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  • Ferocious

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Scott Thomas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Rusty Moss has raised his niece Mia since she was a baby. Now that she's almost 18, he's worried that the life he's given her - living off the grid in a cabin deep in the woods - is holding her back from her full potential. But that angst gets pushed aside when the undead forest animals arrive. At first it's just a squirrel - shockingly violent and almost impossible to kill. Followed by a grizzly bear, also aggressive and resilient, even when point-blank shotgun blasts to the face are involved. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Zombie Animals Attack!!

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 27-06-2019

Zombie Animals Attack!!

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

Reviewed: 27-06-2019

Loved this book! So much fun with undead animals. The characters were good and there was pretty much non stop action after the animals started appearing. Also two thumbs up for the ending!

If you are a fan of Wolf Hunt, Draculas or The Haunted Forest Tour, I highly recommend this.

  • Pede

  • By: James H. Longmore
  • Narrated by: Raymond Lawrence
  • Length: 9 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

A true homage to the creature feature genre!. The once luxurious Mountainview Spa Hotel in the heart of California’s Coachella valley lies decaying, abandoned and heavily boarded up. Its secret; it is the site of a radioactive, "dirty" bomb explosion five years’ previous. Zoology Professor Jane Lucas has a lifelong phobia of Scolopendra gigantea, the Giant Centipede, despite being the world’s leading authority on it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nymphomanic takes on Centipedes...

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 11-06-2019

Nymphomanic takes on Centipedes...

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

Reviewed: 11-06-2019

This book was a hard one to rate... there was a lot more pornographic content than I was expecting....

For the first few hours there were way more sex scenes than deaths by centipede...

If you don’t want to hear about explicit sexual acts then I’d give this one a miss... there are scenes including girl on girl action, a three way including double penetration and also mentions of swinging and rape.

Once the horror got started, it was a pretty good read, with a fair bit of action and lots of gore and gruesome deaths.
But I definitely feel the sexual stuff really didn’t need to be included in the book at all.

  • Hair of the Bitch

  • A Dark Psychological Thriller
  • By: Jeff Menapace
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Calvin Court is a massage therapist with a few secrets. He battles depression. He medicates with too much booze. And he's got the hots for one of his clients. She claims the feeling is mutual...until she frames Calvin for murder and blackmails him. The price? Not much. Calvin just has to do her bidding in a black-market industry catering to the very rich and the oh-so-very disturbed. Maybe he's just better off at the bar.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unpleasant characters leave a bad taste in my mouth...

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 04-06-2019

Unpleasant characters leave a bad taste in my mouth...

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

Reviewed: 04-06-2019

I have really enjoyed everything of Jeff Menapace’s that I have listened to previously, but this one just was not that great.

The characters were almost universally horrible, with few redeeming qualities. The victims and what happened to them just made me feel bad. The ending really sucked. The whole book just left a bad taste in my mouth.

The final showdown scene was pretty good but that wasn’t enough to make up for the rest of the book.

I recommend Wildlife and Wildlife Reckoning instead of this. They were violent but also a lot of fun.

  • Mass Hysteria

  • By: Michael Patrick Hicks
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Carried to Earth in a freak meteor shower, an alien virus has infected the animals. Pets and wildlife have turned rabid, attacking without warning. Dogs and cats terrorize their owners, while deer and wolves from the neighboring woods hunt in packs, stalking and killing their human prey without mercy. As the town comes under siege, Lauren searches for her boyfriend, while her policeman father fights to restore some semblance of order against a threat unlike anything he has seen before. The Natural Order has been upended completely, and nowhere is it safe - and it is spreading.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Also contains the novella Consumption

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 21-05-2019

Also contains the novella Consumption

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

Reviewed: 21-05-2019

I wanted to love Mass Hysteria... it was amazing at the start and I loved all the animal attacks, but then the story went in a different direction, and it just wasn’t as good.

I was surprised that this audiobook also contained the story Consumption, which is also available separately.
I’m glad I didn’t buy it.
It was okay, but some parts were pretty cringeworthy and overall I wasn’t a huge fan.

  • Exponential: A Novel of Monster Horror

  • By: Adam Cesare
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Five strangers drawn together at a roadside bar on the outskirts of Las Vegas. One rampaging monster, escaped from a secret facility, absorbing victims and accumulating biomass as it moves north from Arizona. The miles between them rapidly dwindling. No, this is not the world’s best math problem, it’s Exponential. The rollicking, brutal, gory, and strangely poignant horror novel from Adam Cesare. Criminals and screw-ups need to face down science run amok in this literary tribute to films like Tremors and The Blob.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story let down by a weak ending

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 20-05-2019

Great story let down by a weak ending

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

Reviewed: 20-05-2019

I really enjoyed this book for the most part. It had lots of interesting characters, a high body count, and you didn’t know who would be the next to die because even small characters had great backstories.

I particularly love the idea of a blob monster called Felix lol

But I felt the ending was a little rushed, there was no follow up to what happened to our main characters, and the final confrontation was underwhelming and didn’t seem to have the same detail as the rest of the book.

Would’ve been a 5 star read, but I felt it was let down a lot by the ending.

  • Hell Hound

  • By: Ken Greenhall
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

"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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Underwhelming and Bizarre

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 17-05-2019

Underwhelming and Bizarre

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

Reviewed: 17-05-2019

This book was the strangest I’ve ever read... almost every character, from the old lady, her daughter, Carl’s parents, Veronica’s Dad... they ALL behaved like sociopaths, not just the dog.

There were only about two characters with normal emotions who behaved like real people.

The book was filled with weird ideas, characters thinking bizarre things “I’d rather my daughter get pregnant than my spaniel”, and every single person in the story referred to Baxter as “it”.
I’ve never met a person who refers to their dog as “it”, instead of “he or she”.... let alone an entire town who calls a dog “it”....

Baxter was not scary, not very memorable, I was expecting something more from him being the protagonist, but really he was pretty forgettable.

Beware if you are a dog lover, you aren’t likely to enjoy this book. There are puppies and it ends badly. There is an unpleasant scene where Baxter ‘rapes’ another dog.

And then there is Carl. He is horrible and a little unsettling, but for a book supposedly about a crazy dog, this kid shows himself to be the real sociopath.

Do yourself a favour and if you want to read about a murderous dog, read Cujo.


  • Remember Tomorrow: Mnevermind Trilogy Collection

  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Seth Clayton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Daniel was a hotshot memorysmith, a major innovator in the field of recreational memories - until his father, Big Dan, suffered a freak persistent memory that sent their business into a tailspin. Now Daniel labors behind the scenes, seeking only to cure the persistent false memory and salvage their failing shop. Elijah is the most talented mind in the memory industry, but his potential is wasted teaching beginners at the mall. When his cobbled-together gear projects him into one of Daniel’s memory programs, a colorful but challenging relationship sparks to life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice story with lovely characters

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 16-05-2019

Nice story with lovely characters

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

Reviewed: 16-05-2019

I put off reading the mnevermind books for ages because I didn’t think I’d connect with Elijah since he is autistic... I didn’t think the romance with a person with a disability would be something I’d enjoy or find believable.
I think the fact that book two is told from Elijah’s perspective really helped with that, and I really liked him as a character.

I feel the ending was a bit different to what I expected and also there was a fairly major plot thread in book two that just sort of petered out and didn’t go anywhere (the bullying), when I expected something more to happen.

But the time flew by listening to this and I found the story and characters engaging. I think when I listen to it for a second time I will enjoy it more.

  • The Nest

  • By: Gregory A. Douglas
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

It was just an ordinary garbage dump on peaceful Cape Cod. No one ever imagined that conditions were perfect for breeding, that it was a warm womb, fetid, moist, and with food so plentiful that everything creeping, crawling, and slithering could gorge to satiation. Then a change in poison control was made, resulting in an unforeseen mutation. Now the giant mutant cockroaches are ready to leave their nest - in search of human flesh!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is my kind of horror

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 10-05-2019

This is my kind of horror

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

Reviewed: 10-05-2019

This was a great book! So much fun!

Brutal, devastating and truly horrible in some parts, it was a roller coaster ride with lots of exciting moments and lots of gore!

  • The Terror

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
  • Length: 28 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

The most advanced scientific enterprise ever mounted, Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition in search of the fabled Northwest Passage had every expectation of triumph. But for almost two years his ships, HMS Terror and Erebus, have been trapped in the Arctic ice. Supplies of fuel and food are running low. Scurvy, starvation and even madness are beginning to take their toll. And yet the real threat isn’t from the constantly shifting, alien landscape, the flesh-numbing temperatures or being crushed by the unyielding, frozen ocean. No, the real threat is far more terrifying. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing but with a really disappointing ending.

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 20-04-2019

Amazing but with a really disappointing ending.

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

Reviewed: 20-04-2019

I absolutely LOVED the first 80% of this book. So many great characters, amazing details and adventure on the ice...
but my god it went in a very different direction towards the end.... which was incredibly disappointing.

This could’ve made it to my top 10 books of all time, but I felt it was ruined by the last section.
It didn’t seem to mesh with the rest of the story. Also characters either got very little comeuppance or just disappeared out of the story with no explanation as to what happened to them....

It had some absolutely gut wrenching, heartbreaking, amazing plot points in the first part, but I just can’t get over how that ending is so entirely different to the rest of the story...




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  • The Rats in the Walls (Dramatized)

  • By: H.P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

An American businessman undertakes the restoration of his ancient ancestral home in England. After moving in, he's haunted by strange phenomena, apparently coming from the very walls of the legend-haunted mansion. A team of experts joins him to dig into the centuried structure's shadowed past, and its shadowy cellars. Can the investigators solve the lingering mystery of the grim and rumor-shrouded priory, or are they merely ushering in the most horrific chapter of the house's monstrous history? 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Hebby~Bookworm on 18-04-2019

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 18-04-2019

Nothing much really happened in this story. It raised more questions then it answers. Just when things were getting interesting, it ended very abruptly.

The voice actors did a fantastic job, but the story was a real let down. Perhaps the original story has more details, but I haven’t read it.