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The Bucktown Babies Audiobook

The Bucktown Babies: Father Gunter, Demon Hunter, Book 1

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Johann Gunter, a former priest, whose sister has been taken by a demon, travels to a small farming community where there is an alarming outbreak of sudden infant death syndrome. Knowing this is the work of a demon, he prepares to fight the monster and, hopefully, save the town. Before he can finish his investigation, however, he finds out his cover has been blown, and an unlikely person steps up as an ally. First book in the Father Gunter, Demon Hunter series.

©2017 Janine R. Pestel (P)2017 Janine R. Pestel

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    Norma Miles 19/04/2017
    Norma Miles 19/04/2017
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    ""There is no 'h': it's Gunter.""
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

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    What a fantastic title: Father Gunter, Demon Hunter. It has an almost poetic ring to it, sliding musically off the tongue. What a pity the book does not live up to this promise.<br/>Actually, it's not too bad a story, just poorly executed.<br/>Former priest ( how frequently we are reminded! ) Johann Gunter is still searching for his older sister, stolen by a demon some five years previously. A news item about an outbreak of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in Bucktown convinces him that a demon is at work and he hurries to the tiny town disguised as a health investigator. A total of 25 babies, average age of three months, had died unexpectedly as well as 15 pregnancies miscarried, all within a two week period. In so small a town this was very far from normal. And all but two of the victims had the same doctor - one who had only arrived at the hospital three weeks ago. A possible clue? Apparently not, even when the normally pleasant and friendly woman is uncharacteristically rude and antagonistic towards him. Plus,. Gunter's original certainty of the presence of a demon causing deaths at the hospital reverted to only a suspicion despite personal chills, the smell of sulphur in the hospital lift and the demonic, "Happy hunting, priest," from the only other occupant. Mmmm. A bit of a strange one, Father Gunter.<br/><br/>Apart from plot deficiencies, the writing is unsophisticated, poor. Constant, pointless repetition, like the too frequent reminder that Gunter is a former priest, occur, but perhaps that is necessary after all, given the constant bursts of anger and bad language coming from this supposedly still God-fearing man, who utters frequent variations of the phrase, "What the hell?" Sloppy or lazy writing, too, with sentences such as, he "glances at the two doctors, waiting to see if their body language will tell.him anything. After a moment, and not getting any clues from their body language ..." which could so easily have been better phrased. One particular later sentence annoyed me because of the seeming attempt at pretention. Replaying in his mind the memory of his sister's abduction, he has just left her, distraught and alone, in her house. Then:. "His sister's scream caught his attention" So much better to say simply that he heard her scream.<br/><br/>Written in the third person but almost entirely from Gunter's perspective, it is also in the present tense, with short snappy sentences. Done well, this could have brought a great sense of immediacy. Unfortunately, in this case, it acts merely to make the book read, not like a novel but like a script. Perhaps this could make a reasonable film with good direction, casting and editting. The actors would give substance to the characters involved ... But that's not the issue here. For this book, the writing feels childish, I'll considered (if fully considered at all). There were attempts at humour but these fell flat. I did, however, begin to smile at obvious horror scenes, which just weren't. And i then could enjoy it as a parady of the genre.<br/><br/>Throughout it all, mellow voiced John H.Ferhskens read consistently well,and with good intonation, bringing emotion to play if the text seemed to require it and even breathing life into the otherwise two dimensional characters. His dialogue differentiation was also good. His performance certainly made the most of the script with which he was entrusted. I will certainly be looking out for his name amongst narrators in the future.<br/><br/>I was gifted my copy of the Bucktown Babies by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for it. Despite all that i have said, i did enjoy listening to it, partially because of the narrator's pleasant voice and also as a lightweight comedy. Would. I recommend it to. Anyone? Probably not.

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  • Tiffany
    Bellevue, NE United States
    12/04/17
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    "Narrator almost ruined this book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. Good story. They might not mine the narration


    What didn’t you like about John H Fehskens’s performance?

    I can't quite put my finger on it. I think the pacing was off.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story. I would be interested in seeing where this series would go. I received this audiobook for free from the author for my unbiased review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tad B.
    New York
    10/05/17
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    "Fun but not Amazing or Terrifying"
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    This is a series that, in my opinion, isn't taking itself too seriously - almost to a fault perhaps! It felt a bit like a soap opera or sit-com at times with the danger not being that dangerous and the dialogue feeling forced. I also despise having the same phrases repeated over and over again. In this one "the former priest" was used maybe 50 times too frequently. The writing and the story itself could have been more creative.<br/><br/>That said, I don't get the sense that this was supposed to be a "scary" horror story. It's a silly/fun story about a demon killing babies. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a ridiculous, short demon story but doesn't require actual scares.<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Karowski
    22/04/17
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    "Joining the ranks of great demon hunter novels"

    Father Gunter joins the ranks of great demon hunter novels. Bucktown babies is a good introduction story to a well developed protagonist, his backstory, mission, and his new found allies. The author and narrator deliver a captivating tale. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dominique
    Cathedral City, CA
    16/04/17
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    "Horror story that made me laugh in places"

    I like a horror story that doesn't take itself too seriously and it willing to take some risks!

    You have to love a former priest who uses the excuse of turrets syndrome and start cursing wildly to explain erratic behavior and escape an awkward moment.

    For the most part, the narrator did a good job, but I found his voice just slightly nasal at times and a little rushed. I had to slow his voice down to .90 in order to find a cadence that worked for the pace of the story and in order for my brain to be able to keep up with the story. I'm grateful that the audible app has this feature so I can adjust the speed when necessary.

    Sometimes the dialog sounds little formal for the reality of modern day and the way people really talk. I can't remember the last time I heard someone say, "Surely you don't suspect someone here!" It would be more realistic if someone say,"Oh come on - you really think it's someone here?"

    One nit-picky remark I'll make on the style of the writing: this novel was written in the present tense, and I found that to be distracting. This has become a more commonly used style these days, which bums me out. When I was growing up, it was extremely rare to come across a book written this way. Here is an example in case you're not sure what I mean.

    "As he passes by the doctor, he notices that she picks up..."

    It reads more like a screenplay and it keeps taking me away from the story. I'd must rather have a book I'm reading written in the past tense, such as, "As he passed by the doctor, he noticed that she picked up..."

    I don't like a lot of backstory, so I'm glad the story just jumped in. I'm giving this an overall five because it was highly entertaining even though the style reads like a script and the dialog is a little formal. The story flew by and I found myself really looking forward to getting back to it after having to pause. I wish it would have been a little longer, in fact! I hope that Janine will take her time on the next installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dawnatarr
    15/04/17
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    "Father Brown meets the exorcist."

    This was a good book. The plot is on point and the characters are well rounded. This book gives you a little bit of everything. The narration is astounding. I received this audiobook for free, but voluntarily reviewed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • TinkerMel
    So Cal
    13/04/17
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    "Fast Listen"

    This was only 3 and a half or so hours long. So I listened to it all in one afternoon while tiding up the house.

    The story was OK. I just felt it could of went deeper, be more scary. But it wasn't an awful book, I just like mine with a little more scare in it. It did get old with the saying " Retired Priest " over and over and over again... I wanted to scream,
    'We get it, we all know now he is a retired priest! "

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • TexasBookworm
    Mabank, TX
    12/04/17
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    "Lacking excitement, felt like a Horror Soap Opera"
    Would you try another book from Janine R Pestel and/or John H Fehskens?

    maybe.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not use the term "the Former Priest", it was repeated over and over and over again. <br/> This story was a bit dry and lacking. I found the characters a bit flat and unbelievable. The scene where they convince the niece's husband to exile the demon was so brief and would never happen. One second the man was irate and against using his wife as bait for a demon. Then they show him a picture in a book and he suddenly will do anything to help. Also the hospital would have never allowed a man "posing" as an representative from the CDC to start interviewing doctors. Just too many holes in this story. It was quick and maybe could have cleared up the story more with more length.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not to read so overly dramatic. Sometimes it was a bit overboard. His voice as Father Gunter was well done.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States
    11/04/17
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    "An awkward beginning to a possibly good series"

    I've listened to a few works by Janine Pestel, and while I've come across a few gems, I don't think I can count this among them. The premise is quite decent, but sadly, the execution fell a bit flat for me.

    One of my biggest gripes while listening had to be the overuse of some phrases. I lost count of how many times "the former priest" and other descriptors were used. It came across, to me, as focusing more on the words used than the story told. Character inner monologues and conversations felt a tad clunky as well.

    As for the story, as I mentioned, it's an interesting premise that could have promise, though the execution was a bit rough. Perhaps it was the narrator, but I found it hard to care for the main character and his past as his backstory and drive were just randomly inserted throughout the tale. Without proper context or emotional ties, they just felt a tad like padding. Likewise with the characters "the former priest" meets and befriends. It all happens so quickly and plainly, that it hardly feels as if he's "gained" anything at all.

    All that said, Janine does set up an interesting world and lays the foundation for more to come. Great series don't always have super amazing starts, so I'm interested in seeing where this one goes.

    I was provided this audiobook free of charge from the author in exchange for my review, however my thoughts are totally my own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deedra
    United States
    27/06/17
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    "The Bucktown Babies"

    This was a really good and scary book.Narrated nicely by John H. Fehskens .Babies are dying or being born stilborn in a town.A former priest is the only one that knows what is going on and how to fix it.I was provided this book by the author, narrator or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reg
    McKinney, TX
    24/05/17
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    "Demons..."

    Are real and like the souls of babies and unborn children alike. Father Gunter is a demon’s worst nightmare. But even he will need help to destroy the demon that is killing babies in Bucktown. And help does come but from a very unlikely source. Will it be enough to see the demon hunter through the final showdown with evil?

    If Father Gunter can find and kill the demon who is harming babies in Bucktown, he will be that much closer to finding the demon that took his sister from him. He knows she’s not dead. She can’t be. So begins a series that could prove to be entertaining if it matures along the way.

    The narration by John Fehskens was decent and kept me engaged throughout the story. I listened on 1.5 speed.

    I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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