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  • Kurkow Prison

  • Berkley Street, Book 5
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Shane, Frank, and Mason, three ghostblasting military vets, have a new job - the gruesome ghosts of Kurkow Prison. When one of the clueless new owners cuts the iron chains that keep the deadly ghosts locked inside the prison, the property becomes hell on earth! Shane and his brothers-in-arms can't believe the inherent stupidity of the new owners. Fools, Pete, and Ollie, forge ahead, ignoring Shane's warnings, and unleash a spectral horde on Gaiman, New Hampshire!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in series so far!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 03-15-17

This one fell flat

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

Would you try another book from Ron Ripley and/or Thom Bowers?

I will definitely continue on with this series, but this story fell totally flat for me. It was very hard to get through, but I wanted to finish it. Really boring and didn't have the same guts/stuffing that the other books have had so far.

Has Kurkow Prison turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, not at all - you win some, you lose some.

What about Thom Bowers’s performance did you like?

Yes, as always, he was great!

What character would you cut from Kurkow Prison?

Some of the characters from the past - the two little girls & their family. Not sure what the whole deal was with them and completely unnecessary. This was just a very boring story and I didn't feel it holds water.

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  • Sanford Hospital

  • Berkley Street Series, Book 4
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Sanford Hospital. A Victorianesque monstrosity with creeping ivy and the infamous Ward E, home of the soon-to-be-dead. This is where ghost hunter Shane Ryan ends up for his burn treatments. Courtesy of the Veterans Administration system, the ex-marine is cut off from his private doctors and thrust into the arms of a hospital with one special nurse from hell, Nurse Ruth Williamson, who is as dead as they come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant setting!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 02-27-17

Great Ghost story!

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

Would you try another book from Ron Ripley and/or Thom Bowers?

Yes, keep them coming!!

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Some of the "bonus scenes" I could have done without - then were a tad on the confusing side and a little boring.

Which character – as performed by Thom Bowers – was your favorite?

As always, I vote for Shane - I love his character!

Did Sanford Hospital inspire you to do anything?

no

  • The Town of Griswold

  • Berkley Street Series, Book 3
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Taking a much-needed break, ghost hunter Shane Ryan spends a day exploring an old New England town. What starts as a hike becomes a deadly game of cat and mouse with a malevolent ghost who preys upon unsuspecting visitors. Shane has seen his share of bad spirits, but nothing could have prepared him for the evil predator dogging his trail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Shane!

  • By Maureen on 01-24-17

Shane Ryan, Ghost Hunter

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

What did you love best about The Town of Griswold?

It has all the makings of a great ghost town horror film! This is yet another book I'd love to see on the big screen.

What other book might you compare The Town of Griswold to and why?

I can't think of anything to reference at the moment, but it's definitely a great ghost story and I really enjoyed this one.

What does Thom Bowers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love Thom Bowers. He brings so much life to these characters. It helps me get more into these stories and visualize what they may look like.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

**spoiler alert** Not an 'extreme' reaction, but I was very sad when Courtney was killed. Shane finally found someone who understood him and loved him, and that he loved back - only to have her taken away by the ghost he's been trying to kill.

Any additional comments?

Keep 'em coming!! I can't wait for Book 4!! PLEASE make this series into a movie.

  • The Lighthouse

  • Berkley Street Series, Book 2
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

Ex-marine Shane Ryan is a ghost hunter whose troubled past haunts him almost as much as the ghosts he encounters in the line of duty. He's the best. And his reward for excellence? The punishment of being in high demand for jobs to eradicate the worst kind of ghosts - the kind that kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-11-17

Great creepy story!!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Would you try another book from Ron Ripley and/or Thom Bowers?

ABSOLUTELY!! And I look forward to it.

What did you like best about this story?

The interaction with the ghosts is great. The descriptions are so good and in my opinion this book series could make a great horror film!

Which scene was your favorite?

Without spoiling too much, probably the last chapter when he finally does what he sets out to do with the help of his 'new friends' who were more than willing to help. I also love that he & Court will see each other again.

Do you think The Lighthouse needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I don't think this particular story needs a follow-up book since the ending is an ending. But I do look forward to book 3, which is sure to be a whole new, creepy adventure!

Any additional comments?

I wish this series would continue - I'm having such a great time with these books, great characters and creepy scenes!! Would LOVE to see these on the big screen!

  • Berkley Street

  • Berkley Street Series, Book 1
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 448

Shane Ryan returns to Nashua and the childhood memories that drove him to join the Marines. After a prolonged legal battle with his aunt and uncle, Shane has possession of the family home where his parents disappeared over 20 years ago. The house, a monstrous castle filled with ghosts and secrets, is more alive than its inhabitants.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining!!

  • By tcrow510 on 12-19-16

Hello Ssssshanne Ryan!!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, this was a great book, I really enjoyed this story.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes it did. This was a creepy story from the get-go. From the first chapter you were drawn in. I think this would have made an awesome movie!

What does Thom Bowers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love Thom Bowers, he's super talented and does a great job bringing these characters to life in a believable way.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not an extreme reaction, but I did have the 'feels' when Shane saw his parents.

Any additional comments?

I want more of these types of creepy books, this was a real ghost story!!

  • Transmission

  • A Supernatural Thriller
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 378

College students Kenji and Dylan stumble upon a strange recording in the background of an obscure song. It's a woman's voice uttering a string of seemingly random characters. Upon further inspection, the song appears to have been embedded with a hidden message. Attempting to crack the mysterious code and becoming obsessed with the recording, Kenji and Dylan set off in search of answers. With every turn in the road however, the puzzle only seems to grow more complicated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't go into the house alone!

  • By Matthew on 12-05-16

Great horror story!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, this was a great and clever story! I was so disappointed when it was over because I wanted more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think my favorite character was Reggie - he had humor

What does Jake Urry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

character! It's so much nicer to hear these narrators create these characters - so much more interesting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Probably not. Like alot of other books I read, it takes time for this story to get off the ground, but once it does, you won't be disappointed - a great horror story!! This one would make a great movie!

Any additional comments?

I'd love to see this book made into a movie.

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  • Boylan House

  • Supernatural Horror with Scary Ghosts & Haunted Houses
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

For nearly three and a half centuries, the Boylan House has stood at the end of Meeting House Road. And something in that house has been killing boys for centuries. The town of Monson is a quaint and quiet New England town. Yet the house is terrifying and has been for as long as anyone can remember. Adults put the thing out of mind and ignore the fears of their children, admonishing them to stay away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By P. A. Dufour on 10-04-16

Pleasantly surprised

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

What did you like best about The Boylan House Trilogy? What did you like least?

You never knew what was going to happen next - this was actually a pretty good semi-scary story!!

Would you be willing to try another book from Ron Ripley? Why or why not?

Definitely, I wasn't disappointed

Would you listen to another book narrated by Thom Bowers?

Yes, Thom was great. Loved how he was able to create a different personality for each character.

Could you see The Boylan House Trilogy being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I think so! This one definitely had some great 'horror movie' elements, and I'd definitely watch it.

Any additional comments?

Don't give up on this one, it takes some time to get started, but it was worth it!

  • I Am Legend

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,096
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,113

In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Steven Casper on 01-24-08

Come out Neville!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

Where does I Am Legend rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Probably in the top 5 - I actually really enjoyed this book!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I really wanted him to 'succeed' so I was a little sad about the ending but where else or what else could he do, it was time.

What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

He kept me going and kept it exciting. There was nothing boring about this narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction at all, but again I very much enjoyed this book.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to more Matheson books!

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  • The Folcroft Ghosts

  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

When their mother is hospitalized, Tara and Kyle are sent to stay with their only remaining relatives, their grandparents. It's their first time meeting May and Peter Folcroft. The elderly couple seem friendly at first, and the house, hidden in the base of the mountains, is full of nooks to explore.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An extremely well-executed take on the familiar

  • By Marcus on 04-11-17

Did you try to kill Mum??!

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

Would you try another book from Darcy Coates and/or Jan Cramer?

I have, and I'm just not impressed at all.

If you’ve listened to books by Darcy Coates before, how does this one compare?

This one is a tad better than 'Ashburn House', but definitely nothing creepy or scary. Overall it was just ok.

Which scene was your favorite?

*spoiler alert* I think my favorite scene, or at least the most notable is when Tara discovers that her grandmother is actually dead.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I think this book could potentially work as a movie if it had the right screenwriter. I think I'd enjoy watching it as well.

Any additional comments?

I think I'll give Darcy another try since this one was slightly better than the last.

  • Whispering Corridors

  • A Ghost Story
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

College students Eric and Lydia are looking for a novel way to spend Halloween. They decide to put together a documentary about the supernatural and take a camcorder into the long-abandoned house on Kenwood Drive. It's said that a vengeful spirit lives there, and Lydia thinks it the perfect location. Eric, though, has his reservations. Having grown up in the area, he's familiar with the stories of the spirit they call the "Upside-Down Man", and as their trip to the house draws near, his fear begins to mount.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A better boogie man

  • By Jessica Gamez on 05-03-17

Whispering BOREidors is more like it

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No I wouldn't. The book cover, title and reviews sucked me in and I was totally disappointed. There was nothing remotely scary about this book. Yes, the thought of the upside-down man is sorta 'creepy' but the story in no way provided any real horror at all. I found the character Lydia completely unlikable, there just wasn't anything that made you like her at all, she's totally boring.

What was most disappointing about Ambrose Ibsen’s story?

As I mentioned, the cover, title & other reviews got my hopes up and I was so excited to start this book. It started out boring and ended the same way. There was nothing scary about this story. The narrator was probably the best thing about this book. At least he keeps you going. Not sure how everyone else rated this book so high??

What about Joe Hempel’s performance did you like?

He's upbeat, fun and isn't at all lacking in the way of description or feelings - can't say the same about this story though lol!

Could you see Whispering Corridors being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no I cannot. They would have to do a complete redo and add elements of actual horror!

Any additional comments?

Don't be fooled by the photo cover...

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