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  • The Demonic

  • Supernatural Horror Series, Book 1
  • By: Lee Mountford
  • Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 201

Years ago, a young girl ran away from her childhood home and vowed never to go back. It was a place of fear, pain, and misery at the hands of an abusive father. But now, her father is dead, and she is forced to break that vow and return home - to lay his body to rest and face up to the ghosts of her past. However, Danni is about to learn that some ghosts are more real than others. Something beyond her understanding waits for her there, lurking in the shadows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dead Goat Equals No Go

  • By Spooky Mike on 02-27-18

I really wanted to like this

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

So as a horror story buff for over 25yrs, I've had a finely tuned aficionado's appetite for horror and suspense stories. Reading the reviews I was cautiously optimistic to give this a try. I'm reminded now not to trust reviews on horror stories anymore. I came into it looking for a nice sitdown meal but feel like I walked away with fast food in my belly. While not horrible tasting it wasn't what I wished it was. I kept trying to reimagine this story as a film adaptation and it would fall short at every twist and turn. Like it didn't have enough substance in the plot to bother.

The story picks up rather quickly. A family visits the mother's hometown and childhood house to bury her estranged father and make final arrangements for his property. The back story unfolds a bit here and there. The husband has some weird domineering tendencies which rub me wrong right from the start. Danni the mom, has this past she only sorta shares and her husband seems way too apathetic towards. Its weird.

The goat scene at the beginning appears to be some kind of foreshadowing yet I kept wondering when we'd return to it or how it might correlate.

I think for an author in this genre you really need to push the envelope. Make your audience uncomfortable and say the things that take it over that edge. But this author tiptoes around those details. So what should be a gritty rated R is just like PG-13 (with adult themed exceptions). For example, while you're in the head of Danni, she flashes back to some abuse by the father in the past but the author never outright and says what happened to her. We're reading a horror story, there's no need to sugar coat things to be sensitive to the audience. They should know what they're getting into. Danni seems so nonchalant about replying to her abusive father when he calls for her, yet knowing a violent encounter is possible. It's all very improbable.

There were a few other moments that just seemed ridiculous to me I was rolling my eyes. Danni and kids are in a terrible situation preparing to face more terror and the mom stops to tell the daughter how proud she is at how she handled the situation. C'MON...who does that? Who says that in that moment? They'd be frantic and hyperventilating and panicked.

There wasn't much gore or scare for me til the end with Danni. And I had a "wow that escalated fast" moment. You have a PG-13 novel now move into R real quick but it was like there and gone in a blink. But I guess that was the climax for you.

This was a single narrator story but suddenly midway in the book, there's spooky voices dubbed over supernatural characters. WHAT?!?! Either start as an audible drama with sound effects throughout or just don't bother. It was weird and cheesy whenever the voice came through. The narrator did a fair job for the most part except when he had to shout. The whisper-shout felt really obvious with him. To his credit, he's probably not an actor and there's probably some kind of intent to keep your voice more or less at the same level throughout the narration but it too felt a little cheesy in the tense moments when he whisper-shouted.

I'm not really interested in wasting more credits towards any other books in this series. I wish the audible review committee would push up some of the negative reviews towards the top of the reviews so a listener can get a more balanced impression of the book they're about to commit to. All I saw was great views. After the fact, I went a few pages deeper and finally found some more realistic appraisals that I agreed with whole-heartedly.

Anyway, if you're not a longtime horror fan, this might be spooky enough for you, but if you're an old pro at that genre, I'd give this a pass up.

  • A Child Is Torn

  • Whitley & Keal Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Dawn Kopman Whidden
  • Narrated by: Beth A. McIntosh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

When dependable Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His 10-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game, Super Mario - and he's covered in blood. Detective Jean Whitely rounds out the investigative team and she suspects there is much more to the case than what meets the eye. The happily married mother of two is unwavering in her determination to uncover the real truth about Brad. Was he abused? Or is he the product of an evil seed born to kill?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought it was.

  • By TinkerMel on 09-01-17

This made my heart hurt

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

Ugh these types of stories really grab your heartstrings. Having a young boy myself, it's hard not to feel those maternal pangs with this one. Such a tragic tale. I laughed, I cried, my heart hurt, my heart swelled.

Brad assumingly did a very bad thing and the story unfolds as a team of police detectives and therapists try to get to the bottom of the mystery of how a little 10yr old boy is capable of such a horrendous act. Why? The author really does a great job getting into the mind of this little guy and showing you how helpless and scared and alone he feels.

I like the parallel subplots going on with the story of Brad on one side and the interpersonal lives of the police detectives on the case and the therapist Dr Hope Rubin on the other side. Some of it can be perceived as a bit contrived - Marty the cop running into Dr Hope and her mom at the mall and pulling her over etc but you're rooting for them so you can overlook the bit of disbelief that they'd run into each other so frequently. But you're relieved when they work out their differences and decide to pursue things outside of the work environment.

There were some logistical confusions for me early on in the story but then I realized the year the story was written and it became less of a focus for me. The story is obviously modern enough for the characters to have cell phones but they rely on them so seldomly its weird to me. They still use landlines and answering machines and have to retrieve messages when they get back to the office. So much lost communication due to not being at the place of call. I still feel like those details are a bit dated even for 2012 - like people were relying on smart phones a lot more by then but I digress. Not an important detail.

One other detail felt a little clumsy for me. We really don't focus on the investigation much with the exception of delving a bit into the maternal family but why is the paternal family not relevant? I can understand if the hospital staff doesn't pursue every lead by why don't the detectives on the case?!?

I was worried about the story's wrap up by the last hour, hoping there was some resolution in that amount of time left and I wasn't disappointed. I felt like there's still maybe some loose ends that could evolve into some subplots in the 2nd book but I could see them not too and it'd be fine.

When I first started this story, I was a little torn about the narrator. She sounds elderly perhaps (age doesn't matter) but that was made noticeable by the wobble in her voice. She was very breathy at the beginning although I either got used to it and forgot about it or she wasn't as breathy towards the later half of the story. The voice worked for some of the characters better than others. The fragility was great for the voice of Brad and the little bit older detectives and elderly family of Brad but for the younger characters not as well. Hope and her friend and Marty and Justin all seemed overly frail in their vocal representations so I had to actively overlook that nuance to her voice.

All in all, great story. Made me go home and hug my baby boy a little tighter last night.

  • Great North Road

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 36 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,025

A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family - composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies. Or maybe not so friendly....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get the Timeline and Cast of Characters

  • By Don M on 02-03-13

Be prepared for a long haul Marathon

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

Reviewed: 04-15-19

Wow, I can't believe I made it to the end. That's not to say it was a dull read but it was indeed LONG. It was a marathon not for the faint of heart. This was a slow slow burner. The ah-ha moments didn't really happen until like the 4th quarter of the book and the real gotchas until hour 33 for me. But the nice thing about that, was that for me - a usual early guesser of plot surprises - the plot twists were indeed that, a twist til the end. I said a lot of "noooo waaaaayyy!"s in those final hours.

Initially you get the impression this is a 36hr whodunit mystery....borrrrrring right?....but it unfolds slowly into something way more thoughtful and involved and captivating. The depth of character and familial history is remarkable. The story unfolds in the future behind the lens of a local police detective Sid's homicide investigation. The deceased being none other than a mystery North clone. The North's are this notorious family of clones originated from 3 clone brothers. Each subsequent clone generation degradating a bit each time down the line. Being a 2 North, this mystery clone is important. So in march all the key players on the task force - Sid's team. Sid is in the hot seat of a case that could make or break his tenuous hold on his career. This being a North case turns the usual set of protocols on its top and sends Sid's team into overdrive trying to back track modern technology's records of what happened the night of the murder.

This is a fresh and relevant glance on what life could look like in a 100 years with regard to space/time travel and modern technology. What with self driving cars, smart dust cast about entire cities and smart cells in a person's body recording events as they unfold and that analyze body functions its hard to commit the perfect murder, but somehow it happens.

Hamilton does a fine job of weaving subplots in and out between the chapters. While Sid's team is feverishly chipping away at the North murder mystery, we're introduced to a whole nuther set of characters. Angela Tremela was accused and charged of a mass murder some 20yrs prior of a North and his entire household using the same unique method of killing as Sid's case. She professed her innocence 20yrs ago and still maintains it today. Being that this is big deal North business she's released from a life sentence in prison and is brought along to another planet to hunt for a "monster" whom she claimed killed the North household in the past. So Angela and an extensive search team set out to St Libra to begin the hunt. This journey is fraught with one hurdle after another as they're plunked into this alien jungle on the manhunt for a mystery monster who smells like mint. The clock begins ticking as the world is thrown into an artificial winter and the hunters become the hunted.

I also found the cultural nuances to be fascinating. Being an English author there were some colloquial vocabulary that I wasn't familiar with and was entertained by. Sid and all his associates and family using the term "pet" when referring familiarly or endearingly towards one another. It seemed to be most frequently used by a man to a woman but not reserved for people in a relationship together. Sid called colleagues and key witnesses AND his wife "pet".

If you enjoy sci-fi and crime mysteries this might just be the perfect marriage of the two genres all rolled into one big story.

  • The Event

  • By: Nathan Hystad
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,265

Cities all around the world reported strange alien vessels descending. Some saw them as the heralds of a new age; others fired everything they had at them. All were taken as the beams lashed down and drew them into the sky. Dean was left behind, seemingly the last man on Earth. A trail of clues left by his dead wife guides Dean on a perilous journey across America and beyond to learn the truth behind the mysterious ships and save humanity from its doom.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the purchase

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-12-18

interesting premise but run of the mill

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

Nothing super breath-taking to write home about. The story felt a little hard to suspend disbelief. I liked the dog being in it..that was a sweet touch. I want to remember more details but the characters were so all over the place...literally geographically that it seemed too outlandish to be real. I'm not super eager to blow a new credit on book 2 for a 7hr listen of similar content. It was just ok for me.

  • Killer by Nature

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jan Smith
  • Narrated by: Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,033
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,984

Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder – a body found in a children's playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, 'The Playground Killer' (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage's often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad this was free

  • By Tammy on 03-15-19

The dramatic music interludes were annoying

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

I get it, this was a Original drama but it was way over the top with the recap of title details at the lead of each segment. Its like having the starting intro of a show after each commercial break. ANNOYING!!!!! Incidentally I DID like the sprinkling of sound effects in there. While I think you can over do it at times its an interesting way to envelope your listener into the story. It reminded me a bit of how radio programs would have been like back in the day before TV.

There were some good twists and turns and surprises there at the end. I'm glad it was free or otherwise I wouldn't have spared the credit or time. But this was a nice little audible snack for a day in between big novels. Some interesting character parallels and ah-ha moments. Wasn't my favorite listen by any means but wasn't the worst either.

  • Tsunami Crimes

  • Disaster Crimes, Book 3
  • By: Chrys Fey
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 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

Beth and Donovan have come a long way from Hurricane Sabrina and the San Francisco earthquake. Now they are approaching their wedding day and anxiously waiting to promise each other a lifetime of love. The journey down the aisle isn’t smooth, though, as they receive threats from the followers of the notorious criminal, Jackson Storm. They think they’ll be safe in Hawaii, but distance can’t stop these killers. Not even a tsunami can. This monstrous wave is the most devastating disaster Beth has ever faced.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Eh I tried to like it but struggled

  • By Aquakittie on 03-27-19

Eh I tried to like it but struggled

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

While I haven't listened to any of the other books in this series, I decided to listen since it could be read as a stand-alone novel. I'm fond of the disaster and apocalypse type stories and can enjoy a good romance from time to time. HOWEVER blending the lines between genres can be hit or miss. I think this was more miss that hit unfortunately.

The narrator, Bill Nevitt, has a pleasant voice but when I started, and am reminded it's supposed to be a disaster type storyline, it's hard to reconcile that against how chipper and pleasant Bill's voice is. It's not convincing to me as a serious story narration. He reminds me of the voice over actor for the young children's show on Disney Jr called Puppy Dog Pals. I feel like the story could use a bit more grit. His adaptation of women's voices and cadences was hard for me to get past as well. That said, it wasn't bothersome enough to forgo the listen.

The story itself....Hmmmm. The plot was so over the top my ability to suspend disbelief was totally thwarted. I realize this falls in the Romance category but the smattering of love scenes seemed unnecessary and tedious within the context of disaster book. Too much flowery description at times in parts of the story that were inappropriate at that moment in time for my liking. Go grit, or go rom-com but smashing the two together with equal parts was just hard for me and came off cheesy at times.

The part of the story that was most compelling for me was the actual tsunami and the aftermath of the tsunami for both Donovan and Beth. I feel like the author did a good job in researching how a tsunami behaves, what a body might go through during such an event, and what a disaster area might look like after the fact.

The beginning was quick and you got to the wedding fast, but I think it was good to be that brief. The setup doesn't need to drag out too long. The events in Hawaii were supposed to be the substance of the story and it was.

The fact that Donovan and Beth have been through all these disasters and are going undercover etc just seems too far fetched for me though. I'm doubtful I'll return for any prequels or sequels.

  • The Winter of the Witch

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 619

The Winternight Trilogy introduced an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will prove a blessing or a curse. Now, Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers - and for someone to blame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Sonya on 02-16-19

Solid conclusion to the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

I love how the author really brought to life this Russian fairytale with a sprinkling in of actual historical events in Russian history. (the battle at the end for one).

The concept of "midnight" and the coming and going and the important people Vasya meets there was really neat.

Would definitely recommend the trilogy as a whole.

  • Sovereign

  • By: Jeff Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,093
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,251

Micah Cole has been in deep space for three years while his parents chase their obsession with finding intelligence to the far corners of the universe, but Micah dreams of the friends he left behind and counts the days until they return home. When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys their ship, Micah is separated from his family and stranded on Sovereign, a vast planet of raging rivers, towering forests, and deadly creatures. If Micah ever wants to see his family or his home again, he’ll have to learn to how to survive on a hostile alien world, all alone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NOT like the Martian

  • By TrustedReviewer on 02-21-19

Great Sci-Fi for kids

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

As an adult I listened and wasn't totally put off by the intended audience. It still kept my attention and felt relevant as an adult.

Pretty cool concept of future space travel. Prospectors traveling through space looking for other life.

Some of it got a little hard to suspend disbelief when it got to Micah surviving on Sovereign outside of any life-support suits.

The last quarter of the story got a little hard to wrap your head around especially for a younger audience but perhaps it doesn't matter.

Would definitely suggest as a read for a sci-fi buff kid. Adult, meh, probably not. I feel like there's plenty out there in adult fiction Sci-Fi to feed that hunger.

  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,818
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,586

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Carla on 11-22-17

Nice little Jaunt from my weighty lengthy reads

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

Very smart concept taking well known fairy tale characters and making them in to real live people with real live issues. It was fun trying to trace back the character to the fairy tale before it became obvious which one they were from.

Frank!! Whoa what an interesting take on THAT story. I won't spoil it by giving him away but very creative. I didn't realize who Marie was until close to the end.

Pretty nice weaving of the stories together to make one cohesive tale. The end was kinda lack luster though. Like maybe there's room for a sequel but kind of why bother type thing. The clever concept helped drive the story otherwise I don't think it would've been as successful.

  • Ship of Destiny

  • The Liveship Traders, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 33 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458

As Bingtown slides toward disaster, clan matriarch Ronica Vestrit, branded a traitor, searches for a way to bring the city's inhabitants together against the Chalcedean threat. Meanwhile, Althea Vestrit, unaware of what has befallen Bingtown and her family, continues her perilous quest to track down and recover her liveship Vivacia from the ruthless pirate Kennit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something altogether new

  • By Lorena on 06-06-12

Great finale to an epic tale

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

I found this series a bit harder to get into than the Fareseer Trilogy but these held me well enough. I was successfully invested by book one even though I really found the serpent chapters to be complete drudgery. Onward into book 2, I felt the same. A bit more was explained by way of the serpents but they were still chapters I wished I could have just skipped altogether.

Book 3....FINALLY some wrap up and tie in and answers to mysteries and big story long questions and dilemmas.

Its action packed, and filled with some emotional hard to hear sections. But I love how everything wrapped up and concluded.

I feel like there's some definite doors left open for satellite stories about Amber and whatever might come after THIS story.