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  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,693

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FLEETWOOD MAC

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-04-15

Wow. Just... wow!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

Any additional comments?

One of the best zombie books.... heck, one of the best books period.... that I've listened to in a long time. This author is a wonderful voice in fiction and the depths to which she took a zombie story was just phenomenal. This story went places I didn't think it would go and spoke to the human condition much better than many other books I've read. I simply can't say enough good things about this book. I look forward to reading more from this author. (P.S. - the narrator was FANTASTIC! made an amazing story even better.)

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  • 5 Short Stories from '31 Horrifying Tales from the Dead': Born a Serial Killer, Castle Drac Von Stoller, and More

  • By: Drac Von Stoller
  • Narrated by: Ted Brooks
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Sit back, turn the lights down low, and get ready for the scare of your life, with five bloodcurdling short stories from 31 Horrifying Tales from the Dead, written by Drac Von Stoller. "Born a Serial Killer", "Castle Drac Von Stoller", "The Seance," "What If The Devil Created Earth", and "Wood Chipper" will have your hair standing on end!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh. My. Goodness. Simply dreadful.

  • By Igrat777 on 05-21-15

Oh. My. Goodness. Simply dreadful.

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

Reviewed: 05-21-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one.

Would you ever listen to anything by Drac Von Stoller again?

No.
NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo and No.

What didn’t you like about Ted Brooks’s performance?

Everything.
To be fair, he didn't have a lot to work with. it would have been very hard for ANYONE to have read this well.

What character would you cut from 5 Short Stories from '31 Horrifying Tales from the Dead': Born a Serial Killer, Castle Drac Von Stoller, and More?

Every single one of them.

Any additional comments?

This was, hands down, THE WORST audio book I have ever listened to. I'm convinced that it was written by a 12 year old. I really don't even know where to start on how bad this book is. The serial killer story was absurd. Written like instructions: "Johnny took the gun. Johnny blew her head of. Johnny got back in the car and drove away. Johnny got to his house. Johnny went inside", etc, etc, ad nauseam. And the "Castle Drac Von Stoller" ditty - oy! - I'm not sure if it was meant to be funny but the story was ridiculous and the narrator was a riot. Between the dialog that felt like it was written by my cat, his HORRIBLE Italian accent (hint: putting an "a" at the end of every word does not an Italian accent make), and his downright hysterical "dracula" voice (think Count Chocula - and to make matters worse, the accent kept coming and going!) I wasn't sure what to laugh at first. I'm not even going to go on with the rest of the stories.... trust me, they did not get any better.

I truly hate to give such a bad review because writing a really good story is a difficult thing to do and I admire those who even have the courage to try. But I cannot, in good conscience, give this book any more than 1 star. If I may, some advice to the author - work on constructing a better story. Flush out the characters a little more. Saying everyone's name over and over again is not necessary and is incredibly annoying for the reader (you can say "Johnny walked in the room. He sat down in the chair", not "Johnny walked into the room. Johnny sat down in the chair", etc.). Save the stereotypes, they make the story seem juvenile and amateurish. If writing is your passion, then I wish you much luck in your future endeavors and I hope that your stories get better.

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  • SickER Bastards

  • A Novel of Extreme Horror, Sex and Gore
  • By: Matt Shaw
  • Narrated by: Chris Barnes
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Home truths pave the way for a journey of self-discovery and revenge in the direct sequel to Matt Shaw's Sick Bastards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent sequel

  • By James on 07-07-15

What tha *$&#!!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Umm, no one.

What was most disappointing about Matt Shaw’s story?

This was just hardcore porn trying to pass itself off as a story.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from SickER Bastards?

Just about all of the sex scenes.

Any additional comments?

Let me say that I generally really like Matt Shaw, and I liked the first book ("Sick Bastards"), but this was one of the worst sequels I've ever read. This was just a few hours of graphic sex looking for a story. It would have been laughable if it weren't so cringe-worthy. The sex scenes were obnoxiously plentiful, drawn-out, and so obviously gratuitous that it left me wondering why he even bothered to try to construct a story around them. In the first book, at least the majority of the sex scenes made some kind of sense to the story. This one... not so much. I've never wanted 3 hours and 31 minutes of my life back as much as I want the 3 hours and 31 minutes I spent listening to this tripe. I will definitely read other Shaw books, but this one was falls squarely in the "miss" column for me.

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  • Sick Bastards

  • A Novel of Extreme Horror, Sex and Gore
  • By: Matt Shaw
  • Narrated by: Chris Barnes
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 130

A family will do anything to survive after a nuclear attack has left their world in ruins. Actions which even surprise them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sick bastards

  • By jey cee on 02-15-15

Pretty darn good!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes.

What did you like best about this story?

Very interesting from beginning to end. I was never bored.

Have you listened to any of Chris Barnes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. I don't mind his voice or his performance skills but I thought that he was the wrong person to read this specific book. The way he pronounced some of the words, with his heavy accent, made them almost laughable. Took away from some of the tension in the story.

Any additional comments?

I wasn't sure what to expect but the story held up pretty well. It was pretty gory and explicit in places but it worked - it didn't feel out of place. The ending was not what I was expecting either but I liked it! If you like gross, sexually explicit, and interesting stories then I'd recommend this. Be warned: It is EXTREMELY sexually explicit in some spots.

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  • The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five

  • By: Margo Lanagan, Ellen Datlow - editor, Ramsey Campbell, and others
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Darkness, both literal and psychological, holds its own unique fascination. Despite our fears, or perhaps because of them, listeners have always been drawn to tales of death, terror, madness, and the supernatural, and no more so than today when a wildly imaginative new generation of dark dreamers is carrying on in the tradition of Poe and Lovecraft and King, crafting exquisitely disturbing literary nightmares that gaze without flinching into the abyss - and linger in the mind long after.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Largely forgettable

  • By Dionne E Chester on 04-01-15

good example of a narrator making all the diff

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

Reviewed: 04-06-15

Any additional comments?

Very interesting stories by some of the best writers in horror fiction. These stories were made even more wonderful by the narrator. He is PHENOMENAL. I cannot compliment him enough. There were some fabulous stories here and then there were some okay stories that Mr. May's narration made fabulous.

Okay, I'll stop gushing over the narrator now and say a little something about the stories.... I found about 95% of them to be really really good. Obviously, a few really stood out, like "Little America" and "The House on Ashley Ave." (of which I could have read more of - I hope the author is going to write a novel about the very interesting Meerfield Group). There were 2 or 3 stinkers, but overall this anthology is well worth the money.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Is Red

  • Eight Disturbing Short Stories: The Color Series
  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Scott Sigler
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

A collection of eight horror stories created by New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler, author of horror/thrillers Infected, Contagious, Ancestor, Nocturnal and the young-adult Galactic Football League series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WHAT ARE YOU?

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-05-17

Authors just shouldn't read their own books

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Hard core Sigler fans

Would you recommend Blood Is Red to your friends? Why or why not?

Absolutely not.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Sigler?

Anyone else.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

This was just dreadful. I was expecting much more after reading the reviews. I guess every author has his legion of fans but I am definitely not one of Siglers. The stories were juvenile and pedantic. And his infernal rantings in-between each story almost drove me to drink. But the worst was his narration. Authors just should never read their own stories - it never goes well. This applies to all authors, even Steven King. Just pay someone to do it right. It would have made a huge difference in the quality of this audiobook. I also wish that Audible would offer redacted versions of compilation books like these - ones that don't have the authors preface to each story.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ghoul

  • By: Brian Keene
  • Narrated by: Wayne June
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

June 1984. Timmy Graco is looking forward to summer vacation, taking it easy and hanging out with his buddies. Instead his summer will be filled with terror and a life-and-death battle against a nightmarish creature that few will believe even exists. Timmy learns that the person who’s been unearthing fresh graves in the cemetery isn’t a person at all. It’s a thing. And it’s after Timmy and his friends. If Timmy hopes to live to see September, he’ll have to escape the Ghoul.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!!!!

  • By Amanda H. on 02-23-12

Well done

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, a younger friend though.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was good but exactly what I expected.

Did Wayne June do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This novel was like Pumpkinhead meets Stand by Me. Well written, a little drawn out at times, but nicely done. Worth the money.

  • I Am Not a Serial Killer

  • John Cleaver, Book 1
  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: John Allen Nelson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 796
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 663

John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator.

  • By G. Mott on 03-31-10

Teen thriller

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

Any additional comments?

This book was well written and mildly interesting but not at all what I thought it was going to be. It was more of a sophisticated teen horror story than the adult bloody thriller I was expecting.

  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,885
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,807
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,837

"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 ROLLS OF ASS CLEANING GOODNESS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-25-15

Pretty darn good!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story?

When the zombie babies attacked. What a terrific visual!!

Any additional comments?

One of the best free books I've ever gotten. The characters were pretty interesting and the writing was wonderful. I will probably buy the Mountain Man series.

  • The Sick Stuff

  • By: Ronald Kelly, Zach McCain
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

Repulsive. Disgusting. Beyond the realm of good taste...A serial killer records the abominations he has committed...on the only journal he has in his possession. All stem from a voodoo curse cast upon the unfortunate survivors of a Louisiana family...This is the sick stuff.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff!

  • By Igrat777 on 10-10-14

Good stuff!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

Any additional comments?

Pretty good collection of odd, disgusting and horrific tales. I loved that each one was very different but equally (if not more!) intriguing than the last.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful