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  • Take a Walk on the Dark Side

  • Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses
  • By: R. Gary Patterson
  • Narrated by: Mike Dawson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Take a Walk on the Dark Side is the ultimate book for today's rock and roll fan: a fascinating compendium of facts, fictions, prophecies, premonitions, coincidences, hoaxes, doomsday scenarios, and other urban legends about some of the world's most beloved and mysterious pop icons. Updating, revising, and expanding on material from his cult classic Hellhounds on Their Trail, Patterson offers up a delectable feast of strange and occasionally frightening rock and roll tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Brenda Evans on 11-06-17

Left me wanting more

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

This one provided information that was new to me and left me wanting more. This book, in my opinion, belongs in a set with Weird Tales from the Canyon. For almost any music/music history lover, this is a fascinating listen. To be fair, much of the material is just a deeper delving into the topics music fans have probably already heard. But it does go deeper into these topics. I wish I could find more books like this.

  • Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon

  • Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops, and the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream
  • By: David McGowan
  • Narrated by: Bill Fike
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

The very strange but nevertheless true story of the dark underbelly of a 1960s hippie utopia. Laurel Canyon in the 1960s and early 1970s was a magical place where a dizzying array of musical artists congregated to create much of the music that provided the soundtrack to those turbulent times. But there was a dark side to that scene as well. Many didn't make it out alive, and many of those deaths remain shrouded in mystery to this day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a blast!!!

  • By John M. ONeal on 12-26-17

Informative and intriguing

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

This book did not disappoint. I was surprised at all the connections the author made between so many of these entertainment icons. McGowan changed everything about the soundtrack of my youth. I realize how little attention I have paid to the details of our society.

  • Sacrifice: Magic Behind the Mic

  • The Conspiracy Behind Rap Music and the Illuminati Manipulation of Hip Hop Through Occult Symbols
  • By: Isaac Weishaupt
  • Narrated by: Isaac Weishaupt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Take a journey to the dark side of hip hop where the independent researcher, Isaac Weishaupt, lays out the global Illuminati agenda for all to see. In this explicit exposé, he'll explain the origins of hip hop and tell you who the key players are that allow this manipulation to transpire. Examples of powerful occult secrets and magic rituals are presented to the listener, with an explanation of why they're being subjected to such disorder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My eyes have been opened...

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-29-16

Repetitive & rambling

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

The subject matter is intriguing but I found the book to be a bit repetitive and rambling. It's as if the author wants to piece the info out among several of his books and he often only touches on a subject long enough to refer the reader to another of his books.. I didn't learn anything here that I haven't found online for myself. Too bad because I used to like the author's website and podcast (until he started mostly pushing for listeners to join Patreon). I think Weishaupt has started running out of things to say so he is starting to re-hash everything.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • New Year Island

  • By: Paul Draker
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 684

Ten strangers, recruited by an edgy new reality show and marooned on an abandoned island overrun by wildlife. One dies in a horrible accident. Nine realize they are all past survivors, alive only because they've beaten incredible odds once before. One by one, their hidden secrets are revealed. Eight discover they are trapped. Caught in a game so deadly that the most terrifying experiences of their lives were only its qualifying round, they must now face the greatest danger on the island... each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A REALLY GOOD LISTEN!

  • By Joyce Munden on 04-01-15

I was taken in by other reviews. Horrible!

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I lost the plot. Felt like I was reading a book different from what was described.

What was most disappointing about Paul Draker’s story?

Sounded like it was going to be a great book. I'm still wondering about the good reviews... I kept listening and listening, waiting for this to get better. It never did. I gave up several chapters in. I don't even care enough about characters to listen to the ending.

What three words best describe Teri Schnaubelt’s voice?

Best she could

What character would you cut from New Year Island?

A couple of weeks after giving up halfway through the book, I don't even remember or care about any of the characters.

Any additional comments?

This is one I really regret not returning.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,856

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Great story. Perfect narration.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

Wow. This was great for a short listen. The premise gives the listener lots to think about. Very interesting story & Quinto really did it justice.

  • Strangers

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 29 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,151

A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story!

  • By Wesley on 08-21-08

Stretches out too much

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

Reviewed: 09-24-16

Great premise. Great start. Even the ending is good. The middle stretches out needlessly and it's easy to lose track of what's important to the plot. Could have used a lot of editing. Only reason I did not return is that I've disliked the last few books & felt guilty...

  • I Want My MTV

  • The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution
  • By: Craig Marks, Rob Tannenbaum
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

It was a pretty radical idea - a channel for teenagers, showing nothing but music videos. It was such a radical idea that almost no one thought it would actually succeed, much less become a force in the worlds of music, television, film, fashion, sports, and even politics. But it did work. MTV became more than anyone had ever imagined. I Want My MTV tells the story of the first decade of MTV, the golden era when MTV's programming was all videos, all the time, and kids watched religiously to see their favorite bands, learn about new music, and have something to talk about at parties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Most Entertaining Book of the Year

  • By David on 10-24-12

Sent me into YouTube frenzy

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

Would you listen to I Want My MTV again? Why?

Maybe in a few years. It was a walk down my own musical memory lane. I grew up with a lot of the music (and MTV) so I liked it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The guys from Duran Duran had the best stories and insights. Nick Rhodes sounds very intelligent and honest.

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

Narrator didn't really embellish the voices & it was sometimes hard to tell who was being referred to. I had to do a lot of rewinding for that.

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

Same as the title

Any additional comments?

I was really disappointed that there was no mention at all of some acts (especially INXS). I heard one quote from, I think, Tim Farris. How could they have left out the most brilliant act to come out of Australia in years?!

  • Ghost Story

  • By: Peter Straub
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,147

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 meandering & confusing mess

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

Reviewed: 07-28-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Fans of a more gothic version of Stephen King might like this. *Might*.

What was most disappointing about Peter Straub’s story?

I had high expectations because I'd heard it was a favorite of Stephen King's.

What three words best describe Buck Schirner’s voice?

Did his best

What character would you cut from Ghost Story?

I couldn't distinguish any of them

Any additional comments?

Really a disappointment. Going to have to return this one.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • End of Watch

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,385

In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of a great Trilogy

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-09-16

Good read & important message

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

Reviewed: 06-14-16

Great end to Finders Keepers. Messages about value and fragility of life made it beautiful.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Haunted House

  • By: Jack Kilborn
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 684

At Butler House a series of grisly murders over a century have led many to believe it's haunted. To one scientist it's the perfect place for an experiment in fear. Eight people, each chosen because they lived through a terrifying experience, are offered a million dollars to spend one night at Butler House. They can take whatever they want with them - religious items, survival gear, and weapons. All they need to do is last the night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By CoCoPuff on 07-23-15

Decent enough. Not great.

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

I got the feeling the writer was just plodding at times, easing toward his next story. Reader wasn't bad, but only had so much to work with.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful