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September. A beautiful New York editor retreats to a lonely cabin on a hill in the quiet Maine beach town of Dead River - off season - awaiting her sister and friends. Nearby, a savage human family with a taste for flesh lurks in the darkening woods, watching, waiting for the moon to rise and night to fall.

And before too many hours pass, five civilized, sophisticated people and one tired old country sheriff will learn just how primitive we all are beneath the surface...and that there are no limits at all to the will to survive.

©1981 Jack Ketchum (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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"If you read Off Season on Thanksgiving, you probably won't sleep until Christmas." (Stephen King)
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Off Season by Jack Ketchum

If you like Texas chainsaw massacre and the hills have eyes then this is the book for you although its very gory and very detailed it makes you think that you would never want to be in the position these characters were great disturbing well written story

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The Hills Have Eyes meets The Strangers

What made the experience of listening to Off Season the most enjoyable?

This book was no holds barred in all departments. The afterward by the author highlights how graphic the book was for its times, but it still is. Put it this way, if it were to be adapted Rob Zombie would be the man to do it. However, the violence, sex etc all suit the story. So to answer the question the book delivers on its promises! The narrator was also a good match to the story.

What other book might you compare Off Season to, and why?

This books is 'Constant Reader' territory. So anything Stephen King, IT WAS SET IN MAINE! The story was most like the films; 'The Hills Have Eyes' and 'The Strangers'. I would recommend to anyone who likes gore!

What does Richard Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Richard Davidson was well suited and brought a slick laid back style.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book grossed me out😝

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Really enjoyable. Steady at first but when the s!!t hits the fan it explodes. Give it a try😀

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Love this author

Love this author the books are no holds barred shocking at time but you can't stop listening

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  • Barry S. Sharpnack
  • 22-11-09

Wow!

Where has this autho been all my life? I'd never heard of Jack Ketchum till recently, and took a chance on this book. I am partial to this type of story, and the genre in general, but I didn't expect the book to be as good as it was. Very, very intense, graphic violence, but for a good reason. The antagonists (the family of cannibals) are truly froghtening, even the children. If you can deal with the violence, I highly recommend this book. One of the most frightening stories I've read in a long time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-12-09

Breathless

I now understand why Jack Ketchum's "Off Season" is a classic.
Mr. Ketchum is a master of setting a scene. He is also expert in building tension and conflict.
The story was gruesome...deliciously so. His writing...genius.
I will listen to it again.
And again.

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  • Nathan
  • 04-11-10

Nice!

Flowed really well. People didn't like some of the gore but I'm all for it. It wasn't to much that made the story lose traction. It was a good listen. Fast paced and had me tense up in quite a few moments. People out to relax and end up in a fight for survival that leads to one of the most horrible nights I can remember in a book. Overall I liked this book. Good scary horror.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 23-12-14

CRAZY AS A WHORE IN THE VATICAN

Backwoods, backward, cannibalistic inbreed Yankees, my kind of book. This is Ketchum's first book, which explains the inconsistences in the writing. At times you think great and at others NOT. Overall it is a good read if you are into this type of stuff. Konrath writes better, but I don't know if I have read his first book, so we may not be comparing apples to apples.

It has gore, it has lots of sex and yea, it is a little sophomoric. If you are not into this genre, you will not like it, if you are into it, you will have a hoot.

I thought the narrator was pretty good. He is the kind of narrator, which makes you forget someone is narrating. You feel like you are reading it in your head, can't see how anybody could object to him.

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  • TLH
  • 28-12-19

Great everything except 1st couple of mins...

1st couple minutes has some music that I was scared wouldn’t go away. It did and never me returned thank goodness. Narration was great, characters and story was great. I just watched the movie and this was a great addition to it, better as well but both good. Onto Mother!

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  • Neva P.
  • 03-12-09

Great Read

Didn't expect this! Exciting and different. Not familiar with the author but want to read more. Story is just enough to feel for the characters without being bored.

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  • Erica DePoister
  • 21-03-21

Splendid Horror

I loved this book. The performance was fantastic and I loved Ketchum's little bit at the end. Something I'll probably read again.

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  • HP
  • 17-03-21

Animal abuse

I struggled through this one. lots of torture and vulgar language if you're offended by that which I am not but it is a trigger for some people. the worst part about this book is there is a short part about a dog being abused which me being a dog lover I had to fast forward through. I don't understand why writers have to put stuff like that in their books. overall I listened to this while working so I kind of tuned out quite a bit and was definitely not very impressed with it.

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  • Ski Bear
  • 13-12-20

Wonderfully Terrifying!!

Jack Ketchum fans will not be disappointed!! Horrifying start to finish only as Jack Ketchum does so masterfully! For those new to Mr. Ketchum and like horror stories, this will be a mouthwatering treat for you! A meaty page turner dripping with the macabre; his visual illustrations of every mortifying moment gripping, sometimes a chilling brain freeze like with a overindulged pull through a straw of a delightful Iced Frappuccino. If your looking for a "Who Done It?" lots of twists and turns, this isn't that book. But if your looking for a fast paced suspense, enjoy macabe horror, unpredictable terror and chilling adventure- this is that book! From the very first horrifying paragraph your ssubmerged into nail biting terrors filled with heart pounding suspense. The author does a very good job putting you in every sceen for he is among the elite in descriptive visualizations. Jack Ketchum is amoung the top ten all time best authors in the horror genre- his book "The Girl Next Door" being a top five on this coveted list featuring Merry Shelley, Edgar Allen Poe, Braum Stoker, Henery James, HP Lovecraft, Elizabeth Gaskell, Stephen King and so many other masters of the craft! Five stars.

Ski Bear Gutowsky So Lake Tahoe/Hangtown Ca.

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  • Kirsten
  • 02-11-20

Excellent book

This is an excellent horror book that I stayed up until 4 AM to finish. It's a great story that gives a plausible setup for a group of feral cannibals hunting a group of believable and non idiotic New Yorkers.

The narrator has a good sounding voice, and reads the narrative bits well enough, but his reading of dialog is absolutely tone deaf and pretty terrible. It's really baffling tbh and the only detraction from the audio book.