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Antonio Marchena-Roldan

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  • Tormented

  • By: Lee Mountford
  • Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63

Adrian James is running from his past with nothing left to live for. At rock bottom, with a blade to his wrist, a mysterious stranger intervenes and offers him a chance at salvation. Adrian accepts, and he enters Arlington Asylum of his own free will. Once inside, however, he soon learns that he will never escape. And worse, there are strange experiments taking place here, and a secretive medicine is being administered, one that causes certain…changes…in the patients.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • American Horror Story Asylum meets HP Lovecraft

  • By Antonio Marchena-Roldan on 08-15-18

American Horror Story Asylum meets HP Lovecraft

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

Asylums give me the creeps. Not being in control of your thoughts, senses and actions is one of my biggest fears. Apart from that, the buildings asylums occupy tend to be a cross between a jail and a hospital, fact that make them ominous and unsettling in my eyes.

If you combine this sick and disturbing atmosphere with a higher lurking horror, you get “The Tormented”, a disturbing tale of survival in which the characters’ body and soul are on the line.

This book is not for the faint of heart. The descriptions of the author are graphic and the pictures they create in your mind will leave you feeling dirty and disgusted. The worst part of it is that even when this is a work of fiction, some of the scenes will be pictured in your imagination so vividly that you will think you are trapped with the rest of the inmates.

This book is good… in the worst possible way…

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Horror in the Woods

  • By: Lee Mountford
  • Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

For Ashley and her three friends, it was supposed to be an adventure-filled weekend. A chance to get away from the hustle-and-bustle of city life and experience the peaceful tranquility of nature. But when they ventured into those woods, their trip turned into a horror far beyond what they could have ever imagined. Because these four friends have wandered into the territory of the violent, grotesque Webb family. A group of psychopaths who have a taste for human meat. And they are hungry!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Supernatural Texas Chainsaw Massacre

  • By Spooky Mike on 12-04-17

All the elements for a great horror story!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This book has all the elements of a great horror story: isolation, strong interactions between the main characters, a deranged and deformed family of antagonists, and something else even worse… If you add some very well devised plot twists you have a tale that will make you stay at the edge of your seat.

Even when this story is full of blood, gore and violence, and some of the scenes are beyond disturbing it all works perfectly well in this novel. This fact is complemented by the interactions between the characters and their reactions to what is happening around them. I love the fact that they feel organic with their personalities and the situations they are exposed to.

This novel is not for the faint of heart, and I am eager to suffer through this talented author’s next nightmare!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tower of Zhaal

  • Cthulhu Armageddon, Book 2
  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

It has been a year since John Henry Booth's exile from New America and the fall of the Black Cathedral. Cursed with a slow transformation into a monster, he has begun a doomed relationship with fellow escapee Mercury Halsey as they seek some way to arrest his transformation. Dubious hope arrives in the form of the University, the deranged scientists and cultists descended from the staff of Miskatonic University. Except their offer of help comes at a price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and legitimate

  • By erobbins33 on 05-09-17

When you thought things could not get worse...

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

The second volume of this series happens some time after the end of the first book. It builds on the Cthulhu Armageddon world adding more action and higher stakes to the mix.

This book also takes us to some of the most iconic locales in Lovecraft's work: Arkham (including the Miskatonic University) and Insmouth. The world building is very solid and it was very interesting to see how Mr. Phipps imagined life in these places after the Old Ones took over.

I also enjoyed the new characters that were introduced in the story and how they interacted with the survivors from the events in the Black Cathedral. And of course I am a big fan of the West Boys!

One of my favorite things from this book is how Booth reacts to what is happening to him and around him. Listening to his thoughts is very enlightening and makes you think about how his morals work in that world that is doomed.

The book is full of struggles and when you thought things could not get worse... something else happens that takes to even higher stakes up to the epic final confrontation. Trust me, you don't want to miss it.

I liked this book more than the first one on the series and I am eager to enjoy the last one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 199

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

The Demonic delivers a great haunted house story..

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

I have always loved haunted house stories, but not all of them meet my standards. The Demonic surpasses my expectations with a story full of terrifying moments and a sick and unsettling atmosphere. I loved the book and how the supernatural elements in the novel feel organic with the plot.

I also enjoyed the characters. Each one of them serves the plot beautifully and I loved how they actions were true to their motivations and feelings.

I recommend that you read "The Demon of Dunton Farm" (available for free in the author's website) before or after enjoying "The Demonic". It enhances the experience.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cthulhu Armageddon

  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 334

Cthulhu Armageddon is the story of a world 100 years past the rise of the Old Ones which has been reduced to a giant monster-filled desert and pockets of human survivors (along with Deep Ones, ghouls, and other "talking" monsters).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 11-07-16

The Old Ones have won...

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I love H. P. Lovecraft’s mythology and cosmic horror in general, and this book presents a world where the Old Ones have won. I really liked the descriptions of places and individuals and how the author depicts the evolution of a humanity completely influenced by Cthulhu and the rest of the creatures of the Mythos. There is action, magic, and heartache. I think the main character is a great example of someone that would not give up, because there is always something to fight for.

I would recommend this novel to fans of the Genius of Providence, but also to readers that would like to see humanity exist in a world that is not theirs.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Was a Teenage Weredeer

  • Bright Falls Mysteries Series, Book 1
  • By: C. T. Phipps, Michael Suttkus
  • Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Jane Doe is a weredeer, the least-threatening shapechanger species in the world. Blessed with the ability to turn furry at will and psychically read objects, Jane has done her best to live a normal life working as a waitress at the Deerlightful Diner. She has big dreams of escaping life in the supernatural-filled town of Bright Falls, Michigan. Unfortunately, her 18th birthday is ruined by the sudden murder of her best friend's sister in an apparent occult killing. Oh, and her brother is the primary suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enter a different World.

  • By cosmitron on 06-10-18

What if...

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

I liked the premise for this book, but what I really loved was the world building aspect. What if supernatural races revealed themselves to the public? How society would be changed?

The story is solid and the characters are relatable. You feel an emotional cinection with Jane and the rest of the crew immediately. I really enjoyed the relationships among the inhabitants of Bright Falls and the mysteries of this small town.

This first book in the series is very enjoyable and I cannot wait to see where this story is going!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Agent G

  • Infiltrator
  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 180

In a world where virtually any death can be bought for the right price, follow the path of a high-tech assassin searching for answers to questions he shouldn't be asking along with his next target. Agent G is a Letter, one of the Society's 26 weapons for hire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Borrowed ideas but a good read.

  • By cosmitron on 04-26-18

What would you do...?

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

The main character, G, a cybernetically enhanced superspy finds himself facing crossroads that lead him to a life of action, intrigue, betrayal and assassination. This book is the turning point of his existence as a “Letter”. While I listened to Mr Kafer masterfully enunciating the agent’s thoughts I find myself wondering what would my decision have been in those situations. C.T. Phipps made me care about this apparently despicable character to the point that I wanted G to succeed, no matter the cost.

I loved the book and I’ll be listening to the rest of the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,552
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,237

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook I Ever Listened To

  • By Sam Clear on 07-13-17

If you like Jevin Hart, you will love this book.

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

Kevin Hart is one of the funniest comedians around, and his story is surprising and inspirational.

“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

  • Six Superhero Stories

  • By: Robert T. Jeschonek
  • Narrated by: Craig Jessen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

In these pages, you will thrill to some of the most exciting superhero stories ever to star a caped avenger, all written by DC Comics writer Robert T. Jeschonek. Don't miss these edgy, exciting, and surprising tales from this award-winning storyteller. This volume includes six superhero stories for one low price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great superhero fiction

  • By Dave on 06-05-14

Disappointing collection...

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

Reviewed: 02-19-14

What disappointed you about Six Superhero Stories?

I found the stories predictable and deprived of real emotion

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

Indifference

Would you be willing to try another one of Craig Jessen’s performances?

Maybe in a non-fiction book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Six Superhero Stories?

I think there is too much I would cut. I cannot decide.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dying of the Light: Interval

  • By: Jason Kristopher
  • Narrated by: Andrew McFerrin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

The world has ended, and the few who are left struggle day by day to survive. They hoped that the worst thing they would have to deal with in this new world would be the walkers, who come to rip and tear and kill. They were wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dying of the Light: Interval

  • By Antonio Marchena-Roldan on 01-03-14

The Dying of the Light: Interval

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

Reviewed: 01-03-14

Where does The Dying of the Light: Interval rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is one of the most interesting zombie books I've listened in 2013

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dying of the Light: Interval?

The trip back from Antartica.

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

It's the first time I listened to him, but he does an excellent job making characters distinguishable and emotional.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. Lots of tense moments though.

Any additional comments?

Great vision of the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. Totally worth it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful