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  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,264
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,576

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

I loved it but....

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

I really loved these stories, written and read by an expert story teller it was great! However, 6 hours?! I want more, I waited for so long and it's over so soon.

93 of 133 people found this review helpful

  • Fledgling

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Tracey Leigh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753

Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler's final novel, is the story of a young amnesiac girl whose inhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must learn who wanted to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual Concept, Very Good Read

  • By B. W. on 09-15-08

How much pedophilia is too much?

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

Warning:
This book has outright pedophilia, not Lolita style creeping but a child seeking sex from adults and adults seeking sex from a child. Now some may say that "she is a 50 year old vampire" and yes that's true but she is a child in vampire or Aina (as they are called here) culture there fore she is a person who is a child in the context of her species and looks like a child in the context of human culture.

The humans recognize her as a child yet take the opportunity to have aggressive sex with her? At one point a male Aina (her own species) makes out with her even though she is no doubt a child in her own context so we can throw out the different culture excuse.

Also one of the male characters mentions the idea of being with an Aina male as gross because gay is icky but pedophilia is yay!?

I am sad because I really wanted to give Octavia Butler a chance in supporting a woman of color and now I'm weary of reading anything by her. This book is more explicit than Lolita and has more outright pedophilia than 1Q84, at least in Lolita you have an unreliable narrator and you can say it was all in his perverted head and in 1Q84 the pedophile is a crazy cult leader (no to mention the main character having sex with a teenager. Here we have situations where a child in any context is sexually pursued and yearned for and she in turn seeks it out as well.

Normalizing pedophilia.... nope, never. Stop it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ballad of Black Tom

  • By: Victor LaValle
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 651

Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his black skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their trained cops. But when he delivers an occult page to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I've heard all year.

  • By Jason on 05-24-16

The glory of outsider things.....

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

On the subject of Lovecraft's racism and Lovecraft's racist fandom of the past Nick Mamatas wrote that those who write and read Lovecraftian literature of today side with "the glory of the outsider things." We do not see ourselves in the xenophobic protagonists because many of us who read Lovecraftian lit are people if color and non racist people of European descent.

This book is the perfect example of the new Lovecraftian revival that doesn't seek to ignore, excuse and bury Lovecraft's racism, we will subvert it. We will codeswitch it and turn it inside out, the pro Trump, all lives matter crowd doesn't like it at all.

The story is engrossing with its perspective view of the other side of the Horror at Red Hook and I enjoyed it. I wish it had gone into the transformation of Black Tom and his experience before switching to Malone's perspective, which to me was not that interesting.

The reading was relatively good, especially the Black Tom chapters but the performance of Malone was annoying as he made him sound rather whiney. Perhaps a full cast version or dual cast would improve it. If you liked this read Nadia Bullion's Red goat black goat and pick up some Nick Mamatas and Matt Ruff. Long live the new Lovecraftian Revolution!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Tales from Beyond the Pale, Season One, Volume 4

  • This Oracle Moon & Trawler
  • By: Jeff Buhler, Glenn McQuaid
  • Narrated by: Larry Fessenden, Christopher Denham, A. J. Bowen, and others
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Conceived during a fog-drenched car ride with nothing beyond the windshield but a horizon-less void, Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid created the acclaimed Tales from Beyond the Pale, audio theater inspired by the vintage radio shows of Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the seasonal collections instead

  • By Manuel on 09-26-16

Buy the seasonal collections instead

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

this was great but I should have bought the collection of season 4 rather than just these two stories for one whole credit! well next time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil's Highway

  • A True Story
  • By: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Narrated by: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

The author of Across the Wire offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of Southern Arizona. Only 12 men came back out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Author to Listen to

  • By C. F. Eastman on 03-08-18

Horrific and gothically beautiful true account.

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

Read by Urrea this book takes on a Gothic veil, the desert and it's old gods inhabit an oppressive (due to heat, sun, plants, demons) alien world filled with white boned ghosts of modern and ancient pasts.

It is Lovecraftian in its descriptiveness and subversive prose, yet it deals with a plain reality the truth of our border.





  • Lovecraft Country

  • A Novel
  • By: Matt Ruff
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657

Critically acclaimed cult novelist Matt Ruff makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An effective mix of influences

  • By Jim N on 04-10-16

Black Masons versus the Cult of the Elder Gods

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

For any person of color that dreads driving through rural America, stopping at gas stations wondering who would have Trump and Blue lives matter stickers on their truck, this will trigger a bit of paranoia.

This story lies somewhere between our actual reality and Lovecraft's mythos, but it isn't Lovecraftian and thank goodness for that! It isn't Lovecraftian because it has ghosts, magic, sex and a story that revolves around human beings (mostly black folks), their world and their motivations. All things that run completely opposed to Lovecraft's world of ineffable horror. However I recommend this for Lovecraft fans and non Lovecraft fans alike, check out Ta nehisi Coates work first!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Strange Library

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen (translator)
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

From internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami - a fantastical short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library. A lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plot their escape from the nightmarish library of internationally acclaimed, best-selling Haruki Murakami's wild imagination.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was okay

  • By Manuel on 09-18-16

It was okay

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

Reviewed: 09-18-16

I swear Ive seen a Macaulay Culkin movie with a similar plot, its way okay. I would buy the print version instead.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lovecraft's Monsters

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Ellen Datlow (Editor)
  • Narrated by: Bernard Clark
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 603

Prepare to meet the wicked progeny of the master of modern horror. In Lovecraft's Monsters, H. P. Lovecraft's most famous creations--Cthulhu, Shoggoths, Deep Ones, Elder Things, Yog-Sothoth, and more--appear in all their terrifying glory. Each story is a gripping new take on a classic Lovecraftian creature. Contributors include such literary luminaries as Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Karl Edward Wagner, Elizabeth Bear, and Nick Mamatas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ones that were good were really good!!!

  • By Manuel on 09-14-16

The ones that were good were really good!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

Most of the stories are really good. Skip Blackest from pole to pole and the stand out story for me was Red goad black goat, it was really scary in my opinion; I wish it was a full length novel.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Easy Street (the Hard Way)

  • A Memoir
  • By: Ron Perlman, Michael Largo
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593

A classically trained actor who cut his teeth in the East Village's off-Broadway scene, Ron Perlman - a Golden Globe winner with starring roles in the Hellboy, Drive, Pacific Rim, and Sons of Anarchy - has traveled an offbeat path to showbiz success. His story involves rising from New York's tough Washington Heights neighborhood, enduring incredible hardships, and ignoring the naysayers who taunted him for his distinctive looks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ron Perlman is an amazing man

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-29-14

I F@#*ing love the PERL!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

This is a very charming and streetwise performance by a very loveable actor. If you love acting, actors and street knowledge listen to this.

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • By: Junot Diaz
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,907
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,925

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous listen

  • By Kathleen on 04-26-08

A very interesting book and enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

If you tried to read the actual book and didn't get it due to your lack of Spanish skills this should help. You could listen and Google words as they come lol.

A very charming and enjoyable performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful