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  • Gimme Some Sugar

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

Lucy Brewer would never have guessed that her best friend, Duffy McCready (of McCready’s Bait Shop & Funeral Home) has been in love with her since they were kids. Fear of rejection and his own romantic complications prevented Duffy from confessing his true feelings in high school, so he stood by and watched her wed Wayne Bowman right after high school. Wayne had always been a cheapskate, so it comes as no surprise when he suffers a fatal accident while fixing his own truck.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great addition to the series

  • By Khubb on 04-02-19

Another hit for Harper and Ronconi

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

Reviewed: 04-16-19

Loving this book series so much. Molly Harper just knows how to write quirky (but not over quirky) characters who are likable and fun. And Amanda Ronconi really brings them to life. I love the Southern Eclectic series and hope this isn't the last book. It's not, right? RIGHT???

  • Random Facts: An Illustrated Collection of 1,000 Interesting Facts and Trivia

  • By: Michael Munroe
  • Narrated by: KC Wayman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

Michael Munroe’s book contains 1,000 amazing facts and fascinating trivia tidbits. It covers a vast range of topics, including history, geography, science, technology, animal and plant life, and so much more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Please, no "funny" voices

  • By Tom Handler on 01-28-19

Decent book of facts

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

The narrator has a decent voice, but his constant accents and funny voices were annoying and distracting. The facts are fun, some are pretty common, others I didn't know.

  • True Ghost Stories

  • True Ghost Stories of Terrifying Paranormal Activity, Haunted Houses and Spooky Places from Around the World
  • By: Jo Lavine
  • Narrated by: Ken OBrien
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

Who doesn't love a great ghost story? Haunted houses? Moving objects? You're about to discover some of the most scariest and true ghost stories from around the globe. If you love a scary ghost story, then this book is for you. Whether you're at home alone or sitting around a campfire, true ghost stories are sure to get your spine tingling. From weird objects that were bought and later started doing scary things, to houses that have been haunted since the 1800s, true ghost stories will take you on a trip that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That's what I call spooky

  • By Miranda on 03-22-18

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

It's an enjoyable listen. I liked the background music and narrator voice is perfect for this type of book. Though there are a view issues that are either the narrator or the authors mistake. Like when they referred to it as Lizzie Boredoms Bread and Breakfast. Most of the stories I have heard before, but they were presented in a way that wasn't long and drawn out.

I always wish these types of books were longer. They put out so many, surely they could just stick them all in one big book.

  • A Few Pecans Short of a Pie

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

To Margot’s surprise, she's taken a liking to life in small-town Georgia...helped along by a romance with the hot elementary school principal. The two of them have been taking it slow - or they were until Margot gets pregnant. Kyle wants to make an honest woman of her, but Margot's still trying to proceed with caution. After all, she was the best event planner in Chicago before she ever came to Lake Sackett. Her wedding has to be perfect, and perfect includes not having the baby halfway down the aisle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series but too short for the price!

  • By MsGonzo on 03-05-19

Charming, as always

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

Molly Harper just has a knack for creating fun, lovable characters that are quirky but not overly quirky. Always charming and sweet, but laugh out loud funny at the same time. My only wish is that the book was longer.

  • Supernatural Horror Stories

  • Real Accounts of Ghost Creatures, Demons and the Paranormal
  • By: Ann Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Scott Dabbs
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

People throughout the ages have claimed to have mysterious and blood-chilling encounters with unexplained forces, such as Mothman, demons, ghosts, and extraterrestrials. Ann Gaiman has compiled an anthology of over 25 of the creepiest real-life short stories on the most shocking and mysterious supernatural events that have taken place - all based on eyewitness accounts telling their encounters with the supernatural.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Collection of Monsters and Paranormal

  • By Spooky Mike on 01-23-19

Most stories not believable or interesting

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

There are a few decent stories in this book, but most go pretty much like this-

We were in the woods and everything went quiet, then we heard a terrible scream. I turned and saw a (enter cryptid here) looking right at us. I swear it was over 7 feet tall! We ran and never went back to those woods again.

Not every story deals with a cryptid, but most feel like they were pulled off of Reddit. Her other book is much better.

  • Zealot

  • A Book About Cults
  • By: Jo Thornely
  • Narrated by: Jo Thornely
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Why would anyone join a cult? Maybe they're unhappy with their current religion, or they want to change the world, or they're disappointed with their lives and want to find something bigger or holier that makes sense of this confusing, chaotic and dangerous world. Or maybe they just want to give themselves the best possible chance of having sex with aliens. Whatever the reason, once people are in, it's usually very difficult for them to leave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining listen

  • By S. Winchester on 02-28-19

Entertaining listen

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

You wouldn't think a book about cults could be so entertaining, but you would be wrong. Even though a lot of the cults in this book were horrible, the author managed to inject human and snarkiness to keep it from becoming too dark.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Horror Anthology: A Horror Collection of Real Life

  • Murder Mystery, Serial Killers, Ghost and True Crime Stories
  • By: Ann Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Scott Dabbs
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Here’s a harrowing array of spine-chilling stories that will make your heart race nonstop. This book is full of twists and turns, dark corners, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and devilish plots that get your blood pumping. Horror Anthology contains 19 short stories of terrifying real tales of horror. With exceptional articulation and clarity, author Ann Gaiman spins dark but real tales that will make you sit on the edge of your seat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Collection of Horrific Real Life Tales

  • By Spooky Mike on 11-26-18

Mostly interesting stories

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

There were several interesting stories in this book I had never heard. A few I had heard and a few that were a little lame. But overall it's an interesting listen. The narrator sounds like his is doing his best Lore impersonation, but it's perfect for the book at hand.

  • The Ghost of Marlow House

  • Haunting Danielle Series, Book 1
  • By: Bobbi Holmes, Anna J. McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612

When Danielle Boatman inherits Marlow House, she dreams of turning it into a seaside bed and breakfast. Since she's never visited the property, Danielle's not sure what awaits her in Oregon. She certainly doesn't expect to find one of the house's previous owners still in residence. After all, the man has been dead for almost 90 years - shouldn't he have moved on by now? Charming Walt Marlow convinces Danielle the only way he can move on is if she solves the mystery of his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Beatrice on 03-18-17

Boring, narrator not a good fit

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

I wanted to like this book. The subject matter looked fun, and there are a lot in the series to keep me busy. But it's just so bland. I forced myself to listen to about half, and then just quit.

A good book should have the proper amount of humor, mystery and romance mixed in. This doesn't. The writing is clunky and there is so much exposition. The author feels the need to explain every tiny thing as if we won't be able to figure it out on our own.

The narration isn't a good fit for characters who are supposed to be in their late twenties. She sounds like my grandma, and it's hard to focus on anything but that. Plus all the characters sound the same so it's hard to differentiate between them.

I'll pass on the rest of the books.

  • Ain't She a Peach

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,955

An Atlanta ex-cop comes to Lake Sackett, Georgia, seeking peace and quiet - but he hasn’t bargained on falling for Frankie, the cutest coroner he’s ever met. Frankie McCready talks to dead people. Not like a ghost whisperer or anything - but it seems rude to embalm them and not say hello. Fortunately, at the McCready Family Funeral Home & Bait Shop, Frankie’s eccentricities fit right in. Lake Sackett’s embalmer and county coroner, Frankie’s goth styling and passion for nerd culture mean she’s not your typical Southern girl, but the McCreadys are hardly your typical Southern family. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • finishes "Peachy Flippin' Keen"

  • By LOYL-00 on 06-21-18

Can never go wrong with Harper/Ronconi

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I didn't think I could love a series as much as Half Moon Hollow, but I do. Molly Harper knows how to build an entire community out of quirky (but not overdone) characters, southern snark and laugh out loud funny stories. Never too heavy, it's a nice blend of romance, humor and family antics!

Patiently waiting for the next book in the series!

  • My Best Friend's Exorcism

  • A Novel
  • By: Grady Hendrix
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,072

The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since the fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act...different. She's moody. She's irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she's nearby. Abby's investigation leads her to some startling discoveries - and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In My Top 5 Audiobooks

  • By M Dougherty on 11-18-16

Fantastic mix of horror and coming of age

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

For starters, this is a outstanding coming of age book. As someone who was a teenage girl in the 80's, Hendrix managed to capture exactly what it was like to live that life. I could relate so much to Abby, I almost felt I could have written her story. The eighties are definitely part of the book, but they aren't shoehorned in for nostalgia. You almost forget, until you realize there are no cell phones, no internet, etc.

And then the horror kicks in. And it's mostly subtle. Never overdone. Never unnecessary. You aren't sure which direction the book is going to go. And the narration is perfect.