June 1984. Timmy Graco is looking forward to summer vacation, taking it easy and hanging out with his buddies. Instead, his summer will be filled with terror and a life-and-death battle against a nightmarish creature that few will believe even exists. Timmy learns that the person who’s been unearthing fresh graves in the cemetery isn’t a person at all. It’s a thing. And it’s after Timmy and his friends. If Timmy hopes to live to see September, he’ll have to escape the Ghoul.
©2011 Brian Keene (P)2011 Audio Realms, Inc.
"The enormity of Keene’s pulp horror imagination is both rare and wonderful." (Publishers Weekly)
"Keene is a virtuoso writer." (Fangoria)
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I've only listened to this book, I have not read it, but I did think the performance the narrator gave helped you feel the urgency, the tweenaged awkwardness, eew gross factor of being a kid on a bike back in the old days. I imagine you would have felt it in print, but maybe not with the same feeling of shared surprise and shared danger.
The author nails the kid conspiracy, the summers nailed together out of junk and found on the side of the road and all that high drama of enemies and friends and feuds and forts and all that stuff that if our parents had known what we were doing they'd have been afraid for our lives and had us in twice a year for tetanus shots (and I was a girl. God help the boys). It makes a fabulous gritty, dirty backdrop for a monster story.
I have not, but if I see his name I will hope for another good performance.
It was very true. Things that have truth in them, that capture something like that can be very emotional.
There maybe should be a trigger warning (I know, but people who are tired of this can ignore it, and people who need them need them) for sexual assault & child abuse. People who have trauma that they are dealing with don't want to stumble on that unprepared.
Yes, a younger friend though.
It was good but exactly what I expected.
This novel was like Pumpkinhead meets Stand by Me. Well written, a little drawn out at times, but nicely done. Worth the money.
creepy exciting sad
The epilogue was sad but memorable.
I liked it, I can develop images by reading, but I don't have time- so this was a great way to experience the book
Timmy was well-developed and easy to identify with.
Some of the sex details were not necessary detracted in my opinion. It was a great story and worth ignoring the sex details to get the story, but it is unnecessarily detailed during the sex scenes. I really liked the social issues brought out and interesting ideas relating to the social issues. I also really didn't like the scene where the boys got even with Catcher.
I can't really answer that. I personally prefer to read books but I have to settle for audiobooks on my 3 hour commute every day. The narrator did a wonderful job though. I like that he didnt go overbored trying to do voices.
I liked all them and the dynanic between them. Doug was probably my favorite.
He has a nice deep voice that compliments the tone of the book.
Monsters aren't the only thing out to get you.
I love horror stories. I usually read Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Richard Matheson, John Saul and the like. This story isnt a typical horror story, being that actual monsters are only half the battle but I think thats what makes it great. I love this story and will listen again.
We were all kids once, and this is a typical Brian Keene gore fest with unmentionable violation of women. This is the only aspect I don't like about Keene, but if you want a pleasant read then go read "Gone with the Wind!"
This is a classic Brian Keene, not for the faint of heart or the viscerally sensitive. Be ready to be spooked, horrified, and saddened. Keene does not try to redeem the better qualities of the human race, but to expose the darker elements, and the supernatural, and let you digest it.
wise in the ways of metal
Excellent characterization and a rapid pace.
Stand by Me (Stephen King) for its realistic portrayal of young boy characters.
The narrator himself. His mechanical delivery gave tension to the reading.
The Ghoul himself, if he could restrain himself.
A really great listen that was better than expected. The story is very intimate but with hints at a much larger overall horror as we learn a bit of The Ghoul's origins.
I really enjoyed this. the story and the reading were good. the narrator conveyed different voices extremely well. as with another listener, i used up my credit too fast on this one! a slight criticism - the narrator should slow down just a little. otherwise a good 'spend' of a credit.
Yes. The way the narrator tells the story, it's as if your watching it on tv.
The cave part.
I would highly recommend this book to the adventurer.
Yes. In time. Why? Because it ws entertaining.
Dan Simmons wrote great book that would compare to this. I forgot the name, but I think it had Summer in the title. It was about a group of kids, friends, an old school. That probably isn't real helpful, but maybe someone can help me out here and come up with the name.
The story was good, well written and the reader was very good. I have listened to books before where The reader ruins the book.
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