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The Narrows Audiobook

The Narrows

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Publisher's Summary

The town of Stillwater has a very unwelcome resident.

The town of Stillwater has been dying - the long and painful death of a town ravaged by floods and haunted by the ghosts of all who had lived there. Yet this most recent flood has brought something with it - a creature that nests among the good folks of Stillwater...and feeds off them. The children who haven't disappeared whisper the same word - "vampire". But they're wrong. What has come to Stillwater is something much more horrific.

©2015 Ronald Malfi (P)2015 Audio Realms Publishing Company

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    Scott Mayes 10-25-15
    Scott Mayes 10-25-15
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    "Creepy, atmospheric, small town horror"
    What made the experience of listening to The Narrows the most enjoyable?

    Interesting characters and mystery mixed with a creeping terror make it compeling throughout. I love a good atmospheric horror show and I could sink my teeth into this one. Good scene detail to draw you in. I wasn't sure I cared much for the form of the monsters as a PHYSICAL threat initially, but there was a particular scene later in the story that put you in the immediate action of an attack with very intimate, gruesome detail and I admitted that the monsters were a success overall and pretty original as well. I was hoping for it to come earlier in the story was all. Ultimately it paid off in spades and no complaints. Was glad I purchased and listened through. Well done Mr. Malfi! Would love to see more just like this.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Neva Kingston, TN, United States 11-03-15
    Neva Kingston, TN, United States 11-03-15 Member Since 2008

    Thrillers zombies and action make my day! Fast moving stories and characters worth reading. New twists to a great genre will always get me

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    "Crazy Bat"

    Story started slow but gets much better toward the end. I'm almost finished with the book and I'm just sorry the story took so long to unfold even an inkling of what is going on. It took too long and I really don't care enough about the characters except the teenage girl Brandi and Ben, the cop. I know something is happening in the beginning but nothing ties together. Patience is needed to get to the end. Bats, vampire children and a town that can't protect itself? It makes small police departments look inept. I think town residents would have reacted a lot sooner and in more numbers. Events of mutilated cattle just seemed like another day at the farm..Children disappearing but Shirley the police dispatcher takes it all in stride until she is almost attacked then just briefly reacts.
    Could have been a lot better but certainly not the worst.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Lead Hill, AR, United States 10-13-15
    Shirley Lead Hill, AR, United States 10-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story"

    I really enjoyed this book!! The story kept my attention and several times it had me on the edge of my seat, that is something I cannot say about the majority of books I have listened to! I will be looking for other books by this author.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrows"

    This was a good book but I would have liked to know more about the creature earlier in the story so as to build more suspense.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon C. 10-25-15
    Brandon C. 10-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Never delivers"
    What did you like best about The Narrows? What did you like least?

    The vivid depiction of the slowly dying town created a great setting for the underachieving story.


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

    The setting was the most interesting. The characters and their embarrassingly poor logic was the least interesting.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Lost count of how many times a character was described in lengthy detail as being on the verge of losing their mind. Got old by the 4th or 5th character.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa California, United States 04-19-16
    Melissa California, United States 04-19-16 Member Since 2013

    My parents told me that my very first word was...BOOK! That was no surprise to me. I have always been surrounded by books.

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    "FIVE STAR HORROR"

    FIVE STAR HORROR. Perhaps the best horror novel I've read since I was 14 years old (nearly 30 years ago!) sitting in a recliner one snowy day completely absorbed in Stephen King's Salem's Lot. Malfi is, in my opinion, right up there with the greats: King, Simmons, McCammon. This audio book kept me company on my drive from Phoenix to Los Angeles, on a five mile hike, and two work commutes. There was never a dull moment in The Narrows; I was never bored. Every character came alive, the suspense built layer by layer, the plot never faded into obscurity. I plan to read everything that is Ronald Malfi. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DB Texas 10-30-15
    DB Texas 10-30-15 Member Since 2015

    DB

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    "What a great book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really loved this book, it reminded me of early King. Definitely kept me going until the end.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pete's mom 10-12-15
    Pete's mom 10-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Keeps your attention"
    What did you love best about The Narrows?

    Overall, this was a good story. But Lord, it took a while to get there.


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

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

    Not that I am aware of but his narration kept me going when the story lagged. I would gladly listen to another performance by him


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

    Unsure


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 09-21-16
    Bill 09-21-16

    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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    "Atmospheric and appropriately spooky!!"

    Something sinister is afoot in the small town of Stillwater. Down by the Narrows, kids are disappearing, livestock is being slaughtered and the entire town is in danger of dying out.

    Very well written. Atmospheric and appropriately spooky.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Eckoff Pittsburgh, PA 05-19-16
    Justin Eckoff Pittsburgh, PA 05-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Overall very good but hard to follow at some point"

    I really enjoyed the narrator. The story was pretty original although I saw some correlation between it and Salem's Lot. I loved Salem's Lot so that wasn't a problem for me!

    This is NOT a vampire story however. Malfi created an original monster and he did a great job! I have to admit that it took me about 3 tries before I actually got into the book, but once I did it was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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