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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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    Gloria Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 10-18-14
    Gloria Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 10-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "EEWWWW! Like breaking a festering zit!"
    What did you love best about Endurance?

    I love blood and gore books, turns out I have a cut off point though! Don't get me wrong...I loved it, but a few times it was so gross that I had to lay it aside for a day and read something else to get me out of this story! You definitely need endurance to get to the end of this book!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Made me shiver....cant get much more enjoyable than that.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    OMG! It was like watching the movie, I could picture every slobbering, greasy character just from his portrayal of them. Even the grandmother had a very endearing portrayal kind of like Katherine Hepburn.


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

    I was definitely moved when Miles got his hand sawed off and handed to him and the sinister doc started eyeballing what to sever next....ewwwww EWW!


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad it is finished....in a good way. Now a nice old fashioned detective story would be nice....

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    Jow Nevada 10-13-14
    Jow Nevada 10-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Crazy Messed Up Book"

    I snagged this book because I saw the title and the mention of triathlon. I like mystery/horror novels and I'm an endurance athlete, so I thought it would be an interesting combination of the two. But the triathlon doesn't really have much play in the story... Which is an incredibly messed up story. How can someone come up with such gory, bloody and horrible things? I think I would have liked this book better if I had read it, because when reading it I can skim over things that start to feel too graphic. With the audio performance it really sticks in your head. Also, I like to listen to audiobooks at 2x speed, but it is virtually impossible to do that with this one because of the narrator's voices, it becomes too garbled and unintelligible. I kind of wish I'd spent the listening time on something else!

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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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    Stacy CHARLESTON, WV, United States 10-08-14
    Stacy CHARLESTON, WV, United States 10-08-14 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "There are no hillbilly cannibals in West Virginia"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Hopefully no one will enjoy this book.


    What was most disappointing about Jack Kilborn’s story?

    It was most disappointing because it was obviously written by someone who has never been to West Virginia and knows nothing about us.


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

    The narrator was great. Although he narrated in an Allegheny accent, he used excellent emphasis in all the right places.


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

    This book annoyed and disappointed me.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that books/stories like this do not shape the country's views of West Virginia and its citizens.

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    Ann Semple 10-07-14
    Ann Semple 10-07-14
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    "Grisly Horror"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is aimed at those who enjoy gross horror stories, with little else. If you are looking for something more subtle, look elsewhere.


    Has Endurance turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes and No. I'll avoid at least Jack Kilborn's horror stories from now on.


    What three words best describe Christopher Lane’s voice?

    Deep, Southern, overdone


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

    revulsion


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I have ever read a book with so little respite from horror.

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    garlic heart 10-06-14

    garlic heart

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    "it did not interest me"
    What would have made Endurance better?

    if it had been a John Grisham book it would have been better


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    probably John Grishams latest book


    What didn’t you like about Christopher Lane’s performance?

    the narrator was fine my problem was the story, was just creepy not interesting


    What character would you cut from Endurance?

    I cannot even remember the characters


    Any additional comments?

    I've learned that it really doesn't make any difference how many other people like the book that doesn't mean that I'm going to Like it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beau Marietta, GA, United States 09-05-14
    Beau Marietta, GA, United States 09-05-14

    I like a book that mixes horror and comedy - it's an awkward blend of suspense and release.

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    "Editor Needed. Oh, so very badly."

    Jump scares, horrible writing, cliche ending upon ending upon ending - I honestly expected Chewbacca to growl in triumph as the cast turned to the camera for the grand finale.

    I stuck with it. So you don't get one star. The idea for the story was great, and I bet the story itself would be great if somebody helped clear out the clutter of cliches and abuse of adverbs, predictable moments, and two-dimensional, (can a character be one-dimensional?) characters. Oh, so very very disappointing.

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    Sabrina 08-12-14
    Sabrina 08-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A little too dramatic and unreal"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you don't mind hyper fiction, it's a decent book to pass time. However, if you prefer stories that are a little more believable, don't waste your money!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Kilborn? Why or why not?

    Not at this point. Too far out there...l


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    don't remember


    Do you think Endurance needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    hell no


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    Shakira Cypress, CA, United States 08-01-14
    Shakira Cypress, CA, United States 08-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastically crazy!"

    If you like the movies Deliverance, Chernobyl Diaries, or Texas Chainsaw Massacre, you will love this book! The book includes mindless horror, bloody scenes, and a dramatic actor as narrator. You are actually there in the Roosevelt Manson. Read! Read! Read!

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    dorota United States 05-30-14
    dorota United States 05-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Narration!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Endurance the most enjoyable?

    The book was good. But the narrator really gave it his all and made it very enjoyable to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dark Story, twists and turns..


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