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  • The House of Long Shadows

  • House of Souls, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 388

Kevin Taylor is an Internet-famous handyman on a mission: Find a house and renovate it in 30 days. By flipping a derelict house in a month's time and chronicling the entire thing on video for his online subscribers, he seeks to become a star. The problems that plague this property will require more than elbow grease to fix, however. Shadows throughout the home are distorted, and an enigmatic trespasser keeps showing up in his footage. Worse still are the hideous voices that issue from otherwise empty rooms in the dead of night.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dry

  • By Donna Johnson on 08-21-18

Not Your Typical Fixer Upper

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

What starts out as a project to fix up an abandoned house turns into a nightmare. Kevin Taylor is making a video series for his youtube channel hoping to break into TV. With this project - fix this abandoned house in a month - he might just be able to do it. However, he isn't alone in the house. What he finds instead will change his life forever.

This is a really good horror novel. There aren't any shocking house on haunted hill types or Poltergeist moments - instead, the horror is something of a slow burn. The build up was a little slow at first, but once Kevin discovers what is going on - and what has hold of him, there is an inexorable march toward the gloom. This made it even better. The end is rather shocking and may put you in mind of Poe.

Joe Hempel did an outstanding job with the narration. He has a way with voicing this type of book that lends to the dread. I cannot recommend highly enough that you listen to his work.

While I received this audiobook free with the expectation that I would give a review, I am glad to offer my unbiased opinion. It's good.

  • As We Fall: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller

  • Against All Odds, Book 1
  • By: Jack Hunt
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Sam Wade is on a trip to reconnect with his estranged daughter studying in Boston when the interconnected US infrastructure is crippled by an unknown attacker. As the Internet, communication networks, and power grid go down, the world is soon thrown into turmoil and danger. Faced with no other choice than to battle their way home through a country on the verge of collapse, Sam and his daughter will have to face more than a troubled past - the future is deadly. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a good value.

  • By Anonymous User on 11-07-18

As We Fall - Good book

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I received this audiobook free and am offering my opinion willingly.

This is a very good EOTWAWKI story. Former SEAL Sam is trying to get his daughter back home from College to visit her mother in the hospital when the SHTF and faces many obstacles along the way. He enjoys the help of a group of people along the way that he befriends. I look forward to following the story and finding out what happens when the winter comes.

Kevin Pierce does an excellent job spinning this yarn. His professional and steady narration keeps this action packed adventure story going with expertise and aplomb. Top notch!

  • Mountain Man: Prequel

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,023
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,857

After a long day of prepping a house for painting, all Gus Berry wanted was the night off to spend some time with his girlfriend and relax before having to return to work the next morning. But that isn’t going to happen. Because Gus’s co-worker Benny has found a one-night job at the local Mollymart East, a job that has to be done by morning. If Gus and his paint crew can complete the work by then, it could mean huge business with a respected, established grocery store chain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gus... Redefining the ‘Everyman!'

  • By Tracy P. on 10-24-18

From Molly Mart to Capt. Morgan

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

After listening to all the other books in this series, it was good to have this prequel to find out how it all began. Another excellent book and an equally fine performance by Bray. My only complaint - it was too short. Wanted the story to keep going.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Flipside

  • By: Jake Bible
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

The year is 2046, and dinosaurs are real. Time bubbles across the world, many as large as 100 square miles, turn like clockwork, revealing prehistoric landscapes from the Cretaceous Period. They reveal the Flipside. Now, 30 years after the first turn, the clockwork is breaking down, as one of the world's powers has decided to exploit the phenomenon for his own gain. Former head of security for Topside Command Trevon Cash must navigate his way through the chaos of the broken turns and take a team Flipside to try to figure out what is happening. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creative Time Travel story.

  • By cosmitron on 06-26-18

Dinos and Time-Travel...What's Not to Like?

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

This book is another in a long line of action-packed and fun adventures by a great writer. I liked this new take on time-travel and dinosaurs. The characters and their struggles are well-drawn and diverse. The story wraps up nicely while leaving the door open for further adventures.

The narrator does a very good job of telling the story in a natural (non-mechanical) way - and his characterization is top-notch. He is easily able to perform the characters in such a way that it is always clear to tell who is doing the talking. Very nicely done!

I received this audiobook for free from the author or narrator and I give my honest opinion in this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hyde Seed

  • By: Michael F. Housel
  • Narrated by: Scott Glennon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

At one time, boxer Pepe Rodriguez believed his only opponents were the men he faced in the ring. But when his own self-doubts derail his boxing career, Pepe soon learns to understand one's own personal demons are the most deadly foes of all. Years later, they return to once again threaten any chance he has of real happiness and contentment. In the end, he will have to endure one final bout against his darker side, or risk losing his soul to despair forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The duality of man.

  • By cosmitron on 06-07-18

Battle of Good vs. Evil

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I received this audiobook for free from the author or narrator and give my unbiased opinion willingly.

There are many things to like about this story. First, it held my attention with lots of suspense. From the first chapter on I wanted to keep listening to find out what happened to Pepe. The main character was a guy that you really wanted to like - in spite of all the adversity he faced. Additionally, there are characters that you come to loathe in the story - both real and especially the alter ego of Pepe - the side of him that wanted him to quit and throw in the towel (to borrow the boxing theme). In many ways it reminded me of some of the Greek tragedies. I'll not spoil it for you though by telling you the outcome. I especially appreciated how Mr. Housel used lots of imagery and metaphor - especially the garden.

Mr. Glennon did an ok job narrating. Some of his character voices were especially good. I think he will get even better as he works on his pacing. One technical note: in some of the earlier chapters it sounded like an artificial gate was used to reduce noise between the phrases and it was a bit jarring to the ear. It got better as the story went on.

  • Sick House

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

It doesn't seem like the perfect house, but screw it, it's good enough to rent for a year. Unfortunately for Boyd, Adeline, and their two young daughters, it's immediately clear they chose the wrong place. The nightmare begins with violent coughs and headaches. Food starts to rot almost as soon as they take it inside. A pet tarantula goes missing. Some family members begin to exhibit creepy behavior. Then the ghosts arrive, and all hell breaks loose....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Deliciously dark!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-06-18

Sick House...yep.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I received this audiobook free from the author or narrator, yet I give my honest review here.

I enjoyed this book a lot. I was expecting one thing (typical haunted house) - but the author added some interesting twists that take the reader/listener into new territory. (If you were hoping for spoilers - sorry!) I was a little disappointed, though, because (around half-way through) I thought the book was peaking a little early - but then it went in a whole new direction. Enter Gina. After all - she is largely to blame for the house being what it is. Listen through to the epilogue - that's where one of the big twists comes. To be such a sick and twisted story - there was quite a lot of humor. No, really. What does that say about my sense of humor? I couldn't go all the way to 5 stars with the story because there were a few places where I thought the story got just a touch silly. But all in all, it was very much a good story.

The narrator gave a very good performance. His pacing and rhythm were good. Easy to listen to with no jarring changes in loudness. I thought his voices were by and large very good - especially the witch. There were a few times when I couldn't see a lot of separation between the voices of the two daughters and the mom - but that's tough to do. Same goes for the three ghosts. Nevertheless, he did a great job.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,316

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing From Stephen King

  • By Myles on 11-02-18

Another "Can't stop listening" title by King

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

You will be hooked from the very beginning. Another masterful tale from King full of suspense, drama, and wonder. Nobody can draw characters who make you love (and hate) them like Stephen King. And Will Patton should get an Audie for his performance. His characterization, rhythm, pacing, and emotion are spot on. Patton has the ability - not only when voicing characters but also his exposition - to capture the mood of the POV like few others. I expect to see this one made into a movie or a TV series. Love that he brought Holly back from the Bill Hodges stories. Word to the wise - don't start this one until you have plenty of down time to listen because you won't want to stop until you get all the way to the end.

0 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Culling

  • The Culling Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Ramona Finn
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Glade Io is a trained killer. Marked at a young age as an individual with violent tendencies, she was taken from her family and groomed to be a Datapoint—a biotech-enabled analyst who carries out the Culling. She is designed to identify and destroy any potential humans that threaten the colonies: those marked as lawbreakers, unproductive or sick. But when she’s kidnapped by rogue colonists known as the Ferrymen, everything Glade thinks she knows about the colonies, and The Authority that runs them, collapses into doubt.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than I thought!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 05-12-18

"We Don't Have to Be Enemies"

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I received this audiobook free from the author and I am willingly reviewing it.

I wanted to listen to this book because I had heard some of the narrator's work before and the story looked very interesting. I was not disappointed. The idea of culling out individuals and using technologically enhanced datapoints to do the work hooked me into the story. The character development was top-notch. We get to see both sides - the so-called good guys and bad guys. I like how the author changes POV between Glade and Kupier. The narrator does an excellent job letting you know not only which character is speaking, but which POV your viewing. She even changes her delivery slightly depending on which main character's POV you're in. Very glad I took the time to listen, and I will definitely want to hear the next book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 158,669
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146,432
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146,272

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Totally awesome book!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

I can't really add anything new to what others have said. This book has drama, humor, suspense, and that special ability to make you believe in heroes. It is expertly narrated by RC Bray! Now, I'm going to watch the movie - but I have a feeling it will be a let down from the book. Hope not.

  • Little Women

  • By: Louisa May Alcott
  • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

Little Women, set in the 19th century follows the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March as they live, learn, love, and grow as young pilgrims and blossom into fine little women. Based on the author's childhood, Little Women is one of the most beloved stories in American literature. It continues to touch listeners both young and old. Alcott takes you on a prolific journey which will make your heart swell, your soul laugh, and your heart ache as we experience the lives of the March sisters as they endure their lessons, scrapes, castles in the air, their romances, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic

  • By Cyn on 10-05-16

Stellar performance of a classic

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

Andrea Emmes gives an outstanding performance of a beloved classic. I highly recommend this listen of Louisa May Alcott's book Little Women. Very enjoyable listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful