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  • The Ghost Pirates

  • By: William Hope Hodgson
  • Narrated by: Stephen Ward
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

"The Ghost Pirates" is a powerful account of a doomed and haunted ship on its last voyage, and of the terrible sea-devils (of quasi-human aspect, and perhaps the spirits of bygone buccaneers) that besiege it and finally drag it down to an unknown fate. With its command of maritime knowledge, and its clever selection of hints and incidents suggestive of latent horrors in nature, this book at times reaches enviable peaks of power.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow to start but holds up well.

  • By Bill on 02-03-19

Slow to start but holds up well.

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Written in 1909. A wee slow to start, but holds up very well nonetheless. This ain't no Jack Sparrow.

  • Koko

  • Blue Rose Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter Straub
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 22 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 209

KOKO. Only four men knew what it meant. Now they must stop it. They are Vietnam vets — a doctor, a lawyer, a working stiff, and a writer. Very different from each other, they are nonetheless linked by a shared history and a single shattering secret. Now, they have been reunited and are about to embark on a quest that will take them from Washington, D.C., to the graveyards and fleshpots of the Far East to the human jungle of New York.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very Un-Straub like!

  • By MW on 06-28-13

Straub is on his game with this one.

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

When Straub is on his game there are few writers that can pen a story like he can.

Koko, while meandering in several places with a few dead-end story lines, still manages to be a skillfully written and engaging thriller.

The boys are getting back together to go after one of their own who has slid off the rails and gone on a killing spree. They need to find him and get him some help. Well…cash in on the story of how they caught him is more like it. Either way, he is one of their own and they need to take care of it.

They’ll just need to find him first.

Ping pong ball puddy party, the wisdom of the elephant, butcher shop preaching, sniping Elvis, the devil’s *hole and the one that got away.

“Now the Drac goes back to church.”

  • Notes from the Underground

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Dostoevsky's most revolutionary novel, "Notes from Underground" marks the dividing line between nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, and between the visions of self each century embodied. One of the most remarkable characters in literature, the unnamed narrator is a former official who has defiantly withdrawn into an underground existence. In full retreat from society, he scrawls a passionate, obsessive, self-contradictory narrative that serves as a devastating attack on social utopianism and an assertion of man's essentially irrational nature.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yep. A classic.

  • By Bill on 01-09-19

Yep. A classic.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

My brain works just like Dostoevsky's mind sometimes.

That can’t be good.

The narrator nailed this one. Perfect for the story.

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  • The Art of War

  • By: Sun Tzu
  • Narrated by: John Cafey
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

"The Art of War" is a Chinese military treatise that was written during the 6th century BC by Sun Tzu. Composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare, it has long been praised as the definitive work on military strategies and tactics of its time. "The Art of War" is one of the oldest books on military strategy in the world. It is the first and one of the most successful works on strategy and has had a huge influence on Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, and beyond.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The art of war

  • By Captain Underpants on 09-07-18

Hmmm...not for me.

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

Well...either the translation and audio of this one sucked, or the original sucked. Or both. Thought there would be some (at a minimum) interesting concepts here, but nope. Common sense at best and not particularly well presented either.

This can't be the original The Art of War. Something happened here and I don't know what. Unfortunately, I don't care enough to really try and figure it out.

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  • The Mark

  • Supernatural Horror Series, Book 2
  • By: Lee Mountford
  • Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Kirsty Thompson is no stranger to trauma. But when a vicious attack leaves her drugged and disoriented, she never expected to wake up to a permanent scar. She starts having demonic visions, all linked to the ancient symbol carved deep into her back.... With the help of her best friend, Kirsty discovers the mark originates from the Devil's Bible and forges a connection between her and a terrifying creature. As they track the man who assaulted her to a satanic cult, the beast hunts them from the shadows. Can Kirsty escape the devil worshipers and her bond with the heinous creature?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mountford hits The Mark with this

  • By Spooky Mike on 12-26-18

A nicely done work with solid narration

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

A nicely done work with solid narration and an entertaining storyline. I listened to this one while doing a bunch of honey-do’s around the house and dug it.

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

  • Blackwater: The Complete Saga

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 30 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,016

Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido's first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories that have chilled the residents of Perdido for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 6 Star Worthy Epic!

  • By jksullycats on 10-29-17

An epic tale with superb narration!!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

This is a fine example of an epic, historical, Southern Gothic, supernatural, generational family drama, noir, soap opera, mystery, thriller with a bit of horror sprinkled on top.

  • My Best Friend's Exorcism

  • A Novel
  • By: Grady Hendrix
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,031

The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since the fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act...different. She's moody. She's irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she's nearby. Abby's investigation leads her to some startling discoveries - and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In My Top 5 Audiobooks

  • By M Dougherty on 11-18-16

Exorcists love corndogs. Duh. Who doesn't?

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I'm not sure what possessed me to pick this one up...haha.

I hated the cover (everybody loves it) and it looked to be kind of a YA thang which I also hate. (Mostly) And yes, I hated both covers, although the newer VHS style cover was a bit better. I also heard it was 80s pop culture heavy, which I also should have hated. So why then, oh why, did I pick it up?

I'll tell you why...

Because.

No that's not why. Although that is a good enough reason.

I picked it up because Grady's Paperbacks From Hell was great so I figured he would be able to pen a decent possession story as well.

As it turns out, it was much more than decent. 80s pop culture heavy, yes. A bit YA-ey. Yes. But it was also very well written with some truly well drawn characters and plenty of chuckles sprinkled throughout. I am super surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did.

I am giving this one 4+ Stars

Because.

No, really. This time I mean it. Just because.

Exorcists love corndogs. Duh. Who doesn't?

  • The Bog

  • By: Michael Talbot
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

Hovern Bog. People live in terror of it - especially the residents of Fenchurch St. Jude, the little village located at its edge. They think of it as a living being. When 2,000-year-old bodies are recovered from the bog, perfectly preserved, it is the discovery of a lifetime for archaeologist David Macauley. But close examination of the corpses reveals a curious fact: all were cruelly, mysteriously murdered, gnawed to death by some unimaginable creature.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling first half, excellent narration

  • By Christine Newton on 01-31-18

All kinds of wild and crazy!!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Well damn…this was waaay more than I thought it was going to be. What looks to be your standard 80’s style creature feature from the cover gets all kinds of wild and crazy on the inside.

I dug it.

  • Lullaby

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 725

New York Times best-selling author of Fight Club, which was adapted into a major motion picture, Chuck Palahniuk offers a haunting tale. Winner of the Northwest Booksellers Association Award, Palahniuk is one of the rare literary geniuses who has been able to bridge the gap between a cult following and commercial success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Palahniuk's New Hit

  • By RockyToTheMoon on 01-12-05

Classic Palahnuik!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Maybe this is a love story. Maybe not.

Lullaby is classic Palahnuik. Funny, inappropriate, dark, disturbing and sarcastic. Just what I was hoping for. Nicely done.

I think the excellent narration really elevated an already great novel. Richard and Chuck nailed it..

  • Ink and Bone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Molly Pope
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 462

For as long as she can remember, 20-year-old Finley Montgomery has been able to see into the future. She dreams about events before they occur and sees beyond the physical world, unconsciously using her power to make supernatural things happen. But Finley can't control these powers - and there's only one person who can help. So Finley moves to The Hollows, a small town in upstate New York where her grandmother lives, a renowned seer who can finally teach Finley how to use her gift.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Hollows Does More Than Whisper

  • By motoJill on 06-10-16

Nicely done and entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

This plot line could have been a formulaic and tired, but Lisa Unger kept it fresh and the plot moving along nicely. I like her writing style and even though this is my first read of hers, it will not be my last. I listened to this one on audio and it was very well done all the way around.

Since I didn’t read the synopsis or anything about this one beforehand, I didn’t realize it was number 5 of The Hallows series, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment and held up well as a standalone work. Nicely done and entertaining.

Solid 4 Stars because I like Lisa's style and have a feeling that I will be enjoying more of her work.