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  • Black Luck

  • Prof Croft, Volume 5
  • By: Brad Magnarella
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

In the year since the Whisperer’s attack, I’ve been busting my hump to become my best wizard, like my father. Now I’m ready for a test. When a dark mage starts planting infernal bags around New York City, I get my wish. Like time bombs, the bags detonate without warning, spawning demonic beings that rip the souls of innocents from their bodies. And the attacks are accelerating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Trying Time for Prof Croft

  • By Admiralu on 09-18-18

A Trying Time for Prof Croft

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Wow, this was another amazing Prof Croft adventure. Author Brad Magnarella reminds me of a Star Wars author, Drew Karpyshyn. He puts his characters through hell and they still find a way to save the day. A story doesn't work unless you are invested in the characters, and Brad does this so well. I found myself cringing every time Croft suffered the adverse effects of Black luck. I haven't felt so bad for someone since Theron Shan allowed himself to be beaten up in Annihilation. Croft seemed to have everything going so wrong, yet his heart and valor still shine. I was on the fence about the other wizard motives and did not see several curves thrown that took the story in a completely different direction. I absolutely adored Mae and Buster, two possible new allies and grossed out by his new "mentor." An amazing adventure filled with heart and soul. Croft remains the wonderful nice guy who does the right thing against all odds. I'm beginning to think he needs a nice Jedi girl friend instead of that detective! Brad Magnarella's literary talents keep growing. I hope Del Rey books will notice, he would make a fantastic author of a Star Wars book. I read this book using immersion reading, while listening to the audiobook and the wonderful James Patrick Cronin's wonderful performance. He is Croft, I hear his voice even when reading without the audio. A fantastic, heartbreaking, enjoyable read.

  • It's a Good Life

  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas
  • By: Jerome Bixby, Rod Serling
  • Narrated by: Stacy Keach, Mike Starr
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Anthony is a 6-year old boy from a little town who knows your every thought. He can feel your every emotion. He can eliminate all you hold dear. Don't be bad, or he'll wish you away into the cornfields!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Episodes

  • By Admiralu on 09-13-18

One of the Best Episodes

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

A great rendition of one of the best episodes ever. The little boy even sounds like a young Billy Mummy. Great cast and very suspenseful.

  • The Walk-Abouts

  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas
  • By: Steve Nubie
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

A writer of conspiracy books claims to have concrete evidence that UFOs and aliens really do exist. His goal is to write a best seller blowing the lid off the topic - but in doing so, he may make an enemy or two.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rare Alien-Abduction Themed T.Z. Episode

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 05-13-14

Alien Agenda

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

This was my least favorite episode so far. Great cast including the great Richard Henzel. After the X-Files, this isn’t surprising.

  • The Silence

  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas
  • By: Rod Serling
  • Narrated by: Stacy Keach, Chris McDonald
  • Length: 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Archie Taylor offers incessant talker Jamie Tennyson a fortune if he can keep quiet for a year. It's a bet that Tennyson can't resist and insists on winning - at any cost!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Bet That Shouldn’t Have Been Made

  • By Admiralu on 09-12-18

A Bet That Shouldn’t Have Been Made

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

A great episode optimized for audio. I hadn’t remembered this one, but I did guess part of the ending. Great cast and effects.

  • Free Dirt

  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas
  • By: Charles Beaumont
  • Narrated by: Eric Bogosian
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 599

A penny-pincher carts off free soil from a graveyard in which to grow his own fruits and vegetables - but eventually the free dirt gets him in over his head.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eat Dirt

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-22-15

Gardening Horror

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

A creepy edition of the famed show optimized for radio. Great cast and narration. Enjoyed an episode I wasn’t familiar with.

  • Haunted Liverpool 18

  • By: Tom Slemen
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Welcome to Haunted Liverpool 18 - an amazing book that leaves other works on the supernatural light years behind. Once again, that master of mystery and the supernatural, Tom Slemen, takes us on a tour of the Liverpool nobody knows; a Haunted Liverpool in which you will be confronted with such creatures as the child vampire Amelia, who haunts a house in Norris Green, and the Werewolf of Abercromby Square which terrorized two security guards...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strange & Unusual Tales Found Nowhere Else

  • By Admiralu on 09-10-18

Strange & Unusual Tales Found Nowhere Else

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18


This is another fascinating entry in the Haunted Liverpool series. There are more stories to delight, terrify and baffle you. Tom Slemen's extensive research brings more great tales you won't find anywhere else. Masterfully told as in his other volumes, it will leave you wanting more. I read this book using immersion reading, while listening to the audiobook. Nigel Peever's wonderful narration and the cool special effects make this a treat to listen to. Enjoy and be sure to check his other Haunted Liverpool titles and the Tales of the Weird.

  • The Beatles Play Shea

  • By: James Woodall
  • Narrated by: Christopher Price
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

The Beatles' third tour of North America was nearly a year in the planning. By late 1964, manager Brian Epstein knew that they were not only the biggest act in his stable: they had become the biggest act on earth. America worshipped them. Somewhere different for the start of this tour, in New York - somewhere appropriately massive - had to be found. It was: a baseball stadium in Flushing, Queens. On August 15, 1965, The Beatles played the concert of their lives there.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More About Musical Analysis than the Concert Itself

  • By Admiralu on 09-09-18

More About Musical Analysis than the Concert Itself

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18


I saw this Kindle Single book about the Beatles concert at Shea stadium and thought it would interesting, since I'm a Beatles fan. This short book turned out to be far different than I expected. It starts with a bit of background on the Beatles landing in the US in 1964. It then gives analysis on some of songs on the early albums and the ones picked for the concert. There is one chapter about legendary promoter Sid Bernstein that was interesting and informative. This book would've been much better off giving more details about the concert instead of what seemed like a dissertation of their musical talent. If you are a music major, you will enjoy this book. Otherwise, it was lacking for me in details a fan would enjoy. Very disappointing.

  • The Swing of Things

  • By: Linda Keir
  • Narrated by: Lynn Barrington, Tristan James
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Attorney Jayne Larsen loves her stay-at-home husband. Eric is attentive and a great father to their daughter. He’s also unfailingly committed to their Wednesday date nights - but things have gotten too predictable. Enter Theo and Mia Winters, the effortlessly cool, attractive couple who are the center of everyone’s attention. They are blissfully happy and ready to share their secret for keeping things spicy. But there are rules. And breaking them has consequences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Psychological Impacts of an Alternative Lifestyle

  • By Admiralu on 09-08-18

Psychological Impacts of an Alternative Lifestyle

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18


The premise of this book sounded interesting, since it was different from what I normally read. A couple, she a lawyer, he a stay at home dad, decide to sample the swinging lifestyle. This book deals with the emotional and physical effects on the couple.

Spoilers below, please be warned.

This is not a traditional erotic novel. While sex is described, the scenes are shortened so that I couldn't really see much of a payoff. In all fairness, the wife was actually manipulated into swinging. Her boredom with her "traditional" sex life, made her more amenable to suggestion. Had she been honest with her husband, the outcome would've been much different. The husband has his doubts, but he connects with someone else more deeply than he expected. They both were set up by a master manipulator with ulterior motives and he was able to compromise the wife's position at her law firm.

There is a great deal of exploring insight from the pair. Two authors write this book from differing points of view. For me, the book bogged down with the family bits from their daughter. It felt like a plot device to cause some tension. A great deal of time is allocated to their thoughts, expectations and fears of the lifestyle. Sometimes less is more. I personally didn't feel like this book was sexy. To contrast, I read another book with a collection of swinger stories. It was far shorter than this book, but felt far more realistic. It was also written by a male and female author team. They managed to put you in the story and feel what the couple's were experiencing. The Swing of Things was far tamer in this respect. The couples in that book were more interested in new experiences. In this book, it's a hook for the crime story. I could see the ending coming a mile away.

I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the audiobook. There was a male and female narrator team in this one as well. The female narrator did a wonderful job with her expressive voice. The male narrator sounded monotone without much vocal expression.

  • Odd Thomas

  • You Are Destined to Be Together Forever
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Amid the dizzying rides, tantalizing games of chance, and fanciful attractions of a state fair, two teenage sweethearts on the cusp of life and love's pleasures find their way to a shadowy carnival tent brimming with curiosities. There, from the bizarre and enthralling Gypsy Mummy, a mechanized merchant of dreams and prognosticator of tomorrows, the young couple learns what fate promises for them. But fate, for Odd Thomas and Stormy Llewellyn, is something altogether different: full of dark corners, sharp edges, and things no seer or soothsayer could ever anticipate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a book but a chapter

  • By Kenneth J. Baldauf on 02-20-17

Beginning of Odd’s Journey-Beautifully Narrated

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This was a wonderful little short story about Odd Thomas and his girlfriend near the beginning of their adventures. I haven't read the series, but had heard of the character. I may have to add this to my ever growing list of to be reads. Equal parts, charming, sad, thrilling and funny, this touching story does justice to Odd and his spirit visitors. I read this using immersion reading while listening to the audio book. Narrator David Aaron Baker has a beautiful, expressive voice that fits this series perfectly.

  • Kolchak and the Lost World

  • By: C. J. Henderson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

After convincing a serial killer to confess, newspaper reporter Kolchak is offered an international assignment with massive coverage around the world. With fame and fortune finally within reach, he's ready to cover the story - until he's confronted by a mysterious monk who warns him that "the 72 must always be". What this means is not explained. But before he knows it, Kolchak's dreams are invaded by inexplicable images warning him that every step he takes toward the big story is bringing him closer to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Would’ve Made a great Episode for the Show

  • By Admiralu on 09-02-18

Would’ve Made a great Episode for the Show

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18


I was a fan of the Kolchak Night Stalker show back in the 70s. It was one of the first forays into unexplained phenomena. For those that aren't familiar with the show, the great Darin McGavin portrayed the title character in two tv films and a short lived show, as a reporter who uncovers vampires, werewolves and more. This show inspired a young man named Chris Carter to create the X-Files. McGavin even appeared in an episode. This original story fits the show and character perfectly. I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the audio book. Johnny Heller's voice is perfect, embodying the character to a T. As usual Kolchak finds himself drawn to the unusual. A great short story, very entertaining.