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  • The Great God Pan and Other Weird Tales

  • By: Arthur Machen
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72

Dubbed the greatest horror story in English by Stephen King, The Great God Pan is an eerie and otherworldly mystery about a diabolical operation and its terrifying repercussions. After rescuing a young woman from the streets of London, Dr. Raymond uses her as a test subject for brain surgery aimed at "lifting the veil" of reality, to see the supernatural and the "great god Pan". The operation is a disaster and leaves the subject lobotomized. Years later, London becomes afflicted with a strange series of male suicides connected to a beautiful but sinister woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Performance of Fantastic Tales

  • By Gavin Lees on 06-19-18

Machen Mellow

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

I was disappointed when I heard Peter Wickham reading Machen’s male characters in tone of a London clubman but I had to admit that this voice did fit them. Unfortunately two of Machen’s greatest tales are narrated by women and Wickham’s female voices grated. I still enjoyed hearing the tales of the great horror innovator who conjured horrors he was (usually) too Victorian to describe.

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  • Pure Voice Audio Bible - King James Version, KJV: (17) Proverbs

  • By: Zondervan Bibles
  • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

More than a Bible you listen to, the King James Version Audio Bible is an experience that helps you enter into God's Word... so God's Word can enter into you.The book of Proverbs from the poetic, classic King James Version of the Bible has been digitally produced to bring the Bible's stories to life. Performed by actor and television-director Kristoffer Tabori, this vivid recording will help you hear God's word again... for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wisdom

  • By Coach of Alva on 01-01-19

Wisdom

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Narrators in this series can be bland sometimes. Kristoffer Tabori, however, reads Proverbs with passion, creating the image of a strict but loving father giving advice to his son without confidence that the boy will follow it.

  • Pure Voice Audio Bible - King James Version, KJV: (15) Job

  • By: Zondervan Bibles
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

More than a Bible you listen to, the King James Version Audio Bible is an experience that helps you enter into God's Word... so God's Word can enter into you.The book of Job from the poetic, classic King James Version of the Bible has been digitally produced to bring the Bible's stories to life. Performed by actor, director, producer, and author LeVar Burton, this vivid recording will help you hear God's word again... for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LeVar is amazing

  • By jake on 09-17-18

God and Job

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18


The Old Testament’s answer to the question of suffering shows neither God or his victim needing justification. I was expecting it to be read with the sonority of a Charlton Griffin, but LeVar Burton gave a more down-to-earth interpretation, as if Job and his accusers, lowly humans that they were, had to struggle to find the words to express their thoughts. I thought this approach worked well with the humans but not so well when the Lord himself was speaking from the whirlwind. I loved the recording and expect I will re-hear it often as I grow older.

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  • The Red Tree

  • By: Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens, Katherine Kellgren, Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 104

Sarah Crowe left Atlanta, and the remnants of a tumultuous relationship, to live alone in an old house in rural Rhode Island. Within its walls she discovers an unfinished manuscript written by the house's former tenant - a parapsychologist obsessed with the ancient oak growing on a desolate corner of the property. And as the gnarled tree takes root in her imagination, Sarah risks her health and her sanity to unearth a revelation planted centuries ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it for the quality of writing

  • By Kristen on 06-15-10

Katherine Kellgren was the novelist?

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

A middle-aged Lesbian horror author burdened with grief, epilepsy, and writers’ block leaves her native Atlanta to reside a summer in an isolated farm house close to a gigantic oak tree with a sinister reputation. Though she can’t write a novel, she can keep a journal, and this, plus the contents of a notebook she finds in the house, constitutes most of the novel. She has horrifying experiences that drive her to suicide, but whether said experiences are “real” or “imaginary” is left to the reader. I wasn’t surprised to read Kiernan later admitting that the story was partly autobiographical.

The credits list three voice actors, one for the author, one for the editor who provides a preface, and one for the professor who wrote the notebook. I am convinced that Audible listed the actors in order of appearance, not importance, and that is Katherine Kellgren who is the voice of the doomed writer. Ms Kellgren did a fine job as Mina Harker in the Dracula audiobook I heard in October. Here, she is even better as a tough, foul-mouthed, gravel-voiced Southern gal who is going into the abyss kicking and cursing. An excellent performance.

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  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,222

A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disgusting Revision

  • By Long_Schlong_Silver on 09-27-18

A re-reading by hearing

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

Reviewed: 12-25-16

I read this thirty-five years and didn’t get much out of it. After hearing Branagh’s reading, I think what I missed was not the obvious message, but the art. There is nothing like a great actor giving a great reading to bring a great work of literature to life. I’m not going to write much else. I can’t do much just now besides drool and fawn. Anyhow, if you are a literate person born after 1899, you don’t need to be told much about the definitive literary attack on the West’s great civilizing mission. I wonder which writer hasn’t been influenced by this (expect for that Russian ass) and I wonder why politicians haven’t read it.

  • At the Mountains of Madness

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

At the Mountains of Madness first appeared in 1936, in the February, March and April editions of the American magazine Astounding Stories. One of H.P. Lovecraft’s most chilling works, it draws on Edgar Allan Poe’s Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, as well as Lovecraft’s deep fascination with the Antarctic. The sinister discoveries made by a group of explorers in At the Mountains of Madness are testament to the author’s enormous powers of imagination.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the prose, lukewarm on the story

  • By Jay Quintana on 04-13-15

William Roberts Reads "At the Mountains of Madness

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

This is my third audiobook of Lovecraft’s classic sci-fi story of Antarctic explorers who discover an abandoned alien city whose murals tell the true history of the earth. The narrator of the story is a New England college professor unnerved by having his beliefs about the past demolished. I heard Wayne June read the man as a sober middle class man of action and Edward Herrmann read him as an upper-class WASP scholar. Another reviewer took the words out of my mouth by noting that William Roberts told the tale in the air of a 1940s newscaster, say, Lowell Thomas. He meant that as a criticism but I think Robert’s tone fits the story well. He gives a very emotive reading, sounding like an old man who has lost his certainties at the end of his life.

  • At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,882
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,877

This Lovecraft classic is a must-have for every fan of classic terror. When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form - until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost civilization. Strange fossils of creatures unknown to man lead the team deeper, where they find carved stones dating back millions of years. But it is their discovery of the terrifying city of the Old Ones that leads them to an encounter with an untold menace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First Lovecraft

  • By Brian on 02-03-14

H. P. Lovecraft Read by Edward Herrmann

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

The late lamented Herrmann was famous for his portrayals of upper class types - including Franklin Roosevelt and Alger Hiss - people of the class poor Lovecraft imagined himself belonging to. His version of the professor / explorer who discovers more than he wants to on an expedition to Antarctica is a perfect fit for this story.

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  • Eldritch Tales

  • A Miscellany of the Macabre
  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: various narrators
  • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

Following the phenomenal success of Necronomicon, its companion volume brings together Lovecraft's remaining major stories plus his weird poetry, a number of obscure revisions, and some notable nonfiction, including the seminal critical essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature." athering together in chronological order the rest of Lovecraft's rarely seen but extraordinary short fiction, this collection includes the entirety of the long-out-of-print collection of thirty-six sonnets "Fungi from Yuggoth."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audiobook Contents

  • By Maliboo on 10-29-14

The Rest of Lovecraft

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

More accurately, a miscellany of Lovecraft. Blackstone Audio had already put together two almost definitive multi-voiced collections of the master: “Necronomicon” covering his great horror tales, and “Dreams of Terror and Death” covering his dark fantasy tales. This collection is full of the stuff that most “Best of Lovecraft” anthologies leave out. Included here are the master’s less regarded horror stories, stories already performed in “Dreams” and regurgitated here for filler, his poetry, his collaborations with other authors, and his essay on the history of horror stories, “Supernatural Horror in Literature.”

I feel that the lesser regarded stories are usually lesser regarded for a reason, but I did enjoy listening to them being performed. (Favorite example: the solemn Stefan Rudnicki reading “The Temple” with a slight German accent.) I was didn’t dislike the poetry, but I wonder if that is because it was good or that I can’t tell poetry from doggerel. I enjoyed one collaboration, “The Crawling Chaos,” a superb apocalyptic vision. I hated the others. I would recommend them for the library at Guantanamo. I wouldn’t listen to them again unless a track of Mike, John, and Kevin was added. As for “Supernatural Horror in Literature,” well, look at my latest acquisitions on Library Thing. Thank you, Mr. Lovecraft, I’m sure I will enjoy them.

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  • Pure Voice Audio Bible - King James Version, KJV: (09) 2 Samuel

  • By: Zondervan
  • Narrated by: David Birney
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

More than a Bible you listen to, the King James Version Audio Bible is an experience that helps you enter into God’s Word… so God’s Word can enter into you. The book of 2 Samuel from the poetic, classic King James Version of the Bible is digitally produced to bring the Bible’s stories to life. Performed by actor and director David Birney, this vivid recording will help you hear God’s word again… for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • perfectly read. the narrator did a great job

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-30-17

The Reign of King David

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

David Birney reads the story of the tumultuous reign of David, which had as much woe as good, in a quavering voice especially for the many times when David must ask for forgiveness from his God.

  • Pure Voice Audio Bible - King James Version, KJV: (08) 1 Samuel

  • By: Zondervan
  • Narrated by: David Birney
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

More than a Bible you listen to, the King James Version Audio Bible is an experience that helps you enter into God’s Word… so God’s Word can enter into you. The book of 1 Samuel from the poetic, classic King James Version of the Bible is digitally produced to bring the Bible’s stories to life. Performed by actor and director David Birney, this vivid recording will help you hear God’s word again… for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • David Birney Reads First Samuel

  • By Coach of Alva on 02-07-16

David Birney Reads First Samuel

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

David Birney reads this great tragedy of a rejected God and a disappointed prophet and a fearful king and an abused servant with a quaver in his voice. Very appropriate, and beautifully read.