Not likely. The first few chapters tell a chilling story of the Ripper's last murder, but then the story takes a detour from the dark fog-filled back alleys of Whitechapel to....wait for it....the Wild, Wild West and side stories about train robberies, desperadoes, saloon shoot-outs, and even a traveling snake oil salesman! Additionally, about 20 or more people are killed in the presence of our plucky hero, yet he manages to escape every one of them thanks to what he describes as "a bit of luck." Preposterous!
It was tedious and frustrating listening to desperadoes and cowboys in the 1888's talk with an English accent.
Almost all of them. Too many side stories that brought nothing to the story. The author should have stuck with Jack the Ripper and Whitechapel instead of sidetracking us with other characters that never fully developed. We knew very little about these people and cared less.
This was an extremely boring listen. I was disappointed and skipped most of the latter chapters just to get to the ending.
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The story was unbelievable. We are asked to believe a family with two teenages experience horrifying events almost immediately after purchasing a house do not share these experiences with each other; instead they decide to keep it to themselves. After many terrifying experiences, it isn't until Chapter 25 before one of the parents utters those magic words "we have to move!" Unlikely as it may seem, the teens are texting but the two parents (one a website developer the other an attorney) do not text; rather they use their cell phones to call each other. The ending was ridiculous and completely disappointing. I got the feeling the author got tired of writing the story and came up with a preposterous ending just to be done with it.
Annoying, monotone voice. Couldn't tell who was speaking because the character voices were nearly the same.
A few scary moments but truthfully too few to save the book
I enjoyed listening to this story. It transports the listener to 1699 and describes in detail the brutal naive approach to incarceration, trials and evidence. The narrator has an uncanny talent for altering his voice to define each of the characters - even a 17th century Indian.
The story was suspenseful and enjoyable.
No but this listen promptly led me to get the other Matthew Corbett books.
Not a thing!
This was as thrilling and suspenseful as Glenn Cooper's "Secret of the Seventh Son." Read that one first and Book of Souls will be more enjoyable because its events take place after "Secret...." The narrator was excellent managing the different roles and varied accents with ease. Both books weave an interesting story starting with 8th century Britain to the present. If you close your eyes you can vividly picture the monks, the abbey and the present day events. I lost 3 lbs. listening to it because I did so only when on my treadmill. The desire to hear what was going to happen next encouraged many impromptu treadmill sessions. Both books were awesome!
I was somewhat disappointed with these stories. Most are about child ghosts and the stories are not frightening at all. In most cases, the ending can be guessed shortly after the story unfolds. These stories are, in my opinion, excellent for pre-teens.
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