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  • 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 2,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,779

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 1,046
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 989

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 306
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 283

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 1,079
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 693
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 695

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 501
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 456

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.

  • Gilded Needles

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

Welcome to the Black Triangle, New York's decadent district of opium dens, gambling casinos, and back-room abortions. The queen of this unsavory neighborhood is Black Lena Shanks, whose family leads a ring of female criminals - women skilled in the art of cruelty. Only a few blocks away, amidst the elegant mansions and lily-white reputations of Gramercy Park and Washington Square, lives Judge James Stallworth. On a crusade to crush Lena's evil empire, the judge has sentenced three of her family members to death. And now she wants revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely dark, but engrossing.

  • By CJ Matthews on 08-09-17

Don’t be messin’ with the Shank family. Seriously.

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Listened to this one on audio and dug it. The narrator did a great job. It was a little slow going in the beginning but found its grove in the later chapters.

Written very well, this one is pretty dark and the language reminded me bit of John Connolly’s Matthew Corbett’s series. That’s a good thing, btw.

Don’t be messin’ with the Shank family. Lessens you want to get a party invite with your name on it. You don’t want that. Seriously.

  • The Siren and The Specter (Fiction without Frontiers)

  • By: Jonathan Janz
  • Narrated by: Davis Brooks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

When David Caine, a celebrated skeptic of the supernatural, is invited by an old friend to spend a month in “the most haunted house in Virginia,” he believes the case will be like any other. But the Alexander House is different. Built by a 1700s land baron to contain the madness and depravity of his eldest son, the house is plagued by shadows of the past and the lingering taint of bloodshed. David is haunted, as well. For 22 years ago, he turned away the woman he loved, and she took her life in sorrow. And David suspects she’s followed him to the Alexander House. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • All kind of creepy crazy in this one

  • By Bill on 10-17-18

All kind of creepy crazy in this one

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I have been a fan of Jonathan Janz for quite a while. The dude has talent and I have enjoyed everything that I have read from him. “The Siren and the Specter” is no exception.

I am not even going to attempt to summarize this one. There is all kinds of crazy, creepy going on here. Possibly even too much.

I’m giving this one 3+ Stars. I enjoyed it. It was written very well, as I expected, but was a bit scattered the last ¼ or so (for me) and I got a bit confused with the goings-on.

As always, I look forward to see what Jonathan comes up with next. I will read whatever he puts out there. Definitely on my must-read author list.

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  • Weekend Getaway

  • By: Tom Deady
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Glein Scott
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

A lost child. A marriage shattered beyond repair? John Baxter doesn't think so, which is why he has planned this weekend getaway with his wife. He expected a lot of shouting, a lot of tears, but in the end, he hoped to have a stronger foundation upon which they could start rebuilding what they had once had. What he wasn't expecting was the home invasion...and the hell that awaited them beneath the rented cabin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A whole lot packed in just under 2 hours

  • By Bill on 10-07-18

A whole lot packed in just under 2 hours

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

This one ended up just ok for me. The story was flat in places as was the narration.

  • Usher's Passing

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

Ever since Edgar Allan Poe looted a family's ignoble secret history for his classic story "The Fall of the House of Usher", living in the shadow of that sick dynasty has been an inescapable scourge for generations of Usher descendants. But not for horror novelist Rix Usher. Years ago he fled the isolated family estate of Usherland in the menacing North Carolina hills to pursue his writing career. He promised never to return. But his father's impending death has brought Rix back home to assume the role of Usher patriarch - and face his worst fears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Usher’s Passing: Enjoyable McCammon Novel

  • By B.E.P. on 07-09-18

McCammon is a master storyteller

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Since I just read Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”, I thought I would jump right into this one and am glad that I did. McCammon takes Poe’s short story and turns it on it’s head with his own imaginings of the Usher family.

Tidy Cat’s litter box of terror, eating brothers Puddin pie, soothing sounds of a satanic symphony, 50 caliber fireworks, mind control magic freaks, and canned peaches with ginger ale.

Oh…and a Pumpkin Man lurking in the woods waiting to snatch up wayward children and secret government weapons of mass destruction.

Yep. It’s all in there.

To say there was a lot going on in this one would be an understatement. I’m not quite sure how McCammon managed to keep it all going without it being a total train wreck, but he did. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the chaos too.

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,783
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13,791

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

Not bad for a short short

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I decent little short short that was maybe a wee too short. The narrator did a great job and the story would have suffered without it.