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  • The Elementals

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,284

After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame, on Alabama's Gulf Coast, where three Victorian houses loom over the shimmering beach. Two of the houses are habitable, while the third is slowly and mysteriously being buried beneath an enormous dune of blindingly white sand. But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Haunted House Book - and that's rare!

  • By Uber Femme on 06-28-18

Solid Haunted House Book - and that's rare!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

It seems such a difficult thing to find a good haunted house book. They must be very difficult to write - there are more POS haunted house books on the market than any other genre I've found.

This is what I think it takes (authors please take note) to write a good haunted house book:
- A decent backstory (probably the least amount of creativity required for this - really, 'an eccentric aunt leaves you a house' works just fine)
- Interesting, well-developed characters (who say and do at least *a few* original things. The Dead Aunt can be one-dimensional, but the new hauntee needs to be well-developed)
- Pacing (steady build-up of tension and supernatural events); and a solid ending (so many fail here).

The Elementals does all of this very well. It's among the best haunted house books I know - not as scary as I'm searching for (still haven't found a legitimately scary one), but it stands head and shoulders above its fellows.

I'll be looking for more books by the same author.

PS, Check out The Good House by Tananarive Due. It meets the above criteria as well.

41 of 42 people found this review helpful

  • The Good House

  • By: Tananarive Due
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 21 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,610
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,604

Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply Satisfying

  • By Lee on 05-08-08

Solid Haunted House Book - and that's rare!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

It seems such a difficult thing to find a good haunted house book. They must be very difficult to write - there are more POS haunted house books on the market than any other genre I've found.

This is what I think it takes (authors please take note) to write a good haunted house book:
- A decent backstory (probably the least amount of creativity required for this - really, 'an eccentric aunt leaves you a house' works just fine)
- Interesting, well-developed characters (who say and do at least *a few* original things. The Dead Aunt can be one-dimensional, but the new hauntee needs to be well-developed)
- Pacing (steady build-up of tension and supernatural events); and a solid ending (so many fail here).

The Good House does all of this very well. It's among the best haunted house books I know - not as scary as I'm searching for (still haven't found a legitimately scary one), but it stands head and shoulders above its fellows.

I'll be looking for more books by the same author.

PS, Check out The Elementals by Michael McDowell. It meets the above criteria as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Carrow Haunt

  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

Remy is a tour guide for Carrow House, a notoriously haunted building. When she's asked to host seven guests for a week-long stay to research Carrow's phenomena, she hopes to finally experience some of the sightings that made the house famous. At first, it's everything they hoped for. Then a storm moves in, cutting off their contact with the outside world, and things quickly become twisted. Doors open on their own. Seances go disastrously wrong. Red liquid seeps from behind the wallpaper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Ones A Winner!

  • By Loyia T. Lopez on 06-04-18

Uninspired

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

I keep searching for a scary haunted house book, and it's so hard to find a good one! Knowing that, I give them more leeway than other genres. This is my second (and last) Darcy Coates book; her writing is just not very good (apologies to Ms. Coates). I listened to ten chapters of this book and turned it off with an eye-roll.

THE SET UP
Haunted house with really interesting back-story used now only for guided tours. Tour guide asked to stay in the house for two weeks with a group of people for research.

WEAKNESSES
- Poor character development. Flat, cookie-cutter characters. Painfully stereotypical. Spongebob Squarepants' characters are more complex - and I'm not even kidding.
- Basic dialogue. Nothing interesting at all.
- Good story made boring: author glossed over the most interesting elements of the story (there *is* a good premise buried in there somewhere) and weighed the book down with boring details.
- Pacing. If anything scary happens, it isn't within the first 10 chapters.
- Narration. A professional-sounding voice actor, just not a good fit for the book. Chirpy tone better suited for a bodice-ripper, and over-done character voices (17 year old girl sounded 12; 60-ish woman sounded 95).


Just a heavy-handed and decidedly un-scary effort all around.

Check these out instead (not perfect, but solidly creepy):
Lineage - Joe Hart
Kill Creek - Scott Thomas
The Good House - Tananarive Due

Good Luck!

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Creek

  • By: Scott Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,107

When best-selling horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night in one of the country's most infamous haunted houses, he reluctantly agrees. At least he won't be alone; joining him are three other masters of the macabre, writers who have helped shape modern horror. But what begins as a simple publicity stunt will become a fight for survival. The entity they have awakened will follow them, torment them, threatening to make them a part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • UNUSUAL PREMISE, COULDN'T STOP LISTENING

  • By Linda Likes to Learn on 12-02-17

Good Ghost Story

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Good, classic ghost story.

Traditional haunted house versus intrepid group of explorers. Creepy back-story and palpable foreboding. Most certainly good enough for your credit, if that's what you're in the mood for.

It is so hard to find genuinely scary ghost stories - and this isn't one. But it comes close enough that I really enjoyed it. Will it scare the hell out of you? No, it won't. I'm still looking for a ghost story that'll keep me from walking through my house in the dark, though. (Fingers crossed)

  • The Hike

  • By: Drew Magary
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,742
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,731

When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best ending I can remember

  • By David on 05-08-17

Why is it called The Hike?

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

It's called The Hike because you have to trudge through it.

It's a clever idea, and the writing style is easy-going and humorous-ish. The format is a type of hero's journey; our hero is on ...a hike... and encounters a variety of people & situations. The first event is definitely an attention-grabber; it's too bad the author didn't follow-through with that story.

At the second event I figured out the formula and the direction of the plot, but still had a glimmer of hope that I was wrong. Nope. I read through the third event reluctantly. When the fourth situation began with *literal* breadcrumbs, I turned the story off in disgust. Hours later I listened to about five minutes of the last chapter and removed the book from my device.

Three stars because it was well written and clever. Still, I should've stopped after the second chapter (or before wasting a credit).

  • Lycan Fallout

  • Rise of the Werewolf
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934

The world of man was brought to its knees with the zombie apocalypse. A hundred and fifty years have passed since man clawed and climbed his way back from the brink of extinction. Civilization has rebooted, man has begun to rebuild, creating new communities and society. It is on this fragile new shaky ground that a threat worse than the scourge of the dead has sprung... Once again, one man finds himself once thrust into the forefront of a war he wants nothing to do with and seemingly cannot win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! Mike Talbot Returns!!!

  • By Theodore on 07-23-13

What do you call a depressed sarcastic person?

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

I loved Mike in the Zombie Fallout books. It was the character's voice (not the actor; I mean the expressions and attitude of the character) that made those books stand out from others in the genre. Mike was a up-beat, can-do everyman whose quips and a positive outlook managed to survive the ZA. He kept his humor and his moral code, and collected fun friends along the way. AND there was still action and violence.

So I bought this thinking I'd get the same. OMG. I wanted to shoot myself after the first few chapters. The tone was defeated and the story line, stalled. Maybe it got better after the first few chapters, but I'll never know - I'm not picking up that flat and dull piece of work again.

Sean Runnette did the best he could with what he had, I guess.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dead Key

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,839

It's 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world. Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland's largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault's safe-deposit boxes were lost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not good.

  • By Guy on 05-05-17

Lost Interest

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

This is a character-driven (three women) mystery with very little suspense. The plot line is interesting, but I didn’t feel any urgency to continue listening. It felt more like a drama than a mystery, except that dramas have compelling character interactions. There was nothing interesting about the characters or their dialogue. About halfway through, I fast forwarded to the last few chapters, just to get the resolution to the primary mystery. Narration is good, and author does a good job of tying up loose ends.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Arisen Omnibus Edition: Books 1-3

  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,440
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,149

When the Zombie Apocalypse came, one country had shut down its borders in response to a major terrorist attack. Now Fortress Britain is the last bastion of the living - with 50 million beleaguered survivors facing down a world of seven billion animated corpses. And one international team of elite special operators - supremely trained and armed, always the most skilled, resolved, and unstoppable amongst us - are humanity's last best hope for survival....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good macho military bang bang story

  • By Tilo on 04-15-15

SpecOps Soldiers Killing Zombies. Perfection.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

This is the best Zombie series I've read, and I've read a lot of them. What makes it so great is that the main characters are Special Operations (and other military) soldiers. The story begins well after the fall civilization, so you don’t have the traditional experience of the incremental breakdown of society, hoarding, escaping populated areas, and rag-tag band of survivors being picked off one by one. Instead you have battle scenarios heavy on military planning, tactics, jargon, equipment, and operations - against zombies. The characters are complex and interesting enough to be endearing, not caricatures of soldiers.

The only criticism I have, as others have mentioned, is that each installment is short and ends in a way that leaves you 'no option' but to buy the next book. Not exactly Who-Shot-JR cliffhangers, more like 'here's the next critical mission, how will they execute this one?' endings. (Of course, if the books weren't so good, you wouldn't care, would you?) For this reason, I'm supremely glad that I was able to buy the first three books in an omnibus. I can't imagine stopping after books 1 or 2.

In short, if you like the idea of soldiers with big guns killing zombies, get the book(s). You'll end up addicted.

  • Shadows of the Workhouse

  • Call the Midwife, Book 2
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,724

When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood';s most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like the PBS series

  • By HODGEPODGESPV on 07-14-15

Loved the First One. Returning this one.

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

Reviewed: 12-19-15

I couldn't make it past the first chapter. This was *not* the sweet, stiff-upper lip vibe that I loved in the first book. I'm glad that Ms. Worth is writing these stories, because they definitely need to be told. But chapter one was depressing and sad. I couldn't go on.
So disappointed, but I'm going to try the third one, hoping it's more like the first.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ashley's War

  • The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield
  • By: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

From the author of the New York Times best seller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana comes the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers on the battlefield in Afghanistan - including Ashley White, a beloved soldier who died serving her country's cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warriors

  • By Debora J. Watson on 06-18-15

Told Everyone About It.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

The subject matter alone made it worth the purchase cost. The book's format uses Ashley White as a central character, but the main idea is that of women in combat, and the belated integration of same. I wished very much for more combat anecdotes, but that shouldn't dissuade you from getting the audiobook. It opened my eyes to several realities faced by women in the armed forces, and those who aspire to serve in a combat capacity. It also made me want to get my sneaks on and go for a run!

As an aside, Reese Witherspoon bought the movie production rights, so we'll probably see this one on the big screen soon.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful