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  • The Kill Riff

  • By: David J. Schow
  • Narrated by: Chet Williamson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Lucas dreams it every night: the rock show, flashy, ear-pounding, chaotic. The frothed-up mob that storms the stage. The death of his daughter Kristen, trampled in a sudden surge of tribal frenzy. In Lucas Ellington's eyes, the audience is blameless. His child was murdered by the main event - Whip Hand, the ultimate party band. The arena disaster in which Kristen was killed causes Whip Hand to disband, but the individual musicians are still out there, alive and kicking. Not for long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Criminally under noticed master of horror

  • By Michael T. on 02-21-19

Criminally under noticed master of horror

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-19

David J. Schow is a tremendous writer and raconteur of all things horror and sci-fi. This book is awesome. Why his stuff is so hard to find is beyond rational explanation.

  • The Naked Sun

  • The Robot Series, Book 2
  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329

A millennium into the future, two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermit-like existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants. To this strange and provocative planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dufris outdoes himself

  • By Andre on 05-01-15

Another inventive mystery in Asimov's Robot Series

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Asimov has enthralled readers once again in this second book of the series. In Caves of Steel he introduced us to Elijah Baley and he continues his adventures here. With a great new world and a compelling mystery, this is a must read for classic science fiction fans! Five stars!

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  • DAVE! (A Novel from the Future), Part 1: The Invaders

  • By: Marc Richard
  • Narrated by: David S. Dear
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21

The year is 2031. The United States has sealed itself off from the rest of the world. The state of the country is dire; the Constitution is ancient history, the poverty level is at an all-time high, and there is more corruption in the government than ever before. And oh yeah, Mel Gibson is president. But something is wrong with Mr. Gibson. He doesn't seem quite...human. What unfolds is a battle unlike any other. Bring on the Invaders, a secret society whose mission is to destroy the unknown forces in D.C. and take back this country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mr. Richard is going places..... Probably hell .... And they will be glad to see him.

  • By Dione on 08-14-16

A great new voice in comedy and horror

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

What made the experience of listening to DAVE! (A Novel from the Future), Part 1: The Invaders the most enjoyable?

The narrator was great, but most importantly the tone of the story was on point. Short, but sweet.

What other book might you compare DAVE! (A Novel from the Future), Part 1: The Invaders to and why?

Not sure as this is truly original.

Which scene was your favorite?

I love the future predictions such as Trump as President.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

America of the future, fear it, laugh at it, enjoy it

Any additional comments?

Marc Richard is a great author who mixes just the right amount of crazy humor to sell the story and keep you turning the pages.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Harm's Way: A Horror Comedy

  • By: Marc Richard
  • Narrated by: David S. Dear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

The junkie. The goth girl. The redneck. The nerd. The gangsta. The gay kid. The jock. The twins who can't even tell themselves apart. A loveable cast of walking clichés, out for a week in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. What could possibly happen? Murder, that's what! Who left that dead girl skewered on the porch, anyway? All are suspect, as the slayings become more and more ridiculous. Hell of a way to spend a vacation. Will they find out who the killer is in time to stop this madness, or will this mean the end for all?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Confused

  • By Sharon D. Moore on 12-05-16

A great new voice in comedy and horror

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

Would you listen to Harm's Way again? Why?

Absolutely. David S. Dear did a great job with the narration. He hit all the right notes and made the characters believable. And given that their were a number of main characters, I was never confused as to who was speaking.

What did you like best about this story?

I especially liked the way Marc Richard walked the fine line between comedy and weird horror. This was an original book that took an old premise and turned it on its head. The humor was reminiscent of Vonnegut, South Park and Hunter S. Thompson. The horror was gruesome in a way that horror hounds will love. The characters are first rate and they all feel like real people.

Have you listened to any of David S. Dear’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It certainly made me laugh, from the first chapter.

Any additional comments?

If you want something new and fresh, and who doesn't?, then check this one out!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Gates

  • An Apocalyptic Horror Novel
  • By: Iain Rob Wright
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 189

What will you do when the world ends? That's a question that needs answering quickly when the gates to Hell open up all over Earth. Taking place across the globe is an apocalypse like no other, and humanity will find itself at war against a smart and merciless foe. Follow the struggles to survive with several characters as things go from bad to worse. Humanity is dwindling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another interesting book from Iain Rob Wright

  • By Michael T. on 06-30-16

Another interesting book from Iain Rob Wright

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

Reviewed: 06-30-16

If you could sum up The Gates in three words, what would they be?

(A) Fascinating, Unique Apocalypse

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rick Bastion, he starts out low and has a chance at redemption

Which character – as performed by Nigel Patterson – was your favorite?

I like them all, his tone and mannerisms are always spot on, they really add a lot of emphasis and emotion to Wright's novels! And he's virtually mistake free (unlike all too many other narrators on this site)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Don't want to give anything away, but rest assured there is more than one gut wrenching moment

Any additional comments?

Iain Rob Wright is one of my favorite newer horror writers and Nigel Patterson does an awesome job narrating his books. It's a great pairing of talent. If you want a fresh voice in the horror scene, then look no further, Wright has you covered. Check out his back catalogue too, I especially recommended Housemates and ASBO!

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  • Red

  • By: Jack Ketchum
  • Narrated by: Gary Kohler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

The old man hears them before he sees them, the three boys coming over the hill, disturbing the peace by the river where he's fishing. He smells the gun oil too, too much oil on a brand-new shotgun. These aren't hunters, they're rich kids who don't care about the river and the fish and the old man. Or his dog. Red is the name of the old man's dog, his best friend in the world. And when the boys shoot the dog—for nothing, for simple spite—he sees red, like a mist before his eyes. And before the whole thing is done there'll be more red.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • two adequate short stories

  • By Dan on 04-03-11

Insight into Man's Inhumanity to Man

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! Jack Ketchum has such great insight into the human condition and his astute observations are very worthy of being shared.

What did you like best about this story?

Character motivation. What the main character does and why he does it are what makes Red a great read. I won't give any spoilers (too many reviewers thoughtlessly do so) but it's enough to say the protaganist is a good man who deals with horrible circumstances in a way that I, as a reader, could really relate to.As an animal lover, this book spoke to me in ways few works of art ever do. Unlike pabulum like Marley and Me, Red shows what it is really like to have a strong and lasting relationship with a canine.

What about Gary Kohler’s performance did you like?

Kohler does a great job reading with varying levels of intensity. He speeds up and slows down at all the right moments and as such he makes the reader feel a part of the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did. I couldn't put it down.

Any additional comments?

As with most of Jack Ketchum's books, Red is a look into the human condition and the things that drive us all. Whether it be horrorific circumstance or the love if one being for another, the themes of his works are true.

  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Daniel Davis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,653
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,405

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • See Episodes I-III in a whole new light!!!

  • By kalei on 11-09-12

A Title worthy of the Star Wars Universe

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

Reviewed: 02-26-13

What did you love best about Star Wars: Darth Plagueis?

This book explains a lot about the backstory of Darth Sidious That was only hinted at in E Revenge of the Sith.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Darth Sidious because his origins are finally explained and explored. The reader finds out about is complete evil.

Which scene was your favorite?

I love the confrontation between Sidious and his father

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely, I only wish I had the time

Any additional comments?

The content of this book is exactly the type of material that Episode 1 was missing in the movie.