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  • The Stranger Beside Me

  • The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,429

Ann Rule was working on the biggest story of her career, tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial killer. Little did this future best-selling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends. Everyone's picture of a natural winner, Ted Bundy was a bright, charming, and handsome man with a promising future as an attorney. But on January 24, 1989 Bundy was executed for the murders of three young women - and had confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more women from coast to coast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good One from Ann Rule

  • By Malia on 08-24-12

Struggle Bus...

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

I can't even get into this story because its all 'me, I, me, I.' Fame by proxy but not interest by proxy.

  • Carniepunk: The Demon Barker of Wheat Street

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,520
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434

The ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan gets more than greasy corn dogs and flat soda when he visits a carnival in Kansas to which his apprentice, Granuaile, drags him. He runs across a barker with a strange power over the crowd: attractive women leave their men and disappear into an unmarked tent, never to be seen again, and the men wander away, forgetting that they ever had girlfriends or wives. When Granuaile falls under the barker’s influence and enters the tent, Atticus isn’t about to forget it and move on.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awe Really?!?!?

  • By Mario Colon on 10-27-14

Love the story

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

The story is awesome as usual. Kirby did a fine job but Luke spoiled me.

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,959

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

  • By Chris on 01-02-12

I love this series, the author and the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

Kevin Hearne writes these books with such detail and such description that I always feel like I can imagine it exactly as he did when he wrote it. And Luke Daniels is one of my favorite narrators, by far. He really brings each character to life.

  • High Five

  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Debi Mazar
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,060

America's favorite bounty hunter is back behind the wheel in her fifth hilarious, high-octane thriller. Out of bail skippers and rent money, Stephanie Plum strikes out on her own. Okay, so a scumball blows himself to bits on her first day of policing a crack house, and the sheik she was chauffeuring steals the limo. But hey, nobody's perfect.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Content dampened by quality of reading.

  • By Demji on 05-11-03

If I hadn't already read the book...

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

I would have no idea what is happening. I can't understand half of what this woman is saying. She talks way too fast and way too "mush mouthed" to be a narrator or voice actor. I can't even figure out where the end of sentences are.

The storyline is great but the performance ruins it. Oh, and why does she change the pronunciation of a main character's name?! It hurts my soul.

  • Blood of the Demon

  • Kara Gillian, Book 2
  • By: Diana Rowland
  • Narrated by: Liv Anderson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900

Welcome to the world of Kara Gillian, a cop with a gift. Not only does she have the power of "othersight" to see what most people can’t even imagine, but she’s become the exclusive summoner of a demon lord. Or maybe it’s the other way around. The fact is, with two troublesome cases on her docket and a handsome FBI agent under her skin, Kara needs the help of sexy, insatiable Lord Rhyzkahl more than he needs her. Because these two victims, linked by suspicious coincidence, haven’t just been murdered. Something has eaten their souls.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good second installment

  • By kathy on 08-22-13

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-15

I love the creativity in this story. There are so many details that it paints a very clear image in my head of what everyone looks like and how the scenes appear. The characters are all very solidly formed in my mind and it was easy to keep up with all of the twists and turns of the story without losing track of who was who. Sometimes it's easy to get lost in audio books when a bunch of people are thrown into a story but if the author takes the time to make sure you 'know' her characters (which she does beautifully), it's easy to follow along.

My only complaint is the writers use of the phrase 'in heartbeats'. Time is always referred to in how many heartbeats it takes... several heartbeats later... in a matter of a couple heartbeats... I waited a few heartbeats... 37 heartbeats after the bang... Its just repeated ovet and over again. I get why she is using this phrasing but its repeated too much and sometimes its in there more than once every couple sentences. It wasn't like that in the first book and I sure hope it's not like that in the next one. If I never hear it again, it will be too soon.

  • Itsy Bitsy Spider

  • Emma Frost, Book 1
  • By: Willow Rose
  • Narrated by: Marlon Braccia
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35

Emma Frost inherits a house on Fanoe Island when her grandmother dies. She decides to move there with her family, much to her teenage daughter's regret. One morning, a wealthy old woman in her street is found murdered, and soon Emma finds herself wrapped in a mystery uncovering the island's dark secrets reaching all the way into her own family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Book ruined by narrator

  • By Mindy on 12-30-14

Book ruined by narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-30-14

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

I would but not in audible form. The book has some juvenile sentences and word choices but overall, the story is a good one. The narrator ruined the experience for me with mistakes and dead air and repeated sentences and paragraphs. It was hard to listen to the whole book but since I paid for it, I suffered through it. Good thing Book 2 has a different narrator or I would forego this whole series in audible form.

What did you like best about this story?

The storyline was fresh and attention grabbing.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marlon Braccia?

Anybody. She did not do a good job at all. She drops letters and words, loses her place, repeats sentences and sometimes whole sections of paragraphs and just made listening to this book pure torture.

Was Itsy Bitsy Spider worth the listening time?

With a different narrator, maybe. With this lady reading it, I feel like it was a waste of my time and money.

Any additional comments?

Quality control in audible books is usually really good. Mispronounced words are usually the worst mistake you hear. This book sounds like it was being read to a child and recorded by a child.

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  • Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues

  • By: Diana Rowland
  • Narrated by: Allison McLemore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,729

Angel Crawford is finally starting to get used to life as a brain-eating zombie, but her problems are far from over. Her felony record is coming back to haunt her, more zombie hunters are popping up, and she’s beginning to wonder if her hunky cop-boyfriend is involved with the zombie mafia. Yeah, that’s right—the zombie mafia. Throw in a secret lab and a lot of conspiracy, and Angel’s going to need all of her brainpower—and maybe a brain smoothie as well—in order to get through it without falling apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A seameless continuation to a great series!

  • By Lupdilup on 07-22-12

Another great book!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-13

What did you love best about Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues?

How emotion provoking it is. I felt like my girlfriend was telling me this story about her own life because I was reaction that way emotionally!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Angel will always be my favorite!

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

She makes this story with her voice and inflection! She has one of the BEST voices I have ever heard and I could just listen to her talk all day long!

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

I did. It made me go through the emotional spectrum! I was doing yard work and listening to this book and I swear my neighbors probably thought I was crazy watching me react to this book!

  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

  • By: Diana Rowland
  • Narrated by: Allison McLemore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,609

Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly "brainy"

  • By Tango on 08-03-13

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-13

What did you love best about My Life as a White Trash Zombie?

The story is a twist on life while still keeping those normal, every day occurances in place. You feel for the character, you root for them, you try to help them and by the end, you wish they were your friends in real life!

What other book might you compare My Life as a White Trash Zombie to and why?

I couldn't really compare any other books to this one. It kind of has a class of its own. The main character, Angel is similar to a character named Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich) in that she is kind of a screw up who is stubborn and funny and kick ass and still finding her way. I love both characters and it is nice to be able to relate to them and it makes you feel like you are not alone in your dumbassery!

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked all of them but the scene where she discovers that she had been set up to be date raped... She was talking to the investigator and it was just such a touching moment to see some else be so fierce in their feelings about what happened to someone else. It was very emotional and heart wrenching and I felt that through the words.

If you could rename My Life as a White Trash Zombie, what would you call it?

Nothing else would fit!

Any additional comments?

Allison McLemore is a prize to have as a reader for these books! She is flawless and I enjoy every minute of these books a little more with her voice added in there!

  • White Trash Zombie Apocalypse

  • By: Diana Rowland
  • Narrated by: Allison McLemore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,171

Our favorite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage, and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up. But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that's rotten. Soon she's fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets, and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it!

  • By Smilie on 07-03-13

Fell in love by accident!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-13

Would you listen to White Trash Zombie Apocalypse again? Why?

Absolutely and I actually already have!

What was one of the most memorable moments of White Trash Zombie Apocalypse?

It is funny and serious and well written and all of those things that you need in a book to get your mental image forming. I was so caught up in the story that I listened to this entire book in a day.

Have you listened to any of Allison McLemore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I had not. I actually purchased this one by accident and decided to give it a listen anyway. As soon as I finished, I bought the first 2 books in the series and listened to them as well, then followed it up with a second go around of this book.

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

It was and I did!

Any additional comments?

Allison McLemore has an absolutely wonderful reading voice. I could listen to her talk all day long! She is clear and concise but she also puts in drawl and twang when needed for the sentence to sound right. She is comfortable with slang, medical terms, every day conversation and strong emotions. If I could have her read every book I listen to, I would!

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