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  • Krampus

  • The Yule Lord
  • By: Brom
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320

One Christmas Eve in a small hollow in Boone County, West Virginia, struggling songwriter Jesse Walker witnesses a strange spectacle: seven devilish figures chasing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight reindeer. When the reindeer leap skyward, taking the sleigh, devil men, and Santa into the clouds, screams follow. Moments later, a large sack plummets back to earth, a magical sack that thrusts the down-on-his-luck singer into the clutches of the terrifying Yule Lord, Krampus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 stars

  • By colleen on 11-17-12

Yule love this book

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

Brilliant story. Brilliant performance. This is my annual festive seasonal favourite. If the Nightmare Before Christmas is your kind of Christmas movie, then this book is right up your alley. It’s worth having in audio and in print.

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,275

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck...

  • By Allyssa R. on 06-16-17

Mind Blown

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

Wow. Just wow.

Fans of Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry and Mo Hayder's Hanging Hill will love this story.

Most of the story unfolds as a fairly intense psychological drama involving what appears to be a love triangle. But it's so much more than that.

It starts to depart from the standard "there's more to this marriage than meets the eye" theme prevalent in a lot of current writing.

Some people have criticized the emphasis on lucid dreaming and out-of-body experiences, but they are integral to the story and a full appreciation of what is going on.

There is one hint at the very beginning of the book which becomes clear and relevant at the end. Some of the threads through the book seem irrelevant and obscure, but everything is wrapped up tightly. Nothing in this story is wasted or extraneous.

It's a very clever and very creepy book and is well worth a listen. If you're not prepared to suspend your disbelief, then you won't enjoy this. But if you are, it's an amazing story with a deliciously creepy and twisted ending.

It's the kind of book you want to go back and listen to all over again from the beginning.

The narrators were good and did a great job with the characters.

All told, this is a definite winner.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,657
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,638

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

Stalkeriffic: Murderous, Psychotic and Deranged

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

Reviewed: 07-30-15

Joe Goldberg is the most despicable, psychotic and deranged character I have encountered in fiction in a very, very long time. There is nothing redeeming or sympathetic about him. He is sick and twisted and obsessive and self-deluded and scheming and psychotic and sociopathic and emotionally stunted and .... and .... and ....

The story is told in the first person and is entirely addressed to Guinevere Beck (Beck). It recounts the dark and twisted tale of Joe's obsession with her and his gradual consumption of the obsession.

In terms of plot, it was predictable from early on, but that didn't stop the ride from being enjoyable (in a hideous masochistic kind of way). Things went from bad to worse and went downhill from there.

Through a chance encounter at the book store where Joe works, he meets Beck and becomes entranced and obsessed. Joe meticulously does away with all the people in Beck's life who appear to pose a threat to him and who stand in his way. No one is safe and nothing is sacred. According to the publisher's blurb, it's a dark erotic story and Beck has secrets of her own. But Beck's "secrets" are completely predictable and transparent and really do not balance the horror of Joe's desperate and murderous obsession.

Santino Fontana is an absolutely brilliant narrator. He is absolutely perfect for this novel. I don't know yet what else he's done, but I will definitely hunt it down (but not in a stalker-esque kind of way). Everything about Fontana's narration is brilliant. There were points when I wanted to turn it off, but Fontana kept me listening.

I'm glad it's over. There were no surprises in You. It's horrific but exceptionally well done. The writing is flawless. The narration is flawless.

You is less deceptive than Gone Girl, Girl on a Train and The Kind Worth Killing. What you see is what you get. But it keeps you listening to the bitter twisted end.

The book is very social media oriented, and should appeal to anyone with any kind of social media account. The various tweets and Facebook posts and emails are integral to the story and are realistic and well done. ("Smiley face.") But really, Beck, didn't you have a password on that MacBook?

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118,228

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Crazy little liars

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

Reviewed: 02-28-15

All the characters are crazy and they're all liars. The Girl on the Train is full of deliciously unreliable narrators.

I guessed the whodunnit part way through but that didn't detract from the way it all unfolded.

This is a fabulous book. I am going to turn around and listen to it again.

Highly recommended for fans of mysteries and thrillers.

  • The Viral Storm

  • The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age
  • By: Nathan Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 568

In The Viral Storm, award-winning biologist Nathan Wolfe tells the story of how viruses and human beings have evolved side by side through history; how deadly viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu almost wiped us out in the past; and why modern life has made our species vulnerable to the threat of a global pandemic. Wolfe's research missions to the jungles have earned him the nickname "the Indiana Jones of virus hunters," and here Wolfe takes listeners along on his groundbreaking and often dangerous research trips - to reveal the surprising origins of the most deadly diseases....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well Researched and Explained by a True Expert

  • By Raymond on 02-21-12

Good Primer on Viruses

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

Reviewed: 09-22-14

Fans of Richard Preston will like this book. It's a very comprehensive primer on viruses and pandemics.

It has a bit of an academic tone and can be fairly heavy going, but it's very interesting and thought-provoking.

It's probably not too simplistic for scientists, and it's not too complex for the rest of us. Nathan Wolfe gets it just right.

It's thought-provoking and fascinating and has a good blend of the historical and the current.

I don't think I'll look at chimpanzees the same way again. Or hunting, for that matter.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Working Stiff

  • Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
  • By: Judy Melinek MD, T. J. Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,112

Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - but not for the faint of heart!

  • By R. Freeman on 08-20-14

Fascinating and Well-Read

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

Reviewed: 09-22-14

This is a great book. Most people will probably be drawn to it superficially because of the 9/11 connection. However, the 9/11 information is probably the least interesting part of the book. Most of what Dr. Melinek had to work with were tiny pieces and fragments.

The rest of the books is absolutely fascinating. There's just the right blend of clinical, interesting science, and riveting storyline.

For anyone who is squeamish or easily offended by death and dead bodies, this is probably not a great listen. But for everyone else, it's a good book. There's a lot of blending of Dr. Melinek's personal history in with the work she was doing.

At the end I was hoping she would write a follow-up about her experiences in California. To me that's the mark of a good book -- wanting another.

Two thumbs up!

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Mortuary Confidential

  • Undertakers Spill the Dirt
  • By: Kenneth McKenzie, Todd Harra
  • Narrated by: Susan Larkin, Allan Robertson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

In this macabre and moving compilation, funeral directors across the country share their most embarrassing, jaw-dropping, irreverent, and deeply poignant stories about life at death's door. Discover what scares them and what moves them to tears. Learn about rookie mistakes and why death sometimes calls for duct tape. Enjoy tales of the dearly departed spending eternity naked from the waist down and getting bottled and corked - in a wine bottle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reader's Digest Vignettes

  • By Jennifer on 09-22-14

Reader's Digest Vignettes

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

Reviewed: 09-22-14

I was hoping for something more clinical and less Readers Digest. These stories are in the vein of heart-warming, gently amusing and vaguely spiritual or uplifting.

The stories are fine for what they are, but they aren't an in-depth look at funeral homes, funeral directors and morticians. I was hoping for something more along the lines of Mary Roach's Stiff.

I don't think I'll bother finishing listening to these. Or I'll keep them for the category of audiobooks I can listen to while grocery shopping so it doesn't matter if I get distracted.

These are about as bland and vanilla as you could get.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Silkworm

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,770

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy In Contemporary London

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-24-16

Slight sophomore curse

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

Reviewed: 08-29-14

The storyline in the Silkworm isn't quite as compelling as it was in the Cuckoo's Calling. Part of that relates to the completely hideous plotline of Bombyx Mori and the way it is integrated throughout the novel.

The development of the relationship between Cormoran and Robin is very satisfying and multi-layered. The supporting characters are less dimensional, but they work.

The only irritating thing is the literary references /quotations at the beginning of each chapter. Okay, JK, we get it. You're a serious writer. I don't need convincing. I'm a card-carrying member of the fan club.

In all, it's definitely worth a credit. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,373

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Excellent start to a series

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

Reviewed: 08-29-14

What a great first novel in what I hope is a long series.

The plotting is sharply written, the characters are well drawn and human. The ending comes as a real surprise. This is a great book and proves that JK Rowling is not just a one-hit (series) wonder.

Robert Glenister's narration is excellent. His voices are well done and completely appropriate to the characters..

I will continue to buy these from Audible as long as they continue to be written and published.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath the Dark Ice

  • By: Greig Beck
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,735
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,560

When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing a massive cave beneath, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost. Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained squad of commandos are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong - and to follow up the detection of a vast underground reservoir.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too bad negative stars isn't an option

  • By Kelly Howard on 10-15-12

Good story, irritating narration

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

Reviewed: 08-29-14

I love these kinds of adventure tales. This series has such promise. I love the early James Rollins books, and this is similar.

The problem with this series is the narration. Sean Mangan has the diction of someone who is inebriated and who is trying to enunciate clearly and yet slurs at the same time. It's irritating. He also doesn't do a terribly good job of distinguishing between the particular characters. Alex Hunter sounds just like Amy.

I may or may not buy the next one in audiobook form. I may just get them all on Kindle.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful