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  • Unmentionable

  • The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
  • By: Therese Oneill
  • Narrated by: Betsy Foldes Meiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era? Ladies, welcome to the 19th century, where there's arsenic in your face cream, a pot of cold pee sits under your bed, and all of your underwear is crotchless. (Why? Shush, dear. A lady doesn't question.) Unmentionable is your hilarious, scandalously honest (yet never crass) guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hope my review does this book justice.

  • By jb11 on 12-13-17

I hope my review does this book justice.

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

I've been an Audible monthly member since 2000. That's almost 18 years of a book subscription. There are a very small handful that I return to, and THIS book has just shot to the top of that list. The trick to sidesplitting humor is cleverly finding and communicating certain truths. Our dear writer must've been in knots throughout the writing of this book. Her caustic wit expresses itself in such a way that illustrates absurdity PERFECTLY! The performer has proven herself to be the ideal match to this writer. Her inflections are spot on, and had me cracking up on a regular basis. If you've EVER thought that the 19th century was a romantic, dreamy era to live in, this will change your mind. I have no doubt that I've missed parts, so I'll be going back to make sure I catch everything. Again... and again... and again... Buy this book, you will not regret it! Oh, and the accompanying .pdf does not disappoint, either! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,302

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Beautiful beyond description

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

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

YES, and I already have before finishing the book. The writing, the story - it's gripping, yet breathtaking.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Our little hero, addressed only once in the book by nickname his father had given him, "Handsome George". His innocence and bravery (though he did not think of himself as brave) were endearing.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't know that I can possibly pick one favorite - the book contains many, many favorite scenes. But I think that at the end of the book, when it all came together and we were told certain things, I felt relief.

Who was the most memorable character of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and why?

Lettie. Her strength and kindness were beautifully written about in this story.

Any additional comments?

My library consists of around 350 Audible books. I rarely leave reviews. This one I knew that I had to write as quickly as possible upon completion.

Neil Gaiman is the author of many of my favorites. But this one has launched itself to the top of my favorite of favorites. "Adult Fairy Tale" is a perfect description. The careful attention to detail. The story is told through a child's eyes, yet not condescending in any way. The richness of characters, the scenery, the feelings, everything - it's like being submerged into the story as much as one possibly can be. It certainly doesn't hurt that the author has a beautiful storytelling voice, and you can sense the love and passion that he feels for his creation.

Simply beautiful. I'd like to thank Mr. Gaiman for ending it as he did. The obvious questions one would have, were wrapped up perfectly - for my taste, anyway.

  • The Demonologist

  • The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'
  • By: Gerald Brittle
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,271

If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scary fun.

  • By Cliff on 08-19-13

Frightening realism

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

Reviewed: 12-06-14

Where does The Demonologist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top - one I will most likely listen to again. I've always been very curious of the angelic realm and the powerful, unseen mysteries that surround us. This book brings back the curtain on the malevolent realm and gives us a better understanding of what we're dealing with, how to keep it out of our lives, and the horrors that can encompass our lives if we are not careful.

What did you like best about this story?

Since I can't think of one particular thing, that's probably the point. I like that this book covers every facet of demonic activity in depth.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the scene toward the end, where Ed was dealing with the possession where the demons revealed themselves as Cockney Brits... I'm sure while it was far from humorous at the time, I did find some humor in the portrayal of events. It was border-line silly, and that - for me - helped to lighten the mood of such a dark topic. Not unbelievable in a compromising way, but the conversation was just ... okay, it was funny, I laughed out loud.

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

Not one moment, but the realization that this brought on of how much of a sacrifice it was for the Warrens to endure this lifestyle in order to help and bring light to so many.

Any additional comments?

One reader was pretty disturbed and indicated that he couldn't finish it. PLEASE finish it, because the end is where instruction is given to discourage malevolent presence, how to deal with it if it does appear, and which signs to look for if you think you may have a manifestation. The main message of the book is saved for last, and it is a positive one.

  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,482

"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie, honest, frightening!

  • By 9S on 01-15-11

Great stories, wonderful story telling...

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

Reviewed: 01-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Full Dark, No Stars to be better than the print version?

I haven't read print version, but Craig Wasson's stand-out performances added very much to the story, I would imagine.

What did you like best about this story?

I love a good revenge/retribution plot. All four stories made good on this.

What about Craig Wasson and Jessica Hecht ’s performance did you like?

Craig Wasson's performances were never dull nor silly. He spoke the story as if he was actually living it. The drama in his performance was PERFECT for the stories he read. Jessica Hecht makes a wonderful narrator, but the only thing I didn't like about her performance was when she would speak for her heroine... she tended to make them sound like airheaded dimwits. I would not have imagined them this way if I'd read the book. Otherwise, I enjoyed her performances very much, too. She was never boring, didn't drone on like some readers tend to do.

  • If You Really Loved Me

  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Ann Rule
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

In 1985, 32-year-old David Brown seemed to have it all. A computer genius with a million-dollar business, married for the fifth time - most recently to a 23-year-old beauty, Linda, the mother of his new-born baby - he was the living emobodiment of a rich playboy. But the signs of the dream life's dark underside were already emerging - especially in Brown's penchant for divorcing his young wives as soon as they matured to full womanhood.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • As a huge fan of Ann Rule this had to be the worst

  • By Mary on 02-13-13

Intriguing true crime story, great narration...

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

Reviewed: 05-11-12

What made the experience of listening to If You Really Loved Me the most enjoyable?

Ann Rule may not have a "model" voice, but I thoroughly enjoyed her storytelling. I found her easier to listen to than most professionals that I've listened to through the years. Her storytelling, written and spoken, are spot on.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cinnamon Brown. My heart breaks for her and the psychological abuse that was heaped onto her as a child and young adult.

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

No, I haven't, but I would not hesitate to purchase one if the storyline interested me.

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

No extreme reactions, but I'm not moved to tears easily. I can't imagine there would be much to laugh about in this book.

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly enjoyed the entire book. It was a pleasure.

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  • Graveminder

  • By: Melissa Marr
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the attention her grandmother Maylene bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the small town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each one Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: She took three sips from a silver flask and spoke the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you." Now Maylene is dead, and Bek must go back to the place she left a decade earlier. She soon discovers that Claysville is not just the sleepy town she remembers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give it a listen...you will be rewarded!

  • By Kim on 06-05-11

Rich storyline, annoying main characters

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

Reviewed: 12-05-11

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

Sure, it's a decent book, the narration was nice and the idea was a good one. However, I tired of the same back and forth the two main characters went through in regards to their relationship. It seemed as though every time they were alone (which was often), it was the same conversation, over and over. He trying to make her see that they belonged together, she, fighting it. It was too repetitive.

Would you be willing to try another book from Melissa Marr? Why or why not?

Depends on the topic, but I'd try another. She does have good ideas.

Which scene was your favorite?

Rebecca's initial venture into the land of the dead.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Definitely. I think the screen version would handle the relationship differently.

  • Dead by Sunset

  • Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659

Loni Ann, Cynthia, Lauren, Cheryl, and Sara seemed to have it all - beauty, wealth, children, and a husband who they believed to be this perfect man - Brad Cunningham. He was handsome, charismatic, and mysterious. They adored him and tried to give him all he wanted. But he wanted everything: sex, money, and it seemed, their very lives. How long would it take before he finally got what he deserved?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My house is clean, my dogs are exhausted!

  • By Lily on 01-28-13

Ann Rule at her best! Narration very suitable!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-11

What did you love best about Dead by Sunset?

It's a never-ending roller coaster of disbelief in how people behave the way they do, and those trusting enough to allow them to. Ann crafted this story beautifully, a fiction novel can't even compete - in this case, truth IS stranger than fiction.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Absolutely - although I'd seen the movie and knew the story, the book holds so much more detail, contains so many more rich characters, sub-plots and so much history that just can't fit into a movie... If you enjoyed the movie I would HIGHLY recommended this book. You'll bring so much more away, things will make much more sense.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to pinpoint.

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

I think

Any additional comments?

It may be long, but I was never bored. Also, I've read where a couple people didn't care for the narration. I was hesitant to purchase it due to that, but I have thoroughly enjoyed his narration and story telling techniques. I'm so glad I went ahead and purchased it anyway. I thought he did a great job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wrath of the Bloodeye

  • The Last Apprentice, #5
  • By: Joseph Delaney
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

Thomas Ward has spent two years as the Spook's apprentice. He's faced unimaginable peril, and survived. But a new danger has emerged: an ancient water witch, Bloodeye, is roaming the County intent on destroying everything in her path. To strengthen his skills, Tom is sent to the far north to train with the demanding Bill Arkwright. Will Tom's new bag of tricks be enough to overcome a critical mistake that leaves him confronting Bloodeye on his own?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wrath of the Bloodeye

  • By WordsAPlenty - charla white on 07-23-09

Scary! Better than Potter, IMO

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-09

I know a lot of people won't agree with me on the "better than Potter" comment, but I enjoy it much more. I've read all of the Potter books, but this series is more appealing to my tastes. I still find it funny that it's geared towards kids, because each of the books in the Apprentice series has some seriously frightening stuff in them. Enough to frighten this horror-story seasoned adult...

I hope Delaney keeps on turning them out. I'll keep on buying!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Night of the Soul Stealer

  • Last Apprentice, #3
  • By: Joseph Delaney
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but the Spook suddenly decides it's time to travel to his winter house, Anglezarke. Tom has heard it will be a bleak, forbidding place, and that menacing creatures are starting to stir somewhere on the moors nearby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Left Me Wanting More

  • By Brian O'Dell on 09-25-07

Written for kids, but great for adults!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-08

I absolutely love this series! I don't have kids, and I'm in my late 30's, yet I find this very entertaining and addictive. Even for adults it is gripping and frightening at times. I think it might even be a bit much for some kids, though I know I would have loved it when I was young. Definitely a good read for all ages if you like tales of the supernatural.

Can't wait for the next book to come out!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gemma

  • By: Meg Tilly
  • Narrated by: Meg Tilly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Gemma is the story of a child abduction written from two widely divergent points of view: 12 year-old Gemma and Hazen Wook, the 36-year-old man who abducts her. Hazen is a violent pedophile, a sexual obsessive, and Tilly does not white-wash or sanitize his thoughts in any way. This book is scary and not for the faint of heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow

  • By kristabela on 10-14-08

Disturbing to the extreme...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-08

In the description it states, "Not for the faint of heart" - this is absolutely true. It takes a lot for me to be frightened or "disturbed", but this was definitely disturbing - more so than any other book I've read (or listened to!). Meg Tilly's portrayal of the characters kept it alive, her portrayal of Gemma was heartbreaking. The story itself - extremely disturbing.

I would hope that everyone would have a revulsion to pedophilia, but for those that seriously cannot handle the topic, stay away. While it was a very well-written and well-read book, I doubt I will ever listen to it again.