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  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,164

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

Uhhgg other reviewers, Seriously?

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

Any additional comments?

How about you political cultists just review the book and leave your insane "Omg this is a sign of the times!" cr@p out of it? Get lives, you insane freaks. Sometimes a book is just a book.

2 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Passionate Percipient

  • Illusions I Have Known and Loved - Selected Writings of John A. Keel
  • By: John A.. Keel, Andrew Colvin
  • Narrated by: Bruce T. Harvey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

New Saucerian Press is too pleased to present The Passionate Percipient: Illusions I Have Known And Loved, a collection of magazine articles by John A. Keel, the man many consider to have been not only the premiere investigator of all things unusual and Fortean, but who was also our own, twentieth-century Mark Twain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hmmm...

  • By Barbara on 01-31-17

Hmmm...

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

Would you try another book from John A.. Keel and Andrew Colvin and/or Bruce T. Harvey?

Yes, I have already.

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

While these ideas are interesting, Keel's ego draws serious suspect on his recounts of things that happened. He's usually always mentioned by people who don't know him, the only one who can calm people, the only one who understands something, supposedly the best investigative journalist ever and everyone else except a select few are pathetic etc. There really are endless examples of this sort of white knighting, self importance through out all of his books and articles.The some people's ego needs to feel superior to everyone else, that it will in fact lie to fit that need. So, while his ideas are interesting and well thought out, his recounts of events are highly unbelievable and are most likely embellished, either on purpose or subconsciously. His name dropping is a bit of a supporting fact.
Again, it's not a horrible book. It's just you really need to keep in mind the guy was an ego maniac and take everything with a grain of salt.

Would you be willing to try another one of Bruce T. Harvey’s performances?

Oh my no. His accents are borderline racist or just absurd. I appreciate the effort, but when you make a man from India sound like a Chinese man, you just need to stop.

Was The Passionate Percipient worth the listening time?

Not really. Everything stated here is echoed in every other book. They're almost all exactly the same thing. Which is disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • From Anguish to Ashes

  • This Soul Is Yours to Take
  • By: L. W. Suton
  • Narrated by: Sabian Lockheart
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

An anthology of short horror.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't fall for the reviews

  • By Barbara on 08-28-16

Don't fall for the reviews

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

What disappointed you about From Anguish to Ashes?

The stories were not in the least bit scary. They're not unique. The reviews are quite misleading. I'm not sure who got paid or who knows the authors or narrator but clearly they're bias and not truthful.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing by this pair

How could the performance have been better?

Enough with trying to over dramatize things that aren't scary. Someone driving down the road or looking at a baby doesn't need to be the most dramatic thing in the world.

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

Anger that I fell for bought reviews.

Any additional comments?

I'll be requesting a refund.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Strange Mutants of the Twenty First Century

  • By: John A. Keel
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Strange Mutants of the Twenty-First Century contains Keel's very first ruminations on Mothman, as well as a variety of strange reports on black "demon" dogs, phantom cats, Bigfoot and other North American giants, flying humanoids, flying saucers, flying snakes, and even stranger mutants that Keel believed reside with us on Earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sasquatch lovers unite!

  • By erobbins33 on 07-20-15

My aching brain!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-15

What disappointed you about Strange Mutants of the Twenty First Century?

I couldn't get more then 15 minutes into this book. The narrator's Constant inappropriate upward and downward inflections were driving me insane. Sounding like he was asking me a question halfway through a single word. It was like listening to a speak-n-spell that was thrown against the wall a few times. I couldn't stand it. Speak normally! ffs

What could John A. Keel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I don't know but I know who ever hired the narrator should be drawn and quartered.

What didn’t you like about Jack Chekijian’s performance?

That it stopped when I hit pause. This man should never be allowed to read another book out loud at any time. Ever.

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

Anger and irritation.

Any additional comments?

I'm sure the book is interesting. I may buy it. However, I would rather scrap my face along jagged rocks for 9 hours then listen to Jack Chekijian ever again.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Collected Works of Philip K. Dick: 11 Science Fiction Stories

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Kevin Killavey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

The Collected Works of Philip K. Dick is a collection of 11 science fiction stories by Philip K. Dick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Stories...well read.

  • By cindilla on 12-18-12

Stories are awesome, narration not so much

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

Reviewed: 01-01-15

Would you try another book from Philip K. Dick and/or Kevin Killavey?

I would absolutely listen to more Philip K. Dick books. As for listening to Kevin Killavey again, I would have to pass. his voice is nice enough but he has that "I have way too much saliva in my mouth" sound. His S's sound like "TTTHHHHHH" It's kind of gross.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Collected Works of Philip K. Dick: 11 Science Fiction Stories?

I don't think it's so much there was a memorable story that stood out. All of them are memorable. The thing I found fascinating is how many modern stories have been taken from one single short story and then some. You can see the roots of Terminator, Battlestar Galactica and an unblushing "borrowing" on Spielberg's part to "inspire" his film AI ei: David and his teddy bear.

What didn’t you like about Kevin Killavey’s performance?

He has a nice voice, but he sounds like he's drowning in his own saliva most of the time.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Insanity Tales

  • By: Stacey Longo, David Daniel, Vlad V., and others
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

Here you will find twisted psyches, peculiar people, and demons of the mind and spirit. If you like your stories dark and scary, come take a stroll through this asylum, hearing ominous whispers or the shrieks of the unhinged echoing in your ears. You'll find yourself glancing nervously over your shoulder, or wondering about that odd-looking person at the bus stop - or even in the mirror. Come in, enjoy the trip, but step carefully, and watch the shadows, for you may never be the same again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy & Insightful - Scary Combination!

  • By DabOfDarkness on 01-14-15

Don't believe the hype

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narrator was Horrible. The way he did female voices was So obnoxious. I'm still not sure if it was a mocking tone or just a really poor choice in voice pitches. Either way, I couldn't listen to that sound without having to turn off the audiobook to give my ears a rest. It was like nails on a chalk board.
The stories are not scary in he least bit. They're pretty much old hat as far as short stories go.

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

They were neither interesting or scary.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Fred Wolinsky?

Anyone! It's like you hear a horrible narrator and think, "This is the worst." Then you hear Mr. Wolinsky's imitation of a female voice and think, "I was wrong. It can get worse!"

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, not one.

Any additional comments?

I'm not sure where the good reviews came from, but I'm fairly sure it wasn't from anyone that listened or read this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn

  • Xenogenesis, Book 1
  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Aldrich Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,490
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,491

In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is "awakened", she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't tell if I loved it or hated it.

  • By Lindsay on 01-31-16

Wow...

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

Reviewed: 11-26-14

Where does Dawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Dawn ranks up into my top 5 books of all time. I read a lot of books, sci-fi, fantasy and horror. I have been through so many different authors that it's mind boggling. Not one can I say I am what you'd call a "fan." I would buy two maybe three books by a single author and lose interest. They eventually become unrelatable and repetitive to me. I am a very hard to please book fan... extremely hard to please. I have just discovered Octavia E. Butler last week. I have already read /listened to four of her books. For me, the way she writes is a way I can relate to. I see myself in her characters. I listen to her "Forwards" and "Afterwards" and I am right there with her. I've never had that with an author before. She is a real literary gem and more than deserving of every award she won. At least, in my opinion.

What other book might you compare Dawn to and why?

I can't really compare the story to another book. It's more like a very interesting "Twilight Zone" episode.

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

This is my first listen to Aldrich Barrett. She is Amazing. Her voice is soothing yet to the point and quietly intense when it needs to be. Her character voices are easily distinguishable. She has no overly cartoony voices. She doesn't try to have a "male" voice, yet it comes across clearly that she's speaking as a male character. No obnoxious lisp, gross popping saliva like sound some other readers have. I would Love to hear a book read by her coupled with Tim Curry.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The main characters revulsion and acceptance at the same time.

Any additional comments?

Give one of Octavia's books a try. I rarely rave about authors, you can see this from my other reviews. If you like stories that reply more on the actual story to be interesting, psychologically complex, then Octavia's writing is for you. If you Only need 6 hours of someone bashing in skulls to entertain you and scare you (Not that I am opposed to such books, they just aren't very.... scary, kind of boring and most try too hard to be shocking that they fail horribly), you will not have the intellect to understand the real horror she writes about.

99 of 112 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunted

  • By: Michaelbrent Collings
  • Narrated by: Paula Slade
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 72

They have the beginnings of a perfect family. A husband, a wife, a baby on the way. But something will stop them from being happy as they move into their new house: the power of the undead that roam the halls of their home. The demons that have come to claim them. The darkness that seeks to destroy them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Paranormal Snoozer

  • By Thomas Cook on 11-26-14

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 09-25-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change how quickly one is able to figure out what is going on, drag out the suspense.

Has The Haunted turned you off from other books in this genre?

Nope

What does Paula Slade bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think she did a fine job of reading the story. There's a few parts where the book calls for an adult to talk "baby talk" to another adult. It's really friggen obnoxious. I literally was grinding my teeth to make it through those parts. Thankfully, it only happens 4 times. I think the author has a nice voice, then again deep voices sound more pleasant to me than high pitched ones, so it's a personal preference. At least she doesn't have a lisp like some unfortunate books I've wasted credits on.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

This books plot has been in several movies. "I see dead people."

Any additional comments?

The story is interesting and the reader does an ok job. It's not scary, the plot has been done numerous times (I mean NUMEROUS times), but if you have a spare credit to throw about it's not a bad story. From other reviews I was expecting to be scared out of my wits. That didn't happen. I suppose if you're sheltered from horror stories this might scare you. For a veteran horror fan, this will just make you think, "Oh.. this story again" as you search for a scarier book to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The New Neighbor

  • By: Ray Garton
  • Narrated by: Ginger Beechwood
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

The Pritchard family is quite content in their home on Deerfield Avenue...until Lorelle Dupree moves in across the street. The new neighbor is astonishingly beautiful...friendly...and seductive. Each member of the Pritchard family surrenders to her advances and Lorelle's influence changes them in shocking ways. Soon everyone on Deerfield is changing. And then the killings start. The new neighbor is not interested in borrowing a cup of sugar or using your weed-whacker. She's more interested in your soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • twisted

  • By Lisa D. on 11-22-15

Shame on this author.

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

Reviewed: 09-24-14

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

This book is for anyone who, like the author, hates people who are over weight and finds it perfectly alright to insult them. You can describe an over weight person without using the words "flabby, sickening, jiggling fat rolls" etc.

What could Ray Garton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Keep his personal feelings about over weight people to himself.

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

Nope, I have not, nor will I listen to another.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It had none. It was written as if by a pre-teen. The story would have been better if it was written by an adult.

Any additional comments?

Authors like this are disgusting. I love horror books and "out of the box" kind of stories, however I draw the line at authors who put their disgusting prejudices in their stories, be it racism, sexism, age-ism or size-ism.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

  • A Novel
  • By: Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,499

Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way

  • By aaron on 01-09-12

Just couldn't get into it

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

Reviewed: 07-29-14

What disappointed you about We Need to Talk About Kevin?

It was just really, truly boring.

What could Lionel Shriver have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It needed more than just a woman complaining that she's single. I get it, it sucks. Move on!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Coleen Marlo?

I think she did a fair job. I've heard better and worse.

Any additional comments?

I was disappointed in this book. I was expecting something more. Ah well, you win some you lose some.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful