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Sam is a creepy and atmospheric gem that hits on so many horror notes but then does its own thing at the end. I am still contemplating the end and may listen to it again with that in mind.
There are two things that I should mention. As far as the story goes. It was jut okay. Wasn't terrible, but it's really been done to death. The added bit of a shadowy corporation was nice, and motivations of external persons was nice, but really, it felt just like any other exorcist story.
The ending was foreshadowed a mile away. While some people may find the reveal to be gasp-worthy, and the ending was a good one, it was set up long ago in the story.
Nigel took a mediocre story and turned it into something to really sink your teeth into it. He creates tension and gives the characters that bit of emotion in the sub-text that people may miss just reading it.
Really enjoyed Nigel Patterson's work, and look forward to listening to more of his work.
Loved the book. if you like supernatural book, like the Exorcist, you'll like this book.. to me the ending makes the book. hate a good book with a standard or boring ending. love it when a book ends with a twist or a suprise. Liked how this book ended.
This book was creepy! Still it had its moments especially one in particular that had my laughing so very much. The characters are well written and narrated. Could not stop listening!
Sam has some wonderful characters in it. Angela - the lesbian ex-priest, Tim - the paranormal investigator who may just be out to make a buck, Jessica - the devoted widow and mother, who just happens to be filthy rich, and Sam - the very creepy, possessed little boy who's favorite show seems to be South Park.
There is plenty of suspense, and some of Sam's actions are cringe worthy, but Iain Rob Wright also writes in some dark humor to lighten it up a bit. Makes for a book you just can't stop listening to.
Nigel Patterson does a wonderful job as well. I have loved his narration in other books, and he definitely doesn't disappoint with this one. There are plenty of different voices to do in Sam, and Nigel really adds to the creepiness factor.
Audiobook received for an honest review.
I like listening to audiobooks during my commute. I have a 45 minute drive to work, so I have 1.5 hours every day that needs filling.
Mr. Patterson is fantastic. His voice and inflection paired perfectly with this horrific story from Iain Rob Wright. I really do mean that this was a exceptional reading.
There are many memorable moments, partly due to the fact that Wright's way with words takes mundane, ordinary tasks or actions and builds them into an engrossing storyline. The description of Sam's room, though, is what sticks for me. I could imagine being there with those sights, sounds, smells...
The climactic conflict was the best. Though some of my more arcane knowledge made it a bit predictable, it was still expertly handled, and still quite thrilling.
(I'm no good at this without being ridiculously funny about it.)
Possession is 9/10s of the law?
A well written story well read.
Splendid Narration Experience
My favorite character was the narrator to be honest. Nigel made the story very interesting for me. I don't do a lot of horror, so the narrator brought me into the story.
First off all, the main draw to this story for me was the narration. I don't know how much I would have enjoyed the story if I had read it, but the splendid English accent that the narrator gave to the story made it very enjoyable. The only place he did not excel was in his female voices, but even those were not so bad that they detracted from me enjoying the story.
The story itself held my interest throughout. It kept up a good pace for a horror/fantasy/thriller. The author allowed me to learn enough about all the flawed characters to make their reactions to the situation believable. I still haven't decided if I liked the ending or not yet.
I got this book as a review audio copy for audible.
The combination of the story and the narration made this book enjoyable and one I won't soon forget.
I couldn't help but love Sammy because of what he was going through, and of course, I really liked Angela. Although she starts off a little rough, Angela finds her strength by the end of 'Sam.' Her character development, as written by the author, was brilliant.
I've listened to quite a few audio books over the last year or so and Nigel quickly became one of my favorite narrators. At the beginning of 'Sam,' it bothered me that he didn't put more effort into giving each character a unique voice. By the end, as he had to perform the voices for the possessed characters, my opinion had completely changed. His performance was terrifying and completely believable. Nigel is also very good at relaying the emotions each character feels throughout the story, and made it seem so effortless, that it was easy to forget he was reading. It felt more like a good friend sitting with me, telling a story.So, to answer the question, any character speaking as if he/she were possessed were my favorites.
This is definitely a great story, reminiscent of 'The Exorcist,' one of my all-time favorite movies. It's creepy, scary, and focuses on all the characters, not just Sammy. Each character has his or her opportunity to shine and grow throughout the book. This was my very first Iain Rob Wright experience a couple of years ago, so when it came out as an audio book, I couldn't wait to relive the experience. Nigel adds so much to the story with his brilliant voice acting, he made me a bigger fan than I already was. If you love 'The Exorcist' or stories like it, you are missing out if you skip over 'Sam.'
could have been a good book, but the way its written, the characters, and dialog are lame. I'm returning this book.
Scary, Brilliant, Thrilling
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.Sam has stronger characters and scared me more than the Exorcist.
I have many book narrated by Nigel Patterson up this is my favorite by far.
When Sam's mum is killed.
If you love horror and you love audio this is a must for you.
I really enjoyed this book. One of the few that could freak me out and keep me guessing throughout without being cliché.
Loved it every chapter every page kept you guessing. brilliant, this is a must not just for horror fans.
enjoyed every minuet found it hard to stop listening. listened in a dark room...freaky story
Scary, Scary, Scary!!!!
Gave me the creeps - just the thought something SO malevolent could be part of a ten year old child's 'makeup' - UGH!
KEEP THE LIGHTS ON!!
Truly spine-chilling! Reminds me if both The Omen and Exorcist combined but in some unsettling way, yet 'better'!
"roller coaster ride :@"
wow what an amazing audio book, had me hooked from start to finish. This was my first iain rob wright horror story but it wont be my last. i am praying for a sequel because of the way it finished. the narration was really amazing with likeable character voices and inflections in all the right places. great story and my favourite character would be angela because relatable in many . thank you for a wonderful listen iain rob wright keep up the good work😆
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