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  • Forsaken: Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga

  • By: J.D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 951

When horror author Thad McAlister began his latest novel, a tale rooted in the witch trials of centuries past, the words flowed effortlessly. The story poured forth, filling page after page with the most frightening character ever to crawl from his imagination. It was his greatest work, one that would guarantee him a position among the legends of the craft.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • First audiobook I've ever stopped and deleted...

  • By West on 08-10-15

Damn close to as good as a Stephen King novel!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

Would you listen to Forsaken: Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga again? Why?

Maybe - would prefer listening to a different narrator though. The story and plot were fresh and kept me listening despite a few of the narrator's character voices I found annoying.

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

Yes - a few good plot twists and the way the excerpts from Thad's book tied into or explained the story happening to Thad and his family.

Which character – as performed by Christina Delaine – was your favorite?

The clickety-click of the fingernails was the best part of her narration - but I did not enjoy her as narrator.

Who was the most memorable character of Forsaken: Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga and why?

Clayton Stone - maybe because a lot of insight into his thoughts was provided as he faced the enigma of the seemingly innocent girl that didn't jive with everything happening that was associated with her.

Any additional comments?

I'm really looking forward to more books from the Shadow Cove saga, and hope they choose a different narrator.
But really, even if they don't - I'm still in!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,090
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,427

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Not your typical boring zombie story

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

What made the experience of listening to The Girl with All the Gifts the most enjoyable?

Intelligent story line and characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Melanie of course - because of the internal struggle between her need to feed and her desire to do right. That's what makes horror/ monster stories interesting.

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

.. and you thought the Paleo diet was tough...

Any additional comments?

I don't care for the popular zombie genre but this was a great story.

  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395

Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh a little Cry a little Love All

  • By Patricia on 11-11-09

Thoroughly enjoyed this story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-09

This is a great story, and paints a clear picture of Chinese culture during foot-binding days. Really enjoyed this view of the secluded lives of Chinese women and of the culture.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Name Is Red

  • By: Orhan Pamuk, Erdag Goknar - translator
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 302

At once a fiendishly devious mystery, a beguiling love story, and a brilliant symposium on the power of art, My Name Is Red is a transporting tale set amid the splendor and religious intrigue of 16th-century Istanbul, from one of the most prominent contemporary Turkish writers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex and interesting

  • By Kathleen on 05-13-10

Good story, but fairly repetitive.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-09

Story is pretty fascinating, and gives a good peek at the period -- but there are a lot of very repetitive lines - gets tedious occasionally.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Earth Will Shake

  • The Historical Illuminatus Chronicles Vol. I
  • By: Robert Anton Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scot Crisp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

They have been with us throughout the ages: the "Invisible College" of wisdom and their adversaries, the destroyers. Naples, Italy, circa 1764: A young aristocrat is about to stumble onto one piece of the great pattern. As witness to a vicious assassination and victim of his passion for the beautiful daughter of his enemy, young Sigismundo Celine is forced to begin a mystical odyssey amidst an ageless clash of Freemasons, Mafia, and the Illuminati.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A powerful start to the series

  • By Kamal on 09-13-07

Great second look at history and philosophy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-09

Very engrossing tale; VERY disappointing at the end - it ended quite abruptly and the next book in the series is not yet available!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Testament of Gideon Mack

  • By: James Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tom Cotcher
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

For Gideon Mack, faithless minister, unfaithful husband, and troubled soul, the existence of God, let alone the Devil, is no more credible than that of ghosts or fairies - until the day he falls into a gorge and is rescued by someone who might just be Satan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Christopher on 07-06-08

Totally engrossing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-08

The audible version of a real page-turner. Clever setup: fictitious publisher writes the prologue, talking about whether or not he should publish this story based on a "found manuscript" which is Gideon's autobiography.
The story addresses big philosophical questions and the variety of relationships in one man's life -- all a background for a fantasical tale.
I'm looking for more books by this author!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,764

All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing Story--2 missing chapters

  • By J. Elliott on 01-28-10

A few good plot twists

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-07

A quiet, thoughtful story that manages to have a few twists in the plot. If you like fast-paced stories this probably isn't for you, but I like both fast and slow-paced movies and books, and found this story captivating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • I Am Legend and Other Stories

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Yuri Rasovsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn. This recording also includes a sampling of other horror stories by Richard Matheson.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrators a mixed bag

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-14-07

Narrators a mixed bag

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-07

Loved the first half, the title story. For all the rest of the stories they changed narrators - the second narrator's voice grated on my nerves and several times I almost just quit listening he annoyed me so much.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Da Vinci Code

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,342

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating.

  • By Marco on 01-05-04

Good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-06

Really liked the way Brown tied a lot of disparate historical events together into one theme. The reading was done well, and the plot twists and turns kept the story moving. I especially liked the way the author would have you change your mind about various characters as the story progressed. Good ending, too!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Historian

  • By: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I give the book a five but I won't buy it...

  • By S A on 07-20-05

Can't stop listening!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-05

Excellent retelling of the Dracula story; has a gothic feel about it though the story takes place in the mid-20th century. Having different actors read each character's part added a lot to the feel of the story. I'll listen to this one again and again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful