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  • 51 Sleepless Nights: Collection of Horror Stories

  • By: Tobias Wade
  • Narrated by: Skip Nelson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53

A diverse collection of 51 short horror stories, including the grizzly confessions of a serial killer, parallel dimensions, becoming trapped in a virtual world, and encountering ancient aliens buried beneath the Earth's crust. Demons, monsters, psychopaths, undead, mad experiments, and paranormal - no matter what makes your heart race, you're guaranteed to face your fear with these terrifying tales. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • unfinished storylines<br />

  • By Maggie on 05-17-18

The voice was too much.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Didn't finish it. the narrator was to strange. not menacing or varied in delivery. It needs a scarier, deeper voice. I only made it part way into 2nd story.
I would appreciate recommendation for similar, but more intense options on audio.

  • In the Still of the Night

  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

From true crime legend Ann Rules comes this riveting story of a young woman whose life ended too soon - and a determined mother’s crusade to clear her daughter’s name. Barb Thompson never for one moment believed her daughter committed suicide.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

  • By Fred on 03-09-12

Justice Sought

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

As soon as I am done reviewing this book I am gonna go straight to the Internet and see if any thing has change, since its now halfway through 2018. I would like to see Justice for Ronda (I never knew her, but am a mom and grandmother).

Barbara Thompson sounds like amazing person. If I had known that somebody like Ms Thompson was driving back-and-forth across I90, several times every year, I would have opened my doors (as I live in Moses Lake) and offer some sort of support, refreshments or just a quite location with a great view. I truly hope that she found that kind of support from strangers, in her travels.


The writing of this book and the audio version are very well done. My only possible criticism might be that it did not surprise me to find out that Ann Rule and Barb had become really good friends. That is because the feeling from the very beginning was that the writer considered Barbara to be in the complete-right, the whole time, without presenting an reserved judgement until more uncertainties became evident. I am sure (now, as a peanut gallery observer) that that is and was the case. I just fear that such obvious bias at the start could taint opinions (if that matters much). Rule's books are usually pretty great and this one is no exception. Moreover, the reading performance was very well done.

The story of Ronda Reynolds is a beautiful journey, for no other reason than, my daughters, granddaughters, I and others like us, now have the pleasure of knowing these strong and positive female role models. Despite the pridefulness and selfishness of disturbed individuals, Ronda will REMAIN a powerful force for those of us gals still reaching for our dreams.


Thank you, Ladies ♡

  • The Gift of Fear

  • And Other Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence
  • By: Gavin de Becker
  • Narrated by: Gavin de Becker
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260

Fear can save your life. It directs you to avoid that stranger, to leave the room, to call for help. The intuitive message of fear, together with rational principles, can help you to predict and thereby avoid personal violence. In this program Gavin de Becker, America's leading expert on predicting violent behavior, demystifies the apparently random and unpredictable nature of violence and shows you how interpersonal violence can be detected and derailed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Try Unabridged Version

  • By Seattle Customer on 04-20-09

thoughtful but shallow

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

practical, but shallow, feels abridged. jumped through, where it felt like the subject could have gone MUCH deeper

  • Swan Song

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 34 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,328

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply an Amazing Story

  • By Amanda H. on 06-21-12

Sister, & Neigan!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

Would give this audio version 5 stars all around, but for one detail.

Sister sounded like a OLD spinster from the get-go. A stronger version of her voice was really missing at times. I was ripped from the story a lot as a result A rasperier version was needed overall (in my mind of course. Might have worked for others). Otherwise amazing!

I actually cried again, after having read so, SO many, MANY times! What an emotional flashback that was! ♡♡♡

Side note: I think Friend inspired TWD-TV Neigan!

  • The 5 Second Rule

  • Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
  • By: Mel Robbins
  • Narrated by: Mel Robbins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,352

How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in five seconds. Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends, and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I turned it off after an hour.

  • By Zac on 04-08-17

Well worth every 5 seconds!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

Mel created a great program. As with any self-help subject, I take what works for me and the 5 seconds rules does. I love that she read it, even if some of it felt forced. The "I'm excited!" advice needs expansion, as I am not sure you could apply it so liberally to assault victims, or other such sever anxity sufferers etc.

  • The Vanishing Game

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Russ Bain
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 830
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 827

A down-on-his-luck actor is paired with a weather-battered Land Rover Defender on a seemingly innocuous courier job. But some things are too good to be true, and this innocent journey quickly unfolds into a dangerous plot with a shadowy cast of characters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not enough

  • By Carrera Hallett on 01-12-15

Pretty good story

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

Good short story, aside from unnecessary add ins. the reader was fine. A bit more emotion and changes of pace would have helped.

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  • FREE: The Undead

  • Deleted Scene
  • By: R R Haywood
  • Narrated by: Dan Morgan
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,802

After a tense day of fighting off a horde of Undead, Howie and his group of survivors must find shelter before night falls. Moving through a desecrated town, they come across an industrial estate, break into a low building and find themselves in an abandoned radio station. They decide to record their voices for posterity. Meet Howie, Dave, their group of survivors and Meredith the dog in this free, exclusive Audible short.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • FOR POSTERIORS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-29-15

Crisp!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

just a quick crisp, story about a likeable group. fully realized story would read more,.

  • Finders Keepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,718

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. "Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars for Will Patton reading Stephen King

  • By PlantCrone on 06-21-16

The Inbetween

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

While a good story and well played out, it FELT like a filler. Just a story in between others. I realise it IS such a book, but I prefer a book that can fully stand-alone, weather it is or not.

  • The Dark Tower II

  • The Drawing of the Three
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,193
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,865

In this second volume, Roland encounters three mysterious doorways on a deserted beach along the Western Sea. Each one enters into a different person's life in New York - here, he joins forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean and with the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes in a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies. They also become the companions, forming a ka-tet, who will assist him on his quest to save the Dark Tower.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The story was a little thin, but the narration!!!

  • By timguitartaylor on 05-07-17

Actually going to seek a refund. Don't like Muller

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Really do not like Muller's reading.Every sentence is read as the most important moment. No variation at all. I tried to change play speeds. I will mostlikely avoid Muller for now on.

  • Doctor Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,512

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel to the book; not the movie

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-28-13

Excellent follow up, even if not scary

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

Really enjoyed Dr. Sleep. While it was not terrifying, it was a good story, with very vivid characters. It was its own story, despite keeping one toe firmly tucked in a very familiar universe. Will Patton gave the characters grit and the pace was smooth and swift!