- Print Length: 165 pages
- Publication Date: May 31, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GFH4PWA
First, let’s meet Jake Urry!
Jake Urry is a British narrator and actor that I luckily stumbled across right as I began to enjoy suspense and mysteries. In fact, he was one of the reasons I gave thrillers a chance. I had gone all this time believing that thrillers were like horror stories and that honestly is a little too gory for me. However, I saw Jake on Twitter and he offered to share an audiobook for new listeners. I love to review new things so I was intrigued. I had only done a handful of audiobooks and they were all romances. After listening to the John Nicholl’s White is the Coldest Colour, I was hooked. I raced around trying to find out about this amazing voice. I located an online interview with Jake so I knew that he has a history of live theater and co-founded and performs in his own company. He, with his talent for voices, is perfect for the audiobook industry. I believe his face is perfect for the stage, so he is one complete package of talent and skill.
“Don’t look out towards Knob Island at night.” That was the warning Douglas’ grandfather gave him as a boy. Now returning to the shores of Lake Manuxet as a grown man, with his twin sister and their ailing grandmother in tow for a final, nostalgic visit, Douglas begins to experience frightful things in his cherished childhood vacation spot.
Just what is it that claws its way out of the lake each night, only to approach their cabin? What mysteries does the remote lake hold? Are the horrors Douglas experiences genuine, or is he simply inheriting the madness that seems to run in his family? What is the true nature of the cryptic warning his grandfather gave him so many years ago about the small island at the center of Lake Manuxet?
What begins as a sentimental pilgrimage to a once-enjoyable vacation spot rapidly deteriorates into a fight for survival and sanity.
The Lonesome Dead is a standalone novel of supernatural suspense and terror by Ambrose Ibsen.
The Lonesome Dead had a good mysterious ghostly story. I found the pace a little slow for me and the needless details a bit cumbersome. The end was one hundred times better than the first half. I felt I was walking through mud to get to the good stuff. When the good stuff arrived, It was scary, I was happy and ready for it.
The writing is, of course, good, in depth and almost too descriptive. I mean, for goodness sakes, we even went to the bathroom with Douglas. I liked the ghostly aspects more than the other ramblings of the main character, Douglas.
I am glad I listened to the audiobook, I just would have cut out a few of the extra details like the naming of the fish in the lake. It was just a little too wordy for me. The action was not as in-depth as the descriptions of the surrounding terrain.
The narration was very well done. The narrator, Gary Tiedemann had an expressive voice that led to a greater feeling of fear when that portion of the story came up. I think if you like the descriptiveness of say, Stephen King, you might really enjoy this.
I am giving four hearts, due to the ending, the twists at the end, and the narration. If the ending had not been so intriguing I would have stopped at the three stars. It is worth giving a listen to.
If you love a good ghost, horror story, this would be a good choice. I have trouble with overly wordy books like Stephen King puts out. That is a personal opinion and I did not take away on the rating for that. It was just not as good as the other books I have read by Ambrose Ibsen.
The Spirits of Exeter House are Restless
Facing tough times, private investigator Harlan Ulrich takes a job looking after a historic downtown building as a favor to an old acquaintance who’s out on business. Settling into the elegant Exeter House for a week-long stay, Ulrich’s apartment is beautifully furnished and situated on the top floor, giving him a great view of the city. At first, he thinks it a wonderful opportunity. He’s got plenty of coffee, good books to read and the whole building to himself.
At least, that’s what he’s been told.
It turns out there are others there, in the seemingly empty building. Dark entities that lurk in its shadowed corners.
During his first night, strange things begin to occur. As he makes his nightly rounds, ensuring that the old building is free of intruders, Ulrich finds the place transformed. By day, Exeter House is a treasured local institution. By night, it crawls with the frightening souls of the hateful dead. Tormented nightly by a number of mysterious specters, it’s all the investigator can do to hold onto his sanity.
Can Harlan Ulrich tap into the building’s dreadful past and quell the spirits that walk its halls, or will he lose his mind trying? Join him as he seeks answers in Medicine for the Dead, a full-length novel of supernatural terror and suspense.
Medicine for the Dead is the second book in the Ulrich Files series by Ambrose Ibsen.
This Audio book has just been released and I am so glad I was able to get a copy. The writing is vivid and once again detailed and engrossing. The story is so gripping I listened to it in one sitting. I admit I stopped long enough to walk my dog. Once he had taken care of his business I was right back at it.
Medicine for the Dead: The Ulrich Files, Book 2 is an Occult horror story that will keep you guessing and wondering what exactly is going on.
The detail wraps you up and create pictures that are clear and vivid images of what he describes. Not going to say too much, but I can say there are some odd, weird creatures in this book.
The protagonist is really a great guy. He is a stress eater, a teetotaler, and a Private Investigator that struggles with money. I love his conversations with himself. He is his own worse critic. I get tickled at him when he starts that negative talk. He is a huge Sinatra fan, you can’t beat that!
When money is running very low, Harlan Ulrich takes a job as a babysitter of an old empty apartment building. Not exactly a crack job for a PI, but the money was right. When he arrives it seems like a cush job, but things start to change the first night. Harlan has to either run away like I would or figure out what the heck was going on. There are strange noises, and footsteps in that empty building.
Sometimes I get tickled at how Harlan reacts to the creepiness that wanders around breathing wheezily with long claws. He is being treated like the type of person he despises most. He is being treated like he is the problem. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen from one moment to the next.
This is my second book by Ambrose Ibsen and I was not disappointed. Again it is not a hatchet carrying blood pouring story. But it is a horror in all the ways that matter. My heart has been pounding for hours.
Now I can talk about the narration, to me, it is just perfect. The voices by Jake Urry are just so spot on. He has a full range of voices that he uses to convey the spirit of the story. The characters in the story all have distinct accents and tones. I enjoyed listening to his voices. Jake Urry is really an asset to the production.
Ambrose Ibsen is a bit of a mystery. This was the most I could find out on his Amazon author’s page.:
“Once upon a time, a young Ambrose Ibsen discovered a collection of ghost stories on his father’s bookshelf. He was never the same again.
Apart from horror fiction, he enjoys good coffee, brewed strong.”
I can not even find a photo to share. So this means to me that the author is much a mystery as the stories he writes. Here’s to more information in the future because I do plan on reading more of his works. When I read or listen to it, I review it and probably post it here.
What information I was able to glean follows, he has had 13 books published in the last 2 years. Ambrose Ibsen is ranked #36 on Amazon as an author of Horror. His website is on WordPress and is titled The Cellar. He is active on his author page on Facebook and is polite and nice to his followers there.
I was able to find a lot more about the narrator than for the author. Jake Urry has a collection of seven Audio books to his credit. I will link a great interview that was just posted on the thirteenth of July at The Audio books Reviewer.com. Here is one snippet from that interview:
“How do you flesh out how a specific character will sound?:
I just get a picture in my head of the character and read the line as them. With accents I might work on it for a while but usually it just comes out as I imagine the character, and I refine it before the final recording.”
You can also find Jake on Facebook where he is personable and promotes his works. He shares his reviews there and he gets rave reviews. His voice is perfect for thrillers and horror stories. Not to pigeon hole him, but his chilling voices are outstanding. He has a way with all characters that he speaks for. His American and British accents are really great. He is also an actor, her has not been narrating for a long time. He is relatively new to the business.
I am so happy to recommend this to anyone that loves Horror. The horror is there, but it is not messy. It is a haunting, an occult type of horror. Either way, it is scary and good.
You can pick up Medicine for the Dead by Ambrose Ibsen in Kindle, KindleUnlimited and on audio book by clicking the links below.
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