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  • Grave Suspicion

  • By: Aaron Mahnke
  • Narrated by: Terence West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 373

Sam Hawthorne has lived a nomadic life, wandering through small Midwestern towns for the past two decades. He is known among the people he meets as an oddity and a troublemaker. He has a secret, however; one that has given him the chance to help dozens of people over the years. But that secret has also created a trail, and now someone with violent intentions has begun to follow it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Longtime Lore Listener, Sorely Disappointed

  • By Tate Bredenkamp on 11-20-16

Simple and well written

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

This is the first Mahnke novel I read. I’m a huge fan of his podcast, so I figured I’d take a listen. The story is well structured, the characters are well developed, but the plot is on the thin side. The plot twists and reveals were easy to see coming a mile away. Also, the main character is warned that their group has been compromised and to not trust anyone; a device that was never addressed.That being said, it was a great ride with witty dialogue and a keen detail to history, that weaves story and history beautifully.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Amulet

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

When a rifle range accident leaves Dean Howell disfigured and in a vegetative state, his wife Sarah finds her dreary life in Pine Cone, Alabama made even worse. After long and tedious days on the assembly line, she returns home to care for her corpse-like husband while enduring her loathsome and hateful mother-in-law, Jo. Jo blames the entire town for her son's mishap, and when she gives a strange piece of jewelry to the man she believes most responsible, a series of gruesome deaths is set in motion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good 38 years later.

  • By Jon Weimer on 12-11-17

Just good

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

I realize had another author written this, I’d have probably given it a better score. The characters were nowhere nearly as developed as in “The Elementals” or “Blackwater.” The way the amulet is used becomes stale for me. It feels as if Mcdowell was going for the idea that as the amulet kills, it restores Dean’s health, which is just mentioned in passing at the end.

Perhaps it’s the devices in this book are dated, perhaps I’ve just been spoiled with mcdowell ‘s other beautiful stories.

If you’re a fan of Michael McDowell’s work, it’s important to read this novel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Moon over Babylon

  • Valancourt 20th Century Classics
  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 934

Welcome to Babylon, a typical sleepy Alabama small town, where years earlier the Larkin family suffered a terrible tragedy. Now they are about to endure another: 14-year-old Margaret Larkin will be robbed of her innocence and her life by a killer who is beyond the reach of the law. But something strange is happening in Babylon: traffic lights flash an eerie blue, a ghostly hand slithers from the drain of a kitchen sink, graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audible listen to date...

  • By Bree Salyer on 06-27-16

Good telling but failed to The story's authenticity

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

It's a good ghost story with great imagery, a true tale of revenge from beyond the grave. However, the narrator in my opinion, failed to capture the landscape and the people in an authentic way. I'm not saying he's a bad narrator, but when dealing with the Southern Gothic genre, accent and intonation are crucial. The narrator for Michael McDowell's other audible novel, "the elementals," pulls this off brilliantly. This narrator lacked the laid-back drawl that I think is required to connote the story in the way Michael McDowell intended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Christine

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,468

Evil is alive in Libertyville. It inhabits a custom-painted red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine and young Arnold Cunningham, who buys it. Along with Arnold's girlfriend, Leigh Cabot, Dennis Guilder attempts to find out the real truth behind Christine and finds more than he bargained for: From murder to suicide, there's a peculiar feeling that surrounds Christine - she gets revenge on anyone standing in her path. Can Dennis save Arnold from the wrath of Christine?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story and Nice Performance

  • By Lee R on 04-19-16

Fix the audio

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

Besides the book clipping the end of the sentence, it was a great performance and a great story