Abandon

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Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
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On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman, and child in a remote gold-mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins - and not a single bone was ever found.

One hundred sixteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them to the abandoned mining town so they can learn what happened. Recently, a similar party had also attempted to explore the town and was never heard from again. Now the area is believed to be haunted. This crew is about to discover, 20 miles from civilization with a blizzard bearing down, that they are not alone, and the past is very much alive.

Revised edition: This edition of Abandon includes editorial revisions.

©2015 Blake Crouch (P)2016 Blake Crouch
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Don't buy this

Boring, depressing story read in a monotonous drone. Terrible. Wish I had never seen this. Got it because of "Wayward Pines", but this isn't any good at all. Every character is either stupid or homicidal. Can't believe I stuck through to the last, but I kept hoping something good would happen. Save yourself; give this a pass.

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Good but not what I expected.

If this had been the first Crouch book I had read I think I would be singing praises. Do not get me wrong it has a great plot and interesting characters but I kept waiting for the supernatural or bizarre to happen. My bad. It is worth reading. Good mystery and a few plot twists.

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Meh

The best part of this story was the amazing, creative swearing attributed to the late 1800s. I wonder if the author created it or used references from period literature to make it authentic. Fun, in any case.

This is a 9-hour morality play whose message is that "Greed corrupts." I felt like the story went on too long. The protagonists made too many unrealistic choices, and just when the story should've been winding down, yet another layer of evil was revealed. By the end I was exhausted.

The performance, however, was excellent.

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Wanted More 😭

I was hoping that this piece by Blake would have stepped into the supernatural or sci-if realm because, let’s be honest, this would have been the perfect story to do so. He went a literal route and gave us a completely “reasonable” explanation for the events in Abandon, which I guess is pretty frightening. I enjoyed the present day story as it was fast paced and kept my attention, the flashbacks did nothing for me except explain what actually happened. I thought he did an excellent job of keeping the two storylines going but the townspeople story just wasn’t as thrilling. I feel like this would make a good movie though.

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Worst Audible Ever

Story is completely boring, unbelievable, and not redeemable.

Even Luke gives a half hearted performance.

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voice acting was okay, story was lackluster, avoid

female character voice acting was excruciating. The story promise to get better but was a huge letdown even Midway, the end was worse than I expected.

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fast forward.

Should have been two separate books. Every other chapter flips from past to present some less than four minutes,Boring. Luckily you can skip or fast forward. The individual stories are interesting but the author missed the mark in blending the two unlike other authors.

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Wild ride

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I really enjoy Blake Crouch's work and Luke Daniels is without question one of my favorite narrators, so it was a no brainer that I would pick this one up. While this isn't Blake's best work, it's still quite a fun tale. This is the story of the town of Abandon. Today it is a ghost town with a mysterious history. One night all the residents disappeared and no one knows what happened to them. Blake does a good job of weaving an intriguing tale, jumping back and forth between the past and the present, giving us glimpses at the tragic history of the town even as in the present chapters we go along a wild search for the truth and hidden treasure. It might not be Blake's best work, but it's a fun tale and Luke Daniels does his usual outstanding job and bringing the adventure to life.

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Boring

This book was interesting enough that I made it all the way through, but frustrating, because I kept wishing it would end.

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Story very good but the language was horrid

If liked the story. The characters were well developed. The story line was very interesting. The constant foul language was not needed. It wish authors could write a book without Every sentence laden with horrid langauge. A few words would be good enough to show the three different characters.

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  • I. Burke
  • 11-14-16

Turned me into the walking dead for three days. Had to listen to it.

I don't know what I was expecting... Supernatural? Monsters? Not sure. What I got was two interwoven stories with well rounded characters and enough interest to fill three novels. No spoilers here , it's just exceptional. Atmospheric, immersive. Listen somewhere warm.

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  • John
  • 12-24-16

very good, but not his best

After Dark Matter, and the Wayward Pines Trilogy Blake has set the bar very high indeed. in my view this is a great story, complex, twisting, and interlinking well. but... it's still not his best work. but it's still very welcome in my collection. thanks Blake

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  • Laura
  • 01-13-18

Disappointing

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I enjoyed Blake Crouch's Wayward Pines trilogy and love Luke Daniels' performance in the Magic 2.0 series so I thought this listen would be great. I was so disappointed. This has got to be one of the worst books I have ever read - hours and hours of trekking through the snow and complaining about being cold/injured with no redeeming features. After each listen I would be left feeling depressed and despondent. Proceed with caution!

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  • Jonathan
  • 06-06-20

New to Crouch - Don't start here

This is an early Blake Crouch, 2009, and heaven it shows how an author gets better with practice - its a straight forward 'gold in then thar hills' tale for the cruel West, mean cowboys, beaten women, gunplay and cheap death. Nothing particularly clever in the tale, unlike Crouch's contemporary novels, nothing that asks bigger questions, nothing supernatural, no speculative science - just unpleasant Americans being greedy and cruel to each other.

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  • Lili
  • 04-04-20

Enjoyed the story but narration hard to follow

The story was intriguing and unexpected, bit slow to get going but easily forgiven after a point. Unfortunately the narrator was very flat which spoilt the atmosphere of the story and made it much less gripping than it should have been.

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  • Hedgehog
  • 01-08-20

Great concept, exceptionally well read

I must admit I was hoping for a Blake crouch novel with a sci-fi twist. But currently playing red dead redemption 2 on pc so really wanted a western style novel.

I was waiting for a clue as to what happened to the towns folk and found this a little grating as during the story I was beginning to wonder what the connection between the two stories is.

Was left hoping for a big plot twist much like other Blake crouch books I have read but didn’t appear. Perhaps if I had never read a Blake crouch book and had no preconceptions then this wouldn’t have bothered me.

The concept of having two stories run in parallel both past and present is an excellent idea.

The writing and narration is superb but did go on a bit and I zoned out couple of times so had to re-listen.

If your looking for a good western CowBoy book or playing RDR2 then highly recommend. If looking for something with a sci-fi twist then add this to wish list for a later date.

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  • Revey
  • 11-14-18

There’s some plots, intrigue & mystery in them there hills!

Not what I was expecting. As after reading the information about the book. The story follows two timelines, a back story or two and an excellent insight to what extremes men & women did to try and get rich, get away from their social backgrounds and survive and die. Whatever their status. A twist or two as well. And I feel one or two loose ends I’ll have to “re-listen” to for my own closure.
A really good read or listen.
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  • AlexDeDuck
  • 09-09-18

Interesting story

The author mixes two time periods with interesting results. The narration is not great, intonation very repetitive. Definitely a good story if you're into the wild west.

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  • Bob
  • 05-07-18

Quite Gripping but a Little Overlong

This book could have done with being shortened by about 25%. Like most Blake Crouch novels, the story is interesting and quite gripping. The narration is excellent. An estranged father and daughter set off in a party to explore a secluded abandoned mining town in 2009. A hundred and fifty years earlier the occupants of the town live and die through snow, bandits and mayhem. The story jumps back and forth, linking what the modern party finds with the past. Really well written. But. The dangers become a little repetitive. Just how many times can characters from both eras be double crossed before it starts to seem like a pastiche. A satire of itself. "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!" Or Scooby Doo - "Oh no! It was Mr. Rawlins the caretaker!" However I am not sorry I bought this.

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  • A. P. Hughes
  • 04-08-17

wicked deception in the wild west!

a story that at first throws a mystery upon the reader. With good characterisation and a twisting plot that switched cleanly between the 'before and after' scenes (something a great deal of authors make a mess of) I found this a great listen from one of my now favourite audible authors.

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  • Robert G
  • 05-04-19

Epic

Would give it 6 stars if I could. Awesome book, I would highly recommend it!

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