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Darkness on the Edge of Town | [Brian Keene]

Darkness on the Edge of Town

One morning the residents of Walden, Virginia, woke up to find the rest of the world gone. Just...gone.

Surrounding their town was a wall of inky darkness, plummeting Walden into permanent night. Nothing could get in - not light, not people, not even electricity, radio, TV, Internet, food, or water. And nothing could get out. No one who dared to penetrate the mysterious barrier has ever been seen again. Only their screams were heard. But for some, the darkness is not the worst of their fears. Driven mad by thirst, hunger, and perpetual night, the residents of Walden are ready to explode.

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Publisher's Summary

One morning the residents of Walden, Virginia, woke up to find the rest of the world gone. Just...gone.

Surrounding their town was a wall of inky darkness, plummeting Walden into permanent night. Nothing could get in - not light, not people, not even electricity, radio, TV, Internet, food, or water. And nothing could get out. No one who dared to penetrate the mysterious barrier has ever been seen again. Only their screams were heard.

But for some, the darkness is not the worst of their fears. Driven mad by thirst, hunger, and perpetual night, the residents of Walden are ready to explode. The last few sane prisoners of this small town must prepare a final stand against their neighbors, themselves, and something even worse...something out there...in the darkness...

©2011 Brian Keene (P)2012 Audio Realms

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    Mary Alberta, Canada 11-12-12
    Mary Alberta, Canada 11-12-12
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    "One of the very BEST stories!"

    It's been some time since I have listened to this story so here goes. I truly struggle to think of a negative thing to say about this story: it is short so has to make every word count.I visualized pretty much everything I heard and when I am able to do that I know I have essentially been part of something really special.

    If you like sci fi and mysteries, you will like this book. I would rank this story as one of the most enjoyable "reads" I have had. Eric Medler was more than able to assume the female voices without seeming petulant or whiny as some storys have had by other narrators and really, I think its as much vocal skill as plain physical limitation of the male voice to reach the female voice.

    Thank you for reading my review, I hope it helps you when deciding to read this book.

    Kindest Regards, m

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jazzi Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 10-10-12
    Jazzi Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 10-10-12

    I have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it

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    "Bravo, Brian Keene and Eric Medler!!!!"
    Would you listen to Darkness on the Edge of Town again? Why?

    I definitely intend to listen to this story again. It's a fresh take on a "Twilight Zone" idea except, instead of dealing with one street, Brian takes an entire city into the darkness. This audiobook is so deserving of 10 stars!!!!


    What does Eric Medler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Depth! Eric breathes life into each character. I swear when he went "hood" I nearly lost my mind I laughed so hard. Brian made the story great but Eric made the story memorable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't like answering questions like this. I wish audible would remove them. Such a "spoiler" move, Audible.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of horror fiction, thrillers, and suspense novels this book is a must!!!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Carthage, IL 08-29-12
    Terry Carthage, IL 08-29-12

    I am a bookaholic. If not reading a real book, then listening to one during my daily commute or as I go to sleep each night.

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    "Couldn't stop listening"
    What did you love best about Darkness on the Edge of Town?

    This was a very well thought out story. Kept me guessing about what might be happening next. Cliff hanger ending as well.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Hallett Cove, Australia 12-29-13
    Louise Hallett Cove, Australia 12-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good but flawed listen"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The part that hooked me was the town, isolated and cut off from everyone else by a malevolent force. The small ragtag group of survivors desperately trying to make do as they and everything around them falls apart around them.


    Which character – as performed by Eric Medler – was your favorite?

    No character really stood out, but Eric's narration was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    The book suffers from the author telling you a broad outline of what's going to happen in the next hour or so and then filling in the details. Destroyed any surprise in the story as you'd already been told what was going to happen. Certain scenes seem way too long because of this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Artur Edmonton, AB, Canada 04-17-13
    Artur Edmonton, AB, Canada 04-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Contrived"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Why do you need an evil force to coax people into behaving badly? You've plunged a whole town into an extremely stressful and terrifying situation, just let that be the driving force for their actions.


    What was most disappointing about Brian Keene’s story?

    Characters just didn't seem real or believable. Made so much worse by the fact that their actions were being manipulated by a supernatural force. I can accept any situation as long as the characters are allowed to respond in what seems like a realistic fashion.


    Any additional comments?

    This is basically like Under the Dome by Stephen King except that the author has explicitly made every characters' reactions to the situation fake by design. Don't buy this book - get Under the Dome which is much, much better.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 08-02-12
    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 08-02-12
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    "It was OK"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Time well spent? Yes and no. It kept my interest enough to finish it. It was OK


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Bad ending in my opinion. Didn't tie up things.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Eric Medler?

    Yeah, the narrator was fine.


    Could you see Darkness on the Edge of Town being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Nope.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Abilene, TX 01-22-13
    David Abilene, TX 01-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Too Much Bad Language; Ending Is Unsatisfactory"
    What disappointed you about Darkness on the Edge of Town?

    Two things disappointed me. My first problem with this book is that all throughout the author has no qualms about foul-mouthed characters and using the Lord's name in vain, over and over again. Okay, a little cussing I can deal with, but this was too much times a hundred.The second part that I didn't like is that the ending was definitely not satisfactory. I'm not going to be a spoiler here, so I'll just say that it seems as if the author is either setting up for a sequel, or just needed to hurry and find a way to end the book. He left too much of the book unanswered. I didn't like that.


    If you’ve listened to books by Brian Keene before, how does this one compare?

    I've never listened to Keene's books.


    What does Eric Medler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think Eric Medler did an excellent job with the narration. His narration definitely helped bring the voices to life. I've never heard him before. I will check out and see what else he's narrated.


    What character would you cut from Darkness on the Edge of Town?

    I didn't like the high school punk. I'm not sure, but I think they called him "T." I was hoping his character would die soon.


    Any additional comments?

    The book only cost me a buck.99, so, well, at least there's that. The story was interesting, but the bad language annoyed me all the way through, and the ending stunk.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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