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  • Awakened

  • A Novel
  • By: James S. Murray, Darren Wearmouth
  • Narrated by: James S. Murray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

The star of truTV’s hit show Impractical Jokers - alongside veteran sci-fi and horror writer Darren Wearmouth - delivers a chilling and wickedly fun supernatural novel in the vein of The Strain, in which a beautiful new subway line in New York City unearths an ancient dark horror that threatens the city’s utter destruction and the balance of civilization itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Great!!!

  • By Heather on 07-09-18

Narrator talks really fast

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

This is a great story, but the author/narrator talks too fast most of the time. It's almost like since he knows every element of the story so well himself, he just wants to speed through it as quick as he can. He has a very nice narrating voice, but the speed detracted quite a bit from the experience for me.

I tried listening on my app and slowing it down by 10%, and this was *almost* perfect. Unfortunately, since he does not talk too fast all the time but only most of the time, there are periods where it makes him talk . . . like . . . this.

Ugh, so frustrating.

I will read the next one by this author--and maybe even listen to it--but I really hope he slows down.

  • Bad Man

  • By: Dathan Auerbach
  • Narrated by: Lincoln Hoppe
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Eric disappeared when he was three years old. Ben looked away for only a second at the grocery store, but that was all it took. His brother was gone. Vanished right into the sticky air of the Florida Panhandle. They say you've got only a couple days to find a missing person. Forty-eight hours to conduct searches, knock on doors, and talk to witnesses. Two days to tear the world apart if there's any chance of putting yours back together. That's your window. That window closed five years ago, leaving Ben's life in ruins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Given long enough, time makes you aware of itself.

  • By Tatiana on 08-08-18

Given long enough, time makes you aware of itself.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This is one of the most thoughtful and compelling novels of its genre I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. It did not, as I have seen some professional critics promise, remind me of early Stephen King. That isn't meant as an insult or a compliment, but just a fact. I love Stephen King, but Mr. Auerbach has a unique voice. The book is based in rural Florida in the panhandle, and uses the local accent for the dialogue. I'm originally from Florida and have heard that accent quite a lot on visits to that area, and the narrator does it perfectly.

The story is authentic and suspenseful, with a contemplative element to the prose. It's not just a sequence-of-events type of story. The author wants you to think about the characters, and about life. You feel it. There is a dark mood which is set incrementally by the paragraph, until it seeps into you, as a sort of resigned expectation of impending doom. Whether you have read the synopsis or not, by the end of the first few minutes you know something bad is going to happen. Sometimes throughout the book this mood eases up a bit, but after a while it is back, as strong as ever.

From the beginning, this story makes you think about the more regretful aspects of the human condition, and how we relate to others who are in pain or crisis. For instance, how often do we *really* look at the pictures of missing children on the grocery store bulletin board? How often do we allow ourselves to grasp, when we do see such a picture, the enormity of what it means to actually LOSE a child, and that the people who love that smiling little boy or girl on the board are probably living in constant torment? There are things that are easier to not be fully aware of, perhaps. This book makes you aware. If you have children, it will remind you to be vigilant about their safety.

I don't want to ruin it, so that's all I'll say. But this was a great listen.

30 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie

  • By: Harold Schechter
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 255

At a remote little inn not far from the Kansas homestead of Laura Ingalls Wilder lived the Bender family. These pioneers welcomed unwary visitors with jackrabbit stew and a sledgehammer to the skull. In time, their apple orchard gave up its secrets - a burial ground for their mutilated victims, each stripped of their possessions. The devilish enterprise on “Hell’s Half-Acre” would earn the Bloody Benders an undying place in the annals of American infamy. But it was the mysterious fate of eldest daughter, Kate, that would make them the stuff of mythic campfire prairie tales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Listen

  • By Aimee Greene on 08-07-18

Detailed retelling of horrific events

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

The subject matter of this book interested me, but when I saw that Steven Weber had narrated it, I knew I had to listen. It was excellently done. The details of what was done by this psychopathic family are presently in full and with sensitivity, even though many years now separate us from the brutality of their acts. I only wish they had been caught so they could have been made to answer for their crimes.

I have been to the area where these events took place, however, and people there are certain the Benders did not escape justice. The common belief is that they were caught by vigilantes who took care of the matter themselves. I hope this is true.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deadlocked Dollhouse

  • Locked House Hauntings, Book 1
  • By: Mixi J Applebottom
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Mark's always been a bit insecure as a father; his own childhood sucked. He's been terrified he will ruin his perfect daughters. So he buys them presents and hopes he won't screw them up. They certainly won't forget this dollhouse. He doesn't know how to stop it, and all he wanted to do was be a good father. He was worried they'd grow up to hate him; now he's worried they won't grow up at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story!!!

  • By D. Sturgeon on 06-29-18

Watch out for this doll house . . .

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

This was great! I loved both the story and the narration. I've never read anything by Mixi Applebottom before, but will certainly be checking out her other work. Oddly, having a haunted dollhouse is something my son and I have been joking about for a couple of years, so I was really happy to see the theme actually done. It did not disappoint.

The narration by Joe Hempel was flawless, as usual. He can make a mediocre book of this genre into a five star listen. This time, though, the story was good in its own right.

I received a promotional copy of this book for free at my request, but this review is totally voluntary.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • White Death

  • By: Christine Morgan
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

The blizzard hits out of nowhere, screaming across the Great Plains like a runaway train. Frostbite and hypothermia wait for anyone caught without shelter. For the hardy settlers of Far Enough, in the Montana Territory, it’s about to get worse. Something else has arrived with the blizzard - something sleek and savage and hungry. Wild animal or vengeful spirit from Native American legend, it blends into the snow and bites with sharper teeth than the wind. It is called the wanageeska. It is the White Death. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action and Style!

  • By Char's Horror Corner on 07-06-18

Absolutely Excellent

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

This was one of the most enjoyable novels of dark fiction I have read in a very long time. I listened to another book with this narrator a while back called Walk the Sky that I really loved, and I thought this might feel similar in a way because it was set in roughly the same time period. Well, it did, but it was even better.

The cold and snow get into your bones with this book. You can feel yourself in that small, icy cabin hearing the wind howl outside, with the fire burning across the room, and something strange, vicious, and otherworldly waiting at the edge of the trees outside. The tension is excellent. It's gripping.

The narration alone was absolutely a masterpiece. The more I listen to Matt Godfrey, the more impressed I am with the instincts and thoughtfulness with which he reads. He adds a certain intelligence to his work that seems to be pretty rare. He doesn't make mistakes in interpreting the text. He doesn't mispronounce words. He reads every line as though it is playing in his head and he knows exactly how it should sound. I've come to realize that although most listeners go into a book expecting this level of professionalism, many narrators struggle with it from time to time. But Matt Godfrey seems to always deliver.

I really loved this book.

I received a promotional copy of this book for free at my request, but this review is totally voluntary.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Terror on the Tundra

  • By: J. Esker Miller
  • Narrated by: Ward Paxton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

A single pair of shipwrecked Viking war dogs evolved into terrifying Apex Predators that ravaged the island unchallenged. Eventually, the breakup of Arctic ice floated a few of the beasts to the North Slope of Alaska. There, they faced the valiant townspeople of Chintikook Village. Along with a boyish paleontologist and the local schoolteacher, the humans teamed up to battle the attacking creatures they called Super Wolves. It’s an adventure that pits the fangs and claws of giant devil dogs against the wits and bravery of a small group of townspeople who don’t know how to give up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very believable supernatural thriller

  • By Kayceen on 07-19-18

The author clearly knows Alaska

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I live in Alaska, and I love horror and suspense novels set in the snow. When I saw that not only was this book set in my home state, but it featured a scary wolflike creature (another of my favorites), I knew I had to listen to it.

I have to say I'm impressed. A lot of books about Alaska are by people who have obviously never been here, but it is clear this author knows his stuff. I would bet that, at the very least, he has spent a lot of time here. He got everything right, from the character and personality of the native people, to the local environment, to the day to day living conditions. All the details are absolutely perfect.

The story itself is also pretty great. The scary wolf creature is everything I expected and more, and the characters are authentic and engaging. Also, it's the arctic! How can that not be the most interesting thing ever?

My only complaint is the narration. Thankfully most of it is alright, but when the narrator does dialogue, it gets really weird. The rhythm is all off. I'm not sure what that's all about, but at times I would have sworn it was like the narrator had never heard human speech before. The inflections, the word groupings . . . it's all a mess.

At any rate, as I said, this is only with the dialogue. It also seems worse when he is doing female voices. So thankfully I was able to get through it, and enjoy most of it, with just a few episodes of bewilderment when this quality got very noticeable.

I would still absolutely recommend the book, either in audio or in print.

I received a promotional copy of this book for free at my request, but this review is totally voluntary.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Flipside

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

The year is 2046, and dinosaurs are real. Time bubbles across the world, many as large as 100 square miles, turn like clockwork, revealing prehistoric landscapes from the Cretaceous Period. They reveal the Flipside. Now, 30 years after the first turn, the clockwork is breaking down, as one of the world's powers has decided to exploit the phenomenon for his own gain. Former head of security for Topside Command Trevon Cash must navigate his way through the chaos of the broken turns and take a team Flipside to try to figure out what is happening. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creative Time Travel story.

  • By cosmitron on 06-26-18

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Wow, this was great! I loved every minute of it. Such a real and immersive world, and totally original.

I am anxiously waiting for the next part of this story. Definitely didn't disappoint.

I received this book for free at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Watching You

  • By: Lynda Renham
  • Narrated by: Rosie Akerman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Ewan Galbreith is out of prison. Libby Owen is scared. Fifteen years earlier she saw Ewan murder her aunt and uncle with their own shotgun, and now he's coming for her. Watching You is an edge-of-the-seat thriller with intriguing characters, an enthralling story line, and a shocking ending.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Shocker

  • By Mystical Lady on 07-24-18

Gripping and Well Narrated

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

This was a an intriguing listen with an excellent and engaging narrator. I felt drawn in by the story from the first sentence, and cared about the protagonist at once. The tension was spread out perfectly, with details about what was happening and what had already happened being revealed at exactly the right pace. I felt totally involved the whole way.

This book was an excellent example of suspense fiction, and I look forward to more by this author and narrator.

I received a promotional copy of this book for free at my request, but this review is totally voluntary.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Boylan House Trilogy

  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

For nearly three and a half centuries, the Boylan House has stood at the end of Meeting House Road. And something in that house has been killing boys for centuries. The town of Monson is a quaint and quiet New England town. Yet the house is terrifying and has been for as long as anyone can remember. Adults put the thing out of mind and ignore the fears of their children, admonishing them to stay away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By P. A. Dufour on 10-04-16

Listen to it in the dark

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I loved both the story and the narration of this book. It was exactly right for listening to in bed with the lights off, as I like to do with the best haunted house books, and which everyone should try at least once!

There is a decent amount of historical backstory to this book, and while backstory can sometimes be tedious, in this case it was actually my favorite part. I loved listening to the scary things that happened back in the 1700s and 1980s involving this house. When get to the modern day events, we already know something is seriously wrong with the place and are begging the protagonist to stay away. Of course, he doesn't listen. They never do!

I have never heard of the narrator, Thom Bowers, before, but I will keep an eye out for more of his books in this genre. He has talent, as well as a nice voice. He was totally unobtrusive and stayed out of the way of the story, which is one of the best things a narrator can do.

This was a great book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hyde Effect

  • By: Steve Vance
  • Narrated by: Edison McDaniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

College student Meg Talley survives a violent attack, but when she insists her assailant was a hideous, monster-like creature, she is called hysterical. Journalist Douglas Morgan, private eye Nick Grundel, and horror novelist Blake Corbett, however, have each theorized the mangling, incredible though it seems, might be the work of a werewolf. Now they team up with Meg to peruse an intensive investigation. Neither skeptics nor believers are prepared for the bone-chilling terror and cataclysmic violence that will be unleashed in the night of the January full moon....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • different take on a werewolf origin story

  • By clearly off the beaten path for delivery on 08-09-18

Really well done

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

My son and I have a tradition of listening to werewolf books every month during the nights around the full moon, so I am always on the lookout for more. This one was great! It was a traditional werewolf story in the best way possible, but also had some unique aspects that I enjoyed. It struck all the right chords.

I wasn't that fond of the narration, since it seemed to have an odd rhythm to me, as though the narrator were trying deliberately to be original and not form the sentences in an expected manner. I did get used to it, however, and am glad I didn't let it put me off the book. I do hope the author uses someone else for the sequel, though. I will want to listen to it!

I received this book for free at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful