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  • Before the Devil Breaks You

  • The Diviners, Book 3
  • By: Libba Bray
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

After battling a sleeping sickness, The Diviners are up against a group of new and malevolent foes - ghosts! Out in Ward's Island sits a mental hospital full of lost souls from people long forgotten. Ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the Man in the Stovepipe Hat also known as the King of Crows. With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over New York City, the Diviners must band together and brave the ghosts haunting the asylum to bring down the King of Crows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Eryn on 10-06-17

Libba Bray is a genius!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Libba Bray is a talented, genius author! The Diviners series is my absolute favorite!! She is amazing at transporting the reader to the 1920s. She writes her characters in a way that makes you fall in love with them! You feel like you know Evie, Memphis, Sam, Theta, Ling, Isaiah, Mabel, Jericho, and Henry. I was super shocked to realize there will be another book coming!! So excited!

This book focused more on the government and how they went about finding Diviners to experiment on them. A lot of the puzzle pieces get put together in this book because we learn about:
-why our fave Diviners are Diviners
-what happened to Evie’s brother, James
-Uncle Will and Ms. Walker’s work
-an up close and personal look at the man in the stovepipe hat
-more about Theta’s past with Roy
-a deeper look into Henry’s, Memphis’s, and Sam’s mother
-Blind Bill’s story finally comes forth
-we get to see the Diviners powers more in action
-we get to see Mabel in a different light
-we get introduced to new characters like Connor Flynn and Arthur Brown
-Evie finally makes a decision in her love triangle between Jericho and Sam
-we get to know Jake Marlowe even more

Usually in each book, the Diviners are fighting a ghost. In this book, they are fighting several!!!!!! I can tell the next book will probably be a battle royale with the “King of Crows.” Can’t wait!!

  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,267

Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE FOG OF ANGER

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-08-16

So different from the movie

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

I recently sat down and finally watched all of “The Shining.” I had only seen parts of the movie (mainly the iconic scenes). My husband had watched a YouTube video about how Stephen King hated the movie adaptation and it was comparing the movie to the book. They have similarities but the movie was done so differently from the book. The video piqued my interest so I decided that I would go ahead and read the book.

I have to say, I’m not a fan of the lengthy, detailed way in which Stephen King writes. I think there are places where that is needed but I do think there were parts of the book that could have been cut out because they were excessive or unnecessary.

The story is one that I find to be very original and I like the main plot of the story. I can see where Bentley Little might have been inspired by Stephen King’s work. Some of his books remind me of this one.

Basically, The Overlook Hotel is possessed by this evil entity in a sense. Bad things have occurred there throughout the years of it being built and people in bad businesses have tried to own The Overlook and make it successful. Finally, under the management of Halloran, The Overlook is starting to see some success.

Jack Torrence has been a man that has experienced bad luck. He was abused by his alcoholic father. He becomes alcoholic in college and breaks his son’s arm. He works hard to become sober after the incident while working as a teacher in a high school. One of his students on the debate team gets upset with him for kicking him off due to his stuttering problem. He retaliates against Jack and Jack catches him in the act which in turn puts the two into a physical altercation which = Jack losing his job.

One of Jack’s drinking buddies that was in the war with him happens to be on the school board and owns The Overlook Hotel helps him get a job as the caretaker for The Overlook. He brings his meek wife, Wendy, and telepathic son, Danny, along on the job. They are to take care of the hotel from October to March when the snow cuts the hotel off from the world. Jack has no idea what he has just signed his family up for but he’ll find out soon enough.....

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
  • Narrated by: John C. Reilly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,374
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,136

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Anon on 06-04-18

John C. Reilly did a phenomenal job portraying the characters

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

I did think this was a good story but not one I could read again. I’ve always been curious about this book because it’s always featured as a classic story. A good friend of mine really enjoyed it so I thought I would finally take the plunge.

My interest was definitely peaked when I read in the summary that it was about life in an asylum. I’ve always been drawn to asylum-style stories because mental health fascinates me. I noticed that Jack Nicholson played in the movie adaptation and after his crazy performance in “The Shining” I thought I was in for a treat.

I love being in characters heads and seeing the world through their eyes. I thought it was genius of Kensey to put the story through Chief Bromden- a selective mute Native American’s eyes. I will say being in the “fog” was definitely disorienting even for me. I had a hard time following what Bromden was experiencing or seeing.

I understood the reference the chief placed to people being like robots in a societal machine but I wondered how he came to that and if he actually saw all the wires and hoses he so vividly described. I think the book captured how mentally ill people must really feel being cast off as society’s rejects. We never know what is going on in the minds of people. Looking through Bromden’s eyes we saw so many disempowered men- all they wanted was freedom and a normal chance at life.

Some people felt Kensey was sexist in his portrayal of women but I disagree. I feel Nurse Ratched orchestrated the whole game played in the psych ward. The men knew they had to be cunning to survive or they would catch her wrath. She was the sick and twisted one because she manipulated everyone around her in order to bend them to her will, including the doctors and staff. She abused her power and I think she fed off of playing mind games. I feel she was responsible for at least 2 deaths in that ward.

I think McMurphy was written in a way where you couldn’t help but love him despite his flaws. He had done atrocious things but a part of me wondered if they were actually true. If so, I think he had some serious childhood trauma- could have possibly been raped as a child? It would have explained his behavior-especially the 10 year-old story. Part of me wondered if he was a pathological liar though. He had heart behind all that “tough guy” talk. He was searching for a true family and I think he finally found his place. He came into the ward, shook things up, knocked Ratched off her power trip, and helped the guys grow to become men. They needed McMurphy as much as he needed them.

The ending was tough but I could sense something major was going to happen. It was inevitable.

  • Carrie

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,842

An unpopular teenage girl, whose mother is a religious fanatic, is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates. She uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of Stephen Kings books, and to think he a

  • By Angelia Chisolm on 09-26-12

What an experience to hear the actress read the book

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

“Carrie” is a movie I have seen several times but I’ve never read the book. The movie was definitely different from the book in many ways. In the book, there is this whole investigation into what happened surrounding the prom whereas the movie was more focused on the linear storyline. What was a neat experience, was being able to listen to the actress, Sissy Spacek, who played the role of Carrie, read the book!

Carrie White is known as a poor, pitiful girl who many take advantage of or humiliate because she is weak. Her mother is a fanatical Christian that takes her transgressions out on Carrie and believes her to be the spawn of Satan. She makes her pray for 6 hours straight in a tiny closet with creepy things on the wall and everything becomes a sin.

She starts her period and ,of course, her mother forgets to mention that eventually she will experience this. She finds out through a traumatic experience in the locker room showers where girls are chanting and throwing tampons on her. These girls get their punishment but the paths they choose will both lead to destruction. Through guilt, Sue asks her b/f, Tommy, to take Carrie to the senior prom. Chris, on the other hand, is resentful and decides to have her revenge on Carrie through the bloody mess of pigs’ blood.

They have no idea what Carrie is capable of and how far she will go to take down everyone she feels has wronged her and more.

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,782
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,109

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Christie

  • By Michael Andrew Kinkead on 08-06-17

Who murdered Mr. Ratchet???

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

My interest piqued for this book through the recent release of the movie with such a star-studded cast! Murder mystery is one of my favorite genres so I was excited to see how this one would be! My rule of thumb before I watch a movie is to read its book. I will say I was somewhat disappointed because I had a difficult time getting into the story in the beginning. The style of how it was written did not capture my attention and I felt too bogged-down in details.

I was surprised by the ending for sure but it was a pretty good story. Very quick read! A man is murdered on the Orient Express and Detective Poirot must figure out who murdered the man, Mr. Ratchet.

  • The Cure for Dreaming

  • By: Cat Winters
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl - a suffragist - in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: She’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok

  • By Whovian on 06-30-17

Cure for sexism...

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Cat Winters has done it again! I seriously LOVE her books!!!! She totally gets me and how to rope me into her stories. I feel like I’m the fly on the wall watching all of this go down. You fall in love with her characters and want to know what happens to them after the story ends!

This story is set in 1900-once again in Portland, Oregon. Olivia Mead is celebrating her 17th birthday (which happens to be on Halloween) watching the famous French hypnotist, Henri Reverie. She is called on stage to be hypnotized in front of everyone. It does catch the eye of her crush, Percy.

Olivia’s father, Dr. Mead, is a crazy dentist who is super strict on Olivia. Her mother ran off to NYC when she was 4 year-old to be a broadway star probably because her father is so overbearing and sexist! Many men were during that time. This was during the suffragette period of time where women were fighting to be equal enough to vote!

Dr. Mead gets a crazy idea! He wants to cure Olivia’s dreams of voting, going to college, and working by being hypnotized. Little does he know, Henri gives her something better- a gift to see the world as it truly is. She begins to see vampires and ghosts of people everywhere she looks. She even sees Percy for who he truly is- definitely not what she thought!

Dr. Mead decides to cure her for good by having Henri hypnotize her once more by making her ill when she hears certain words. The joke will soon be on him because Henri and Olivia have cooked up a plan that will have the whole town talking.


  • The Uninvited

  • By: Cat Winters
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

Twenty-five-year-old Ivy Rowan rises from her sickbed after being struck by the great influenza epidemic of 1918, only to discover that the world has been torn apart in just a few short days. But Ivy's lifelong gift - or curse - remains. She sees the uninvited ones - ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked for and unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, if you like this kind of topic

  • By Amy on 09-05-15

What a twist!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

I absolutely LOVED this book! Cat Winters is becoming one of my favorite authors! She is good at mixing a historical time period, ghosts, and a love story to make such a phenomenal story.

This one takes place during World War I in Buchanan, Illinois. It’s 1918 and the flu has been taking many lives! It was kind of ironic to read this because we’re going through the flu right now. Ivy must wrestle with the thought of her brother, Peter, and father killing an innocent German man and losing her other brother, Billy, to the war. She is in the process of trying to recover from flu and she leaves home to find herself.

She encounters the German man, Wilhelm, whose brother was slain by her brother and father. She constantly feels pulled to him and begins to kindle affection for him. She finds a place to stay in town with a woman named May, who is a widow of one of Ivy’s classmates. She stumbles upon a Red Cross ambulance stuck on the tracks. She helps and befriends two girls, Addy & Nellie, by driving the ambulance at night to pick up flu victims.

Little does she know, her world will totally be turned upside down once more and she will never be the same!

  • God and the Afterlife

  • The Groundbreaking New Evidence for God and Near-Death Experience
  • By: Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Based on the largest near-death experience study in history, involving 3,000 people from diverse backgrounds and religious traditions, including nonbelievers, God and the Afterlife presents startling evidence that a supreme being exists - and there is amazing consistency about what he is like.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but a bit light

  • By Ville Walveranta on 07-19-16

Fascinating stories of seeing behind the veil...

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

I loved this book! The way this book was written was how I thought “Evidence of the Afterlife” would have been written-with more case studies as examples. It gave me a deeper understanding of the book and filled me with hope. The stories were so fascinating and gave so much deep insight.

My nana recently passed away in May and that’s what got me started on this path toward this book. I’ve always been fascinated by NDEs and nana had actually had one in 82’ or 83’- not long after she married Papa. She went into anaphylaxis when she took medicine that had never caused an allergic reaction before. She left her body and could hear Papa begging her to stay with him. She ended up on a fence. One side felt amazing but she was drawn to the other side which led to being back in her body here on Earth.

I feel a lot more at peace and hope knowing she’s up there in Heaven and I’ll see her one day! I’ve always had strong faith in Christ so I wasn’t surprised to know He’s very much alive and real. The book just confirmed it further.

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  • Satan's Harvest

  • Ed & Lorraine Warren, Book 6
  • By: Ed Warren, Lorraine Warren, Michael Lasalandra, and others
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

When terrifying, bizarre things kept happening to a hard-working Massachusetts farmer, he did what anyone would do. First, he went to the local police chief. Then he went to his priest. And then he went to Ed and Lorraine Warren, the world's most famous demonologists, who investigated the Amityville horror and other terrifying cases of demonic possession. It was the Warrens who called in one of America's most renowned exorcists, Bishop Robert McKenna. What they all experienced is described in this book

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very good story.

  • By Michele on 01-09-17

I knew it was going to be an awesome book!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

I've always been interested in this topic! Ed and Lorraine Warren are highly respected in the paranormal community and they have many fascinating cases. I remember seeing this in The Conjuring 1 & 2 so it's neat to be able to have the back story of what actually happened to the possessed farmer. It's a sad story...I felt so bad for Maurice (the farmer) when I heard his childhood and how horrible his father was to him! I didn't blame him when he took off and made a life of his own. I just wondered what actually happened in the barn that was considered an "evil act," I never caught what his dad actually did.

We learn about the failed marriages of Maurice and the odd behavior he displays through the years like bleeding from the eyes. Finally, he finds someone that stays with him and gets him the help he needs. Of course, he has a big media circus taken out on him in the papers when Ed & Lorraine Warren get involved. So happy he gets the help he needs!

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,320

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic with a Top-Notch Performance!

  • By Nicole - Audible on 06-19-17

Wow! Can't believe I finished 44 hours!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

I feel accomplished! Reading "It" is definitely a feat and my goal was to finish it before the new "It" movie came out, but there was no way that I could accomplish that lofty goal! I think the plot or premise of the book was awesome but the execution of the story was excessive! My friend's b/f and I were reading the book and we had to take breaks because it was tediously wordy and filled with unnecessary parts. I think the book could be cut down significantly because sometimes I thought the details took away from the story-hence my 3 star. I also hated the back and forth of the story of the kids, the kids as adults, and the history of the town of Derry. The new movie gets extra kudos in my book for just making a movie about the kids and the second one being about them as adults! It makes way more sense!

The actual story touched on the struggle between good vs. evil and the power of children. This demonic force has been part of Derry for as long as there has been a Derry. It mainly feeds on children for a period of time and then hibernates for 27 years. It takes the form of a clown because that tends to be more inviting to the children it lures. It lives and travels through the sewer system of Derry and has a Freddy Krueger aspect in that it jacks with peoples' heads. Many people turn a blind eye to the evil that is done in the town and it's up to 7 kids during the 1950s to work together to take lt down. All the while, they have to contend with a local bully and his band of minions. Unfortunately, they are called back 27 years later (1985) as adults to work together again to take It down!

Being who Stephen King is- there definitely was some demented, crazy parts that the reader could have done without....oh, like the child gang bang toward the end of the book!

All in all, it was a great story....if you have the patience to read it.

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