A voice from beyond the grave?
College students Kenji and Dylan stumble upon a strange recording in the background of an obscure song. It's a woman's voice uttering a string of seemingly random characters. Upon further inspection, the song appears to have been embedded with a hidden message. Attempting to crack the mysterious code and becoming obsessed with the recording, Kenji and Dylan set off in search of answers. With every turn in the road however, the puzzle only seems to grow more complicated. And sinister.
Retired Vietnam vet Reggie Cash is also drawn in by this message, and before long both he and the two college students are on the trail of the mysterious woman featured in the recording. But who is she, and where is she leading them?
As things fall into place and strange events unfold, the three of them begin to wish that they'd never heard the recording at all.
Transmission is a full-length novel of supernatural horror and suspense by Ambrose Ibsen.
©2016 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2016 Ambrose Ibsen
Arguably, Jake Urry is the most sinister of narration voices in audio today. He could cause cold shivers by simply reading a telephone directory. And yet he is also a master of creating distinct, realistic character voices in conversation. A perfect pairing, therefore, with this story of supernatural happenings.
This is a chiller, not a thriller. No crazy action packed happenings on every page. Just the insidious creeping fear of something very wrong, of having made wrong choices, of being watched, of wanting to be anywhere but there ... Always moving towards an inevitable end.
It creeps up on you - and won't let go. Good rounded characters, two college students and an older man, all pleasant, likeable, and all caught up in more than they can control. It makes the listener want to shout, 'Get out now whilst you still might have a chance'
My heartfelt thanks for the gift of this book. It filled an otherwise tedious day with tingles down my spine. Even if I have now vowed never again to listen to those strange voices in the background of some musical recordings ...
I had to go on a lengthy road trip and thought listening to this in the car would keep me entertained. It did, but next time I drive along dark, isolated country roads on my own for hours on end I might have to pick something less creepy. I had no idea how much this supernatural thriller was going to freak me out. This was my third book by Ambrose Ibsen and definitely my favorite so far. I've listened to several stories narrated by Jake Urry now and I have always commented on how well he does with suspenseful, scary stories. He took it to yet another level with this one!
Transmission is the story of three men, a Vietnam vet and two College guys, who become intrigued by a woman's voice on a recording repeating a seemingly random combination of characters, like a code. They decide to do some research to establish the identity of the woman and as they do, they become increasingly obsessed with the mystery surrounding her and the code.
This is a great book if you enjoy spine-chilling mysteries with supernatural elements. There is nothing gory or explicit, but the author is extremely successful at creating a menacing, dark atmosphere. The narration is first-class, utterly brilliant, but don't listen when you're alone in the dark.
I just can't bring myself to give this book 3 stars. I didn't want to be too mean in my rating, but really by the end I just couldn't give it 3 stars. Lots of 2nd hand ideas taken from eg. Close encounters of the 3rd kind, The Stone Tapes, Etc, Etc. Author kept writing how afraid the protagonists were "hairs standing up on their necks" Etc - but he never vividly described a scary seen. The reader couldn't therefor put himself in the picture & be afraid; because the scariness was not conveyed by the written word to the reader. Narrator kept running 1 paragraph straight on from another, so that poignant pauses were lost & 1 point made was just left to run in to an entirely disparate point/ subject. Whole thing very amateurish.
I enjoyed listening to thisaudio book. Good characters and original storyline keeps you wondering what is going on until the end As always Jake Urry did a great job with the narration.
for sure! I would just make sure my TV is unplugged and that it wasn't in the dead of night!
you can feel the tension in the tale grow as you get deeper into the story and right up to the end you're not absolutely sure what the outcome is going to be
i think Jake is our generations Vincent price! as soon as you hear him start to speak you know something untoward is going to happen and it's probably not going to end well
yes , it's not too long and could easily be listened to in one sitting it's a real "page turner" as well so make sure you have a clear afternoon!
"Don't go into the house alone!"
The performance! Jake Urry is without a doubt the best fantasy/horror performer out there. He is scintillating in this reading ( and paired with a decent genre writer in Ambrose Ibsen as well! )
Most: The recordings and how they were parsed out.
Least: Some of the personal interactions in the story are fluffy.
Everything. Couldn't be improved upon. Fabulous work.
Some parts were scary and made me think. No crying however.
I was provided this book in exchange for fair and objective review. I am VERY glad I did get the book, as it is was highly entertaining, and I most definitely would have used a credit for it if it didn't end up on my Audioblast list.
Highly recommended, if not just for the performance.
"Creepy and intriguing -- sure to keep you hooked!"
I love that this story wastes no time and gets right down to business. Kenji hears a weird voice in the background of his music and immediately begins puzzling over it. Dragging his friend Dylan into it, they set off on a quest to discover the meaning. Elsewhere, a man sees a woman on a VHS uttering the same phrases into the camera and is sucked into the hunt as well.
The story follows our three protagonists as they endeavor to discover how and why this woman, Agnes, imprinted her message on various media 10 years ago. It's a fun and creepy romp that kept my attention just about the whole way.
Toward the 65-70% mark however, the author apparently realizes the cat is just about to be out the bag and seems intent on dragging things out as much as possible. The listener is forced to suffer through repetitive dialog and inner-monologues over how they shouldn't be doing what they're doing and how they'll regret it. Every step of the adventure is then plagued with enough hand-wringing to completely destroy the momentum.
The ending is satisfactory, although I think things might have been creepier had the woman's true nature not been what it was. There also seemed to be no real reason for some characters or facts to have existed at all.
The narrator has an appropriately creepy voice that's well-suited to a tale of this nature. The accent, while soothing, could become a bit distracting however. I'd say the biggest drawback for me was that most of the dialog was read in a monotone. Coupling that with the accent, it sometimes made it hard to tell if you were listening to someone speak or think.
Definitely worth a listen for the first 70% of the book alone though!
* I was provided this book, free of charge, in exchange for a fair and unbiased review of the content.
"Transmission: A Supernatural Thriller"
Two University of Wisconsin students find something strange and follow it to a creepy adventure. There is suspense and mystery and paranormal or maybe supernatural aspects to this book. The ending set up for a sequel or the listeners imagination.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Jake Urry added a good bit of creep factor.
"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."
I love anything with spirits/ghosts. This book is no exception. Author is great with the supernatural as read several of his books and recommend them especially the Ulrich Files. Got upset with Reggie at the surprise end and wonder if there is going to be a book 2 with Kenji and Dylan. As always I enjoy listening to the narrator makes things creepy! I was provided this free review copy audiobook by the narrator. THANK YOU!!!
"Way to leave the listener hanging!!"
OK, let's go...the next book in the series please! The listener is totally left hanging with anticipation!
The story line is fresh and not one that has been done a thousand times over which keeps the listener engaged. It does take a bit to grasp the switch up between the boys and Reggie. I even went back and listened again to ensure that I didn't miss something with the introduction of Reggie as e new character in the story. Once I understood the connection, everything fell into place.
I hope you are close to the release of the second book in the series Ambrose Ibsen because I an very much looking forward to the continuation of the story to find out what comes next!
Jake Urry, you have done it again! After listening to so many of your narrations, I would expect nothing less than perfection from your performance. Your ability to juggle multiple characters is fantastic and credible while still managing the highest degree of malevolence in your voice required in horror stories to make the listener shudder.
I will be waiting for the next release!!
"scared my pants off, great reader. Grakken "
loved this story. everything fit. how about a part 2. best fright in forever!!! Grakken
"Excellent Neo-Gothic Thriller"
"Transmission" is a wonderfully written thriller, and the narrator has a voice that's just perfect for spooky suspense. He quietly conveys a sense of dread in every carefully uttered syllable. I was spellbound by this book and listened to it in one sitting. Even knowing the ending, I'll probably listen to it again just because it is so well done, both in the writing and the narration. Bravo!
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
This story starts out slow and drags along a bit. of course it is kind of necessary for the foundation of it. The ending is good and there is defiantly an edge of your seat factor to the book. And you end up with a few surprises. Great narration!
"A Different Kind of Ghost Story"
I have read/listened to many ghost stories in my time (they are some of my favorite kinds of stories!) and this one sure is different. From start to finish, Ibsen puts a unique spin on your average ghost story by having a totally new trajectory. I can't say more without spoilers! If you enjoy spooky tales and are ready for something a bit different, this book is for you. I also can't help but mention that Ibsen does a fantastic job of having diverse characters in this book- thank you for that Mr. Ibsen. Jake Urry delivers flawless voice narration, as always.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"Kept me intrigued."
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me intrigued through the whole story. “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
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