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Troy Watson

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  • What the Hell Did I Just Read

  • A Novel of Cosmic Horror
  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109

While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator, Dave, John, and Amy realized there might actually be something weird going on. Together, they navigate a diabolically convoluted maze of illusions, lies, and their own incompetence in an attempt to uncover a terrible truth they - like you - would be better off not knowing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audio sounds like it was produced in a tunnel

  • By horny on 10-03-17

more audio!!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Crazy, fun and a great way to lighten any mood! but we need them ALL on audio!!

  • 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 3,932
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,583

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

Atmosphere Matters

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Derived of such visceral experiences. I should have listened during quieter, focused settings or activities

  • 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 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57

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 132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

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 1,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281

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 7,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,651

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 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,514

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 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 863

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 2,168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,860
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,849

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 19,860
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,157

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.