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  • The Girl on the Balcony

  • By: Olivia Hussey, Alexander Martin, Franco Zeffirelli - foreword
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

In this candid memoir, Olivia Hussey tells her story - from being an "It Girl" in swinging '60s London and her enduring friendship with Romeo & Juliet costar Leonard Whiting, through three tumultuous marriages - including one with Dean Martin's son, Dino - motherhood, stage-four breast cancer, debilitating agoraphobia, bankruptcy, and ultimately, a journey of self-discovery in India that led her on a path to fulfillment. Featuring a foreword by her star-making director Franco Zeffirelli, Olivia Hussey's memoir shines with her luminous spirit and perseverance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book worth reading

  • By Gary on 08-11-18

Dear Olivia

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Dear Olivia, I love you. I accept you. I will remember you. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • The Strategy Collection

  • The Art of War, The Prince, and The Book of Five Rings
  • By: Sun Tzu, Niccolo Machiavelli, Miyamoto Musashi
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

The Art of War, The Prince, and The Book of Five Rings are three historical pieces that deal with strategy. The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise, and each chapter within the treatise is devoted to a distinct aspect of warfare and how that applies to military strategy and tactics. The Prince is a practical guide for ruling an empire. The Book of Five Rings is a Japanese text that has been regarded as a treatise on the strategy for winning.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a Picasso, Van Gogh, & Rembrandt written down

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-26-18

An Adequately-performed Collection

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

These three books are old classics and have much to offer any listener.
The reader has good delivery. My only complaint is the quality of the recording. The volume feels inconsistent, like they used a bad microphone. Still, not bad.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook by the author/producer in exchange for an honest review.

  • Trickery of a Corpse

  • By: Kevin Millikin
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

Do you ever have the feeling that your life is going nowhere? Do you hate your job? Do you hate your life? Dayton Greene does. In fact, he lives his life in an unrelenting cycle of self-loathing, pity, and distaste. To make matters worse, he earns a living cleaning up after those who realized those very delusions, taking matters into their own hands. From homicide to suicide, heart attacks and hemorrhaging. Soon, Dayton will learn what it means to lose everything, when he comes up against a corpse who has more than one trick up his sleeve and resting in peace isn't one of them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crime Scene Clean up crew meh

  • By Ray Johnson on 08-05-18

Overall, a Mediocre Story.

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

There is nothing really terrible about this story, other than I kept waiting for it to end. The characters were two-dimensional and their motivations are never clear. Even the climax seemed pointless and unclever. All viceral shock, no real twist. The narrator was clear and steady, but even he seemed disinterested in the story he was telling.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  • Pixie Shoes

  • By: Rachel Ellyn
  • Narrated by: Ella Lynch
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Neesa was a klutz. She couldn't even do the simplest of tasks all pixies needed to learn to become...well, pixies. And in a land where accomplishing tasks were rewarded with beautiful gems for their shoes, Neesa had no hope of her plain shoes becoming adorned like the other pixies. Cordelia, Neesa’s teacher and mentor, didn’t know what to do. Until it came upon her that maybe, just maybe, Neesa was special. Very special. Even in the world of pixies, there are some who are misunderstood - until their true purpose is revealed. Can Cordelia help Neesa find her place even without jeweled shoes?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beautiful, Antique-style Fairy Tale

  • By ArcaneBard on 07-29-18

A Beautiful, Antique-style Fairy Tale

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Exquisitely-crafted and performed, the Pixie Shoes audiobook is a delightful story of a newborn fairy's self-realization. The story itself feels as if it were written in the 19th century, all in a good way. Rachel Ellyn employs a pretty prose style combined with colorful characters while Ella Lynch masterfully narrates and performs the material. This is a perfect audiobook to play for your child before bedtime.

  • You're Toast

  • By: Rachel Ellyn
  • Narrated by: Stacy Gonzalez
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Little Slice has dreams of becoming a gourmet dish. Alas, he is just a simple bit of bread! He is also shy yet so desperately wants to be included in the Kitchen Crewe’s big adventures. Will this tiny underdog gain the courage to join in? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 30 minutes of Delightful Food Puns

  • By ArcaneBard on 07-28-18

30 minutes of Delightful Food Puns

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

The clever comedy is steady and strong throughout this neat little tale. Rachel Ellyn spins a playful yarn about food-based characters, each with fitting personalities. Stacy Gonzalez proves herself to be a versatile talent in audio narration.

  • The Weird Company

  • The Secret History of H. P. Lovecraft’s Twentieth Century
  • By: Peter Rawlik
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

Shoggoths attack in this adrenaline-pumping novel set in the world of H. P. Lovecraft, where the horrors of the cosmos know no limits… It was in a way humanoid, as it stood on two legs and possessed two arms that ended in delicate digits that I would dare to call hands. Its skin was a pale blue, like the eggs of a robin, and curiously dry looking. The head was massive with a huge bulbous cranium, a large lipless mouth, and three blood red eyes that stared out at the world with nothing but hate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. PHENOMENAL NARRATOR.

  • By Justin on 12-03-14

This Book = Fun!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

This is not so much a cosmic horror novel as it is a sci-fi action adventure. I found it thoroughly entertaining. Rawlik explains the Mythos in a creative way by bringing together familiar characters for a unifying purpose. I enjoyed "Reanimators" more, as it aligned closer to HPL's traditional style, but The Weird Company was still a treat to listen to.

  • Reanimators

  • By: Pete Rawlik
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

Two men, a bitter rivalry, and a quarter-century of unspeakable horrors. Herbert West’s crimes against nature are well-known to those familiar with the darkest secrets of science and resurrection. Obsessed with finding a cure for mankind’s oldest malady, death itself, he has experimented upon the living and dead, leaving behind a trail of monsters, mayhem, and madness. But the story of his greatest rival has never been told until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVEITLOVEITLOVEIT

  • By GI Joe with Kung-Fu Grip on 03-27-15

The Dark Prince of Providence Would Be Proud

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Dr. Stuart Hartwell, the primary protagonist is similar to the character Forest Gump, in that he establishes a connection to a wide range of familiar people and places (in this case the famous characters and locales of HPL's Mythos). What Pete Rawlik has done is pure genius. He not only connects the various stories we all know and love in a smart way, but he expands the Mythos with cleverness and imagination. He does not just USE the past stories to tell a new one, but adds too them without cheapening them.
I very much enjoyed this book and recommend it. The prose is perfect. The narrator's performance is one point. I look forward to listening to The Weird Company now.

  • Songs of the Hallow Saints/The Coldest Winter - Double Feature

  • By: Brian Barr
  • Narrated by: Jason Sprenger
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

This double feature includes two dark fantasy stories featured in Brian Barr's Daemensions short story collection. "Songs of the Hallow Saints" follows a Celtic swordsman searching for his love in the underworld. "The Coldest Winter" follows a king haunted by the death of his beloved queen, who drowned in an ice-covered pond. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two Great Horror Fantasy Stories

  • By Spooky Mike on 05-28-18

Not Bad

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

I purchased this title on a whim. The plots of the stories are fine, but the prose is pretty generic. It would have been better if the wording dialogue had not been so plain. The narrator is talented, but there are innumerable pauses throughout the narration that make the storytelling tedious. Even when I used the speed-up option, the pauses between nearly all the sentences, especially during the action scenes, made for a frustrating listening experience.
As constructive criticism I recommend the writer read more classic sword and sorcery stories and the narrator break the habit of pausing the stories they are telling.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Stoicism Collection: Meditations, On the Shortness of Life, and Enchiridion

  • By: Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

This Stoicism audiobook collection contains three of the most influential Stoic pieces. Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus helped to shape Stoicism with their writings of "Meditations", "On the Shortness of Life", and "Enchiridion". 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless wisdom for the ages.

  • By cosmitron on 05-09-18

A Fine Collection of Ancient Thoughts

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

If you are a seeker of understanding and peace of might mind, I recommend this audiobook. If you merely wish to be mystified or intellectually stimulated, you may be disappointed. Stoicism as it is presented in this format is not meant to be entertaining or clever, nor is it meant to impress anyone. These are valuable lessons for patient listeners.
The narrator did a fine job.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

  • Stories
  • By: Laird Barron
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

Over the course of two award-winning collections and a critically acclaimed novel, The Croning, Laird Barron has arisen as one of the strongest and most original literary voices in modern horror and the dark fantastic. Melding supernatural horror with hardboiled noir, espionage, and a scientific backbone, Barron's stories have garnered critical acclaim and have been reprinted in numerous year's best anthologies and nominated for multiple awards, including the Crawford, International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy awards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A match made in... well...

  • By Yves Tourigny on 02-04-18

Pretty Good

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

All the stories are beautifully told and well written, very good but not quite mind-blowing. However, I absolutely adored "Vastation".

2 of 2 people found this review helpful