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  • The Woman in Cabin 10

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,216

Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first Lo's stay is nothing but pleasant: The cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, and gray skies fall.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hours and hours of tired...

  • By ROBIN on 07-28-16

Far more impressive than author's debut!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-16

"The Woman in Cabin 10," was an audiobook I had chosen with serious deliberation as I had been largely disappointed by "In a Dark, Dark Wood." I find myself wishing that this novel had been Ware's debut! What a ride! I was constantly guessing, theorizing and re-evaluating my suspects again and again. As far as mysteries go, this is a stellar whodunit with a brilliant "Murder on the Orient Express" feel. Ware did her homework this time. Rather than going with the trendy unreliable (to the reader) narrator thing, she made Lo unreliable to everyone but the reader.

I don't like to write spoiler reviews so I'll just highly recommend this to you if you enjoy Agatha Christie, Mary Kubica, Paula Hawkins, or Gillian Flynn.

As far as narration goes, Brava, Ms. Church! The variation of voices and accents were executed brilliantly. (One exception: I didn't like the voice in Lo's head though... it was too antagonizing in moments where it should have spoke with dread and panic.)

  • The Haunted

  • By: Bentley Little
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 854
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 772
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 781

The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very dark, Very Good!

  • By Jason on 05-24-12

Fell very short of initial expectations

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

Reviewed: 12-18-12

What disappointed you about The Haunted?

(Spoiler alert:) The reactions of the family to these disturbing scenarios seemed extremely unrealistic. The reluctance to communicate between family members and the refusal to wake others when things went bump in the night seemed less than plausible. I get that the presence in the house drew them in... made them do things they weren't quite aware of but all were in possession of their mental faculties most of the time. The sudden bursts of rough sexual acts caught me off guard and left a sleazy aftertaste. The ultimate climax of the book just didn't seem to follow the flow of the story.

The almost constant repetition of certain bits of dialogue became obnoxious. "I'll kill you both..." and "take off your pants" were repeated so often I found myself rolling my eyes each time, thinking that the author must consider the reader/listener awfully inept at recalling plot points. Also... the writer's expressions could use a bit of diversity. Another expression that grew old entirely too fast was "persue/follow this line of questioning."

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

No. I will always be an occasional listener of horror fiction.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

During dialogue, the narrator's tone never seemed to match the mood of the context. When a character cried out in panic, anger, lust, or fear the narrator sounded bland, bored, or conveying the exact opposite emotion.

What character would you cut from The Haunted?

Rick, the owner of the print shop. He was really only an occasional distraction who served little purpose in the overall plot, other than to convey Claire's distaste for Julian's friends.

Any additional comments?

There were excellently written thrills and incredibly bizarre moments that made my nose pinch with revulsion and disgust. Bentley's capability to write gruesome or thrilling fiction is unquestioned. I was properly scared a number of times... but I was able to predict the ending about an hour and a half before the book's conclusion and found myself so disappointed to be proven right.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Dreaming

  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790

For the first time on audio, here is number one New York Times best-selling author Karen Marie Moning’s novella Into the Dreaming, a tale of Highland fantasy, star-crossed lovers, and the timeless manipulation of the ancient, immortal Unseelie king. This is Moning at her romantic, funniest finest. Caught in a deadly game between the light and dark courts of the Fae, Jane must find a way through the ice to the heart of her Highander. But will the love of one mortal woman be enough to defeat such ancient and ruthless immortal enemies?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short but sweet!

  • By Mimmi on 05-08-12

Totally worth it.

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

Reviewed: 05-23-12

I love Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series and Into the Dreaming was no exception. Granted, I was disappointed to realize that it was much shorter than her other Highlander works but in this case quality definitely trumped quantity. Listening to Into the Dreaming is a perfect way to pass a lazy evening or boring commute. Phil Gigante's narration is as wonderful as ever.

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,480

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

Absolutely Captivating

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

Reviewed: 05-23-12

Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus was an absolute treat! The story is captivating and daring, pushing the boundaries of magic and fantasy into a world of impossible and magical dreams. Celia and Marco's star-crossed love affair is a timeless theme, so eloquently played out as the illusionists crash together and cannot be pulled apart. Jim Dale does a fantastic narration and his character voices are distinct and endearing. I'm really going to be hard-pressed to find a book that will even come close to this.

  • The Woman in Black

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,823
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,824

Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Gothic Ghost Tale

  • By Mel on 01-25-12

Chilling tale, fantastic narration!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-11

The Woman in Black is so darkly enchanting. I had seen trailers for the movie which provoked me to give the book a try. The story alone is profound, moving, and horrifying... but narrator, Paul Ansdell, read with such emotion and feeling that served to better the listener's understanding of Arthur Kipps' horror. I found myself delightfully nervous for Kipps as I listened. I would definitely and already have recommend this to everyone.

A first rate story by Susan Hill. I know I shall be searching for other books narrated by Ansdell.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful