Some loves transcend time. Some loves were never meant to be. Some loves are cut short by the evil of others. When Sheriff James Tolbert and his fiance were killed by a malicious rancher and his cutthroat minions, nobody could expect that the very passion that fueled their love would be the same passion that fueled ghostly revenge. When grave robbers unearth Sheriff Tolbert's tomb searching for Old West relics, a vengeful spirit is unleashed on a small Texas town hellbent on revenge. If those responsible couldn't be made to pay, then their progeny would, and they would pay in the most bloody and horrific manner the spirit could dream of. Can modern day law enforcement stop a spirit destined to fulfill an oath made in death? Even when aided by a Texas Ranger and UCLA Paranormal Investigators, how can they stop something that is already dead and buried?
©2013 Heath Stallcup (P)2014 Heath Stallcup
I thought that Whispers was a great book! A friend referred it to me and I am glad that he did. The story moves along at a nice pace that keeps you interested. The characters are well thought out and are very believable. There was not one character that did everything, solved everything or put everything together. Each character (even the bad guys) brought something to how the story evolved. And the ghost? Absolutely terrifying!
This book was fun to listen to while I was driving. It had its scary moments as well as downright funny scenes that made me laugh out loud, which, of course, made the person in the next car look at me funny. Apparently, I have a loud laugh.
My favorite scene actually had nothing to with the "ghost" aspect, but rather the humorous. Deputy Denise is picking up Bobby Bridger at the request of the sheriff. Her initial reaction of having to follow the tall tree-man into the scary dark hole was hilarious! Especially since she is supposed to be a tough, no nonsense deputy.
Bobby Bridger. Tall, armed and deadly...Need I say more?
The narrator did an excellent job at voicing each character, even the females. There was a definite distinction between each voice which made the characterization easy to follow as to who was talking.
I am not usually a fan of horror books, but I was given the opportunity to try this one and I said, why not? I have to say I am so glad I did. This story is a love story masquerading as a ghostly revenge story. Well, that might be overstating it, but there is a very touching love story at the core, mixed with a great ghost revenge story. Very solid character building, an interesting plot that makes you want to keep reading, and a damn scary ghost! What more can you ask for in a ghost story. Lets just say that some people had it coming and get what they deserve. I recommend this for fans of dark fantasy and horror. Aaron Shook is a decent narrator. He's not Michael Kramer or Luke Daniels, but he does a good job of keeping the story moving and keeping the reader engaged.
Awesome Ghost story. Keeps you interested all the way through.
Loved all the characters they all interacted great together
Cant pick one with out giving something away
Man o man I love ghost stories. I knew the epilogue would be the way it would. that's all I can say with no spoilers. check it out you won't be dissapointed with the story. I won't crush the narrator but he has room for improvement.
The audio book was very easy to listen to, considering it was the first one I had done so. It proceeded very smoothly. Mr. Shook did a good job at it, though female characters are not easy for a guy.
Eckerson being the down to earth cop he is and coming off as very real.
He had fun with Officer John Foo.
The experience was a good one for a newbie like me.
It was scary and had moments of humor.
The different characters worked well together and were believable.
The narrator did a good job of voicing the different characters.
The Sheriff as his actions make you wonder if you would do the same thing in his situation.
I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to read a good ghost story.
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NOTE: Violence and Rape Scenes
Whispers by Heath Stallcup richly proves that love is a strong emotion that knows no bounds. Neither does vengeance!
Sheriff James Tolbert and his beautiful fiancé are confronted by an evil, greedy rancher, the rancher’s son and their ranch hands. All who believe they are above the law. The fiancé dies a horrible death alongside Tolbert who is forced to watch her slow painful death. The evil doers take gratuitous violence to the extreme leaving Tolbert nearly in pieces.
Move ahead a few decades and meet the descendants of the evil doers all converging in the same location. Mix in a couple of grave robbers and one vengeful ghost and the police have their hands full trying to solve the brutal and seemingly unconnected murder cases that are popping up in abundance.
A cast of characters that include deputies, an ornery Sheriff, a constable, a history writer, a medium of sorts and a team of Ph.D. ghost busters, the descendants, and a couple of misfit drug taken grave robbers. Each character is fully developed as the story needs them to be allowing the story to flow through time and location easily.
It comes down to who will win – the vengeful spirit Sheriff Two Guns Tolbert or will the police and ghost busters put the kibosh on him before he gets his revenge? A couple of surprises throw the reader for a loop at the end.
Excellently written and vividly described in great details. Although the rape scenes were not vividly described, there is no doubt how vicious they were.
I felt myself rooting for Two Guns Tolbert but in the end … no, I still wanted him to win.
A long listen but one filled with twists and turns, action packed excitement and realistic characters. At one time in my life I was a paranormal researcher. Stallcup did an excellent job of researching thus making the haunting more real.
Stallcup is an author that knows how to tell a story!
This is a long audio but one that you will enjoy. A well deserved 5 Star rating.
Aaron Shook did an excellent job of narrating. Although I hated his whiney voice for a couple of the characters, he nailed each and every one of them!
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"Brilliant vengeful ghost story"
I loved it. It was definitely a 5 star listen for me.
That's a difficult one, because the combination of small town police investigation and vengeful ghost story made it quite unique. I can't really think of anything I've read that was all that similar.
I've never heard Aaron Shook narrating a book before. I thought he was great. He really brought all the characters to life - male and female. I LOVED the way he voiced Roger and Casper, the laugh-out-loud grave robbers.
It was quite intense and there were a lot of twists and turns, so it was nice to have breaks to allow the latest revelations to sink in. Even so, I listened to it very quickly for me.
I came to this book having read and listened to Heath Stallcup's Monster Squad series. I thought it was equally good, with his usual strong characterisation and suspense. It's probably not one for the squeamish as there is quite a lot of gory violence in there.
I've listened to three of Heath Stallcup‘s books and this one is the best!
It's actually fantastic.
It weaves the different characters and viewpoints together in a thrilling manner. All of the characters come to life in the refreshing, lively voice of the narrator.
It's one of those complex books I'll enjoy listening to more than once.
For all lovers of chilling ghost stories, don't miss out on this one.
I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
"Worst audiobook I've listened to"
The story is very slow, characters unconvincing, constant sexual harassment and the ending is very predictable.
The narrator was extremely annoying.
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