Summary: His loneliness will soon turn to fear ... When Chris Buckley moves to Solitary,....+
His loneliness will soon turn to fear ... When Chris Buckley moves to Solitary, North Carolina, he faces the reality of his parents’ divorce, a school full of nameless faces—and Jocelyn Evans. Jocelyn is beautiful and mysterious enough to leave Chris speechless. But the more Jocelyn resists him, the more the two are drawn together. Chris soon learns that Jocelyn has secrets as deep as the town itself, secrets more terrifying than the bullies he faces in the locker room or his mother’s unexplained nightmares. He slowly begins to understand the horrific answers. The question is whether he can save Jocelyn in time. This first audiobook in the Solitary Tales series will take you from the cold halls of high school to the dark rooms of an abandoned cabin—and remind you what it means to believe in what you cannot see.
Summary: His fear will soon turn to anger ... At first, Chris Buckley was simply warned.....+
His fear will soon turn to anger ... At first, Chris Buckley was simply warned. And watched. But as Chris unravels the haunting riddles of the town of Solitary, he finds that much more than the life of a town is at stake. Whether facing a pastor with a house full of skeletons or a cousin he never knew existed, Chris is forced to choose between light and darkness, life and nightmarish death. Every choice he makes reminds him that the unthinkable has already happened—and if he trusts the wrong person, it may happen again. This second audiobook in the Solitary Tales continues Chris’s journey toward finding out who he is and what his own role is in the darkness suffocating his tiny new hometown. Filled with shocking twists, Gravestone is a tale of a teenager thrown into a battle over a town, a secret—and ultimately his own soul.
Summary: His fear will soon turn to rebellion ... Chris Buckley no longer wonders what....+
His fear will soon turn to rebellion ... Chris Buckley no longer wonders what kind of town he’s living in. He no longer tries to pierce its darkness. He no longer questions his role in its mysteries. He makes a new choice: he runs. What he doesn’t realize is that he’s running the wrong way - and is very close to being beyond any choices at all. As a reluctant student at Harrington High’s summer school, Chris meets a fun-loving senior girl who offers a welcome diversion from the darkness of his past. Chris soon decides life can be enjoyable after all. But when the new school year starts, he must deal with the consequences of turning from the truth. The third audiobook in the Solitary Tales, Temptation follows the soul-wrenching twists of Chris’s journey as he heads straight into a darkness that threatens all he loves.
Summary: His rebellion will soon turn to hope ... When Chris Buckley first encountered....+
His rebellion will soon turn to hope ... When Chris Buckley first encountered the mysteries of creepy Solitary, North Carolina, he had little idea how far he would fall into the town’s shadows. After losing the love of his life, Chris tried to do things his way. He hunted for answers. And then he gave up trying to find them. But now Chris comes back to Solitary, knowing there’s a purpose for his being there. As he watches his place in a twisted and evil bloodline become clear, Chris waits for the last battle — and wonders who will be left when he finally makes his stand. The fourth and final audiobook in The Solitary Tales series shines light into deep darkness as Chris’s journey to Solitary comes to a dramatic close.
Summary: There's more than one kind of poison in this town.People are sick and dying.....+
There's more than one kind of poison in this town.
People are sick and dying. Rumors are swirling. Some claim chemicals leaking from a manufacturing plant are causing the cancer that's crippling people on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio. Yet nothing at the plant appears amiss. The problem remains a mystery until reporter Jack Crittendon's longtime mechanic falls ill.
As Jack investigates, he becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal. The deeper he digs, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As he faces off with the big-time players behind the scenes and tries to beat the clock before more people die, he realizes the chillingly unthinkable -- he knows way too much.
Summary: How far will he go to keep them safe? It was more than a break-in. More than....+
How far will he go to keep them safe? It was more than a break-in. More than a stalking. It was personal. When a stalker targets his wife and two daughters, journalist Jack Crittendon must uncover who the person is and what his motives are — if he is to protect the ones he loves. The investigation leads Crittendon into a world of behind-closed-door secrets and faith gone awry, as does his story on a missing pastor, whose apparent suicide is more than it appears.Each move Crittendon makes weaves him tighter and tighter into a web of lies, greed, hypocrisy, sin, and danger. He believed he’d never give in to fear and the hate it leads to. But that was before. And holding on to his faith won’t be easy. Nor will keeping his family safe and ending the terror. Because that might require him to step over lines he said he would never cross.
Summary: In a small North Carolina town, one man struggles to save his family after....+
In a small North Carolina town, one man struggles to save his family after America loses a war that will send it back to the Dark Ages.
Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon--the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP)--which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States, literally within one second.
In the tradition of On the Beach, Fail Safe, and Testament, this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future and our end.
Summary: In his National Book Award–winning novel Augustus, John Williams uncovered....+
In his National Book Award–winning novel Augustus, John Williams uncovered the secrets of ancient Rome. With Butcher’s Crossing, his fiercely intelligent, beautifully written western, Williams dismantles the myths of modern America.
It is the 1870s, and Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek “an original relation to nature,” drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher’s Crossing, a small Kansas town on the outskirts of nowhere. Butcher’s Crossing is full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it. Before long Andrews strikes up a friendship with one of them, a man who regales Andrews with tales of immense herds of buffalo, ready for the taking, hidden away in a beautiful valley deep in the Colorado Rockies. He convinces Andrews to join in an expedition to track the animals down. The journey out is grueling, but at the end is a place of paradisiacal richness. Once there, however, the three men abandon themselves to an orgy of slaughter, so caught up in killing buffalo that they lose all sense of time. Winter soon overtakes them: they are snowed in. Next spring, half-insane with cabin fever, cold, and hunger, they stagger back to Butcher’s Crossing to find a world as irremediably changed as they have been.
Summary: This special unabridged, multivoiced production of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece....+
This special unabridged, multivoiced production of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece of nineteenth-century Gothic horror is narrated by film and television star Anthony Heald, joined by Grammy winner Stefan Rudnicki and actor Simon Templeman, under the direction of award-winning audio producer Yuri Rasovsky.
Dr. Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious young scientist, is consumed by a fanatic desire to create a living being. He fashions an eight-foot creature and succeeds in animating him but, horrified by his visage, perceives his creation to be a monster and frightens him away. The monster, wandering in search of human companionship, is spurned and repulsed by all he approaches and learns to hate and to kill. He confronts his maker with a terrible choice: unless Frankenstein creates for him a mate, he will go on a rampage of destruction.
A subversive tale about the corrupt tendencies in humanity’s most “civilized” ambitions, this haunting thriller, the original science fiction novel, maintains its hold in the collective imagination centuries after its first publication.
Summary: On the day of his wedding, Conrad, heir to the house of Otranto, is killed....+
On the day of his wedding, Conrad, heir to the house of Otranto, is killed under mysterious circumstances. His calculating father, Manfred, fears that his dynasty will now come to an end and determines to marry his son’s bride himself--despite the fact he is already married. But a series of terrifying supernatural omens soon threaten this unlawful union, as the curse placed on Manfred’s ancestor, who usurped the lawful prince of Otranto, begins to unfold.
First published pseudonymously in 1765, The Castle of Otranto purported to be an ancient Italian text from the time of the crusades and is a founding work of gothic fiction. With its compelling blend of sinister portents, tempestuous passions, and ghostly visitations, it spawned an entire literary tradition and influenced such writers as Ann Radcliffe and Bram Stoker.
Summary: This is the disturbing tale of the dual personality of Dr. Jekyll, a physician.....+
This is the disturbing tale of the dual personality of Dr. Jekyll, a physician. A generous and philanthropic man, he is preoccupied with the problems of good and evil and with the possibility of separating them into distinct personalities. He develops a drug that transforms him into the demonic Mr. Hyde, in whose person he exhausts all the latent evil in his nature. He also creates an antidote that will restore him to his respectable existence as Dr. Jekyll. Gradually, however, the unmitigated evil of his darker self predominates until finally he performs an atrocious murder. His saner self determines to curtail these alternations of personality, but he discovers that he is losing control over his transformations and that he slips with increasing frequency into the world of evil. Finally, unable to procure one of the ingredients for the mixture of redemption, and on the verge of being discovered, he commits suicide. Stark, skillfully woven, this fascinating novel explores the curious turnings of human character through the strange case of Dr. Jekyll, a kindly scientist who by night takes on his stunted, evil self, Mr. Hyde. Anticipating modern psychology, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a brilliantly original study of man's dual nature as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror. Written before Freud’s naming of the ego and the id, Robert Louis Stevenson’s enduring classic demonstrates a remarkable understanding of the personality’s inner conflict and remains the irresistibly terrifying stuff of our worst nightmares. This tale of the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll and the drug that unleashed his evil, inner persona -- the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde -- has lost none of its ability to shock. Its realistic police-style narrative chillingly relates Dr. Jekyll’s desperation as Hyde gains control of his soul -- and gives voice to our own fears of the violence and evil within us.
Summary: The nightmare continues for the new vampire’s assistant in the second installment....+
The nightmare continues for the new vampire’s assistant in the second installment of the New York Times bestselling Saga of Darren Shan. Darren Shan was just an ordinary schoolboy until his visit to the Cirque du Freak. Now, as he struggles with his new life as a vampire’s assistant, he tries desperately to resist the one temptation that sickens him, the one thing that can keep him alive. But destiny is calling. The Wolf Man is waiting.
Summary: In the tradition of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Stephen....+
In the tradition of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, New York Times bestseller Cirque du Freak is the first title in the popular Saga of Darren Shan series. Darren Shan and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to the Cirque du Freak, a wonderfully gothic freak show featuring weird, frightening half human / half animals who interact terrifyingly with the audience. In the midst of the excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes that one of the performers--Mr. Crepsley--is a vampire! Steve confronts the vampire after the show finishes--but his motives are surprising! In the shadows of a crumbling theater, a horrified Darren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous, disturbing plea. As if by destiny, Darren is pulled to Mr. Crepsley and what follows is his horrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires. This is Darren’s story.
Summary: One of the world’s most famous intellectual ghost stories, The Turn of the....+
One of the world’s most famous intellectual ghost stories, The Turn of the Screw is a haunting tale of suspected supernatural possession. A governess at a country house claims that Miles and Flora, two orphaned children in her care, are being controlled by spirits for some evil purpose. No one else can see the ghosts, and the children themselves are silent. Are they being dominated by spectral forces, or are they hiding something? Is the governess simply paranoid, or is something else going on? With its possibly ambiguous content and powerful narrative technique, the story challenges the listener to determine if the unnamed governess is correctly reporting events or is instead an unreliable neurotic with an overheated imagination.
Summary: Winner of the 2011 Audie Award in the Classic Category. “There, in the middle....+
Winner of the 2011 Audie Award in the Classic Category. “There, in the middle of the broad, bright high-road--there, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth or dropped from the heaven--stood the figure of a solitary woman, dressed from head to foot in white garments.”--from the book. Thus young Walter Hartright first meets the mysterious woman in white in what soon became one of the most popular novels of the nineteenth century. Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall readers ever since. From the hero’s foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collins’s narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing. Generally considered the first English sensation novel, The Woman in White features the remarkable heroine Marian Halcombe and her sleuthing partner, drawing-master Walter Hartright, pitted against the diabolical team of Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde. A gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness, and mistaken identity, Collins’s psychological thriller has never been out of print since its publication in 1860. While Collins’s other great mystery, The Moonstone, has been called the finest detective story ever written, it was this work that so gripped the imagination of the world that Wilkie Collins had his own tombstone inscribed: “Author of The Woman in White.”
Summary: The Dracula mythology has inspired a vast subculture, but the story has never....+
The Dracula mythology has inspired a vast subculture, but the story has never been better told than by Bram Stoker. His myth is powerful because it allows evil to remain mysterious. The high virtue of Lucy can simply be drained away, like her blood, and scientific skill cannot resist the dreadful potency of the undead. Only the old magic is effective against the Count’s appalling power.
Summary: I Am Legend tells of a terrible plague that transformed survivors into blood-thirsty....+
I Am Legend tells of a terrible plague that transformed survivors into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. How long can he survive in a world of vampires?
Summary: She had the face of a madonna and a heart of dollar bills. Black Wings Has....+
She had the face of a madonna and a heart of dollar bills. Black Wings Has My Angel, Elliott Chaze’s pulp classic, is the dreamlike tale of a man after a jailbreak who meets up with the woman of his dreams--and his nightmares. Black Wings Has My Angel, a phenomenal work of the period and a legend among noir buffs, is back in print for the first time in more than half a century.
Summary: Dark offers chilling stories, both fiction and real life, about the things....+
Dark offers chilling stories, both fiction and real life, about the things that scare us the most: murder, hauntings, visitations, insanity and our own vulnerability! Examined through the eyes of some of the world's most gifted writers— Edgar Allan Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Frost, W.W. Jacobs, Iain Banks, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Paul Bowles, Will Self, Marjorie Bowen, A.M. Burrage, Blue Balliett —we feel the malice of serial murderers, the cold evil of the undead, the unreasoning hatred of the insane, and, most of all, the incomprehensible suffering of their victims! About the Author: Clint Willis, Adrenaline Series editor, has been a climber and an armchair mountaineer since he was ten years old. His writing about technology, finance and the outdoors has appeared in more than 100 publications, including Men's Journal, Outside, Rock & Ice and The New York Times, and he is a contributing editor of Forbes ASAP and Worth magazines. He lives with his wife and two sons in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. About the Narrator: Grover Gardner, a Washington, D.C.-based actor, director and audiobook narrator, has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, as well as Resident Director at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore. Recently, he has been active in educational theater, directing student productions for local universities, and teaching graduate-level courses in acting and voice-over work. He was named one of Audiofile Magazine’s Golden Voices of 1999 and has received 5 Helen Hayes Award nominations of his work. He has recorded over 450 audiobooks and was named by AudioFile Magazine as one of "Best Voices of the Century."
Graeme Malcolm, with over 150 audiobooks to his credit, is an accomplished television, film and stage actor. He has been honored with an Audie Award for his narrative skills and was the 1998 recipient of the Narrator of the Year Award from the American Foundation For The Blind.
Simon Prebble, a veteran of soap operas, “As The World Turns” and “Loving,” has narrated nearly 150 audiobooks. The UK native has extensive voice-over experience in industrial, public service, radio and television advertising campaigns, and has been an on-camera spokesman for corporate presentations.
Colleen Delany has narrated numerous best-selling audiobooks. An accomplished stage and television actress, she has appeared in "Homicide: Life On The Streets," as well as on the highly successful CD-ROM game "Wheel of Time."
John Hitchcock, a resident of Alexandria, Virginia, has narrated numerous outdoor adventure, military and western audiobooks. He frequently performs in commercials and industrial productions, as well as on-stage in the Washington, DC area.
Summary: Billboard magazine had this to say about The World’s Shortest Stories Vol.....+
Billboard magazine had this to say about The World’s Shortest Stories Vol. 1, “What is most impressive in this collection of great stories is the sheer variety. Let’s hope a second volume of these tiny gems will not be long in coming! ”Well, here it is! Love and death, and all of the horror in between. A second helping of the most amazing short stories ever written—each one just 55 words long! Imagine O. Henry's tales if he'd only had the back of a business card to write upon. Includes stories from Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, Barnaby Conrad, Neil Steinberg, Herbert Gold, Norman Lear, Larry Niven and more... About the Author: Editor Steve Moss has always liked words—so much so that he decided to start his own weekly newspaper so if there was nothing around to read, he'd have no one but himself to blame. He has been a reporter, editor, busboy, art director, construction grunt, advertising copywriter, and graphic artist. He is the editor and co-publisher of New Times in San Luis Obispo, where he started Fifty-Five Fiction as an annual writing contest.
Editor John Daniel, a native of Minnesota, has written five books. He has worked as a bookseller, francelance writer, editor, entertainer, model, innkeeper and teacher. He is now a small press publisher in Santa Barbara, California. About the Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan graduated from New York University, winning the Highest Achievement in Acting Award. Her credits include MacBeth at the Classic Stage Company, The Clearing at the New York Stage & Film Festival, and Hedda Galer at the Hudson Guild Theater in Los Angeles for which she received the DramaLogue Award. She has been named one of the "Fifty Greatest Voices of the century" by Audiofile Magazine. She has narrated more than 50 audiobooks. She lives in Santa Monica, CA.
Laura Hamilton, winner of an ALA Notable Recording Award and numerous PW Listen Up Awards, lives in Chicago where she balances a life working for important causes with a creative life of voice-over, commercial and stage work. She is very, very happy.
Jeff Woodman has been named one of the "Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century" by Audiofile Magazine. On stage, he created the title role in Tennessee William’s The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S.F. Bay Area Critic’s Circle Award for An Ideal Husband. He lives in New York City.