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  • Strange Fruit and the Slender Man

  • By: Bryan Alaspa
  • Narrated by: Scott Odell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Chicago, 1957. Two sisters, the Haines sisters, have gone missing and the entire city is in an uproar. As word of their disappearance spreads across the country, two police detectives are assigned the arduous tasks of finding them alive or bringing their bodies home. However, as the two hardened cops begin to investigate, they soon find that things are not as cut and dry as they thought. This is not a simple kidnapping.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good

  • By Gaither on 05-30-18

Very Good

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

I enjoyed this short story very much. What starts out like a hardboiled detective story gingerly weaves into a supernatural horror story that was for me one of the most original stories heard in a long time. Scott Odell's performance was great. This was my first Bryan Alaspa story, but it won't be the last.

  • Hidden Occult Messages of Alice in Wonderland

  • By: Isaac Weishaupt
  • Narrated by: Isaac Weishaupt
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Hidden Occult Messages of Alice in Wonderland is an analysis written to explore potential links between occult ideas and philosophies and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass stories. The term "occult" is Latin for "hidden" and Isaac Weishaupt has been researching the Illuminati and secret language in entertainment for several years, so what is "hidden" for most is obvious to him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Timely Overview and opens the Door

  • By Freebird888 on 05-20-16

Warning!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

What crap! I'm embarrassed to have purchased this book. I should have looked up the author before purchasing it and, then, I might have figured out that he knows nothing at all about Lewis Carroll, Victorian culture, or anything one would suppose someone writing about symbolism in Carroll's most important work would know. What little he does say of any consequence about the work could have been gleaned from a Wikipedia article. Inscrutable, unsubstantial, in fact, the writing of a conspiracy nut posing as an authority on the occult. It's nonsense and Audibel should not even be carrying it. I could have bought a nice cup of coffee with my three bucks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zion: A Novel

  • By: Dayne Sherman
  • Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

From Dayne Sherman, the critically-acclaimed author of Welcome to the Fallen Paradise, comes a gothic treatment of the American South: a hard-charging depiction of religion, family, friendship, deception, and evil. Zion is a mystery set in the rural South, the story of a war fought over the killing of hardwoods in Baxter Parish, Louisiana. The tale begins in 1964 and ends a decade later, but the Hardin family, faithful members of Little Zion Methodist Church, will carry the scars for life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it

  • By Donna Seidel on 05-17-16

Great Book, Great Performance!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-16

This is one of the finest reads by a new author I've come across in a long time. If you're a fan of James Lee Burke, you really need to check out Dayne Sherman. The story is great, authentic southern gothic, and Charles Kahlenberg's performance is terrific!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Darkness Prevails

  • More Dark Tales to Keep You Up at Night
  • By: Cliff Barlow
  • Narrated by: Crystal Sershen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Darkness Prevails is a collection of 15 terrifying tales by author Cliff R. Barlow. From twisted yarns about the demons of hell to gut-wrenching stories about the unrelenting demons within, this collection pulls no punches. You have been warned. This is not for the faint of heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent!

  • By Jessica on 10-27-15

Unique Stories

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

An amazing collection of stories, (at a great price), strung together by a recurring theme that pops up in unexpected places from beginning to end. For me, these are like no other stories I'm familiar with and I enjoyed them greatly. There is some gore and a bit of sexual content, so if those things bother you, you might want to steer clear. However, if you're looking for short stories that are genuinely terrifying, this could be your book.

  • Guns

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,234

In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good for you, Stephen King

  • By Salt Lake Joan on 05-15-13

A Must-Listen

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

Reviewed: 05-20-13

In spite of the many great novels, novellas, short stories, and essays produced by King over his long career, this short piece of writing is definitely some of his finest. Not kidding -- this is a must-listen!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Infinite

  • Harrow House, Book 3
  • By: Douglas Clegg
  • Narrated by: Michael Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Harrow is haunted, they say. The mansion is a place of tragedy and nightmares, evil and insanity. First it was a madman's fortress; then it became a school. Now it lies empty. But an obsessed woman and a ghost hunter want to bring the house back to life to find out what lurks within Harrow. Together they assemble the people who they believe can pierce the mansion's shadows.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awful Narrator

  • By Gaither on 10-26-12

Awful Narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-26-12

I really can't rate the story because the narrator was so awful I couldn't finish it. If you like the villains in your stories voices to sound like Squidword from Sponge Bob Squarepants, this is the narrator for you.

  • Harbor

  • By: John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 165

One ordinary winter afternoon on a snowy island, Anders and Cecilia take their sixyearold daughter Maja across the ice to visit the lighthouse in the middle of the frozen channel. While the couple explore the lighthouse, Maja disappears - either into thin air or under thin ice - leaving not even a footprint in the snow. Two years later, alone and more or less permanently drunk, Anders returns to the island to regroup. He slowly realizes that people are not telling him all they know....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully Creepy

  • By Jennifer on 03-28-12

Really loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-12

Lindqvist's prose is wonderful and his storytelling is meticulous -- it unfolds so gradually that one may not notice a turn in the story until it's well underway. What a crafty writer! Great book!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,120

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches

  • By Neal on 04-17-14

Audible Should Do a Better Job

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

I gave this book a mediocre rating which isn't really fair, and were I not required to rate it in order to make this post, I wouldn't have. If I were a young reader, say fourteen or fifteen, I am certain I'd have given it a high rating. This is not a book for adult readers. I'm not saying an adult reader could not enjoy it -- I enjoyed some of the Harry Potter books. However, the description of the book had me believing this was something a little deeper than it is.

Audible should do a better job of putting books into categories that allow its members to choose better. If you read the description of this book, there's nothing in it to tell you that it's for young readers, or, at least, nothing that I was able to find. Anyway, in my opinion, this is probably a fine read for young people. Not so much for myself.

  • People Still Live in Cashtown Corners

  • By: Tony Burgess
  • Narrated by: Phil Chenevert
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

"It is what it is. That's her car out there and, well, that's her right there. "Jeremy looks at the woman again. There's a few flies dipping in and out of the back of her skull. "What happened to her?" I feel a little uncomfortable. I wasn't really planning to lay it all out like this. "Well, I hate to say this but I killed her." Jeremy nods slowly. He's starting to take this in and I'm relieved.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Imagine it with another voice

  • By Gaither on 06-10-12

Imagine it with another voice

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

Reviewed: 06-10-12

Were you to read this piece, I'm certain you would hear Burgess' voice to be quite different from the voice of the narrator of this audio version.









0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dog Blood

  • By: David Moody
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

The Earth has been torn apart. Everyone is either human or Hater, victim or killer. Major cities have become vast refugee camps where human survivors cower together in fear. Amidst this indiscriminate fighting and killing, Danny McCoyne is on a mission to find his daughter, Ellis. Free of inhibitions, unrestricted by memories of the previous world, and driven by instinct, children are pure Haters and might well be the deciding factor in the future of the Hater race.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Less boring, but many plot and story issues

  • By Trevor on 08-31-10

Shouldn't have done it.

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

Reviewed: 05-13-12

Moody's first in this series was, at least to me, unique in its concept and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This second book, however, didn't nearly engage me like the first, and, in fact, seems in concept much like McCameron's Swan Song or a dozen other apocalyptic novels out there. It's too bad. I hate (no pun intended) to say it, but as wonderful a book as was Haters, I think Moody should have stopped there and gone onto something else. Dog Blood is not a good second installment and I have no desire to purchase the third installment. In fact, I'm getting a little tired of this marketing strategy. Moody is too good for this. Dog Blood is a bomb.