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
I enjoyed the narration and thought the performance was well done. Engrossing story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the second Michaelbrent Collings book I have finished and he truly is a remarkable author. His story read just like a movie and create real suspense. I highly recommend this book. (The first book of his I read was Strangers, just FYI)
It's up there, I really thought that the extra sound effects and effort in making it creepier definitely added to it's appeal versus a more straightforward telling.
The power outages were probably the most memorable moments because they had immense effect on nearly every character and each time something changed with the power grid you knew that the tide of things had altered with it as well.
He brings a personality to the characters and a level of emotion that would be unreachable with just the print version. There was also some great sound effects that were throughout the story that would've been absent in the book version.
One Crazy Night
It was very entertaining, and while at the beginning there is a level of not really knowing where the book is going to go, it was dispelled rather quickly. Collings just brings a lot of disparate people together and that's where the weakest portion of the story is, but once they're there he brings out the fear. The only reason the performance is 4 stars instead of five is some of the accents for the characters are a little iffy. I understand that there were a huge number of characters, but Hip Hop's specifically took me out of the moments while enjoying it. Regardless of those two things, I greatly recommend this in either audible or ebook format.
There is nothing thrilling, terrifying or page turning in this book. The story itself is extremely lame. But what is terrifying is the narration.
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.
Dark Fantasy and Horror Author
The Loon is a tense, violent tale with characters who work well in this type of action based story.
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.
The escaped serial killer was well drawn and there were several tense scenes involving him. The sense of inescapable horror infused the entire book.
I'd recommend this for readers who enjoy monster based horror.
Yes I would listen to it again!
MY favorite part was when the psychotic killer escaped
This is the first one I heard from John Bell.
The psychotic killer of course. I work in psych ward so going out to dinner would be nothing new.
Great book, you should give it a try. You wont regret it!
My biggest gripes with this story were the HUGE amounts of time dedicated to characterizing each of the characters, the lack of realism, and the pace of the plot. The author spends far too much time explicitly describing people and their backgrounds instead of allowing the reader to determine the makeup of a given character through plot points and action. In addition, many of the characters were one dimensional- it was like the author wrote about people from different backgrounds based on what he saw on television and in the news. The plot is a fairly simple one, but there are some elements added that are simply unbelievable and, at some points, cartoonish. There are a few points when the depth of descriptions are appropriate (some of the fight/gore scenes are very well written), but I feel he could have swapped out the massive number of character descriptions for a better-developed plot and multifaceted characters that are more than just caricatures. However, I will say this: the last third of the book was the most exciting part, and I am still glad I purchased this book. I hope Collings continues to write.
I wish he had spent a little more time researching the biology behind human development, cellular regeneration, and stem cells- as I said, his creature and its abilities were more cartoonish than threatening.
John Bell's incredible voice acting is what saves this story, in my opinion. I couldn't pick a favorite if I tried.
No, and I don't recommend that this be made into a movie.
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