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  • The Haunting of Hill House

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,515
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,121

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written horror tale

  • By Crystal on 02-11-14

Can you dig it, cause I can't.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I had high hopes for the story I truly did, but it just never met the expectation. It was boring and dull. Not even creepy, not even a little bit. Others have taken the idea of Hill house and its potential, making it blossom because the only way to go from this book is up. It was a struggle to get through the entire thing, I kept hoping that there was a scare around the next page, but there was nothing.

  • Elizabeth of York

  • A Tudor Queen and Her World
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 22 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York, Henry's mother and Elizabeth's grandmother, spanned one of England' s most dramatic and perilous periods. Now New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir presents the first modern biography of this extraordinary woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NARRATOR SHOULD HAVE STUCK TO OWN VOICE !!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-08-15

Water....Water.....there is a desert in this book.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

I was truly hoping for a book that would cover and give some great insight into Elizabeth of York. She is a woman of history to often overlooked. There is a good amount of information that could have been abbreviated or left out completely and you would still have had an amazing book on her. The narrator needs to stick to her own voice and not try to do this weird gravel sounding voice, it distracts from the information. I only got a few hours in and could not stand it anymore, I may read this book at a later date however it does not work as an audio book. There is a trove of information on everyone else around Elizabeth, however 1/3 rd of the way in and the most detailed information on Elizabeth to that point was that she is 18 and invited out of sanctuary and back to Richard the 3rds court. The Cousins War/ War of the Roses is well known and we don't need to have it retold prior to getting into Elizabeth's story.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Fiddle Is the Devil's Instrument

  • And Other Forbidden Knowledge
  • By: Brett J. Talley
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

From Brett J. Talley, the master of Lovecraftian terror, comes thirteen tales of the dark forces that lurk just beyond man's understanding. Read them if you must but do not forget: there are some things mankind was never meant to know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very well done

  • By Jose Colon on 06-13-17

Its good, but...

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

The stories overall were not bad, the only thing that did get me is I have heard one or two of them in other places or anthologies, ( I don't like repeats). The narration was good, the tone of the voice could be dry in spots but it wasn't terrible and I have heard other stories by the same person and enjoyed them. Over all this is a good listen.

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,311

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, but it gained momentum quick

  • By Jan on 12-15-17

Don't..... just don't.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I couldn't recommend this to a friend, to an enemy, maybe but not to a friend. The idea behind the book was great and that was some decent character development. However it doesn't need to take this long. My thought instead of being engrossed in a fantastic tale were mostly drawn to "Is it done yet?" I stuck it out just ot see how it ended and that even became almost predictable. Please use a different narrator next time.... I could not take one more 'bad southern belle' accent....horrible actually.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

the basic idea behind the story is good. Could have been told better.

How could the performance have been better?

Don't give every female in a story the absolute worst attempt at a southern accent. If that was just trying to sound feminine I couldn't tell, but it was bad either way.

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

No....

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England

  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 558

Organized as a travel guide for the time-hopping tourist, The Time-Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England is an entertaining popular history with a twist. Historian Ian Mortimer reveals in delightful (and occasionally disturbing) detail how the streets and homes of 16th century looked, sounded, and smelled for both peasants and for royals; what people wore and ate; how they were punished for crimes and treated for diseases; and the complex and contradictory Elizabethan attitudes toward violence, class, sex, and religion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabethan England... As Never Presented Before

  • By Troy on 06-27-13

Nice...not great, but nice

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

What did you like best about The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England? What did you like least?

I liked the end of the book best due to there being no more left to go through. Parts were informative but some areas were glossed over that could have used more detailing.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

As mentioned before areas were glossed over that warranted more detail.

Which scene was your favorite?

nothing

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

No

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lovecraft Country

  • A Novel
  • By: Matt Ruff
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657

Critically acclaimed cult novelist Matt Ruff makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An effective mix of influences

  • By Jim N on 04-10-16

Unexpected

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

The title and the brief of the book leaves you wondering what you may be in store for. This was a fascinating take on ties between family and friends in a not so written about setting. However it could do well with a little more creepy and a little less mundane. There are a few gaps here and there not to mention they were all run together. Other than those little bits it was a nice listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Star Maker

  • By: Olaf Stapledon
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 256

One moment a man sits on a suburban hill, gazing curiously at the stars. The next, he is whirling through the firmament, and perhaps the most remarkable of all science fiction journeys has begun. Even Stapledon's other great work, 'Last and First Men' pales in ambition next to 'Star Maker' which presents nothing less than an entire imagined history of life in the universe, encompassing billions of years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • meditative classic

  • By Darryl on 09-18-12

If you need a nap listen to this.....

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

Dry, plain, boring, I think there is more to nourish the soul in a comic book than in this novel.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret History of the World

  • By: Mark Booth
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 750

In this groundbreaking new work, Mark Booth embarks on an enthralling intellectual tour of our world's secret histories. Starting from a dangerous premise - that everything we've been taught about our world's past is corrupted, and that the stories put forward by the various cults and mystery schools throughout history are true - Booth produces nothing short of an alternate history of the past 3,000 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A unique perspective

  • By Robin on 04-09-12

Don't do it, just don't.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

I am normally interested in all manner of odd writings, theories, what if's, I read papers and books on physics and other varied subjects and so on, hence the reason this book caught my eye. I was hopeful, looking forward to some unique and different ideas with possibilities endless. I was disappointed. The Sahara Desert is less dry than the material contained within these narrated pages. I could not make it past the first few chapters before I had to abandon the mission or die of thirst. Narration was great, book was not.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lovecraft's Monsters

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Ellen Datlow (Editor)
  • Narrated by: Bernard Clark
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 603

Prepare to meet the wicked progeny of the master of modern horror. In Lovecraft's Monsters, H. P. Lovecraft's most famous creations--Cthulhu, Shoggoths, Deep Ones, Elder Things, Yog-Sothoth, and more--appear in all their terrifying glory. Each story is a gripping new take on a classic Lovecraftian creature. Contributors include such literary luminaries as Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Karl Edward Wagner, Elizabeth Bear, and Nick Mamatas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ones that were good were really good!!!

  • By Manuel on 09-14-16

Its out there... you just have to find it

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

What disappointed you about Lovecraft's Monsters?

The sometimes lack of substance to the stories. A few were good but the vast majority were not. They didn't have the real meat to it like many of the off shoots of Lovecrafts stories do.

Has Lovecraft's Monsters turned you off from other books in this genre?

I am always looking and *listening for great Lovecraftian Cthulu Mythos stories. I have found some here and there. In this one the Neil Gaiman story was great, so were a few others yet some left me hoping the story would end soon as they were dry as the Sahara.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was about Lovecraftian critters, that is its only true redeeming quality.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful