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  • The Distance

  • By: Jeremy Robinson, Hilaree Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer, Heather Costa
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

The human race has turned to dust. August Morrison faces it after rising from the depths of a dark matter research facility in Arizona. His co-workers. His daughter. All of them: dust. Friends and colleagues around the world don’t answer their phones. The city of Phoenix burns. He is alone. As a world without mankind starts to crumble, August fights not just for survival, but for his very sanity. On the other side of the country, Poe McDowell watches her parents crumble into dust just moments after being shoved inside a coffin-like device that spares her from the same fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He's done it again!

  • By Sandra on 09-02-18

The Distance

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I really thought that I was in for a long, long listen when I started this book. I was not getting into it at first, but, as the story grew and new elements were introduced, I was sucked in for the ride. It was a very well written and well performed book. The characters developed nicely and in believable ways for the most part. The ending was very interesting, though I felt it was strange regarding the true antagonists. I did have a problem with the ending, but the only way to state it without giving anything away would be to say it was too neat and tidy. I will be looking for more works by Jeremy Robinson for sure.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

  • The Hatred

  • By: C. A. Gleason
  • Narrated by: Kate Marcin
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

After agreeing to house-sit for a mysterious homeowner, a struggling musician starts hearing voices in the middle of the day and having nightmares so frightening that he screams himself awake. As he goes about the conspicuous tasks he's being paid generously for, he begins to suspect he may not be alone in the house, and that there are plans in store for him more terrifying than he could possibly imagine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A short suspenseful thriller

  • By Son of Odin on 09-18-18

The Hatred

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Short stories are a tricky beast. They are rarely "OK". Like politics, they can be very polarizing. There was a bit of miss with this story, but I feel the positives outweighed the negatives here. There was no attempt to teach a lesson, it was straight "this is what happened" which is the way it needs to be in my opinion. A short story doesn't need to end or bring you some catharsis. It is, and that is what this story brought to me. A feeling of "it is".

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Gregg Rizzo
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

 The story is set in 1790 in the countryside around the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town, in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow is renowned for its ghosts and the haunting atmosphere that pervades the imaginations of its inhabitants and visitors. Some residents say this town was bewitched during the early days of the Dutch settlement. The most infamous specter in the Hollow is the Headless Horseman, said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper that had his head shot off by a stray cannonball during "some nameless battle" of the American Revolutionary War.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Headless Horseman

  • By Neesie315 on 10-14-18

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I love this classic tale. It has been bastardized over the years, but nothing beats the original in all its detailed glory. Gregg Rizzo did a good job narrating the story and I am glad I had a chance to review it. The only thing that would make it better would be to play it on Halloween which I may do since it is so short.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

  • Exponential: A Novel of Monster Horror

  • By: Adam Cesare
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Five strangers drawn together at a roadside bar on the outskirts of Las Vegas. One rampaging monster, escaped from a secret facility, absorbing victims and accumulating biomass as it moves north from Arizona. The miles between them rapidly dwindling. No, this is not the world’s best math problem, it’s Exponential. The rollicking, brutal, gory, and strangely poignant horror novel from Adam Cesare. Criminals and screw-ups need to face down science run amok in this literary tribute to films like Tremors and The Blob.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mix&Match of the Blob and The Thing in a Mouse

  • By Ray Johnson on 09-03-18

Exponential - Felix, NOOOOOO

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I laughed at parts I should not have and rooted for the monster when I should not have and had a great time doing it. I love monster stories and this one was another truly fun and wild ride from Adam Cesare. The two books I have read of his creation have been well written, weird, brutal, funny, and perfect nods to the creature-features that I loved to watch as a kid. I tend to give a writer two books to convince me that I like their style and candence and Adam Cesare has a new fan in me for sure. And he gets two of my favorite horror narrators (Matt Godfrey and Joe Hemple) to do a majority of his audiobooks. Matt Godfrey did a fantastic job, as always, with his performance of Exponential. I can't say enough about how much I enjoy listening to him read these books. As with Video Night, he added another rich layer to the already great book.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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  • Feral

  • A Novel of Werewolf Horror
  • By: Matt Serafini
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Jack and Allen need a break. They’ve decided to spend the summer before their senior year of college out in Western Massachusetts. But their quest for rest and relaxation comes to an end when they arrive in Greifsfield, MA. Their friendship is tested by a mysterious beauty and her razor-sharp smile, then broken when they’re caught up in a rash of mysterious disappearances. How will these two friends cope with the truth behind a town that craves raw meat? And how will they survive beneath the glow of the full moon?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Read for Fans of Werewolves

  • By Anonymous User on 08-17-18

Feral

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

OK, despite the good review, this was a tough book for me to get through.
The good:
I loved the vicious werewolf action. The bloody chomping of the characters, the characters that I liked not ending up like I would have wanted, the plotline, etc. Matt Godfrey did a great job narrating it which really helped me stay with it in the first 3rd of the story.
The bad:
The level of depravity of the human sexual condition on display. It eased up somewhat after the first third I think, but it was always there in the back of my head once it arrived lending an even darker side to the tale. I skipped a bit when it came up.

Overall I liked the story. It was brutal but interesting.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

  • On the Shortness of Life

  • By: Seneca, Damian Stevenson - translator
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

On the Shortness of Life is a moral essay written by Seneca, a Roman Stoic philosopher, sometime around the year 49 AD, to his father-in-law Paulinus. The philosopher brings up many Stoic principles on the nature of time, namely that people waste much of it in meaningless pursuits. According to the essay, nature gives people enough time to do what is really important and the individual must allot it properly. In general, time is best used by living in the present moment in pursuit of the intentional, purposeful life.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life's Short, Think It Up

  • By Brett on 09-03-18

On the Shortness of Life

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Excellent philosophical essay with some really great insights. Something that I will continue to re-read or listen to again simply for the little life lessons embedded there. The narration was great for this book as well.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

  • Medea

  • By: Euripides
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Medea is an ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides, based upon the myth of Jason and Medea and first produced in 431 BC. The plot centers on the actions of Medea, a former princess of the "barbarian" kingdom of Colchis, and the wife of Jason; she finds her position in the Greek world threatened as Jason leaves her for a Greek princess of Corinth. Medea takes vengeance on Jason by murdering Jason's new wife as well as her own children, after which she escapes to Athens to start a new life. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narrator makes this story work

  • By cosmitron on 08-02-18

Medea

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I loved this classic story and thought the narration was spot on. It is short and a classic, but it doesn't leave the reader/listener wanting because it is a complete story which continues another fantastic tale of Jason and the Argonauts. I am not a Greek mythology expert, but I always loved these stories and jumped at the chance to listen to this story.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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  • Five Roads to Texas

  • A Phalanx Press Collaboration
  • By: W.J. Lundy, Brian Parker, Rich Baker, and others
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

It spread fast - no time to understand it - let alone learn how to fight it. Once it reached you, it was too late. All you could do is run. Rumored safe zones and potential for a cure drifted across the populace, forcing tough decisions to be made. They say only the strong survive. Well, they forgot about the smart, the inventive, and the lucky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story, can't wait for the next round!

  • By Julie Loeb on 07-24-18

Five Roads to Texas

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I read reviews about this book and maybe had my hopes a little high. I wanted the love it and have it be something more than just another zombie book but that is all I got out of it. To be fair, if I had read this years ago I would have probably loved it. As it turns out though it was more of a challenge to finish than a desire to experience the final outcome for me. That kind of bums me out.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

  • The Allegory of the Cave

  • By: Plato
  • Narrated by: Joesph Kent
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The Allegory of the Cave, or Plato's Cave, was presented by the Greek philosopher Plato to compare "[T]he effect of education and the lack of it on our nature". It is written as a dialogue between Plato's brother Glaucon and his mentor, Socrates, narrated by the latter. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A difficult but interesting story.

  • By cosmitron on 07-25-18

The Allegory of the Cave

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

I enjoyed this conversation. I have not taken the time to read much philosophy, but I have been making more of an effort to broaden my book intake. This was an interesting conversation between Glaucon and Socrates. I need to listen to/read it again to really absorb everything as I tended to listen to the audiobook while doing other things and that is not an effective way to really take it all in. I would have given it a 5* except I felt the narration was a bit dry for my taste.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

  • Enchiridion

  • By: Epictetus, Elizabeth Carter - translator
  • Narrated by: Arthur Rowan
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

The Enchirdion is a compilation of Stoic practical precepts, a great introduction to Stoicism. The primary theme is that one should accept what happens. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Primer for inner peace

  • By cosmitron on 07-25-18

Enchiridion

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

This was the first time I really read any Stoic writings and I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't agree with everything proposed in the discourse, but there was enough in there that I agreed with to make me want to return to it with an intent to study it better. I am glad I was given an opportunity to try this out.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.