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  • The Siren and The Specter (Fiction without Frontiers)

  • By: Jonathan Janz
  • Narrated by: Davis Brooks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

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.

  • 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 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

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
    4 out of 5 stars 5,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,139
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,131

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
  • Shocking (-ly uninteresting) Ending

  • By C R on 10-07-18

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.

  • The Fall of the House of Usher

  • By: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: Michael Scott
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

This is a tale of an old man, Roderick Usher, who is being driven mad after his sister died and was entombed in a vault in the basement. Over the course of the story the unraveling of a terrible atrocity comes to light and threatens to avenge everyone dwelling in the House of Usher.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poe, man. Poe.

  • By Bill on 10-01-18

Poe, man. Poe.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Poe, man. Poe.

A classic dark gothic short that is much deeper than its word count.

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,679

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

A well written and entertaining underdog story

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

A wee out of my preferred genre (which is usually much darker), but I have always been a sucker for an underdog story and this one was pretty good. The author's excellent narration added a next level to this one and was perfect for the story.

  • American Elsewhere

  • By: Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Narrated by: Graham Winton
  • Length: 22 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 316

Some places are too good to be true. Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map. In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things. After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother's home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother's past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You are entering the twighlight zone

  • By Lisa on 07-29-13

Highly enjoyable experience and a solid 4.5 Stars!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

"In Wink it is best to live your life as if you are being watched. Because you probably are."

My first RJB and damn this dude can write. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one and was more than pleasantly surprised at how good it was. The story was paced well, if a little long in spots and the characters had depth and were highly relatable.

I’m having a hard time classifying this one. It had elements of fantasy, sci-fi, horror and mystery/thriller. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t a wee worried on more than one occasion that it was going to go full on fantasy/sci-fi on me because that’s not my bag, but luckily it didn’t.

Reminded me a bit at times of Barker, Gaiman, Hill and maybe even a little King. I f’n hate it when authors are compared to King, however, the point I am trying to make is more one of content execution than writing style comparisons. And don’t get me wrong, RJB has his own unique voice and it comes across nicely on the page. There are worse things than to be reminded of those guys while reading too.

I look forward to more from this author. I am very interested in seeing what else he can do.

A highly enjoyable experience and a solid 4.5 Stars.

  • Cockblock

  • By: C.V. Hunt
  • Narrated by: Ramona Master
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Sonya and Callie discover it’s not just the men who verbally assaulted them on the street who’ve lost their minds; men everywhere have gone insane. And they believe they’ve found the origin of the mayhem. A radio in the kitchen is playing a hate-filled message against women, and it’s being delivered by the president. There’s only one way to stop the men from attacking women, and logic tells them they need to terminate the chaos at its source.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • ok then

  • By Tyler on 09-19-18

Brutal, violent, funny, bloody and excellent!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

All Sonya and Callie want is to have a nice date night dinner, a few drinks and maybe a little sweet, sweet lovemaking back at the house to top off the evening.

Sounds like a plan.

That is until a presidential radio broadcast is infecting all the men like a virus and turning them into violent, inappropriate cat calling, rapey pigs bent on violating any and every woman they see.

Damnit.

This is going to put a huge damper on the evening.

Yummy hot nun raspberry pie, running with man wood, dripping Presidential neck jizz, cricket bat ball smash and a world re-population basement bdsm party.

I listened to this one on audio. I can imagine it was a ton of fun to narrate. It is violent, rapey, funny, brutal and has plenty of political currents running through its veins. Maybe fun isn’t the word.

This was very well done and extremely violent, which I dug about it. If you have delicate sensibilities, I would probably stay away from this one.

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

  • The Auctioneer

  • Valancourt 20th Century Classics
  • By: Joan Samson
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In the isolated farming community of Harlowe, New Hampshire, John Moore and his wife, Mim, work the land that has been in his family for generations. But from the moment the charismatic Perly Dinsmore arrives in town and starts soliciting donations for his auctions, things begin slowly and insidiously to change in Harlowe. As the auctioneer carries out his terrible, inscrutable plan, the Moores and their neighbors will find themselves gradually but inexorably stripped of their freedom, their possessions, and perhaps even their lives.... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A excellent tale of slow burn, small town horror

  • By Bill on 08-31-18

A excellent tale of slow burn, small town horror

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I’m not entirely sure this wasn’t Bentley Little writing under a pen name…of course, he would have been a teenager, but you see what I’m sayin’.

“We’re having an auction.”

Now, pony up some stuff.

All of it.

I listened to this on audio and it was great. Matt Godfrey is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators. The dude has serious skills and I have thoroughly enjoyed everything that I have listened to from him. Absolutely perfect for the story.

I also need to give a shout out to Valancourt Books who has been re-releasing some truly excellent rare and out-of-print fiction. Kudos and please keep it up.

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

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  • Feral

  • A Novel of Werewolf Horror
  • By: Matt Serafini
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Jack and Allen need a break. They’ve decided to spend the summer before their senior year of college out in Western Massachusetts. But their quest for rest and relaxation comes to an end when they arrive in Greifsfield, MA. Their friendship is tested by a mysterious beauty and her razor-sharp smile, then broken when they’re caught up in a rash of mysterious disappearances. How will these two friends cope with the truth behind a town that craves raw meat? And how will they survive beneath the glow of the full moon?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Read for Fans of Werewolves

  • By Anonymous User on 08-17-18

The buffet is now open...

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

This is Greifsfield. Not Griswald. And this ain’t no Wally World. It is however, sort of an amusement park for evil, furry, fanged beasties.

More of a buffet than a park, really.

Matt Godfrey is a great narrator. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything that I have listened to from him. His cadence and tone are perfect for the story. The best narrators make you forget you are listening and immerse you in the story and that’s exactly what Matt’s narration does. It helps that the story doesn’t suck too.

This is one crazy fast werewolf blood fest that had some truly disgusting imagery sprinkled throughout. I dug that about it. Definitely entertaining. Bloody entertaining. If you like your stories with a little bite to them, then I think you will really enjoy “Feral”

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful