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  • Shame the Devil

  • By: Michael Lejeune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lejeune
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Wyatt Brody is the law in a lonely town, and something unwelcome has just joined him there. Something that's after the town's children. Something that hides behind the faces of the people he knows and protects. Friends become dangerous. Enemies become lethal. He finds help in Claire Hensley, whose talent lets her read a face the way he reads a crime scene. But their suspect has an insatiable appetite and an intellect to match. And it knows the best place to hide: in plain sight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Go Michael Lejeune

  • By Cathryn on 01-16-18

Go Michael Lejeune

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

Well written, well read. Delves beautifully into the subconscious for horror-tainmement - which is what horror does at its best. Reminded me of Slither.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Buying Illegal Bugs with Bitcoin

  • By: George Billions
  • Narrated by: George Billions
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

You can buy anything on the Internet these days. Books, electronics, and Chinese takeout are just a few clicks away. If you're after something more illicit, all you need is a special browser and some bitcoin to spend. Every drug you might want is readily available on the darknet markets. You can also hire a hitman, get a fake ID made, or have an illegal bug delivered to your door. Ben Samsa is a small-time weed dealer and amateur entomologist. He can't resist buying a mysterious bug he finds on one of the black market sites where he gets his inventory. The splurge leaves him with only enough bitcoin to purchase lower quality marijuana than he normally sells. Unfortunately, Ben doesn't realize one of his customers has been flipping his product to a murderous, one-eyed Nazi. He's soon sucked into a hellish nightmare of dread, drugs, and death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More common than you think

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-15-18

Excellent Authorship and Performance

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

Great cyberflow and connection between the physical, digital, and mechanical. Slacker get by future flow romp heavan! Can't wait for more...

  • Hell Hound

  • By: Ken Greenhall
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

"What are the possibilities of my strength? That is a thought I have never had before. What if some morning as the old woman stood at the head of the staircase she were suddenly to feel a weight thrusting against the back of her legs? What if she were to lunge forward, grasping at the air, striking her thin skull against the edge of a stair? What would become of me if she were found unmoving at the bottom of the stairway?" Such are the thoughts of Baxter, a sociopathic bull terrier on the hunt for the perfect master.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The inner dialogue

  • By Melissa and Josh on 07-28-17

Excellent Narrative Arc

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Great arc sharp characters wonderfully perceptive and very well acted. Meditative and utterly tense simultaneously.

  • The Legend of the Albino Farm

  • By: Steve Yates
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

The Legend of the Albino Farm is a horror story turned inside out. What if a thriving family were saddled with an unshakable spook tale? And what if that lore cursed them with an unending whirlwind of destruction from thrill seekers, partiers, bikers, and goths? Hettienne Sheehy is about to inherit this devouring legacy. Last child to bear a once golden name, she is heiress to a sprawling farm in the Missouri Ozarks.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No ending...

  • By Jana Jansen on 12-27-17

How is this categorized as horror?

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'd put it in a different category. It's more like a family drama than a horror story.

What was most disappointing about Steve Yates’s story?

It's mis categorized.

What about Nina Alvamar’s performance did you like?

Good annunciation.

Did The Legend of the Albino Farm inspire you to do anything?

No.

  • Lurk

  • By: Adam Vine
  • Narrated by: Kevin Meyer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 203

College student Drew Brady never wanted the power to spy on his friends. But late one night, he finds a box of old Polaroids buried under his house that can change to show him whatever he desires, and Drew finds himself with the power to watch the people around him without them ever knowing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great debut novel!

  • By J on 02-21-17

Excellent Book - More from Adam Vine Please

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

Reviewed: 01-22-17

If you could sum up Lurk in three words, what would they be?

I've always been the innkeeper

Who was your favorite character and why?

Drew because his weaknesses were so well illustrated while still being completely relatable.

What about Kevin Meyer’s performance did you like?

Well delivered, great snark for the snarky tone. Great subtle shifts between characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end where Drew comes full circle

Any additional comments?

More from Adam Vine please.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Harvest Festival

  • By: Karl Drinkwater
  • Narrated by: R J Alldred
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

First the birds went quiet. Then the evening sky filled with strange clouds that trapped the heat below. Now Callum wakes, dripping in sweat. Something has come to his isolated Welsh farm. If he's going to keep his family alive during this single night when all hell breaks loose, he'll have to think fast. And when he sees what he's facing, he suspects even that may not be enough.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Sci-fi Horror

  • By willee on 02-27-17

Excellent writing great narration

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

What made the experience of listening to Harvest Festival the most enjoyable?

Fantastic writing both in use of language and crafting of story. For a relatively short book it's an extensive journey into the imagination. Excellent combining of the English old world and terrifying modernity.

What other book might you compare Harvest Festival to and why?

Invasion of the Body Snatchers - the sacks! Ok that's a movie, not a book but ya know...

What does R J Alldred bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Wonderful intonations of expression. He brings to life the internal worlds of the characters and the impossibility of the antagonists.

If you could take any character from Harvest Festival out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The daughter - her progressive character arc.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beside Myself

  • By: Ann Morgan
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,009

Six-year-old Helen and Ellie are identical twins, but Helen is smarter, more popular, and their mother's favorite. Ellie, on the other hand, requires special instruction at school, is friendless, and is punished at every turn. Until they decide to swap places - just for fun, and just for one day - and Ellie refuses to switch back. Everything of Helen's, from her toys to her friends to her identity, now belongs to her sister.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliantly written but painful story.

  • By Deborah on 05-04-16

The Very Very Bad Mother

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

Great book very creative style and descriptors. Wonderfully performed. If you're born schizo affective bipolar a mum like this will make it much much worse!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Truth

  • By: Nevada Barr
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

New York Times best-selling author Nevada Barr continues her award-winning Anna Pigeon series with this riveting mystery that features the puzzling plot twists, deft characterizations, and sparkling dialogue that have become Barr's trademarks, and which her ever-growing fan base can't get enough of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No idea there was room for improvement

  • By Stacey A. on 10-26-05

Unlistenable

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

Reviewed: 09-07-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone not listening to this narrator.

Would you recommend Hard Truth to your friends? Why or why not?

No - because it is unlistenable.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her voice is so hoarse that she could not successfully make one character sound different from another. I could not tell who was who as there are a few significant female characters and they all sounded the same.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment because it seemed like an interesting story that I couldn't really have access to because of the flatness of the narration.

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  • Devolve

  • The Director's Cut
  • By: Eric Anthony Radulski
  • Narrated by: Eric Anthony Radulski
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Daring to leave everything behind and move to New York City, David Merchant finds himself teetering on the edge of oblivion. Utterly alone, he soon sinks into a depression that threatens to swallow his soul. When blind chance puts David on a subway car bound for a place unlike any he has ever seen, in a time that has never been, he is thrust into a landscape filled with horrors from the very darkest corners of his grimmest nightmares.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What

  • By Cathryn on 08-15-15

What

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

Reviewed: 08-15-15

What disappointed you about Devolve?

Sounds like it was home recorded - crappy. I didn't realise it had author commentary on it which I have zero interest in.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something more professional and interesting.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Eric Anthony Radulski?

Anyone.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation

  • Blue Labyrinth

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,975

A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree

  • By GH on 11-13-14

Paging Miss Marple

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

Reviewed: 04-11-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone over the age of 65 male or female

What do you think your next listen will be?

Sequel to Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Rene Aubergenois is always a pleasure - steady, versatile.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There were some interesting attempts at 'plot twists'

0 of 2 people found this review helpful