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Shoggoth's Old Peculiar: A Free Short Story by Neil Gaiman, Plus a Preview of The Ocean at the End of the Lane
    
    
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    Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    1,577 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Shoggoth's Old Peculiar: A Free Short Story by Neil Gaiman, Plus a Preview of The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,441

"Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar", a short story from Neil Gaiman's collection Smoke and Mirrors, follows an American student’s walking tour of the British coastline, which takes an odd turn when he comes to the town of Innsmouth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Change of selection

  • By Janice on 05-22-13
  • Shoggoth's Old Peculiar: A Free Short Story by Neil Gaiman, Plus a Preview of The Ocean at the End of the Lane
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman

A good if too short story.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

it starts of strong and makes you think it's going somewhere truly scary but in the end its kind of just a little love note to HPL and could definitely be fleshed out some with some really scary moments. I love Neil's voice, even if it is a bit monotone and devoid of really doing "Character voices" for the most part. he is still fun to listen to, I particularly like his reading of Coraline and NEVERWHERE.

  • Ghost Story

  • By: Peter Straub
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,166

For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past - and get away with murder. Peter Straub's classic best seller is a work of "superb horror" ( Washington Post Book World) that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time - and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story! The Best of Peter Straub

  • By Jaimie on 07-17-12

A Great Story, nothing like the TERRIBLE movie.

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

I actually was kind of afraid to buy, read this one, because I had seen the disjointed MESS of a movie that was made based on it in the 1980's (and sadly was one of the last things Fred Astaire ever did)
I'm glad to say this book is almost nothing like the movie. It's hard to say to much without giving away vital details, but the entity In this book is MUCH more and more powerful than the simplistic "woman we accidentally killed" In the movie.
In the movie it was a story of 4 boys being taken in by a temptress. In the book the very fact of their innocence and not giving in to the wiles of an evil woman that allowed them to defeat evil, if only temporarily. At least that's how I read it.
This book definitely deserves your time and attention and a better "Stephen King's It" like interpretation in movies or on Netflix. Because the movie of the same name completely failed to capture it's essence and totally missed the point.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,938
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,389
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,227

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

An Amazing adventure that feels like a true story.

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

It's a sort of "Robinson Crusoe of Mars" story. It feels like something that could actually happen. Told through the video and audio diaries of stranded astronaut Mark Watney, and far better than the admittedly decent film adaptation, Andy Weir gives this story just enough science to feel real but not too much as to feel boring. With the recent loss of the Opertunity Project, which features quite prominently, it is an important reminder that "the end" is not always "the end" and even the things we leave behind may one day be useful again.
RC BRAY is a fantastic narrator and brings the Saga of Mark Watney's struggle for survival to starting life.

  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)

  • An Oral History of the Zombie War
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,772
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,941

World War Z: The Complete Edition features 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED

  • By Kim Venatries on 05-22-13

One of the "G.O.A.T." multi-voice recordings

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

#Audiobook #Review #audible #WorldWarZ by #MaxBrooks
I heard the original release of the abridged audiobook long before the movie came out and I absolutely loved it. I was upset that it was only available abridged, but fortunately not too long before the movie, an unabridged version was released "All Star" doesn't even begin to describe this cast!!
As to the book itself, it is mostly a series of short stories all set in the same world and how different people delt with the events. Very realistic (for something that involves #TheWalkingDead) and puts a lot of things in very human terms including at least one (possible) ghost story. The movie could have been really something but it completely abandoned the book and had only a few minor details, including the title, the "12th man Protocol"... And not much else. This book really needs to be adaptated again In a #Netflix style mini-series. Which could actually be several seasons. Take three or four of the stories and tell them in 12 episodes and then do another 3 or 4. all different casts and very little overlap.
But if you like #Zombies read / listen to this book. I recommend the audio because it feels like the recordings with the survivors.
10/10 for story
20/10 for narrators

  • Amazing Grace

  • William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery
  • By: Eric Metaxas
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824

Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce's extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament. At the center of this heroic life was a passionate 20-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Marvelous Story Gloriously Told

  • By Douglas on 02-24-13

One of the Best Biographies I have ever read

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

I was first introduced to William Wilberforce by the movie Amazing Grace, which was a film I was basically dragged to (sidenote Also the first place I saw Benedict Cumberbatch lol) but very quickly I became interested in the man and his life. Eric, as he later would with Detrich Bonhoeffer, brought William to life in a way that was just as vivid if not moreso in my mind than the movie.
And as Eric said at the end "Why seek the living among the dead?" Within the pages of this book at least both William and his Savior are very much alive, indeed.

  • Darkest Desires

  • The Makani Trilogy
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 214

From best-selling author Dean Koontz comes a trilogy of original novellas, “Last Light”, “Final Hour”, and “Troubled Times”, about an extraordinary heroine - Makani Hisoka-O’Brien - a Southern California surfer and clairvoyant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio I have ever listened to

  • By D Q on 09-12-18

Great story(s), Bad narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

Dean Koontz is a fantastic author and does a great job in this "side-along" to Ashley Bell, but the narrator is bland and uninteresting. she drones quite a bit and often puts the EM-PHSIS on the wrong SYL-LABLE. While certainly not the worst to ever narrate a Koontz book (that dubious distinction still belongs to Angela Dawe's "the Kindle's text to speech reading sounds more human than you" reading of "Servants of the Twilight") This reader needs to learn how to inflect like a human and have some real emotion in her voice.

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,663

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Experience

  • By Stephen R. Grant on 11-05-18

A Beautiful Audio Play with a Stellar Cast

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

Billy and Kevin lead an amazing cast on a story that should have been (and hopefully one day will be) the movie it was originally intended to be. But that's the beauty of audio drama, all the imagination of movies at a fraction of the cost and work.
There's a couple great twists and a number of moments that have fun with the formula (which fans of Quantum Leap will recognize immediately). Ultimately Billy shows his genius not only as an actor but as a writer. Definitely worth the cost or credit.
As Billy says at the end, tell your friends.

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  • A Winter Haunting

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043

A once-respected college professor and novelist, Dale Stewart has sabotaged his career and his marriage - and now darkness is closing in on him. In the last hours of Halloween, he has returned to the dying town of Elm Haven, his boyhood home, where he hopes to find peace in isolation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptionally Well Done

  • By Jan on 01-05-16

Good but you really must read SUMMER OF NIGHT 1st.

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I read SUMMER OF NIGHT 3 or 4 years ago and while I enjoyed it at the time, much of it has left my memory, much as I'm sure it has protagonist Dale's. A number of very important elements here go back to that book. While I'm sure you could go back and read it as the Novel that Dale is writing in the course of this book, it would be best to read in order.
Bronson is a decent reader but he is often a little stilted and monotone, he doesn't emphasize things properly or with needed intensity. I suspect he needs a good director to show him where and how as we *know* he can be intense (SCARRING THE LITTLE GIRL?!- The Langoliers) This leads to moments of high action and import being missed and having to go back and listen again to catch what happened. Also some better editing could have been done to give important moments proper spacing.
Overall a good read .... just read SUMMER first.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Well

  • By: Jack Cady
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 35

Years earlier, John Tracker fled the insanity of his family and their house, a centuries-old monstrosity that his grandfather Theophilus rigged full of hallucinatory tricks and vicious death traps designed to capture the Devil. Now middle-aged, John receives word that the place is to be demolished to make way for a freeway, and he decides to revisit it with his girlfriend Amy Griffith before its destruction. But when a blizzard traps them inside the house, they will be forced to contend with the dangers hidden within: strange time-shifts, murderous traps, and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Winchester House meets H.H. Holmes Mansion

  • By Spooky Mike on 04-27-18

Great concept, failed execution

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

The idea could be amazing and a high stakes thrill ride along with a Haunted House story that may or may not actually be haunted. What we got was a lame under developed weakling of a story that completely undermines it's best feature "the booby trapped house" by making John too familiar with the traps and History. This needs the "Haunting Of Hill House" treatment so recently given to the book of the same name. Take a few key concepts and scenes and maybe the title and throw the rest of it away. (**I actually like the original Haunting, except the ending and think the 1999 version is the best version on film)
This book needed more, deeper characters unfamiliar with the house, a few deaths caused by the house, and a finale confrontation with the heart of the house... Instead of the toothless whining and complaining of the two leads.

  • Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel

  • By: Disney Press, A. W. Jantha
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

Shortly after moving to Salem, Massachusetts, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan. Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison's 17-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don't quite go as planned, it's a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches' latest vile scheme.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • These characters deserved SO much more!

  • By Edie on 08-29-18

Starts off interesting, Dies Quickly

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

When it started i really thought this would be a "fresh take" on the movie. I thought, given how much the opening was revised, we were going to get a good novelization that would actually delve into the characters and add dimension. (They best novelization I've ever read of a movie THE ABYSS by Orson Scott Card, did all this and the cast was actually given the first 3 chapters to give their characters depth and backstory) But it did none of this.
Emily is still little more than a Redshirt who dies to prove the situation is serious, Thackery (played wonderfully by the two actors In the film) who has a lot of pathos and inner monologue that could have been expressed (and is not), is under used.
We don't get to know Allison or Dani much better, and while we do get more inside the mind of Max, it's mostly "Duuuuuuah-hah Allison Pretty me likey, do dumb things to impress her," which some how known only to movies and badly written books actually works.
Winnifred and Sisters are given a *little* more depth through the device of "Mother" and "Elizabeth" but since this is mostly sequel setup it falls flat.
While the sequel has some interesting ideas it's hardly worthy of the original nor a very good plot, though the ending scene at the lighthouse is pretty interesting.
The "love story" element of the sequel should not have even been a thing since it made very little difference ultimately. Deep friendship does not have to involve romantic love and shouldn't have in this case, especially since it just because ANOTHER element rehashed from the first (movie) part.
It sets up a 3rd story but my guess is that we will never see it (unless its a contract thing) Because the fans will reject this "sequel".
The narrator is Okay and certainly listenable, but is pretty much just reading and not acting, giving the characters (especially the witches) their due.
If you are a superfan of this movie (which I would consider myself) you might enjoy it and a little "fan fiction" for the follow up, but ultimately this falls flat and isn't worth the time. Skip it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful