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Welcome to the Venue - a place where the super rich can get away from it all...and get away with anything they want.

You're invited to Caleb Hunt's wedding! 

Sure, you haven't spoken since you two had a falling out in high school, but Caleb has gotten over that. He's a forgiving person. It was all a misunderstanding. He credits you with turning him into the man he is today. 

He wants to repay you and everyone else from his life with an invitation to his destination wedding. 

An all-expense paid trip to a luxurious resort. High up in the Alps. Secluded and private. 

Please RSVP. It's sure to be a killer party. 

The newest gleefully violent release from the writer of Intercepts and In My Father's Basement. Rollicking dark, twisted fun!

©2020 T.J. Payne (P)2020 T.J. Payne

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gory fun!

Bloody-hell. Literally. I finished reading T.J. Payne’s Intercepts not too long ago. I enjoyed it, and when I saw The Venue as a choice on Audiobook Boom, I thought it would be just what I needed to get myself out of my physical and audiobook slump I had been in. Boy, was I right. Caleb and Lilith are getting married! How exciting. For them. They’re inviting everyone in their life, all expenses paid, who they believe have made them into the people that they are today. Sounds romantic right? Well let’s hope that you were never the love of Caleb’s life, or made him dance in front of his whole school year when he didn’t want to. In The Venue you can expect plenty of gore and violence, confusion and frustration in this fast paced psychological horror novel. You might just learn a little something about what kind of person you are yourself as you read along. The characters are fairly obvious and somewhat stereotypical, there are very little development opportunities for them but honestly I don’t think I really cared, I just wanted a little bit of fun and if that meant a preppy bulldog boss and some it-girls then whatever. This book isn’t particularly deep, but it was a really great and entertaining listen, so much so that I listened to this all in one day. P.J. Morgan’s narration is excellent. I say this got me out of my listening slump, however, it put me straight back into one again! Nothing I tried could keep up with the wild ride I had just been on. I have said previously that I think T.J. Payne writes books that would make great horror movies and I stand by that statement with The Venue. 4 ninja stars from this reader! Disclaimer: I requested this book from Audiobook boom in exchange for an honest review.

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What A Wild Weeding!

This story made me pause and reassess myself because I did not expect this outcome at all. I probably should have, considering the author, Payne has a great ability to make unique books that shock me a little. Caleb (our groom) isn’t exactly a normal groom and his ideas of celebration is a little…strange to say the least. It’s a lot bloodier than I’d have imagined from a wedding novel, that’s for sure! I did end up binging this a few days ago, I hadn’t expected to get through it so quickly, and honestly, I needed a few days to just consider what happened. It is funny and dark, a fun combination. P.J. Morgan (the narrator) did a wonderful job, she worked really well with the story and brought so much to the characters. I do think she is part of what let me binge this whole story at once. I think she is someone to look out for and it definitely worth a look. *I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Not Quite... Not Sure...

Based on a relatively simple idea, Battle Royale at a wedding, and sporting an excellent cover image I was immediately taken in by T. J. Paynes The Venue: A Wedding Novel; eagerly downloading the audiobook and clearing my schedule to settle down to it. After a brief – and unsettling – prologue between a couple and their wedding programmer we are introduced to Amy, one of their prospective guests as she receives her invitation to their wedding; an all expense paid trip to a secluded European venue. Seeing it as perhaps the remedy to her own woes with her girlfriend Amy sends an RSVP, but not without reservation; she remembers the groom, an old school friend, and deep down she knows something is is wrong. She hadn’t heard from the man, Caleb, is many years and though they did not part under poor circumstances she cannot help but feel the invitation carries with it a sinister meaning. Which of course it does. Arriving at the venue under a veil of secrecy with her parents and girlfriend in tow Amy discovers the venue to be a spectacular mountain retreat, filled with every amenity, and the sheer extravagance of it fills her with growing dread; and when the wedding begins she finds things far worse than she had imagined. T. J. Payne’s The Venue: A Wedding Novel begins swiftly and by the time the guests arrive at the venue the reader knows exactly what they are getting themselves into. What erupts is laden with considerable violence, but there is a comic-book feel to the proceedings that never really allows the violence to escape parody and as a result affect the reader in a visceral way. Party this may be due to the constant comic-cutaways of venue staff throwing around one-liners, but it may also be due to the selective cluelessness of the guests as they conveniently (for the story at least) forget that there’s a crossbow sat on the floor nearby, or that 80% proof alcohol can be used as a Molotov cocktail. Throughout the story I found myself more and more irritated by the obvious solutions the guests were missing, not to mention the suspense killing one-liners from the staff, and though the story tumbled along at quite a pace and there was little time to get bored with the story I found these irritations steadily built a wall between the book and my enjoyment of it. The only noticeable character arc was that of the villain, Caleb, as he realises everything isn’t quite what he believed it to be; and ultimately because of this he was the one character who I grew any level of sympathy for. I can’t say I approved of his solutions (I’ll go out on a limb here and say that mass murder isn’t good) but at least I understood his reasoning, petty as it was, for his actions. Amy was a different matter. I have to stress that Amy is not a bad person, or a bad character, just an unremarkable one and as such no more worthy of my time than any of the other minor characters littered around the book. We never really learn why there was a rift between her and her girlfriend, there are no inner battles for Amy to overcome and no memories that weigh on her; she just seems to react to the world around her and is no more or less a mistress of her own destiny than anyone else. Things continues much this way throughout the book until the last fifty pages or so where there is a shift that struck me as jarring and improbable. Needless to say I shall not go too deeply into this as it would be a major spoiler to those who are intrigued by this book and wish to read it; but I will say that I found the books ending to be lacking in substance and though it is dramatic and fulfilling in an action sense, I felt that none of that characters had taken anything life-building or life-affirming from the experience. Your enjoyment of The Venue will depend, in my view, in how deeply you like to ponder on what you read. A more casual reader will enjoy the book a great deal; for them it’ll be a rip-roaring, blood-soaked roller-coaster, but if you’re a reader who prefers to ruminate on character or theme you’ll quickly find yourself sidelined by unintended irritations that only really present themselves because in many ways The Venue is just so very good! In a lesser book a lot of my irritations would’ve been par-for-the-course but The Venue is in so many ways well written and well conceived. What it lacks is an over-arching theme or arc that brings everything together, as well as a more stringent control on the tone-deaf humour, and characters who aren’t quite so story-dependant in their cluelessness . After all this you might be surprised to find that I recommend T. J. Payne’s The Venue: A Wedding Novel as there’s every likelihood that you’ll see none of the issues I saw while reading the book, and I genuinely hope this to be the case. Ultimately the books positives outweigh its negatives, especially for those who are reading purely for entertainment and want nothing more than a fast roller-coaster. I suppose what haunts me a little with The Venue is that I think there’s a better book in the idea and I’d have loved to see a draft or two down the line from this one; because I think that would have been one really exceptional read. Last thing I’ll say is that I rarely seen a horror novel presented so nicely. I mentioned the great cover artwork, simple and classy, but the audiobook has a great narrator in the shape of P. J. Morgan, who moves us through the seven and a half hour running time without a step wrong. If you prefer your books in an audio format I’d say that she was a considerable asset to my enjoyment of the book and if T. J. Payne does an extra draft or two of the next book, and then hires P. J. Morgan to finish off the work on audio I’m likely to click the “buy” button.

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  • jstep
  • 23-05-20

Thoroughly enjoyed this crazy, wild wedding!

The Venue by T.J. Payne was SUCH a fun listen! What a unique idea for a somewhat comical, dark, twisted thriller. I'm a wedding photographer, and I've experienced a lot of crazy things at weddings over the years, but this one really tops them all and thankfully, I haven't experienced a wedding like this yet, Ha! Seriously though, I listened to this all in one day, it was that entertaining. I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for more of this author's novels. Amy, her parents and ex-girlfriend travel internationally to attend her childhood best friend's wedding, all expenses paid. Sounds like a dream, right? Nope. Amy and the other guests quickly realize that the bride and groom have gathered everyone that they feel has ever slighted them to their wedding to participate in a bloody, battle royale. So fun and entertaining! P.J. Morgan did an excellent job narration this story. She was easy to listen to and brought life and emotion to the characters. I would definitely listen to more of her performances in the future. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review. Did you find this review helpful? If so, would you please take a moment and select the 'helpful' button below? Thanks so much!

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  • timj26
  • 14-05-20

Till death

Intercepts was my favourite horror novel last year and venue is on the shortlist for 2020 This is definitely one of the most original Extreme horrors out there Well narrated and a highly recommended action packed bloodbath I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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  • K-Med
  • 14-06-20

What Murderous Fun!

First off I want everyone to know that I was invited by the author to check out this book for free, but I'm not a politician, so this opinion is my own. I've listened to 3 books by T.J. Payne and enjoyed all of them, this one was no different. The premise of the book has been done in some way, shape or form before, but it didn't make this a less interesting listen at all. I enjoyed the limited character development in the short run time of the book and felt like I got to know a few of the main protagonists pretty well by the end of it. There's a whole lot of killing and gore in the book, so be aware of that before going in to this. Some of the scenes made me cringe and were truly horrifying, seriously. I'm not sure I'd actually want to meet T.J Payne and he's definitely not going to be my first choice as a baby sitter. The plot was fairly predictable with a little twist at the end that might result in a sequel/series/spin off maybe? If there are more books T.J., be sure to hit me up as I absolutely love having nightmares. If you like horror, are looking for a quick read/listen that will keep you entertained then I'd say this book is a fantastic choice. Don't come here looking for Stephen King level descriptions and endless pages of gory details as you'll just end up disappointed.

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  • Christine Newton
  • 09-06-20

predictable but fun

This was one of those stories where we are able to figure out within the first half hour what the story will be about and who the good guys and bad guys are. That's okay, though, because the author takes us along on a campy horror romp with plenty of blood and gore. If you're willing to let the author stretch plausibility a bit to get the players arranged on the chessboard at the right place and time, you'll be rewarded with some unpredictability as the plot unfolds. A popular trope in horror is that mean people (bullies, snobs, bitchy ex-boy/girlfriends, abusive parents, etc.) die horrible deaths, so the moral of the story is: don't be a jerk, because you never know if the person you're being a jerk to is a psycho killer who will exact revenge at some future point. A codicil to this is that you might actually be a non-jerk person but a psycho killer might misinterpret something you said or did and target you anyway. I like that kind of irony. The narration was good, and it was easy to get caught up in the story (I increased playback speed slightly to suit my personal preferences). I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 03-06-20

Such a Beautiful Wedding

Wow, red wedding. From the start of this story it was intense and didn’t let up. Quite an imaginative story that centers around exacting revenge. I’m a sucker for a good revenge story and this was quite pleasing. T.J. Payne tells great stories and this one is right up there with his other works. If you aren’t familiar with his work, I would say check this novel out or my favorite, My Father’s Basement. There are a lot of characters in this story, however it is really plot driven and while you learn about the characters a bit, it really is about the events that take place at the wedding and human nature. I really liked how the story was told more so from Amy’s point of view rather than from Caleb or Lilith’s perspective. I felt like hearing her as a guest of the wedding added a nice perspective to the whole story. I wasn’t really quite sure who to root for until some revelations are made and the whole mood of the story shifts. P.J. Morgan was a great narrator for this story. I loved her overall narration as well as her character voices. She really put a lot of emotion into the characters and was able to make the tension palpable. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Audiobook Worm
  • 23-05-20

TJ Payne delivers again!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. TJ Payne is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! This is the third book of his that I have listened to and it did not disappoint. What I like about Payne is that each book has been unique. Intercepts was a great horror sci-fi story. In My Father's Basement was a very intriguing character study of a serial killer. Now TJ presents us with The Venue - the story of a, shall we say, "unorthodox" wedding that only TJ Payne could conceive. Right from the start you can tell that Caleb, the groom to be, is a bit unstable, to say the least. So unstable that he chooses to celebrate his wedding day by thrusting his ex Amy into a bloodbath. I don't want to venture into spoiler territory so you'll have to find the rest of the story out for yourself. I highly, highly recommend this book if you're a fan of horror novels that are somewhat grounded in reality, and I especially recommend it to anyone who's a fan of any of TJ Payne's prior works.

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  • JulieC.
  • 29-11-20

Horrific Story

Everyone loves a wedding... or do they? Might make you think next time you get an invitation to your old friend's nuptial event.

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  • AJ Holmes
  • 16-08-20

SPEECHLESS...

I don't really know where to even begin with this book. I have so many thoughts, feelings and concerns. I'll just keep it simple. Great book but read at your own risk as it can be quite disturbing.

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  • NV Cefalo
  • 17-07-20

A Chilling Horror Story in a Unique Setting

TJ Payne delivers another thrilling and chilling horror novel in yet another unique setting: a wedding! This is another notch in his belt; he proves yet again that he is an up and coming master at writing horror. I absolutely and highly recommend this book and every book by TJ Payne. Can't wait for the next one, keep them coming!

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  • A Reader
  • 15-07-20

Eh

Interesting premise-- execution was a bit faulty. What should have been a deep psychological thriller became a gory, sort of generic splatter fest. I was intrigued enough to finish it and I don't regret the experience but this plot had SO MUCH POTENTIAL-- so many avenues not explored. Pity.