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  • Treasure Island

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson, Marty Ross - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,602

Audible Originals takes to the high seas to bring to life this timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps and mutiny. When weathered old sailor Billy Bones arrives at the inn of young Jim Hawkins' parents, it is the start of an adventure beyond anything he could have imagined. When Bones dies mysteriously, Jim stumbles across a map of a mysterious island in his sea chest, where X marks the spot of a stash of buried pirate gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A reflective adventure

  • By Tad Davis on 09-12-17

Shiver Me Timbers! The Original Pirate Adventure…

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Treasure Island is a timeless classic that I somehow managed to skip all of these years until now (don’t ask- I’m still scratching my head over this one, too). At any rate, Stevenson spins the ultimate go-to pirate story that captures the spirit of sailing the seven seas in search of treasure and all the perils along the way- mutiny, cutlass and pistol fights, talking parrots and peg legs. There hasn’t been another book or movie within this genre that hasn’t borrowed (or plundered) from Treasure Island in some form or fashion. It is truly a classic and well worth your time.

As for the performance, it was top notch. Each actor voiced their part to perfection and listening to this audio performance was like watching a play unfold in my mind’s eye. From the rolling waves to clashing swords, no detail is left out and it is truly a masterful performance. #Pirates #Adventure #LifeOnTheOpenSea #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • The Fisherman

  • By: John Langan
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 344

In upstate New York, in the woods around Woodstock, Dutchman's Creek flows out of the Ashokan Reservoir. Steep-banked, fast-moving, it offers the promise of fine fishing, and of something more, a possibility too fantastic to be true. When Abe and Dan, two widowers who have found solace in each other's company and a shared passion for fishing, hear rumors of the Creek, and what might be found there, the remedy to both their losses, they dismiss it as just another fish story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Horror of Loss

  • By Jim N on 04-20-17

Beware The Fisherman!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

John Langan’s The Fisherman was a frightfully good read! Who would have thought something as simple as fishing could spin such a delightfully wicked story? Langan sets the scene by introducing the narrator and his fishing buddy, Dan. He spends a considerable amount of time laying the foundations for these two characters, but the payoff is definitely worth it. By the time you become familiar with these two men and their fishing excursions, Langan drops The Fisherman folklore on you and it’s a wild ride throughout the rest of the book. I loved this story because it took a new, fresh approach to the typical horror story and sucked me in with every passage. Danny Campbell was top-notch as the choice for this audio version and his voice was perfect for the narration. Excellent read/listen for any horror fan! #Dark #Horror #FishOutOfWater #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Ubik

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,310
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,310

Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business - deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in "half-life," a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter's face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great performance of an SF classic

  • By Steve on 07-10-16

Use Only as Directed…

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Every time I step into the works of Philip K Dick, I am always pleasantly surprised and this one was no exception. In Ubik, Dick has created a world where you can visit a loved one after they have passed. The dead become suspended in “half-life” and are able to communicate with the living. Dick takes the idea a step further and offers a look into half-lifers and how they cope with their new reality and how they discover that in time, they will die from this as well. Dick crafts some intriguing questions in this one, hosted by a group of entertaining characters that made this book so enjoyable. Luke Daniels does a superb job of bring Dick’s world and characters to life. #HalfLife #ThoughtProvoking #Clever #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,870
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,163

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

  • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

Oh My Ford…

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Aldous Huxley's Brave New World was a shocking trip into a distant future where a government sanctioned drug (soma- a drug that only generates ignorant bliss without any real side effects) helps to keep the people in check and group orgies are a big part of the daily norm. Sounds like fun, right? Wrong. Huxley highlights what is wrong with a world that thrives on pleasure and mass consumerism. There are a few dull moments as the book gathers steam, but endure it for the finish. The horrors of such a world linger long after the novel is done, especially once you take a good look around. #Dystopia #ThoughtProvoking #Soma #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • The Exorcist

  • 40th Anniversary Edition
  • By: William Peter Blatty
  • Narrated by: William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,158

Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying...

  • By Kenneth on 10-01-12

More than Head Spins and Pea Soup Vomit…

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

This is one of those iconic stories I had put off for far too long and decided to finally give it a try (there was no particular reason why I had put it off to be honest and its baffling even to me why it has taken this long- I haven’t even seen the movie). William Peter Blatty died about this time last year and with his passing I picked up this audio version and it still sat in my “to-read” list for a year. Finally I finished it today (on Blatty’s birthday, no less) and man, what a well written, haunting tale! I had a good idea how the story would go down (you can’t have an interest in horror without running into mentions of head spins and pea soup vomit), but I was pleasantly surprised by all of Blatty’s characters and how they were painstakingly well-crafted. Without the character development of each of these characters, the story would have fallen flat. What really makes this version of the book so special is Blatty’s narrating. This is a must read/listen for any horror fan. I can only hope that he had the same glimmer of triumph in his eyes as he passed. RIP Blatty. #DemonPossession #HorrorClassic #MoreThanPeaSoup #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Rumble Fish

  • By: S. E. Hinton
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Rusty-James wants to be just like his big brother, the Motorcycle Boy. He wants to be the toughest streetfighter on this side of the city, to keep his cool when things get dangerous, and to laugh when gang members challenge him to fight. Rusty-James isn't book-smart; he depends on his fists more often than his brains. So far, the Motorcycle Boy has bailed him out when his fists have gotten him into trouble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rusty James and the Motorcycle Boy…

  • By Mike L Lane on 12-31-17

Rusty James and the Motorcycle Boy…

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

I have been a fan of S.E. Hinton since grade school having read all of her novels (way, way back in the day) and thought I would revisit her works with Rumble Fish. Not as popular as The Outsiders, I always liked Rumble Fish and even now in my forties can see the brilliant insight Hinton has when it comes to adolescence. This story follows Rusty James, who thinks he wants to be just like his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy, without really knowing his brother at all. If you enjoyed the “rough and tough” world of the Outsiders, then you’ll enjoy Rumble Fish. Great read/listen and Tom Stechschulte does an excellent job with the narration. #Brothers #ComingOfAge #FishOutOfWater #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • The Princess Diarist

  • By: Carrie Fisher
  • Narrated by: Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,371

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fireworks at Midnight

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-25-16

A Peek Behind the Force…

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

I have always been a Princess Leia fan from the moment I first watched Star Wars as a kid and like many of the fans she described in The Princess Diarist, I had a crush on her, too. This book was a fantastic look into Carrie as a person and not as an early ‘80’s sex symbol. I was fascinated with the looks into her 19 year old mind and how she had the same insecurities young people face, especially when it came to love and her affair with Harrison Ford. It also offered a glimpse into Ford at an early age. This is a spectacular read/listen and any fan of Star Wars should pick this up immediately. RIP Carrie. May the Force always be with you and thank you for letting us all into your life. #Leia #SelfDiscovery #StarWars #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Jacob T. Marley

  • By: R. William Bennett
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,592
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,406

"Marley was dead to begin with...." These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is my favorite book! I listen to it all year

  • By Lyle K Holden on 08-07-17

Ever Wonder about Jacob Marley…

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett is a wonderful re-imagining of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol by digging into the life of Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s old business partner and the first spirit to warn Ebeneezer of the ghosts that would visit him. I have always wondered why Marley wasn’t given the same opportunity for change that Scrooge was granted (in fact, I have a story of my own about this but the outcome isn’t nearly as happy as this one, lol). Bennett gives us his version of Marley’s story and how it all works out for him. This makes for a great holiday read/listen that recounts the familiar story with a new spin I highly enjoyed. Simon Vance lends his narration skills to the story and does an excellent job that makes it feel like a Charles Dickens tale (as well as Bennett’s writing). If you love A Christmas Carol, Jacob T. Marley is a must read/listen. #Christmas #CharlesDickens #ScroodgeSpinOff #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Blood Meridian

  • Or the Evening Redness in the West
  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,640
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,627

Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Existential leavings

  • By Colin on 03-22-08

The Wild West as it Was

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

Looking for a feel-good novel about the American west where the good guys where white and thwart the bad guys in black at high noon? Better look somewhere else. Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian is a horrifying novel of what the West was really like from ear necklaces, bloodied scalps and dead babies hanging in the trees. McCarthy paints a picture in blood and violence that will have you cringing at the filth, depravity and sheer evil in this often glorified time period. Seriously, this one is not for the squeamish. Richard Poe provides a chilling narration for this tale, setting the proper tone to McCarthy’s words. A must read/listen in my opinion. #Dark #Gritty #Western #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • The Manitou

  • By: Graham Masterton
  • Narrated by: Robert Slade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Karen Tandy was a sweet and unassuming girl until she discovered the mysterious lump growing underneath her skin. As the doctors and specialists puzzle over the growth, Karen's personality begins to change. The doctors decide to cut out the lump - but then it moves. Now a chain reaction has begun and everyone who comes in contact with Karen Tandy understands the very depths of terror. Her body and soul are being taken over by a black spirit over four centuries old. He is the remembrance of the evils the white man has bestowed on the Indian people, and the vengeance that has waited 400 years to surface.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The story was good, but long winded.

  • By Matthew S. Hill on 03-16-17

Misquamacus is Coming...

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

I had long heard of Graham Masterton’s The Manitou (I believe it was suggested somewhere along the way by Stephen King as a must-read, but don’t quote me on that) and thought it time to dive into this Native American mythology based tale and see what was what. I expected a romp through the Wild West with outlaws and desperados, saloons and wagon trains and cowboys and Indians. I was so wrong. Masterton sets his novel in late 1970’s New York (the book was published in ’76) and pits an ancient being against the constantly evolving technology of the time in an over-the-top horror novel like you have never seen. The book is swift and to the point- each new question leading to the next until the final climax. I’ll admit, there are times when it seems silly and outdated, but if you keep in mind the time when it was written, The Manitou is a highly enjoyable read/listen. Also if you love this story, there are sequels… #Dark #NativeAmerican #Horror #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes