The Spirits of Exeter House are Restless
Facing tough times, private investigator Harlan Ulrich takes a job looking after a historic downtown building as a favor to an old acquaintance who's out on business. Settling into the elegant Exeter House for a week-long stay, Ulrich's apartment is beautifully furnished and situated on the top floor, giving him a great view of the city. At first, he thinks it a wonderful opportunity. He's got plenty of coffee, good books to read and the whole building to himself.
At least, that's what he's been told.
It turns out there are others there, in the seemingly empty building. Dark entities that lurk in its shadowed corners.
During his first night, strange things begin to occur. As he makes his nightly rounds, ensuring that the old building is free of intruders, Ulrich finds the place transformed. By day, Exeter House is a treasured local institution. By night, it crawls with the frightening souls of the hateful dead. Tormented nightly by a number of mysterious specters, it's all the investigator can do to hold onto his sanity.
Can Harlan Ulrich tap into the building's dreadful past and quell the spirits that walk its halls, or will he lose his mind trying? Join him as he seeks answers in Medicine for the Dead, a full-length novel of supernatural terror and suspense.
Medicine for the Dead is the second book in the Ulrich Files series by Ambrose Ibsen.
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Another superb ghost story by Ambrose Ibsen about PI Harlan Ulrich, who now loses his appartment due to money problems. An old acquaintance offers him to house-sit his huge building, Exeter House, for a week while he's on a business trip. Harlan moves in and gets acquainted with a cat and then things starts happining.
Ulrich still has to face his fears for the supernatural which he's the only one to believe and he has to get along with the 'creepy' cat as well. Nobody believes what he sees, so he's determined to continue solving the mystery despite that he's scared. However, he finds out that if you don't help the ghosts solving whats happened in the past, they cannot rest in peace.
Again, it's a brilliant horror-like mystery with a lots of twists of turns and you're constantly curious for what happens next. I'm awaiting the next book with exitement.
The Ulrich Files has the perfect narrator in Jake Urry and I don't even notice much where in the world this story is based and I don't care. Jake is British and does these Ohio-based novels to a 5 star rating and if someone has to pull a scottish accent, Jake is the guy. He has the perfect voice for thrillers, mysteries and horror and knows exactly how to use the right tonal voice performance in the right places of the story. As soon as Jake starts a horror story, I get the chills!
*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.
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Ambrose Ibsen and Jake Urry might be my favorite supernatural-thriller duo as author and narrator! 'Medicine for the Dead,' book 2 of The Ulrich Files series, delivers a knuckle biting ghost story that won't be soon forgotten. I absolutely can't wait for book 3 of this series!! I would recommend this audio book to any of my friends who enjoy a good ghost story. Ibsen is a master of this kind of tale and Urry's narration expertly brings the characters to life in a way that kept me on my toes throughout.
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I really like the Ibsen and Urry combo. The story was a good one. My only issue is that they are too short for me. The author is cut to the chase which is a must. Leaving out boring detail that can kill my interest. Looking forward to more haunting title's that have an ending favoring the main character. So keep up the good work Ambrose and keep the stories coming!!
I just love Ulrich. He is such a rich character with deep faults and so much charm. His voice was one I enjoyed in my head while I experienced the story with him.
The story itself is good too and I didn't guess the whodunnit.
I suppose Ulrich is sort of Harry Dresden meets a Richard Matheson story but this is a really unique (from my experience) blend of two different (mystery and horror) genres. If there is a more similar series, I haven't read it.
He has a very unique timbre to his voice and the accent he used for Ulrich was pleasant and unlike anything I have heard before. I just realized in researching that he also voiced the first book by an author I really enjoy so it may have tipped me over the edge into buying it soon.
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I don't know. I think Medicine for the dead works just fine.
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The narrator does an excellent job of conveying fear. I like this book was better than the last. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
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I simply adorer the narrator! I can listen to him all day. He does such a great job bring the book to life! he is my absolute favorite... the boom was great, suspense was building up and kept me going and guessing the whole way through! Definitely recommend.
Prolific reader, who always wished I could find a way to read and drive. Then, I found Audible. Wish granted!
Medicine for the Dead was an interesting listen. Taking place in Toledo, Ohio, it tells of a private investigator who is 'house-sitting' the renovated historical building for a week. Pretty much as soon as he moves in, things start to happen. It becomes obvious that even though the Exeter House is fine during the day, at night the ghosts come out to play. Left with no other choice, because the police think he's crazy, Harlan Ulrich decides to try to find a way to soothe the spirits. It's as much for his sanity and safety as anything. Unfortunately, there's literally no one he can turn to for help. Even the bartender who has set up shop in the first floor bar would rather accuse him of being a drunk than believe a word he says.That's all pretty normal/expected, right?
Here's the kicker about Medicine for the Dead, and the part that really kept me listening: Harlan Ulrich is one of the most atypical private detectives I've ever read about. He's a complete teetotaler. Has a coffee addiction that is so bad it contributes to him getting evicted from his apartment. He has money problems, like many do, but it's not from gambling or blackmail or anything like that. Instead it's related to something else. Also, I know they say 'courage is doing something even though you're afraid', so technically Harlan is very brave. Technically. Really, though, dude is such a huge scaredy-cat that he quakes in his boots when confronted with the entities at Exeter House. He gulps, shakes, and outright just runs away from things. It had me cracking up because, let's face it, it's a lot more believable than the macho man "I ain't afraid of nuthin'" behavior that so many male characters in these types of books have.
The story moves moves quickly. The Kindle edition is only 139 pages long. The audio book version is about 5 and 1/2 hours long. Jake Urry has a distinctive voice with a naturally pleasing accent. His is one of the few voices I've heard where I can substantially speed up the playback of the audio book without grossly affecting the quality of his voice. I listened to most of Medicine for the Dead at 1.55x speed on Audible. Each of his characters were given distinct voices, and he was good at communicating the nervousness that Harlan frequently felt.
Overall, Medicine for the Dead made my car rides back and forth to work quite pleasing over the course of a week. I'll happily be listening to more of Jake Urry in the future, and wouldn't be adverse to picking up another book in the Ulrich Files.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
Scary Suspenseful Intense
The first part of the series. Both books are great!
Loved the narrator Jack Urry. He was amazing as usual!
I finished it pretty fast, and I could have read it easily in one sitting.
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This was a fun edge of your seat story. As the story unfolds it get more intense like any good thriller. Jake Urry does a fantastic job with the narration and creepy factor.
Medicine for the Dead is a good continuation to the series, and it’s better than the first book in a couple of ways. First, the author cut down on the details quite a bit, especially on the coffee, which made the story progress a little faster. Second, the action starts a lot earlier in this book. Unfortunately, there were no characters like the hotel clerk in the first book. I really liked his character and I was hoping for something similar here to add a sense of humor and lighten the mood. I did listen to the first book before this one, but there are only a few minor references to the previous book and this one is a self-contained story. The narrator did a great job. It was still a little weird having an English accent in a book that based in Ohio, but he did a great job with American accents for the characters. He also did a pretty good job with the Scottish accent. In the end this book was a good continuation to the series, and it improved on the first book quite a bit. Definitely worth a listen and I look forward to hearing the next book in the series.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
A great creepy filled book with justice and redemption. I am enjoying scaring myself with Book 1 and this book 2. I am getting addicted with this author and the narrator- he is doing a great job.
"Haunting paranormal suspense story"
This is the second book featuring coffee-addicted PI Harlan Ulrich, but it can easily be read (listened to) as a standalone. Harlan has overindulged a bit and is being evicted from his apartment, so when an old acquaintance offers him to stay in a newly refurbished, luxury apartment complex in exchange for guarding the empty place at night, Harlan is quite happy. Except, the place isn't quite as empty and deserted as expected.
I'm becoming quite a fan of Harlan now. We get to see a bit more of his kind side this time, as he becomes quite attached to a cat. His self-deprecating internal monologues are pretty funny.
Similar to 'The Sick House', the first book in the series, the plot turns into an exciting supernatural murder mystery without too much gore, but which is nicely creepy and atmospheric.
The narration was excellent again. It is apparent that Jake Urry is in his element with these menacing, suspenseful storylines. Really great listening.
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"sometimes something IS too good to be true"
gritty, spine chilling
Harlan Ulrich, the way the narrator Jake Urry makes him sounds like he come straight out of a film noir from the 60's minus the alcohol
Ulrich is a tea total P.I. down on his luck, with more money than sense when it comes to his finances and he's got very little money..after being evicted from his apartment after blowing what little he did have on a top of the range coffer filter and grinder instead of paying his rent, he contacts his old school buddy who has just finished refurbishing some 5 star apartments in an old building above a bar in the center of Toledo and needs someone to stay in one of them and keep an eye on the place whilst he goes on a business trip for a week, giving time for Ulrich to get himself together whilst living in the lap of luxury, what seemed like a lucky break turns into a nightmare as Ulrich fights for his life while trying to find out what the hell is going on!
this is the first book I've listen to from either author Ambrose Ibsen or narrator Jake Urry and even though this is the second book in the series you don't miss a beat and is easily taken as a stand alone book,
the tempo of the story was good as it slowly ramped up the suspense and I wasn't found wanting at the finish of the tale.
"Story and Narration really kept me riveted."
An Occult horror story that will keep you guessing and wondering what exactly is going on.
The detail wraps you up and create pictures that are clear and vivid images of what he describes. Not going to say too much, but I can say there are some odd, weird creatures in this book.
The protagonist is really a great guy. He is a stress eater, a teetotaler and a Private Investigator that struggles with money. I love his conversations with himself. He is his own worse critic. I get tickled at him when he starts that negative talk. He is a huge Sinatra fan, you can't beat that!
The narration, by Jake Urry, it is to me, just perfect. The voices are just so spot on. He has a full range of voices that he uses to convey the spirit of the story. The characters in the story all have distinct accents and tones.
"Heart racing in many parts"
This is not generally a Genre I would 'pick' however I am Genre jumping and learning at the moment so thought it be a good idea to try.
I loved it! It was heart racingly scary in parts, and just down right dark in others.
The narrator JAKE URRY had just the voice needed for this book, I am not sure I would have been able to get the character myself , the voice, made it eerie which added to the dark supernatural happenings.
I would buy this for my more believing friends as it would seem a little far fetched for my non believer of spirits friends.
Overall it was a maze of people , apparitions and fear. Definitely a book not to miss.
"I'll Never Be A Building Manager After This!"
This book paid hommage to the 1st volume (The Sick House) in the narrative, which I thought was a great way to tie both books together.
Ulrich of course is the ever self-doubful and somewhat unlucky PI. My heart goes out to him. He seems to have gained a lot from this latest experience, so maybe his luck truly is going to change. Book 3 may find him with more confidence perhaps?
Jake's tone continues to layer the text with authority. Easy to listen to at any time of the day/night.
The descriptions during the fire are the most vivid for me, and bring very clear, and horrific, scenes into minds eye. Powerful stuff.
It's taken a while to get through the book due to personal circumstances, but I've been totally engrossed all the way through. A very superb second volume to what I hope will be a large long-term collection of stories about Ulrich from the very able pen of Mr Ibsen.
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