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  • The Death Cure

  • Maze Runner, Book 3
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,226

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends — the Gladers. But it's finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test. What WICKED doesn't know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it's enough to prove that he can't believe a word of what they say. Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He'll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all. The time for lies is over.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very young adult

  • By Paula on 01-15-15

Ended nicely, but somethings off here...

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

It was really hard for me to get into this final book in the trilogy. Makes me not want to read the two prequels. It wasn’t horrible. The ending was exciting, but a little rushed for me—after being quite boring throughout the middle of the book. I am sad about the character deaths, but I appreciate the significance behind them for Thomas. Overall, I’m glad I read the trilogy, but Maze Runner and Scorch Trials blew this one out of the park for me. Very similar feelings I had regarding the Divergent and Hunger Games Series. The last one was a dud. HOWEVER, I’d rate The Death Cure higher than Divergent’s final book, Allegiant. The narration was good—kinda had a boring voice when he wasn’t doing villain characters or Jorge’s voice.

  • The Sleep Tight Motel

  • Dark Corners Collection, Book 2
  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 524

Eve has a fake ID, a .38, and a violent lover receding in the rearview mirror. He’ll never find her at the isolated motel, and its kindly manager is happy to ease her fears. But if Eve is the only guest, whom does she keep hearing on the other side of the wall? Eve won’t get a good night’s rest until she finds out.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The reading is flat, dull, and awful

  • By Chynna Blue on 10-01-18

Meh

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Wasn’t entirely too impressed with this one. Kinda boring, actually. Since Halloween is right around the corner, I wanted something more spooky.

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,905
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16,915

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

Very Decent Horror Story

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. Narration was great. Story was great. Ended on a really depressing note, but overall I am happy I listened to it. It’s been hard to find short scary stories this year, but this one definitely did the trick!

  • The Tangled Woods

  • Dark Corners Collection, Book 5
  • By: Emily Raboteau
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 286

Poison-tongued film critic Reginald Wright is known for his creative insults and intolerance for the garbage culture, insufferable rudeness, and thoughtless racism of predictably common people. Now, against his better judgment, and with a marriage in crisis, he’s attempting a getaway in the Poconos that quickly fulfills his every low expectation. In fact, it’s becoming a nightmare. And that’s just what Reginald needs to wake up.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cliche and just bad

  • By Dawn K. on 10-10-18

Great Narrator, IMO Culturally Insensitive Story

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

This was horrendous. I felt very uncomfortable through the entire audiobook because I feel like the message here is minimizing a very serious issue that people of color experience day-to-day—I’m not sure what the author intended here, but the whole idea of “a monster within himself” is taken to a whole new level.

I just didn’t find this enjoyable one bit. Thank God it was free on Amazon Prime.

Also, not scary at all. Narrator was good though.

  • There's a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed

  • Dark Corners Collection, Book 3
  • By: Edgar Cantero
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 265

 

It’s bad enough that its venom-dripping chelicerae can slice through flesh like warm butter. Worse? It’s right there under the bunk. It’s a fact now. To make it through the night, the children must obey the rules: don’t get out of bed, stay out of the shadows, and don’t wake the beast. But as the threats multiply, so do the rules of survival. And with the safety of dawn still hours away, the fun is just beginning.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • ruined by narrator

  • By gcgart79 on 09-27-18

Not scary and All over the place.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Whattttttt did I just listen to?? First of all, the narrator of this audiobook sounded like she was a surfer dude, not adolescent boys having a sleepover. They also both sounded exactly the same.

Second of all, I actually have no clue how old these kids were—that’s never discussed. But their imaginations make it seem like they are 8 or 9. I can’t believe a preteen or older would make up a “giant trap door spider under the bed” and actually believe it enough to have an adventure with your best friend during a sleepover.

It reminded me of one giant game of “hot lava” —the game I used to play when I was younger—when you couldn’t touch the ground and if you did, you lost/got burned.

Third of all, WHY ALL THE HARRY POTTER COMMENTS!?! What did HP have to do with this novella? Like, I’m a huge HP fan, but I felt like it was used in the novella to gain some attention/popularity. So weird.

Finally, I gave it two stars because it does represent the LGBTQ+ community at the end and I support that!

Overall, horrible book. So boring. All over the place. Juvenile. And not scary AT ALL!

Free on Amazon Prime.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Remedy

  • Dark Corners Collection, Book 6
  • By: Adam Haslett
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 276

After years of traditional treatments and therapies, Derrick still suffers from pain ineluctable enough that it has become his identity. Then he hears of an exclusive, very private New York clinic that promises relief. It comes highly recommended by a friend. The multisession remedy unfolds as a sensorial wonder that’s so illuminating it’s enough to bring tears to Derrick’s eyes. It’s all working so well. So unexpectedly well.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • hopeless

  • By H Craft on 10-25-18

This wasn’t scary. Don’t get it if you’re looking for scary

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I really didn’t like this story. I got this series for free on Amazon Prime and I’m glad it was free. It was supposed to be a spooky story, but it wasn’t. It was sad and depressing.

Basically, the main character of the story has chronic pain (both emotional and physical) and he goes to a doctor for healing. It sounds like therapy, but what Dr. Lang really does shows people a life that is desired (without pain) and makes them choose if they want that nice life or their current lives.

The story was horrible and I can’t believe it was sold as a spooky story. Disappointment.

The narrator was good though. It was a short story. His voice was perfect for he character. Wish there was more variety in his character voices though.

  • The Lost Sisters

  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

While Jude fought for power in the Court of Elfhame against the cruel Prince Cardan, her sister, Taryn, began to fall in love with the trickster Locke. Half-apology and half-explanation, it turns out Taryn has some secrets of her own to reveal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Still Hate Taryn

  • By Samantha Sophia on 10-26-18

Loved the narration, excited for the actual sequel

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I enjoyed listening to the "other side" of Taryn's betrayal; however, this novella just really got me excited for the sequel The Wicked King. I wanted more after finishing this novella! Holly Black is a phenomenal writer and she really pulls you into her stories!

As for Caitlin Kelly--she is a gem. One of the best narrators we have ever heard.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Cat - Unabridged

  • By: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

"The Black Cat" tells an unforgettable tale of obsession, murder...and revenge! Poe's narrator, who admits to horribly mistreating the eponymous house pet, is forced to deal with the bizarre and unexplainable repercussions of his own vicious cruelty.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good reading of a classic

  • By Jo B. on 09-15-18

Love the sound effects and EAP is a genius

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I enjoyed this story a lot--I've never read it, but I found it to be creepy and mesmerizing. I enjoyed the themes of the story, which included how alcoholism is a disease, the ideas of guilt and justice, and the overarching theme of mental health.

As for the narration, I felt the narrator was pretty decent. It seemed as if he was slightly shouting the words, instead of allowing EAP's creepy prose flow. He was dramatic, which was nice; however, his voice could have been toned down just a bit so that he could have played a more mysterious and sinister role. The narrator is supposed to be unreliable; however, throughout the audiobook, I never really liked the narrator because his voice was so intense. Unreliable narrators are tricky to do once you know the ending of the story, so I do give Kevin Theis credit for doing what he did with his reading.

The sound effects were the best part--very interesting and added to the story perfectly.

  • Slumber

  • Beauty Never Dies Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: J.L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly, Gary Furlong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

There is no such thing as happily ever after. Everything Charlotte Winston thought she knew has been thrown out the window. From the moment she opens her eyes, the world she remembered ceases to exist, and in its place is a post-apocalyptic realm filled with unimaginable dangers. And one very smoking hot guy who has an uncanny ability to make her blood sing, then boil in a blink of an eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent YA Paranormal Fantasy!

  • By Adriana B on 02-24-18

Caitlin Kelly Strikes Again!!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

One of the best narrators of all time, in my opinion. Caitlin Kelly knows how to pull so much emotion and power from her reading. She is able to take this well-known story and make it original with the help of writer, J.L. Weil. Definitely get this audiobook, you won't regret it.

This story is a play on the class Sleeping Beauty. I can't wait for the next one!

I was given this book for free via Audiobook Boom in exchange of an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow Queen

  • By: C.J. Redwine
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 665

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and her father's life. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common - magic. She'll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I wish a had read the book.

  • By Jennifer on 08-20-16

YASSS!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

I hate Snow White. But I LOVE Lorelei!!!! I wish this version of Snow White was the one Disney originally released--gives women something to be proud of!! I loved the story of Lorelei and Irina. The conflict between these two women is strong, intriguing, mystifying, and amazing to see played out.

I listened to the audiobook and I must say that the narration for this book was SUPERB. I would strongly advise listening to this book, instead of reading it. Khristine Hvam does a tremendous job loaning her voice to create a powerful and strong willed character such as Lorelei. She also does a phenomenal job at establishing Irina as an evil and viciously fierce queen.

I loved the external storytelling of the two "couples." I was invested in both Lorelei and Kohl's relationship, as well as Irina and Victor's relationship. But both storylines took back seat to the relationship between Lorelei and Irina--which I believe was the most important relationship in the novel.

This book could be standalone, which I admire. I felt that there was so much action and story within it's 12 hr audiobook; I was completely satisfied with the ending.

Job well done, CJ Redwine!