Ian is having difficulty letting go of the murder of his 5-year-old son, Alex. As a result, his marriage crumbles, his performance at work suffers, and his friends all abandon him. Ian eventually finds himself alone - and then the hauntings start. Five-time AudioFile Earphones Award winner Mark Vietor expresses an entire range of emotions and tones flawlessly, using actual shifts in personality rather than vocal tricks for each character. Listeners will wonder whether Ian's visions of his son are a sign of psychosis or whether Alex is trying to contact him from the grave.
Alex was Ian's five-year-old son: brilliant, earnest, and compassionate. He is dead now, but Ian can't let him go. When his wife urges him to move on, he drives her away. His performance at work collapses; his friends leave him. Six months later, alone in an empty house, Ian starts to see his son again.
Every vision is a repeat of something the boy said or did in life: aching memories replaying themselves for Ian's eyes alone. Are these images of Alex real? Has Ian's son found a way back, to forgive or condemn his father? Or has Ian's sorrow metastasized into psychosis?
With a masterful hand, best-selling Kindle Horror author Adam J. Nicolai paints a picture of grief, madness, and the furious strength of a father's love for his son.
©2011 Adam J. Nicolai (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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For some reason when I first saw this audiobook I thought it was something much different that what the publishers summary actually says it is, sometimes I just need to slow down and really read stuff, think about it, and read it again. If you didn’t know that is one of the main reasons that I love audiobooks, because I don’t have to read them ;) . I do not normally listen to horror books but I do have a few that are in my queue to listen to in the near future. Some would wonder why not so much horror, aren’t zombie books horror and the answer is that few really fit into the horror genre at all. The main reason that I don’t listen to much horror is, they creep me out, honestly.
While Alex was a bit on the slow side, an unexpected twist and another turn and dramatic conclusion made this a very satisfying listen that I would instantly recommend to fans of this genre. For the first hour or two I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish listening to Alex. Reason being is that Ian lost is kid Alex to a one of the worst kind of monsters there are, child abductors, while the man was caught Alex did not make it and Ian blamed himself for it all and the audiobook just seemed to go on and on forever. Soon Ian starts to see Alex everywhere and replaying scenes out of his life, this slowly but surely start to break down Ian’s psyche and everyone around him is starting to notice. Nicolai is a great writer, I say this because he was able to make me truly believe that Ian was going completely nuts and having me at the edge of my seat waiting for the poop to hit the fan. Nicolai created in me and maintained a huge amount of anxiety and uncertainty throughout the audiobook, I was unsure whether Ian was haunted by his son or slowly going crazy until the last hour or so. I do not for one second want to know why I picked this audiobook because it is choices like this that make me keep coming back for more.
This was my first experience with Marc Vietor and I was not disappointed at all. At first I though to myself “How can a guy with a voice like this get an audiobook narrating gig”, but soon realized why. It takes more than a polished voice to make audiobook narration successful. One needs to be able to become more than a narrator and become everyone and everything within the story and Vietor was able to accomplish this by making Ian such a great character.
The story begins slowly and rambles on for several empty chapters. And then when you wake up the book slows down even more, but if you can hang in there until you get to the final 5 or 6 chapters there is some moderately slow action. It took me two months to finish this book.
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