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Ghoul

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"The enormity of Keene’s pulp horror imagination is both rare and wonderful." (Publishers Weekly)

"Keene is a virtuoso writer." (Fangoria)

What Members Say

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    Christine Ehren Saint Paul, MN 02-10-15
    Christine Ehren Saint Paul, MN 02-10-15 Member Since 2014

    C O Ehren

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    "Gruesome, & scary, like a 70's carny spook ride."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghoul to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    I have not, but if I see his name I will hope for another good performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was very true. Things that have truth in them, that capture something like that can be very emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Igrat777 10-10-14
    Igrat777 10-10-14
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    "Well done"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, a younger friend though.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was good but exactly what I expected.


    Did Wayne June do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel was like Pumpkinhead meets Stand by Me. Well written, a little drawn out at times, but nicely done. Worth the money.

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    Indiana Running Mom 07-15-14

    running mom

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    "Creepy good read"
    If you could sum up Ghoul in three words, what would they be?

    creepy exciting sad


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghoul?

    The epilogue was sad but memorable.


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

    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


    Who was the most memorable character of Ghoul and why?

    Timmy was well-developed and easy to identify with.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Katie Miller Sherman, NY 07-11-13
    Katie Miller Sherman, NY 07-11-13
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    "Not what I expected but even better"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghoul to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked all them and the dynanic between them. Doug was probably my favorite.


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

    He has a nice deep voice that compliments the tone of the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Monsters aren't the only thing out to get you.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Book Sponge 05-01-12
    Book Sponge 05-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "An older story, but worth a listen."
    What made the experience of listening to Ghoul the most enjoyable?

    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!"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SAN JOSE, Costa Rica 04-24-12
    Amazon Customer SAN JOSE, Costa Rica 04-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Ghoulish horror story"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LUIS Obregon, Mexico 02-07-12
    LUIS Obregon, Mexico 02-07-12

    wise in the ways of metal

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    "A coming of age horror story"
    What did you love best about Ghoul?

    Excellent characterization and a rapid pace.


    What other book might you compare Ghoul to and why?

    Stand by Me (Stephen King) for its realistic portrayal of young boy characters.


    Which character – as performed by Wayne June – was your favorite?

    The narrator himself. His mechanical delivery gave tension to the reading.


    If you could take any character from Ghoul out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The Ghoul himself, if he could restrain himself.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr Dionne P Joseph Qatar 01-24-12
    Dr Dionne P Joseph Qatar 01-24-12 Member Since 2016

    juldion

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    "an unexpectedly good listen"

    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.

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    Kenneth barre, VT, United States 09-26-12
    Kenneth barre, VT, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing performance."
    Would you listen to Ghoul again? Why?

    Yes. The way the narrator tells the story, it's as if your watching it on tv.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghoul?

    The cave part.


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

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book to the adventurer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer RENO, NV, United States 08-20-12
    Amazon Customer RENO, NV, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Well done"
    Would you listen to Ghoul again? Why?

    Yes. In time. Why? Because it ws entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Ghoul to and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was good, well written and the reader was very good. I have listened to books before where The reader ruins the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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