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  • Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon

  • Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops, and the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream
  • By: David McGowan
  • Narrated by: Bill Fike
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

The very strange but nevertheless true story of the dark underbelly of a 1960s hippie utopia. Laurel Canyon in the 1960s and early 1970s was a magical place where a dizzying array of musical artists congregated to create much of the music that provided the soundtrack to those turbulent times. But there was a dark side to that scene as well. Many didn't make it out alive, and many of those deaths remain shrouded in mystery to this day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a blast!!!

  • By John M. ONeal on 12-26-17

A Fascinating Trip Through the 1960s

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I find all of the similarities and coincidences detailed in this book absolutely fascinating, but I just can't buy into any type of conspiracy theory around the fact that almost all of the first superstars of 60s rock and roll had parents who were in the military. Almost everyone born in the 40s and 50s had parents with a military background - because just about every fit male (and a lot of females) were a part of the "war effort" during WW2. A lot of the people who rebelled then were fighting just that sort of upbringing.

Having said that, I truly enjoyed the long, detailed walk through of the wild (for the times) and unbridled lifestyle of the musical heroes of my youth. It was fun to realise how intertwined everyone's life and habits were during those formative years and it was poignant hearing the stories - through the lens of almost 50 years - of those who succumbed to that lifestyle.

I recommend the book to anyone who wants to learn more about the foundation of rock and roll and the "hippie" movement of that era.

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  • Strange Weather

  • Four Novellas
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Joe Hill, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,301

A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By gloria on 10-08-18

Perseverance

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

I finished Strange Weather and I liked it! I have wanted to like Joe Hill because I love his Dad's work so much. I read 20th Century Ghosts and Horns: just so-so, I gave up on NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box without finishing and have had The Fireman in my library since its release without being tempted to start it.

Ever an optimist, I decided to give this new collection a try and "Eureka!" he has found the sweet spot! So, even if you've had a similar experience with his previous work, give it a try. This is some pretty good stuff! AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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  • Trudge

  • Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, Book 1
  • By: Shawn Chesser
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 768
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 712

As the first waves of injured bystanders, guardsmen, and rioters arrived at hospitals, it became apparent that a deadly new disease had been unleashed on the population. Whether the virus was naturally occurring or an escaped lab experiment, Cade hadn't a clue and wasn't especially concerned until he learned of its unprecedented virulence, unusual method of transference, and the fact that, according to the news, it brought the newly dead back to life, semi-mindless, and with an insatiable desire to feed on the flesh of the living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keep on trudging on, TRUDGE!

  • By Tracy P. on 09-06-18

Same old same old - but poorly written

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-17

A lot of people will disagree, but this is one of the top five worst books I've ever read. I picked it up because it was highly recommended in an online zombie fiction group. I was stunned by the character's motivation, the magical luck that gets them out of every situation, etc. The author's politics are on display as well, and I have gotten past that in other series' - so if the writing had been better, I may have overlooked it. I'd say it might be okay as YA fiction, as they are less discriminating, but there's too much violence, sex and language for that classification. My opinion won't matter to Mr. Chesser, who has many loyal fans and a 12 book series already completed - but if you're a discriminating reader, be warned.

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  • Angel of Death

  • By: Gregg Olsen, Kevin Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

A seemingly normal husband father of two decides to kill young girls after storming an Amish schoolhouse, and sex may have been the prime motivator. A young high school student has a secret desire for murder, and decides a middle of the night visit to his best friend's house will do nicely to satiate his hunger to kill. A seedy individual living in an even seedier part of Philadelphia decides to populate his basement with kidnapped women for sex and the bearing of children, and it is death to those who do not submit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Short Recaps only

  • By Linda P-C on 12-23-16

Short Recaps only

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

Probably my own fault for not looking closely enough, but this book is simply a series of short recaps of crimes occurring in the Ohio area. If you want the full story of the angel of death - look elsewhere.

  • The Mermaid's Sister

  • By: Carrie Anne Noble
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,876
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,872

There is no cure for being who you truly are.… In a cottage high atop Llanfair Mountain, sixteen-year-old Clara lives with her sister, Maren, and guardian Auntie. By day, they gather herbs for Auntie's healing potions. By night, Auntie spins tales of faraway lands and wicked fairies. Clara's favorite story tells of three orphan infants—Clara, who was brought to Auntie by a stork; Maren, who arrived in a seashell; and their best friend, O'Neill, who was found beneath an apple tree. One day, Clara discovers shimmering scales just beneath her sister's skin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ASTONISHINGLY GOOD!

  • By I-C Household on 05-08-15

Just Barely Okay . . .

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

It IS written in the style and cadence of a fairy tale, but with the sexual suggestiveness (by the kidnapper in particular) this story seems to be aimed at an older audience which may not appreciate the style well enough to continue reading. Other reviewers have mentioned the whining and unnecessary repetition by the main character and I was put off by the sense of entitlement and vanity of the mermaid sister - which everyone in the story seemed to find charming. So, in my opinion, there are no positive lessons for preteens, it is too juvenile for teens and too adult for younger children. Also, the story could have been told in less than half the time and would probably have been more entertaining. Could have been much improved by a more ruthless editor.

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  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,764
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,764

Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night - different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful - Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stories are great, not crazy about the format

  • By Sugarpucker on 08-10-15

Original, funny and completely

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

Delightful! I read a LOT and with some genres the books become almost an exercise - not this one! I enjoyed every moment, every new part of the unfolding story and was sad when it was over so soon. Highly recommended - especially for those who prefer their vampires without sparkles.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Witch's Daughter

  • By: Paula Brackston
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,274

In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had and making her immortal. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of potential...

  • By Paisley on 03-09-13

Unrelenting Heartache and Hardship

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

Reviewed: 05-28-15

This book is extremely well written, and I believe it tells the story as the author envisioned it, but it is such an unrelenting Dark Tale that it was difficult for me to get through. I must say though, that if you begin this book you should read all the way to the end - otherwise you'll either be left with some very mistaken ideas about witchcraft or (if you already know about Wicca) you'll believe the author didn't do any research - I believe she did, but she is a writer who provides detail very sparingly. I would recommend this book to anyone whose spirits are a little too high and need bringing down.

  • Grundish and Askew

  • By: Lance Carbuncle
  • Narrated by: Brandon Paul Eells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Strap on your athletic cup and grab a barf bag. The Dr. Reverend Lance Carbuncle is going to kick you square in the balls and send you on a wild ride that may or may not answer the following questions: What happens when two white trash, trailer park-dwelling, platonic life partners go on a moronic and misdirected crime spree? Can their manly love for each other endure when one of them suffers a psychological bitch-slap that renders him a homicidal maniac? Will a snaggletoothed teenage prostitute tear them apart?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding story!

  • By Matthew on 01-28-15

Umm... Wow?!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-15

Let me begin by saying- I read EVERYTHING! From Austen to Dickens to King and Straub to Hiiasen, Dorsey, Randy Wayne White and Lindsay to Gabaldon, MC Beaton to Heinlein to Tufo to... Well, you get the idea...

I received this book to review from the author and I really didn't know if I'd like even well enough to finish it. I finished in less than a day!

It is NOT for those who get all bent out of shape by "language" or graphic descriptions of sex acts or crude imagery. It IS for anyone who enjoys a good laugh and some of the wittiest, most original and well-constructed dialogue around. The main characters are three-dimensional folks who stay true to form throughout the book and - while I wouldn't want to invite them to dinner - may have been classmates of mine back in high school.

If you enjoy a good laugh and don't mind letting your hair down a bit - read this book. I did and now I'm off to pick up another by Lance Carbuncle to see what I missed last year.

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  • Splintered

  • By: A. G. Howard
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,038

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of Underland, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers - precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Had Potential, But That Was It...

  • By Xena on 05-20-13

Listen to Book Two? Nope, Not Me.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-14

This story, while well thought out, is helped if you have more than a passing knowledge of the original Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass books. I do. In the wake of recent re-tellings of classic children's tales, it had a lot of potential. I didn't love it.

Even though I generally enjoy young-adult tales, the emotional level of the main characters was too childish to represent the high school seniors they were supposed to be, so their issues and attitudes moved them to the interest level of a much younger group of readers - however, the amount of sexuality in the books moves it well beyond that age group - so we're left with a "who was this book written for" problem. The synopsis states that it is for Grade 8 and up, but I wouldn't want my eighth-grader reading about a heroine who allows (and seems to love) boys who try to make every decision for her, going so far as to physically restrain her to overrule her decisions.

Next, it seems the author wanted to get as much of the Carroll material as possible into the book, and unfortunately the story drags. It loses the beauty, sweetness and poetry of the original. I had to force myself to continue listening (I'm stubborn like that) until the last hour of the book, when things began to happen and it became mildly interesting. I think that the entire story could probably have been told in one long, or possible two average books at most - I won't be buying the next installment, so I will never know - but I can live with that.

My Biggest Beef in this version however, was the narrator. The 'w' in the word SWORD is supposed to be silent! I cringed everytime I heard it, and I heard it a lot. Also, I believe one of the characters was supposed to have a suave speaking voice with a Cockney(?) accent, but one or two words of each sentence he spoke had a vaguely Brit ring and the rest . . . well . . . not so much. A little research on what that sounds like should have been a requirement before recording began. It was horrendous.

To sum up, I don't recommend this book to anyone over the age of 15, and only then with parental guidance. There are too many other wonderful choices out there.

  • Horns

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,983

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • people are funny

  • By bet on 12-05-10

Whew! Tough one to write a review for . . .

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

Reviewed: 10-11-13

I've read Road Rage and 20th Century Ghosts - loved them. I own Heart-Shaped Box and have been trying to get through it for a couple of years with no success. I have heard great things about NOS4A2 and want to read it, but I was able to get a discounted copy of Horns. So I did.

I must admit, the first 1/3 to 1/2 of the book was hard work. There were a great many moments of very interesting reading, but they didn't seem to be coming to any kind of reasonable point. I did consider giving up and going on to something I knew I'd enjoy - but I stuck it out. I am glad I did! The myriad of short, clever anecdotes began to weave themselves into a pattern. I not only knew the characters, I knew their motivations and how the events of their lives had shaped them into the adults that were making the big decisions and acting/reacting to the (admittedly) weird *stuff* that was happening around them. For those who get a bit bored, hang in there. For those who think there are (a) too many characters or that (b) the book is too long: (a) they are ALL vital parts of the story and it would be diminished if any of them were edited out, and (b) Get Real! No matter what format you read a book in there are ways of telling its length in advance.

Joe Hill is not his father and anyone looking for SK will be disappointed. Joe Hill is a very good writer in his own right, he is much darker and his characters live extremely complicated lives (if only inside their own heads). I am not giving this book five stars because it is not Great Literature, but I am giving it a solid four stars because it is fresh, interesting and a very good read - giving the reader lots of things to think about once the book has been finished.

Enjoy!

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