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Abandon Audiobook

Abandon

On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman and child in a remote mining town will disappear, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins, and not a single bone will be found - not even the gold that was rumored to have been the pride of this town. One hundred and thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a leading history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town so they can learn what happened.
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On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman and child in a remote mining town will disappear, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins, and not a single bone will be found - not even the gold that was rumored to have been the pride of this town. One hundred and thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a leading history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town so they can learn what happened. This has been done once before but the people who went in did not come out. With them is a psychic, and a paranormal photographer - the town is rumored to be haunted. They've come to see a ghost town, but what they are about to discover is that 20 miles from civilization, with a blizzard bearing down, they are not alone, and the past is very much alive...

©2009 Blake Crouch; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Ramona 07-16-13
    Ramona 07-16-13
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    "Unique Mystery"

    I found this listen rather intriguing. The end was a nice twist from the usual, it was not expected at all until near the end when you wondered which of the possibilities existed. I did think there were some flaws where characters who were miners would have known of certain possibilities but I can't get into it any further without giving it away.

    This is not the run-of-the-mill mystery and I think you'll enjoy it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christy United States 06-06-13
    Christy United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2016

    Audible makes me love being stuck in traffic :)

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    "Great Story!!!"

    Blake Crouch may be my new favorite author. While this book was not as good as Run and Pines, Mr. Crouch still knocked it out of the park. We're talking a 400 ft homer vs two 450s. I really have nothing bad to say about this book besides it simply doesn't meet the standard Crouch himself set--but honestly most books won't. He clearly has the soul of a storyteller. I can't wait to see what else he does. Keep writing, Mr. Crouch!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Glad I tried it!"

    I was hesitant to get this one, yet I really don't know why.

    It was a fantastic story, and the author did a great job weaving the tale from the 1800's with the story from today.

    If you are like me and are on the fence on this one - go ahead and grab it. You'll be glad you did!

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    J. T. Carter 11-24-15
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    "A Dark Adventure"

    I really enjoy most of Blake Crouch's books. The story was good and the characters were lively. BUT, he needs a military advisor, and if you are going to include Marines in the story, then seek out a former Marine specifically. The non-Marine jargon was pretty distracting since they were key characters of the present day story. I have to say that I did cringe a bit regarding the liberal use of the characters insulting, mocking, challenging, and blaspheming God. I have learned to mostly ignore it, but the type and frequency were near shocking sometimes. This may disuade me from reading much more of this author's work. ~JTC~

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    Kandi 11-06-15
    Kandi 11-06-15
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    "rocky start but great finish"

    was a bit confusing in the beginning until you realize that it's two stories in one. once you realize that and remember all the characters, then this book is a fantastic read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Gibson 10-21-15
    Pam Gibson 10-21-15
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    "Violence"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing in this story could possibly have made it a 4 or 5 star book.


    What was most disappointing about Blake Crouch’s story?

    It is not often that I find a book that I simply cannot finish, but this book has no redeeming qualities. I struggled through 20 chapters hoping to find some worthwhile, but found nothing but horrid violence. I am not squeemixh, but this is over the top. I've read many of this author's books a found them entertaining. This one is not!


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    The narrative performance was quite good.


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    sarah bourque 09-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "middle of the road "

    abandons storyline had me feeling like it was never going to end, too many twists it's like no one could be that unlucky. however it did keep my attention and took me there which a good story does.

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    vicki CLINTON, OKLAHOMA, United States 09-26-15
    vicki CLINTON, OKLAHOMA, United States 09-26-15 Member Since 2016

    This is listed under my husbands name but he never listens to audible books. I'm the one that does and my name is Vicki.

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    "be prepared to think about this book for days!"

    This is a book that once started would be very hard to put down but once finished, you'll wish you hadn't read it. It shows the absolute worse that a human being would do to another over money. Crouch is a great writer and kept the suspense at a level that made me want to keep going but, as I said, it is a very disturbing book.

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    steve b robinson ONALASKA, WI, US 09-05-15
    steve b robinson ONALASKA, WI, US 09-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator Did The Best He Could With a Poor Novel!"
    Would you try another book from Blake Crouch and/or Luke Daniels?

    Based on this book alone, I wouldn't be interested in trying another book by the author, but I really loved Blake Crouch's book, "Run" so I'm willing to give him another shot. Luke Daniels performance was good, so I'd listen to another of his narrations.


    What was most disappointing about Blake Crouch’s story?

    Development of the characters. Too many names with no faces.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None stand out.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator tried his best with a poor novel.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book, I really did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MARYANNE EDEN, UT, United States 08-08-15
    MARYANNE EDEN, UT, United States 08-08-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Everybody Likes a Treasure Hunt"

    This is a book about a treasure hunt in a ghost town by nice and bad people, both there on false pretenses. It involves camping out in high elevation in blizzard conditions as well as hiking in the same conditions and hanging out in buildings that are literally falling down around you from age. Throw in an old Mine and underground cave system you might get lost in and you have yourself novel. As you watch two tragedies play out 100 years apart, you come to like, love and loathe the characters taking you on the journey. This book has a little of everything making for a wild sort of ride. I loved this book, but then I love this author.

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