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Kathryn A St John

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  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,251

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

OMG!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I'm an Aliens movie fan, but had never read any books about the series. Still, I took a chance on it and was completely blown away! I spent half the time wondering if I was honestly listening to Sigourney Weaver, she did such a job. In case you're wondering, Ripley was played by Laurel Lefkow here, not Sigourney Weaver.

With all the added effects and the awesome actors, I was pulled directly in. It was just like listening to a movie (which I do a lot because I find it difficult to sit still through a movie I've already seen when I have nothing to keep my hands occupied. I love dramatizations. They're a perfect fit with me.

This book takes place between Alien and Aliens. Technically, Ripley is supposed to sleep all that time until she finally makes it back to Earth, but you'll see she's awake and functioning in this. It shouldn't work, but they fix it all very well to make it work before the end. And, no, it's not like pulling a rabbit out of a hat. It's a believable solution.

I loved this and highly recommend it to everyone else who loves the Alien series. I can't wait to get my hands on more of these!

  • Cotillion

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866

The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune. His freakish plan is that his fortune will be his step-daughter's dowry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my Favorites

  • By Diane Jemmett on 07-14-09

Always a favorite

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I've loved this book since I first found it in my mom's Heyer collection when I was a teenager. Cute and sweet romance. I love how all of Heyer's romances are built on story line and witty dialogue instead of sex and hormones. This is one of my favorites, perhaps my absolute favorite of the bunch.

  • Terror in the Shadows: Horror Short Stories Anthology

  • Scare Street Horror Short Stories, Book 5
  • By: A.I. Nasser, Ron Ripley, Sara Clancy, and others
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

A young man’s attempts at breaking parole end in a night of horror. A child realizes that his Christmas gift might be a lot more sinister than he originally thought. An editor unveils his client’s sinister plan to cleanse the world of all evil. And a woman’s walk home is accompanied by a strange presence that promises a gruesome end. Scare Street’s authors Ron Ripley, David Longhorn, Sara Clancy, and A. I. Nasser come together once again to bring you some of the most horrifying short stories in a single collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great short story collection

  • By Leahsephra on 11-15-18

Much better than the other two anthologies

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I wasn't expecting much from this considering two previous short story anthologies left me bored and disgruntled. But, since I was given the audiobook in exchange for a review, I figured I'd listen to it. Before you start thinking, "Oh, she was given this and feels obligated to give lots of stars and a good review," I want to assure you that's not my way. I was given those other two I mentioned as well, but left scathing reviews and very few stars.

I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The writing for all the stories was much better, the ideas interesting and original, and the narration superb. I mean, you can't go wrong with Thom Bowers. Thank goodness they discovered him. Lovely gem.

Unlike the other anthologies, not all of the stories in this one had grisly endings. Sometimes, shockingly, people lived. In the others, people died no matter what. In this, if the story didn't give good reason for their death, they didn't die. I LOVED that! Horror doesn't mean everyone has to die.

This book kept me listening for hours on end. I didn't want to put it down and kept thinking, "One more chapter. Just one more..."

  • Ticket to Death

  • Haunted Collection Series, Book 8
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

When a rash of mysterious deaths strikes Victor’s home state, an old friend reaches out to him for help. As Victor investigates the chilling mystery, he is shocked to discover the victims all died by drowning...within the safety of their own homes. Another cursed antique has been unearthed: a ticket for a steamer ship that sank more than a century ago. The worn scrap of paper is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a passenger, and it must gather the souls of the living to complete its final voyage.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG! I'm dying here!

  • By Kathryn A St John on 12-31-18

OMG! I'm dying here!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I forgot this wasn't the last book and I was gleefully looking forward to the bad guys dying...except they didn't die because this isn't the last book. ARGH! I enjoyed this book from start to finish and was even caught in some jaw-dropping moments. I...need...the...final...book...It's too good!!!

  • Last Breath

  • Haunted Collection Series, Book 7
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

Mysterious deaths continue with every haunted item Stefan Korzh releases into the world. But as he finds himself pushed into a corner by those who want him dead, Korzh goes to great lengths to establish an unlikely alliance. The only thing more threatening than his desire for revenge is the new ghost he has set loose. Appearing as a frail, elderly woman, Martha’s inviting smile is as deceitful as her looks. It masks a terrible cruelty as she draws the final gasps of air from her victims and delights in their pleas for mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting

  • By Kathryn A St John on 12-31-18

Exciting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Another exciting installment! I love everything about this series...except that evil witch LeAnn. I hate her. I hate her more than Stefano and that's saying something. That man has ceased to tick me off. I love how Stephano is being tormented. It fills me with glee. Now LeAnn needs to have the same done to her cocky, entitled self. I hate that woman so much.

Fun writing by Ripley, brilliant performance by Bowers. I can't get enough of this series!

  • Nightmare Series: Books 1 - 3

  • Nightmare Series Box Set, Volume 1. Supernatural Suspense with Scary & Horrifying Monsters
  • By: David Longhorn
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

An evil force pulses deep within the heart of England, overflowing with maniacal glee. Paranormal investigator Denny Purcell finds herself in over her head when she is brought to the scene of supernatural activity at Malpas Abbey. Unlocking the mysteries of this abandoned relic is one thing; surviving the horrors it hides is something else entirely. This box set contains all three books of the best-selling Nightmare series by David Longhorn. Listen at your own risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-16-18

Creepy and interesting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-18

I loved how creepy the first book was. I was on tenterhooks the whole time. The second, not as much, but it was still a great story. Instead of the story being centered in a single house, it branched out to a whole town and forest. I really enjoyed the story, but it didn't have the same creepy factor the first one had. It felt like I was used to the creatures by that point. Nothing new in that corner. However, the situation and story were really good and had me listening as often as I could. The last book was good, but not in the same way as the first or even the second. It was more "political." The creatures had ceased to really be terrifying monsters and were more like invaders of a sort. It had a more spy kind of infiltration feel to it. Like pod people except not...I can't explain it. Despite the change, or maybe because of it, the story was fresh and interesting.

All three books were interesting and captivating in their own way, and I'd definitely recommend them.

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  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,584

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

Sweet

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Richard Armitage could read a shopping list and I'd swoon. His voice is amazing. For a man with such a deep, resonant voice, his skill at playing female children (or children in general) is surprising. It's not that he sounds like a little girl...I don't think that's possible for most grown men...It's that his little girl voice is very sweet.

The story itself was enjoyable. I chuckled, felt sad, and then worried and then happy once more. It was a cute story. Not exactly the most surprising or the deepest story, but it was cute. I would've given it more stars if it had gone a bit more in depth. It was an enjoyable bit of fluff to listen to during the Christmas season.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,612
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,571

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part history lesson, part audio documentary.

  • By brian on 11-01-18

Hilarious and Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-18

It was difficult to turn this off to do other things because the content was so interesting. Not every chapter was funny, but most had funny bits and had me laughing up a storm. Topics range from secrets and porn to toilets to freak shows. That last one wasn't funny at all by the way, but fascinating to listen to. I highly recommend this for anyone interested in Victorian times or just enjoy listening to Stephen Fry. He makes it all come to life.

  • Haunted Collection Series, Books 1 - 3

  • Supernatural Horror with Scary Ghosts & Haunted Houses, Volume 1
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 22 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 57

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

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5 out of 5 stars
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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 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

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.