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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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    Terri Hooker, OK, United States 04-13-11
    Terri Hooker, OK, United States 04-13-11
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    "WOW.......GREAT BOOK!!!"

    I have become a HUGE Jack Kilborn fan. I listened to "Afraid" first and couldn't get enough. I was so excited to begin "Endurance" and I was not disappointed. I use to be a big fan of Dean Koontz but I have to admit Mr. Kilborn has him beat. If you love horror stories you will not be disappointed in this book. Just be prepared to listen because you will not be able to press pause!!!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Wakarusa, KS, United States 04-25-11
    Nathan Wakarusa, KS, United States 04-25-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Awesome"

    This book was amazing. The horror and fast paced action was great. Truly a story of people who go through hell and back. I've bought every Jack Kilborn book he puts out and I will continue to do the same. If you like gruesome horror with and a lot of action then look no further.

    I thought the narrator did a great job. His southern style made a lot of the characters really come to life. I have listened to many books where four or five characters sound exactly the same and its hard to know who is who. I could definately tell when each character was speaking. Excellent.

    Five stars!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tracie Hurkett, ON, Canada 11-06-11
    Tracie Hurkett, ON, Canada 11-06-11 Member Since 2007
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    "creepy as hell"

    I dont think any book has ever kept me on the dge pf my seat as much as Endurance...probably the creepiest audio book I've ever listened to. Amazing and I highly recommend it

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    James Columbus, IN, United States 03-17-11
    James Columbus, IN, United States 03-17-11 Member Since 2008
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    "This is a genre treat"

    Okay, if you are looking for an uplifting, introspective yadda, yadda... keep looking. This hits the same vein as staying up late and watching "Friday the Nightmare on Elm Chainsaw".

    I have listened to a few of Jack's books and like them because they prod at the same nerve that weirded me out when I was 13, camping and someone starts telling a scary story that you were like "no way" but it creeped you out later in the dark.

    I thought Christopher Lane should be commended. He got a pretty into it with some unsettling vocalizations that made me wonder what the hell went on in his childhood.

    Hey its fun, its like a carnival ride. This book was never meant to compare to "Grapes of Wrath"!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Marjory Bloomington, IL, United States 02-19-11
    Marjory Bloomington, IL, United States 02-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "perfect narration made for a creepy novel"

    If i had read this book on my own I don't think it would of had the same feel. Christopher Lane's narration made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up on end. The book it's self was typical Jack Kilborn. Gruesome and a bit over the top, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I truely recommend to all horror novel fans.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Rickard Katrineholm, Sweden 01-03-13
    Rickard Katrineholm, Sweden 01-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "You get up just to get beat down again."
    Where does Endurance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high! it was scary and disturbing. A little on the gory side but still great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Endurance?

    The way you get your hopes up that everything will be fine, and then the hope gets smashed and everything is horrible, happens alot. But my favorite part was the ending.


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

    No but i loved his accent and way of telling the story.
    And i would love to hear more from him.


    If you could rename Endurance, what would you call it?

    The presidential suites? i don't know i think the name is very fitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it. and i recommend the book to any fans of slasher films.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sally Atlanta, GA, United States 03-20-11
    Sally Atlanta, GA, United States 03-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Wicked fun!!!!"

    This fast-paced thriller is deliciously gory! Narrator Christoper Lee is amazing and gives an all-out performance. There are a wide variety of characters, from the Katherine Hepburn-esque grandmother to cleft-palate mutants and he makes them all come alive.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Damascus, OR, United States 10-27-11
    David Damascus, OR, United States 10-27-11
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    "Great!!!"

    I don't understand how everyone thinks this is sooo gory?? It was really nothing worse than any other American blooded horror/Slasher/mutant story. Movies show just as much gore, blood and guts. Maybe seeing it with your eyes is more tolerated than having it described with such detail.

    I've never heard of Jack Kilborn until I listen to his book "Horror", its a collection of some of his earlier and recent short stories, (which was really good and I'd totally recommend if u like this novel). But he is now one of my absolute favorites!!

    "Endurance", was so fun and kept me wanting to hear more! In facet this is a perfect story to be set up as a great horror movie! Such a creative mind Kilborn has, he really made this a fun and bloody good time and I can't wait to hear, or read another one of his books!!! In fact, I think there's three more left and I'm getting them right now!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SHEILA FAIRVIEW, TN, United States 02-23-11
    SHEILA FAIRVIEW, TN, United States 02-23-11
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    "Endurance"

    This has to be one of the goriest, most violent books I've ever read. It's plot (?) is outRAGEOUSly impossible. As for me, that's what I expect for a book in this category. So if you like gory books, this a 5 star one. I took away a lot of points because of the narrator. I give him a minus 1 star. Awful. Maybe he's trying to sound like Will Patton, but he fails miserably. Awful voices. Annoying drawl.
    Overall though, I still wanted to finish it to see how it ended. Not always true with a lot of books.
    Gory, gross and gruesome. I cringed several times and I LOVE horror stories! Got what I paid for.

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    David Newport New, VA, United States 12-29-12
    David Newport New, VA, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2011
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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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  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    6/19/11
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    "endurance"

    Before i purchased this book i had a listen to the narrator,as i think this is most important when listening to audio.At first i thought no way can i listen to that old deep south twang,but the story sounded so good,so i took a risk,thank god i did as it goes the narrator was in fact perfect for this kind of story,its gripping,disturbing and i think it would make a excellent film!!
    If you are not in to the sort of inbreed type films then do not listen,you need a hard stomach too,as it is quite Gross in parts.
    I enjoyed every minute highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    10/24/12
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    "Trapped with Triathletes"

    As the title suggests, this was very similar to his other book 'Trapped'. Triathletes trapped in a Psycho-esque house with Deliverence-type hillbillies. Pretty graphic in the nasty parts, be warned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Herdis
    Jordrup, Denmark
    8/5/12
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    "Endurance by Jack Kilborn"

    I do hope that this is meant to be a parody of a splatter/gore/blood&entrails thriller. If so the author really succeeded. It is so gross I laughed my head off - !!
    I do admit I chose the book for the reader, Christopher Lane. He is EXCELLENT and is the only reason for me to listen to this book. He gets ***** for his performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gemma
    Radlett, United Kingdom
    2/2/12
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    "Not a dull moment!"

    Wow, I loved this! It's odd because, for a horror novel, it's not actually very scary. It's pretty obvious from the start what is going to happen because it's the same as every other horror story, but strangely that doesn't detract from it. It is extremely gorey, very blackly comic in places and touching in others. There is good character development for a novel of this type, although many of the bad guys are completely unbelievable - that was quite a relief as I'm not a fan of exploring the psychology of the baddies too deeply. Quite a lot else is unbelievable, especially how many injuries people can take and still live, but I suppose it's hard to write a horror story without that.

    The narration is brilliant, one of the best I've heard. Christopher Lane has just the right accent and tone for a story like this and he puts on good voices for the different characters.

    I really recommend this for fans of gore, but not for people who prefer subtle psychological terror from horror.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte
    Mamesbury, United Kingdom
    11/9/11
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    "Brilliant read...'' Wrong turn'' as a book!"

    Again my second novel by this author (will work my way through his books now, as so far I have loved all of them!) This book, for me was made by not only the brilliant (and like someone said, not original but hey, some stories just work so why not do them over again!) storyline but also the characters. Very likeable and you do root for them... And they certainly need rooting for as by now I have realised that these books are not mild but full on terror need to get out of there situations. Very thrilling which of course is only made moreso by the authors ability to create a scene and bring you into the horror!
    If you enjoyed at all the theme to the film Wrong Turn.. Then you will absolutely love this. Brilliant fast paced book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lester
    Ilford, United Kingdom
    10/28/11
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    "Top gore"

    Jack Kilborn is a sick puppy. I like to listen to my audio books on the daily commute but a couple of times I had to sit in silence as the gore/suspense got too much.

    Great stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuentes Perivancich Pamela
    8/29/11
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    "A fun listening"

    Although not at all original, this book was very enjoyable, especially because of the narrator. One can tell the author took his pain writing it so, although a very abused genre, it still has some original moments and also some funny ones. If you enjoy splatter and the inbred-horror plots this book is for you. If you don't like blood, avoid it. Lots of strong female characters as well, which is very refreshing. So, hard to put down but nothing groundbreaking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iain
    Shepperton, United Kingdom
    8/2/11
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    "So glad I wasn't on the character list.."

    After listening to Trapped, I could not wait to download another Kilborn title and 'Endurance' certainly did not disappoint. The storyline is amazing and kept me gripped throughout the entire book. Christopher Lane has done an excellent job in narrating this book and certainly brings all of the characters to life, and at times perhaps even more so. The story is so fast and unpredictable, just when you think your getting somewhere, you're never quite there yet and find yourself somewhere else instead - Quentin Tarrantino eat your heart out. A brilliant book!! Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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