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Dark Mountain | [Richard Laymon]

Dark Mountain

For two families, it was supposed to be a relaxing camping trip in the California mountains. They thought it would be fun to get away from everything for a while. But they're not alone. The woods are also home to two terrifying residents who don't take kindly to strangers - an old hag with unholy powers, and her hulking son, a half-wild brute with uncontrollable, violent urges. The campers still need to get away - but now their lives depend on it!
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For two families, it was supposed to be a relaxing camping trip in the California mountains. They thought it would be fun to get away from everything for a while. But they're not alone. The woods are also home to two terrifying residents who don't take kindly to strangers - an old hag with unholy powers and her hulking son, a half-wild brute with uncontrollable, violent urges. The campers still need to get away - but now their lives depend on it!

©1987 Richard Laymon (P)2012 Audio Realms

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    Leonard Vereeniging, South Africa 08-09-12
    Leonard Vereeniging, South Africa 08-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very good book but needs different narrator"
    What did you love best about Dark Mountain?

    Excellent adventure story! This was my first Laymon book that I read in paperback, years ago, and I was looking forward very much to the audio version. Many of my friends read my paperback and whether they liked horror or not, ALL of them enjoyed this story.


    Did Randy Hames do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Randy is a very good narrator but due to his deep voice not a perfect fit for this specific book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Edmonton, Australia 03-17-14
    Katie Edmonton, Australia 03-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good storyline"
    Where does Dark Mountain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was pretty good - definitely on my list of keepers and listen to agains....


    Any additional comments?

    The story stopped and changed a few times, which made it a little hard to follow a few times, but once I realised what was happening I was all good again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 09-06-12
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Hints At Something Better"

    "Dark Mountain" is a serviceable thriller. It's entertaining, if there's nothing better on the shelf. This book would have been made considerably better with some editing. Much of the interplay between characters doesn't serve to advance the story.

    The narrator isn't well suited for this particular work, although he gives it his best.

    The author's attention to minutia (particularly sexual minutia) can be distracting, and might work better in a different kind of book. The effort is there, but the final product is lacking.

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  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    7/6/12
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    "DARK MOUNTAIN"

    This is the first time i have read any of Richard Laymons books and i am so glad i did this is your worst camping trip nightmare,you just don't wanna be there its chilling and you are longing for the characters to get out the woods,its very graphic with alot of sexual encounters,and its very gross in some places i loved it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
    11/10/13
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    "Worst book ever.... And that's not all"
    What disappointed you about Dark Mountain?

    Story - the story was so weak that it felt like it was written by a teenager, I almost expected it to end with one of those lazy " and then I woke up " endings. It was full of cliches and very lazy shortcuts. There were lots of descriptions of sex but these felt like they were bolted on by an editor who was looking at a specific market. Some of the sex was wildly inappropriate and we're not there to move the story along.

    Narrator - absolutely awful and in fact spoiled it right from the off, he sounds like one of those voice over artists who do the infomercials on shopping channels (hence my title) . His emphasis on certain words actually spoiled the whole narrative.


    Has Dark Mountain put you off other books in this genre?

    Not really, but I will avoid the narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Even Derek Jacobi could not make the story work


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment as it had been highly recommend by others


    Any additional comments?

    I will be asking for my credit to be refunded on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Nr Howden, United Kingdom
    7/5/13
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    "Dark Mountain - Don't bother!!!!"
    Would you try another book written by Richard Laymon or narrated by Randy Hames?

    I had high hope for this book but the story line was totally unbelievable and laughable at times.


    What was most disappointing about Richard Laymon’s story?

    The story line.


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