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  • The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 4

  • By: Ellen Datlow (author editor), Stephen King, Peter Straub
  • Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell, Rebecca Mitchell, Michael Healy, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122

With tales from Laird Barron, Stephen King, John Langan, Peter Straub, and many others, and featuring Datlow’s comprehensive overview of the year in horror, now, more than ever, The Best Horror of the Year provides the petrifying horror fiction readers have come to expect - and enjoy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Only a few decent stories in this bunch.

  • By Jerry on 12-06-14

Terrible!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

Any additional comments?

The title of the book gets you interested in listening to it. But after your done, it seems like more of a sad comment on the genre for that year. Almost every story in this book was instantly forgettable (including the Stephen King story), and while they can all qualify as part of the "Horror" genre, none of them gave much of a thrill beyond a momentary instance that might have been well described. But those instances get lost in over long stories that go nowhere. I can only think of 3 stories that held together well as a narrative and only 1 of those 3 that was even worth the time to listen, barely. The scariest thing about this publication as that it will steal away valuable time you can never get back.

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  • Left Behind

  • Left Behind Series, Book 1
  • By: Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Jack Sondericker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635

In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear. Vehicles, suddenly unmanned, careen out of control. People are terror stricken as loved ones vanish before their eyes. Is this the rapture prophesied by scriptures in the Bible from ancient times? If so, what destiny and tribulations are about to befall those who remain on the Earth and are left behind? In the midst of global chaos, airline captain Rayford Steele must search for his family, for answers, for truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Series

  • By GeeBLate on 08-15-12

In a word, juvenile.

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

Reviewed: 02-26-13

Would you try another book from Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins and/or Jack Sondericker?

Probably not.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure. Maybe "This Present Darkness".

What didn’t you like about Jack Sondericker’s performance?

He's too old. And I'm not saying I know his age or that the elderly can't read out loud. It's just that the books characters have a fairly wide age range and his age really comes out in his voice. He makes a 20 year old college girl sound elderly.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Left Behind?

That's hard because I don't feel that a scene cut would make the story better. It needs a hard core rewrite.

Any additional comments?

The big problem is that the authors lack the technical skill to take subject matter this heavy (biblical prophecy) and weave a griping political thriller into it. It all just moves too fast and you don't really get a sense of how scary an event like that would really be. It reads like a young adult novel except that they suffer from a common problem, at their age, they just can't connect to youthful characters. In the book, much of Chloe's dialogue does not come off as natural or typical for someone in her age or social group. And frankly, I feel disconnected from every character in that story. They all seem shallow and not quite real. You would think, between two authors, they could come up with at least one truly sympathetic character that reads like a real person. If this is the technical writing skill that goes into each of the books in this series, I don't think I have the patience for it. One and done.

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  • The Haunted

  • By: Bentley Little
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 862
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 778
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 788

The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very dark, Very Good!

  • By Jason on 05-24-12

A very well told story but the ending........

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

Reviewed: 12-14-12

Would you listen to The Haunted again? Why?

Yes, the intensity of the story carries very well throughout the story.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the author builds suspence and keeps you interested not just in the story but in the characters too.

What does Dan Butler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice and style fit the tone of the book very well.

Who was the most memorable character of The Haunted and why?

I think the mother is the most memorable. Her emotional reactions to the incedents seemed very real and relatable.

Any additional comments?

Once the nature of the entity was reveiled the idea seemed counter intuitive and perhaps not as well connected to real life accounts of hauntings as the rest of the story was. I had a hard time reconciling that. But overall, the book was great.