Mystery Thriller Week Audio Book Review: Transmission by Ambrose Ibsen

TransmissionTransmission by Ambrose Ibsen

  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Publication Date: May 31, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GFH4PWA

 

 My Rating:

Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Overall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Interview with Mystery Thriller Week Narrator Jake Urry

First, let’s meet Jake Urry!

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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.

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AudioBook Review:Portraits of the Dead, by John Nicholl

Portraits of the DeadPortraits of the Dead by John Nicholl

  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 14 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: John Nicholl
  • Audible.com Release Date: October 18, 2016
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M6WXWJF
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Overall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    My Review:

    I have come to expect severe psychological depravity when I read John Nicholl’s books. This book did not disappoint in that aspect. The evil kidnapper has taken and killed at least five other women before he took Emma. Emma is held in a darkened area without knowing day from night, hours from days and days from weeks. He insisted on servitude from her while he tortured her and taunted her. It was chilling and sickeningly fascinating. John Nicholl has a history of working as a social worker and uses the terror he faced in that career in his own stories.

    While Detective Inspector Gravel searched for Emma not knowing if she was alive or dead. Reaching out to the serial Killer while looking for few clues. With trusting people listening to vague and erroneous clues, the police struggle to find this serial killer.

    This book is intense. It is just so cold and creepy. I read it on Halloween and was then a little nervous about being out and about at night with the little trick or treaters. It was just that good.

    The Narration:

    It is truly chilling listening to Jake Urry in his concise and gravelly voice. It takes the story to a new level when Mr. Urry narrates a thriller such as this. He does an amazing job with the voices of women, older adults, young women. His range is amazing. I am really impressed with the narration.

    My Recommendation:

    If you are a fan of thrillers, this one is a great one to read and delve into the mind of a psychopath. The telling is sinfully delicious and the story is well plotted and full of misdirection. It helps that you come to know about the serial killer one revelation at a time. I am such a fan of John Nicholl and Jake Urry. When they work together it is a masterpiece.

    Where to Find, Portraits of the Dead:

    The audiobook, paperback and Kindle formats are available at your favorite retailers and by clickign the links below.

    Audiobook Review: Portraits of the Dead, by John Nicholl

    Portraits of the DeadPortraits of the Dead by John Nicholl

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: FeedARead.com (August 19, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786972670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786972675
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Overall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    AudioBook Review: Copper’s Keeper, by A. I. Nasser

    Copper's Keeper (Slaughter #3)Copper’s Keeper by A.I. Nasser

    • Written by: A.I. Nasser
    • Narrated by: Jake Urry
    • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
    • Series: Slaughter, Book 3
    • Unabridged Audiobook
    • Release Date:08-26-16
    • Publisher: ScareStreet.com

     

     

    My Rating:

     

    Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Overall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    AudioBook Review: Shadow’s Embrace by A. I. Nasser

    Shadow's Embrace (Slaughter #2)Shadow’s Embrace by A.I. Nasser

  • Listening Length: 5 hours and 3 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: ScareStreet.com
  • Audible.com Release Date: August 9, 2016
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JTKOW5K
  • Genre: Horror
  • My Rating:

  • Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Overall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • My Review:

    Book two of the Slaughter series, Shadow’s Embrace, picks up after six months of the town being able to relax. Then all hell breaks loose. Debra Adam’s mother is now head of the council and Debra is distancing herself from her mother. The search for Alan Carter to find his sister continues. He is somehow connected to both sides and it plagues him.

    The story is wonderfully scary. The dead skin, rotting breath, and boney hands make a new appearance and are creepy as can be.

    This is another excellent portion of the story of the people in Melington.

    I listened to this book in Audiobook format and I have to say, with Jake Urry’s voice, it is a great choice.

    Jake’s voices capture American accents, women, old, and young. It is amazing that he can individualize his voice as he does.

    If you like eerie stories about what happens to the missing children, then this is a wonderful series to read, or listen to. It is a great story.

    With a bonus of the next book teaser, I know I am hooked. Can’t wait to read more from A. I. Nasser.

    My Recommendation:

    Shadow’s Embrace is just an excellent book. The storyline is captivating and keeps you wondering what is going​ to happen next and to whom, it is going to happen. If you love horror, thrillers, and spooky stories, this series is perfect for you. This book is written like the best books of the past, with fear and tension that keeps you guessing all the way to the end. If you are not a fan of A.I. Nasser, this series will make you one. This series will also endear you to Jake Urry. His narration is amazing. I could say as always, it would not be a stretch. Great​ story, great narration, and a great choice in audiobooks.

    Where to Find: Shadow’s Embrace:

    This book is available in kindle edition, paperback and as an audiobook.

    Audiobook Review: Children to the Slaughter by A.I. Nasser

    Children To The Slaughter (Slaughter #1)Children To The Slaughter by A.I. Nasser

  • Listening Length: 6 hours and 3 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: ScareStreet.com
  • Audible.com Release Date: July 21, 2016
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01IRTINT0
  • Genre: Horror
  • My Rating:

    Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Overall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    The Book Blurb:

    Melington has changed.

    There is an evil lurking in the darkness, under the beds and behind closet doors. It seeks vengeance and retribution and will not be denied.

    No one knows this more than Alan Carter. Returning to his hometown after a twenty-year absence, he is resolute in uncovering the truth behind his sister’s abduction and the strange disappearance of children. Joined by his childhood friend, Alan finds himself thrown into the middle of a conspiracy led by the town Council as it desperately tries to hide its secrets from the world.

    No child is safe in Melington, and Alan Carter needs to stop the curse that has haunted his hometown for generations. But as Alan’s brushes with death become more frequent, he finds himself running out of luck.

    My Review:

    Children to the Slaughter was a creepy and interesting audiobook. With children leaving town on more than natural occasions the town has always had a history of a quick turnover in families.

    When Alan Carter comes back to Melington, he keeps his cards close to his vest as he tries to figure out exactly what is going on here. His own little sister disappeared when she was little. The only witness was Alan. He never forgot the hand that pulled her down into the sandbox. His family left the town directly after her disappearance. After twenty years he returns.

    Bits and pieces wiggle and meld themselves into a very intricate plot. Debra the best friend of Alan from when they were both children is surprised to see him return. She has no clue he has more reasons than just to work. The fear that comes through in the scenes with Alan and Debra are chilling. The lack of the bigger picture keeps many of the people in the town in the dark. No one knows who is in on the disappearances and who isn’t.

    Alan’s conspiracy theory hits Debra hard and she turns away from him. There are too many strange occurrences of missing children for decades.

    The story is riveting. The narration is eerily wonderful.This is not my first book narrated by Jack Urry and I can admit, I am a fan. His voice lends itself to this type​ of genre in a way that is hard to define unless you have heard it. The voices that Jake Urry presents bring a very emotional response to the tension-filled words that A.I. Nasser writes.

    My Recommendation:

    If you love a good horror story, with hands in the dark, closet doorknobs turning in the night, and missing children, you are going to love this book. I imagine reading it would give as many chills, but if you want the full effect, get the Audiobook. It is completely chilling. On the Audiobook you are given a sneak peak into the next book in the series. It is a nice bonus. It is going to be good. I hope it is narrated by Jack Urry as well. He is perfection for this story type.

    Where to Find: Children to the Slaughter:


    The book is available in eBook, Audiobook, and Paperback by clicking the links below.

    Audio Book Review: Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry

    The Cryptic Lines

  • Written by: Richard Storry
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:03-16-16
  • Publisher: Richard Alan Storry
  • The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry


    My rating:
    Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Overall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Maybe it is just me, but there is something just so deliciously inviting about a Mystery. Especially when it includes a scavenger type hunt. This delightful mystery is that style of book and it is wonderfully well written. There is no graphic violence or romance of any type. It is very Agatha Chrisy in its presentation. The entire story consists of two men searching for clues, second guessing every poetic hint.

    This the audiobook is really a fun one. We first are introduced to Lord Alfred Willoughby, as he is sick and calls in his attorney for a change in the will. As to what that change is, we are not privy to that information. What we do know is that Lord Alfred Willoughby dies in the next paragraph and then we are allowed to meet the main characters of the book. Matthew, the lazy shiftless and unacceptable son is called to his father’s house for the reading of the will. There is a will,l but it is not on paper, It is a video, complete with recently deceased Alfred issuing a challenge.

    Matthew Willoughby, as we keep learning, has not lived up to the expectations of his father Lord Alfred Willoughby. His selfishness and his immaturity shine through this story.

    The book is filled with interesting and somewhat secretive characters. Of course, I suspect everyone if there is a mystery afoot. The side characters are well developed and have a tasty nastiness if not downright snarky way about them.

    Cryptic Lines is my first book written by Richard Storry. I enjoy the way he writes. He uses words that evoke emotion that go along with the mysterious old mansion and the out of the way corridors they keep searching through. The clues are tied to a love of the classics that Lord Alfred cherishes. It was well written and entertaining to follow them in their puzzle solving. the two men work furiously​ because “gasp” there is a time limit on this treasure hunt. The way the book has been created there are light moments that show this is meant to be enjoyed. It is not a terror filled book, it is just a puzzle. A puzzle with a fabulous prize attached.

    Now we can discuss the narration. If you haven’t noticed, I have taken a shine to a wonderful narrator with a brilliant voice. Of course, it helps that this divine​ voice is British. I am talking about Jake Urry. He came across my radar almost a month ago and I can’t tell you how much I love the cadence and character of his voice.

    Jake Urry has presented this story in the best voices. Each person is distinct and obviously different from the others. I keep forgetting there is only one person reading this book. His voice is strong yet when he does the elderly woman Meg, I hear an elderly woman. It is a craft he is well adept at.

    This is a really great book. Nicely written and narrated ever so nicely.

    If you want to pick up the Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry in audiobook, paperback, or Kindle those are all available by clicking the links below.

    AudioBook Review: New Release: Medicine for the Dead by Ambrose Ibsen

    Medicine

    • Listening Length: 5 hours and 32 minutes
    • Program Type: Audiobook
    • Version: Unabridged
    • Publisher: Ambrose Ibsen
    • Audible.com Release Date: July 13, 2016
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B01IC5I48E

     

    Book Blurb:

    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.

    Ratings:

    Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Narration: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Story: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    My Review:

    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.

    About the author:

    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.

     

    About the Narrator:

    Jake
    Meet Jake Urry

    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.

     

    Recommendation:

    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.

    Where to Find:

    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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    AudioBook Review: The Sick house by Ambrose Ibsen

     

    Sick house

    • The Sick House : The Ulrich Files, Book 1
    • Listening Length: 6 hours and 48 minutes
    • Program Type: Audiobook
    • Version: Unabridged
    • Publisher: Ambrose Ibsen
    • Audible.com Release Date: April 4, 2016
    • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B01DPRMM50

    Book Blurb:

    Dr. Siegfried Klein has vanished on a mysterious pilgrimage to an abandoned infirmary in the ghost-town of Moonville. The locals in the surrounding areas are tight-lipped, hostile to outsiders. Local legend has it that the old Sick House is packed with spirits, none of them friendly, and that to set foot in it is to enter Hell itself.

    Enter Harlan Ulrich, private investigator and skeptic.

    Traveling to the site, the detective begins the long process of separating truth from grisly local myth, and during his investigation stumbles upon certain frightful evidence that tries his nerve. He wants to find the doctor in one piece and weathers the hostilities of the locals even as their stories keep him up at night. But the longer he spends in the ghost town of Moonville, the more he feels the influence of something sinister in the shuttered infirmary.

    When finally the truth is revealed and the infirmary’s sordid past comes to light, will Ulrich manage to escape with his life? Join him as he braves the myth-shadowed unknown and seeks out the missing doctor in The Sick House, a full-length novel of paranormal suspense and horror.

    Ratings:

    • Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    • Narration: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    • Story: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    My Review:

    I give the book a solid 5 stars because it was chilling and the mystery is consuming.

    This Horror story is grimly good. It is creepy and hearing it through my headphones, those voices ringing in my ears? Intense!

    The narrator, Jake Urry, has the best voices for the characters. the men all sound sinister when they should and sound intelligent when called for.Jake has a large amount of accents. I love his depiction of women. Such emotion and he is able to capture all ages of the characters. For narration I can only give 5 stars.

    The writing is great. The wording keeps you involved. Some of the descriptions were so involved, I could almost hear his chair creaking as he swiveled back and forth in thought. I loved it.

    Harlan Ulrich is a private investigator and he is not exactly comfortable when he is hired to find a missing doctor. Dr. Siegfried Klein, a doctor that was last seen heading to the supposedly haunted hospital known as the Sick House.

    Harlan is overwhelmed when he sneaks into the old hospital looking for signs that Dr. Klein had been there. While in that abandoned building he starts to feel things, evil and dangerous things.

    The things he experiences are not human and they are not solid. As he investigates he comes into contact with the towns people which are full of dire warnings and an unwillingness to confide in him.

    When he starts digging even deeper, he is able to find so much more about the Sick House than he expected. You can count on twists, turns and astounding revelations. What surprised me was that it was not a gruesome book. It was scary but not full of graphic horror. Thank goodness I have to say. I was not quite prepared for a lot of grizzly action.

    This was a wonderfully crafted book. The story was full of haunting events. This was really one good book to listen to on Audio books. The narrator brought the fear and eeriness to life. This is my second book narrated by Jake Urry and I can say it is not going to be my last. I loved the way he performs each character. He has a British accent, but he was able to do several american accents just wonderfully.

    I highly recommend this book if you like ghosts, spirits, mysteries and descriptive narration. I have not read anythign by Ambrose Ibsen before, but I will be looking for books by him after this one. It was just that good. I like that the book was not gory and morbid. Ambrose Ibsen set out to create a setting, an emotion, a tone and he succeeded. Excellent audio book.

    The book The Sick House by Ambrose Ibsen is available through KindleUnlimited and Audiobook by clicking the links below.

    Amazon  |  Audible