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  • The First Church

  • Moving In Series, Book 4
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Brian Roy is a ghost hunter extraordinaire. His latest adventure involves headless Japanese soldiers wreaking havoc in a New Hampshire church. The stats are grisly. Two boys blinded. Another boy shot. Cops killed. The bodies keep piling up and the ghosts' thirst for vengeance is as insatiable as their thirst for saké! The phantom soldiers cut a swath of murder through the congregation until all that's left of Brian's local allies are Jim Bogue and his grandfather, Luke Allen, who is a blind marine vet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the series- **spoiler review**

  • By Tracie on 08-16-16

Another Amazing book to the Series!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

This is another excellent book by Ron Ripley. This series is one of the best paranormal/supernatural series that I have ever listened to. I enjoy every minute of these stories and anticipate what Brian will go through next. I find I am on the edge of my seat anticipating what will happen. I was also very pleased with the return of Leo. As always, I never knew what was going to happen next and that made this book so good and allowed me to lose myself into Brian's world. I enjoyed every minute of it.

As always, Andrew Tell knocks it out of the park with his narration. He provides a superb performance with excellent tone, pace, inflection and emotions that will simply have you on the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more.

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  • True Crime Stories, Volume 2

  • 12 Shocking True Crime Murder Cases
  • By: Jack Rosewood, Rebecca Lo
  • Narrated by: Herschel J. Grangent Jr.
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

From the victim or victims, the crime scenes, and the criminal investigations that ensued, we follow 12 true crime stories, some of which are solved and some that are still mysteries. We also take a look at cases where wrongful convictions have occurred and why. These true murder stories will take you on a journey across the globe and even back in time in some cases. Family massacres, individual true crime murder cases, and situations where murder goes unseen in suicide cases, plus many more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True Crime on a Dime!

  • By kathy on 10-26-16

Excellent Compilation of True Crime Stories!!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

This was one of the better books of True Crime compilations that I have read/listened to. The stories chosen were each written impeccably with immense detail and background for each. Some of the stories I have heard of but not with such detail and a smooth delivery. This is an author that I will be watching for any future books.

The narration by Herschel J. Grangent Jr. was perfect. He has excellent pace, tone, timing and voice inflection. He kept me engaged throughout.

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  • Harold Shipman

  • The True Story of Britain's Most Notorious Serial Killer
  • By: Ryan Green
  • Narrated by: Ernie Sprance
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

It's easy to imagine Harold Shipman doting on his little grandkids, reading them stories from his lap and letting them play with his big, bushy beard. If you were told he was a doctor, I bet you'd imagine he was a good, kind and gentle one, with an easy, affable manner and deep care for his patients. Harold Frederick Shipman certainly projected all those qualities, but only so that he could hide the evil that lurked deep inside. Shipman abused his trust and used his position to kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dr. Death!

  • By Big Cheese on 10-21-16

Interesting and Compelling!!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book as the author managed to cover all the facts of this case and was able to compile it into a quick read. I was shocked and amazed at all the oversights that enabled this doctor to kill as many of his patients as he did. Another point that got my attention was the Shipman's wife. I was amazed that she stood by his side through everything. I believe in stand by your man but you need to draw a line somewhere ... geeesh!!!

Ernie Sprance did an excellent job with his performance. He has excellent pace and voice inflection with a pleasant tone of voice to listen to. He kept me engaged throughout the story.

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  • Hellen Back

  • By: Vicki Lee Zell
  • Narrated by: Tricia DiSandro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

Jennifer Luck is finally getting away from her crazy-ass mother and that attic room. She is off to Kale University where even darker secrets lie in wait. Finding herself wrapped tight in a nightmare she cannot escape from, Jennifer enters a hell on earth she never knew existed. What is happening to the students at Kale? What darkness hangs in the balance inside Kale House? Find out.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Never hooked me

  • By Nomi on 09-20-16

Good Book - Stick With It!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

In the beginning, I found the author was jumping back and forth between the present and the past which had me a little confused and losing interest but she manages to work that out and soon had me intrigued. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing as well as plot changes. The characters are well written, developed and interesting. The author kept the story moving along and did not become stagnant with it.

Tricia De Sandro did a good job with her performance of this story. Personally, I feel if she had changed her voice for each of the female characters it would have made them more easily distinguishable from one another. Other than that, she had good pace and timing. Her performance was not the best I have heard but certainly not he worst either.

Personally, I do not like to write negative reviews towards a book as I know I could not do half as well as these authors and narrators do. However, since I am compelled to give an honest review the above reflects how I felt about the story. I disagree with some of the extremely negative reviews because in my opinion the book is not as bad as they stated. However, everyone has an opinion, I just feel that this was a good book if you stick it out until the end.

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  • Middlebury Sanitarium

  • Moving In Series, Book 3
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Brian Roy is the brainchild behind the Leonidas Group, a ghostbusting organization with a track record of incomparable success for tracking down and annihilating ghosts. But Brian may have met his match with his latest job investigating Middlebury Sanitarium! Occupied by a host of undeads, Middlebury has a history of drugging its residents to prevent them from entering the grounds at night and becoming a part of the "lost brigade", never to be heard from again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't read with the lights off!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 09-30-16

Excellent Follow-up to Book 2!!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

Ron Ripley is superb with his writing of this series. He increases the creepy factor with this book and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout its' entirety. The author is a master at writing this genre. He is very detailed and descriptive, making the story come to life for you. As always, the author creates great characters with an excellent storyline that are extremely well written and developed.

Again, what can I say about Andrew Tells' performance that I have not already been said other than perfection. He has excellent tone as well as pace and provides the perfect voice inflection at the appropriate time that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up and your spine tingle. Excellent as always!!

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  • Kane's Cross

  • Witchfinder, Book 2
  • By: E.M.G. Wixley
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Kane is a burned out soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress. He comes from a dysfunctional family. His parents are divorced, his sister is missing under mysterious circumstances, and his mirror twin half-brothers are displaying disturbing behaviors. It's whilst drowning his sorrows that he meets a strange girl who asks him for help. Under her influence, they embark on a transformative journey together. Soon everything about Kane's life is different. Kane knows he will have to kill their adversaries before they are all murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, very odd book :) in a good way

  • By TinkerMel on 09-14-16

Great Follow-Up to Adam's Cross

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

E.M.G. Wixley provides an excellent follow-up to Adam's Cross. The author continues to provide many twists and turns as well as plot changes that keep you on the edge of your seat. As in book 1, Adam's Cross, the characters are very well written and developed. E.M.G. Wixley keeps the horror coming and manages to create an excellent story line.

Nigel Peever did an great job with his performance of this book. I love his British Accent which made it that much more enjoyable for me. He performs each character brilliantly and provides great tone, pace, inflection and emotion that keep you engaged throughout the entire book.

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  • The Kuřim Case

  • A Terrifying True Story of Child Abuse, Cults & Cannibalism
  • By: Ryan Green
  • Narrated by: Ernie Sprance
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 197

In May of 2007, in a small, quiet town in the South Moravia region of the Czech Republic, a technical glitch - a simple, accidental crossing of signals - revealed a terrible case of child abuse, and an entire nation watched transfixed with horror as the grisly extent of the perversion of the maternal instinct was revealed. Two small brothers named Jakub and Ondrej, nine and seven years old respectively, were revealed to have suffered confinement, mutilation, psychological brutality, and cannibalism at the hands of several people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Reporting on a Truly Bizarre, Sad Case

  • By Dave on 09-05-16

VERY INTRIGUING AND COMPELLING!!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

Author Ryan Green provides a very unique look into this very disturbing and sad story. I was a bit hesitant at first to listen to this book as it does involve children, but the author provides the details of each incident without making it uncomfortable to listen to. I was compelled and totally engrossed in this story from beginning to end. I would recommend this book to any true crime buff.

Ernie Sprance provides an excellent performance of this book. He has great tone, pace and inflection that enables him to keep you engaged from the very beginning.


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  • The Harvesting (The Harvesting Series Book 1)

  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Kristin James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

While Layla Petrovich returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she never could have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla's cool head, fast blade, and itchy trigger finger to survive the undead apocalypse that's upon them. But even that may not be enough. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • BLOODY SALIVA

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-24-15

A Different Twist to Zombie Apocalypse - Amazing!!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

The Harvesting was an interesting and exciting read that once you start listening to, you won't be able to put it down. I thoroughly enjoyed the story with all the different elements. I especially enjoyed Laylas'character. It was refreshing to have a strong, witty and tough female lead with a take no prisoners attitude for a change. All the characters and the story are extremely well written and developed with many different elements instead of just zombies. Very Refreshing!!

Kristen James did an excellent job with her narration. She has a great tone and pace as well as the ability to know when to add emotion and inflection at just the right time to make this story come to life.

  • Flanagan's Dolls

  • By: Warren Adler
  • Narrated by: Kevin Scollin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

A man seeking to purchase an antique doll for his ailing grandchild opens up a Pandora's Box of hidden family secrets and intrigue that results in bitter hostility and murder. Josh and Emily, through brilliant deduction and imaginative enterprise, discover the clues that lead to the solution that lies at the heart of this mystery. As characters they are similar in conception to the witty bantering loving couple, Nick and Nora Charles of the famed Thin Man series created by the mystery writer Dashiell Hammett.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Antique Who Expired.

  • By pixledust on 10-23-16

ENJOYABLE, REFRESHING AND FUN!!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The relationship between the Flanagans is refreshing and easy to love. The characters and story line are very well written and developed. Each character adds to the mystery making the book all that much more enjoyable. I was a fan of Warren Adler already but after listening to this book, I am a bigger fan than before.

Kevin Scollin is simply amazing with his narration of this story. He brings each character and the story to life better than if I was to read it for myself. He has a very pleasant tone to listen to, along with great pace and inflection.

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  • Lucifer's Children

  • By: Brett Williams
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43

A family tragedy thrusts Amanda into the foster care of the Henning family at the start of her senior year of high school. Amanda soon learns that the prestigious private school isn't what it seems. Monarch Preparatory School for Girls is a place plagued by rampant teen pregnancy, promiscuity, and violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.

  • By Big Cheese on 09-27-16

Graphic & Twisted

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

The label on the book that states may be offensive, definitely needs to be there. I had a difficult time listening to this book and unfortunately I was unable to finish it, I am sad to say. I can listen to a lot of horror books that are far from the norm and can be twisted but this was a bit too much for me, so unfortunately, I am providing a review on what I did listen to. From what I heard, it was very well written and graphic. The author makes it quite easy for you to picture in your minds' eye what is happening. I think that was the issue I had ... between my imagination and the authors' writing it was just a little too much for me. If you like graphic, twisted and deranged books ... this one is definitely for you.

From I heard from narration, Joe Hempel was amazing as he always is. He brings the story and characters for life for you and again, I think that was my problem.

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