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  • The Specimen

  • By: Pete Kahle
  • Narrated by: Wayne June
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

One month ago, an urban explorer was drawn to an abandoned asylum in the mountains of northern Massachusetts. There he discovered a large specimen jar, containing something organic, unnatural, and possibly alive. Now, he and a group of unsuspecting individuals have discovered one of history's most horrific secrets. Whether they want to be or not, they are caught in the middle of a millennia-old war, and the latest battle is about to begin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing first book

  • By Phillip on 06-05-18

Gruesome , messy fun

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Story arc bounces around a lot, which is setting them up for what appears to be a long series. It is very, almost gratuitously gruesome, which should appeal to fans of same, but be warned. My first listen of Wayne June, who brings his own level of creepiness to this offering. Overall I enjoyed it, but I am not sure I need to hear any more of the series.

  • Endurance

  • By: Jack Kilborn
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 660
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 655

The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location. Especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor. When the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone. First her suitcase wasn't where she put it. Then her cell phone was moved. Finally, she heard an odd creaking under the bed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW.......GREAT BOOK!!!

  • By Terri on 04-13-11

Horrifyingly excellent!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Christopher Lane is exemplary in bringing this gruesome, terrifying horror epic to life. His voicings ( small quibble...sometimes difficult to understand ) are amazing, and the story arc, although perhaps somewhat derivative, supports the characters well.

For fans of graphic horror, this is outstanding. For casual fans of the genre ( such as I am ) maybe even abit much, but it is still an amazing work, and worthy of 5 stars. Well done, and recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Commune: Book Three

  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,013

Having been bolstered with the supplies sufficient to carry them through the winter, the survivors of the Jackson commune must now hunker down and endure the bitter Wyoming snows, while to the south, factions are beginning to form, coalescing from the ashes of the dead world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Howard Helland on 11-20-18

And on and on we go....

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

OK let's get one thing clear here. RCBray is clearly one of the most talented, and diverse, male audiobook performers around. In this series, he has the opportunity to stretch out, with a wide variety of characters and situations to exercise his talents against.
This series, which on the face of it is part of the whole "EMP/Virus Dystopian future" category, is not all that differentiated from many of its contemporaries with the notable exception that RCB performs it. And THAT is what makes it special.

That said, the characters are well developed, and we are drawn to many of the tensions and situations they experience.

On balance, I am enjoying this series, but damn, it is starting to get to me! Time to be a prepper myself?

Recommended.

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,063
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14,070

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

Short, violent, sweet

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

Mayberry/Brick combination package that is likely not worth a credit, but a lot of fun and genre-specific if you can get it for free.

Recommended for fans of this series.

  • The Listener

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,588

It's 1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and breadlines grew in many American cities. In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small-time confidence scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New Orleans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Fried Horror Done Right

  • By Ila in Maine on 03-05-18

Book of the year

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

But if all audiobooks were this good. My word, what a journey! The south in the 30s, the characters, the performance. This is a MUST listen, and gets the HIGHEST recommendations. Somewhat supernatural, but with enough roots in reality and common sense that it resonates. I was moved by this offering, laughing and crying with Veitors's reading as I moved through the story.
Get it and enjoy it as I did.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Breakthrough

  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,572

Deep in the Caribbean Sea, a nuclear submarine is forced to suddenly abort its mission under mysterious circumstances. Strange facts begin to emerge that lead naval investigator, John Clay, to a small group of marine biologists who are quietly on the verge of making history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING!!!

  • By FocusedOnTheJourney on 07-22-17

Alot going on here, undersea and such

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

On balance, compelling. Brick is on his game, with his usual compelling presentation. The characters from all 3 races involved are fascinating and develop well over the story arc. Clearly the start of a series ( Pt.2 is previewed at the end ) , the listener is fully engaged characters. Overall, a solid writer/reader outing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Finders Keepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,896
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,190

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. "Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars for Will Patton reading Stephen King

  • By PlantCrone on 06-21-16

Great conclusion to a great series

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Will Patton...check
Steven King...check
creative series...check

Get it, listen to it, enjoy it and rejoice in it!

Highly recommended.

  • Johnny

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 720

Aubrey St. James is in trouble. She's locked in a cell at a government black site. She doesn't know where that site is or how the hell she got there. But she knows that it has something to do with the stranger she rescued from the river. Someone - or some thing - called Johnny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazing book!

  • By Billy on 07-09-18

Here's Johnny!!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Wow. What a ride. If this is indicative of the in-house productions from Audible, we all have a lot to be excited about. Great production, rollicking yes suspenseful story, and a classic ending ( with the promise of potentially more to come! )

A solid performance by Marc Vietor, a thrilling ride by DJ. Gosh, you sure can't beat it for the price either!

Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Absolute Proof

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences? These questions and their answers lie at the heart of Absolute Proof, an international thriller from best-selling author Peter James. The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book of the year!

  • By Matthew on 10-22-18

Book of the year!

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

A perfect combination of author, story, and performer! Fantastic reading by Hugh Bonneville brings to life a completely fascinating, and original, story by veteran Peter James. Slightly off the center plot, with well-written characters, a driving plot, and a resolution just open enough for the listener to interpret themselves. Certainly, there are religious themes here but written in a crafty, non-ecumenical manner.
Most highly recommended book of the year, so far!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Hercules Text

  • By: Jack McDevitt
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

From a remote corner of the galaxy, a message is being sent. The continuous beats of a pulsar have become odd, irregular, and artificial. It can only be a code. Frantically, a research team struggles to decipher the alien communication. And what the scientists discover is destined to shake the foundations of empires around this world - from Wall Street to the Vatican.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots to recommend here!

  • By Matthew on 10-19-18

Lots to recommend here!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

An update on the debut novel by Jack McDevitt. Granted, he misses some updates, and some references are a bit off putting. Also, there were some rather explicit editing issues, esp. later in the book. That all said, the concept, and Kevin Collins' performance put this on the recommended list. Enjoy it as much as I did!