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Seed | [Ania Ahlborn]

Seed

With nothing but the clothes on his back - and something horrific snapping at his heels - Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker’s rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever. Now, years later, the bright new future he’s built suddenly turns pitch black, as something fiendishly familiar looms dead ahead. Surviving a violent car crash seems like a miracle for Jack’s family, but Jack knows there’s nothing divine about it.
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Publisher's Summary

With nothing but the clothes on his back - and something horrific snapping at his heels - Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker’s rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever.

Now, years later, the bright new future he’s built suddenly turns pitch black, as something fiendishly familiar looms dead ahead.

Surviving a violent car crash seems like a miracle for Jack’s family, but Jack knows there’s nothing divine about it. The profound evil he uncovered as a boy has finally found him again. The thing that crouched at his bedside with soulless eyes and grinning, razor-sharp teeth is back with plans for Jack and his angelic youngest daughter, and a chilling promise: I’ve always been here, and I’ll never leave.

©2011 Ania Ahlborn (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    angelina Lancaster, CA, United States 05-01-13
    angelina Lancaster, CA, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "heavy !!"

    I really enjoyed this book. Mostly because you can't see what's coming. Just when you think you know what's going to happen or how it will end. Ania surprises you. Well done. I will read all your books.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 03-26-14
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2011

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Starts out slow-ends with a BANG"

    This book really creeps up on the listener. Eric Dove's mild voice puts interest into the story as he details a typical family..some dissent due to not enough money and his band, two sweet little girls an interfering mother-in-law, a husband who can't really remember his youth and a wife who holds it all together.

    At about 4 hours we start to get some of the history and as this short audiobook continues even more of the backstory on Jack is divulged.... and then horror comes out.

    I listened to it one evening and wished I hadn't.

    A good audiobook for fans of Stephen King in his early days.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 01-21-14
    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2011

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "Not for the faint hearted. Very intense horror."
    Where does Seed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great story, but a lot of it stays with you and is hard to forget. I would rank it upper middle.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Seed?

    The ending. Enough said.


    What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

    He did children and adults voices credible. I wouldn't say he is the best of narrators, but he did help the story rather than distract.
    The only problem I had was his calling baloney, bologna. I know no one who eats a bologna sandwich but plenty that eat baloney.


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

    What is, will be again.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a lot of things going on in this book that people will hate. I hated some of it. If you like horror, than this is about the most horrible book there could be.
    Not all endings are happy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Byrne Vona, CO USA 07-05-14
    Kathleen Byrne Vona, CO USA 07-05-14 Member Since 2009
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    "All right if you are into fatalism"
    What would have made Seed better?

    The main character getting a backbone, being less concerned about himself over everyone else, and not so gullible.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Haven't decided yet.


    What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

    A very good narrator - good pacing and distinct voices


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Actual writing wasn't bad, but the storyline and plotting stunk for me. In some ways the main character was very realistic, in the ways he lied and excused himself, basically putting his head in the sand until too late and then being totally inept about trying to finally come to a solution - but it wasn't his fault, right? The demon made him do it, and the demon/devil told him it was hopeless, and the demon wouldn't lie to him, right?


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    Stacy Ellensburg, WA, United States 05-26-14
    Stacy Ellensburg, WA, United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A Good Story, Just Not For Me."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    First of all I want to say this: This is an excellent story. It is well crafted, excellently performed, and cohesive. That being said, I did not like it. This is NOT a slur against Ania Ahlborn-- in fact I would like to check out more of her work. I did not like this story simply because I do not enjoy stories with this kind of ending. The ending worked perfectly well here, I just would have wished for a different type. That being said, I would recommend this, just with a caveat of what kind of ending to expect. I won't listen to/ read this again, but that's simply because of my personal taste, not a reflection on the story itself.


    Would you recommend Seed to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but again I would warn them of the over all tone. I think had I had some glimmer-- not a full on spoiler, mind-- I would have enjoyed this more.


    What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

    All of it. Nothing ever rang untrue or discordant. Bad narration can ruin a reading, and this was never an issue here.


    Was Seed worth the listening time?

    Yes and no. As I said above, I didn't enjoy it. But I don't consider it a waste of time-- I just consider it like sampling a food and discovering you dislike it. The journey was worth it, even if, for me, the end was not.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm curious to try other examples of Ania Ahlborn's work, but I'll probably check a few out from the library before hand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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