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  • Hidden Bodies

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,390
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,938

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he's heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can't stop looking over his shoulder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Approach With Caution, All Ye Who Enter Here

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-25-16

A disappointing sequel.

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

After finishing "You" by Caroline Kepnes, I immediately bought this sequel because I was blown away by how captivating You was. You was such a great story, with interesting characters, and great writing. I cannot say any of that about the sequel, Hidden Bodies. It started off strong with the same Joe we know and a similar pattern of behavior. After Joe's heartbreak he moves to California where his personality changes almost instantly and Joe is placed in impossible situations that make no sense. Kepnes seems to double down on these situations and stretches out these moments and dialogue for longer than they deserved. I found myself skipping ahead only to find that she is still fixated on one character's pointless ramblings that added nothing to the situation. I found some of the characters interesting and worth exploring but the author just failed at making me care about any of them. I finished the book out of obligation, but the story should have ended in book one.

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,825

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

I couldn't stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

The writing was engaging. The narrator was superb! I couldn't put it down! It was one of the few books that I can say I absolutely loved and would revisit. Some reviews mentioned that it touched on some dark themes but, in terms of thrillers, it wasn't nearly as dark as it could be.

I got into Joe's head and It was surreal. I loved listening to Joe speak about You. I learned about how special You were and how much You meant to Joe. I loved going down the rabbit hole knowing exactly where You would end up and I couldn't stop listening. The way the narrator delivered every line of this book is beyond all expectations.

I already bought the second book without reading the synopsis. I cannot wait to dive in!

  • Horns

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,276

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started out good, BUT...

  • By Randall on 06-06-18

Better than the Movie, as books usually are

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This story by Joe Hill is a story about secrets and the inner darkness that we all harbor to ourselves. The story follows Ig Perrish, who is dealing with the aftermath of his girlfriend’s death. After a night of hard drinking, Ig wakes up and notices two horns have begun to grow out of his head. Ig discovers that the horns have a magical quality to them that make people reveal their deepest, most intimate desires. Using the power of the Horns, Ig sets out to clear his name of girlfriend’s murder and discover who took her life.

The story is about public perception, secrets, revenge, good v. evil, and the lengths we would go through for the one we love.

The narration and narrative was excellent and easy to follow. I enjoyed the performance! I think the added details and other powers that are present in the book (and missing from the movie) added much needed depth.

#tagsgiving #sweepstakes #betterthanthemovie #secrets #horrorfantasy

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  • The Hellbound Heart

  • Abridged Edition Read by the Author
  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Clive Barker
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

Frank Cotton's insatiable appetite for the dark pleasures of pain led him to the puzzle of Lemarchand's box, and from there, to a death only a sick-minded soul could invent. But his brother's love-crazed wife, Julia, has discovered a way to bring Frank back-though the price will be bloody and terrible . . . and there will certainly be hell to pay....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horror Classic

  • By Haley on 05-02-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I have read this book many times because it is a fast read and has the right amount of horror, mystery, and suspense in every scene. This was my first time listening and this version is narrated by the author. I honestly would listen to his other narrations as well.

  • Heart-Shaped Box

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,652
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,655

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yikes! Five stars for fright

  • By Lesley on 02-23-07

Surprisingly Good, but maybe read it yourself!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I was hesitant with buying this one. I am not a fan of Stephen King's writing, Joe Hill is King's son, and I tried N0S4A2 and found it lacking. So I don't know why I decided to give Joe Hill another try. I am happy that I did! It is actually a very creepy ghost story, that you start to believe there can be no escape from. So when things start to go wrong, expect them to go very wrong.

Heart-Shaped Box was captivating and had a good mix of suspense and horror. The story moved at a good pace and I felt there was never a moment that dragged on or got lost in the details. At moments I was actually so invested at what was going on. I got lost in the story that by the time I put it down it stayed with me for a while after reading.

The narration and audio left some to be desired. First, the narrator, Stephen Lang, reminded me a bit of Vincent Price (a good thing for me). He was pretty straight forward and read in his own voice, although he slightly altered it for characters. Don't expect phenomenal voice acting, because some characters did sound the same, but I think that his tone he used was great for the story.

A small warning that there are some musical interludes that seem to happen in the middle of the chapter at the end of a sentence. It then plays under the narration, when the narration starts again, for at least 2 minutes. It was very distracting, especially when you are trying to hear what is going on and then the music just keeps playing. I am certain it is because this is ripped from the original "book/CD on tape" and signified that you need to switch to the next one. It really pulled me out of the story (especially since I had trouble hearing what was being said). This is probably the biggest complaint which makes me think that it is better to read the book yourself than to rely on the audio book.

  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,127

Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally! Thank you Audible!

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 10-20-12

Still Magical

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This is a fun and magical book that is brought to life by Rob Ingles. I love the songs and rhymes. It is a fun book to escape into.

  • Dead Men Can't Complain and Other Stories

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister, Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264

Including three never-before-published stories, Dead Men Don't Complain is the first-ever collection of short fiction by Peter Clines, author of 14, The Fold, and other Audible smash hits. Combining equal parts geekery and humor with the occasional dash of horror, Dead Men Don't Complain is ideal for Clines fans eagerly awaiting his next novel - or for brand-new listeners discovering this Audible favorite for the first time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Clines' Writing & Porter's Narration

  • By Jami on 12-15-17

Great Story Collection!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Clines continues to make stories that are captivating. I started with his book "14" and wanted to give his short stories a try, and they did not disappoint. From Horror to SciFi, this collection has it all. I absolutely loved each story and enjoyed them thoroughly. Highly recommend if you are into different perspectives on some old ideas (zombies especially)!

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  • The Handyman

  • By: Bentley Little
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,050

Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood. Frank's gaze was oddly confusing, as if he was attempting to discern the proper way to behave because he didn't know how to respond in a human manner. Since Frank obviously wasn't an alien, young Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy. In the end, Daniel would learn the terrifying truth about Frank Watkins. And as an adult, Daniel is about to discover there are more of them out there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Little is back!

  • By JuniorLo on 02-08-18

A somewhat creepy ghost story.

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I want to first say I liked this book. It took me some time to get into it, but the reviews assured me it was a terrifying story. The story was okay, but not absolutely terrifying.

The first half has it's moments. It builds up the history and we follow the life of the main character. Part two was the creepiest as it is made up of individual stories that are tied together all about how this one person changed the world around them. Those stories we're enjoyable and I wished the whole book was like part 2. Part 3 was going to be an epic conclusion and but the resolution just fizzled out and then ended.

The creep factor is low in this story but over all I still enjoyed the story. I wanted something scary and this was not what I was expecting based on the reviews. That doesn't mean the story is bad, just don't go in expecting an amazing ghost story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Spanish Short Stories for Beginners: 20 Captivating Short Stories to Learn Spanish & Grow Your Vocabulary the Fun Way!

  • Easy Spanish Stories, Book 1
  • By: Lingo Mastery
  • Narrated by: Jesse Fister, Nicolas Villanueva
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

In this book we have compiled 20 easy-to-read, compelling, and fun stories that will allow you to expand your vocabulary and give you the tools to improve your grasp of the wonderful Spanish tongue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique approach to learning a new Language.

  • By cosmitron on 03-22-18

Good for beginners who are becoming intermediate

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

I enjoyed listening to the stories and was able to follow along well. I did have to slow down the reading speed so I could catch every word and process what the story was about. There is an English summary at the end of each story, which helped to check how well I understood the story! I am a true beginner, and started with Duolingo. This is good companion for those who want very basic stories to help practice listening to Spanish!

  • Ubik

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,358
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,358

Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business - deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in "half-life," a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter's face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great performance of an SF classic

  • By Steve on 07-10-16

Such a great Sci-fi tale!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

I wish I could have listened to it in one sitting. I find myself believing I knew what was happening, and then proven wrong. I couldn't guess the ending. I couldn't figure out what was happening or what was going to happen. it was a wild ride! There was one scene that made my chest so tight, and my breath so short, that I really started feeling like the character in the moment. You will know the scene when you get to it, trust me!