Thirty years ago, a progressive rock band called The Yellow Kings began recording what would become their first and final album. Titled The Final Reconciliation, the album was expected to usher in a new renaissance of heavy metal, but it was shelved following a tragic concert that left all but one dead.
The sole survivor of that horrific incident was the band's lead guitarist, Aidan Cross, who's kept silent about the circumstances leading up to that ill-fated performance - until now.
For the first time since the tragedy, Aidan has granted an exclusive interview to finally put rumors to rest and address a question that has haunted the music industry for decades: What happened to The Yellow Kings?
The answer will terrify you.
Inspired by The King in Yellow mythos first established by Robert W. Chambers, and reminiscent of cosmic horror by H. P. Lovecraft, Laird Barron, and John Langan, comes The Final Reconciliation - a chilling tale of regret, the occult, and heavy metal by Todd Keisling.
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Gotta say, I feel bad for that band. It was a sad, horrific story recanted by a now old man revealing the truth about the day his band-mates died. I just rode the train knowing it was going to wreck because hope wasn't given. No way out. No one stronger trying to battle the evil; no one smart enough to try and kick the problem out. Everyone but Johnny knew something was wrong but did nothing. Aiden repeatedly chose not to act on his gut instinct.
It was an enjoyable listen, the story moving a a good pace. It kept my interest wanting to know exactly what did happen. And a little "twisted" ending, maybe a bit predictable.
Joe Hempel did a great job. A very accomplished narrator.
This story is the story of the Yellow Kings, a band that was killed in a nightclub fire 30 years ago, just as their first album was about to be released. The only survivor of the night, their lead guitar player, is in a nursing home, and agree to be interviewed in a kind of Behind the Music documentary. He explains how the band started building a following, and how they picked up a groupie, who turned out to be much more than she seemed. She influenced the band to throough their first album, causing discention in the band as she wraps the singer in her clutches. She has a plan that is far more nafarious than just being the bands Yoko Ono. This plan could spell the end. Not just of the band, but of everything. Want to see how? Get a copy. Its worth it.
The characters are well drawn out, while the behind the music recollections aspect having a real appeal. The underlying plotline is solid, and keeps the listener interested.
Narrationwise, Joe Hempel really nails this one. Each character has their own distinct personallity, and he really brings out the pathos of the characters. The narrative flow is solid, never having a lull in the narrative pacing. All in all, a 5 star effort. Very reminiscent in tone to Tim Marquitz's and Timothy Long's book Damaged.
I was voluntarily given a review copy of this audiobook by the narrator.
4 young rock and rollers from Southeastern Kentucky get in a little bit over their heads, when Johnny the lead singer, takes on a new groupie. The beautiful and mysterious Camila. She immediately asserts her will over Johnny and the band as they prepare for the release of their groundbreaking first album, The Final Reconciliation. Her influence is undeniable and with her help, “The Yellow Kings” first show is going to be a killer. Literally. It may also be the end of world as we know it. Now that’s rock and roll!!
An excellent novella from Todd Keisling and a very well done audiobook from Joe Hemple. The story moved fast. No fluff required. Joe’s narration really gelled with the story and definitely enhanced the experience. Well done all the way around and highly recommended.
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This was a good and scary recollection of the end of the rock band the Yellow King. Aidan tells the story of the end of the band. I loved the ending makes me wonder if there will be more books coming with Camilla. The book is good as well as short listen and great narration. Recommend to anyone who enjoys horror. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. Thank you.
Quiet man who enjoy Audible Audio-books as a way to escape from the world each day. They provide an excellent soundtrack for my daily walks.
The story by Mr Keilsing was chilling and creepy as hell. Set around the 30th anniversary of a fire that killed 243 people in L.A at a private show launching a newly recorded album for the Yellow Kings. The only surviving member finally tells his story to a reporter and the tale is one filled with woe and eerie supernatural details. This was a fun listen and I really enjoyed it. It is somewhat short but a really great story.
The narrator for this was Joe Hempel. If you have not heard him before you are in for a treat. Mr Hempel is just excellent. He brings life to all the characters and keeps you truly hooked in the story. He is one of my favorite narrators and after hearing him he will soon be one of yours.
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I am just girl who loves my husband, dogs, shopping online and books!
I really enjoyed this book. It was very imaginative and fast-moving.
its a short listen, only 3 hours, but moved along great and really had no low points.
It also had a tiny bit of trivia and about some really good bands like Tool Sllipknot Rush.
Great bands! I also loved the little twist at the end.
Its a great listen, even for non Metal heads.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
I was given a copy of this audio book free of charge so that I could write an honest review. I really enjoyed listening to this story and seeing (or...listening to) the chain of events unfold. I try to never post spoilers so suffice to say this book kept my interest the whole way through and the narrator did a terrific job. He became the character for me in my head. Credit worthy!
spellbinding, compelling, entertaining
For me it was Adian (which mean means 'little fire, no coincident I'm sure). As the survivor/witness he was my anchor in this story. Told in flash back you could only be certain that he would be in it to the end. The other's fate was uncertain at best. The author did an amazing job of painting pictures and sound with words. I had to stop and realize I hadn't heard any music, but I felt like I had. And that would be different for each reader/listener.
Joe did an very competent job of narration. His voices and inflections were well done. His intonations added a nice dimension to the narrative of the story without lapsing into prose. Adian's country drawl was just enough.
I typically do not listen to this genre of books. I stay mostly with historical dramas, or biographies. But this kept my attention and give me chills at times. The pacing kept me coming back and looking forward to the next chapter.
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