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  • A Supernatural Thriller
  • By: Joe Hart
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 463

Pain, horror, fear - these are the things that have comprised best-selling novelist Lance Metzger's life. His childhood remains a riddled wasteland of abuse by a sadistic father and abandonment by an apathetic mother. In turn his only refuge became his writing. When Lance loses his ability to write and becomes haunted by a nightmare that he'd thought was buried, he is drawn inexplicably to a house on the shores of Lake Superior, where he finds his muse once again - but something is waiting for him when he arrives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lineage

  • By Deedra on 11-02-16

Turned out well

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

The book starts off ok, but a bit too predictable and clichéd. After a few chapters in however the book opens up and becomes quite good, with some good twists and less predictability. The story was good, the characters were well fleshed out and the ended of the book was quite intense.

The narrator Neil Hellegers was fine, he wasn’t overbearing and didn’t distract from the story.


*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rhinehoth

  • By: Brian E. Niskala
  • Narrated by: John Pennington
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Rhinehoth - Centuries ago, a great castle was built in the mountains of Germany's Black Forest. Its ancient guardians still thrive in its walls, forever protecting its dark secrets, holding captive an enemy that threatens their very existence. Foretold is a story of an ancient warrior that is to return to the castle to free the captive Vampire Prince. Simon Roberts was a petty thief who fled England to escape Scotland Yard after a series of unsuccessful jewelry store heists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • anyone who loves vampires and werewolves

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 07-11-16

Brilliantly Produced Audiobook!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

This is a very good book in its own right, but the audiobook production was stellar. A great example of how a really well read/produced audiobook can push what would otherwise be a good book to another level. The atmosphere is spooky and eerie throughout, it's a tale of vampires and werewolves and a creepy old castle. The vibe is brooding and the sound effects along with a full cast audio helps bring that sense of danger and dread to the forefront.

I would gladly listen to more such produced audiobooks.


*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

  • Cabal

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Chet Williamson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Cabal is the story of Boone, a tortured soul haunted by the conviction that he has committed atrocious crimes. In a necropolis in the wilds of Canada, he seeks refuge and finds the last great creatures of the world - the shape-shifters known as the Nightbreed. They are possessed of unearthly powers-and so is Boone. In the hunt for Boone, they too will be hunted. Now only the courage of this strange human can save them from extinction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Monsters. Mostly.

  • By Dave on 11-03-15

Wonderful early Clive Barker work

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I am a big fan of Clive Barker, I remember reading this book some years ago, and was interesting to hear it again now. It's a very good story and shows off the incredible imagination Barker had (at least in his earlier works!). Boone, the protagonist, is a tortured soul... he runs away from his mental demons and meets up with very real demons, both human and supernatural.

The book is short and Barker doesn't really go into dept or any deep backstory on the many characters we encounter, which is a shame as some are fascinating and the reader is left wanting to know more. A sequel would be great!

Chet Williamson did a good job with the narration, slow and steady nothing too animated.


*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

  • 13 Nightmares

  • By: Dennis McDonald
  • Narrated by: Michael Rubino
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Thirteen tales of original terror penned in the dead of the night with only the glow of a computer for light. The collection of short stories runs the gamut of horror. Within its bloody minutes you will find a slasher clown, a blood red church, a little girl locked in a closet, a haunted sex doll, etc. 13 Nightmares is a fine collection of terror for the short story lover, but be warned. Some of these stores are not for the faint of heart. Do you dare enter a world where the supernatural, the macabre, and the horrific collide?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening...

  • By Nikki on 06-12-16

Not the best I've heard

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

These short stories were average at best. Didn't find them particulary scary nor gripping. With most of the stories the outcome was fairly obvious from the beginning, this is really off putting. In addition the narrator was poor in my opinion.He just didn't fit with the stories.


*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

  • Sinister - Tales of Dread 2015

  • By: Billie Sue Mosiman
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

This year's stories are by an award-nominated author of horror and suspense. Two of the stories are novellas. Hear dark tales of terror and intrigue from an alien child left on an Earth overrun by zombie cannibals to the first killer in all the world, Cain, the murderer of Abel, his brother. This is a worthy addition to the ongoing yearly series of Sinister, these eight tales will make your dreams restless.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short but entertaining

  • By Rabid Reader on 06-11-16

Average collection of short stories

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I was rather disappointed by this short story collection. A couple of the stories were reasonably interesting, but the rest were boring and not really frightening or scary at all.

Joe Hempel is a narrator I quite like overall and he did his best to bring out the best of the stories contained in this collection, and I think he succeeded with that quite well.

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

  • Tribesmen

  • By: Adam Cesare
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Thirty years ago, cynical sleaze ball director Tito Bronze took a tiny cast and crew to a desolate island. His goal: to exploit the local tribes, spray some guts around, cash in on the gore-spattered 80s Italian cannibal craze. But the pissed-off spirits of the island had other ideas. And before long, guts were squirting behind the scenes, as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Fun

  • By Big Cheese on 07-26-16

A Tribute to 70's Cannibal Movies

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

The book is basically a tribute to the various Italian cannibal B-movies from the late 70's early 80's. Overall it's fairly tongue-in-cheek and despite it being fairly gruesome it isn't taking itself too seriously. The plot, characters and circumstances they find themselves in is as loose and far fetched as one would expect from any good b-movie, and It is a fairly quick read.

Joe Hempel was great as narrator as he usually is, and seemed to find the wacky tone of the book very well.


*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

  • The Memory of Water

  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: J. Austin Moran II
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Slade Harris will do anything for a story, including murdering the woman he loves. Slade doesn't think twice about jumping out of a plane or conducting disastrous love affairs to gather material for his work, but his self-indulgent life is catching up with him. Stumbling through his late 30s hopeless and a little drunk, Slade has a dazzling, dangerous idea which will change his life forever. It's going to be Slade's ultimate story...and all he's hoping for is to survive it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Memory of Water

  • By mani on 08-05-17

A thrilling read !

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Another brilliant book from author Janita T. Lawrence. As with previous novels from this author she has a wonderful talent of weaving fantastic twists into the story, she hooks in the reader early and every time you think "yeah I know where this is going now" she moves it in a tight and believable way, she does it very well. That is a real treat for fans of thriller novels such as this. The many characters throughout the book are very well written and believable.

I thought J. Austin Moran II was very good as narrator, read clearly, gave good voices to the characters and overall fit well with the novel.

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

  • Sticky Fingers

  • 12 Short Stories
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Bianca Flanders
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Diverse, dark-humored, and deliciously bite-sized, this compelling collection of 12 short stories by JT Lawrence include: "Escape" - A story about about a suicidal baby who knows he was born into the wrong life, and has to get creative to correct the mistake, much to his mother's horror; "The Itch" - An intense, uncontrollable, unexplainable itch lands the protagonist in a mental institution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun stories for the busy bee

  • By KD on 09-18-18

Tales of the Unexpected

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Very good bunch of interesting short stories from author Janita T. Lawrence. There was an interesting mix of stories all individual but with that Roald Dahl "Tales of the Unexpected" vibe, not exactly horror but stories you have to get to the end of to know for sure what will happen. The author now has just published a second volume of short stories in this series. looking forward to hear those stories next!.


*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dracula

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Amanda Friday, Russell Gold, Elizabeth Klett, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel is the most famous vampire tale ever told. British solicitor Jonathan Harker finds himself imprisoned in a castle in Transylvania and begins to believe his host, Count Dracula, is not entirely human. As his horror mounts, he suspects that Dracula plans to invade and conquer England, one victim at a time.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Rendition of a Classic

  • By Spooky Mike on 10-01-18

Brilliant Full Cast Production

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

This is the all time classic tale performed by a full cast. Every one of the voiced characters is done brilliantly and for me it is the best production of this type I have heard, having that said, Dracula is an all time favourite book of mine! There isn't a lot I can add regarding Stoker's timeless story itself that everyone isn't already familiar with. It is worth listening to this production even if you've read the book 20 times though as the cast really bring the story to life.

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

  • Land of the Living

  • By: James Pinard
  • Narrated by: Johnny Mack
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Land of the Living is an adventure series that follows James Creed, a man in his 50s who lost his family and the woman he loves, when he discovers the ability to travel through time using his mind. He wakes up one morning to discover he is back in his 20-year-old body in the year 1985, and gets a second chance to save them, only to find out he is the last hope to save the future of mankind....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story you will read over, and over, and over ...

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-03-18

Enjoyable time travel adventure

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

The first novel I have read form author James Pinard and hopefully it won't be the last, and with the cliffhanger ending it surely won't be! This is a very enjoyable story about a man, James Creed, who travels back in time solely through the power of his mind. This is a new concept for me as far as time-travel books go. It is extremely well written, the characters are largely believable, and the reader has a genuine interest to see how things pan out for them.

The narrator Johnny Mack is very good and doesn't spoil the novel in any way. Looking forward to reading more from Mr. Pinard!

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.