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  • The Physics of the Dead

  • A Supernatural Mystery Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

The afterlife doesn't come with a manual. In fact, Hart and Bowler (two ordinary but dead men) have had to work out the rules of their new existence for themselves. It's that fact (along with being unable to leave the boundaries of their city center, unable to communicate with the other lost souls, unable to rest in case The Beast catches up with them) that makes getting out of their situation a priority. But Hart and Bowler don't know why they're there in the first place; if they ever want to leave, they will have to find all the answers to be able to understand the physics of the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Vision of Life, Death, Regret, Loss, & Hope

  • By JoanneG on 02-28-16

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 03-10-16

The Physics of the Dead was absolutely spellbinding. Smitherd creates characters you come to know and love, and although this book starts off more slowly than his others, it was completely worth the wait.

Although many authors should stay away from narrating their own books, Smitherd does it beautifully. He's mastered the pacing and emotion of each scene, and his production quality is top-notch. This was nine hours of my time that was very well spent and I am now going through a sad withdrawal period because it's over. :(

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Her Last Tomorrow

  • By: Adam Croft
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

On the surface, Nick Connor's life is seemingly perfect: a quiet life with his beautiful family and everything he could ever want. But soon his murky past will collide with his idyllic life and threaten the very people he loves the most in the world. When his five-year-old daughter, Ellie, is kidnapped, Nick's life is thrown into a tailspin. In exchange for his daughter's safe return, Nick will have to do the unthinkable: he must murder his wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder mystery

  • By Wanda on 03-02-16

Very Intense Story and Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

Nick Conner is a famous writer who seems to have it all including a great job and an even better family. After years of trying, Nick and his wife Tasha finally get pregnant and now their daughter Ellie is 5-years old. Tasha heads off to work leaving Nick in charge of getting Ellie to school. He gets her dressed and puts her in the car when she starts demanding he go back inside to retrieve the picture she made for her teacher.

Nick runs inside, leaving Ellie in the car for less than a minute and when he returns, she's gone. The police investigate, naming Nick as their number one suspect. later, he receives an email stating that the sender has his daughter and in order to get her back, he must kill his wife.

As far as stories go, this one was very entertaining and even if you think you know what's going on, you don't. This, along with the significant amount of research that obviously went into the book kept me interested until the very end.

The narration was just as brilliant as I expect Nigel Patterson to deliver. Since the book was written in first-person, there was no break from the emotion for this narrator and he pulls it off beautifully. If you like this partnership between narrator and author as much as I did, check out Too Close For Comfort. I certainly hope this is their last collaboration.

  • Legend of Kill Creek Woods

  • By: Brett Williams
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Somewhere out in the woods an otherworldly creature born of fire and hate lurks. When the beast emerges, lusting for blood, all that stands between it and the nearby town is a grief-stricken farmer. Supernatural ferocity meets backwoods ingenuity in a horror fable of good versus evil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dog Gone I enjoyed this fable!

  • By Kathren on 03-08-16

Wow

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

When the farmer's family gets picked off one by one by a beast in the woods, he and his terrier face the beast and soon, the farmer must fight not only for his own life, but for the lives of everyone in the entire town. I loved this book, despite not knowing what I was in for. The story moved along at a great pace and I could relate to and sympathize with the characters.

I want to talk about the performance of this book. Joe Hempel blew me away with his narration. Not only did he perform a believable southern accent, he read with an intensity I didn't know he possessed. I actually had to go back to my library to make sure Joe was the narrator. Hempel has been one of my favorite audiobook narrators for a while, but this performance shows how much he's grown and improved as a narrator over the years.

Looking forward to more from this author and narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zero Lives Remaining

  • By: Adam Cesare
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Robby Asaro is dead. And alive. He's a ghost in the machine, keeping a watchful eye on the arcade where he lost his life two decades before. And the afterlife is good. The best thing ever to have happened to him. But when the conscious electric current formerly known as Robby Asaro makes a decision to protect one of his favorite patrons, Tiffany Park, from a bully, he sets loose a series of violent supernatural events that can't be stopped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy!

  • By erobbins33 on 10-07-16

Fun and Unique

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

It's been a while since I've had the chance to dive into an Adam Cesare book, so when I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook version of Zero Lives Remaining narrated by the talented Joe Hempel, I jumped at it.

Poor Robbie Asaro was killed when he was pulled into a pizza oven in 1989. He comes back as an electric current and spends his "life" living in the Funcave arcade, jumping from machine to machine. His favorite game, Ms. Pac-Man, is frequented by the "princess" of the arcade, Tiffany. Robbie loves Tiffany as he would a daughter, and comes to her aid when she's harassed by Chris, the local bully and all around loser. That's when the deaths begin.

Dan is a stroke survivor who is the caretaker of all the machines. He loves watching Tiffany play Ms. Pac-Man but more than that, likes to silently relive the days when he was able to play the games.

The most enjoyable part of this story was its old-school feel, which I haven't seen in a long time. Cesare perfectly describes the excitement of the arcade and despite this being a short listen, the character development was perfect.

Joe Hempel does a beautiful job narrating this one and it was obvious that he was having a lot of fun with it. My favorite character he performed was Dan because Hempel sounded just like I imagined a stroke victim would sound - going so far as to only speak out of one side of his mouth.

Any audiobook fan who loves old-school horror combined with near-perfect narration with will love Zero Lives Remaining.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Too Close for Comfort

  • Knight & Culverhouse, Book 1
  • By: Adam Croft
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

As the newest murder squad recruit for Mildenheath CID, DS Wendy Knight knows that she will face the unthinkable, but what she does not anticipate is that a sadistic killer may be too close for comfort.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too close for comfort

  • By zoe on 02-14-16

A Great Book and a Great Performance

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

I daresay this is Nigel Patterson's best performance to date. He brilliantly narrated each character providing the emotion and personality of each in a flawless way. I was never left wondering who was speaking, even though he never used individual voices.

I love this story because not only is there horror, my favorite genre, it's also a crime drama and even has a few funny moments thrown in. I eagerly look forward to book 2. Adam Croft and Nigel Patterson make a great team.

  • Slush

  • By: Glenn Rolfe
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

A collection of short stories, flash fiction, and micro works. Slush includes previously published stories "Skull of Snakes", "Jackie Boy", and "Sweet 16" alongside a fresh batch of terrifying stories to help you sleep at night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slush is fun!

  • By Frode on 07-12-15

New to Glenn Rolfe? Start Here.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

As a fan of Glenn Rolfe, I couldn't wait to hear the stories in Slush brought to life by Joe Hempel. Slush is a collection of short stories that vary between the loss of innocence to the unknown. This is a great selection for anyone who likes short stories or those who are new to this author or narrator. Some of my favorite stories in this collection include "Skull of Snakes," "Jackie's Boy," and "Henry." Each story is unique and all will capture your attention with realistic characters, chilling and intense story lines and a little humor thrown in along the way.

As I've come to expect, Joe Hempel's narration is crisp and clean, and he manages to set the mood in each story perfectly. Hempel is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators and I always look forward to his latest releases.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Curse of the Gut Ripper

  • By: Tim Miller
  • Narrated by: Lawrence D. Palmer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Buddy Hansen went on a camping trip with a group of friends that would change his life forever. While on their expedition, they encountered the legendary Gut Ripper; thinking he was only the stuff of urban myth, Buddy ends up face to face with a monster of unimaginable proportions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story That Needs a Better Narrator

  • By Dawnzilla on 01-18-16

Great Story That Needs a Better Narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

In typical Tim Miller style, Curse of the Gut Ripper is fast paced and gory. When Buddy and his friends head off on a camping trip, they go knowing about the legend of the gut ripper, a masked man who gets off on ripping the guts from his victims.Of course the campers don't believe the urban legend and in time, forget about it. That is - until some of the camping party turns up missing. Curse of the Gut Ripper brings back memories of the old 80s slasher movies and was a lot of fun.

However, the narrator is one whose voice I loved, but he lacked emotion. On the occasions when he tried adding intensity or emotion, he just sounded silly. I have to wonder if this was his first narration because he sounded like he was trying, but came across as uncomfortable and lacking confidence.

Great story, not so great audio rendition.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,320

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic with a Top-Notch Performance!

  • By Nicole - Audible on 06-19-17

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

Steven Weber does a phenomenal job narrating one of my favourite Stephen King novels. Will definitely listen to this again in the future.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • High Moor 3: Blood Moon

  • By: Graeme Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Chris Barnes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

The war has begun...As the humans make their move against the werewolf threat in their midst, and civil war threatens to break the pack apart, John and Marie struggle to free the only person who can unite the werewolf factions against their common enemy: Marie's brother, Michael. However, their efforts may be for nothing. As tensions mount, the Moonborn prepare to combat the human aggression with an assault of their own; an attack that could spell doom for both man and werewolf alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Werewolf Series. Period.

  • By Dawnzilla on 12-18-15

The Best Werewolf Series. Period.

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

Reviewed: 12-18-15

High Moor 3: Blood Moon picks up right where Moonstruck left off. Daniel moves in with John and Marie, and together, they have to rescue their pack alpha and Marie’s brother Michael from a military hospital.

Thanks to the actions of the now-deceased Connie Hamilton, all of Europe knows of the werewolves’ existence and in order to survive, a battle ensues between werewolf and human. Ports are closed and airports have special anti-werewolf security devices installed. There is no escaping Europe for the werewolves and whether the beasts are to be studied, killed or captured, all are at risk.

As Michael is held captive by the military, Lukas and Krysztof begin their ploy to help Krysztof take over as pack alpha. After he becomes the alpha of the pack, Daniel is given a mission. When he finds Marie, Michael and John, his orders are to kill them.
Things begin to unravel for our werewolf friends as Daniel, along with other werewolves, plan a brutal attack on the town of High Moor and Michael and Marie try to stop the pack from tearing itself apart.

I won’t go into any more plot points, because I truly feel you need to experience this for yourself. It’s that good. Reynolds does a tremendous job of putting us right into the action in the final installment of the High Moor trilogy, and this book has everything that made the first two great: gore, violence, lovable (and not-so-lovable) characters, hyphens, plenty of “f-bombs, “and more than enough action throughout. If you’ve grown to love these characters half as much as I do, go into this book knowing that no one is safe.

I was a little concerned about this High Moor audiobook. It was a long time between the release of High Moor 2: Moonstruck and this third and final book in the series, Blood Moon, and I was afraid the narrator, Chris Barnes, after recording several other books in the interim, would have a hard time getting back into the heads of these characters after such a long hiatus. My worry was completely unfounded.

There are a lot of characters in High Moor 3. Some are British, some are German, and some are from other countries. Barnes nails each accent of each character perfectly. Michael, John and Marie sound just as I remembered them, and even Daniel, Lukas and Krysztof are perfect. The listener is never left wondering which character is speaking at any given time. Barnes brilliantly adjusts the volume and pacing of his narrative to match the scenes in the book and you feel everything the characters feel.

The end of the book was sad when I read it. I cried and I’m not one who cries easily. When I heard the raw emotion emanating from Chris Barnes as he read the end, well, let’s just say he upped the emotion factor 10-fold.

Werewolf fans and fans of brutal, gritty horror need to listen to this book. It will be the best 10 hours you've spent in a very long time.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Luke told me to write this but I would have anyway

  • By Peter B. on 01-10-16

Absolutely Brilliant Story

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

Reviewed: 12-11-15

Imagine waking up to find yourself in someone else's head. That's exactly what happens to Charlie Wilkes. One morning, he wakes up in a woman's head. He doesn't know how he got there and can't figure a way to get out.

Charlie begins thinking of the woman's head as the "Black Room." After several attempts, he finds a way to communicate with her and together, they begin to solve the mystery of how he got there and what his purpose is. Problem is, with all the time they spend together, they quickly fall in love, making the job at hand much more difficult.

I'm not going to say any more about the plot of this book because it is best left to the author/narrator to tell the story. I will tell you, however, that this book is amazing. It teeters between horror and science fiction and the characterization is brilliant.

The author narrates this book and I am quickly becoming a huge fan of his narrating style. He reads very quickly and when the action of the book ramps up, he seems to read even faster. Being a fast reader myself, this didn't bother me, but it may take some people a while to get used to.

I rated this one 4-stars in the performance category because it seemed to me that this audiobook wasn't edited. Many of the narrator's mistakes were left in (some were quite funny) and there were a lot of mouth noises that were slightly distracting. Despite this, I was completely blown away by his smooth voice and the way he gave each character his/her individuality without using voices.

This story is unique and a lot of fun, if you can work past a few minor glitches.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful