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  • Night Mares

  • A Father Gunter, Demon Hunter Supernatural Thriller
  • By: J.R. Pestel
  • Narrated by: John H Fehskens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Johann "Father" Gunter and Robert Durling find themselves in the small town of Clemons because of a dream the news reporter Belinda Carstone had. The night they arrive in town, they know immediately something is amiss. The mayor of the town has died in a tragic accident in her home. Johann and Robert pose as members of the KMTN News crew to gain access to the house where the mayor died. Their investigation takes them down a wild and twisted path. They learn interesting things about the town and the people, and we learn a few interesting things about Johann and Robert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff!

  • By TU on 04-17-19

Enjoyable Paranormal Romp

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

As someone who often journeys into the world of urban fantasy, I'm always excited for the opportunity to explore another universe, and Father Gunter demon hunter was another to digest and enjoy. This story was short and kinda minimalistic in terms of plot and world building, relying more on the personalities of the main characters and the quips they throw around at one another to keep listeners interested. Luckily it comes off as a realistic social dynamic from a team of any kind and to some extent like a buddy demon hunter story.

However while the personalities and interactions can be pretty goofy, the stakes are most definitely not. That really struck me throughout as kind of an interesting juxtaposition wherein the characters seemed to serve as their own comic relief at times, one of those situations where you laugh to keep yourself from screaming.

Narration was fine, my only real problem and it might just be me is I've never heard Johann pronounced Jo-hann. So while I'm sure the narrator was right, it bothered me but as I'm most likely in the wrong I don't hold that against it. The narrator did also provide some sound effects throughout to heighten the mood and did a pretty good job bringing the story to life.

I received the audiobook review code for this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review. I definitely recommend taking an adventure with Father Gunter Demon Hunter.

  • Black Acres

  • The Complete Collection
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

There's no place like home.... Kim and Julian Taylor are in the market for their first home, and a visit to the secluded Beacon estate finds them enamored. It's a peculiar home, rather large and in need of some renovations. The price is right, however, and after a tour, they snap the house up without hesitation. The man who sells them the house has one last detail to share before they sign on the dotted line. The previous owners of the home disappeared under mysterious circumstances nearly eight years ago and have recently been declared dead in absentia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy story!

  • By D. Sturgeon on 03-22-19

Creepy as Hell

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

In my experience it seems that Ambrose Ibsen is pretty great at writing stories that are creepy as hell. I hope this continues as I explore more of his work. In this case a couple take up residence in a creepy house that everyone knows is creepy but them, and they slowly unravel. Why do they do that? Read or listen to find out. But like other good authors the journey is as important, perhaps moreso than the destination. The gradual acceleration of horrific events is handled great, as things build from a creaky old house to a haunting crescendo of relatively epic proportions.

The characters themselves are pretty good, with Kim being given the forefront for most of the story before Julian takes over the last quarter, but you can generally see them as a couple with their interactions and how they don't always seem to be on the same page. It becomes a little too much on a different page for me at some points but that doesn't take away too much from the rest of the ensemble. Part of it is the fact that this was done as a serial novel of ~2 hour chunks, so the first three are from Kim's perspective whereas Julian leads the fourth.

Joe Hempel is one of my favorite narrators, especially in the genre of horror and he shows why again here. He does a great job of giving the characters voices, while amplifying the ambiance and creepiness instead of getting in it's way.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review. I highly recommend this book, or this combination of author and narrator who've collaborated before.

  • Little Killers A to Z: An Alphabet of Horror

  • By: Howard Odentz
  • Narrated by: Ken Kamlet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

EPIC award finalist Howard Odentz has penned 26 disturbingly fascinating horror stories about the youngest predators among us. From Andy and Boris to Yuri and Zina, this eclectic anthology is filled, A to Z, with psychopaths, monsters, and murderers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Little Killers A to Z

  • By Jason Begly on 01-22-19

Entertaining Short (Micro?) Horror Fiction

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

This audiobook was a pleasant experience as understanding the shortness of the stories leaves open the possibility for them to be either really good or kind of a let down and these were definitely on the positive side of that. So instead of listening to disjointed story fragments it was a bunch of short and sweet horror morsels where horrible children do what horrible children do. I find creepy kids terrifying in movies and media, but I really enjoyed reading about this selection.

The narrator was solid as well, breathing life into the stories and increasing their emotional impact.

I received the audiobook review code for this book at my request and have voluntarily left an honest review.

  • The Dark Sacrifice: A Horror Novel

  • By: Jay Bower
  • Narrated by: Jack Clancy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

East St. Louis deputy Patrick O’Shea is tired of living in the line of fire. So when he gets a chance to transfer to his wife’s small hometown, he doesn’t hesitate to load up the moving van. But his family’s bags are barely unpacked before their newfound peace and quiet shatters in a surge of demonic voices. The deputy has faced his fair share of evil, but nothing quite like this. Normally the first into the fray, he worries they’ve unearthed a force not even his special training and inner-city experience can combat.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hmmm

  • By Anonymous User on 02-01-19

Solidly Creepy Small Town Yarn

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

I found myself enjoying this creepy story about a smalltown with a couple hundred years of questionable history. The main character (who isn't super sharp, but a little suspension of disbelief helps like with most horror) navigates some odd behavior, and discovers the truth of the town leading to a showdown with the underlying cause of everything.

The narrator was pretty good for this style of story, aiding in the building of suspense and delivering lines with aplomb.

I received the review code for this story at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

  • A Knack for Embarrassment

  • By: James D. Beers
  • Narrated by: Chris Brinkley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Follow the author and his family and friends in their rollicking adventures as they sled down the dreaded Sleddin' Road, ride in a Volkswagen Rabbit that smokes more than a steam locomotive, and practice "Premeditated Bear Situation Thinking" while out in the woods. Just try not to laugh as you hear about the cutthroat cookie-decorating contest of Christmas 2007 or as the author guinea-pigs his younger brother in a game of spit wads. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Q & A for A Knack for Embarrassment

  • By Maximus on 01-17-19

Super Entertaining Life Stories

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

This was hilarious, from the first sentences all the way to the end of the book James Beers had my attention and, barring the fact that I listen mainly at a work environment, I would've audibly laughed for a good portion of the presented content. The narrator lends a bombastic delivery which really aides the humor and light heartedness, a perfect fit. I definitely recommend this collection, and honestly the only negative I have for it is that there isn't enough of it.

I received this audiobook review code at my request and have honestly left this review.

  • The Lowdown

  • Dale Conley Action Thrillers Series, Book 3
  • By: Erik Carter
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Dale Conley is under pressure. His boss, his partner, the media - they all want answers. The bodies are piling up. As he investigates a wave of race-related poisonings sweeping through New Orleans, Dale discovers the murders are the work of a mysterious organization that aims to create a new slaveholding nation. It’s a group so powerful that it was a major factor in the Civil War. It’s a group so secretive that it’s erased itself from history books for 100 years. But as Dale continues to pressure them, their secret is out. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ENJOYABLE

  • By Jean Fauble on 02-12-19

Exciting Thrillride

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

In the confines of a relatively short stand alone thriller the author has taken his main character Dale Conley, who works in a heavily secure and unknown wing of the FBI during the 1970s and placed him in a white knuckle thrillride as he tries to ferret out the details on a crimewave. The author ratchets up the suspense on the way to a frenetic action packed conclusion. I was very entertained.

The narrator is one I've listened to several times before and in this continues to keep his place among my favorite narrators of audiobooks.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

  • The Meaning of Blood: and Other Tales of Perversity

  • By: Chuck Caruso
  • Narrated by: Eric J. McAnallen
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

In The Meaning of Blood: and Other Tales of Perversity, award-winning author and Edgar Allan Poe scholar Chuck Caruso combines his deep roots in the American Gothic with his own contemporary sense of macabre humor. These 15 stories of dark fiction range from crime thrillers to western noir to grotesque horror. Each twisted tale displays Caruso's unique blend of wry prose, feverish storytelling, and tragically flawed characters discovering that even the most innocent encounter can lead to death. Or sex. Or both. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stories and great performance

  • By Pamela M. Neumann on 01-30-19

Solid Collection of Varied Horror

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

A number of good to great horror stories live within this collection, each displaying horror no matter how disparate the settings and events seem, and showcasing the author's talent in terms of the sheer breadth explored within. The narration was solid and allowed each to feel more like an episode in the twilight zone or another anthology series than just a story, though the stories definitely stand on their own. Definitely recommended.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

  • The Rectify Series (2 Book Series)

  • By: Jacqueline Druga
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

This audiobook includes both books from the Rectify series. From Book 1: The virus CO-D4 rages across the globe with debilitating effects. Authorities, scientists and medical personnel scramble to find a cure. Those who fall victim to the virus, experience a fast and insufferable death and then they come back. From Book 2: When the CO-D4 virus rages across the globe, it not only leaves behind death and destruction, it creates three types of survivors. Those who want to see the infected die, those who want to help the sick, and those who want humanity to rise above it all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ground Control

  • By Spooky Mike on 01-10-19

Interesting Take on Zombies

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Fast paced zombie story with a focus on the medical side of things and the potential cure. Great fun.

Narration was great, kept me in the story the whole time.

I received the code for this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

  • Faulted

  • By: Jacqueline Druga
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

For the first time since his divorce, CJ will be able to take his son on a vacation. Along with his father, they make it a guys’ trip to the west coast. Little do they know their trip that is intended to be a lifetime of memories would include facing insurmountable odds. The lack of warning leaves everyone in the dark about what has occurred and vulnerable to all that unfolds. It doesn’t stop with the meteors. The disastrous events come one after another, a domino effect of annihilation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Planet is Deeply Impacted

  • By Spooky Mike on 01-19-19

Great Performance of a Short Disaster Novel

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Survival is the name of the game when a father takes his son on a vacation and ends up having to dodge a catastrophic meteor shower and it's aftermath. It's high octane fun from the beginning.

The narration is fantastic and really fits the tone of the story.

I received the code for this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

  • The Cabin Sessions

  • By: Isobel Blackthorn
  • Narrated by: Kristin Price
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

It's Christmas Eve when hapless musician Adam Banks stands on the bridge over the river that cleaves the isolated village of Burton. A storm is rolling into the narrow mountain pass. He thinks of turning back. Instead, he resolves to fulfill his obligation to perform the guest spot at The Cabin Sessions. He should be looking forward to it, but fear stirs when he opens the door on the Cabin's incense-choked air.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark Yarn About Broken People in a Broken Town

  • By Brian on 01-19-19

Dark Yarn About Broken People in a Broken Town

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

I'm not sure if I'd classify this as a horror novel. It's more of a dark mystery thriller with broken people in a broken town forced to come to a reckoning by Mother Nature trapping them at the titular Cabin. The characters are the deepest I've ever listened to, the characters live and breathe and are relatable and loathsome and just broken. It's fantastic and dark and chilling.

The narration is great as well as the narrator helps breathe life into this ensemble even while you might not want to uncover all the stones they're turning over.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.