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So boring.

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-11-13

There is an obvious lack of excitement in this storyline that makes the (mundane) characters' activities during the not-so-scary zombie uprising seem like a walk in the park. To make matters worse, the narrator seemed not to know what accent to give to the main protagonists which made the listen rather inane. Overall, I cannot recommend Safe Haven.

It is okay.

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-10-21

145 hours that include every aspect of the zombie novel you can think of. Too many, if you ask me. All Dead is absolutely jam-packed with so many characters and so many situations I felt overwhelmed and, finally, disinterested. So, I ended up using it as background noise as I worked and stopped to listen if something grabbed my interest. This rarely happened. I must say that the gratuitous sex in this series adds absolutely nothing to the story line, but I guess the author decided that it - along with everything else but the kitchen sink - must be included. Speaking of the writer, TW Brown has, in my opinion, a mediocre talent. Andrew McFerrin is an acceptable narrator (poor guy had to project so many character voices I think he got mixed up at times). All in all, the series is okay; but, there is way too much of it.

No surprises here.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-24

This is a well-written, straight-forward ghost story with a predictable ending. An enjoyable listen, though, especially with Scott Brick narrating.

Not very good.

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-23

Unfortunately, Hannibal Hills - who is usually a good narrator - does a poor job with Slimer. Perhaps that's because the flat characters, disjointed story line and overall concept make this into a plodding story to listen to let alone narrate. Some Audible members compare this book to The Thing... but I have to tell you that The Thing is masterpiece compared to this poorly-written tale.

Juicy.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-22

I found myself smiling a lot while listening to this entertaining, but very silly, story. It is sheer entertainment and I do believe that when James R. Montague wrote it, his tongue was firmly planted in his cheek. Hannibal Hills narrates with his usual aplomb. If you buy this book, remember to sing this song: Nobody loves me, everybody hates me 'cause I love to eat worms. Big, fat juicy ones, long slim slimy ones... itsy-bitsy fuzzy-wuzzy worms. Yum! Yum!

Oh, James, we miss you.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-20

We fans of James Herbert mourn the loss of his writing talent and ability to creep us out with that awesome imagination. I have enjoyed most of Mr. Herbert's books and found The Rats series freakily fun and delightfully diabolic. If you are seeking a listen that will keep you invested in the characters, totally involved in the non-stop action and happily grossed out by the gore, The Rats trilogy is worth a credit or three. By the way, David Rintoul's exuberant narration will be music to your ears..

Not going to finish this novel.

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-17

I am half-way through The Institute and find it disappointing. So far, it is a cruel story that seems to be written for cruelty itself. I don't know what has happened to Mr. King, a writer who seems to be losing what was a remarkable imagination. I am not criticizing his innate ability to write - a talent that will always be his - but the subject matter of his latest novels are a far cry from his gripping earlier works. To make matters worse, the first half of The Institute reminds me of the Netflix series, Stranger Things, which is a surprise since part of Stephen King's brilliance has been his originality. I may get back to this novel in the future; for now, however, I will set it aside. Sadly, I feel like I am losing an old friend who brought fascinating adventures into my life. Anyway, Santino Fontana does a good job narrating.

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Ain't no Mountain Man, but good listening.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-16

This is a compelling series that features interesting characters, a fast-paced story line, lots of action, the anticipated gore here and there, and a chuckle now and then. Keith C. Blackmore is a fine writer who, in the Breed trilogy, keeps his readers/listeners captivated by his provocative take on the werewolf theme. Having said that, my favorite Blackmore opus remains Mountain Man and although it isn't fair to make a comparison, the Breed series is great... but the Mountain Man series is fabulous. As a matter of fact, Mr. Blackmore's nod to Jack Daniels and ball-scratching in the Breed trilogy made me pine for good ol' Gus. In any event, I recommend this series especially since it is enhanced by Sean Runnette's excellent narration.

A disappointing creature-feature.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-08

If you're going to write a novel about rampaging, giant cockroaches, do it with your tongue firmly planted in your cheek and produce a romping good and gory tale. I don't know whether Gregory A. Douglas had this in mind when he set out to write The Nest; but,sometime during the process he decided to add flowery descriptive narratives and an incongruous love interest to the story. Unfortunately, in doing so, the author dulls what could have been an excitingly grotesque horror novel. To add to my disappointment, the storyline falls short of follow-up on some key scenes that left this listener wondering why certain incidents were simply ignored. The book does have its moments, though, such as the fascinating and surprising facts about the insect world, and the blood-curdling descriptions of the first couple of roach attacks that are scary. Unfortunately, these moments are too few and far between to my liking. As for narration, Matt Godfrey is good... not great, but good.

Atmospheric chills.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-05

This is a moderately scary story that lacks certain character development but makes that up by creating a very creepy atmosphere, I wish Ms. Hill had let us know more about the back-story so that we readers/listeners could build a better affinity towards those who played major roles in the mystery. Surprisingly, the movie based on this book did just that and, therefore, I found it more entertaining. However, if you are looking for an uncomplicated, ghostly tale which is enhanced by excellent narration, then The Woman in Black is a good choice.