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  • Hide and Seek

  • By: Jack Ketchum
  • Narrated by: Wayne June
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111

The second, riveting novel from Bram Stoker Award-winner Jack Ketchum, Hide and Seek is a book about games. Reckless, dangerous games. Games you might even want to play yourself if you're with the right people. But shouldn't. Not ever… In a small Maine town, a group of thrill seeking college kids finds a game of hide and seek in an abandoned house turning into a reality of stark terror.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By Lee on 04-08-11

Very pleasantly surprised

5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Probably, if I knew someone interested in this genre.

What did you like best about this story?

I thought this novel did a much better job showcasing Ketchum's writing abilities than the last book of his that I listened to, "Open Season" which left me thinking I might never read another Ketchum novel. The characters and the relationships between them were better developed and vastly more interesting which left me actually caring about what was happening to them thus adding to the increasing suspense in the later chapters. The dialog between the characters didn't make me cringe and seemed to represent the people accurately. One of the downfalls of the novel, although not enough for me to remove a star, was that it's length didn't allow for complete backstory fulfillment; there were various story "off-shoots" that never really get flushed out or wrapped up which left me feeling a little ripped off but hey, it's a Ketchum novel. I found it fun, suspenseful, and masterfully narrated.

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

No, this was my first one and I intend to seek out other books strictly based on his narration. He was terrific. I don't like it when a narrator takes too many liberties with characterizations; they tend to sound like little kids putting on a sock-puppet show. However, I do still appreciate a narrator who is able to provide slight changes in intonation to help the listener stay connected to who's who while not distracting from the flow of the writing. Wayne June did this exceptionally well; he is now in my top 3 narrators list next to Will Patton and probably R.C. Bray.

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  • Off Season

  • By: Jack Ketchum
  • Narrated by: Richard Davidson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 340

September. A beautiful New York editor retreats to a lonely cabin on a hill in the quiet Maine beach town of Dead River - off season - awaiting her sister and friends. Nearby, a savage human family with a taste for flesh lurks in the darkening woods, watching, waiting for the moon to rise and night to fall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 11-22-09

Ok book, narration was painful at times

3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-08-15

Who was your favorite character and why?

I was not drawn to any character in particular; none of them had depth enough to connect with emotionally. I accepted this as par for the course considering the book choice. The point wasn't to get emotionally engaged, it was for setup, gore, and shock.

How could the performance have been better?

Richard Davidsons voice characterizations were straight up terrible. Picture Maxwell Smart doing a bad impression of Lucky the Luck Charms leprechaun doing an impression of a Canadian doing an impression of a Maine police officer from the Midwest. It was so intolerable that I could barely hang in long enough to complete the book. Otherwise he was an ok reader with potential for being a GREAT reader - this is why I gave 2 stars instead of 1, he has a great reading voice when he isn't trying to change it. I like it when a reader makes a slight change to the narration when representing different characters but much of the time, less is more.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

Was an ok book overall. I probably won't add another Ketchum book to the rotation for a bit but I am sure I will eventually. Even for a horror fan like myself this gore-porn sub-genre gets tiresome pretty quickly. I will probably avoid any other book narrated by Davidson though unless it is clear by the reviews that the voices aren't so ridiculous.