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Camarillo, California United States
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  • Fatal Sunset: Deadly Vacations

  • By: Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff
  • Narrated by: Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

No one ever believes their dream vacation can instantly turn into a tragic nightmare...until it's too late. Some tourists vanish without a trace. Over 170 people have disappeared from cruise ships around the world since 1995, several under very suspicious circumstances. Others have their lives senselessly stolen, like the 8-year-old boy sucked into an unprotected pool drain at a major resort, leaving his mother crying out his name as security staff held her at gunpoint.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dare to be Aware is Excellent Advice

  • By Admiralu on 01-21-19

Dare to be Aware is Excellent Advice

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19


This book is a sobering and eye opening look at the dark side of vacations. Everyone who travels should read this book. The book was written and narrated on the audiobook by the author. Accidents and deaths happen more frequently than many suspect and a major point this book makes is that the rights you enjoy at home do not apply when you travel. The cruise ship disappearances and deaths in Mexico resorts are heartbreaking and frightening for the lack of assistance the victims DID NOT RECEIVE. The mantra Dare to be Aware is excellent advice indeed. A must read to inform you of dangers in supposedly safe places.

  • Beasts, Banshees, and Bogeymen

  • By: Tom Slemen
  • Narrated by: Dave Clark
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The Red Fiend of Bold Street, The Black Elves of Bloody Acre, The Old Man in the Carpet, Strange Creatures from the Bootle Caverns, and the sinister legend of the Devil's Bridge in Mossley Hill where, it is alleged, John Lennon sold his soul in return for 20 years of global fame and undreamt-of fortune...just some of the tales in this phenomenal book by Liverpool's most popular writer - Tom Slemen. Beasts, Banshees, and Bogeymen is just further proof that Tom Slemen is the unrivalled master storyteller of the supernatural.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book of Paranormal Characters

  • By Admiralu on 01-20-19

Great Book of Paranormal Characters

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Tom Slemen is a wonderful crafter of Stories and really brings the people and events alive. This is the second book of his I have read and have enjoyed them both. He does extensive research and these tales are reportedly true. Some are thrilling, some head scratching, some chilling and some are unbelievable. A must read anyway. If you are on the fence, take the plunge, this book is very entertaining. My favorite tale? The reported deal that John Lennon supposedly made. Read this book to find out and judge for yourself, I won't spill the beans here.

  • The Sinking of the Bounty

  • The True Story of a Tragic Shipwreck and its Aftermath
  • By: Matthew Shaer
  • Narrated by: Matthew Shaer
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

It was one of the strangest sights the Coast Guard pilots had ever seen: a tall-masted wooden ship, the kind that sailed centuries ago, capsizing in the wind and towering waves of Hurricane Sandy off the coast of North Carolina. It looked like something out of a movie - and, in a way, it was. The ship was the Bounty, a replica of a British merchant vessel of the same name whose crew famously mutinied in 1789. She had been built for a Marlon Brando film in the 1960s - and now she was sinking, her 16-person crew fleeing into the sea amid the splintered wood and torn canvas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tragic Tale, Read by the Author

  • By Admiralu on 01-17-19

Tragic Tale, Read by the Author

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

This was a wrenching tale of the sinking of the modern day ship, the Bounty. It was a custom built ship, made and used in one of the previous films covering the Mutiny on the Bounty. No one single event doomed the ship, but several questionable decisions by the Captain sealed the ship's fate as well as some of the crew. Expertly researched and well told, I listened to this book using Immersion Reading, while listening to the audiobook. The author read his own work and did a wonderful job.

  • The Seduction of the Innocents

  • An Investigative Look at Ghostly Sexual Encounters, the Old Hag, Succubi and Incubi
  • By: G. Michael Vasey
  • Narrated by: Brian Ackley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

The news has been full of stories of women having sex with ghosts recently - from pop stars to those who seek the erotic pleasure of their own personal succubus or incubus, ghost sex is on the rise. One woman recently claimed on UK TV to have given up men in favor of sex with ghosts! Best-selling paranormal and occult author G. Michael Vasey investigates these and other accounts of sex with ghosts and other entities using real encounter stories, personal experiences, and historical accounts. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as Exciting as You Think

  • By Admiralu on 01-14-19

Not as Exciting as You Think

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

This was a book concerning sleep paralysis with paranormal overtones. The Old Hag syndrome, incubi and succubus encounters are also discussed. This phenomenon has gone on for centuries and has slipped back into the public eye (particularly the woman who had sex with and wants to marry a ghost comes to mind). While some encounters are shared, this is not a sexy book. Those of you looking for spicy encounters will need to visit the paranormal romance section. Interesting enough, the author does not mention the popularity of this book category. Much of the prize is dry and somewhat boring. I read this book using Immersion Reading while listening to the audiobook. The narrator didn't seem to fit this subject matter well either. Somewhat disappointing.

  • The War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

  • By: Orson Welles
  • Narrated by: Orson Welles
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

On the evening of October 30th, 1938, Earth went to war with Mars. Martians invaded New Jersey! Here is the famous panic-inducing broadcast that shook the world, starring Orson Welles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still Creepy after all these Years!

  • By Pamela on 02-21-14

The Classic Drama that Scared a Nation

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

This was the classic radio show that caused a panic around the country when the US thought we were being invaded by Mars. A wonderful treat with Orson Wells and cast providing an enjoyable thrill.

  • Ranger Confidential

  • Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks
  • By: Andrea Lankford
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 464

The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks. For 12 years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing from Cover to Cover

  • By Drew (@drewsant) on 04-13-15

Excellent Account of Life as a Ranger

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19


This was a superb book about life in the National Park See as a ranger. Many people who love the outdoors often join to work in beautiful places, help in conservation efforts, protect wildlife and people. The ability to work in amazing locales is a plus for a while. The pay and living conditions are far less than ideal and competition for full time jobs with benefits is tough. Besides the author, we follow several other rangers, both male and female and learn of the rigors of a very hazardous workplace. For women, they are often not treated well, the old boys club mentality can be strong in many places. We also learn of the rescued and lives lost, how annoying, funny, terrifying dealing with the public can be. It was hard for me to put down and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was read using Immersion Reading, while listening to the audiobook. The narrator did a wonderful job of imparting the stories and observations within. You will never look at a ranger again.

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  • Tambora

  • The Eruption That Changed the World
  • By: Gillen D'Arcy Wood
  • Narrated by: Tom Pile
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

When Indonesia's Mount Tambora erupted in 1815, it unleashed the most destructive wave of extreme weather the world has witnessed in thousands of years. The volcano's massive sulfate dust cloud enveloped the Earth, cooling temperatures and disrupting major weather systems for more than three years. Amid devastating storms, drought, and floods, communities worldwide endured famine, disease, and civil unrest on a catastrophic scale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected pleasure

  • By Pete on 09-04-16

A Mishmash of Science vs Cultural Impact

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19


This book was not what I expected. It does relay the details of the Tambora volcano explosion and aftermath, but it is concerned mostly with a social impact. There are explanations of the science, but far too many side trips that include poetry verses or artistic works of the respective period. Save it for another book. This was difficult to get through and at times boring as hell. There were bright spots. When sticking to the main narrative, it could be interesting, but this book comes as a mishmash, trying to be too many things to too many people. I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the audiobook. The narrator's voice was far too soft and monotone as to put you to sleep.

  • How the Internet Happened

  • By: Brian McCullough
  • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

The Internet was never intended for you, opines Brian McCullough in this lively narrative of an era that utterly transformed everything we thought we knew about technology. In How the Internet Happened, he chronicles the whole fascinating story for the first time, beginning in a dusty Illinois basement in 1993, when a group of college kids set off a once-in-an-epoch revolution with what would become the first "dotcom". 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A leisurely stroll around the history of the Web

  • By Darrell on 10-24-18

Rise of the Internet- Excellent Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19


This was a fascinating trip down memory lane for those of us old enough to remember the beginning of the Internet. I remember using and loving Netscape Navigator, before Internet Explorer became dominant. It's all here, from the beginnings in academia to the adoption of the masses: AOL, Myspace, the dotcom bubble and Web 2.0. All the major players are profiled as well, from Marc Andreesen to Marc Zuckerman. Expertly told and if you love audio, beautifully narrated by Timothy Andres Pabon. This is a history everyone should read since it covers many of the sites and technologies often taken for granted. Highly enjoyable, I found it hard to put down.

  • The Pellew Street Horror & Other Strange True Tales

  • By: Tom Slemen
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Crain
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Thirty-one strange, but true tales to make your flesh creep, to intrigue you, and to give you sleepless nights - all from the pen of Tom Slemen, one of England's top writers and researchers of all things supernatural. Amongst the 31 tales, you will hear about the bizarre, but terrifying creature who terrorised people in Victorian times in Liverpool's Pellew Street. What was he? Man, beast, or some freak of nature hybrid?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Strange & Freaky Tales

  • By Admiralu on 12-30-18

More Strange & Freaky Tales

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Tom Slemen is a superb story teller who is able to bring the tales to life. He has done extensive research and says these are true tales. This group does have some wild and fanciful stories. Whether you believe them or not, it does make interesting reading. A few tales in this book were out there, but still enjoyable reading. A good book, but I liked the Strange Mysteries and Beasts and Banshees books more. I still recommend it. Narrator was completely wrong for this book, as these types of books should be read by a Brit. The mispronunciations of many names is annoying. Fortunately, the great Nigel Peever handles all of the new editions.

  • Fatal Forecast

  • An Incredible True Story of Disaster and Survival at Sea
  • By: Michael Tougias
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Fatal Forecast chronicles a dramatic fight for survival aboard two small fishing boats that were ambushed by a horrific surprise storm just southeast of Cape Cod. Soon after the Fair Wind and the Sea Fever reached the fishing ground at Georges Bank, they were hit with hurricane-force winds and massive 90-foot waves that battered the boats for hours. The direction of the wind made it impossible to turn back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Waves as High as a Three Story House

  • By Pamela Dale Foster on 09-13-14

Superb Account of the Epic Disaster

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18


This was a hard to put down story about the tragic and heroic events of a rare storm that was similar to the conditions in the Perfect Storm. The missed forecast due to a malfunctioning weather buoy that NOAA chose not to repair quickly had tremendous consequences for the fishermen who relied on accurate weather information. Author Douglas puts you in the boats with the fishermen and Coast Guardsmen. The epic story of Ernie Hazzard's survival is simply amazing as well. Expertly written and researched, it is an unforgettable story. I read this book using immersion reading and narrator Jeff Cummings was superb.