This was a great book - that kept you listening - and the narrator, Phil Gigante - is so far the BEST - that I have listened to - it made me actually picture the characters by the voices the did for them - KUDOS!!!!!!!!
Plot and Narrator!
Never- but for sure will NOW - this is how I am going to search for books - by the narrator!
Action, Horror, Mystery - you get it ALL - and romance - through all the tragedy - and family coming together - it had EVERYTHING!
OMGosh - I was thinking last night -when the book was over - OH - I wish this was a movie!
Reduce the gore
No, but he does very well with the voices and building the terror.
Shock, revulsion, and disappointment that I had wasted one of my two free Audible.com downloads.
Imagine the mental picture the listener forms as early in the book a woman is butchered
ALIVE!, and then not killed until her husband is helpless on the bed beside her!
MY SON AND HIS FRIENDS LIKED THIS BOOK.... WE LISTENED TO IT ON A TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS. THEY REALLY LIKED IT... WAS A GOOD LISTEN BUT WAS A BIT MUCH FOR THIS FEMALE.
Help Me! I can't stop reading this crap! Some of it is so hokey but i still can't stop. I can't lie to you but some of it is brilliant too. The way he carries some of his creepy characters over from book to book. I haven't been this excited about the horror genre in a long time! Terrific author! A warning though very gory!
Well I admit that I was influened by the other rave reviews about this. Certainly the description doesn't tell you enough to know what it's about or the title. But Afraid isn't appropriate title. It's not a scary story. It's a violent, odd story about a red ops commando group that gets dropped in a small town and kill most everyone in it and along the way it's so violent, weird, gory sometimes that I did not enjoy it in the end. I did finish it. I guess if you like that sort of thing then you'd like it, but it was too much from start to finish on things like one of the guys likes to eat peoples fingers and toes so he does to several people and one is a mass murder who slays about 100 town people in a gym and that whole scene is just disgusting so... what can I say - TOO violent - someone has a very weird imagination too. I will give credit to the narrator - he's excellent.
Perhaps one of the worse audiobooks I've ever purchased. The characters had absolutely NO development, the violence went beyond it's usefulness in an effort to save an absurdly stupid plot.
Usual garbage about the bad U.S. Military creating almost super human fighters who attack a town. The entire plot was centered around sadistic serial killers made into solders.
The writer is an exploiter. Using violence to make a buck!
Save your money or credit.
I agree that the plot is weak. The way that J A Konrath (aka Jack Kilborn) tells this tale, however, really captivates. It's a definite page turner. I bought the Kindle version and started reading it. I decided to buy the Audible version so I could listen to it at work in my office. Phil Gigante does an OK job with the narration. Not the best audible book narrator. This is an Audible book where I found the written version to grab my interest more than the audible book version.
This is the first time I have ever rated any title 5 stars. I absolutely loved this book, everything about it was great. It was very exciting right from the beginning, I would recommend it to anyone who loves thrillers. I am a huge Koontz fan but I am switching over to Jack Kilborn. Mr. Kilborn does not go over board with his description to details like so many other authors do and Phil Gigante's narration was PERFECT!!!!! I could vividly picture each character and really get into what was happening to them. This is the first book I have listened to that caught my attention in the first 5 minutes. It had a great plot twist and the characters were strong and determined. I couldn't wait to get back into the car and listen to more. I will be anxiously waiting for Afraid's sequel "Trapped" to come to audible and I will be listening to more of Mr. Gigante as well.
I really enjoyed this book. It was simple, well-written and delivered more than it promised. It reads like a well-done B movie. Lots of fun.
This book is NOT for the squeamish. I read some of the reviews before buying this book, and although their warnings were very clear, I didn't understand the depth of the squirm factor. There were several long passages that were excrutiating to listen to--not through any lack of skill on Kilborn's part, but precicely the opposite--a detailed and explicit depiction of torture. Believe the reviewers on this one!
For fans of horror and suspense, this is a winner.
Not for those with a weak stomach, but great fun! Is the plot far-fetched... for sure! Are the characters (especially the bad guys) over the top...yup! Will this book give you the chills...absolutely (but with a smile on your face). It is well written, the story keeps hurling along almost without a break, and the characters are well developed and enjoyable. One of the few books lately that had me right from the start and kept me going until the end. One note about the reader: Mr. Gigante is without a doubt, one of the best narrators in the business. He is so good at making the separate characters different, you would swear that there are 4 or 5 different people reading. He is obviously having a great time......almost too good! His interpretation of Santiago and Ernie (two bad guys) is downright scary (and a bit weird). This one is a keeper!