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  • The Forgotten Girl

  • A Thriller
  • By: Rio Youers
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Harvey Anderson is a twenty-six-year-old street performer from New Jersey. He enjoys his peaceful life, but everything turns upside down when he is abducted and beaten by a group of nondescript thugs. Working for a sinister man known as "the spider," these goons have spent nine years searching for Harvey's girlfriend, Sally Starling. Now they think they know where she lives. And whom she loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic!

  • By Elsa on 07-05-18

Superb thriller

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

A superb thriller. Intriguing from the very first line. Rio Youers writes beautiful prose, but not at the expense of break-neck pacing. A story that's exciting and emotionally engaging right up to the perfect ending.

  • High Moor 3: Blood Moon

  • By: Graeme Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Chris Barnes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

The war has begun...As the humans make their move against the werewolf threat in their midst, and civil war threatens to break the pack apart, John and Marie struggle to free the only person who can unite the werewolf factions against their common enemy: Marie's brother, Michael. However, their efforts may be for nothing. As tensions mount, the Moonborn prepare to combat the human aggression with an assault of their own; an attack that could spell doom for both man and werewolf alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Werewolf Series. Period.

  • By Dawnzilla on 12-18-15

My high expectations were exceeded by far...

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

Reviewed: 01-19-16

Part three of the best werewolf trilogy (and one of the best trilogies overall). From the beginning the High Moor audio production has been phenomenal.

Chris Barnes, an incredibly talented narrator, has brought this story to its full potential, and by now he's become part of the High Moor world.

The author, Graeme Reynolds, has of course already written two cracking werewolf thrillers, and took his time over the third and final installment! That extra time paid off, and I found it to be the best of the three.

By this point in the story we're already familiar with the characters and a lot has happened leading up to this moment. The stakes are high, for sure, and my absolute attention was captured from the opening sentence.

This was a riveting experience, and strongly recommended for anyone who's read the first two. Those who haven't should go buy the audio versions and catch up. Now.

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  • GodBomb!

  • By: Kit Power
  • Narrated by: Chris Barnes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

It's 1995 in North Devon, England. There's a born-again revival meeting in a public building; the usual mix of the faithful, the curious, and the desperate. And one other - an atheist suicide bomber. He's angry. He wants answers. And if God doesn't come and talk to him personally, he's going to kill everyone in the building....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-14-16

Fascinating, horrifying, and totally unique

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

Reviewed: 12-16-15

What made the experience of listening to GodBomb! the most enjoyable?

Switching from one character to another in an otherwise tense situation can often be a distraction but it worked very well here. And what made it work especially well was the way it was narrated.

What did you like best about this story?

A standard hostage-situation setup took many turns and kept me guessing throughout.

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

Kit Power's prose and Chris Barnes' voice were a match made in heaven (so to speak). Barnes has the ability to narrate with a palpable sense of urgency, and this paired especially well with the vivid descriptions and the present-tense narrative.

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

There were several. Without revealing possible spoilers, there was at least one scene in which we are privy to the most private, intimate moment of a person's live: their death. The present-tense POV allowed the reader to hold their hand through the process.

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  • Boy's Life

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,524

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to like this book.

  • By Adele Beeman on 06-18-15

A story about a boy, with mystery and magic realism.

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

Reviewed: 07-14-15

A story about a boy, with mystery and magic realism. It doesn't get much better than this.
Narration was perfect.

  • Bird Box

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Malerman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,500
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,492

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: 20 miles downriver in a rowboat blindfolded with nothing to rely on but Malorie's wits and the children's trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't look!

  • By Lesley on 05-22-14

Stunning, beautiful, and terrifying.

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

Reviewed: 01-20-15

Stunning, beautiful, and truly scary. There are very few things more terrifying than the knowledge that seeing something can drive you insane. Malorie looks back on how it all started as she and her two young children take a blindfolded journey in search of salvation. This was riveting from page one right through to the end.

  • Cecil & Bubba Meet the Thang

  • By: Terry M. West
  • Narrated by: Gene Blake
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

In this follow-up novella, Cecil and Bubba spend what they think will be an uneventful Halloween night at McGee's Gas, Garage, and 24 Hour Convenience center, until they are joined by a new and unlikely ally. Soon after that, a pair of FBI agents brings a van in for emergency service work. The agents are hauling a weird cargo and Rosalita's curse soon causes an ancient evil to rise and walk the earth once more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love these guys. And Gene Blake nails the tone.

  • By Jonathan Woodrow on 01-08-15

I love these guys. And Gene Blake nails the tone.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

If you could sum up Cecil & Bubba Meet the Thang in three words, what would they be?

Rednecks. Alien. Fun.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cecil. Of the two, he seems like he's marginally more responsible than his brother. He knows he's a lazy redneck and he owns it. This time, though, he steps up to the plate and does what needs to be done.

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

Yes, and just as I'd expected. Blake narrated West’s earlier collection of short stories, What Price Gory, and he did a fine job. With Cecil and Bubba, his choice of vocal style brings a special kind of humour that really brings out the absurdity of their situation. It works perfectly.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Standing between and ancient evil and world destruction are Cecil and Bubba. What?

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  • The Housemates

  • A Novel of Extreme Terror
  • By: Iain Rob Wright
  • Narrated by: Chris Barnes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Ten days, twelve competitors, two million pounds cash. What at first appears to be a wonderful opportunity for Damien Banks turns out to be the worst nightmare he can imagine. Trapped inside a house with eleven strangers, and a booming voice known only as "The Landlord" controlling his every move, Damien will be forced to compete not only for the money, but for his life. Let the games begin

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended! Horror fans won't be disappointed.

  • By Scott on 07-16-14

Excellent performance of an engaging story

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

Reviewed: 12-18-14

If you could sum up The Housemates in three words, what would they be?

Horrifying human experiment

If you’ve listened to books by Iain Rob Wright before, how does this one compare?

I have not. But I will probably seek out more of his work in the future.

Which character – as performed by Chris Barnes – was your favorite?

Damien, the protagonist. He was tough, but always fair and honourable. Chris managed to convey that perfectly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. The narrator brought the characters to life in a definitive way. Some of the housemates had similar attitudes and styles, and it would have been easy to confuse them. This is where the narrator came in, and he nailed it.

Any additional comments?

I found the story perfectly enjoyable--interesting and engaging, if a little generic. But I was expecting something more. This is a Big Brother house setting, with elements of Saw, My Little Eye, and Cube, and it works very well.

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