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  • The Legend of Devil's Creek

  • By: D. C. Alexander
  • Narrated by: David L. White
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

When a mutilated corpse is found bound to a tree deep in the forest of remote Aubrey Island, Washington, residents learn that the murder mirrors, in every ritualistic detail, a series of revenge killings described in a century-old local ghost story. More abductions and killings soon follow. Justin Riddley, recently transferred to the island's small college, faces growing evidence that one of his new friends and fellow students may be the murderer. John Marshall, redemption-seeking captain of the local police force, leads the frantic murder investigation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Steve on 05-15-19

Boring

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

Reviewed: 05-15-19

Two dimensional characters, no strong connecting plot, and did not care for narrator. Struggled to finish listening, felt story ending forced.

  • White Plume Mountain

  • Dungeons & Dragons: Greyhawk, Book 1
  • By: Paul Kidd
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

A remorseless ranger. A sentient hell hound pelt with a penchant for pyromania. An irksome pixie who sells intrigue and information. Three companions who find themselves trapped in a city filled with warring priestly factions, devious machinations, and an angry fiend. To save the city, they must find three weapons of power, which lie in the most trap-laden, monster-infested place this side of Acererak's tomb: White Plume Mountain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Plays on classic D&D tropes well

  • By Lee Lukaszewicz on 01-25-13

Reflects the time when written.

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

Straight forward D&D story with all the usual references that players will recognize.

A bit silly, but a fun listen that doesn’t require a lot of thought. Somehow I missed this series when it first came out. I’ve read so many of the associated books in the 80s that this was worth checking out.

  • Neverland

  • By: Douglas Clegg
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 154

For years, the Jackson family has vacationed at Rowena Wandigaux Lee's old Victorian house on Gull Island, a place of superstition and legend off the southern coast of the U.S. One particular summer, young Beau follows his cousin Sumter into a hidden shack in the woods - and christens this new clubhouse "Neverland." The rundown shack in the woods is the key to an age-old mystery, a place forbidden to all. But Neverland becomes the place where children begin to worship a creature of shadows, which Sumter calls "Lucy."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! Creeped out for weeks!!!--New favourite!!!

  • By Sharron on 02-28-14

Liked the story, not the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

Character development was good, the story was okay, but the choice of voices for the majority of the characters made me cringe. The two adult male characters sound like Hank Hill from King of the Hill. I found it very distracting from the story.

  • Fever Dream

  • By: Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,132

At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intelligent, spooky thriller

  • By Snoodely on 06-10-10

Interesting plot.

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

I never would have guessed where this story would end up.

A fun listen and more background on Pendergast.

  • The Legacy of Heorot

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

Best-selling science fiction superstars Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle combine their talents with those of Steven Barnes in an extraordinary adventure of humankind’s first outpost in the farthest reaches of space. Light years from Earth, colonists land on a planet they name Avalon. It seems like a paradise - until native creatures savagely attack. It will take every bit of intelligence, courage, and military-style discipline to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read!

  • By Thomas on 12-05-12

Ok story

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Didn't find this particularly impressive given the authors are well known. Likely will not listen to rest of series.

I also wasn't overly thrilled with the narrators choice of character voices.

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        Jefferson Mays
    
    


    
    Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
    14,863 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,661

James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent

  • By A reader on 05-11-12

Great book.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Really enjoyed this story and its attention to what it's like to live in space. The characters are fun. I really like the TV series as well, as it closely follows the book series.

  • Ramsey's Gold

  • By: Russell Blake
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,119

When a forgotten journal materializes decades after Drake Ramsey's father vanished in the Amazon jungle, Drake decides to follow in his footsteps and search for the legendary treasure of the Inca empire hidden in the lost Inca city of Paititi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super fun listen

  • By NO ONE on 09-14-16

So cheesy!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

I bought this on sale and knew it was likely not to appeal to me, but I wanted to listen to an action-adventure story hunting a treasure.

Character and story development were weak and book is full of clichés. I'd recommend that the author do more research on archaeologists, Inca culture, and Amazonian tribes.

Narration was annoying, the female character sounded vapid and the ex-military guide sounded like Dirty Harry with a cold. And the Russian accents, ugh.

I won't be buying anymore of this author's work.

  • Brimstone

  • Pendergast, Book 5
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,397

Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere... and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered - their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death - the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, in fact, come to collect his due.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm new to the Preston Child but I'm hooked

  • By John Morgan on 03-16-15

Good but not a favorite.

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

This story was all over the place, much like a James Bond movie with a super villain.

As others have mentioned, I felt like the story thread with the reporter and street preacher could have been left out as they had no direct impact on the main plot.

I read many of these books years ago and have been enjoying listening to them. I'm looking forward to Diogenes' big entrance in the next novel.

  • 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 3,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,909

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

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

This is what I consider the first in the Pendergast series though his character appears in two previous novels. I love how both authors personal knowledge and research is incorporated into the story. I can only wonder if Preston's time at the American Museum of Natural History hasn't influenced some of the characters that pop up.

The story is great, it's a multi-level mystery with lots of historical references. When I first read this book back in 2002 I had never heard of "Cabinets of Curiosities " and their early influence on museum collections.

I'd love to see this book made into a movie.

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  • Reliquary

  • Pendergast, Book 2
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,331

Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should have made this one into a movie...

  • By Anastasia on 02-22-09

Love the series, not the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

I read most of this series back in the 90's and early 2000's and look forward to listening to the audio version.

Child and Preston do a great job of incorporating historical elements into X-File type stories.

Dick Hill is probably my least favorite narrator of audio books. His choice of accents and general tone for characters is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. I'm glad that other narrators took over after this volume.