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  • The Haunted

  • By: Bentley Little
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 864
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 790

The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very dark, Very Good!

  • By Jason on 05-24-12

Clumsy writing but interesting plot

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-15

This author does not have a way with words; much of the story is told in cliches and mundane language: this happened, then this happened, etc. plot lines were started but left hanging; some intersting ideas, but not well developed- or well told. Somewhat disappointing.

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  • Revival

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,663
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,667

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sinister and Classic King

  • By David Shear on 11-12-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-19-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I felt let down by this particular story. I kept waiting for it to get better, feeling there was the occasionally alluded to promise of a better story to come, and it never happened.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I will still be a King fan, just hope his next work is more engaging. This one was just too mundane for my tastes. He has done more realistic, less "weird" stories before that were wonderful- such as Delores Claiborne, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, and The Body (aka Stand by Me). They were anything but mundane. Even with a "horror" element, this one was dull. Joe Hill's recent work, NOS4R2 was much more like a "King" story. Loved it.

Which character – as performed by David Morse – was your favorite?

None of them, including the "villain," were terribly interesting. Morse did a fine job of narrating, but could not make me care about these people.

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

I guess. Don't really care who they cast.

Any additional comments?

I love Stephen King- I think he is a genius and master storyteller. He writes a lot, for which I am grateful, but every once in a while one of his stories just doesn't do anything for me. This, sadly, was one of them.

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  • Fifth Grave Past the Light

  • Charley Davidson, Book 5
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,667
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,378

Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth... but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charley Davidson is Back!!!!

  • By Hassan on 07-11-13

Great Series!

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

Reviewed: 08-09-13

What made the experience of listening to Fifth Grave Past the Light the most enjoyable?

Charlie's quirky character. Interesting supernatural twist with a good dose of humor.

What other book might you compare Fifth Grave Past the Light to and why?

Charlie is a supernatural Kinsey Milhone. I would compare this more to the Sue Grafton series as much as to the more obvious supernatural ones.

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

Ms. King narrates many of the books I listen to. She has a great talent for bringing a natural warmth to her female characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not just your average P.I.

Any additional comments?

I can't say enough about this character or this series. Very entertaining!

  • Cold Days

  • The Dresden Files, Book 14
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,513
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,194
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,166

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way

  • By Ethan M. on 12-21-12

Harry is BACK!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-12

Where does Cold Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favorites.

What other book might you compare Cold Days to and why?

Perhaps the best in this series. This is one of the best written characters in this genre.

Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

Harry Dresden, of course. James Marsters rocks Harry. They should have used him in the tv series- it would probably still be on.

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

Yes!

Any additional comments?

After listening to a lot of second (and third) rate stuff it was wonderful to have a first rate experience again.

  • Dead Witch Walking

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,400
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,411

Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wildly entertaining

  • By Patti on 09-27-07

Series has potential

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

Reviewed: 11-12-12

What did you love best about Dead Witch Walking?

I liked the main character and the premise of the story- how magic became a part of the world. Interesting concept.

Any additional comments?

The only thing this book lacks, which i have found in others of the same genre, is a strong bond between the characters. The main character has a roommate, and their interactions are awkward, to say the least. I think there is some missed potential there that i hope is corrected in future novels in this series.

  • The Wind Through the Keyhole

  • The Dark Tower
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,963
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,467

In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-25-12

Like a trip home to Mid world

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

Reviewed: 06-14-12

What did you love best about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

The story that was new but included some beloved characters. Stephen King is a master storyteller.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Stephen King is my favorite writer of all time. I admire his genius and his work has provided endless hours of enjoyment. But he is not an actor, nor is he a narrator. With all of the wonderful narrators available, including those who have performed his other novels brilliantly, I wish he would leave this part of the process to those who have the talent for it. "Read by the author" is usually not better than a true narration, and this is no exception. Stick to the forwards and afterwards, and the occasional cameo, and let the pros breathe life into your phenomenal characters. Please.

  • The Woman in Black

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,895
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,895

Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Gothic Ghost Tale

  • By Mel on 01-25-12

Classic Ghost Story

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

Reviewed: 03-06-12

Would you listen to The Woman in Black again? Why?

I probably would not listen to the book again, although I enjoyed it very much. I have a few books that I read repeatedly, especially the Haunting of Hill House, because I enjoy the atmosphere and feel akin to the characters. I did not have that feeling of affinity with this story, but was intrigued with knowing what was happening and why.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woman in Black?

I don't want to describe any of the memorable moments since it would spoil the suspense of the story, which is its main attraction. There are many, and the story is well-told and artfully developed.

Which character – as performed by Paul Ansdell – was your favorite?

The story is told in first person, so the main character is very compelling. His voice reminds me of Michael York (the actor), which is not a bad thing, just a bit distracting.Well played and acted throughout though.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were definitely moments that were harrowing in the book, specifically related to the power of the woman in black, but I don't want to describe any in particular.

Any additional comments?

T. he author has perfectly captured the feeling and tension of a great ghost story. The first person POV reminds me of Poe, and allows the reader to experience the terror along with the main character, discovering the truth along with him.

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  • The Hunger Games

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,918

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. Absolutely grating narrator.

  • By tcp100 on 12-27-11

Great Reading Experience

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

Reviewed: 03-06-12

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

I have recommended this book to friends. The writing is wonderful, the story compelling and the characters engaging. This author is a great storyteller. I found myself instantly liking the characters and caring what happened to them. The story kept me riveted; I had a hard time stopping and couldn't wait to get back and find out what happened next. I never felt disappointed or bored. Carolyn McCormick is a great narrator. I think she gave Katniss in particular a maturity that helped me respect and admire her, so that I never thought about her age.

What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

Although I know this is suppose to be in the same category as the Twilight Saga I found it completely different, Its true the main characters are teens, but I did not feel like I was reading a

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene is when Katniss volunteers to take her sister's place,although there were no scenes in the story I did not like.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

There is a movie being made, which is what peaked my interest in the book (I'm not a teen or a Twilight fan). I don't remember the tag line being used, but I would say

Any additional comments?

I felt the violence was handled beautifully. Enough detail to let you know what is happening, without gratuitous gore. I never felt

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,225

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

Don't let the title put you off-

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

Reviewed: 01-13-12

If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

a great adventure

What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

I love King's epic tales like The Talisman and The Dark Tower. This novel has all the richness of those adventures, but entirely set in the world we know- more or less. The exploration of the past is almost as fascinating as the Territories or the Wastelands.

Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

My favorite character performance was of Jake/George. All of the male characters were well done. Unfortunately, the women all sounded a bit sappy as a result of using a falsetto voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Would you sacrifice the world for love?

Any additional comments?

Although I am a BIG Stephen King fan I put off reading this book because I thought it was about the assassination of JFK. It wasn't. Stopping that event may be part of the motive for the journey, but the journey is the real story. Always a great storyteller, I think King just keeps getting better, and his work rarely disappoints me. I am so glad he keeps writing.

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  • The Haunting of Hill House

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: David Warner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, the lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Different, but good.

  • By Carl Cravens on 02-12-04

A Masterpiece of Layers and Subtlety

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-11

This novel is a delightful trip down an adult psychological rabbit hole to an evil side of the supernatural, where human need is used to capture the mind and soul. Every time I listen to this novel I pick up on some subtle aspect of the depth of these characters, especially Eleanor. Although masterfully played by Julie HARRIS in the 1963 film it is not possible to capture all of these layers in a feature film. I am drawn into the complex psyche of Eleanor from the moment she escapes on her adventure, creating an atmosphere of otherworldliness in her fantasies. The narrator has the perfect voice for expressing Jackson's viewpoint, and adds greatly to the chilling atmosphere. Please note that the description is incorrect in that Eleanor is not homeless, she lives with her sister, and all three, not just Theo, are considered research assistants for Dr. Montague. They are there studying strange phenomenon, and there are many of us that would love to be included on that team.