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  • Hell House

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,493
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,494

For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity.

But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hell House is like Hill House, but fiercer

  • By Phebe on 08-13-12

Great read of a great book

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

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

Hell House is one of my all-time favorites, and I was fortunate enough to know (and be mentored by Richard Matheson) when I was a kid in the early 1970s. How wonderful is it, then to have the actor who reads my Joe Ledger thrillers, Ray Porter, do this book --and knock it out of the park. It's a win from every possible direction.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hell House?

The scenes with Fisher were done just right, with a subtle underplay early on as the psychic stays closed off, and then building in intensity as Fisher goes to war against Belasco.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

I've listened to ray do dozens of audiobooks, including many of my own. It's remarkable how he submerges into the characters so much that you almost forget it's him. It allows the writing to shine throw. That's the mark of a superior voice actor.

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

No, I wanted this book to last and last.

Any additional comments?

More!

  • The Old Gods Waken

  • The Silver John Series, Book 1
  • By: Manly Wade Wellman
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

In the wilds of Southern Appalachia lies Wolter Mountain - a sacred place for the Indians and their predecessors. But the land atop the mountain, taken over by two Englishmen, Brummitt and Hooper Voth, is undergoing frightening changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant new version of a true classic

  • By Jonathan Maberry -NY Times Bestseller on 06-05-17

Brilliant new version of a true classic

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

What did you love best about The Old Gods Waken?

Stefan Rudnicki brings Wellman's wonderful Silver John to vibrant life with this new performance. Please...PLEASE tell me Stefan will be recording the rest of the John the Balladeer stories.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Old Gods Waken?

First time I'd heard these stories on audio, and Stefan infuses each character with individuality and authenticity.

Which scene was your favorite?

When we first meet John I cheered because I've been a fan of these stories since I was a kid and it was a delight to 'meet' Silver John in this way.

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

I sat on the beach with headphones...watching the waves and the whales and listened to the whole thing on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Any additional comments?

Please record the rest of the Silver John stories. Now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Banker

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Internationally popular Dick Francis packs his equestrian mysteries with as much breath-taking suspense and danger as any neck-and-neck thoroughbred race. In this New York Times best-seller, he combines the hazard of investing in horses with the calculated risk of high finance to create a plot that twists and turns around every corner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • High Finances, Deception and Murder!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 02-17-15

One of Francis' best

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

Reviewed: 01-02-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Banker to be better than the print version?

Certain authors' works seem to come alive more on audio than in print. Dick Francis is one of those. He had a very lean prose style, and that works best in audio because it comes off as 'someone telling you an interesting story' as opposed to books by authors with a more ornate style where it's the construction of words on the page that has the magic. These books are tales told by friends. You can settle in and listen and in doing so hear the thunder of hooves, the cries of the jockeys and the roar of the crowd.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The villain of the piece has a somewhat timeless quality. Even though this novel was written a couple of decades ago, guys like him are everywhere nowadays.

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

Simon Prebble is perfect for the works of Dick Francis. It was his performance on an earlier edition of BLOOD SPORT that hooked me on both audiobooks and on Dick Francis. Through his narration the individuality and humanity of the characters is evident.

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

Although I didn't come to tears, the death of one character was deeply moving; and the reading of those scenes was handled in a way that brought the horrors of loss to stinging clarity.

Any additional comments?

I've become hooked on the Simon Prebble versions of Dick Francis...but as a result I also bought his version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Night Vision

  • By: Randy Wayne White
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

A lot is going on in the trailer park known as Little Guadalajara, inhabited principally by illegal laborers. The park manager is the hired gun of a financial syndicate that wants to develop the property, and he's prepared to do whatever it takes - but he can't figure out what to do about the teenage girl, the one the laborers believe has some sort of gift.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Doc Ford Shines in NIGHT VISION

  • By Jonathan Maberry -NY Times Bestseller on 11-10-12

Doc Ford Shines in NIGHT VISION

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

Reviewed: 11-10-12

What made the experience of listening to Night Vision the most enjoyable?

This book is typical of the Doc Ford series --it starts off being one thing and then evolves into something else, taking devious twists and turns along the way. And despite the shocking violence there is real heart here, too.

What other book might you compare Night Vision to and why?

This book will appeal to the fans of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series

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

George Guidall is the undisputed king of narrators. His performance is layered, complex, and crystal clear.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 10
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

Helena Pearson. Undeniably beautiful... indisputably rich... incredibly wanton... the perfect client for Travis McGee. He did a big favor for her husband and then for the lady herself. Now Helena is dead, and McGee finds out that she had one last request to make of him: find out why her beautiful daughter, Maurie, keeps trying to kill herself. So, half-convinced that Maurie needs a good doctor and not a devil-may-care beach bum, McGee makes his way to the prosperous town of Fort Courtney, Florida, a respectable, booming, deadly little place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love me my Travis McGee

  • By Bonnie on 08-01-15

Another superb performance

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

Reviewed: 06-11-12

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

Robert Petkoff has really captured the balance of idealistic optimism and jaded cynicism that defined Travis McGee.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Assassin's Code

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 4
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,806

When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang On To Your Shorts!

  • By Mel on 05-05-12

Ray Porter IS the voice of Joe Ledger

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

Reviewed: 05-14-12

What made the experience of listening to Assassin's Code the most enjoyable?

Ray Porter has been reading this series since the beginning and he absolutely nails it. Every line, every character.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Assassin's Code?

Ray's interpretation of Grigor really makes that character scary as hell

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

Ray is always terrific, but I think he somehow manages to get better every time.

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

When Ray narrates the scene where Joe and Jamsheed are discussing the photos and discussing children in war.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Pale Gray for Guilt

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 9
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

The men who killed Tush Bannon knew he was a nice guy with a nice wife and three nice kids - trying to run a small marina on the Florida coast. They also knew he was in the way of a big land development scheme. Once they killed him, they figured they were on easy street. But Tush Bannon was Travis McGee's friend, and McGee could be one tough adversary when protecting a widow and her kids.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book In My Favorite Series

  • By Doug on 05-09-12

Always Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 05-08-12

Where does Pale Gray for Guilt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best books in my all-time favorite series of mysteries.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Meyer is always a favorite of mine.

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

Petkoff brings great skill as a reader but also an actor's insight into individual character. He does a superb job of bringing this cast of characters to life.

Any additional comments?

Thanks to audible for presenting the entire Travis McGee series in excellent audio productions --and for getting the whole series done and made available so quickly! Bravo!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful