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  • Nightmare Abbey

  • Nightmare Series, Book 1
  • By: David Longhorn
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

The gloomy Malpas Abbey has been avoided by locals for centuries. Its infamous history is marred with blood and terror. Only the foolish would dare enter such a place, where devilish hauntings have left dead bodies in its wake. Just as the building is about to be permanently closed, things take an unexpected turn. An American television crew shows up, hoping to investigate the source of the structure's paranormal activity. Led by producer Matt McKay and paranormal expert Ted Gould, the hapless bunch enter the hellish residence only to discover that they are in way over their heads. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great introduction to the series.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-06-18

What the heck?

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Fictional horror is my favorite genre. This book wasnt what I expected, it is NOT your traditional horror story... but as it turns out, that isn't a bad thing at all. I loved this story, it had several unexpected twists and turns. It is ANYTHING but predictable, and I enjoyed not knowing what to expect. The narrator did an awesome job. His voice for the creatures was very unsettling in all the right ways, definitely creeped me out.

  • Sick House

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

It doesn't seem like the perfect house, but screw it, it's good enough to rent for a year. Unfortunately for Boyd, Adeline, and their two young daughters, it's immediately clear they chose the wrong place. The nightmare begins with violent coughs and headaches. Food starts to rot almost as soon as they take it inside. A pet tarantula goes missing. Some family members begin to exhibit creepy behavior. Then the ghosts arrive, and all hell breaks loose....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Deliciously dark!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-06-18

What did I just listen to?

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Joe Hempel is one of my favorite narrators, so I assumed that this book would be a safe choice in spite of never having read the works of Jeff Strand. I was wrong. No offense to the author, but this book was incredibly uncomfortable to make it through. I'm not a prude when it comes to gore, but so much of this was done in poor taste. The gore was the only well thought out part of the entire book, leaving the storyline and character details to feel more like an afterthought that was just thrown together.

I'm definitely going to ask to exchange this book. I still love the narrator's voice.... but I still feel like I just willingly put myself through needless hours of punishment.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Boy Who Drew Monsters

  • By: Keith Donohue
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 153

Ever since he nearly drowned in the ocean three years earlier, 10-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Refusing to leave his home in a small coastal town in Maine, Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters. When those drawings take on a life of their own, no one is safe from the terror they inspire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • troubled boy, troubled waters

  • By Debra B on 10-29-14

Good performance, weird story

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I enjoyed the performance and twist ending of this book, but the overall layout of the story was a bit hard to follow at times for me. There were also some explicit situations that I didn't enjoy. I am not usually offended by things like this, but didn't like the scandal of this situation. I also didn't like the confusion I felt during times. However, it had a good creepy factor and plenty of thrills. Overall this was a good book, not at all predictable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forest

  • The Afterlife Investigations, Book 2
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

Professor Stephen Barlow is no longer a skeptic. Having faced the horrors of Chaythe Asylum, he turns his attention to the man responsible for the Third Ward Incident - the enigmatic Dr. Corvine - in the hopes of finding answers to his many questions. But some things, he soon learns, are better left lost to history. Traveling to a remote cabin in Michigan in search of the doctor and his research, Stephen finds himself descending deeper into a world of terror and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant sequel.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-06-17

Action packed series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-17

I enjoyed this series. I wasn't expecting the final conclusion, it was pretty twisted. Action packed, suspenful, and creepy as hell.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wretchedness

  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

A peculiar tablet unearthed in a Middle Eastern ossuary provokes madness in those who encounter it. One by one, people come under the tablet's sway and are subjected to horrific visions and dreams. In time, the tablet's true purpose becomes clear: It is the harbinger of an eons-dead god whose reemergence will steep the world in terror and suffering. Having put the pieces together, two men race against the clock and attempt to disrupt the terrifying work of an ancient cult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even creepier

  • By Porkchop1 on 11-13-17

Not this writer's best

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-17

I am a fan of Ibsen, but this book was super weird. It had its creepy moments, but like I said was super weird. This book was hard for me to enjoy and finish.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunting of Sam Cabot

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Edward Hall
  • Narrated by: Daniel David Shapiro
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

There are places that hold evil, houses so vile, so tainted, that people refuse to live in them. Farnham House is one of those places. Once an inn, this majestic old New England manor house is back on the market, and the price is very reasonable. Sam Cabot is a man tired of moving. Now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life in the country with his wife and young son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow...Loved it

  • By D. DeVries on 07-11-15

What just happened?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-17

I'm being generous giving this 3 stars. This book was really weird, and kinda built up to make me think something more original was going to happen. Then it just ended really strangely. I'm giving it 3 stars because it held my interest for the first couple of hours, and should have given it 2 stars because it seemed like the author got tired of writing and just pulled this ending out of a hat to end things.

  • The Haunting of Highdown Hall

  • By: Shani Struthers
  • Narrated by: Sheila Dearden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

Based in Lewes, East Sussex, Ruby and her team of freelance psychics have been kept busy. Specializing in domestic cases, their solid reputation is spreading - it's not just the dead that can rest in peace but the living too. All is threatened when Ruby receives a call from the irate new owner of Highdown Hall. Film star Cynthia Hart is still in residence, despite having died in 1958. Winter deepens and so does the mystery surrounding Cynthia. She insists the devil is blocking her path to the light long after Psychic Surveys have 'disproved' it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Get on with it

  • By happyjo on 09-08-17

A different kind of ghost story

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

At first I was a little skeptical, even after reading some of the positive reviews. I'm more of a gothic ghost story fan, but this was a very good book for me. I enjoyed the woman's voice, and I enjoyed the story .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Whispering Corridors

  • A Ghost Story
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

College students Eric and Lydia are looking for a novel way to spend Halloween. They decide to put together a documentary about the supernatural and take a camcorder into the long-abandoned house on Kenwood Drive. It's said that a vengeful spirit lives there, and Lydia thinks it the perfect location. Eric, though, has his reservations. Having grown up in the area, he's familiar with the stories of the spirit they call the "Upside-Down Man", and as their trip to the house draws near, his fear begins to mount.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A better boogie man

  • By Jessica Gamez on 05-03-17

What tha...

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

Creepy story, however left a LOT of unanswered questions. Was a book with a slow start, for me.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Elementals

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,510

After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame, on Alabama's Gulf Coast, where three Victorian houses loom over the shimmering beach. Two of the houses are habitable, while the third is slowly and mysteriously being buried beneath an enormous dune of blindingly white sand. But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Haunted House Book - and that's rare!

  • By Uber Femme on 06-28-18

Slow start, creepy story

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

This book was hard for me to get into at first, but after a few chapters I started to gain interest. It was a very strange and creepy story, I wish there had been more to it... the narrator was good, also.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blakemort

  • A Psychic Surveys Christmas Novella
  • By: Shani Struthers
  • Narrated by: Lorraine Ansell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

After her parents' divorce, five-year old Corinna Greer moves into Blakemort with her mother and brother. Set on the edge of the village of Whitesmith, the only thing attractive about it is the rent. A 'sensitive', Corinna is aware from the start that something is wrong with the house. Very wrong. Christmas is coming but at Blakemort that's not something to get excited about. A house that sits and broods, that calculates and considers, it's then that it lashes out - the attacks endured over five years becoming worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I love the series but did not care for this book.

  • By Sharlene Oddy on 10-01-18

Narrator issues

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

I felt like the narrator was over the top at times (with crying and whining sounds), and she was a slow reader. Takes long pauses between sentences/in the middle of sentences. However I did find other parts of the narration to be relaxing and well done. I wish that parts of the story had not been so vague..