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Bree Salyer

Ocala, FL
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  • The Initiation

  • By: Chris Babu
  • Narrated by: Tyler Posey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

In a ruined world, Manhattan is now New America, a walled-in society based on equality. But the perfect facade hides a dark truth. A timid math geek, 16-year-old Drayden, watches his life crumble when his beloved mother is exiled. The mystery of her banishment leads him to a sinister secret: New America is in trouble, and each of its citizens is in jeopardy. With time running out, he enters the Initiation. It’s a test within the empty subway tunnels - a perilous journey of puzzles and physical trials. Winners join the ruling Bureau and move to its safe haven. Failure means death. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Suitable ear candy

  • By Bree Salyer on 12-12-18

Suitable ear candy

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

So, I'll admit that I really only purchased this because I saw it was narrated by Tyler Posey. I wasn't sure if it was "the" Tyler Posey but it only took 5 seconds of listening to it to recognize his voice. So if you're a Teen Wolf fangirl like me then either way it'll be worth a listen.

I ended up being pleasantly surprised. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a tale that'll stand the test of time, but it was interesting and different and held my attention. Scott... I mean Tyler... does read it a bit speedily and there is no, and I mean NO, change of dialect for different characters, but is still read with dramatic tone and inflection. All in all a suitable piece of ear candy.

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,392

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Better than I thought it would be

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I've listened to another of Scalzi's novels, or should say tried to listen, but repetitive use of "he said, she said" grated on my nerves so badly I couldn't stick with it. So I was expecting this to be more of the same. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised not only by the story itself, but by the narrator as well. It was a perfect blend of sci-fi, mystery and sarcasm that was naturally enhanced by Quinto's performance. The length - short and sweet - was spot on, with the sole focus on the main plot allowing the story to play out without any unnecessary filler. The overall package has made me revisit the possibility of trying another title by the author.

  • And Then There Were None

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,705

Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Stevens is genius

  • By Markie Ross on 09-17-15

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

This was my first Agatha Christie novel and it wasn't quite what I expected. I just couldn't get into it and had to start it from the beginning several times because I would realize a chapter or two later that I had zoned out and had no clue what was going on. Found it very boring. The narrator was the best thing about it and if it hadn't been for him I would never have made it as far as I did. The writing wasn't bad, it just wasn't my cup of tea, I guess.

  • 30 Days of Night

  • By: Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, R. S. Belcher (adaptation)
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla, Mark Boyett, Kevin T. Collins, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,048

An all-new, full-cast dramatization of the classic graphic novel. The isolated town of Barrow, Alaska, is plunged into darkness for a month each year when the sun sinks below the horizon. As the last rays of light fade, the town is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires bent on an uninterrupted orgy of destruction. Only Barrow's husband-and-wife sheriff team stand between the survivors and certain destruction. . By the time the sun rises, will they pay the ultimate price - or worse?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By Dan on 11-06-17

I really wanted to like it...

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

There's nothing wrong with this production, per say. Sound quality is good, sound effects and music are done well and it's narrated by a full cast (what little narration there is). There just isn't much too it. It's literally an hour of screaming and gurgling with very little substance except for the aforementioned sound design. Very interesting concept, but could definitely use a little more story.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Soul-Breaker

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Robert Glenister, Robert Lindsay, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

Three women go missing without a trace. A week is enough for the psychopath known in the press as the 'The Soul-Breaker' to destroy them. By the seventh day the women are psychologically dead, like bodies without a soul. Shortly before Christmas, The Soul-Breaker strikes again, this time in an exclusive psychiatric clinic. The clinic has been cut off by a snowstorm, and The Soul-Breaker is in their midst. Trapped in the clinic, staff and patients band together to protect each other, but in a night of unimaginable terror, The Soul-Breaker shows them that no one is safe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Think of it like a cheezy B-class movie...

  • By Bree Salyer on 10-23-18

Think of it like a cheezy B-class movie...

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I have every one of Sebastian Fitzek's available audiobooks, single narration as well as the multi-narrated performances. I was very excited to find out there was a new title released and immediately purchased it, but I have mixed feelings about this one.

First, the performance, as the other three that audible studios has produced, was 5 star amazing. I love the concept of adding music and sound effects when done correctly. And I've grown so fond of Robert Glenister voicing the main narrator that it almost feels like tradition.

However, in this instance, the story becomes do over the top that it's really hard to suspend your disbelief enough to get past it. At least in my case it was. There was some major eye rolling going on toward the end on my part. But it started out strong and the entire package still makes it worth the listen. You just have to go into it with a really open mind... like when you're watching a cheezy B-class horror flick.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sleep Tight Motel

  • Dark Corners Collection, Book 2
  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 401

Eve has a fake ID, a .38, and a violent lover receding in the rearview mirror. He’ll never find her at the isolated motel, and its kindly manager is happy to ease her fears. But if Eve is the only guest, whom does she keep hearing on the other side of the wall? Eve won’t get a good night’s rest until she finds out.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The reading is flat, dull, and awful

  • By Chynna Blue on 10-01-18

Juvenile with horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I dont know how to even start with how bad this was. Everything about this was amateurish and totally predictable. It was like hearing a bunch of cliches all thrown in to one story. And the narration was awful. Especially the male characters. Its ridiculous when some females try to lower their voices dramatically and only end up making the men sound like, well honestly I don't even know what to compare it to, but it sounds so cheezy and totally ruins the narrative. Also, absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing, was scary about this short. Hard pass on this one.

  • The Highway

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 883

When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best hang on to something! What a ride

  • By Joy on 08-26-13

Couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

I liked this better than the first book, although the first was great too. I just think The Highway had a more intriguing storyline with more things going on, which is what I like in a book. When it centers on one person I start to lose interest, and this certainly did not lose my interest at any point. Just the opposite, in fact. I listened to it every chance I got.

I really like Box's writing style. It is definitely more showing than telling. He really knows how to insert you directly into the story.

I also have to give props to Holter Graham. He did a tremendous job at narrating. I would listen to him again without hesitation. Honestly, I'm hesitant about getting the next in the series only because it isn't read by him. There are very few female narrators that I enjoy (even though I'm female myself) because, let's face it, it's not easy to pull of a masculine inflection. And more often than not, that what ruins it. And Graham did just fine voicing Cassie so I wish they would have continued with him. Especially since I've already attached her character to his voice. It just won't be the same.

  • Back of Beyond

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231

Cody Hoyt, while a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his mentor and AA sponsor Hank Winters is found burned to death in a remote mountain cabin. At first it looks like the suicide of a man who’s fallen off the wagon, but Cody knows Hank better than that....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cody Hoyt is GREAT!

  • By Terry on 08-09-12

Hooked me from the start

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

I'll start by saying this is the first book I've listened to from this author. I've seen many of his titles around but have been hesitant to pick one up for some reason. Now I wish I'd done so much sooner. This book was very well written and immediately drew me in. It had complex characters, natural dialog and an intricate plot. Pretty much everything I look for in a great read. It's really nice to see a main character who doesn't have a cookie-cutter life where everything falls neatly into place. Most of us don't. I find it much easier to relate to someone who is struggling with real life problems, whatever they may be. I also liked the fact that although there were numerous characters, they were fully developed and each brought something extra to the story. I listened to this in 3 or 4 nights, which is very fast for me. I tend to get bored easily, so that in itself says a lot.

The narrator did an excellent job. I would definitely listen to him again and might actually add him to my list of preferred narrators. It's very hard to find good ones, much less great ones.

Overall, this is very worthy of a purchase or credit and I would highly recommend it.

  • Blood Bound

  • By: Rachel Vincent
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 386

Most can’t touch the power. But Liv Warren is special—a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood. Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one. But when her friend’s daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl. Thanks to a childhood oath,Liv can’t rest until the child is home safe. But that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good.....

  • By Kathryn Vasquez on 09-05-11

Give me a break

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I ran across this in audibles romance package and thought I'd give it a shot. I didn't make it very far before I realized that I had made a mistake. It started out promising with somewhat of a cool premise but around the time the main characters friend showed up demanding her help, I totally lost interest. I mean, who comes at someone asking what she's asking with that level of expectance? And then when the protagonist gave in the way she did because she felt obligated to do this thing I couldn't take anymore. That and the dialogue feels very immature. On that note, the narrator was decent with narration and female voices but horrible with masculine characters.

That's the only problem with the romance package.... it's mainly cheesy bottom of the barrel stuff.

  • After Nightfall

  • By: A. J. Banner
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 205

Imagine your closest friend utterly betraying you. Years later, when she seeks forgiveness, you invite her to your engagement party as a gesture of reconciliation. But seething hostilities rise to the surface, ruining everyone’s evening. After an awful night, your friend’s battered, lifeless body is found at the bottom of a rocky cliff. Newly engaged Marissa Parlette is living this nightmare. She should be celebrating her upcoming wedding, but she can’t shake the image of her friend lying dead on the beach. Did she fall? Was she pushed? Or did she take a purposeful step into darkness?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By Amussue on 08-18-18

pretty engaging read

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

This was the first book I've listened to by this author and it was pretty decent, but just average. Caught my attention early on and held it through until the end. Several times I thought I had it figured out only to change my mind because something else happened. Some of the events were definitely convenient to the storyline, but not so much that it was totally implausible. Well, until the end which had a totally unnecessary "twist". The main character was a bit annoying and reacted to things in a somewhat stupid manner. I kept picturing myself in her situation and wondering if I would react that way. The rest of the characters had depth too but I still didn't care for many of them.

The narration was okay, but the narrator's almost uppity inflection at the end of every sentence kind of grated on my nerves. And maybe its just me, but I hate when female narrators deepen their voices for male parts. For non-voice actors it usually sounds ridiculous and takes me completely out of the story. But at the same time, I've heard far worse performances and listened my way through the entire thing.

I wanted to keep listening and finished it in a couple of days, which is s good thing. I usually get bored and switch to another book, so that in itself tells you something!