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  • The Anomaly

  • By: Michael Rutger
  • Narrated by: Brandon Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 972

If Indiana Jones lived in the X-Files era, he might bear at least a passing resemblance to Nolan Moore - a rogue archaeologist hosting a documentary series derisively dismissed by the "real" experts, but beloved by conspiracy theorists. Nolan sets out to retrace the steps of an explorer from 1909 who claimed to have discovered a mysterious cavern high up in the ancient rock of the Grand Canyon. And, for once, he may have actually found what he seeks. Then the trip takes a nasty turn, and the cave begins turning against them in mysterious ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book of 2018

  • By Jeffrey veals on 07-04-18

Great read

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

This one caught me off guard. I really enjoyed it and it scared the crap out of me a few times. Will check out the authors other work. Highly recommended.

  • Help! For Writers

  • 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces
  • By: Roy Peter Clark
  • Narrated by: Roy Peter Clark
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

The craft of writing offers countless potential problems: The story is too long; the story's too short; revising presents a huge hurdle; writer's block is rearing its ugly head. In Help! For Writers, Roy Peter Clark presents an "owner's manual" for writers, outlining the seven steps of the writing process, and addressing the 21 most urgent problems that writers face. In his trademark engaging and entertaining style, Clark offers 10 short solutions to each problem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much more useful than I would have thought

  • By BranP on 08-07-18

Much more useful than I would have thought

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

While I didn't love the narration, I loved the content. These short chapters are perfect for jumpstarting writing when you're stuck.

  • The Late Breakfasters

  • By: Robert Aickman
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

One of the preeminent writers of weird fiction, Robert Aickman is celebrated for his unsettling and often ambiguous "strange stories", but he once wrote that "those, if any, who wish to know more about me, should plunge beneath the frivolous surface of The Late Breakfasters," his only novel, originally published in 1964.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Matt Godfrey brings quirky Breakfasters to life!

  • By Ad n' Audie on 01-10-18

Great Narration for a new Favorite

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

What about Matt Godfrey’s performance did you like?

Matt Godfrey did an excellent job and I will be sure to check out any other books he narrates in the future.

Any additional comments?

Robert Aickman is not going to be for everyone, these type of "Strange Tales" as he called might not be your thing but at least for this reviewer, it was a great listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Boylan House

  • Supernatural Horror with Scary Ghosts & Haunted Houses
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

For nearly three and a half centuries, the Boylan House has stood at the end of Meeting House Road. And something in that house has been killing boys for centuries. The town of Monson is a quaint and quiet New England town. Yet the house is terrifying and has been for as long as anyone can remember. Adults put the thing out of mind and ignore the fears of their children, admonishing them to stay away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scary!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-24-16

good narration of a first draft

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

Any additional comments?

Ugh I don't want to be mean but this book was not good. I received the audiobook in exchange for an honest review so I'll start with that.
The book is narrated by Thom Bowers and for the most part, he does a great job. His accents sometimes seemed a bit uneven but what he did with what he was given is great. I'd listen to another book narrated by him. I'd give his performance four out of five stars.

Now for my problems with the actual book and again I'm not trying to be mean but this is a problem with the amazon self-publishing machine that's become more prevalent with pushing consumers towards Kindle Unlimited etc.

This book reads like a first draft and that's the problem. So many of my problems with this book, even just the basic craft mistakes that are everywhere, would probably have been eliminated or at the very least pointed out by an editor or publisher before this was put out for consumers.

The characters are unbelievable one-dimensional cliches. Their dialogue is dull and each sentence is followed by Mason screamed or Boylan grunted etc. The book has very little tension or suspense. Not to mention it's the least frightening horror "novel" I've ever read.

And that brings me to the really irritating thing about this book that just screams amateur. This is not a trilogy and it shouldn't be marketed that way. It's a novella, but I'd accept calling it a short novel or novel but not a trilogy by any standards. And what are those bonus scenes? By the time I got that the end and got the "bonus scenes" I was pissed. Is Ron Ripley trying to rename or reinvent the epilogue? Or has he just never read one?

There were other issues I had with the book but that's my point if this book was actually given the time and effort of actual rewrites and edits it could be worth reading. But it wasn't and is not worth reading. 1 star.

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

  • Pressure

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Scott Thomas
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Alex stared at the red pocketknife shown to him by his daughter. A pocketknife owned by somebody he hadn't seen in years. They met first in boarding school at age 12. Alex Fletcher, shy and scared. Darren Rust, always furiously scribbling away in a private journal. It was not an immediate friendship, but then one night Darren convinced his roommate to sneak off school grounds to see something glorious.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It flew by

  • By Terminator Fan on 09-11-16

A good thriller made better by excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 09-27-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Pressure to be better than the print version?

his is my third Jeff Strand book in as many months. I first came across his book Wolf Hunt as it was recommended to me after I enjoyed Red Moon: A Novel and The Wolf's Hour. And I have enjoyed this, and the previous books of his I've read, enough so that I will read many more of his books. But they all have a similar problem for me when it comes to the ending. I never feel like they end quite right, or specifically I'm never really satisfied with the third act. And this book was probably the best example of this. No spoilers but I was really enjoying this until the last third.Though I had the kindle version, I listened to the audiobook of this because I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review via AudiobookBlast. The book is narrated by Scott Thomas whose narration of Wolf Hunt I wasn't a huge fan of. So I felt I was coming at my review from a skeptical angle. I have to say that he did an excellent job with this book. Honestly, I think I enjoyed this book even more than I would have because of his narration. He was able to make the protagonist, even when he was being annoyingly whiny, sympathetic. The narration really shines with the villain, whose regular voice and "villain voice" were distinct and maybe over the top but I though it completely worked for the material. Audiobooks, which I listen to a fair amount of, can make great books awful or can elevate a good book to a great book. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Scott Thomas really knocked this one out of the park in my opinion and elevated my enjoyment of the book. I will look forward to listening to other books he narrates in the future.All in all, I would recommend listening to the audiobook version of this rather than reading it, as it really added to my enjoyment, even though my gripes with the author's choices are small, they would have irked me much more had they been in front of my eyes.

  • Blue World: The Complete Collection

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot, Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Father John has lived his whole life without knowing a woman's touch. Hard at first, his self-denial grew easier over time, as he learned to master his urges with a regimen of prayer, cold showers, and jigsaw puzzles. That changes the day that Debra Rocks enters his confessional. A rough-talking adult film actress, she has come to ask him to pray for a murdered costar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 50/50 on the readers

  • By BranP on 04-09-16

50/50 on the readers

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

I enjoyed the stories and thought Bronson Pinchot did a great job but every story Kevin T. Collins read annoyed me so much I was dreading listening to them. I really liked the idea of different stories read by different voices just not that particular voice.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Swan Song

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 34 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,158

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply an Amazing Story

  • By Amanda H. on 06-21-12

finally got around to it

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

I put reading this off for years and I wish I hadn't. I Loved it.