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  • The Haunting of Hill House

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,498
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,097
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,105

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written horror tale

  • By Crystal on 02-11-14

A Work of Staggering Boredom

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Do you have an interest in listening to a mousey woman whine about dusty redneck towns and wish that she looked "as well as her friends" in red sweaters? This book's for you! The two many characters meet about 25% into the book, and it looks like the story might finally get going, but no! They roll around in the grass and chat like the setup to a Cinemax movie, and then talk about hard boiled eggs no less than three times. Within a minute, you'll be on the side of the poltergeist!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunting of Maddy Clare

  • By: Simone St. James
  • Narrated by: Pamela Garelick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,248

Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary-work agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis - rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts - has been summoned to investigate the spirit of 19-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who haunts the barn where she committed suicide. Since Maddy hated men in life, it is Sarah’s task to confront her in death. Soon Sarah is caught up in a desperate struggle, for Maddy’s ghost is real, she is angry, and she has powers that defy all reason.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting storyline but...

  • By RavidReader on 11-04-14

Compelling story, WONDERFUL narrator!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Creepy ravens, mysterious setting, multiple bad guys, plus a tall, dark, and handsome anti-hero? Yes please! A n excellent tale for a car ride or cold night in.

  • Fire on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 9
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

The Fens are burning, and Detective Nikki Galena faces a cat-and-mouse battle with a killer arsonist. Someone is lighting fires. First they target homes and businesses, but then a body is found at one of the crime scenes. More fires are lit. And at each one a single person dies. But the victims have led spotless lives, and apparently there's no connection between them. Meanwhile, the town is facing a very peculiar threat from a group of sinister Satanists led by a charismatic businessman. Who is burning with anger, and can Nikki stop them before anyone else dies? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a fan of this series, but...

  • By Wayne on 11-17-18

First Ever Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Love the narrator, characters, setting. This was the first of the series that was flat and predictable. Even the "mystery wedding party reveal" was cheeseball city. If you're a fan, you'll likely still enjoy this, but if you only dabble, give it a pass and wait for her next installment.

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  • Decider

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

Architect and family man Lee Morris never gave much thought to the shares he inherited of the Stratton Park racecourse, the multi-million dollar property owned by the powerful Stratton family. His mother had first received the shares to keep her quiet about the abuse she had suffered at the hands of her first husband, Keith Stratton. Now, much to Lee's chagrin, he is being drawn into the thick of the Stratton family squabbles as they wage a furious debate over the future of the race track.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Decide for yourself

  • By A on 02-18-11

Simon Prebble never fails to deliver!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

What made the experience of listening to Decider the most enjoyable?

The most interesting characters are the children, unusual in Francis' books. They very much reminded me of the Von Trapp family; all togetherm pitching in, and whip-smart to boot!

Would you recommend Decider to your friends? Why or why not?

Although I enjoyed this book, I would recommend "Shattered" to anyone new to Dick Francis' writings.

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

Simon Prebble is truly one of the Great Narrators. It's cliched to say that I would listen to him read a phone book, but...

  • City of the Lost

  • A Thriller
  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,546

Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: When she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster, and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again. Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wouldn't want to live here!

  • By shelley on 03-11-18

Profanity-heavy Thriller

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

What did you like best about City of the Lost? What did you like least?

Interesting, rather unique presence: a group of folks disappear to a modern-day OZ, where all their troubles are left behind. Too good to be true? You guessed it! A new set awaits!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The two protagnists are dipoles, constantly moving around each other and never really connecting. I have two main issues with the male protagonist; he's described as being deep, always thinking, articulate...but his main way of communicating is using the word "f*#k!" at every chance. Profanity isn't shocking, it's boring. Secondly, he consistently controls his partner at work, ordering her to stay home, what to eat, where to sleep, how much to drink, to the point that one wants to shout, "LEAVE! There are support groups for abused spouses!"

What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

The narrator feels very "true" to the voice of the female characters.

Any additional comments?

This is an interesting listen, to be sure, but be prepared to hear something profane in every paragraph. If you can keep to the story and not get distracted by the language, I recommend investing the time in this book.

  • Miramont's Ghost

  • By: Elizabeth Hall
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 493

Miramont Castle, built in 1897 and mysteriously abandoned three years later, is home to many secrets. Only one person knows the truth: Adrienne Beauvier, granddaughter of the Comte de Challembelles and cousin to the man who built the castle. Clairvoyant from the time she could talk, Adrienne's visions show her the secrets of those around her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just not good.

  • By Kathleen on 02-05-15

Heroine Forces Audience to Root for Villian

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

Protagonist As Victim is such a backwards trope that I expected the book to be read from back to front; the main character endures every assault suffered by modern-day victims of civil wars, solely because she refuses to speak to ANYONE about it. As your typical flakey blonde, she is her grandfather's pet, hated by her evil sister, falls in love with a bland man at first site, is kidnapped, drugged, etc etc. In the end, we are told that the only way she can move past these events is to "let it go." (Yes, really.)
In my mind, a heroine is one you want to back, not want to smack; this lady fell far too short of the mark.

  • The Midnight Witch

  • By: Paula Brackston
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 404

Lady Lilith Montgomery is the daughter of the sixth Duke of Radnor. She is one of the most beautiful young women in London and engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. She is also a witch. When her father dies, her hapless brother Freddie takes on his title. But it is Lilith, instructed in the art of necromancy, who inherits their father’s role as Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven. And it is Lilith who must face the threat of the Sentinels, a powerful group of sorcerers intent on reclaiming the Elixir from the coven’s guardianship for their own dark purposes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculously inane lead character

  • By Alison on 06-12-15

The only "Witch" in the series who lacks the requisite magic

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

More gothic than Brackston's other offerings, this novel follows a young witch coming of age and into new power as the leader of her coven in pre-WWI London. As she struggles to balance her responsibilities as both aristocrat and Daughter of the Night, we face the inevitable: boy trouble! Will she choose her equal in all things, or the dashing starving artist?
Due to selfishness and utter lack of planning or, it seems, any awareness of her surroundings, we watch our hapless heroine stumble from one poor choice to another, eventually being rescued by a man.
Paula Brackston's Winter Witch" and "Silver Witch" are well-researched intriguing novels. This, by contrast, is a YA fantasy that falls flat.