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  • Strange Weather

  • Four Short Novels
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Joe Hill, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,801
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,796

A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By stlblue1 on 11-06-17

Joe’s best - and that’s tough to say

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

So good. Each story is unique and is only highlighted by the four narrators. Loaded is so terrifying and only highlighted by the very end. The other 3 and just as different and just as good. Love Hill and love this book. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

7 of 41 people found this review helpful

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,542

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I Hadn't Cliff Noted This in High School

  • By Joel on 03-27-17

So good

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

Tim Robbins is amazing and this story is just too good to pass up. Whether you've read it before or not - this is a must!

  • 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 6,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,130

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Gave Up

  • By Jeremy on 10-19-16

Ok story - solid performance

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

Not Joe's best. I got lost in the plot of this one and couldn't really buy into the heroes of the book. If you like Hill or King - it's worth a listen. If this is your first Hill book - go with Horns or NOS4A2

1 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Troop

  • By: Nick Cutter
  • Narrated by: Corey Brill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,363

Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip - a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there - which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mild spoilers

  • By Jess B on 02-15-18

Grotesque

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

I had to stop and put this book away for a while before I could finish.
Now don't get me wrong I enjoy good terror and horror but this one got to me. It's good, it has merit, it's suspenseful. But it is grotesque to say the least.
Listen at your own risk but be warned.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Look Now

  • And Other Stories
  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Michael Sinclair, Katherine Kellgren, James Langton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

A married couple on holiday in Venice are caught up in a sinister series of events. A lonely schoolmaster is impelled to investigate a mysterious American couple. A young woman loses her cool when she confronts her father's old friend on a lonely island. A party of British pilgrims meet strange phenomena and possible disaster in the Holy Land. A scientist abandons his scruples while trying to tap the energy of the dying mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good collection with moments of brilliance

  • By Zaubermond on 12-05-16

Thrilling - worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 05-29-15

While there were audio issue (two recordings from 1989) it's worth a listen. Not scary but gives you the chills. The frights are all left unspoken.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Still Life with Crows

  • A Novel
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,623

For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great escape

  • By Michele on 07-23-12

Best Pendergast Yet

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

Reviewed: 02-25-15

Without a doubt this is worth the first 3. Clean, solid mystery - stands on its own outside the cannon but enough to continue the Pendergast story.

  • The Cabinet of Curiosities

  • A Novel
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,983

In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • DrBB

  • By Lois on 01-26-13

Clearly getting better

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

Reviewed: 02-09-15

The first two are interesting and this is the first one that it seems the pieces are starting to come together that make a worthwhile series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • This Book Is Full of Spiders

  • Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It
  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,636

Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If You're Considering This... Go Ahead!

  • By Tracey Rains on 05-29-13

Ignore the title and pick it up already

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

Reviewed: 11-24-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

After an interesting debut novel - John Dies at the End - David Wong returns with this; essentially a sequel. The beauty of this is that this book is so good, and so self contained that reading the first will only stand in the way of reading this one. With voice talent strong as this and writing as off-beat, funny and interesting, you won't regret this purchase. Podehl fits Wong's sarcastic, unreliable tone and remarkable "oh-here-we-go-again...do-i-have-to" attitude. I don't want to give anything away - but it has a few elements of sci-fi meets horror meets humor - but regardless - read this. Its my favorite book this year.

What did you like best about this story?

The humor

What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

How well he fit the story telling.

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

Loved it - laughed my ass off out loud - few books do that for me.