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C. Betts

Tacoma, WA
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  • Kill Creek

  • By: Scott Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,416

When best-selling horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night in one of the country's most infamous haunted houses, he reluctantly agrees. At least he won't be alone; joining him are three other masters of the macabre, writers who have helped shape modern horror. But what begins as a simple publicity stunt will become a fight for survival. The entity they have awakened will follow them, torment them, threatening to make them a part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • UNUSUAL PREMISE, COULDN'T STOP LISTENING

  • By Linda Likes to Learn on 12-02-17

Slow Pace But Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

The story took a while to get going, but once it did, I looked forward to listening. It wasn't terribly scary, but there were a couple of eerie moments and a fun twist at the end. I'm surprised there are negative reviews regarding the narration, as it was near perfect!

  • The Spaceship Next Door

  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,969
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,972

When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while. Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun Sci Fi read with an Excellent Reader!

  • By bluestategirl on 12-30-16

Different - In a Good Way

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

I really enjoyed this listen. Had a smile on my face for most of it. Loved meeting Annie and the other folks from her strange little town. I also loved the narration. Sure, it was an older gentleman telling the story, but he wasn't really speaking FOR Annie, he was telling us all about her...like Grandpa recounting a story he once heard. Although the story is about a "spaceship", it is barely sci-fi. The story's success lies much more with Annie and all the other quirky characters of Sorrow Falls.

  • Departure

  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,826
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,802

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind. Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Sci-Fi Story With Lots of Twists and Turns

  • By Cheri on 09-01-15

Slow and Predictable End to a Great Idea

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

This idea behind this story really drew me in, but the only interesting part was the plane crash. While the story still had potential in the back half, the main character's neurotic behavior (unintended, I think, which makes it worse) is too annoying to overlook. In the midst of what is supposed to be amazing things happening, all this character (an adult woman) can worry about is whether or not the cute guy likes her. Really disappointing.

  • Made for You

  • By: Melissa Marr
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus, MacLeod Andrews, Samantha Quan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she's confused - who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? It seems impossible that anyone would have it out for the town darling. Thanks to her family's distinguished history and her own unassailable reputation in old-money Jessup, Eva is universally liked. But she has little time to consider the question when she finds that she's awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying God Obsession

  • By Danny Wilkerson on 12-22-14

Simple

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

While there really wasn't anything "wrong" with this book, it was awfully "simple". The character accepted her new ability without much struggle, love blossoms almost mechanically, and the story just kinda rolls to a stop without much thrill or excitement. Not a horrible read but sort of a waste of time.

  • Firefight

  • The Reckoners, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,379
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,478

Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a cherry on top of a Sundae in the North Pole

  • By Zenpaca on 01-16-15

Quickly Becoming My New Favorite Series!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

Firefight continues the Reckoners' story but is by no means a repeat of the first book. Sanderson gives us a story that is fresh and new but still familiar. Loved it as much as the first.

  • Calamity

  • The Reckoners, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,856
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,335

When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David's fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy. David knew Prof's secret and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners' leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Climactic Battles Second Chances? as Calamity Ends

  • By Don Gilbert on 02-18-16

Finally, a Proper Ending to a Trilogy!

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

Over the past few years, it seems that authors have struggled with the last book of their trilogies. Mr. Sanderson obviously did not struggle with his, as this book was just as enjoyable as the other two.

David is so likable, yet he also really believable. Mr. Andrews does such an incredible job bringing him to life.

I was happy with the way everything wrapped up. The ending was original, emotional and exciting. It also fit perfectly with the plot that was being developed through the first two books.

This series is now one of my favorites. My only complaint is that there are only three books!! ;)

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,117

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

Sparks! One of the Best Books I've Listened To!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

Best audio book I've listened to in some time. Mr. Andrews is my new favorite narrator. It always bothers me when the text says something like "he whispered sadly" and the narrator reads it like he just won the lottery. Mr. Andrews' presentation is totally in sync with the author, and his character delivery is perfect...it's like listening to a play with multiple actors. The story itself was clever, well-paced and had a payoff that did not disappoint. I'm glad I have credits saved up, so I can dive right into the next book!!

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  • The Ice Limit

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,965
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,959

The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner

  • By Lyn on 08-10-10

Waiting for Book Two

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

While this wasn't exactly a page turner, I very much enjoyed the listen. The narration was spot on, and the story changed perspective a lot, which kept the story interesting. The book didn't end on a cliffhanger, but it is definitely open to a sequel, which I would certainly buy.

  • NOS4A2

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,642
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,633

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping performance by Kate Mulgrew....

  • By Leslie on 05-06-13

Only S. King's Son Could Make Christmas So Creepy!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

I never thought the description of candy canes and Christmas melodies could creep me out so badly, but Mr. Hill made me happy that I won't see a Santa suit for many, many months. I was torn on the narration. Ms. Mulgrew was splendid in many ways, but her characters did often sound so similar (like a chain smoking 50-something woman from the midwest) that it would sometimes take me a moment to realize which character was talking. But some characters, like Charlie himself, were narrated to perfection. Overall, the story was scary, emotional and engaging.

  • Snowblind

  • By: Michael McBride
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 214

A stranger staggers out of the wilderness under the cover of a blizzard and stumbles into a diner full of people. He collapses in the entryway, unzips his jacket, and allows the object hidden inside to fall out. Screaming commences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent creepy read.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-13-15

Intense But Rushed

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

Reviewed: 11-30-15

Enjoyed this listen, though it seemed a bit rushed. This could have been an outline for a great story, had it all been more fleshed out. That being said, I really enjoyed the listen and was bummed when it was over. Will definitely check out a full-length offering from the author.