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Ghoul | [Brian Keene]

Ghoul

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.
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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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    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 02-23-12
    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!!!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to those who are into horror. The book follows three boys who come from three different family dynamics. The boys have both inadvertently and knowingly entangled themselves with a Ghoul who is demented, terrifying, and the stuff nightmares are made of. After listening to the book my first thought was


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect was how Brian was able to manipulate the readers emotions through the lives the three boys. The descriptive details of their environment and perceptions helped me connect and care about the boys, which in the end brought only emotional devastation.


    Any additional comments?

    Must read for horror fans!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    anne RICHMOND, CA, United States 05-15-12
    anne RICHMOND, CA, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2011

    Artist, publisher/editor

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    "I could not go on"

    I dislike giving negative reviews but this book's description gives the impression of real dark dread. Not so. More like an after-school special with bad words and a sex scene. I really wanted to like this book and given all the good reviews, I thought I would... For one thing, the constant reminders this took place in the 80s was heavy handed and annoying because they were poured onto scenes that did nothing to add to the story - simply serving as yet another overbearing reminder that it's 1984. Second and most unforgivable, the monster speaks (bummer) but it's not just that, it's a massive verbal info dump, explaining his plans right in the first chapter of the book.

    At the start I made the adjustment that I would simply ignore that the author named the main character Timmy and made myself beleive that it would not be an indication of how the rest of the story would unfold, but it is. Come on. Timmy? Were it not for the clumsily written sexual opening to the story and a few F bombs here and there, this would be a children's book worthy of "Goosebumps".

    Last, the narration is fine. In fact the timbre of June's voice is soothing and appropriate. But when it came time to do the ghouls voice, it quickly turned into a circus. Imagine your grandfather reading to you the story of the Jack and Beanstalk and you'll get the picture. Worst of all, whenever a point of tension, suspense or drama came around his words would come out of his mouth in a stilted Shatner-esqu pace that became difficult not to focus on and ultimately made me want to chuck my iphone into a corner and stomp on it. This audiobook does not get my recommendation and I feel sorrow at the loss of my $14 which I'll never see again...

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 10-05-12
    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not bad but missing something"

    I didn't hate this book, in fact, I was really getting into it after I got past the tone of the reader. It started out a lot like King's novel, IT, but trust me when I say it fell very short. It threw in parts that led nowhere and became quite cliche in other spots. I was hoping that when Keene started talking about the dead, that he would do something with it but nope, not a thing. He spent all of that time going into the 'how' the people died and then just left it. He also made a pretty big deal over the grandfather but he left that trail cold too. My final criticism of this story was the moral point Keene tries to throw in at the end. It's suppose to be a scary story about a ghoul, I could care less about getting a lesson at the end of it, which by the way was really kind of pointless. I would have rather he spent that last fifteen minutes tying up all the loose ends that he seemed to forget about.

    I think that Keene might have earned an extra star from me had he taken a little more time to give his straggler storylines a little more vitality. I can't say that I would be interested in anything else by this author but if you just want a quick read with a little fright (not much) and you don't mind the moral lesson, this one isn't terrible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kimberlee Chaparral, NM 11-02-11
    kimberlee Chaparral, NM 11-02-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"

    This was the best horror book I have read (heard) in a long time. I couldn't stop listening so I used up my credit way too fast. The author really made you care about what was happening to the characters. The story was not original but it was told in a compelling way, The narrator was just right for the story. If you like horror books, give this one a try.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sgtbuk1 Knoxville, TN United States 12-01-11
    sgtbuk1 Knoxville, TN United States 12-01-11 Listener Since 2003

    sgtbuk1

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    "Yawn"

    You have to be a master horror writer to have your monster talk in the first few chapters of a book. We dread what we don't understand at first. Keene's monster has his "villain dialogue" right up front, telling us his evil plan and defusing any scares this tale might have brought, if I'd been awake enough to continue. I'll add this to my long list of abandoned audiobooks.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Wakarusa, Kansas, United States 07-23-12
    Nathan Wakarusa, Kansas, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2008

    misterx9104

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    "Great story. Abrupt Ending"

    This was a great listen. It really made me feel for the young characters. My only problem was that it built up the whole story and then sort of came to a quick end. Like this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Me Springville, In, United States 02-25-12
    Me Springville, In, United States 02-25-12

    I am an Avid Reader, I love all different kinds of books, from Mystery to Sci Fi and Horror.

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    "I loved it"
    Where does Ghoul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Just last night I saw that they were going to make this book into a movie, and I say yeahh, it was a great book and I would recommend it to everyone from the ages of 12-99.Brian Keene knows how to do it right, and I would buy another of his books anytime.


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

    I did have an extreme reaction to a part of this book, but I can't say which parts, because it would ruin it for anyone wanting to read it.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Job, an excellent read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Indiana Running Mom Indianapolis, IN 07-15-14
    Indiana Running Mom Indianapolis, IN 07-15-14 Member Since 2014

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    thomas bronx, new york, United States 06-15-12
    thomas bronx, new york, United States 06-15-12

    I love reading horror books and being scared!!!!

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    "not scary. but still a VERY good read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghoul to be better than the print version?

    yes, especially because they picked a good narrarator, my only complaint about him is that he spoke a little fast at some parts of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    without giving to much of the story away. i really liked how the "Ghoul' was not the only villian in the story, and in my opinion he was not the worst of the villians in this book either. all in all this was a very good coming of age story even though it wasint the scary i thought it was going to be, this book is pretty scary in a way you will only know by reading it.


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

    Wayne June had a great voice and it fit well in the the charactors.


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

    The "Ghoul' isint the only ghoul


    Any additional comments?

    if you are considering buying this book you definitly should. if your looking for a supernatural scare like i was then you wont find it here. instead you will find a scare you where not expecting, and a story that is very well written and pretty sad in my opinion. it is definitly a keeper that i will read again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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