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Kathryn A St John

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  • Haunted Collection Series, Books 1 - 3

  • Supernatural Horror with Scary Ghosts & Haunted House, Volume 1
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 22 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

In this collection of three stories, after the brutal murder of his wife, Victor Daniels is thrust into a supernatural world he struggles to comprehend. Seeking answers, he teams up with paranormal expert Jeremy Rhinehart. They race against time to stop a man who’s spreading chaos and violence by way of deadly, haunted objects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent series.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-29-18

This series is so worth it

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

If you like horror, this series is a great addition to your horror collection. HA! I didn't even mean to make a joke.

So this particular selection contains books 1-3 of the Haunted Collection series. Every one of these books has its own good story. They don't get repetitive with the same premise or anything. They're not stand-alones so you really should start from the first book and work your way on. Once you start though, it's so hard to stop. Whenever I start one of these books, I hate to turn it off so I don't get much done until the book is finished. lol

I highly recommend these books for horror lovers. They can get a bit a gruesome, but it wasn't like the gore was just thrown around willy nilly or anything. I love the characters (minus the bad guy whom I hate of course) and Thom Bowers does an amazing job, as always. He really pulls you into the story!

  • Knife in the Dark

  • Haunted Collection, Book 6
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

Stefan Korzh continues to unleash his bloodthirsty haunted antiques onto an unsuspecting world. But as his past catches up with him, he discovers that there's a price to pay for his murderous desires. The latest item is an eerily cold, silver class ring that drives its wearer into a frenzy for human flesh. A brutal urge to plunge a knife deep into innocent bystanders is overtaking the residents of Concord, New Hampshire. An unlikely alliance is formed between Ariana Leckie and Victor Daniels on their hunt for Stefan and the collectibles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I devoured this!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-18-18

Exciting from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

Ron Ripley has, yet again, blown me away with the story. I listen to audiobooks so my eyes don't dry out from staring at words, but my eyes dried out again and again while listening to this book because I was constantly staring off into space, wide-eyed and open-mouthed. I was so wrapped up in the story that I forgot to do anything else until the action had taken a break. Then I'd take a deep breath, blink several times, and drink some water so I could get back to normal.

This ghost was so good at escaping police notice that I couldn't figure out how Victor would catch it and get rid of it. I will literally cheer when Stefan dies. He hasn't yet (of course or this would be the end of the series and it's not), but I'm looking forward to that day.

One thing I can't get over is that witch lady from Louisiana. I'd love to know what the heck her problem is. She ticks me off so much! She's in this book a lot more and is a total pain in the butt! Honestly, she'd most likely be better off dying as well. I definitely do NOT like her. At all.

  • Nightmare Valley

  • Nightmare Series, Book 2
  • By: David Longhorn
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Months have passed since the Malpas Massacre, and the media is in the midst of a feeding frenzy. Reporters and law enforcement are certain the murders can be traced to a cold-blooded serial killer. But those who have survived the carnage know the truth all too well. As the victims become suspects, they find themselves in a race against time to clear their names. Meanwhile, vulnerable and wide-eyed children roam, pleading for help. Yet, behind their innocent facade lies a resurrected evil with an insatiable thirst for blood.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 08-08-18

Interesting and creative

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

The Nightmare series continues as Denny investigates the small town of Machen. Long story short, some children went missing but they turned up again and are now acting different than before. Denny finds out more info on the Interlopers and also finds a strange amulet that seems to be a good luck charm or talisman. Back at the Ramola Foundation, they use their own methods to learn more about the Interlopers through Lucy.

That may not sound all that interesting but it was! While the book wasn't creepy/freaky like the first one was (it's hard to be creeped out by the Interlopers in a second book because you got more or less used to them in the first book), it was very interesting. We learned more about the Interlopers and I started to feel bad for them. Call me crazy, but I felt bad for the brutal murderers. Maybe you will too when you read the book or maybe not.

I'm really looking forward to book 3 and finding out what David Longhorn has in store for us there. I'm hoping a kind of peace can be managed.

  • Nightmare Abbey

  • Nightmare Series, Book 1
  • By: David Longhorn
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

The gloomy Malpas Abbey has been avoided by locals for centuries. Its infamous history is marred with blood and terror. Only the foolish would dare enter such a place, where devilish hauntings have left dead bodies in its wake. Just as the building is about to be permanently closed, things take an unexpected turn. An American television crew shows up, hoping to investigate the source of the structure's paranormal activity. Led by producer Matt McKay and paranormal expert Ted Gould, the hapless bunch enter the hellish residence only to discover that they are in way over their heads. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great introduction to the series.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-06-18

Exciting

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Not entirely original but wholly entertaining. I have no complaints and was engrossed from start to finish. Exciting read and just the right amount of horror.

As always Thom Bowers did a magnificent job. One thing I'm noticing with him though is that all of his kid voices have a lisp. Usually it's the little girls. I know a grown man is going to have difficulty doing a little girl's voice, but he makes an admirable attempt and I'm completely cool with it...except for the lisp. I'm female and I've only ever known one girl who had a lisp. In Bowers' world, it seems all little girls have a lisp. Still, that's my only eye-rolling annoyance and it's pretty minor.

I wasn't a fan of David Longhorn's before and had only read a little bit of one of his books, but I'm really looking forward to the sequel!

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  • Dragonflight

  • Dragonriders of Pern
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,633
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,128

On the beautiful planet Pern, colonized for centuries, Land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound. In times past, the mighty telepathic dragons and their riders were the only protection from the dreaded, life-threatening Thread. Now those times may be returning....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Pern series is very engaging

  • By Sarah on 10-06-09

Very good

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

This book has stood the test of time (of about 40-50 years so far anyway). Very creative world-making and good storytelling. I enjoyed this as a kid and I love it as an adult. I got a little confused about how much time had passed at one point...after the golden dragon had hatched and impressed and just before she went on her mating flight...It's a little squiffy about how much time has passed. It seems that mere months have passed but then it seems to be 3 years? But then the other golden dragon doesn't seem to need much time before it too can begin mating?

Oh well. It was a minor point with me. I still highly enjoyed the story and am looking forward to the time when I can read the sequel.

  • Poirot's Finest Cases

  • Eight Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Full Cast, John Moffat
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439

John Moffatt stars as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The ABC Murders: A chilling letter sets the sleuth on the trail of an enigmatic killer. After the Funeral: A wealthy businessman is dead, and his sister thinks it was murder. Death on the Nile: Poirot is in Egypt when a chilling murder takes place. Peril at End House: Whilst on holiday, the sleuth encounters a young woman, a hat and a bullet. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: Mrs Farrars is found dead, one year after the death of her husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent performances

  • By Customer on 01-25-15

Ropes you in

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

The cases themselves are riveting and listening to them acted out as radio dramas?? So cool! I didn't grow up with radio dramas or anything but oftentimes when I watch movies I'll be doing something else at the same time because I like to keep my hands busy. These radio dramatizations were a perfect for me. It was so old fashioned but it was fun for me.

John Moffat as Poirot threw me for awhile because I'm used to David Suchet, but I quickly came to love his portrayal and I thoroughly enjoyed every case despite knowing them all already. I highly recommend this for people who like radio dramas or who like to watch movies without looking at the screen.

  • 'Murder at the Vicarage' & 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Joan Hickson, Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600

Enjoy the first novels that brought the world two of Agatha Christies’ most enduring detectives: Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. The Murder at the Vicarage is the first Miss Marple mystery, one which tests all her powers of observation and deduction. In The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Captain Arthur Hastings, invalided in the Great War, is recuperating as a guest of John Cavendish at Styles Court, the "country-place" of John's autocratic old aunt, Emily Inglethorpe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The beginnings of Marple and Poirot!

  • By E. Jensen on 07-14-14

Awesome mysteries!!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

The books themselves are wonderful to read. I highly recommend them to any cozy mystery fan. I have only 2 complaints and they're pretty minor.

1) Joan Hickson's narrative was slurred for the majority of the time which is surprising because she doesn't slur her words at all when she's acting as Miss Marple in the movies.

2) Hugh Fraser's attempt at a French accept for Poirot oftentimes sounds a little too much like a Count Dracula.

  • Dragonsinger

  • Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 2
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,748

Menolly has returned home and entered the Harper Hall. But her entry into the Hall proves the beginning of more troubles, and the Master Harper gives her a difficult time because she is a girl. As Menolly begins to despair, she finds help in the shape of nine bright allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Discription Diffrent

  • By debra on 07-10-11

Wonderful Storytelling

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I read this back when I was a kid and I loved it. Those fire lizards are wonderful! Reading it as an adult, I still loved it. There was a lot more music description etc than I remembered there being but that doesn't matter. It really helped me understand Menoly's personality. And Oh! How I hated those stupid Hold girls! Idiots every one of them! Well, except the one.

I thought the end was wrapped up a bit neatly but I have no real complaints. It's a wonderful story.

  • The Burning Girl

  • Haunted Collection Series, Book 5
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

Stefan Korzh's desire to destroy the lives of everyone around him knows no bounds. Even as he's hunted by enemies, Stefan shows no signs of slowing down. His deadly collection of antiques continues to spread and help his dreams become reality. Meanwhile, Victor Daniels and Tom Crane have managed to build some resemblance of an ordinary life. They remain more determined than ever in their fight against Stefan and will stop at nothing to put an end to the horrors of the Korzh collection. But life tends to take nasty turns when ghosts are involved

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better and better.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 05-25-18

I LOVED IT!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

This series just keeps getting better and better. Poor little Tom seems to be growing into a young Shane (minus the alcoholism) but he's pretty adaptable so far. The young romance blossoming between him and Iris makes me laugh. How like teenagers to claim love when they really don't even know each other.

I like how Tom's part is getting bigger and how Victor doesn't treat him like a child. I don't like how he keeps secrets from Victor though. It's not cool. But it shows that he's still a teen so it's understandable and believable.

Molly is an interesting new ghost. I wish we had gotten more of her backstory in the bonus chapters but what we got was still really cool. I was curious about Jonothan and also wished we had gotten more about him. I thought his story would've been cool.

As always, Bowers did a great job. I'm looking forward to future books from this series.

  • Hank's Radio

  • Haunted Collection Series, Book 4
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

It's business as usual for Stefan Korzh as he continues to send haunted antiques onto unsuspecting buyers. Despite going into hiding, his desire to punish the universe for his own misfortune remains unchecked. Victor Daniels, now more than ever, is focused on grabbing Korzh by the neck and making him feel the full extent of his pain and suffering. But plans change when a suave ghost from the 1940s leaves a trail of dead bodies in his wake. Hank, a sly and charming specter, uses a mahogany-colored radio to reach his victims....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps getting better!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 04-16-18

Love the new characters!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

The new characters were so interesting that I found myself rooting for even the head hunter. I'm looking forward to the next book. Some parts here made me gasp and speak out loud so my husband kept asking what the matter was.