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Clark Willis

Moore, OK USA
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  • The Fisherman

  • By: John Langan
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 378

In upstate New York, in the woods around Woodstock, Dutchman's Creek flows out of the Ashokan Reservoir. Steep-banked, fast-moving, it offers the promise of fine fishing, and of something more, a possibility too fantastic to be true. When Abe and Dan, two widowers who have found solace in each other's company and a shared passion for fishing, hear rumors of the Creek, and what might be found there, the remedy to both their losses, they dismiss it as just another fish story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Horror of Loss

  • By Jim N on 04-20-17

Winded and boring

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

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

My three star rating of the performance probably is in due to the material. The material is written with two characters that have lost their wives so it's mainly from their two male perspectives. Not a lot of verbal variance in the tone here.

What could John Langan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This is my first book from this author, and probably my last. I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for the story to take off, but it never did. When the two main characters meet and start fishing together they then learn of a body of water that has a mystery tied to it. At this point I was intrigued and I thought we were going to get going story wise. The problem is that you keep waiting and waiting and waiting and the story never takes off. The mystery is slowly resolved and exposed, but with little action or heightened heartbeat.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Danny Campbell?

I never judge narrators harshly and by that I mean less than three stars, because I blame the material. I totally understand that some audiobook listeners judge the Narrator more important. To each his own I understand. My wife for instance will stop listening to a book because of the narrator alone.

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

Maybe this novel should not be listed in the horror category? I'm a true horror fan and have a leaning toward apocalyptic type novels. The story to me was not so much about the main characters as the backstory. The backstory is 80% of the novel. Reading the synopsis is really kind of misleading in my opinion. If the backstory is 80%, is it really the backstory?

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Hex

  • By: Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,073

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's beds for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened, or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dark Story...Odd Narrator

  • By Mr. Richard Smith on 08-08-16

Worth your time

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

Very unique take on the ghost and witch genre. While the book is solid throughout the ending was a little weak for me, but I still recommend the book.

I loved the modern take with technology interwoven. The characters were interesting and found yourself caring for them. I also enjoyed that you got multiple perspectives of the situation.

Many of my questions were left on answered and somethings just didn't make sense.

Believe that he watched some of my favorite horror movies from his take on things he added.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 33,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,403

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
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

OK

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

While this is not the worst apocalyptic book I've ever read or listen to, it is by far not the best either. Lots of slow parts very methodical character development.

What I liked about the book was the story told from multiple character perspectives. This was very well done.

What I didn't like was monotonous description of scenery or situation that extended certain chapters longer than I thought they should be.

  • Pawn of Prophecy

  • The Belgariad, Book 1
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,539

Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My literary "comfort food"

  • By Michael on 07-27-09

Loved this book from when I was a kid

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

Reviewed: 08-31-16

I read and reread this series decades ago. Now enjoyed listening to it on audible. The performance was quite good over all, I just wish he would refrain from rolling every R.

  • The Fireman

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,855
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,838

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it's Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What can I say

  • By Randall on 06-24-16

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

While I did enjoy moments of the fireman, overall it was predictable and I knew what was coming before it occurred.

The son of Stephen King has followed in his father's footsteps as you will hear religion, Republicans, FOXNews, pro-life people bashed throughout the book. This is getting old. We get it Joe and Stephen people who are conservative are stupid and mean and always the one who do evil.

This is no heart-shaped box, and will be the last book I listen to or read from Joe Hill.

34 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • A Head Full of Ghosts

  • By: Paul Tremblay
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,279
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,121

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when 14-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents' despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie's descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner

  • By E.C. on 07-31-15

Ambiguous

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

Reviewed: 11-19-15

Ambiguous much? I can deal with books and movies being ambiguous, but this novel is nothing but ambiguous. If you want to read a novel which at the end you can create your own answers to hundreds of questions, then this is the novel for you. Also, I couldn't find any character in this novel to like or even care for. If you like a book that has a clean precise ending with answers to most of your questions then for the love of God do not read this book. You've been warned.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Haunted

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Marc Cashman, Erik Davies, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 762
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 767

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True Horror -- Not for the faint of heart, stomach

  • By Dominique on 05-24-05

Now I know I'm not the only strange person

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

"You feed me my own ass!" Wow what a brilliant horror satire of the state of Americans. The ultimate reality TV story.