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  • Strong Ending

  • A Journey from Combat to Comedy
  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Mary-Louise Parker
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,137

It’s always hard to make the crowd laugh - especially when joking about war, PTSD, and mental health. Strong Ending follows three military veterans as they attempt to turn their most painful stories into laughs by participating in a stand-up comedy boot camp. After joining the military, deploying to combat zones, and coming home fundamentally changed, Michael Garvey, Isaura Ramirez, and Patrick Harth challenge themselves to share their stories on stage and perform original stand up-comedy about their experiences for a packed house. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very moving

  • By Rayjean Carter on 11-03-18

Absolutely Inspiring!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I don't know much about PTSD, but I have panic attacks and anxiety. That's really besides the point, because I am going to come at this one like I know nothing (which is closer to the truth). It made me have joy in my heart that these Veterans, victims of injuries, PTSD, and other things, have found a true light in being able to share his/her experiences on the mic in front of people and get a laugh.

Mary-Louise Parker did a fabulous job narrating, Maria Bamford is an incredible comic, so I'm always glad to hear her, and the Veterans were so funny and inspiring. This is something you should not miss. It is so inspiring!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bird Box

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Malerman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,158

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: 20 miles downriver in a rowboat blindfolded with nothing to rely on but Malorie's wits and the children's trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful book paired with outstanding narration

  • By S. Yates on 10-09-17

INCREDIBLE!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Josh Malerman has created something so spectacular with this book that I could hardly stop talking about it, despite no one near me knowing the story.

SYNOPSIS:

Malorie is a twenty-something woman who becomes pregnant right as the world seems to descend into an apocalyptic mess. Something, be it creatures, radio waves, or something else is causing those who see it to quickly dive into a hysterical madness. Some just kill themselves and some kill those around them and then take their lives. Malorie and her sister Shannon cover their windows and hide from the outside until one day, Malorie hears a loud thump upstairs and finds her sister dead.

Having read an advertisement by a man named George, welcoming anyone who needed safety to come to his house. She'd read this months earlier, but hoped it would be something that could help her. She drove, hiding her eyes as much as she could, to a town twenty minutes away. When she arrives, she is brought in and meets Tom, Cheryl, Don, Felix, and Jules. This group of people have been there since the beginning of the epidemic to a few weeks later. They have a limited food supply in the basement and a well outside so that they will always have water.

Intertwining that story is the future, four years later, where Malorie is by herself with two children whom she refers to as boy and girl. At this time, she is finally going to go onto the river that is behind the house a ways, make her way down, and go to a mysterious destination not let on. She does say that it should be a safer place for her and her children.

These two storylines intertwine and rely on each other to make the story go ahead and make the reader sink deeper and deeper into a world beyond horrifying.

REVIEW:

Josh Malerman happens to be a ridiculously talented writer and I was so impressed by his work that I am going to check out his other pieces of fiction. The story was so well-paced that I felt like I was feeling so many of the things that Malorie felt. Most of the characters were amazingly developed, especially Malorie, Tom, and a few others. Honestly, this book made me so tense that it might take a few days for my shoulders to stop hurting.

Cassandra Campbell is a solid narrator, but I do find her to be a bit stilted in some parts. I think she did an amazing job with this novel, so I am going to give her a B+. Solid work.

I'm going to give Bird Box by Josh Malerman a solid A, because it was just that insanely amazing that I am so glad I gave it a second chance. (I owe the movie trailer for that one) If you read this book, you will be entranced from beginning to end and find a fear you didn't know could exist...

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  • 30 Days of Night

  • By: Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, R. S. Belcher (adaptation)
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla, Mark Boyett, Kevin T. Collins, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 989
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 927

An all-new, full-cast dramatization of the classic graphic novel. The isolated town of Barrow, Alaska, is plunged into darkness for a month each year when the sun sinks below the horizon. As the last rays of light fade, the town is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires bent on an uninterrupted orgy of destruction. Only Barrow's husband-and-wife sheriff team stand between the survivors and certain destruction. . By the time the sun rises, will they pay the ultimate price - or worse?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By Dan on 11-06-17

Right in Between What Everyone Else is Saying

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I actually pre-ordered this audiobook when it came out and then realize that it was barely over an hour. There was no way that I was going to use a whole credit for just one hour. The cash price was also outrageous, so I just decided there was no point. Luckily, last week it went on sale as the book of the day for one dollar and I was able to get a good deal.

I've read some of the other reviews and most seem positive, but there are some that were highly critical. I'm just right there in the middle where I enjoyed myself immensely, but I could also see the flaws that the others were talking about. The chewing and feeding sounds were a little ridiculous and a few other things. I absolutely LOVE Kevin T. Collins, so I was glad he was the voice of one of the main characters. The main thing that I would like to see changed is the audiobook being longer. I feel like, even though it was based on a graphic novel, they could've added more OR combined two graphic novels? Honestly, I'm just hoping they decide to do more! I had a lot of fun listening to this one.

So, as far as ratings go, I'm going to give the storyline a B- and then the narration an A-, possibly B+. The narration gets a possible high B grade, because the gnawing and other things like that were a bit lame.

Honestly, if this book is on sale or you can get it for cheaper than normal, do it! But nothing is worth full price for just one hour.

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,473
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12,472

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

Maberry Can and HAS done Better.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-18

This short story follows a couple that has moved into a house, with an eerie warning from the realtor that said it is said to be haunted. The realtor assures them that it is just something they have to say and that things go bump in the night. Basically, that people get scared and overreact. Well, after this event, they move in, despite Gillian's objections and fears that this haunting might be real. With a baby on the way, Matt thinks that it might be hormones, but Gillian feels like a mother bear protecting her child.

The story continues with harmless, yet escalating scary things happening around the baby that Gillian has now given birth to. Things steadily get worse and worse. Gillian, insistent the entire time, begs Matt to move out, but with all the money in renovations, it seems like a bad idea and a huge loss of money.

REVIEW:

Honestly, I think that if this was about to be an hour long, it would've been just slightly better. Everything was rushed and there weren't very many scary things that happened besides one or two things. I think Maberry is an absolute genius in telling stories of horror, so this one was a serious disappointment. So, I'm going to give the story itself a C and the narration an A+. I've loved Scott Brick ever since Jonathan Cronin's 'The Passage' series, so I will always love his narration! This particular audible original I got for free, so I'm not saying it was the worst thing ever. However, I would be angry if I had paid for it (even if I only paid $2 or something).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Maw

  • A Novel
  • By: Taylor Zajonc
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Milo Luttrell finds himself in the midst of an expedition into the largest underground system in Africa, helmed by a brash billionaire turned exploration guru and his elite team of cavers. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to finally solve a century-old disappearance of the famed explorer Lord Riley DeWar, an enigmatic figure who both made - and nearly ruined - Milo's fledgling career. But when a storm hits the surface base camp, stranding the cavers and washing away supplies, all communication to the outside world is lost. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Psychedelic Thriller of Man Vs. Nature

  • By G. Allen on 09-25-18

I just.. I just... I just don't know...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

If you look at my reviews, you can see that my favorite book of 2018 is 'The Anomaly' by Michael Rutger. I won't describe the details of that book, because this is about 'The Maw.' The only reason why I mention it is because it's about an expedition to find something and both teams get stuck in caves. When I read the summary for this book, I knew that I had to have it and couldn't wait to get started. I was even halfway done with one of Jonathan Maberry's book and I still switched. I wouldn't say that this book was a TOTAL letdown...just a minor letdown.

SUMMARY:

Milo, a professor at Georgetown University, is invited on a caving expedition funded by a very rich man named Dale. Milo's role in this is having staked his career on the mysterious disappearance of Lord Riley De'War (spelling may not be accurate). It made and ruined his career at the same time. When he is flown mysteriously to Africa and taken to meet Dale, it's revealed that Dale has discovered De'War's map to the super cave they are going into, instead of the most common theory that his team tried to climb one of the unclimbable mountains of the early 20th century.

As they descend, everything is going find and they explore different areas, with a team up at the top lowering down supplies. They discover a large cavern, filled with water that has a mysterious golden light far beneath the surface that no one can explain. After this, an incredibly horrific rainfall hits the surface and the camp is destroyed, one of the members of the team is missing, and much of their supplies gone. After this everyone starts exhibiting strange abilities, photographic memory being one of them. As the supplies dwindle and the team exhibits more and more strange phenomena, Milo and Bridgette, the medical doctor and former girlfriend of Milo, wonder if they'll ever make it out alive.

REVIEW:

I'll be quick about the review process this time, since I've already written a ton of summary. I found the first chunk of this book (before the rainstorm) to be incredibly boring and I was just waiting for that storm to make things go haywire. Then, when the storm hits, nothing seems to be communicated as desperate besides a few things here and there. Plus, nothing that crazy happens to the team besides the photographic memory and a few other things. I guess I mentioned 'The Anomaly' because that book had SO much going on once they entered the cave part of their expedition, where the team from this book didn't. Maybe I'm being too harsh, but I found the book to be a tad boring.

RATING:

I'm going to give the novel a B-, which is a much better grade than a 2 star book normally gets. There are moments of interest, but they are few and far between. I think there are some people who may LOVE this book, but I'm just not one of them; however, I want to be fair and give it a grade that it deserves. Zajonc is an incredible writer, so the skill is there; he just needs a better story to go on.

The narration is going to receive a B+, because I didn't find him to have much range. However, he was very clear and didn't try to do the fake feminine voice in order to portray a woman. Neil Hellegers would probably be better at reading a nonfiction book instead of a novel. That's just my opinion, because he did do a decent job. I just think that he'd be great at narrating a book that is nonfiction with dry facts. He'd really bring those words to life.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World

  • By: David Spade
  • Narrated by: David Spade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,828

Written and performed for the Audible experience, Spade’s new comic memoir takes listeners along for the sometimes embarrassing and always hilarious ride of getting older in our fleeting “Snapchat World”. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than the first one!

  • By Ashley on 08-12-18

Funny, Disturbing, and Crude, but LOVED IT!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-18

HEADER: It seems that when I like a book, I get "helpful" votes and when I don't like a book, I get "not helpful" votes. I don't understand this and I never will, but just know that I'm not going to like every book you're going to like. Also, if you happen to love the book and I dislike it, that doesn't mean my review didn't help you. Did it not give you an alternate perspective? Thanks---J. Veals

David Spade is super funny and I've always liked him in his solo movies, as well as his group or duos. My favorite, of course, is Tommy Boy with Chris Farley, rest in peace. So, I thought this book was going to be really funny and....


It was! Obviously, this book is only in audiobook form, so I don't know there's a way to judge his prose or writing in anyway; however, that's the beauty of having a book done by a comedian: they're good at speaking! I wouldn't have had it any other way.

The idea for the book was clear and made sense throughout the arc of the audio. Honestly, I don't think David Spade seems old enough to be a "Polaroid Guy." I would think he'd be more of a "Disposable Camera Guy," but then again, I always think he's so much younger than he is. He does mention his age a TON in this book, but he's about ten years younger than my own parents, so I don't really find him to be crazy old, because I don't think my parents are that old.

So, favorite part of this book is ALL of the stories about Mr. Spade's "Plus One," code named Stevie. He says he picked the name because he felt he didn't know anyone named Stevie and blah blah. Oh my goodness, though, this guy is a train wreck and Spade's stories about him were spectacular! Reader of this review: GET THE BOOK JUST TO SEE WHAT HE DOES TO NICOLE KIDMAN!!! PLEASE! But, in all seriousness, this book was plenty of fun and I enjoyed it a lot. He did a great job with narration and the book had plenty of stories to make you cringe, laugh out loud, etcetera.

My only wish is that there was a PG-13 version of this book for my father. In the mid-nineties, my dad sat next to David Spade on an airplane and, since my dad is way chill and would never get star-struck ever, they had a nice little chat about how my dad was a big fan of Tommy Boy and whatever else they talked about. Ever since then, my dad has had this kind of one-way kinship with the actor and, honestly, I would to if that'd happened to me. He's just a fan, basically. My dad is way to...conservative...and when I say conservative, this has nothing to do with politics. My parents are just conservative people. They don't drink, smoke, gamble, or do anything illegal. They are just like that. So, some of Spade's raucous stories would be a little much for my dad.

Me, however, loved his disgusting stories and his smart quips. I thought the book was well-paced and I LOVED that it wasn't especially long. A lot of celebrities seem overindulgent in their memoirs or bio books and it drives me crazy. Spade's just the type of celebrity I LOVE reading about.

"A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World" is going to get a B+ from me as a book and Spade's narration is going to get a solid A.

  • I Am Legend

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,894
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,911

In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Steven Casper on 01-24-08

Richard Matheson is Ahead of his Time

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

HEADER: It seems that when I like a book, I get "helpful" votes and when I don't like a book, I get "not helpful" votes. I don't understand this and I never will, but just know that I'm not going to like every book you're going to like. Also, if you happen to love the book and I dislike it, that doesn't mean my review didn't help you. Did it not give you an alternate perspective? Thanks---J. Veals

Unfortunately, I saw the Will Smith version of this movie before I was able to listen to and read this book; however, I was able to separate the two and make it so this book was something completely different, despite enjoying the Will Smith version.

The story follows Richard Neville who barricades himself in his house each night when the blood-thirst, plagued group around his house, taunting Richard to let his guard down. During the day, he makes his way to infecteds' lairs and kills them in order to lower the population of the sick.

I'm not going to compare the movie to the book, but I am going to say that the title of the book and movie makes A LOT more sense in the novel. When I was watching the film, the 'I Am Legend' thing just was like an... "eh..." thing for me, but when I heard the last bit of the book, it was like "OHHHHH!!!!" Mr. Matheson is seriously one of my favorite sci-fi/horror authors of the time and currently, because his novels can stand up with today's scary books in so many ways. 'Hell House' is the other book by Mr. Matheson that makes me think of him as one of the GREATS!

So, I give the book a B+ in my grading scale and Robertson Dean, the narrator, was pretty good so I'll give him a solid B. It's definitely NOT THE MOVIE! So, even if you've watched 'I am Legend' with Will Smith, I'd suggest you listen or read this book. You can totally see how different the two really are!

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  • Campfire

  • By: Shawn Sarles, James Patterson - foreword
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Blacklock
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

While camping in a remote location, Maddie Davenport gathers around the fire with her friends and family to tell scary stories. Caleb, the handsome young guide, shares the local legend of the ferocious Mountain Men who hunt unsuspecting campers and leave their mark by carving grisly antlers into their victims' foreheads. The next day, the story comes true. Now Maddie and her family are lost in the deep woods - with no way out - being stalked by their worst nightmares. There were other, more horrifying stories told that night - and Maddie's about to find out just how they end... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Job for a first timer

  • By Diane Carnes on 08-31-18

Shawn Sarles Debut Novel is a Complete Bust

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-18

I've seen a picture of the author and I still can't tell how old he is. I don't want to write a scathing review of a book that is for a young person or a debut novel; however, I would feel like I'd be doing a disservice to lie or take it easy on my actual opinion of this book.

The story follows Maddie, a gifted runner in school, who, five years prior, lost her mother to a rogue fire in her office building. Now, they are on a family camping trip with a few friends and family members. The minor characters of importance are her best friend and "sister" Chelsie and Caleb, the twenty-two-year-old guide up the mountain. The tagline of the book is "[B]e careful what stories your tell around the campfire" under the full moon. That one was said by Caleb in an attempt to scare the group around, but there are sick people around who plan to use the stories to plan the murders of a majority of the group.

Mr. Sarles, I'm going to preface my review by saying that I understand that writing is hard and your first book may be just to get the kinks out of you style, discover who you are as writer. The fact that James Patterson gave a foreword to this novel isn't anything special to me. The Stephen Kings and the James Pattersons are basically book machines that pump out book after book of pure expositional torture.

The characters seemed have a lack of depth and I even found that I didn't know whom was whom. I knew Maddie, Chelsie, Abigail, Charlie, Maddie's dad (Mitch), and I could list other character names, but I can't remember which are aunts/uncles/cousins and which are friends. I think that is the fault of the author by not describing the characters well enough.

The tah-dah! moment was surprising, but part of me felt like it was just to do the shock and awe thing, so I found it to be a gimmicky.

As far as narration, Charlotte Blacklock did a pretty good job with the female characters, but didn't try hard with the male. I'm glad that she didn't try to do the "fake male voice" that so many narrators attempt, but I also thought it could've been better. Basically, I'm trapped in the void where she's good, not great, but I would never say that she was "pretty good," like the three stars says that is.

So, for the future, I think Shawn Sarles COULD produce a very good novel, but 'Campfire' was one HUGE DUD of a book. I'm going to give the novel itself a D- and then the narration will get a B-.

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  • Awakened

  • A Novel
  • By: James S. Murray, Darren Wearmouth
  • Narrated by: James S. Murray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 180

The star of truTV’s hit show Impractical Jokers - alongside veteran sci-fi and horror writer Darren Wearmouth - delivers a chilling and wickedly fun supernatural novel in the vein of The Strain, in which a beautiful new subway line in New York City unearths an ancient dark horror that threatens the city’s utter destruction and the balance of civilization itself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but narrator talks really fast

  • By Tatiana on 08-11-18

Good, but I'm iffy if I'll Read Book 2

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-18

Awakened takes place in a bunch of POV's, but the main characters are Mike Cafferty, President Reynolds, Diego Muñoz, Ellen Cafferty, a SWAT team member whose last name is Ducote, I believe, and a few others. The story is about how the mayor of New York, Mike Cafferty, has just completed what is known as the Z-Train, which connects New Jersey and Manhattan just below the Hudson River (I don't know New York well, so, if I'm wrong, I apologize). On its inaugural run from Jersey to New York, a hole opens up underground on the way and 99% of the people on board the train are brutally murdered by creatures that are pitch black, have a few rows of teeth, and long claws. What arrives at the station is the train with two cars with body parts everywhere. The president is rushed into the chamber where the MTA workers are, behind a thick metal door. The plan is to get the president out by submarine and, hopefully, get the survivors out alive. When the hole opened up, the level of methane poured into the open area, because that's what the creatures are used to breathing. With the oxygen depleting and the high risk of an explosion from the methane, the odds are against the characters as they come to realize what kind of situation they're really in.

This book was fun, interesting, exciting, and had a lot of gore, horror, and creepiness; my only issue is that nothing was really giving me the "WOW" factor. When I listened to this book, I thought of the movie, 'The Descent.' Now, I realize that the creatures in the film are pale, aren't as big, and don't have claws, but they were sensitive to light and did attack with their teeth. So, the book didn't have a super original idea in my opinion. Don't get me wrong; the idea of the secret society spoken about was very intriguing, but I just don't know if I'm dedicated enough to pick up the second one.

As far as storyline, I'll be giving this book a B-: passing grade with decent characters and a fun story, but it didn't wow me like it could've. And, I'll be honest: when the book started and the author said he'd be reading the book, I sighed so loudly. BUT... he actually did a decent job. I mean, besides actors that read their own memoirs, I think he was pretty solid at acting out the characters he wrote. So, I was going to give him a solid B for his performance.

Overall, good, not great, but worth checking out if you don't have a long list of books to read.

  • The Anomaly

  • By: Michael Rutger
  • Narrated by: Brandon Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 336

If Indiana Jones lived in the X-Files era, he might bear at least a passing resemblance to Nolan Moore - a rogue archaeologist hosting a documentary series derisively dismissed by the "real" experts, but beloved by conspiracy theorists. Nolan sets out to retrace the steps of an explorer from 1909 who claimed to have discovered a mysterious cavern high up in the ancient rock of the Grand Canyon. And, for once, he may have actually found what he seeks. Then the trip takes a nasty turn, and the cave begins turning against them in mysterious ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book of 2018

  • By Jeffrey veals on 07-04-18

Best Book of 2018

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-18

This has nothing to do with the fact that we are practically at the halfway point of the year or anything like that. I just finished this novel and can confidently say that it will be nearly impossible to beat the eloquence, fear-inducing, and brilliance of Michael Rutger's 'The Anomaly.'

The book is about a small youtube-type channel that makes an effort to discover strange and semi-impossible things to find. Basically, why the book is called 'The Anomaly' and why the name of their show is 'The Anomaly Files.' The book is in first person and follows Nolan, a California born-and raised man who is basically a failed screenwriter. After a failed attempt he created this gig with his buddy, Ken, and they go and research these things, asking the audience to not only look for the facts, but keep asking the questions. After getting picked up as one of the recipients of a sponsorship from an organization, they find themselves on their way to the Grand Canyon to find a mysterious cave discovered by an early explorer. After many failed attempts to locate the cave, they find it and then begins the life-changing events of being inside... Kincaid's Cave.

I can't even describe what this book did for me. I've seen movies that have made me claustrophobic from the shots and the music and everything else; however, I've never felt that from a book--until now. Michael Rutger wrote a story that not only made the future of certain individuals suspect, but shown a light on how different the world would be if certain things about how the creation came about would be if altered. I can't even fathom how smart this book was. Seriously, I think this guy--Mr. Rutger--you have to be one of my favorite talents to come out of 2018. There is always a chance that you've written a book before (maybe even a screenplay?), but I couldn't find anything but this one. If this is your debut, it is one hell of a ride!

As far as the book goes on my grading scale, I give it a solid A. Brandon Williams, the narrator, will get an A- from me and that is not a bad score. In fact, a C isn't a bad score, but I will say that his narration was great, but didn't necessarily go above and beyond for me.

So, read this book, listen to it... JUST FIND SOME WAY TO GET IT INTO YOUR HEAD!!!


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