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Endurance | [Jack Kilborn]

Endurance

The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location, especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor. With the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone....
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The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location, especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor. With the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone.

First her suitcase wasn't where she put it. Then her cell phone was moved. Finally, she heard an odd creaking under the bed. Confusion quickly turned to fear, and fear to hysteria when she discovered the front door was barred and the windows were bricked over. There was no way out.

One year later, four new female athletes have become guests of the Inn. Will they escape the horrors within its walls? Or will they join the many others who have died there, in ways too terrible to imagine?

©2010 Jack Kilborn and J.A. Konrath (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-10-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-10-14 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "PEOPLE CHECK IN, BUT THEY DON'T CHECK OUT"

    THE PERSON WHO TOOK MY LEGS, IS UNDER THE BED
    It is black or white on rather you will love or hate this book, and you will do one of the two. If you enjoy slasher movies and/or you are the type to pay extra to see the freaks at the circus, you will love this. If you do not enjoy such things you will hate this. I'M SURROUNDED BY FREAKS.

    Q: WHAT DO YOU WANT
    A: I WANT TO WATCH YOU BLEED.
    If you are still reading then you will love this, so how does this compare to other Konrath scary books? I have read three of Konrath's science fiction books and this is my third scary or dark book. This is a five star book, but I did like Trapped best and then Afraid and then this. I'm sure I should not admit to it, but I have always been fascinated by inbreeding and the results. X-Files has an episode involving an inbreeding family that I liked a lot. Due to Man's silly belief that leadership is in the blood, we have several examples of inbreeding throughout our history with the Kings and Queens and Pharaohs. The premise for this story is a family who has Roosevelt blood and believes they can breed a new president. Through most of the book I was shocked and grossed out, but I will admit toward the end, it did get to the point of enough already. Konrath got to the point where he was just coming up with all the weird oddities he could think up and the story got a bit redundant. I also did not find the Mountain Lion scary, nor did I think it fit into the story that well. I realize that Mountain Lions are nothing to be messed with, but it was just a regular everyday mountain lion.

    You can not compare Konrath to Koontz or King, these guys have totally different styles. King and Koontz write scary mess with your head stuff, sometimes with character development and usually a political message. Konrath writes dark, gory, shocking stuff, without character development or any messages. He is just trying to entertain.

    The narrator is very good. He does have to do several red necks and many of them do sound the same, but this is not a character driven story, so it did not matter. I did not think when he was doing the regular narration and not doing characters, that he needed to stay in the red neck voice and it would have sounded better if he had not done so. Just my thought and it was certainly not done to the point of distraction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Annapolis MD United States 10-10-14
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    "TWISTED!!!!"

    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.

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    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 10-05-14
    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 10-05-14 Member Since 2015

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    "More Horror than i was ready for."

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GemInI1963 FLOODWOOD, MN, United States 08-11-14
    GemInI1963 FLOODWOOD, MN, United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Made for a scary drive home from work at night!"

    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!

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    Gail Moxley Verona, NJ 07-24-14
    Gail Moxley Verona, NJ 07-24-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Very Graphic"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 07-10-14
    Susan 07-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Disgusting gratuitous horror"
    What would have made Endurance better?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl T. White Asheville, NC USA 04-24-14
    Cheryl T. White Asheville, NC USA 04-24-14 Member Since 2013

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    "They should invent a new catagory for this one!"
    If you could sum up Endurance in three words, what would they be?

    Horrific, requires endurance, non-stop listening!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The voices of Christopher Lane. The insanely morbid imagination of Jack Kilborn.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Newport New, VA, United States 12-29-12
    David Newport New, VA, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Just get past the first few chapters"
    Would you listen to Endurance again? Why?

    I'm not sure i Would Listen to it again because i don't typically do the read/listen thing twice.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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! :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    anne RICHMOND, CA, United States 09-07-11
    anne RICHMOND, CA, United States 09-07-11 Member Since 2011

    Artist, publisher/editor

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    "I was really rooting for these characters"

    Again King provides us with a group of boys that break your heart, I didn't want the story to end and silly as is sounds, I missed these guys when the story was over. This is one of his better non-horror stories with a plot that turned my stomach into knots each time the characters crossed another hurtle.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gail 09-01-11
    Gail 09-01-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Gross, Disgusting, Sick & Gruesome"

    I have to say that this was the most gross, gory, disgustingly sick book I've ever read or heard. Yes.... I listened to the whole thing - to see where the author would go next. When I read the review, it sounded like an interesting storyline and the first chapter or two drew me in - people missing in the woods and a scary motel. But the sick, bloody ideas that this author created makes me actually wonder about him - how can an author even come up with this? Without telling too much about the actual story - it's totally far-fetched & unbelievable. The author relies on gore to create a 'story'. The narrator turned out to be just the right person to read this type of book - his voice is creepy and sounds like a back-hills sociopath. If you like blood & guts, are on the border of being a serial killer yourself and like to look at bloody accident scenes, then this book is for you.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful

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