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  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,702
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,318

On his thirty-sixth birthday, Travis Cornell hikes into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. But his path is soon blocked by a bedraggled Golden Retriever who will let him go no further into the dark woods. That morning, Travis had been desperate to find some happiness in his lonely, seemingly cursed life. What he finds is a dog of alarming intelligence that soon leads him into a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning masterpiece that leaves you with hope.

  • By Anonymous User on 08-31-18

Worth listening to again and again

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

Watchers was the very first Dean Koontz novel I ever read, many years ago. And still today I feel like it is my favorite. This audiobook brought back all those wonderful memories and enthralling experiences as if it was the first time I was hearing it. Edoardo Ballerini does not disappoint. Highly recommended for anyone who ever loved a dog!

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,832
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,327

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Experience

  • By Stephen R. Grant on 11-05-18

I wish it had gone on forever!

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

It was a genuine pleasure to listen to this production! You would think that just listening to the audio of a live play without being able to see what’s going on would interfere with your enjoyment of the story. But the addition of a narrator helped fill the void and added a new dimension to the experience. The voice acting was terrific, the story was heartwarming, and the touch of humor brought everything to life. My only regret is that it wasn’t longer, as I didn’t want it to be over so soon.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What the Night Knows

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,956
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,966

In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the better Koontz books

  • By Michelle on 12-31-10

Good story/bad ending

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

I found the story and the characters very intriguing, but I think the author could have done a better job with tying up the story because it seemed to me like he just pulled some random nonsense out of thin air because he needed an exit. I was enjoying everything about this book right up until the last hour.

  • The Three

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Lotz
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott, Melanie McHugh
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 190

The world is stunned when four commuter planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. Facing global panic, officials are under pressure to find the causes. With terrorist attacks and environmental factors ruled out, there doesn't appear to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters a child survivor is found in the wreckage.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Daniel on 06-05-14

Utter waste of time

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

Don’t believe all the good reviews. This book will leave you with all your questions unanswered. Maybe I dozed off and missed something important, but the ending never explains what is actually going on or why all these mysterious things happened. You know...the reason I struggled through 14 hours of annoying “interviews” that were supposed to pass for a storyline. The voice acting was very good, that was the only enjoyable part of this whole experience

  • Carrion Comfort

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
  • Length: 39 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,781
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,777

Caught behind the lines of Hitler's Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face to face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves. Compelled by the encounter to survive at all costs, so begins a journey that for Saul will span decades and cross continents, plunging into the darkest corners of 20th century history to reveal a secret society of beings who may often exist behind the world's most horrible and violent events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long, sure...but GREAT story!

  • By LillyO on 01-02-12

Drags on way too long!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This is definitely an interesting and unique story, but it would have been dramatically improved if it was half the length! In my opinion, there is just way too much irrelevant filler that detracted from the pace and intensity of the rest of the story. And, don’t let the 2011 publication date fool you… This story was written in the 80s. None of the characters own a cellular phone, and there is no mention of the Internet. People use pay-phones, and go to the library if they want to look something up, and there are numerous references to cassette tapes. So, keep that in mind as you make your credit selection. I definitely think this book is worthwhile, but I increased the playback speed to keep it interesting

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  • The Last Victim

  • A True-Life Journey into the Mind of a Serial Killer
  • By: Jason Moss, Jeffrey Kottler
  • Narrated by: Thomas Fawley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 294

It started with a college course assignment, then escalated into a dangerous obsession. Eighteen-year-old honor student Jason Moss wrote to men whose body counts had made criminal history: men named Dahmer, Manson, Ramirez, and Gacy. Posing as their ideal victim, Jason seduced them with his words. One by one they wrote him back, showering him with their madness and violent fantasies. Then the game spun out of control. John Wayne Gacy revealed all to Jason - and invited his pen pal to visit him in prison.... It was an offer Jason couldn't turn down. Even if it made him....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Someone should have Intervened

  • By Michelle in New York City on 03-04-16

Even more chilling than you think

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

This story is disturbing on many levels, not the least of which pertaining to how this young man’s mind, family bonds and social life began to deteriorate as he allowed these murdering psychopaths into his head. It’s an eye-opening look at how a normal, intelligent person can be manipulated by someone with devious intent.

This became even more shocking when I Googled the author out of curiosity when the narrator kept referring to him in the past tense during the foreword. I learned that Jason Moss committed suicide in 2006 by shooting himself in the head. Obviously, I cannot pretend to know his reasons, but I have to suspect that the influence of these deranged minds had to have something to do with it.

This book is both a fascinating look into the minds of serial killers, and a cautionary tale. Those of us who are not psychopathic can never truly understand how those people think and what their motives may be. Innocence can never truly comprehend evil without becoming corrupted by it. The tragic and untimely death of Jason Moss stands as proof of that. He truly was the last victim of those he tried so hard to understand.

My only negative comment is that the narrator was monotonous, slow, and boring. This detracted quite a bit from my enjoyment of the story. A word of advice, I highly recommend this book but listen to it at 1.25 X normal speed and it will sound almost normal!

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,046
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,794
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,713

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-30-17

Might be OK if you were a long-term fan of the series

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

I have never watched a single episode of The X-Files, so I thought this might be a good way to get a taste of what I have been missing. Unfortunately, these are not stand-alone stories. If you, like I, have no idea who these people are and what has happened to them over the course of the TV series, you will have absolutely no idea what is going on. Everything seems ridiculously far fetched and implausible. The over acting is painful to listen to. I could not even finish this short book. I’d be asking for a refund if it hadn’t been free!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Process

  • By: William Hertling
  • Narrated by: Jane Cramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 742

By day, Angie, a 20-year veteran of the tech industry, is a data analyst at Tomo, the world's largest social networking company; by night, she exploits her database access to profile domestic abusers and kill the worst of them. She can't change her own traumatic past, but she can save other women. When Tomo introduces a deceptive new product that preys on users' fears to drive up its own revenue, Angie sees Tomo for what it really is - another evil abuser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Angie Stumps Goliath: 15 Stars!

  • By Ted on 04-11-17

Brilliantly Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Who would’ve thought that the world of computer hacking would be so entertaining and so terrifying! The scariest thing about this book is that the technology actually exists and is in use today. I think everyone will recognize the real corporation represented by “Tomo”. This book raises serious concerns about how our private data is being used to track and manipulate us. And I have to admit, the idea that a hacker could reach out through the internet and smart devices to commit murder had not seemed feasible to me before, but it sure does now! William Hertling has created a fabulously entertaining and ultra realistic story rooted uncomfortably close to reality. Definitely worth your credit!

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,337
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17,346

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scott Brick Rivals Vincent Price

  • By Forgettable Woman on 10-17-18

I love Maberry!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

It’s amazing how, in less than one hour, Maberry can spin a full story with all the depth of character and suspense of plot that you would find in a full length novel. I only wish this had been longer, because I was really into it! After having just listened to two really disappointing books by another author, this short was a breath of fresh air and an irresistible tease

  • Wretchedness

  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

A peculiar tablet unearthed in a Middle Eastern ossuary provokes madness in those who encounter it. One by one, people come under the tablet's sway and are subjected to horrific visions and dreams. In time, the tablet's true purpose becomes clear: It is the harbinger of an eons-dead god whose reemergence will steep the world in terror and suffering. Having put the pieces together, two men race against the clock and attempt to disrupt the terrifying work of an ancient cult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even creepier

  • By Porkchop1 on 11-13-17

Wretched

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This story was dull and lifeless, and so was the narrator. Two stars only because it was mercifully short, and the ending was better than I expected. This was my second let-down for this author (the first was Sick House, an absolutely mediocre piece of work), and I won’t be trying any more of his books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful