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Rogue

Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Summary

Cameron Horne has it all: an intelligent, beautiful, and loving wife, a great home, and a successful and important career. His life is the American dream come true. Until things begin to change.  

Without warning, he exhibits strange behavior he can't seem to control, loses time and memories, has horrific nightmares, and finds blood on his hands that may or may not be his own.  

When a mysterious young man who seems to know the future begins appearing in Cameron's backyard, things go from bad to worse. As voices and visions flood his mind, and shadowy figures watch his every move, something deep inside him comes awake, manifesting in acts of extreme rage and violence.  

Is he losing his mind, or is something evil stalking him, possessing him from within and turning Cam from the mild-mannered man he's always been into someone else...something else....

The truth is coming for Cameron Horne, and there's going to be hell to pay.

©2014 Greg F. Gifune (P)2018 David N. Wilson

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Superb writing, great story, excellent narration

Rogue by Greg F. Gifune is a story about a mans descend into… Insanity? Depression? Darkness? Cameron Horne is a guy living the good life. Wonderful girlfriend, fine job, no major problems in life short of his alcoholic ex-wife. One day things starts to change, as he is told he has started acting erratic. Unfortunately he can’t really remember doing the things he’s supposed to have done, but as time progresses, he starts experiencing weird things around him, and he starts acting more and more aggressively. Something is wrong, and he is starting to notice it. The question is just, what?

The writing was really excellent. It was captivating, had an excellent flow, really great dialogs, and you really slowly felt how the main character was being dragged out of his comfort zone. The story was also really good, and kept me interested practically all the way through.

My main critique was first of all the ending. While it fit the story, I just didn’t like it. But that’s a personal assessment, because the story build up to it nicely, it just didn’t cater to me specifically. Also, there were small clues as to the nature of the ending throughout the story, unfortunately they were a bit too ambiguous to really make sense, unless you read the story through a second time. That may be a both a good and a bad thing, but I had hoped the story turned out otherwise. Also, the last third part of the story did drag a little bit, because our main character is now so far down into his dark experiences, that a lot of the dialogs become too philosophical and weird.

I listened to the audiobook, which was narrated by Steven Jay Cohen. At first I really didn’t like how I narrated, because he had a slow and depressing voice. But within a short while, I realised it really fit the book, and just emphasised how it was perfect for the main characters mind set, so it fit really perfectly. He did good voices to separate characters, and was quite clear in his speech, and thus very enjoyable.

Overall I highly recommend the book for everyone. The story is captivating, the writing is superb, and it really made you feel for the main character. The audiobook was also a real standout. Had the last third of the book been a bit more focused, and had the ending taken a different turn, it would have been a clear 5/5 for me.

I received this audiobook for free in return for a review. I have no affiliation with the author, the narrator, the publisher, or their pets (Although I am sure the latter are quite nice!).

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  • Helen
  • Paignton Devon
  • 31-08-19

great book

Cameron Horne has it all: an intelligent, beautiful, and loving wife, a great home, and a successful and important career. His life is the American dream come true. Until things begin to change.
I think its a great storyline

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I get about 100 audio books each year ROGUE got to be in my all time top 10 I work and play them but ROGUE made me sit down

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Slow decline to madness!!

Cameron Horne's idyllic life is unraveling, as strange voices and visions push him to his mental limits. Interesting book detailing a man's struggle as his life falls apart.

Well narrated by Steven Cohen, as he brings Cameron's struggles to life.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 30-07-18

You aren't always who you think you are

Great dark psychological thriller. Is Cam losing his mind or is he really someone else. When everyone calls you a different name and things you thought you knew aren’t always what they seem you may be losing your mind. Or maybe you aren’t and something bigger is happening. Plays on one of my biggest fears and does it quite well.
I enjoyed this story. Kept me on my toes. Lots of different things going on and it gets weird and wicked. Amongst the overall story are a few bits of some crazy things that come out of nowhere. Cam is trying to figure out what is going on in his life and we are along for the ride of trying to get to the bottom of his behavior and who he truly is. Definitely a crazy ride. The ending was way out there and really tied everything together.
Steven J Cohen did a great job with the narration. First time I have listened to him and was very happy. He did a great job with character voices and really got me into the story. The story was tense and Steven worked it well.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Jason
  • 09-07-18

Great trip. Buckle up and enjoy!!!

This was my first Greg F. Gifune book and I was not disappointed. The psychological distress of possibly losing your mind is mapped out in detail here. The story keeps you on edge and wondering what is truly going on with the narrative. The ending is quite shocking and excellent. I am definitely looking forward to hearing his other Audible titles.

Steven Jay Cohen was awesome. His voice conveyed the un-surety of the main characters predicament. He does an everyman perfectly. definitely one to watch for.

I requested a free preview copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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  • Simone
  • 11-08-19

Crazy? Or no?

It's hard for me NOT to enjoy a story that asks the age old question, "am I crazy?" and 'Rogue' doesn't disappoint there. This was a great psychological thriller that kept me guessing throughout. While the ending was less than satisfying, I'm not sure it ruins the experience and I would still recommend this book. Steven Joy Cohen gives a phenomenal performance voicing the characters for this one!

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

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  • Josh R
  • 06-07-19

Crazy Psychological Thriller with great Narration

This book starts building the suspense very early, and keeps it going through the novel. This book kept me engaged throughout the story, and I really enjoyed the story. I don’t typically listen to psychological thrillers, and I don’t want to speak too much about the story, because it’s hard to describe without spoilers. The narrator did a great job, and he had the perfect voice for the main character. Overall, this book is worth a listen, especially if you enjoy psychological thrillers.

This audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • TU
  • 02-08-18

Damn, what a listen!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Damn... this was a crazy listen. A very dark and creepy story. The narration was fantastic and really sucked me into the story. This is definitely worth your time if you like a good horror story.

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  • Ken Payseur
  • 21-07-18

Very Dark Story

I really liked this book. This is the second book of Greg's that I've read and I'm really starting to dig his style of writing. This is the story of Cameron Horne, a guy that works for the state of Massachusetts keeping track of sex offenders. Odd and inexplicable things start to happen around Cameron and the plot of this book is mostly about him trying to make sense of it all. He, of course, feels that he might be having mental issues but no- all the unexplained stuff happening in his life is quite real. Warning: there's sort of a "Sixth Sense" type of twist to the ending and you'll probably smack your forehead and say "Duh" when everything becomes clear. A++ book.

The narrator, Steven Jay Cohen did a great job with his voice "acting" out this book. His authentic Massachusetts accent and his ability to do a truly scary voice when the story called for it was quite impressive.

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  • Geoff
  • 11-06-18

A good, dark listen

Really well written with phenomenal narration. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-11-19

Inception meets Hellboy

This was a difficult book to finish. I had to turn the speed up to twice normal speed to get through it. It probably would have worked better as a short story as it was overwrought and ultimately somewhat predictable. The performance was excellent even down to the slight Boston accent. After such a significant buildup there. should have at least been some action in the climax and some satisfying falling action.

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  • Lomeraniel
  • 28-10-19

Gifune’s prose sucked me in from the beginning

Rogue is the story of a man losing his mind, but not only that; Rogue is much more. It is a story in which nothing is what it seems. Gifune’s prose sucked me in from the beginning, and even though this was not my favorite genre, it kept my attention until the end. Please note that there are demonic presences in this book, which may delight some, just not me.

The ending was unexpected and somehow fitted the story perfectly. It reminded me of one of David Lynch’s movies. I am not going to say which to avoid spoiling the story, but this ending was a masterpiece and made everything worth it.

I still think that the book was a bit long-winded, and the final twist would have suited a shorter story too. It was very well written though, and I found myself often relating to the main character.

The writing was very good but to make this work, the narration needs to let it shine, and Steven Jay Cohen’s was the perfect fit. He not only brought the characters to life but was able to transmit Cam’s torment and anguish in a way that I was suffering for him. The audio production was spotless.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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  • Jmbeitz
  • 25-07-19

Terrible ending

Spoilers ahead. the story was a little twisted the whole way, which isn't a bad thing. Your imagination goes wild over the possibilities, but when it comes to the end and you find out the guy was dying and the battle he was going through was basically a fight between heaven and hell, well nobody wants to imagine that is how it could be at the end.