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The Incurables Audiobook

The Incurables

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Jon Bassoff (P)2016 Jon Bassoff

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    Lemó 06-22-16
    Lemó 06-22-16 Member Since 2016

    Canadian | Lover of gruesome horror/depravity/anything medically related/urban fantasy/non-fiction/and YA.

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    "Not bad, but not great"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


    Do you think The Incurables needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was given by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Texas 09-13-16
    Lynn Texas 09-13-16
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    "The Mad Doctor"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Incurables to be better than the print version?

    Since I never read the printed version, I can not compare it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When the doctor met his fate...it was a well deserved fate


    What about Richard Rieman’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra United States 08-13-16
    Deedra United States 08-13-16 Member Since 2015

    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

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    "The Incurables"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Quist Madison, WI United States 08-02-16
    David Quist Madison, WI United States 08-02-16 Member Since 2001
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    "Great Story Beholden of Stephen King"
    If you could sum up The Incurables in three words, what would they be?

    Chilling Noir Fiction


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Incurables?

    The detailed account of the practice of the frontal lobotomy


    Which character – as performed by Richard Rieman – was your favorite?

    Scout


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Chilled me many times. Ignorance is the biggest horror in the universe and power wielded by ignorance is pure evil.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dwayne 07-25-16
    Dwayne 07-25-16
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    "Crazy story"
    What would have made The Incurables better?

    It was a decent story, well worth the time


    What could Jon Bassoff have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Very enjoyable narration


    What does Richard Rieman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings out the creepiness from all the characters


    Any additional comments?


    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany Markworth 07-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Really a 3.5"
    Would you try another book from Jon Bassoff and/or Richard Rieman?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JaxJournalist 07-20-16
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    "Intense, dark pyschological thriller"
    Would you recommend The Incurables to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    What does Richard Rieman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Karowski 07-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Creepy and captivating"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 07-08-16
    Bill 07-08-16

    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.

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    "Jon Bassoff can definitely write a bleak and twist"

    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.

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    dana 07-05-16
    dana 07-05-16
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    "I enjoyed it"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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