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  • Cold Moon over Babylon

  • Valancourt 20th Century Classics
  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 936

Welcome to Babylon, a typical sleepy Alabama small town, where years earlier the Larkin family suffered a terrible tragedy. Now they are about to endure another: 14-year-old Margaret Larkin will be robbed of her innocence and her life by a killer who is beyond the reach of the law. But something strange is happening in Babylon: traffic lights flash an eerie blue, a ghostly hand slithers from the drain of a kitchen sink, graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audible listen to date...

  • By Bree Salyer on 06-27-16

Predictable and Boring

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

Reviewed: 01-29-17

I bought this book based on the glowing reviews and Stephen King's comments but I was sorely disappointed.

First off, I have to say that the narrator was amazing. I wish he'd had something better to work with, and I would listen to another story read by him, but not by the same author.

I expected a lot more from the story, especially based on the way it began. The Prologue was probably the most exciting part of the book for me.

As others mentioned, I figured out who the bad guy was right away, but kept telling myself that it couldn't be that easy, yet it was.

I didn't care for any of the characters. The only one I liked was Jerry, but his participation was minimal. I cared more about Jerry's parents than the rest of the family, especially Evelyn.

Overall the story was boring, predictable, and repetitive. I got so tired of hearing about the black water on the floor, the slapping sounds, etc.

Lastly , the ending was extremely disappointing. I thought that maybe the ending would make up for the rest of the book but it didn't.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Mordacious

  • The City Series, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283

Sylvie Rossi has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option. A nurse's offer of sanctuary promises Sylvie the supplies she needs to survive the zombies - it's the coexisting with people that might do her in. Eric Forrest will do whatever it takes to get into the dead city for his sister, including ending up dead himself. He's used to taking risks, but with every mile he travels death looks likelier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feel Good Zombie Apocalypse

  • By LD on 09-25-16

Great Book!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-16

If you could sum up Mordacious in three words, what would they be?

Fun, action-packed.

What did you like best about this story?

It was a very interesting book about people, who just happen to be dealing with the end of the world and zombies. And, although the heroine has baggage, or like Maria said "her baggage has baggage," she's not whining all the time and she kicks butt. I like that she's a sarcastic, funny, smartass.

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels and Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

Sylvie was my favorite

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I actually want to listen to it again, which is rare for me.

Any additional comments?

It's a fun book if you like zombies & end-of-the-world stories, but it's not dark like The Road, which is an excellent book, but you have to be mentally prepared for it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Things They Carried

  • By: Tim O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,514
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,489

Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy Load

  • By Mel on 10-28-13

Tedious!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

What would have made The Things They Carried better?

An actual story. I purchased this book based on the glowing reviews and I expected a riveting story but it was terrible. I couldn't get past the 2nd chapter, and that was pushing it. I thought, "If I had to hear about Martha one more time, I am going to be sick!"

Has The Things They Carried turned you off from other books in this genre?

Definitely.

What about Bryan Cranston’s performance did you like?

I love his voice, and at times wished he would narrate it in Walter White's voice, but not even he could make me finish this book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration, tedium, anger because I wasted my time and money. I don't have much time to read, hence, the audiobooks, and I don't like to waste money.

Any additional comments?

It makes me wonder if the reviews are real...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Little Girls

  • By: Ronald Malfi
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 226

When Laurie was a little girl, she was forbidden to enter the room at the top of the stairs. It was one of many rules imposed by her cold, distant father. Now, in a final act of desperation, her father has exorcised his demons. But when Laurie returns to claim the estate with her husband and 10-year-old daughter, it's as if the past refuses to die. She feels it lurking in the broken moldings, sees it staring from an empty picture frame, hears it laughing in the moldy greenhouse deep in the woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good characters good story

  • By michael king on 07-07-15

Too Long and Weird Ending

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

Any additional comments?

At first I was intrigued by the story but it dragged on too long and I figured out what had happened long before they got to it. Then it ended in such a weird way that it completely turned me off.

  • Elijah

  • Nightwalkers Series, Book 3
  • By: Jacquelyn Frank
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805

Some feelings you just can't fight. He is known as the Warrior Captain - a master of every weapon, a fierce soldier sworn to protect his kind. Powerful, relentless, merciless, Elijah has always won every battle he's ever taken on - until now. Ambushed by necromancers, he is left for dead only to be discovered by the woman who could very well deliver the final blow: Siena, the Lycanthrope Queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars For The Narration

  • By Anonymous User on 08-22-11

Not as good as the others...

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

Has Elijah turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes. I found the pace too slow and boring, and they spent way too much time in one location.

Did Xe Sands do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Not really. After a while all the male characters sounded the same to me.

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to love this book. I've loved Elijah since I first read Jacob, but he became such a wuss, and I found the heroine super annoying. I actually enjoyed the Gideon part of the story a lot more.