With nothing but the clothes on his back - and something horrific snapping at his heels - Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker's rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever.
Now, years later, the bright new future he's built suddenly turns pitch black, as something fiendishly familiar looms dead ahead.
Surviving a violent car crash seems like a miracle for Jack's family, but Jack knows there's nothing divine about it. The profound evil he uncovered as a boy has finally found him again. The thing that crouched at his bedside with soulless eyes and grinning, razor-sharp teeth is back with plans for Jack and his angelic youngest daughter, and a chilling promise: I've always been here, and I'll never leave.
©2011 Ania Ahlborn (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"Starts out slow-ends with a BANG"
This book really creeps up on the listener. Eric Dove's mild voice puts interest into the story as he details a typical family..some dissent due to not enough money and his band, two sweet little girls an interfering mother-in-law, a husband who can't really remember his youth and a wife who holds it all together.
At about 4 hours we start to get some of the history and as this short audiobook continues even more of the backstory on Jack is divulged.... and then horror comes out.
I listened to it one evening and wished I hadn't.
A good audiobook for fans of Stephen King in his early days.
"THE DIRTY SOUTH"
DO YOU BELIEVE THERE CAN BE A DEVIL, IF THERE'S NO GOD?
I thought I was going to get a good horror story with some good character building. I got the character building, but by the time Ania got around to trying to be scary, I was bored and it was too little tooooo late. Had this been a longer book, I would have quit half way through, but since it was a little over six hours, I stuck it out. I felt like my patience was not rewarded. The story had all the elements to be scary, but was never fully fleshed out. It had potential and Ania can write, it just never got there. I recently gave King five stars for Cujo and I gave five stars to DiLouie for Suffer The Children. Seed needs to be reworked.
"One Long Horror Cliché"
Narrator Eric Dove does what he can with this short novel but even with his excellent reading, and at a mere 6 hours, I found it tedious. The premise plays out as predictably as a bad B-movie, with few surprises and many familiar tropes. The writing is fine, the reading is excellent but the story itself left a lot to be desired, at least for me. Seed was a disappointment.
"Not for the faint hearted. Very intense horror."
Great story, but a lot of it stays with you and is hard to forget. I would rank it upper middle.
The ending. Enough said.
He did children and adults voices credible. I wouldn't say he is the best of narrators, but he did help the story rather than distract.
The only problem I had was his calling baloney, bologna. I know no one who eats a bologna sandwich but plenty that eat baloney.
What is, will be again.
There is a lot of things going on in this book that people will hate. I hated some of it. If you like horror, than this is about the most horrible book there could be.
Not all endings are happy.
I really enjoyed this book. Mostly because you can't see what's coming. Just when you think you know what's going to happen or how it will end. Ania surprises you. Well done. I will read all your books.
2.5 Stars for the book
If the Author was both more seasoned as a writer and a little more daring in her plot choices this would have been a better book.
As it stands I found parts of this book, particularly the revelations of the past to be a bit unpolished.It was like the author needed to fit in this stuff but did not have the skill to make it flow better.
Add to this the parts that feel like they were ripped straight from a horror movie with out any original spin on it by the author made this a book while a bit disappointing was a decent light read but nothing more then that.
3 stars for the narration by Eric G. Dove
At first I felt that the narrator was reading the book to fast but once the book got it's rhythm so did the narrator and became easier to follow.The voices he used for the variety of characters was good for the male voices but I did not like the female voices.I also liked how Eric G. Dove's southern accent was a good fit for this book and added to my enjoyment of this novel.
"A Good Story, Just Not For Me."
First of all I want to say this: This is an excellent story. It is well crafted, excellently performed, and cohesive. That being said, I did not like it. This is NOT a slur against Ania Ahlborn-- in fact I would like to check out more of her work. I did not like this story simply because I do not enjoy stories with this kind of ending. The ending worked perfectly well here, I just would have wished for a different type. That being said, I would recommend this, just with a caveat of what kind of ending to expect. I won't listen to/ read this again, but that's simply because of my personal taste, not a reflection on the story itself.
Yes, but again I would warn them of the over all tone. I think had I had some glimmer-- not a full on spoiler, mind-- I would have enjoyed this more.
All of it. Nothing ever rang untrue or discordant. Bad narration can ruin a reading, and this was never an issue here.
Yes and no. As I said above, I didn't enjoy it. But I don't consider it a waste of time-- I just consider it like sampling a food and discovering you dislike it. The journey was worth it, even if, for me, the end was not.
I'm curious to try other examples of Ania Ahlborn's work, but I'll probably check a few out from the library before hand.
"Scared me so bad I had to turn it off!"
My rule is to only listen to books in the car or at the gym. I broke my own rules for this book. I was listening to it while soaking in my bathtub and I had to turn it off, because I got so scared. I sent my Doberman into the living room to "go see" because I was afraid something was out there. This book is scary. I had to finish listening to it at the office. :-)
"A just fine story of its type."
This book is very standard for its type. If anything, (spoiler alert) it is unstandard in that the characters are kept from taking advantage of any of the resources they have, the family, the friends, the father's trips to New Orleans (where he could have met somebody who might have helped him) his trip home, where he could have met somebody who knew something about the family history, or the history of (spoiler alert) "the old graveyard". But no, nothing like that happens. Nothing they do yields fruit. At every turn, hopeless, fruitless, doomed doomed doomed. You can be doomed and make it interesting, you can find out how you're doomed and why you're doomed and even have some old woman with beads and rum and cigars try to help you and still be doomed. You don't have to be doomed in a featureless cardboard box. I wish the author had thrown on some mardi gras beads and some cobwebs. Anything.
I will be browsing around in horror looking for a title that sounds good, and I will be paying better attention to reader reviews.
I think Eric Dove did a good job with character, putting together a family of voices that were believable in age and accent.
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"Great book. Really frightening. Finally!"
The psychological / supernatural bend. Until the end, I was truly questioning whether Charlie's "situation" was of natural cause or not.
The ending!! I love to be this engaged in a story, and yet still find satisfaction in the ending.
He was great. Believable accent, and I have close relatives from that area of the south. An over-done or "affected" accent is the curse of death to an otherwise stellar "southern" story.
I wouldn't. The name is perfect.
Best book I've bet on in a long, long time. I've chosen so many losers from Audible.com as of late :(I hope others might like it, too. :)
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