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  • 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 1,068
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,010

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.

  • Hauntings (Origins: Urban Legends)

  • By: C.M. Johnson
  • Narrated by: Nicole Gose
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Cupboards open and shut by themselves. Could it just be the wind? Or is it a ghost? A man dressed in clothing from the Revolutionary War is seen wandering an old fort. Is it a prank, or a lost soul? Explore spooky unanswered questions like these and many others, in Urban Legends: Hauntings, part of Full Tilt's Origins series. The origin of exorcisms is examined and eyewitness accounts are discussed. Listeners will also learn about Jerome, Arizona, and how an entire town has been haunted for many years by the same ghost.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not books about urban legends

  • By S. Winchester on 12-11-18

Not books about urban legends

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

These books are not about urban legends. I'm not sure the author knows what an urban legend is, but it's not Salem witch trials or centuries old hauntings.

Also, there was no reason to put each of these out in separate books. When you take out the repetitive questions and the definitions they are constantly giving, the books are about 20 minutes each. It would have made more sense to put them all in one book with separate sections.

Pass on these.

  • The Great Book of New York: The Crazy History of New York with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia

  • A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States Series, Book 2
  • By: Bill O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Derek Newman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Want to learn more about New York? Sure, you've heard about the Statue of Liberty, but how much do you really know about the Empire State? Do you know why it's even called the Empire State? There's so much about New York that even state natives don't know. In this trivia audiobook, you'll learn more about New York's history, pop culture, folklore, sports, and so much more! It doesn't matter if you consider yourself a New York state expert or if you know nothing about the Empire State. You're bound to learn something new as you journey through each chapter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting and fun read

  • By cosmitron on 07-15-18

Great big book of NY City.

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I love these type books, but I was waiting to read this one because I was sure it would be 90% NYC and ignore the rest of the state, and I was right. It's enjoyable, but I feel like I knew most of it because the city gets so much attention. The other state books have been better.

  • Curses, Boiled Again!

  • Lobster Shack Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Shari Randall
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Morgan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Allie Larkin was living her dream as a ballet dancer when a bad fall put her out of business. Now she's back home in Mystic Bay to heal a broken ankle while also helping her dear Aunt Gully get her Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack off the ground. Nothing would help Gully more than winning the local food festival's Best Lobster Roll contest. The competition is sure to be killer - especially after one of the contest judges dies after eating a roll from one of Gully's biggest rivals. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the lobster life

  • By Clemmie Jackson on 01-02-19

Pretty good, not perfect

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I enjoyed this book. However I felt the main character had little character development. 10 chapters in and I couldn't remember her name. The other characters are your typical cozy mystery characters- quirky people with quirky names. I also figured out the big twist pretty early on in the book. And there was no romance at all. Overall the story was cute and most people were likable.

Tiffany Morgan was a wonderful narrator, she has the perfect voice for these type of books.

I haven't decided if I will read the second book.

  • Halloween

  • The Official Movie Novelization
  • By: John Passarella
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

In 1978, Laurie Strode survived an encounter with Michael Myers, a masked figure who killed her friends and terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois, on Halloween night. Myers was later gunned down, apprehended, and committed to Smith's Grove State Hospital. For forty years, memories of that nightmarish ordeal have haunted Laurie and now Myers is back once again on Halloween, having escaped a routine transfer, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great companion book to a great movie

  • By Cody B. on 10-25-18

Follows the movie, with more details.

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Follows the movie, with more details. You get to know the characters better, especially Allison, Laurie and The Shape, but also side characters like Dana and Aaron are given more life. And the violence is amped up.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Paperback Crush

  • The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction
  • By: Gabrielle Moss
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

A hilarious and nostalgic trip through the history of paperback preteen series of the '80s and '90s. Every 20- or 30-something woman knows these books. The pink covers, the flimsy paper, the zillion volumes in the series that kept you reading for your entire adolescence. Paperback Crush dives in deep to this golden age with affection, history, and a little bit of snark. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A trip down memory lane.

  • By S. Winchester on 11-09-18

A trip down memory lane.

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I love to revisit the teen novels I read as a child. Born in the mid seventies, I was a teen in the eighties and books like SVH were a huge part of my life. So many of the book series I read are discussed here. I just wish more 80's were involved as I didn't read these books into the 90's. Overall, it was fun and put a smile on my face.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lowcountry Bonfire

  • Liz Talbot Mystery Series, Book 6
  • By: Susan M. Boyer
  • Narrated by: Loretta Rawlins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

Private Investigators Liz Talbot and Nate Andrews have worked their share of domestic cases. So when Tammy Sue Lyerly hires them to find out what her husband is hiding, they expect to find something looney but harmless. After all, this is the guy who claims to have been a DEA agent, a champion bull rider, and a NASCAR driver. But when he turns up dead the morning after Liz and Nate deliver incriminating photos, Tammy Sue becomes the prime suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How much I love Lowcountry

  • By Karen M. Troutner on 12-14-17

Always a pleasure.

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Love Liz Talbot mystery series. And Loretta Rawlins always does an excellent job with the narration. Can't wait to read the 7th book!

  • The Great Book of California

  • The Crazy History of California with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States, Volume 3)
  • By: Bill O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Derek Newman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

There’s so much to know about California that even people born in the state don’t know it all. In this trivia guide, you’ll learn more about California’s history, pop culture, folklore, sports, and so much more!   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun facts on our largest State

  • By cosmitron on 08-10-18

Fun listen, lots of trivia.

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I listen to a lot of trivia books, this one was really good. It's not just the same old information, there are chapters on urban legends, sports, attractions, pop culture, inventions, history, etc. So it's a wide selection of information in a small book. I look forward to listening to the rest of the states.

  • Fireside Stories: Halloween Special

  • By: Essel Pratt, Amanda M. Lyons, Jim Goforth, and others
  • Narrated by: Terry F. Self
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

For the month of October 2017, J. Ellington Ashton Press, on their Wicked Little Things blog-talk radio, broadcasted a series of Halloween stories. These “Fireside Stories” (as they were called) were a big hit with the listeners, and the decision was quickly made to publish these tales of terror in an anthology. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some bite sized morsels to suck on!

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-18-18

Overall fun and creepy stories

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Like when any anthology, there are stories that are better than others. But overall I liked the tone of these and most were fun. There are a few that just seemingly end, with no resolution, which in my opinion is lazy writing. If you can't finish the story, don't write the story. Most are good though, and definitely get you in the Halloween spirit!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost Stories: Original Tales & Ghostly Urban Legends

  • By: Seth Andrews
  • Narrated by: Seth Andrews
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

Producing an immersive audiobook experience (with narration, actors, music, and sound effects), Seth Andrews has drawn upon his decades-long experience as a broadcaster and storyteller to conjure an eerie otherworld of ghosts, spirits, devils, and supernatural beasts. A mix of original tales and popular urban legends, these 14 freestanding chapters favor ghouls over gore, providing easily digestible vignettes of supernatural fiction, ghostly lore, and creepy fun for anyone who has ever enjoyed a scary film, haunted house, or Halloween campfire story. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do what you love

  • By Donna Bachler on 08-22-18

Mostly fun stories with great production value.

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Most of these stories were fun, a few were bland. But the production value was amazing and it's a fun Halloween read.