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  • 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 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

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.

  • 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
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

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.

  • 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 356
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

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!

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  • 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 208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

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.

  • Where the Ghosts Are

  • The Ultimate Guide to Haunted Houses
  • By: Hans Holzer, Alexandra Holzer - foreword
  • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Paranormal researcher Hans Holzer documents more than 50 locations where he has personally investigated ghosts, often with the assistance of a psychic. Complete with details about each spectral phenomenon as well as the stories of the ghosts themselves, this book tells who they were and why they are found in each location.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By S. Winchester on 09-13-18

Boring

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

There is nothing scary or exciting about this book. It's the same old stories anyone interested in the paranormal has heard 100 times.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunted Forest Tour

  • By: Jeff Strand, James A. Moore
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Haunted Forest Tour! Sit back, and enjoy a smooth ride in air-conditioned comfort as your heavily armored tram takes you through nature's most astonishing creation. The forest is packed to capacity with dangerous and terrifying creatures of all shapes, sizes, and hunger levels, and you'll get to observe these wonders in complete safety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW, just WOW. Great book!!!!

  • By Jason on 09-07-18

Great roller coaster ride, satisfying ending!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. I was pleasantly surprised. Among all the gore, I found myself rooting for the characters, and anxiously awaiting their fate. Well crafted, there are not a lot of slow moments. And I felt the ending tied everything up nicely. It's a book that really holds your attention all the way through!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Independence Day: Crucible

  • The Official Movie Prequel
  • By: Greg Keyes
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

Cities were crushed by the falling spacecraft, but one ship didn't crash. It remained intact and disgorged hordes of alien soldiers determined to fight to the death. The abandoned vessels also contained a wealth of advanced technology. Led by David Levinson, the greatest minds of our world developed deadly new hybrid weapons. Bases were built on the moon, Mars, and beyond. A new generation of defenders had to be trained, for the invaders would return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • YA Romance

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-06-17

Required listening before seeing Resurgence.

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I'm really glad I took the time to listen to this book before watching Resurgence. It gives you an introduction to the younger characters and well as a refresher on the characters we already knew and loved. The characters are likable and the stories flow at an even pace. I think if more people would have read this prior, they would have liked the movie a lot more than they did.

  • Scary Monsters and Supercreeps

  • By: Dom Joly
  • Narrated by: Dom Joly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Dom Joly sets off round the world again, but this time he's not looking to holiday in a danger zone - he's monster hunting. In Scary Monsters and Super Creeps he heads to six completely different destinations to investigate local monster sightings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a fun trip around the world!

  • By S. Winchester on 08-29-18

Such a fun trip around the world!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Dom Joly knows how to tell a story. I found myself laughing out loud several times during the book. I love a good travelogue and this was one of the funnest. Whether he is fighting with chiefs in the Congo, or dealing with farting horses by Everest, it's never a dull moment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful