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  • Gwendy's Button Box

  • Includes Bonus Story "The Music Room"
  • By: Stephen King, Richard Chizmar
  • Narrated by: Maggie Siff
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974, 12-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zigzag up the cliffside. At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. One day a stranger calls to Gwendy: "Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great collaboration

  • By Marcus on 06-01-17

Blah.

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

Struggled with it. nothing special. I expect better from King. It was boring and dull.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Prison Without Bars

  • The Journey of a Damaged Woman to Someplace Normal
  • By: Taylor Evan Fulks
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

My Prison without Bars is a courageous and harrowing journey through the catacombs of hell, from the mind and voice of a little girl, living with her own monster underneath her bed. Written in first person, this novel is not a memoir, but more a psychological thriller based on true events; chronicling one woman's attempt to claw her way out of the darkness of Child Sexual Abuse, while struggling to find normal, in a not-so-normal world. It is poignant, dark and graphic; not for the faint of heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My life

  • By Ruth on 03-08-16

A Horrible Childhood

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

Reviewed: 07-04-16

Where does My Prison Without Bars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's good, not great. The story has the ability to move one emotionally. The torture that this woman went through as a child is sickening and deplorable. The story was a touch too long and the graphic content could/should have been toned down.

Would you recommend My Prison Without Bars to your friends? Why or why not?

No. It's just too graphic and a little repetitive. After hour 12, it began to get a bit tedious.

What does Em Eldridge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Em did an excellent reading. Her voice was soothing and soft. I never became bored with her and she kept up the tempo perfectly.

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

The abuse was scalding, but we didn't need to hear every instance of it. A couple of times was fine, but the graphic nature of the attacks was lost after the 5th, 6th, and 7th go around. It had a more shocking effect in it's first descriptions.

Any additional comments?

5 stars for the narrator based on her excellent reading.
3 stars for the story because it was too repetitive and didn't need to be so graphic. It is a strong 3 stars and should not be considered a negative criticism.
4 stars total. Strong subject matter that could have been better, but is still solid.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Witches of BlackBrook

  • By: Tish Thawer
  • Narrated by: Michelle Marie
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 107

Through space and time, sisters entwined. Lost then found, souls remain bound. Three sisters escape the Salem witch trials when the eldest casts a spell that hurtles their souls forward through time. After centuries separated, fate has finally reunited them in the present day. One the healer, one the teacher, and one the deceiver. Will their reunion return their full powers, or end their soul's journey forever?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK story.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-25-16

Good Story. Narrator too Fast.

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

Reviewed: 05-28-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes. The narrator needed to slow the pace. It was far too fast. I felt like she was in a rush.

What other book might you compare The Witches of BlackBrook to and why?

It was very original. Hard to say.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michelle Marie?

Anybody that would have taken their time.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I really can't answer that. A book is way different than any movie.

Any additional comments?

Tish Thawer did a fine job of writing. The narrator was simply faster than I like.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Freedom from Nervous Suffering

  • By: Dr. Claire Weekes
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Dr. Weekes leads listeners step-by-step through proven ways to eliminate the symptoms of anxiety and create a life free from nervous suffering. Five motivational, inspirational talks cover venturing out, traveling, being in crowds, getting a restful night’s sleep, starting each day with serenity, energy, and optimism, and curing the basic causes of emotional, mental, muscular, and spiritual fatigue - the path to total recovery and lasting peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely helpful

  • By Lissie M on 05-28-15

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

Great help for people struggling with anxiety and panic attacks. You can't go wrong here.

  • A Killer for the Queen

  • By: Shaun Webb
  • Narrated by: Anna Castiglioni
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

The Red Queen of Hearts meets Kurt Joseph in a tale of retribution, twisted romance, and fast-paced adventure. Kurt, channeling the Mad Hatter and finding guidance from the Red Queen of Hearts, seeks out revenge against those who contributed to the death of the Black Jack killer in Flint, Michigan. Armed with a machete, a tophat, and his son's Alice in Wonderland collection, Kurt travels the countryside getting even with those responsible; one head at a time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Follow-up yo Black Jacks

  • By LISA on 04-22-16

A Wild Cross-Country Thriller.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

Where does A Killer for the Queen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's right up there. This is book 2 in the Amy Fraser series and it's a full-blast action thriller with lots of twists.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Killer for the Queen?

There are many. It's hard to choose just one.

Have you listened to any of Anna Castiglioni’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. She does very well with all her work.

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

Alice in Wonderland meets Halloween.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gerald's Game

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Crouse
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 951

Gerald and Jessie Burlingame have gone to their summer home on a warm weekday in October for a romantic getaway. After being handcuffed to her bedposts, Jessie tires of her husband's games, but when Gerald refuses to stop, the evening ends with deadly consequences. Still handcuffed, Jessie is trapped and alone. Over the next 28 hours, in the lakeside house that has become a prison, Jessie will come face to face with all the things she has ever feared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please get rid of the sound effects

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-29-16

Stephen King at his Darkest.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

What did you love best about Gerald's Game?

The desperation and paranoia of the lead character. Her plight was extremely scary and frustrating.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jesse. She was the centerpiece.

Have you listened to any of Lindsay Crouse’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not yet, but I will.

If you could rename Gerald's Game, what would you call it?

Trapped like a rat.

Any additional comments?

The stray dog was creepy, while Jesse's past was a precursor of her plight. Gerald was just a pig.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Jacks

  • By: Shaun Webb
  • Narrated by: Anna Castiglioni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Someone is committing murder in Flint, Michigan, leaving a black Jack of Spades as a calling card. Jack Beauregard, a state trooper Colonel with gubernatorial aspirations, is desperate to solve the case and secure the election. Circumstantial evidence points to a cantankerous old local, John Garrison. Amy Fraser, a beautiful and aggressive defense attorney, is hired to represent him, but Amy has demons of her own. Abused as a child, she is haunted by recurring visions and ghostly apparitions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action-packed fun!!

  • By LISA on 11-28-15

Scary, Funny and Unpredictable!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

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

Absolutely. I love the characters I created, especially Amy. It was a lot of fun to write.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Jacks?

Amy's face-offs with Jack Beauregard. The chemistry was great. Also Amy's confrontations with her "other" self.

Which character – as performed by Anna Castiglioni – was your favorite?

Old Man Garrison...hand's down. She nailed the old geezer.

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

As I was writing it, I never knew which way it would shift. I went with the flow and let the book basically write itself.

Any additional comments?

Nice narration by Anna Castiglioni. She handled the characters with enthusiasm.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Youth: A True Story

  • By: Shaun Webb
  • Narrated by: Steve Blizin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

Colette Molyneaux, a cute, healthy, and happy 13-year-old, paid the ultimate price in a criminal's horrible thirst for blood. Nancy Molyneaux, Colette's mother, also suffered enormously, enduring the violent act of rape on top of losing a dear daughter.... In his search for the truth, Shaun digs into the police investigation, forensic science, and interviews with the people who were closest to Colette along with others involved in the tragic case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • well done though a sad story...

  • By inov8v on 10-06-15

Toughest Book I Ever Wrote.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

What did you love best about Lost Youth: A True Story?

That I was able to capture Colette's childhood so effectively. Thanks go to her family and friends.

What other book might you compare Lost Youth: A True Story to and why?

A Motion for Innocence...And Justice for All? because they are both so raw and emotional.

Which scene was your favorite?

Colette's relationships with her friends.

If you could give Lost Youth: A True Story a new subtitle, what would it be?

A family tragedy.

Any additional comments?

I worked very hard on this book. It shaved 5 years off of my life.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Behind the Brick

  • By: Shaun Webb
  • Narrated by: Roy Wells
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

There's tyranny growing in the USA, the obsolete are to be eliminated from society, and a president is drunk with power influenced by vengeance. The year is 2050 and the President of the United States, John Wisecroft, his past dictating a countries future, decides that power, corruption and elimination are the only ways to lead a nation which has become lazy, uncaring and oblivious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Fast!

  • By LISA on 04-02-16

Dystopian Bliss!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

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

Yes. It's fast-paced and fun. Can you just imagine a state-sized prison?? Not unlike Escape from New York, yet different.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The man in the green truck interested me because he was able to recognize his own flaws and make amends.

Have you listened to any of Roy Wells’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

No. It's far too long.

Any additional comments?

Good job by Roy Wells and Shaun Webb. They came up with a refreshingly original story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hit Hard

  • By: Joey Kramer
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

In 1997, amid Aerosmith's sold-out world tour and number one album release, Joey revealed in an interview his ongoing struggles with depression. The response from fans and people battling those same internal demons was overwhelming. Joey now tells the complete story: the early days of the band, glamorous drug-addled events leading up to their eventual sobriety, battles within his family and among bandmates, and the explosive internal dynamics in Aerosmith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The things we never knew

  • By bluestar on 08-22-18

Joey bares his soul.

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

Would you listen to Hit Hard again? Why?

Yes, because I have been suffering from most of the same problems that Joey and millions of people suffer with.

What other book might you compare Hit Hard to and why?

While this is not a self-help book, it serves that purpose in a different way. So books describing Anxiety and Depression.

What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I loved his easy going inflections and enthusiastic attitude.

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

When Joey burst into tears...very moving. I feel his pain.