The year is 1953. Disgraced in the psychiatric hospital where he'd practiced for nearly 30 years, Dr. Walter Freeman has taken to traversing the country and proselyting about a very new kind of salvation: the transorbitol lobotomy. With an ice pick and a hammer, Freeman promises to cure depression and catatonia, delusions and psychosis, with a procedure as simple and safe as curing a toothache.
When he enters the backwater Oklahoma town of Burnwood, however, his own sanity will be tested. Around him swirls a degenerate and delusional cast of characters: a preacher who believes his son to be the Messiah, a demented and violent young prostitute, and a trio of machete-wielding brothers, all weaved into a grotesque narrative that reveals how blind faith in anything can lead to destruction.
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This book is well written and thought provoking, and I did listen to it to the end. I didn't dislike this book, but at the same time it did not make my favourites list.
I did enjoy the various bleak themes in this book. The stories flow at a good pace, and I was pleased when the stories of the different characters finally converged.
My favourite character in this book is Scent. She is a teenage prostitute that does not know a life beyond destitution. She hates having to prostitute herself in order to just barely make ends meet, and she grows increasingly desperate for a chance at a better life.
Least interesting aspect... there is a lot of preachy Christian moments in this book that I had to skip over. I skipped a few chapters and ended a few chapters early because of that.
Jon Bassoff's performance was okay. There were a few moments where he narrated the voice of Scent's mother (baby) that made me cringe, though.
No. I actually liked the ending for this book (though I do love grim endings to horror stories), and I thought everything was wrapped up nicely.
This audiobook was given by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
Since I never read the printed version, I can not compare it.
When the doctor met his fate...it was a well deserved fate
He kept it interesting with the voices and the way he read them. The reader can make or break a story and this one wasn't half bad.
Since I enjoy the stories of Stephen King and his genre, yes I would love to just listen in one sitting. This book isn't for everyone, but I thought the story was not too bad.
This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
I did not like this book at all.It was too dark and depressing.The narration was good.I was given this book free for an honest review.
Chilling Noir Fiction
The detailed account of the practice of the frontal lobotomy
Chilled me many times. Ignorance is the biggest horror in the universe and power wielded by ignorance is pure evil.
Jon Bassoff hits this one out of the park. Before we get too far I should inform you that I grew up with “Bass” and am so proud to have listened to it. That being said, this story goes really deep into a time in history where primitive medical practice, religious allegory, and crowd mentality ruled the day. Bass is a great story teller and will take you on a ride into the human condition reminiscent of Stephen King.
Reader- If you are interested in a fast paced chill ride, look no further than The Incurables. You will not be disappointed.
It was a decent story, well worth the time
Very enjoyable narration
He brings out the creepiness from all the characters
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I thought it was interesting that the doctor was so strong in his belief that he could not accept any alternatives. His belief eventually drove him insane. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
Although this story is well-written, I found it too dark and intense to qualify it as an entertaining book for the general audience. I believe die-hard fans of the horror genre may be more receptive to the author's style.
Dr. Walter Freeman seems as tormented as some of his patients, and this story documents his foray into the insanity of his patients and the residents of Burnwood, OK.
This are many layers and complex dynamics to this story that prompt the reader to confront beliefs on everything from the morality of medical treatment to religion. Some of the elements were too grim (and too real) for my taste.
The narration was performed well, and the story is compelling, My score reflects my opinion that this book is not suited to all readers, but fans of the dark horror are encouraged to sample this author.
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Great thriller lots of blood and gore. Moderate story with creepy characters. Decent Plot twists. Will keep you listening. A few of his other books have been made into movies. Very interested in checking those out. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review
I am an avid reader and listener of horror and thrillers with the occasional SciFi and crime noir. I review on Amazon, GR, NG & Audible.
Burnwood, Oklahoma is a bit of a sad sack town. Desolate, lonely, poverty stricken. Sinners run amok. Luckily for them - Durango the Messiah and The Ice Pick Savior are coming to town to save them all. Or send them all to hell. I’m betting on the latter.
Jon Bassoff can definitely write a bleak and twisted tale. There aren’t any warm and fuzzies going on in this one, that’s for sure. It’s a very dark story from the start and only gets darker as it progresses.
I love a good twisted book and this is one of those. I would listen to this author again. The narrator did a great job I love his voice and cadence. I did receive this book for free for my unbiased and honest thoughts.
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