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Children to the Slaughter Audiobook

Children to the Slaughter: Slaughter Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Melington has changed.

There is an evil lurking in the darkness, under the beds and behind closet doors. It seeks vengeance and retribution and will not be denied.

No one knows this more than Alan Carter. Returning to his hometown after a 20-year absence, he is resolute in uncovering the truth behind his sister's abduction and the strange disappearance of children. Joined by his childhood friend, Alan finds himself thrown into the middle of a conspiracy led by the town council as it desperately tries to hide its secrets from the world.

No child is safe in Melington, and Alan Carter needs to stop the curse that has haunted his hometown for generations. But as Alan's brushes with death become more frequent, he finds himself running out of luck.

©2016 A.I. Nasser (P)2016 ScareStreet.com

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    CristiAk Juneau, Alaska, USA 08-06-16
    CristiAk Juneau, Alaska, USA 08-06-16

    Reading is powerful

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    "Creepy Story"

    The story is about Alan whose sister disappeared when they were young. Alan has come back to the town where it happened to try to find out what happened to her. A lot of children have disappeared over the years and he wants to know why. What happened to them all?
    I liked that it was more spooky than just out and out violent. I like the way the author wrote it with Alan in present day and a journal from 1826. The author did an excellent job with blending the two time periods. The characters were connected through generations so you really get the full impact of how long the horror has gone on. I enjoyed the narrator, Jake Urry. He has a good voice and puts emotions into his reading. At times I forgot it was just one narrator.
    If you are reading the book yourself you may find the beginning slow going as the author builds the story. It does quickly pick up though. I think this was better in the audio version. It is more like someone is telling you a story they know. I stayed with it better. If you like spooky, atmospheric stories you may like this one. If you are looking for violent, gory stuff you probably won't.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nate Jenks 07-31-16
    Nate Jenks 07-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A great horror book!"
    If you could sum up Children to the Slaughter in three words, what would they be?

    Step aside boogyman.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that there was always something new to figure out. There are a couple of things that you will be able to find out on your own, but most of the time you will be asking questions.


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

    I have not listened to Jake Urry's other performances yet, but I have a few in my library that I can't wait to get to. He did an amazing job though, he has the perfect voice for the horror genre.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The most extreme reacting I had to this book was a feeling of tension throughout most of the book. There were parts I was actually gritting my teeth because the tension was so high.


    Any additional comments?

    This has been one of my favorite books from the horror genre and I would recommend it to any horror fan that doesn't like things too gruesome in a horror story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lemó 07-24-16
    Lemó 07-24-16 Member Since 2016

    Canadian | Lover of gruesome horror/depravity/anything medically related/urban fantasy/non-fiction/and YA.

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    "Satisfyingly bleak!"

    I absolutely love the looming sense of dread this book maintains from start to finish. That feeling is getting harder and harder to come by in horror books these days!

    Children to the Slaughter has an interesting story line that is cleverly written. Basically (without giving away any spoilers), the town of Melington has a disturbing secret deriving from the late 1800s. The story shifts between happenings in present day Melington, to diary entries written by Jeremiah Carter; and the diary entries delineate the past events which ultimately create the town’s distressing conspiracy. Everything comes together nicely and with a lot of suspense. The narration is very fine, too, and adds a delightfully chilling quality to the overall story. I find Jeremiah Carter’s part to be the most impressive aspect of this performance, as the acted American accent is so perfect you would think it was another narrator! This book is a great start to a new series, and I’m looking forward to book two.
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    I received this book from the narrator in exchange for and honest and unbiased review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-07-16
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    "No child safe"
    What made the experience of listening to Children to the Slaughter the most enjoyable?

    Scary chilling read kept me on edge.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alan because he searches for answers


    What does Jake Urry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes spooky voice adds to scary edge of you seat feeling


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PattyH Iowa 08-02-16
    PattyH Iowa 08-02-16

    mom2all

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    "Children to the Slaughter"

    Loved listening to this book. Evil lurks where you least expect it. It's very seldom the ending of a book takes me by surprise. But this one did! Highly recommend this to any one who likes a really good horror story/

    Jake Urry does a very good job with this book, The wide arrange of emotions will take you into the story and not let go until the end

    I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest unbiased review

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 08-02-16
    Lisa 08-02-16
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    "Plot and story line keep you engaged!"

    I received this audio-book free in return for my honest review.

    This is one of those books that can keep you engaged while remaining light enough to take your mind away from daily minutia. I found the story line refreshing and on point without even the occasional drag that can sometimes occur in stories that bounce back and forth in time.

    The heartbreak and remorse that are conveyed in the journal of Jeremiah Carter makes the listener empathize with his situation and helps to explain the desperate acts of a mother and father who have lost a child. Despite his profound loss, he does not condone his wife's actions nor does he let himself off the hook for Copper's senseless execution.

    I found the rich tone of Jake Urry's voice to flow evenly and smoothly despite transition between characters and time periods. Narrators are so much more credible when maintaining the same tone and inflections throughout the story rather than trying to switch to a higher pitch when narrating for female characters.

    I look forward to the release of the next book in this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CJ Sheridan 08-02-16
    CJ Sheridan 08-02-16
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    "Turn off the lights!"

    The story is easy to follow, has a good flow of suspense with horror, with pieces of the puzzle falling into place often enough to make you want to keep listening. Mr. Urrys voice and sense of timing is spot on! I don't have time for reading, so i hope the 2nd and 3rd books of the series come to audible. I want to see what happens next!

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Enid 07-31-16
    Enid 07-31-16
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    "Very engaging story"

    I received this book free for an honest review, that being said I was riveted by this story. It has many twists and turns. There really isn't much blood and gore for those horror fans but your imagination can take you there. I did feel that certain things were left unexplained but figure that might be in the future books or at least I hope.

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    Josh R 07-31-16
    Josh R 07-31-16
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    "Entertaining Paranormal Suspense Novel"

    Children to the Slaughter is an interesting paranormal mystery. I was originally put off by the name, thinking there would be a lot of violence and gore, but thankfully there was little violence. The book definitely has a dark theme, but it seemed to be more of a mystery/suspense novel than a horror story. The basic premise is a man, Alan Carter, returns to his hometown roughly 20 years after his sister’s disappearance, in order to investigate more missing children. This book also has flashbacks to the late 1800s, via journal entries. The way the author switches between current time and the past was well done, and I always looked forward to hearing the next journal entry. The author does a good job building up suspense throughout the novel and then giving you a few answers at the end. This is enough to feel satisfied, but it also leaves plenty of questions for book two. The narrator did a fantastic job with this book. It was amazing to hear him switch between English and American accents and it really sounded like it could have been two separate narrators. There were few sound effects in the book, but they were really well done, giving off a real creepy vibe. In the end, it was a decent story and amazing narration. It’s worth a listen.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CHRISTINA 09-21-16
    CHRISTINA 09-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Creepy Story"
    Would you listen to Children to the Slaughter again? Why?

    Want a creepy story read in a creepy voice? This is the book! The narrator made the book so much better than just reading it.


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

    I have never listened to this narrator before but he was great. Only thing that bugged me was his pronunciation of the word garage.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Your children aren't safe!


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  • Petra
    7/29/16
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    "Sinister and very entertaining"

    Alan Carter returns to his hometown Melington 20 years after his sister's abduction. He has been obsessed with her disappearance, firmly believing that the abnormally high number of children disappearing from the town isn't simply a coincidence. He decides to expose the town's secret and sets himself on a collision course with the town's council.
    Alan's present day story is interjected with journal entries from 1826 written by Jeremiah Carter who has lost his daughter. These two plotlines come together cleverly at the end, and although the book doesn't end with a cliffhanger as such, the story resumes in Shadow's Embrace.
    This was my first time reading anything by A.N. Nasser and I have to admit, if it hadn't been for Jake Urry gifting me a copy of the audiobook, I probably wouldn't have picked this book, simply because the title sounded too disturbing.
    It is no doubt a horror story, but it was actually quite subtle. There is some violence and obviously, a dark theme involving children, but it's more creepy than bloodthirsty horror. I actually really enjoyed it.
    The writing was taut and generally very well done. The only thing I found slightly irritating was the repetitive nature in which Deborah was referred to as "the brunette".
    The quality of the audio production was terrific. At the beginning of the audio, I thought I was listening to two different narrators. It was really well done. The suspenseful tone and the spine-chilling nature of the horror elements were done perfectly.
    Recommended for anybody who enjoys sinister mysteries with some horror and/or paranormal elements.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • S H Newhouse
    9/10/16
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    "Brilliant!"

    Loved this book and listened to it in one sitting and just about to start the next one yayyyy . I can't wait.

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  • Laura Prime
    Crewe, United Kingdom
    8/29/16
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    "Disturbing,upsetting and emotive (remember it's a book)!"

    Alan Carter has been obsessed by his sister's abduction for 20 years it has consumed him. He returns to the town where he lived to find that children are going missing and he believes it is no coincidence !He is sure they are connected. The Towns council have their secrets and are doing their upmost to keep them so.
    As Alan is telling his story , Jeremiah Carter comes in with diary entries about his own lost daughter from 1826.

    This horror story is Gruesome, anything with children in turns my stomach, It makes my skin crawl and brings out a maternal protection anger in me , so my blood pressure goes through the roof !
    I just need to remember it's a book!

    This was a maze of dark and disturbing corners of a world usually unknown to most people.
    The Narration was a bit slow to get into the book but once in was excellent, deep,gritty and guttural in parts.The intonation and pace were spot on. Read fantastically by Jake Urry.

    I will re-listen to this as I know I will have missed bits and find them 2nd time round.I wil definitely recommend it to my friends who like this Genre.
    I listened to this through being given a copy for an honest opinion. I am always on the lookout for Jake Urry Narration.

    5 ⭐️ from me for the Author and Narrator

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • med c
    8/10/16
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    "Very Creepy"
    What did you like most about Children to the Slaughter?

    I very much like the characters, the building up of the storyline was very well done although the ending felt rushed but the story is good . I will be listening to the next book.


    Which character – as performed by Jake Urry – was your favourite?

    Jake Urry's voice and his reading makes the characters come to life


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vicki Goodwin
    winchester, Kentucky
    8/10/16
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    "Gripping, chilling, and Addictive"

    Children to the Slaughter was a creepy and interesting audiobook. With children leaving town on more than natural occasions the town has always had a history of a quick turnover in families.

    When Alan Carter comes back to Melington, he keeps his cards close to his vest as he tries to figure out exactly what is going on here. His own little sister disappeared when she was little. The only witness was Alan. He never forgot the hand that pulled her down into the sandbox. His family left the town directly after her disappearance. After twenty years he returns.

    Bit and pieces wiggle and meld themselves into a very intricate plot. Debra Adams, the best friend of Alan from when they were both children, is surprised to see him return. She has no clue he has more reasons than just to work.

    Alan's conspiracy theory hits Debra hard and she turns away from him. There are too many strange occurrences of missing children for decades.

    The story is riveting. The narration is eerily wonderful. The voices that Jake Urry presents bring a very emotional response to the tension-filled words that A.I. Nasser writes.

    If you love a good horror story, with hands in the dark, turning closet doorknobs and missing children, you are going to love this book. I imagine reading it would give as many chills, but if you want the full effect, get the Audiobook. It is completely chilling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Devilish Accord
    8/9/16
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    "Highly Sinister!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like sinister and dark tales and 'what goes bump in the night' paranormal horror, then this is for you. It's also a mystery, one that is slowly revealed as the book goes on.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The sandpit scene, the nightmare, was very vividly depicted. It sent chills through me when imagining the scene in my mind. Seriously scary, made more so by Jake Urry's narration.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What would you do to save your child?


    Any additional comments?

    Jake's narration once again has great pace and adds much to the creepy and dark text. I loved the structure of the book, where we move between present and past using the journal entries. The back-story of the past is slowly unveiled as the chapters progress, building large doses of tension towards the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • robert
    clacton on sea, United Kingdom
    8/4/16
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    "what would you do to save your offspring?"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Children to the Slaughter?

    when Deborah first walked into Alan's garage to find the 70 odd pics of dead or missing children plastered on the wall, her mood going from perfect bliss to absolute horror in seconds!


    What does Jake Urry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    in what is already a dark and sinister tale Jake's narration adds to the creepy factor , you can feel throughout the book as the tension builds up


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    there were parts of the book I struggled to get past, not because it was poorly written or narrated but the opposite! I had been drawn into the tale of death, deceit and the paranormal that I could sense something that was going to happen the main characters and it wasn't going to be good!


    Any additional comments?

    a dark and sinister tale of death deceit and betrayal going back hundreds of years, after being condemned as insane by his peers and his family after the death of his sister for the past 20 years Alan goes back to his home town to prove them wrong and to find who killed his sister and bring them to justice!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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