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Kevin Young

CINCINNATI, OH, United States
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  • Wyrd Sisters

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,365
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,675

In Wyrd Sisters, the enchanting world of Discworld is turned upside down by 3 meddling witches: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick. Their interference in royal politics causes kingdoms to wobble, crowns to topple, knives to flash, and citizens to shudder in fear. Terry Pratchett's vividly imaginative story takes you on a journey with hunchbacked monarchs, lost crowns, disguised heirs, refueling broomsticks, and frightening thunderstorms, as the three sisters battle the odds to restore the rightful king to the throne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Which Discworld?

  • By Chris on 06-09-07

Classic Pratchett

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Full of the author's trademark charm, this book introduces the Kingdom of Lancre and the popular witch characters Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and the awkwardly endearing Magrat. A must-read for any Discworld fan.

The audio is slightly muffled with age, however, and could use a light cleanup.

  • Some Will Not Sleep

  • Selected Horrors
  • By: Adam Nevill
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

In ghastly harmony with the nightmarish visions of the award-winning writer's novels, these stories blend a lifelong appreciation of horror culture with the grotesque fascinations and childlike terrors that are the author's own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently frightening

  • By fadedcharacter on 04-21-17

Dark.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Don't go into this expecting happy endings. Nevill isn't afraid of stepping into the darkness and bringing friends. Stifel is one of the best narrators around and his distinctive voice sets the mood perfectly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Best Horror of the Year, Volume 10

  • By: Ellen Datlow
  • Narrated by: Will Damron, Christina Delaine
  • Length: 19 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

For more than three decades, Ellen Datlow has been at the center of horror. Bringing you the most frightening and terrifying stories, Datlow always has her finger on the pulse of what horror readers crave. Now, with the tenth volume of the series, Datlow is back again to bring you the stories that will keep you up at night. Included in the pages of The Best Horror of the Year have been such illustrious writers as Neil Gaiman, Kim Stanley Robinson, Stephen King, Linda Nagata, Laird Barron, and many others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • always great!

  • By Melissa Eisner on 07-14-18

Perfect choice for any horror fan

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

This is a great collection of horror shorts from some of the best in the business. Alone In The Dark is a standout for its subtlety and open interpretation.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Occultation and Other Stories

  • By: Laird Barron
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

Pitting ordinary men and women against a carnivorous, chaotic cosmos, Occultation's eight tales of terror (two never before published) include the Theodore Sturgeon and Shirley Jackson Award-nominated story "The Forest" and Shirley Jackson Award nominee "The Lagerstatte."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laird Barron is the future of horror

  • By C. Bland on 01-03-15

Laird Barron at his Laird Barronest

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

This is a very satisfying collection of the author's signature, slow-burn, weird noir fiction. Highly recommended for any fan of weird fiction, horror, or noir.

  • The Devil and the Deep

  • Horror Stories of the Sea
  • By: Ellen Datlow - Editor
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell, Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Stranded on a desert island, a young man yearns for objects from his past. A local from a small coastal town in England is found dead as the tide goes out. A Norwegian whaling ship is stranded in the Arctic, its crew threatened by mysterious forces. In the nineteenth century, a ship drifts in becalmed waters in the Indian Ocean, those on it haunted by their evil deeds. A surfer turned diver discovers there are things worse than drowning under the sea. Something from the sea is creating monsters on land. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected. Only very few decent stories.

  • By mark s. on 10-21-18

Good Collection

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

This book has a wide variety of maritime horror tales, representing diverse settings, perspectives, and narrative styles. Ellen Datlow is a master of her craft, and this holds true to her high standards. Narration and production values are solid.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

  • Stories
  • By: Laird Barron
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

Over the course of two award-winning collections and a critically acclaimed novel, The Croning, Laird Barron has arisen as one of the strongest and most original literary voices in modern horror and the dark fantastic. Melding supernatural horror with hardboiled noir, espionage, and a scientific backbone, Barron's stories have garnered critical acclaim and have been reprinted in numerous year's best anthologies and nominated for multiple awards, including the Crawford, International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy awards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A match made in... well...

  • By Yves Tourigny on 02-04-18

Lush and Dark

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

Every story is completely immersive, with strong characterization and rich settings. The velvet spiral into the dark recesses of horror is rarely so fine.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Blackwater: The Complete Saga

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 30 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,007

Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido's first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories that have chilled the residents of Perdido for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 6 Star Worthy Epic!

  • By jksullycats on 10-29-17

Delicious Southern Gothic

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

A generational saga with bits of supernatural horror, expertly performed. I enjoyed it immensely and wholeheartedly recommend.

  • Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories

  • By: Alex Shvartsman
  • Narrated by: Tina Connolly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

40 short stories by Alex Shvartsman, winner of the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction.Narrated by Tina Connolly, host of the Parsec-winning podcast Toasted Cake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Kevin Young on 11-22-17

Delightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-17

Great variety of premises and perspectives, with just the right amount of humor. An entirely enjoyable listen.

  • Offbeat

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot, R.C. Bray, Scott Brick, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

In the aptly titled Offbeat, Richard Matheson, a modern master of strange fiction, offers 13 excursions into the unsettling and bizarre. In these stories you will encounter a major league pitcher with a horrific secret for his astonishing success; an ordinary man who wakes to find himself in a silent, empty world; a death row prisoner with an extraordinary explanation for his innocence; and a novelist whose fictional creations transcend the printed page.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fine Selection of Twisted Short Stories

  • By Ms. Christian C. on 04-05-17

a little dated

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

The stories are a little dated, with some of the premises coming off wildly difficult to identify with ("And In Sadness" in particular). Overall very Twilight-Zoney.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Man's Hand

  • An Anthology of the Weird West
  • By: John Joseph Adams (editor)
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

The weird, wild west - an American frontier populated by gunslingers, rattlesnakes, outlaws, zombies, aliens, time travelers, and steampunk! Twenty-three of science fiction and fantasy's hottest and most popular authors create all-new tales, written exclusively for this anthology. Aliens and monsters, magic and science are introduced to the old west, with explosive results.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun good collection

  • By Mike on 10-08-15

great collection!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

Great variety of subjects, scenarios, and perspectives. One of the better anthologies I've had the pleasure of listening to.