Absolutely love this book. Jack Kilborn definitely a fave author now! If you are a quesy person, I warn you not to read. I'm a true Stephen king fan and this is up there with his most gory. Cannibals, rape, sadistic hill billies... This book literally turned me into a vegetarian. Must read and I warn don't read in dark or alone if your imagination is like mine...
This book is basically bad Wrong Turn fan-fiction narrated by a cross between Foghorn Leghorn and Andy Griffith. From some of the other reviews, you'd think it would have been nothing but gore, but it's really not. If you want something along the same lines, but better, try Off Season by Jack Ketchum. Seriously, listen to the sample first, because that's what you're stuck with for ten hours if you can't stand the narration.
If you like horror stories, you'll love this one. Christopher Lane's narration was excellent and the story kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't stop listening even as the evening hour became late and the action freaked me out.
I got this on a BOGO deal, so at least it was free. I'm only about 30 minutes into it, but doubt I'll finish. First, the narrator uses a Southern accent for most of the action, which baffles me. I guess it's because the story takes place in West Virginia. But I found the accent irritating and confusing -- the protagonists don't have Southern accents. Lane does a great job with creating different voices for different characters, but that's not enough to save this book.
The author can write fairly well, but the story is so lame. In a nutshell, it appears to be the standard "crazy cannibal family" and torture porn we're all so used to from endless Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hills Have Eyes, and countless spin-off movies. I don't go to these movies because I dislike excessive violence, murder and torture for its own sake.
When I think of "horror" I think of writers like H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, and Richard Matheson. Writers who can convey a sense of absolute dread and unease, instead of merely relying of stereotypical crazy maniacs and bloody gore.
Narration was very well done. The book became too horror filled for me to listen to and drive.
If you like horror this might be for you. Creeepy!
This is one of the scariest books I have listened to in a long while! Living in the country and working the late shift, I was running to my house when I got home from work! I've always loved reading horror and am no stranger to the thing under the stairs and this book was great fun!
I'm only about 2 hours into this story but I have had to stop listening. Although the story is creepy and scary (that's a good thing!) it provides some very graphic and disturbing scenes. I will delete this from my library and hope that the nasty images can be deleted from my memory.
I suppose I didn't realize this was a Horror book. For me, more of a story and less horror, would have improved this book. I couldn't even complete it. The horror wasn't suspenseful or well written at all. It was immature and gratuitous and seemed more in line with what a 15 year old boy would write.
Horrific, requires endurance, non-stop listening!
The voices of Christopher Lane. The insanely morbid imagination of Jack Kilborn.
All of Christopher Lane's performances are incredible! I look for his name first and then to see if I want to listen to the book. A book can be ruined if you don't like the performance of the narrator.
I'm not sure i Would Listen to it again because i don't typically do the read/listen thing twice.
He brings the west Virginia country sound to it and i would have a hard time building the characters voices, and there are many! It took me some time to get used to the country sounding voices but he did a great job holding characters to their unique voices.
Good Listen and story. If your not used to the country twang it takes a bit to get used to but the twang helps place you in the West Virginia mountains. Creepy place! :)