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  • Walter's Rifle

  • Haunted Collection Series, Book 2
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Haunted items are traversing the country, and their ghosts are wreaking havoc on their new owners. Stefan Korzh’s plan is unraveling flawlessly, and he can’t imagine a better way of seeking revenge on the world. But Victor Daniels and Jeremy Rhinehart won’t let that happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-18-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I listend to the entire Shane Ryan series, and mostly enjoyed it, so I thought I'd give this series a try. I listend to "Collecting Death" and while it wasn't as good as most of the Shane Ryan books, I decided to give this series another chance. It failed, and I"m returning this book. I hate books that engage in animal abuse. If M.R. James can write an epic ghost story without engaging in animal abuse, these clowns ought to be able to write a decent one without doing that, but apparently they can't. I'm done with Ron Ripley.

  • Nightmare Abbey

  • Nightmare Series, Book 1
  • By: David Longhorn
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

The gloomy Malpas Abbey has been avoided by locals for centuries. Its infamous history is marred with blood and terror. Only the foolish would dare enter such a place, where devilish hauntings have left dead bodies in its wake. Just as the building is about to be permanently closed, things take an unexpected turn. An American television crew shows up, hoping to investigate the source of the structure's paranormal activity. Led by producer Matt McKay and paranormal expert Ted Gould, the hapless bunch enter the hellish residence only to discover that they are in way over their heads. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great introduction to the series.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 07-06-18

This is where I stop

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I stopped listening to this part way through the first chapter. This book is NOT for anyone who hates animal abuse.

  • Carnacki the Ghost-Finder

  • By: William Hope Hodgson
  • Narrated by: Dan Starkey, Joseph Kloska
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Dan Starkey takes on the mantle of William Hope Hodgson's supernatural detective, Thomas Carnacki, in this collection of enhanced audiobook readings: 'The Gateway of the Monster', 'The House Among the Laurels', 'The Whistling Room', 'The Horse of the Invisible', 'The Searcher of the End House' and 'The Thing Invisible'. Directed by Scott Handcock.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Disappointment Due To 'Atmospheric' Music

  • By M. Barnard on 01-12-18

revolting

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Hope Hodgeson should be in jail for animal abuse. I am aware that he is dead and nothing can be done about him now, but his stories are completely ruined, for me anyway, by his devotion to brutalizing and murdering random domestic pets. I had read the first story in this collection years ago, so I knew to skip the entire episode of the cat, but I had hoped that that would be an anomaly. It was not. The second story was even worse with SPOILER ALERT three completely innocent dogs murdered for no reason at all, the last in full view of Carnacki who was armed and could have stopped it at any time, and quite graphically described as well just in case I didn't feel bad enough allready. It is too bad, because Hope Hodgeson is an good writter and evokes the atmosphere of Victorian Ghost Story with a great deal of ability, but the constant assault on the dogs and cats (and probably others as well, but I have permanently stopped reading Hope Hodgson at this point so I will never know) is too great an obstacle to my enjoyment. The reader and productions values are excellent, they deserve someone better than Hope Hodgeson to interpret.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Why We Get Fat

  • And What to Do About It
  • By: Gary Taubes
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,625

Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what's making us fat - and how we can change - in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes' crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening, life changing book!

  • By Marsha on 02-03-11

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I do not believe a person has to eat box cars full of meat to maintain a healthy wt and good cardiac health, or to ward of chronic disease. I believe Dr. Dean Ornish has plenty of evidence to that effect available.

  • Thunderhead

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,338

Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brain Candy

  • By Leesa Morrow on 08-31-10

Giving up on Preston Child

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

These authors are good at spinning an engrossing story. I listend to a couple of thier works some years ago, and finished them both, but their actual writing is no better than average, and they invariably, apparently, have to do something dreadful to any animal this is unfortunate enough to wander across the landscape. They simply can not build atmosphere or explore the often fascinating ideas that they have without savaging some innocent creatures along the way. Many people do not care about this, but for those of us that do, it's a deal breaker, and this is my last time trying to get along with Mr. Preston and Mr. Child.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Event

  • By: David L. Golemon
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 711

In the summer of 1947, an unidentified object crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. There were no survivors. Now it's happened again. But this time, two creatures have emerged from the wreckage alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Series.

  • By Frank on 07-29-13

Disappointing for people who like mules.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

SPOILER ALERT; I know most people don't feel the way I do about this issue, but some do and so I feel that a word of warning is in order. It is my personal feeling that really good writers do not need to resort to animal abuse and misery to paint a picture of the presence of evil. I thought that Golemon was a good enough writer not to need to do this, so when the charming old prospecter and his best friend the mule turned up, I decided to trust the author and continue with the story. I was wrong to do so.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Lake Nutaq

  • Berkley Street Series, Book 6
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Running from his own demons, Shane Ryan ends up in a cozy little cabin in New Hampshire waiting out a snowstorm. Despite the idyllic setting of ice frosted trees and snow covered lawns, Shane's peaceful hideout is suddenly plunged into chaos. A Micmac ghost army, led by Broken Nose, goes on a rampage of torture and murder. Shane may be a ghostbusting expert, but without his fighting gear, his chances are slim in winning the battle against a supernatural horde.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shane's hands are full!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 05-02-17

Torture ruins everything

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

This book was completely ruined for me by the graphic and multiple descriptions of torture. I like a ghost story, but I do not find torture entertaining. I am not finishing this book, it's too ugly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Haunting

  • The Horror on Rue Lane
  • By: L. I. Albemont
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 235

Fleeing a troubled past, Sarah Faust has found the perfect place to begin a new life. Tucked away on a charming side street and surrounded by lush grounds, the neglected 300-year-old townhouse in the port city of Charleston offers a refuge and a place to start over. But all is not as it seems at Five Rue Lane, and she soon finds that her new house harbors something that has been there for a very long time. Something that refuses to stay buried.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little predictable

  • By Neona on 05-18-17

Animals and children

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

This book was a huge disappointment to me. I like a good ghost story very much, and I like a good home rehab book very much, especially if it's spiced up with some bumps in the night and creepy atmosphere. In other words, I like a nice cozy ghost story.
This book sounds like that's exactly what it is both from the description and from the reviews that I read, but in my opinion a cozy ghost story does not torture and abuse either children or animals. It's very disappointing because the home rehab and atmosphere of the town in general were all one could ask for from a cozy. This just made the ugliness of the savagery directed at the animals and children all the more jarring. If you like animals (especially cats but also dogs) and/or children, I advise you to give this book a miss.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Witches of Lychford

  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

The villagers in the sleepy hamlet of Lychford are divided. A supermarket wants to build a major branch on their border. Some welcome the employment opportunities while some object to the modernization of the local environment. Judith Mawson (local crank) knows the truth - that Lychford lies on the boundary between two worlds and that the destruction of the border will open wide the gateways to malevolent beings beyond imagination. But if she is to have her voice heard, she's going to need the assistance of some unlikely allies....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb story and narration

  • By Jeffrey W. McClure on 11-13-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

I bought this book because of all the great reviews. I liked it so much after listening for a while that I went and bought another book by the author. However, SPOILER ALERT, SPOILER ALERT, SPOILER ALERT SPOILERS TO FOLLOW
just at the very moment I was thinking to myself "one of the many things that makes this book so great is that the author didn't feel the need to pointlessly torture some member of the animal kingdom" the author decided to do just that. I have had it with this sort of behavior from magical authors. There is no need for it, it's disgusting and pointless. A two star rating is probably harsh, because the story has many good points. It's well written, the characters are well defined and unique, and it posses great atmosphere. None of that matters to me because now I'm furious at the author for betraying my trust.
Also, there's a surprise at the end that I absolutely did not see coming and that depressed me quite a bit. It's possible that there's going to be a sequel and that the author plans to deal with these issues then, because there are many loose ends at the end of the story that don't get tied up.
The reader is perfect for this story and does a wonderful job.

10 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Accidental Alchemist

  • By: Gigi Pandian
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,625

Unpacking her belongings in her new hometown of Portland, Oregon, herbalist and reformed alchemist Zoe Faust can't help but notice she's picked up a stowaway. Dorian Robert-Houdin is a living, breathing three-and-half-foot gargoyle - not to mention a master of French cuisine - and he needs Zoe's expertise to decipher a centuries-old text. Zoe, who's trying to put her old life behind her, isn't so sure she wants to reopen her alchemical past... until the dead man on her porch leaves her no choice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I get it....you're vegan.

  • By Alia E Smith on 05-22-17

Brixton ruined this for me.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

As others have noted, this novel has a good central idea. A lead character who is an alchemist with a specialty in plant alchemy? Newly moved to a charming old fixer upper in Portland, Oregon to start a new life? Exploring her charming and funky neighborhood, putting her house in order, getting going on her alchemy again after many years of neglect? A stow-away gargoyle with a significant health problem and a mysterious old book? The gargoyle is a masterful french chef who spends almost all his time adapting standard recipes into vegan ones, since our heroine is vegan? Sign me up!!!
Yet, in execution this story falls far short of it's potential. The only real good part of it is the the gargoyle, Dorian. The reader executes him perfectly, so that he is charming and endearing and suave. There is quite a bit of discussion about food here, and it's all wonderful as well. I have found myself searching for some of the recipes online because they sound so delicious. In other circumstances (like if the rest of the story was better) I would consider buying the physical book in order to access them.
However, outside of Dorian, there don't seem to be any attractive characters that make any impact. Some of the supporting characters seem like they could have been interesting, but we don't spend much time with them, and the main character, Zoe, doesn't seem to be able to hold the stage. She'd be nice enough in another book, maybe one written by Juliet Blackwell or Susan Wittig Albert, but written by this author she's not strong enough to be the lead. This allows Brixton, the 14 boy who breaks into Zoe's house almost as soon as the story starts, to take over the entire book. He's a jerk. I guess it's supposed to be ok with us that he's a jerk because his mom should have been arrested for neglect years ago? I feel bad for him because of his miserable parenting situation, but that doesn't change the fact that he's a selfish, abusive, entitled little git. I have no desire to spend time with him at all. Sometimes, with a character like this, an event will take place in the story that changes them into someone who actually adds something positive to the mix. In this case, however, I've got 3 hours and 40 minutes left of this story and he's just getting worse. Since the main character is weak and stupid, and the mysteries are weak and undeveloped, that leaves Dorian as the only attractive character that I care about in the entire book.
I want more from a book than this.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful