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Philadelphia, PA
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  • Hell House

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,190

For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity.

But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got scary?

  • By Lesley on 06-17-08

Very much a product of its time

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

I'm sure that this was better back in the 1970s when it was written, but after all the advances and growth in genre writing since then, it kind of falls flat. The first 90% is gripping, but the end feels more rushed than prom night. I guess I would recommend it to genre fans, but more as an item of interest in the history of horror writing than as a good read.

  • Dungeon Born

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,024

For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Several questions have always plagued the minds of those who enter these mythical places of power: why are there so many monsters? Where do the amazing weaponry and heavy gold coins come from? Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies? Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem in the RPG/Fantasy Genre

  • By SirMehr on 04-01-17

It's confusing is what it is

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

It's written like a half-novel, half game guide, and is not even close to a complete story. Everything's gotta be a series these days. The narration is EXCELLENT, and I wouldn't have finished the audiobook if it wasn't as good as it is.

  • Mine

  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,053

Something happened that night in the woods at Camp Red Hawk. But all Joel and Leah can recall is sneaking out for a late hike with five camp friends and that only the two of them and their friend Mike returned. They have no memory of what happened to the others. No memory of anything after leaving the camp. In the years that follow, they realize something has changed inside of them. They are different from others in ways they never should be. In ways that send their lives down disturbing and terrifying paths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thrilling sci-fi adventure

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 11-10-16

Just fine popcorn science fiction

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

Perfect fare for a weekend road trip or a week of jogging. It's not something I'll ever come back to, but it was certainly a fun ride while it lasted. Recommended to people who like fast-paced action and don't want to have to think very hard about it.

  • Welcome to the Monkey House

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: David Strathairn, Maria Tucci, Bill Irwin, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut's shorter works. Originally printed in publications as diverse as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Atlantic Monthly, what these superb stories share is Vonnegut's audacious sense of humor and extraordinary range of creative vision.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Vonnegut

  • By Michael Carrato on 08-17-06

He was a real master of the short story

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

Reviewed: 04-30-17

It's interesting to listen to a classic sci-if short story collection knowing that these stories helped inspire the newer ones. I kept getting into my head and playing Wallace Shawn from Princess Pride about predicting the endings. Everybody should read this collection. It will make your skin fireproof and indestructible.

  • The Unknown Universe

  • A New Exploration of Time, Space and Cosmology
  • By: Stuart Clark PhD
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855

On March 21, 2013, the European Space Agency released a map of the afterglow of the big bang. Taking in 440 sextillion kilometers of space and 13.8 billion years of time, it is physically impossible to make a better map: We will never see the early universe in more detail. On the one hand, such a view is the apotheosis of modern cosmology; on the other, it threatens to undermine almost everything we hold cosmologically sacrosanct.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting Information - Poor Reader

  • By Daniel L on 03-17-17

This is Diet Cosmos

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

It adds little new to what Cosmos (the tv show, I haven't read the book) gave us, aside from saying that climate change is the result of sun spots. Do not recommend.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hybrids

  • The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 3
  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 390

Scientists (and lovers) Mary Vaughan, who is human, and Ponter Boddit, who is Neanderthal, embark on the harrowing adventure of conceiving a child together. To overcome the genetic barbed wire of mismatched chromosomes, they must use banned technology obtainable only from a Neanderthal scientist living in the northern wilderness.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it!

  • By dissipatedfog on 08-30-08

There are some major problems here

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

I don't blame the author for referencing Bill Cosby as a good man - that was just unlucky timing - but trying to give a redemptive third act to one of the characters was weird and ruined the book for me.

  • The Platinum Age of Television

  • From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific
  • By: David Bianculli
  • Narrated by: David Bianculli
  • Length: 23 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television - our age, the era of The Sopranos and Breaking Bad and Mad Men and The Wire and Homeland and Girls - he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Exhaustive, Exhausting, Superbly Narrated

  • By Jeffrey on 11-03-18

I want to give it higher, except one thing

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

99% of this book is amazing. But there are two weird moments when Bill Cosby's "alleged non-consensual sexual something" gets brought up and is all but defended.

I think the book would have done better with something to the effect of "At the time of writing, Mr. Cosby is in a legal dispute. This has I impact on his role in the history of quality TV, so we will not be discussing it.in any way".

Just a suggestion.

Aside with from that, I truly LOVED this book.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,854
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,858

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • ummm...what just happened???

  • By sirdroid on 12-02-17

I want more of this universe

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

Two books set in this world is not enough. Heck, I don't think I would be satisfied with just a trilogy. This is just wonderful weird fiction with a heaping spoonful of science fiction for good measure. Great geeky times for all.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,972

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

Standard subject matter for skft sci-fi, never tried to be mord than it was, and was what it was admirably. Not perfect, but absolutely awesome and definitely a five star book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lion in the Living Room

  • How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World
  • By: Abigail Tucker
  • Narrated by: Arden Hammersmith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

House cats rule back alleys, deserted Antarctic islands, and our bedrooms. Clearly they own the Internet, where a viral cat video can easily be viewed upward of 10 million times. But how did cats accomplish global domination? Unlike dogs, they offer humans no practical benefit. The truth is they are sadly incompetent rat catchers and pose a threat to many ecosystems. Yet we love them still.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ignores any positive data about cats.

  • By Rebecca Camp on 10-20-16

Absolutely adorable!!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

Covering everything from prehistoric cats and their unique dietary needs to Lil Bub and Grumpy cat, this brief history of how we got from lions and cheetahs to lolcats and cheezburgers is just delightful. A must read (or listen, or whatever) for all aspiring crazy cat people.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful