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R. MCRACKAN

Raleigh, NC
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  • The Graveyard Book: Full-Cast Production

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,673
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,934

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique children's story... Loved it!

  • By shelley on 12-04-17

Wonderfully immersive

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-18

This already great book is brought to life even more as a full cast recording. I love Gaiman reading his own work, so when I had to decide between that and this full recording version it was really tough. While I'm sure the other version is great too, I definitely don't regret my choice. The full cast version is powerful.

  • The Monkey's Paw

  • By: W. W. Jacobs
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

When Sergeant Major Morris brings a mummified monkey’s paw to the White family, they embrace it as a morbid curiosity. When they learn that an old Fakir has enchanted the paw, they continue to treat the thing lightly. But the workings of the paw, once set in motion, cannot be undone, no matter what they try.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great reading of the classic

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 10-19-18

Great reading of the classic

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

Perfect short story for getting in the mood for Halloween.

Great narration. This is a recording from his podcast "The Classic Tales Podcast" where he reads public domain works.

  • Pines

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,031
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,043

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well done story

  • By Linda B on 08-28-12

Mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

The second half of this book had me checking the clock often to see how much was left. The first half was different. The writing was still a 4 out of 5 at best, averaging 2 or 3, however the author captured the existential dread of teetering on the edge of wondering if you're crazy or the rest of the world is -- fearing that what makes you "you" may not be as solid as you'd always believed.

  • Pet Sematary

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,802
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,318

When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic, rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Yet despite Ludlow's tranquility, there's an undercurrent of danger that lingers...like the graveyard in the woods near the Creeds' home, where generations of children have buried their beloved pets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS is what Audible was made for!

  • By Nate_D on 04-03-18

The best possible version of this classic

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

The narration on this was 100% perfect. Everyone was raving about Michael C. Hall. Having never seen Dexter, I wondered if I would be equally awed -- and I definitely was!

  • Poetic Thoughts

  • By: Giselle Lumas
  • Narrated by: Giselle Lumas
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

This is a compilation of thoughts that can at times be poetic by Giselle Lumas. The thoughts were triggered during and after her father's battle with Alzheimer's, as well as the shock and disbelief of losing both of her parents within weeks of each other. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartfelt

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 10-17-18

Heartfelt

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

This is basically a heartfelt glimpse into the author's diary as she attempts to suss out meaning from her recent personal tragedies. It's a very personal look into her thoughts and beliefs. This feeling and sincerity is reflected in her narrating it as likely only she could herself do.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Salem's Lot

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Stephen King
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,838

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Performance of an Excellent Story

  • By Tami on 10-02-12

4.5 stars

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-18

This is a great book and a good modern retelling of Dracula. 1/2 star off because his Dracula figure did very little to take advantage of the fact that he was living in modern times. Maybe it feels this way because I'm reading it over 40 years after it was published so everything feels old and quaint. It's possible that the contents felt more modern and boundary-pushing in the 70s. Still, a very good ride.

  • Toussaint Louverture: Leader of the Haitian Revolution

  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: Stuart Liam McConville
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Historians consider the Haitian Revolution the most successful slave revolt in all of history. Though many fought in the rebellion, one man ensured their victory: Toussaint Louverture. With his political savvy and leadership skills, this former slave helped the inhabitants of what was then called Saint Domingue to challenge their French oppressors. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • HISTORY

  • By thomas on 10-17-18

The most successful slave revolt in history

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

As this book began, this was the most successful slave revolt in the history of the world. I knew the Haitian revolution by reputation but it was interesting to hear the expanded story. Almost any book you find will certainly provide more depth than this one. However I appreciated that this book fills the gap between wikipedia article and full blown history book.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • William Wallace

  • The Spirit of a Scottish Martyr
  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: Alexander Doddy
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

William Wallace started out as a humble knight, but he died a war hero. He gave up everything in his fight for Scottish freedom, including his life. When captured, Wallace was hung, drawn, and quartered by the English king for crimes against the crown. Though he was memorialized in the 1995 film Braveheart, this book tells how much of what we associate with Wallace is more legend than fact. Still, the spirit of the great Scotsman lives on in the hearts and minds of his compatriots today. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting book

  • By Anonymous User on 10-18-18

The real story

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Like many people, I only know of William Wallace by way of Braveheart. I've heard how historically inaccurate the movie was so I was glad to get the real story of this figure.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • The Teacher Is My Lesbian Pet

  • Lesbian Blackmail & BDSM
  • By: Alicia Castelle
  • Narrated by: Jackie Marie
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

A lesbian student takes advantage of her teacher, and she becomes her university sex slave. The teacher has no power to resist. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, misleading title

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 10-11-18

Good story, misleading title

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

1 caveat: the story's title is inaccurate. There is neither BDSM nor blackmail.

I enjoyed this short story -- a steamy male fantasy of a middle aged teacher being seduced by her younger student. There's only 1 adult scene but the anticipation and build up made it work.

The narration was nice and steamy. My only suggestion is that it felt like she was holding back just slightly. Going over the top would have ruined the experience and I'm glad that didn't happen. A tiny bit more range would have helped. I'm nitpicking though. It was hot and engaging.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • BOO! A Halloween Story

  • God Complex Universe
  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: John York
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

When a young man from a village comes to the big city to study, he finds himself overwhelmed by the urban lifestyle. But will he manage to blend in by going to a Halloween party, when his crush asks him to help decorate the place, when the abandoned villa becomes all too spooky for him and when the illusory masks everyone wears seem to never come off?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a bad trip must be like

  • By Spooky Mike on 02-25-18

Now THIS is how you do a short story

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

This is how you write a short story. Very simple premise and exploring its depth instead of its width. Also, terrific atmosphere especially as it ramped up. Very Twilight Zone.

I've read several stories by this author and this is my favorite of them. Keep up the great work.

The narrator was engaging. The only emotions in this story are bored, self-righteous, and scared which could easily bleed into each other -- but this narrator kept them distinct. That couldn't have been easy.

This was exactly the kind of story I've been looking for to get me in the halloween spirit.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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