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  • Mapping the Interior

  • By: Stephen Graham Jones
  • Narrated by: Eric G Dove
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Walking through his own house at night, a 15-year-old thinks he sees another person stepping through a doorway. Instead of the people who could be there, his mother or his brother, the figure reminds him of his long-gone father, who died mysteriously before his family left the reservation. When he follows it he discovers his house is bigger and deeper than he knew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic tragedy

  • By A. Henry on 09-16-18

I'm shook.

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I both read and then listened to Mapping the Interior because I didn't know how to feel about it after I first finished reading it.
It really tugged my heartstrings. It felt relatable and I easily got emotionally invested in the characters. It left me feeling conflicted, which is why I gave it a second read--because it affected me. After mapping the interior of my own brain on this, I think all the "feels" it gave me (good/bad) is what made it brilliant.

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,147

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Just . . . wow.

  • By GHBeckwith on 07-16-18

This is the good stuff!<br />

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

This is just a wonderful monologue. It is both timely and timeless. It is funny. It is powerful. It is witty. It is deeply tragic.
Simply fantastic work on all fronts.

  • FantasticLand

  • A Novel
  • By: Mike Bockoven
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187

Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where "Fun is Guaranteed!" But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absurd...But awesome

  • By T.J. on 11-12-17

Fantastic! ;)

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

I couldn't stop listening to Fantasticland. I just finished it and I already know I will be listening to it again in the future.
I love the way the story was told and the questions it brings up. I will remember this one for some time to come.

  • The Dead Zone

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,527

Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people's futures and pasts when he touches them. Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. His fiancée married another man during his coma, and people clamor for him to solve their problems. When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Listen!

  • By karinzart on 04-29-17

Long live the King!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

A classic Stephen King, just masterful! The only way to gauge King's works are to measure against his previous novels because he is in a league of his own. Even his less popular stories are better than most.
This one in particular, The Dead Zone, is one of my favorites. It's so smart and timeless...and James Franco did a supurb job in narration, I was very impressed.

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  • Little Heaven

  • A Novel
  • By: Nick Cutter
  • Narrated by: Corey Brill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 956

From electrifying horror author Nick Cutter comes a haunting new novel, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and Stephen King's It, in which a trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral Effectiveness

  • By Michael on 02-07-17

Masterful horror!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

I can't write a review adequate enough to express how brilliant of a work of horror fiction Mr. Cutter has given us with Little Heaven.
I'm a self-proclaimed "horror fiction junkie" and it isn't easy to find something that really creeps me out, as I've conditioned myself by reading so much in the genre. Those who share the affliction will know exactly what I mean.
Cutter has the cure for that affliction.
I can't say enough good things about Little Heaven...it's such a well-rounded book.
The characters are so well developed. I had come to love/hate all of them (making me wince or cheer for the hell that Cutter drags them through).
The story flows and I never felt any moments of stagnation. While I could draw comparisons to many different stories and dark folktales, it was wholly original and imaginative. I will probably read it again.
In my opinion, this is Cutter's best work yet...which makes me so excited as a fan to see what he will come up with to give us nightmares next!
(If you're on the fence about whether to spend your credit on this book, DO IT if you are a lover of the genre...if you scare easy or are easily offended or grossed out, probably not the book for you.)

  • The Devil Crept In

  • By: Ania Ahlborn
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They're well aware that the first 48 hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark's youth, he knows that, too; he's seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent New Horror

  • By Jay on 02-15-17

Exceptional horror!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

This is the second book I've read by Ahlborn & now I'll be searching out my third!
"The Devil Crept In" grabs you from chapter one and doesn't set you free until the very end. I couldn't stop until I finished it!
I read a lot of horror fiction and it's rare that something moves me enough to leave a review.
For me, it was one of those rare stories that flow so well you burn right through it but wish you hadn't because you're sad when it ends.
I thought there was a good balance of everything it takes to make a good horror story: plot, scene, character development...emotion, suspense, mystery, gore.
Ahlborn knows how to make her readers care about the characters -- one of the many elements she knows how to bend & manipulate to make a good horror story work.
If you're teetering back-and-forth on what to add to your library next, I highly recommend this one, it's well worth the credit!

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  • 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 2,074
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,929
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,926

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

IMO, this book will be a classic. (NO spoilers)

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

There's so much good I can say about this story. I just finished it & can't quit thinking about it, I know it's one I'll read again (something I rarely do).
It leaves much up to the reader's interpretation & theories which is somewhat frustrating but, at the same time, brilliant. Plus, I thought the narration was really good.
This is one of those reads that will stay with you long after you put it down.
The only problem now is trying to find my next book to follow this one, that's the worst/best thing about finishing any great book.
Obviously, I highly recommend A Head Full of Ghosts. If you're still on the fence, allow me to nudge you over it.
Add this to your library right now!

  • Cold Moon over Babylon

  • Valancourt 20th Century Classics
  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 936

Welcome to Babylon, a typical sleepy Alabama small town, where years earlier the Larkin family suffered a terrible tragedy. Now they are about to endure another: 14-year-old Margaret Larkin will be robbed of her innocence and her life by a killer who is beyond the reach of the law. But something strange is happening in Babylon: traffic lights flash an eerie blue, a ghostly hand slithers from the drain of a kitchen sink, graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audible listen to date...

  • By Bree Salyer on 06-27-16

Well worth the listen!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

I love reading horror but I'm also pretty critical as to what really draws me in. This book, for me, was a homerun. I really got into the story & Scott Brick is always good. I also recommend The Elementals if you enjoy this.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,437

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don't say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite enough

  • By David Shear on 07-29-16

Good narration, boring story.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

I loved Moriarty's prior hit, Big Little Lies, which is why I tried out this book. It felt like it had a lot of potential at first. Then it got really boring and a bit repetitious for me but I kept thinking it was going to have a big twist or payoff to make up for it, so I hung in there. When I got to the end, I was disappointed. Honestly, a waste of my credit; a waste of my time.
If I had to find some good in it, I'd say that the character development was good...it had a great foundation but just fell flat in story.
Also, the narrator, Caroline Lee, is really good.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,473

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this style of King!!!

  • By Joyce on 07-07-14

The King of Fiction

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

Reviewed: 04-30-16

I love Stephen King novels. I lean more towards horror, though (which is why I'm such a big King fan--my favorites are The Stand, Tommy Knockers, Salem's Lot, The Shining/Dr. Sleep, etc.). Even so, his books that lean more towards other genres I still get completely wrapped up in...like 11/22/63, The Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption, The Talisman/Black House...and now, the Bill Hodges' trilogy: Mr. Mercedes/Finders Keepers/End of Watch.
Stephen King is a living legend for a reason. He knows how to develop characters in a way that brings them to life for the reader. He makes us feel like we know them, and in turn, care about them...love/hate them.
He gets you hooked into the story and makes it hard to walk away without knowing what's going to happen next.
Mr. Mercedes has all of these attributes. All though it's not a "whodunit" novel, therefore, not much suspense...we get to see through the eyes of a psychopath, which is always disturbingly intriguing.
The only reason I didn't award it a full 5 stars is I would've liked more suspense or a good twist, which is always my favorite part of a good detective mystery novel or thriller. But it was still a terrific, enjoyable read...and I will read the two follow-ups; I've already started Finders Keepers.
The bottom line is, although S.K. is the King of horror, he certainly isn't a one-trick pony. He could write romance novels if he wanted (let's hope he doesn't, though) and they'd be great.
The icing on this audio book cake is Will Patton! He's a fantastic narrator and enjoyable to listen to.