We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 >   > 
The Loon | [Michaelbrent Collings]

The Loon

The isolated, maximum security prison for the criminally insane that houses some of the nation’s deadliest, most frightening psychopaths. But when a freak storm cuts off all communications and causes a massive power outage, the prisoners get loose...and find there is nowhere to go. The blizzard rages outside. The inmates are now in charge and the staff must band together to survive.

And then they all discover that the inmates aren't the most dangerous thing about The Loon.

Regular Price:$19.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

The isolated, maximum security prison for the criminally insane that houses some of the nation’s deadliest, most frightening psychopaths. But when a freak storm cuts off all communications and causes a massive power outage, the prisoners get loose...and find there is nowhere to go. The blizzard rages outside.

The inmates are now in charge and the staff must band together to survive.

And then they all discover that the inmates aren't the most dangerous thing about The Loon. Because below the prison is a secret place. A dark place. A place where a creature of monstrous appetites has been born. And it's very, very hungry....

The Loon is a #1 Amazon best seller written by novelist Michaelbrent Collings, whose other best sellers include Darkbound, Apparition, The Haunted, Rising Fears and Billy: Messenger of Powers.

©2011 Michaelbrent Collings (P)2013 Michaelbrent Collings

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.6 (52 )
5 star
 (13)
4 star
 (19)
3 star
 (13)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (5)
Overall
3.6 (51 )
5 star
 (13)
4 star
 (17)
3 star
 (13)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (5)
Story
3.6 (50 )
5 star
 (13)
4 star
 (18)
3 star
 (9)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (4)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 02-19-14
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

    HELPFUL VOTES
    438
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    163
    132
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    66
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good Psychological Horror + Monster"

    The Loon was an exciting psychological horror with everything that you could ask for. The setting of prison for the criminally insane, aptly nicknamed "The Loon", that's far off in the country, away from anyone that will come poking around, or come to save you from a ridiculous blizzard. Characters that are extravagantly diverse, you have a normal guy showing up for his first day of work as a prison guard that is struggling with actions that killed his own son while trying to save him, a mother and daughter that have escaped and dispatched a horrible and monstrous husband and father, a guard that the narrator insists on making sound like Fat Albert, a crazy and mad scientist that just happens to be the owner and proprietor of the prison, one really scary and brutally insane prisoner, and oh yes the, for lack of a better word, creature, that happened to be the "pet" of our lovely mad scientist. Michaelbrent Collings is quite a story teller, almost too much so, I felt that there was too many descriptions of people and things, I noticed that there were a few descriptive words that he would favor over others, such as "the horror" and others. Many storylines and characters to explore and develop that I think took time away from what could have been spent generating more suspense and gut wrenching horrors. But once everything came together and the climax was reached it was like hell was let loose upon prison where only lucky and likeable characters survived.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sarah Seeley 08-12-14 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Deep and Horrifying"
    What made the experience of listening to The Loon the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the narration and thought the performance was well done. Engrossing story.


    What other book might you compare The Loon to and why?

    I've read Collings' "Darkbound" and first three installments of "The Colony" series. While there was still a speculative element in "The Loon," the horror in this particular story was more real-world than fantastic. I'm not sure I've read/listened to anything else quite like this before.


    Which character – as performed by John Bell – was your favorite?

    The Monster passages had cool effects and were my favorite to listen to. Paul, Rachel, and Becky were the characters whose points of view I craved most to return to. Steiger was also extremely creepy and well done. There were a variety of accents that came through in various minor characters that I thought were well done. Narrator did a good job making the unlikable characters unlikable, and the likable characters sympathetic with tone of voice, accents, and other effects.


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

    I found this book very intense and enjoyed it much better when I digested it in small doses, listening a few hours at a time. Yet, it was extremely engrossing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brad 04-27-14
    Brad 04-27-14 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enjoy being driven insane"

    THE LOON is just another shining example of why Michaelbrent Collings is one of my favorite writers working today.

    I have to state up front that I have a soft spot for stories about mental institutions. But even given that, this book instantly sucked me in and kept me along for the ride. I listen to audibooks in the car on the way to and from work and kept finding myself sitting in the parking lot for ten minutes after I'd parked just because I didn't want to pause the book.

    The voice over actor's voice got to me initially, which would be my only negative criticism. He had a strong voice but felt more like a commercial announcer at times than an audiobook reader. However, I quickly found that setting the Audible app to 1.25 speed corrected any issues I was having. I highly recommend playing around with the speed function on the app, not just for this book but any book you may be listening to. I usually find that most readers are a tad on the slow side for me anyway and so this function is a godsend.

    The only bad thing about the book is that it ends. Without giving anything away (the joy of reading, at least for me, is the joy of discovery), I can say THE LOON is a terrifying, unflinching thrill ride that you will have you gasping for air - and then asking for more. I can't wait to check out the author's next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ravenous Reader Queensland, Australia 03-07-14
    Ravenous Reader Queensland, Australia 03-07-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    45
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What the hell!?"

    I don't know if it was the writing or the narration but I didn't even get past the first chapter. This is just bad. If I could get my credit back I would.

    I loved the idea of this story but the authors style was just grinding and cliched to the point of distraction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    D. Felicia Valente Moore, OK 03-06-14
    D. Felicia Valente Moore, OK 03-06-14 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    86
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good story, good drama"
    If you could sum up The Loon in three words, what would they be?

    Filled with drama


    Have you listened to any of John Bell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Loon and why?

    Stiger, because of the way his mental illness was portrayed. How he thought and how his story ended fit together perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good book, action filled and packed with drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 03-02-14
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    271
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    293
    132
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    32
    14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Fast-Moving, Engaging Thriller"

    Okay, I'll admit that I'm a sucker for a creepy setting, and an isolated, snow-bound madhouse offers plenty of that. The setting is very much a part of the story, and its effective use by the author, along with a collection of characters we can identify with (or at least recognize) and care about, contributed greatly to my enjoyment of the book.

    Not all of the characters are likable, by any means, but I enjoyed them all, and often, I was a little suprised wihen some of them (no spoilers) were killed, even though I'd been expecting it.

    "The Loon" is a fun, unashamedly B-movie of a read, with equal parts mad-science horror and psycological terror. This was a quick, satisfying listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Judith Feligno Shortsville, NY United States 02-14-14
    Judith Feligno Shortsville, NY United States 02-14-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book"
    Any additional comments?

    Michaelbrent Collings writes fantastic books and The Loon is one of the best. If you like heart pounding thrill rides, this one is for you. And the characters are well written to the point that you really care about them and bite your nails down to the knuckles worrying about them. Once it grabs you, it never let's go. Recommended as are all of his books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kate Jonez Los Angeles, CA 02-14-14
    Kate Jonez Los Angeles, CA 02-14-14 Member Since 2012

    Dark Fantasy Author

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Disturbing Tale Well Told"
    Where does The Loon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Loon is a tense, violent tale with characters who work well in this type of action based story.


    What other book might you compare The Loon to and why?

    The Loon has a some unique twists, but essentially follows the familiar and scary horror trope of a varied group of people trapped in an isolated location with a monster. The Loon of the title is a psychiatric facility. The author did an excellent job creating an atmosphere of impending crisis and isolation.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The escaped serial killer was well drawn and there were several tense scenes involving him. The sense of inescapable horror infused the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this for readers who enjoy monster based horror.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bryan Black Hawk, SD, United States 02-05-14
    Bryan Black Hawk, SD, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellant story!"
    Would you listen to The Loon again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to it again!


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

    MY favorite part was when the psychotic killer escaped


    Have you listened to any of John Bell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first one I heard from John Bell.


    If you could take any character from The Loon out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The psychotic killer of course. I work in psych ward so going out to dinner would be nothing new.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, you should give it a try. You wont regret it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 02-03-14
    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    56
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    146
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Boring, boring, boring…"

    There is nothing thrilling, terrifying or page turning in this book. The story itself is extremely lame. But what is terrifying is the narration.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 11 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.