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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Terri Jones 10-30-14
    Terri Jones 10-30-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Ridiculous"

    Couldn't even finish it. Made it past five hours, but the whole thing seems like it was written by a 14-year-old boy.

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    Leslie Helgerson Lewisville, TX 10-27-14
    Leslie Helgerson Lewisville, TX 10-27-14
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    "Never a dull moment."

    Gore, torture and death. Never know who to trust. Lot of different stories with everyone going to the same place. Real nail bitter. Had to keep going, to get to the end.

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    Glen H. Hightower 10-25-14 Member Since 2009
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    "This book kept me awake!"
    Would you listen to Endurance again? Why?

    It was a great story, with great narration. I'm a truck driver and I've listened to hundreds of books over the years. I drive at night and some nights I have to give up listening to a book because I'm getting sleepy with my mind being steered by a book, even though it might be a good book. Sometimes though, there's a book where the story keeps me awake, and this is one of them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Endurance?

    When Florence shows her mettle.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Great narration...in fact so good I searched and bought another book narrated by him. So far it's looking pretty good too. He did a lot of voices in this one and they were all good.


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    Olivia 10-24-14
    Olivia 10-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Enduring the horror Freaks"
    Where does Endurance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up there at the top. 5 stars, couldn't think of anything bad about it. Well written and very well performed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As a movie horror fan, this story was like a cross between Vacancy and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The imagination could run wild thinking about the mutated freaks.


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

    Being one of the first horror audiobooks this book was unreal to listen to. Christopher did an exceptional job with the many different characters and really made them come alive. I could really feel the terror that someone would feel in that situation.


    Who was the most memorable character of Endurance and why?

    So difficult to pick just one. Every character (even the mutated ones) are memorable. I did like the ending with the main characters. Rounded the story out well.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't like horror don't get this. But if you are after one vivid hell of a ride where anything can happen this book is a must. You will not be disappointed.

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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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    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
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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

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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

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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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