concerned; I could listen to that lovely voice again and again!
This book drew me in from the start! Lavelle gives just the right amount of description in this story so you understand what is going on and the development of each character and why they have the feelings they do. How simply delicious this book is!
A couple marries and has a child, a happy family, but then the father disappears. The mother, and son Apollo continue on without him. When Apollo is grown, he meets the love of his life, Emma, and their happiness is complete when their son is born. Then, things begin to become strange. Apollo is a great father and his son is the light of his life. His wife is happy at first but then things turn very strange. Emma begins to feel alienated from her own baby. Was it post parted depression or something more sinester. A horrible event occurs where Apollo is severely, the baby is gone and Emma disappears. Apollo begins to search for Emma and is thrown into an strange world where people are not who they seem, consequences all have meaning, and it all takes place in the backdrop of modern NYC and suburbs. The end gets a little weird, but, everything fits together really well! Recommend this book!

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,993
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,946

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Felt like I was there...

  • By Linda Ottey on 08-19-18

Wonderfully magical

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

The blurb tell the main premise of the story but does not begin to hint at the wonderful story yet to unfold. This story is one of the best I’ve read all year. It spans the full life of Kya, the girl they call the Marsh Girl; her loves, joys, sadness, mistreatment and a secret that only the love of her life, Tate will know. I highly recommend this book, it moves fast and there is never a dull moment. Cleverly written with lots of complex twists and turns; it will keep you entertained till the very end. Narrator was good too! Buy this book!

  • The Hazel Wood

  • By: Melissa Albert
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 636

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice's life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice's grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away - by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • dark and modern fairytale

  • By Stephanie on 02-02-18

Imaginative squared

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

This is the story of a young woman, Alice, who, along with her mother has been on the run all her life from bad luck. While a loner of sorts herself, she befriends another loner; a brilliant guy who shares her wild imagination. They both find common ground over a book of dark fairytales written by Alice’s grandmother., who has lived a reclusive life at her remote home; “The Hazelwood”. While the first part of the story focuses on searching for the rare edition of these fairytales titled “Tales From The Hinterland”, it quickly turns dark and strange. This book is pretty good good, and, even though it’s viewed as YA, it holds your interest. At times it gets so weird and confusing, with the advent of many strange characters and events, but, hang in there. It reminded me a little of Alice In Wonderland, and, reading other reviews, I’m not the only one. Still, all in all it’s a fairly good read/listen. The narrator is perfect for this book and does a fantastic job. I would have given the book as a whole five stars but at times it gets so confusing I found myself having to re-read certain portions. The book is well worth a credit, it’s a good story with lots of twists and turns (lots) and the author is very descriptive throughout the story.

  • The Forbidden Door

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

She was one of the FBI’s top agents until she became the nation’s most-wanted fugitive, a happily married woman before becoming a devastated widow. Now Jane Hawk may be all that stands between a free nation and its enslavement by a powerful secret society’s terrifying mind-control technology. She couldn’t save her husband, or the others whose lives have been destroyed, but equipped with superior tactical and survival skills - and the fury born of a broken heart and a hunger for justice - Jane has struck major blows against the insidious cabal. But Jane’s enemies are about to hit back hard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious...but...

  • By Mal on 09-15-18

Delicious...but...

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

Continuation of previous..has weird ending if you can call it that. Still, Koontz is one of my favorites forever! Never disappoints!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,417
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,405

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry

  • By Russell on 12-21-16

Interesting take...

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

This is a good book, not great but good. Young man finds a mysterious folder who’s contents have to do with UFO’s, and pull him in that day. He goes public with the info and that’s when the story really starts to get interesting. It gets a little long in places, but all in all worth the time.