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  • Currency of Souls

  • By: Kealan Patrick Burke
  • Narrated by: Rich Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Welcome to Eddie's Tavern, the only functioning waterhole in a near-dead town. Among the people you'll meet tonight are: Tom, Milestone's haunted lawman, who walks in the shadow of death; Gracie, the barmaid, a wannabe actress, doomed to spend her hours tending bar in a purgatory of her father's making; Flo, the town seductress, who may or may not have murdered her husband; Cobb, a nudist awaiting an apology from the commune who cast him out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weird!

  • By Simone K on 08-05-18

Welcome to Milestone!!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Anybody that knows me, knows I am a bit of a KPB fanboy. Creepy, I know. It even feels a little creepy to me at times, but dude has some serious skills and is one of my all-time favorite authors. Since I already read this one a few years ago and gave it 4.5 Stars I was really looking forward to the audio even though it is super rare for me to do a re-read/listen. Glad I did. Thanks, Rich!

This is not your typical KPB. The writing is excellent no doubt, but much more surreal. This one is just plain crazy from the get go. And then it gets crazier…a lot crazier. With a super-size of wtf on the top for good measure. Yep, it’s all going to hell in the town Milestone. Or it may already be hell…

Rich Millers voice reminded me a bit of Chet Williamson except with more emotion and depth. (Not a knock on Chet, who I enjoy, but a compliment to Rich.) Perfect for the tale. His pacing and tone were spot on throughout and I really believe added another dimension to the characters. I look forward to listening more from him.

*I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook and have voluntarily left this honest review.

  • Eldren: The Book of the Dark

  • By: William Meikle
  • Narrated by: Chris Barnes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Two boys in the west of Scotland awaken an ancient vampire. And the only way to stop it is in the power of a book - a bible detailing the dark religion of the Eldren. But time is running out, and the sun is getting low.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good vampire novel

  • By Al on 08-14-18

Vampires...

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I am a big fan of William Meikle and the narrator Chris Barnes as well. I am unfortunately not a very big fan of vampire stories.

There’s plenty of action here but the whole vampire backstory didn’t work for me and I didn’t gel with any of the characters. I pretty much was wanting them all to die horribly.

There are plenty of other very good Meikles out there, this one just wasn’t for me.

*I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the publisher and have voluntarily provided this honest review.

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  • Mystery Walk

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Born and raised in rural Alabama, Billy Creekmore was destined to be a psychic. His mother, a Choctaw Indian schooled in her tribe's ancient mysticism, understands the permeable barrier between life and death - and can cross it. She taught the power to Billy, and now he helps the dead rest in peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing ghost story

  • By Cartec on 04-10-18

Solid effort from one of the best in the business

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

A super solid effort from one of the best in the business.

I listened to this one and it really translated well to the audio format. The narrator did and excellent job. Great tone and pacing.

The story itself is classic McCammon. A supernatural, coming of age, good versus evil tale of travelling small town horror.

I think the story itself is about a 3.5 Star story (good with a lag here and there) but the narration really elevates it and gave it another layer of depth of character for me. I dug it.

  • A Gathering of Crows

  • By: Brian Keene
  • Narrated by: Chet Williamson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Brinkley Springs is a quiet little town. Some say the town is dying. They don't know how right they are. Five mysterious figures are about to pay a little visit to Brinkley Springs. They have existed for centuries, emerging from the shadows only to destroy, to kill. To feed. They bring with them terror and carnage, and leave death and blood in their wake. As the night wears on, Brinkley Springs will be quiet no longer. Screams will break the silence. But when the sun rises again, will there be anyone left to hear?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love Keene

  • By saad alkashif on 01-03-18

The crows are coming to Brinkley Springs!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

The crows are coming to Brinkley Springs, West Virginia

With them, they will bring much death and mayhem.

Thankfully, an excommunicated Amish magnus is on the scene with his “Long Lost Friend”.

Let the fight for the town’s souls begin.

I like Keene’s work. His style flows easy and the action he pens in this one gathers some serious speed as the story progresses.

Chet Williamson’s narration takes a minute to warm up to, but after listening to it for a while I don’t know how it could have been narrated by anyone else. His deep brooding cadence added a lot to the ambiance of the story. Well done all around.

  • Sick House

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

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
  • You don't want to move into this house...

  • By Carole Wooten on 07-04-18

Jeff Strand is good. Real good.

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Jeff Strand is good. Real good. If you haven't read/listened to him, then you are missing out. Sick house is a good and enjoyable story. Not my favorite of Mr. Strands, but he has set the bar pretty high for himself which may have hurt him here a little bit. A good Strand is still head and shoulders above most.

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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 26 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,179

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully nostalgic

  • By Barry on 07-29-15

Brilliant and preposterous

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

A really great story wrapped in layers of religious and political propaganda that was about 200 to 300 pages too long.

And…I still liked it quite a bit.

The writing is exceptionally good considering the 1st person narrator is a tough one for me to get into sometimes but felt natural here. The story itself is a great one. It just loses its way here and there and rambles in circles at times.

Like Owen, this one is both brilliant and preposterous at the same time.

  • Hell Hollow

  • By: Ronald Kelly
  • Narrated by: J. Rodney Turner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53

From out of a shadowy backwoods hollow echoes a dark threat from the past, nearly a century lost and forgotten. The rural town of Harmony, Tennessee, possessed a disturbing secret; a secret so ancient that most of its residents were completely unaware of it. Even the last survivors of a vigilante raid long ago have filed the tragic events of that autumn night away, totally unaware of the evil that remains, dormant, but forever patient, among the tall pines and thick-leaved kudzu of a place known only as Hell Hollow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING Southern-fried, coming-of-age horror tale

  • By Tabitha on 07-22-14

A very well done and entertaining tale

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

A 90 year old threat has resurfaced in the small town of Harmony, Tennessee.

A horror that was put to bed years ago, given new life with the unknowing help of four kids and a masochistic murderer/rapist on the run.

They should have stayed away from the Hollow.

Because, now comes the Hell part…

A very well done and entertaining tale of small town horror with excellent characterizations and an evenly paced, engaging storyline, narrated expertly. I dug it.

A solid 4.5+ Stars rounded up to 5!! I look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Adjustment Day

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Corey Allen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 211

 People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They've been reading a mysterious blue-black book and memorizing its directives. They are ready for the reckoning.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The first rule of Adjustment Day is: it’s lame.

  • By Ryan Winslow on 05-14-18

Great narration with an ok and enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Grilled peacock tongues, sweet smelling Shasta earplugs, brown recluse mush dingus, buckets of spit, scary unbridled vajayjays, and the start of grouse hunting season.

Palahniuk is a strange cat. I dig his work, but he seems to be a wee hit or miss. He can be absolutely brilliant and then turn in something marginally mediocre. Dude definitely has his own unique style and voice. Despite the inconsistencies, he remains one of my “must read” authors.

I was lucky enough to meet Mr. Palahniuk in San Francisco recently on the Adjustment Day tour and we got to chat for a few minutes before his signing event. It was pretty cool to meet him in person. Turns out to be a very nice and soft-spoken guy. Funny too, as you would expect.

Adjustment Day is a mixed bag. Flashes of the brilliant Chuck with periods of wtf. I enjoyed parts of it but thought it could have been a bit more with a little less fluff. It was very political at times as well, which I could always do without. Overall, a just better than ok effort set upon a very high bar. I giving this one 3 Audible Stars.

As I did listen to this one on audio as well as read it, it should be noted that the narration was excellent. The pacing and tone were perfect for the satirical tone of the book.

“A smile is your best bullet proof vest.”

  • The Disembodied

  • By: Anthony Hains
  • Narrated by: Jason Jewett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Thirteen-year-old Griffin Rinaldi seems like a normal kid. But Griffin doesn’t feel normal. He’s been diagnosed with depersonalization disorder - he feels disconnected from his body, and at times he doesn’t know if he’s dead or alive. And it seems to be getting worse. Following the brutal death of his abusive father, Griffin is haunted by a red-haired kid only he can see and who wants him to do things he doesn’t understand. When a rare blizzard strikes the Outer Banks, Griffin recognizes the red-haired boy as a vengeful specter from his grandfather's ghost stories.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Teens Shot During Botched Exorcism

  • By Spooky Mike on 06-13-18

My first Hains, but not my last!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I’ve been meaning to get to some Hains for a while and when an opportunity arose to snag an audio copy of this one I jumped on it. Therefore, my disclaimer: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review." Thank you, Mr. Hains.

Griffin is having a rough go of it. His dad is an abusive dick, he's seeing ghosts, he has bouts of a weird personality disorder and his Aunt is convinced he is suffering some kind of demon possession. No worries. His grandfather will guide him through it all.

The narration for this one was very good. Timing and tone were spot on and the narrator kept the pace of the story moving along. The story itself was good and written well, but a little disjointed at times and other times felt like it was trying to hard to do too much. Still an overall nice work from Mr. Hains and I am interested to see what else this author can do.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,075

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts great, but lacks at the end.

  • By Anonymous User on 07-20-18

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I love me some King.

I do.

And he is firing on all cylinders with this one. It started out as a crime thriller, detective tale and then morphed into something much more sinister. Which, of course, I dug.

My only peeve was the multiple references to Bill Hodges in the second half. Over and over and over. Don’t get me wrong, I dug the Hodges Trilogy, and Holly was (and is) an absolutely fantastic character, but it got to be a bit much. Not to mention the potential spoilers for those who have not yet read the trilogy. Since I have (as a lot of King fans have) then there is no need to keep mentioning Bill because I was well aware of what Holly was referring to.

Man, I sure can be nitpicky with respect to the King. Even with my long winded whiny rant this was still a super solid 4.5+ rounded up to 5 Star read.

And he IS still the King.

And I love me some King.

I do.

And I love me some Will Patton too, because he nails the doo-doo out of the narration for this one. Always does. Dude is a great narrator. Pacing, tone, cadence. Yep.

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