Oregon, summer 1983. A series of mysterious deaths shakes the coastal town of Harmony Bay from its peaceful sleep.
Shortly after the death of his wife, Sheriff Cody is called upon to investigate numerous murders which all exhibit strange puncture wounds. Cody and his team expect the murders are committed by a serial killer, but it soon becomes clear something more sinister lurks behind this idyllic town, which becomes his worst nightmare.
©2015 Ivar Leon Menger (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
The acting is ropey and some of the dialogue is strange which makes me think it was written by someone whose native tongue isn't English and the clairvoyant was hard to understand. ( your see what I mean ) but saying all that.... I LOVED IT!!!...story moves on at a good pace so can't understand other reviews that said its slow... good story, lots going on... can't wait for part 2.....
Overall very enjoyable until the end where you are greeted with those awful words, "to be continued" interesting story, good cast performance and interesting characters. No resolution leaves you hanging for the next part. I also found the music a bit intrusive at times. But it did its job, it has me waiting for the next instalment.
It's not really an audio book but a radio play. The production values are quite high,
There isn't a narrator - there is a cast !
I liked the characters, the setting and the way the story developed. But .......
I was very disappointed to find this is an episode and not the full story. It should be made clear this is part one and not the complete story.
Also the ending of 'part one' is very ambiguous. I am still not sure what the conclusion actually is. I suppose the idea behind this is supposed to leave a cliffhanger for part 2, but it was just confusing.
Since that it wasn't made clear this was not the whole enchilada, after wading through the 7 or so hour running time, not coming to a reasonable ending was frustrating.
I'd like to give two and a half stars for the story, as it seems I only got half the story. However, the half I did get I rather enjoyed.
Ok, I love a full cast drama and I love a spooky tale but this just didn't hit the mark. The production was good and the voice acting was ok, the story is ok, a bit messy but ok, the ending ....well I didn't realise it was in more than one part until I had finished it so was initially disappointed. Basically its all ok but nothing more. The wasted potential annoys me, also I would like them to move on from tired Americana in their studio.
I just wish with the production capability and budget audible/amazon have they would stretch out and really kick some spooky arse..
Didn't enjoy this story at all. Voice acting was solid, but poor descriptive script meant I felt totally apart from the story, to the point it felt painfully drawn out. It also wasn't scary in the slightest.
I really enjoyed the way it was performed, there's not enough full cast story's out there, especially over 3 hours long, can't wait for the next installment.
"Very, very disappointing"
I love the Audible original dramas. I've listened to almost all of them so far. They're amazing. This one is not. It is extremely bad.
This project was either (a) written in English by someone unfamiliar with the language, or (b) originally written in another language and translated by a very inept translator.
Whichever, the writing is extremely unidiomatic and often sounds bizarre to an English-speaking ear. Notably, though set in Oregon, the characters -- including the kids! -- use Celsius and metric units to measure temperature and distance ("By late morning, the fog will clear away, and we'll be enjoying 27 degrees . . .").
But this simple error is the least of the problems. The dialogue is clunky, awkward, and often repetitive. It was a bad choice to include young adults, as it is no doubt all the more difficult to render slangy and informal youth dialogue; the dialogue of the young characters was at a minimum awkwardly formal, and often startlingly strange. But all the characters routinely expressed themselves with peculiar expressions and strange non sequiturs, almost as if the writing was heavily influenced by formulaic TV shows but the expressions taken from those shows were being used by someone who didn't quite know how to use them.
Characters would say odd and surprising things and never explain why they did, and no one challenged them or inquired about their weird pronouncements. Details seem littered through the story for no reason, perhaps in an effort to pursue a kind of red-herring style of mystery storytelling, but if so deeply unsatisfying because there are so many odd references that don't seem to lead anywhere.
The voice actors were also almost uniformly awful, so much so that I wondered whether some of them might not be fluent English speakers. Their pacing and intonation was often odd and off-putting, and several had distinct, unplaceable accents that were bewildering in context.
I think Audible originals should be an ever-bigger part of the Audible business. It's a brilliant business line and previously a uniformly successful one. I am a little shocked that something this bad was released under the Audible Originals brand.
I was so excited to have a horror audio drama, especially just in time for the fall! Released in mid October, I pre-ordered this and looked forward to it for weeks and started listening to it as soon as I woke up the day of release. I kept struggling on because I kept hoping I'd get used to the weird language, the disjointed storytelling, the bad delivery, and the unsatisfying story, but it wasn't worth it.
It's a little hard to know where to start. Did any of these voice actors have to audition before the recording? Did anyone give them advice on their performances? At one point a creepy agent is reluctant to tell a kid something, and the kid says, "Please! [strange pause] Tell me." The line as written is bad, unnatural, something no one would say. The delivery was so strange I laughed out loud in confusion.
At one point, one character spoke through a heavily distorted microphone, and explained in-universe that her voice sounded like that because she was speaking through a heavily distorted microphone. Her explanation made no sense, it sounded weird, not cool, and she was almost impossible to understand in consequence.
I do not ask audio drama to always have uniformly dazzling writing and performances. Just the opposite, I'm generally a very tolerant listener to full cast dramas because I love the audio-drama format, I love multi-voice casts, I love full audio products with music and sound effects. And I have loved Audible's past audio dramas a lot - Six Degrees of Assassination in particular is amazing and I have recommended it all over the place. This production is a disaster. Don't waste your credit.
"Couldn't get enough"
It was like listening to a play. Loved all the sound effects and characters, and the ending was a total surprise, who the "Monster" was. I would love to see a second book continued where that left off. And it did say to be continued, hope, hope. The only thing I had a hard time understanding was the fortune teller when she spoke. Some I could understand, but most I couldn't, it was too distorted. But other than that, and what happened to Deputy Taylor, left us hanging there. Come on give us part two.
"worth the.credit. love audible.dramas!"
wow. that was a little slow.....but worth the credit. I like audible.dramas and this one did not disappoint. I.didn't see the ending coming.
"One of the best audio books... Ever."
Loved the 80 setting. The characters are amazing and I can't stop listening. Great adaptation.
The book reminds a lot Stephen King novels. Great character development and love the small town vibe.
Love the mystery of it all... so all of it.
If I could of, yes.
Would love more books like this one.
I believe this was translated from German, so a lot of the dialog is stilted and nonsensical. It sounds like an amateur hour retelling of Stranger Things but far less polished and captivating. Couldn't take it and returned for a refund.
"A bit amateurish"
Uneven and overdone; very unpolished. It was hard to stay in the flow of the story with the constant musical interludes and the odd choice of tone used by the actors. Some characters sounded best at 1.5 speeds, while others sounded drunk at the same speed. . . odd. The story itself got a little tangled with two plot lines that seemed to keep the trajectory as foggy as the coastal setting. I'm still not sure about the shark placenta blue plate special; and whether we were dealing with a vampire, some kind of shape shifter monster or a *red* herring. Frightening--and not in the way intended. This one needed a tighter story, better dialogue, better narrator, and lots more rehearsals before recording.
I have thoroughly enjoyed other Audible Original Dramas and I was so excited when I saw this latest release unfortunately I only made half way through before I couldn't take it any more! The plot is senseless. Full of strange, irrelevant details. Confusing and hard to follow. Story makes absolutely no sense!
Arrggghhh! So Disappointing I actually returned for a refund!
"So bad I had to stop"
I just couldn't put anymore time into this awful book. 1 star was too high!
"Nostalgic, fun and engaging"
I saw this pop up for preorder shortly after finishing the 'Stranger Things' season on Netflix and being a tremendous fan of audio dramatizations as well as being an '80's kid, I had to jump on it.
The story, performances and production are all quite well done. I've listened to it a couple of times now and it's very enjoyable.
If you dig dramatizations in general, if you enjoy spooky mysteries, if you like a bit of nostalgia then you should definitely check this out.
"loved this book"
I just wish there were more audio dramas like this. super awesome well written and excellently performed
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