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  • Those Left Behind

  • Zombie Fallout 10
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,699
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527

One fateful decision - that is all it takes to either unravel all the Talbot clan has achieved or fulfill their desire for safety. Many are lost, though others return; this is the story of their struggle to survive and in remembrance of those left behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • as riveting as the others

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 02-07-17

Another Home Run!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

Mark Tufo and Sean Runnette are a winning combination. I wish there had been more of Trip, but BT really shines in this one. The scene in the bathroom had me laughing so hard I cried.

  • Disappearance at Devil's Rock

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Tremblay
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 550

Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: Her 13-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace in the woods of a local park. The search isn't yielding any answers, and Elizabeth and her young daughter, Kate, struggle to comprehend Tommy's disappearance. They feel helpless and alone, and their sorrow is compounded by anger and frustration: The local and state police have uncovered no leads.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy, eerie, and dark.

  • By Alicia on 10-16-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

I loved Headful of Ghosts and was hoping for more in a similar vein. This seemed to me to be like so many other "suspense" novels featuring a missing kid.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Elementals

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,506

After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame, on Alabama's Gulf Coast, where three Victorian houses loom over the shimmering beach. Two of the houses are habitable, while the third is slowly and mysteriously being buried beneath an enormous dune of blindingly white sand. But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Haunted House Book - and that's rare!

  • By Uber Femme on 06-28-18

WOW!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

If you could sum up The Elementals in three words, what would they be?

Atmospheric Southern Gothic

What did you like best about this story?

A haunted house story that didn't rely on gore (though there is some) and cheap tricks to build suspense.

What does R.C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He did a very good job of voicing all the characters.

Who was the most memorable character of The Elementals and why?

India, I think.

Any additional comments?

I love a good haunted house story, but they are hard to find. I'd rank this right up there with The Shining, Haunting of Hill House, and Julian's House. I know I will listen to this one again!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Suicide Motor Club

  • By: Christopher Buehlman
  • Narrated by: Christopher Buehlman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Remember that car that passed you near midnight on Route 66, doing 105 with its lights off? You wondered where it was going so quickly on that dark, dusty stretch of road, motor roaring, the driver glancing out the window as he blew by. You just saw the founder of the Suicide Motor Club. Be grateful his brake lights never flashed. Be grateful his car was already full.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderfully sinister

  • By Stephen on 06-12-16

Why isn't Christopher Buehlman Famous?

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

What did you love best about The Suicide Motor Club?

Vampires are everywhere in fiction now. It's refreshing to find vampires who are EVIL. And the idea of them driving muscle cars and terrorizing motorists? Awesome.

What other book might you compare The Suicide Motor Club to and why?

The Lesser Dead (also by Christopher Buehlman). Nightflyer by Stephen King. Really, its a unique idea.

What about Christopher Buehlman’s performance did you like?

Rarely do authors read their own work as well as Mr. Buehlman. His accent for Luther was perfect. He did a great job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! Life got in the way and it took me two days.

Any additional comments?

Do yourself a favor and get this title! Along with my two other favorites of his, The Lesser Dead (sooo good) and Between two Fires (one of my all time best books -- it'll make you think!)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Head Full of Ghosts

  • By: Paul Tremblay
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,620
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,440
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,437

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when 14-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents' despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie's descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner

  • By E.C. on 07-31-15

A Head Full of Questions!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

If you could sum up A Head Full of Ghosts in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, intelligent, thought-provoking (it counts as one word if I hyphenate it, right?)

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Head Full of Ghosts?

The ending. I have so many questions! What I like so very much about this novel is that the author has left room for the reader to form theories and opinions. I can't wait until friends read or listen to this so we can discuss it!

Which character – as performed by Joy Osmanski – was your favorite?

Merry and Margery. The sisters are at the heart of the story, everyone else is incidental, I think. Merry is the narrator of the story, and charming in her own way. And yet, every first person narrative has an unreliable narrator. We only get the facts as she wants us to see them. Again, fascinating.

If you could rename A Head Full of Ghosts, what would you call it?

I like the title, though the "ghosts" are not literal.

Any additional comments?

A thinking person's thriller.

  • Kill Switch

  • Joe Ledger, Book 8
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,710
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,411

Terrorists have acquired a terrible new weapon that can crash the power grid and plunge America into a new dark age. A coordinated attack is planned to shut out all lights and emergency services to 10 major cities. Planes will fall, hospitals will go dark, no help will come. And in that terrible darkness, a dreadful plague will be released. If the lights go off, nothing can stop the bioweapon from killing millions. At the same time, the intelligence services are being torn apart from within by a plague of betrayal, murder, and suicide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ledger should be on the big screens

  • By Will on 06-19-16

Joe Ledger for President!!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-16

Where does Kill Switch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

All the Joe Ledger books are excellent and belong right at the top of my list.

What did you like best about this story?

I'd tell you, but it might spoil the story for you. Let's just say that Echo Team ends up intersecting with another Mythos I enjoy very much.

Which scene was your favorite?

It is impossible to choose one scene.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several. When I figured out what was going on I squealed! A surprise, and very well done.

Any additional comments?

As anyone who has read any of my previous reviews knows, my favorite narrator EVER is Ray Porter. He is an Audio God. Just accept it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Way Down

  • Daniel Faust, Book 1
  • By: Craig Schaefer
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,227

Nobody knows the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas like Daniel Faust, a sorcerer for hire and ex-gangster who uses black magic and bullets to solve his clients' problems. When an old man comes seeking vengeance for his murdered granddaughter, what looks like a simple job quickly spirals out of control. Soon Daniel stands in the crossfire between a murderous porn director; a corrupt cop with a quick trigger finger; and his own former employer, a racket boss who isn't entirely human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall pretty good

  • By Brian Allen on 02-04-15

A Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 05-31-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator. His Cajun accent was abysmal. But even worse was his "Scottish" accent for Caitlin..... half the time she sounded Irish and the rest of the time she sounded like a gypsy fortune teller. It distracts mightily from the story.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story was very slow. These supernatural noir books (which I love) need a bit of humor to lighten them up....think Harry Dresden. This book? Not so much. The characters were very one dimensional, which is a shame.

What didn’t you like about Adam Verner’s performance?

Think I addressed that above.

Could you see The Long Way Down being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It could be. No particular actor springs to mind.

Any additional comments?

There are so many titles in the modern supernatural/noir that you'd enjoy more. Jim Butcher, Mike Carey's Felix Castor, and of course Sandman Slim. Give them a whirl.

  • The Highwayman

  • A Longmire Story
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,181

When Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman is transferred to the beautiful and imposing landscape of the Wind River Canyon, an area the troopers refer to as no-man's-land because of the lack of radio communication, she starts receiving "officer needs assistance" calls. The problem? They're coming from Bobby Womack, a legendary Arapaho patrolman who met a fiery death in the canyon almost a half century ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Walt and Henry Standing Bear tale yet

  • By Laurie A. Bobskill on 08-16-16

Fabulous!!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Highwayman to be better than the print version?

I don't know. I've only heard the audio.

What did you like best about this story?

I LOVE the way Craig mixes a mystery with a hint of the supernatural. But let's face it....we only pick up a Craig Johnson book because we want to spend as much time as possible with Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear.

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

George Guidall is a genius. He IS Henry Standing Bear. End of discussion.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several.

  • A Song of Shadows

  • A Charlie Parker Thriller
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 378

Still recovering from his life-threatening wounds, private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War. Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to regain his strength. There he befriends a widow named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda. But Ruth has her secrets. Old atrocities are about to be unearthed, and old sinners will kill to hide their sins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charlie Parker reboot.

  • By Lisa on 08-07-16

Solid

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

Reviewed: 10-25-15

I've been a fan of Charlie Parker from the beginning. My one wish for this eerie, well plotted series with memorable characters is for it to find a narrator worthy of it. No one gets Angel right (imho) and in this installment Louis's accent verges on inner city "gansta", which is not him at all! Ray Porter, please save us all and sign on as the new narrator!

  • Predator One

  • A Joe Ledger Novel, Book 7
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,885
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,552

On opening day of the new baseball season, a small model-kit airplane flies down from the stands and buzzes the mound, where a decorated veteran pilot is about to throw out the first ball. The toy plane is the exact replica of the one flown by the war hero. Everyone laughs, thinking it's a prank or a publicity stunt. Until it explodes, killing dozens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maberry needs to get Ledger back to his roots.

  • By Marcus on 04-28-15

The best action series going!

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

Would you listen to Predator One again? Why?

Yep. I re listen to the whole series once a year, getting ready for the newest installment. Am I obsessed? YES.

Who was your favorite character and why?

That is impossible to answer. Joe, Top, Mr. Church, Bug, how could you choose just one?

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

RAY PORTER IS AN AUDIO GOD.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. All I will say is Auntie rocks.

Any additional comments?

Seriously, do yourself a favor, snag Patient Zero and listen to them all in order. You can thank me later.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful