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Alex

Narrated by: Marc Vietor
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
4 out of 5 stars (162 ratings)

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Ian is having difficulty letting go of the murder of his 5-year-old son, Alex. As a result, his marriage crumbles, his performance at work suffers, and his friends all abandon him. Ian eventually finds himself alone - and then the hauntings start. Five-time AudioFile Earphones Award winner Mark Vietor expresses an entire range of emotions and tones flawlessly, using actual shifts in personality rather than vocal tricks for each character. Listeners will wonder whether Ian's visions of his son are a sign of psychosis or whether Alex is trying to contact him from the grave.

Publisher's Summary

Alex was Ian's five-year-old son: brilliant, earnest, and compassionate. He is dead now, but Ian can't let him go. When his wife urges him to move on, he drives her away. His performance at work collapses; his friends leave him. Six months later, alone in an empty house, Ian starts to see his son again.

Every vision is a repeat of something the boy said or did in life: aching memories replaying themselves for Ian's eyes alone. Are these images of Alex real? Has Ian's son found a way back, to forgive or condemn his father? Or has Ian's sorrow metastasized into psychosis?

With a masterful hand, best-selling Kindle Horror author Adam J. Nicolai paints a picture of grief, madness, and the furious strength of a father's love for his son.

©2011 Adam J. Nicolai (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Edge of my bed, gripping story.

What made the experience of listening to Alex the most enjoyable?

I could feel in my own bones the father's fear, desperation, insanity, and annoyance at was was happening. Ian is a very personable character, and I felt the author did an excellent job putting Ian's mind into your own. What this man goes through is a nightmare, and I felt every bit of it. I could not stop listening because I wanted to know WHY!!!!??? The filler in between hauntings is even good. It's definitely a satisfying piece of horror. I rarely give 5 star ratings. I save those for books the really pull me around by my hair. This one did.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oh, Ian by far. I really felt for him. I was desperate for him, sad for him, broken for him. I wanted to see him...get out of that mess.

What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

You know, the best narrators don't really make you think of their performance, they just make you feel the story and pull you in. He was perfect.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. But I love listening to horror stories right before bed. I save that for "my time". I stayed up way too late so many nights with this book though, lol.

Any additional comments?

Keep writing, I'll keep listening!!! I'll be looking for more of your books Mr. Nicolai.

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Paranormal experience of Psychotic break

For some reason when I first saw this audiobook I thought it was something much different that what the publishers summary actually says it is, sometimes I just need to slow down and really read stuff, think about it, and read it again. If you didn’t know that is one of the main reasons that I love audiobooks, because I don’t have to read them ;) . I do not normally listen to horror books but I do have a few that are in my queue to listen to in the near future. Some would wonder why not so much horror, aren’t zombie books horror and the answer is that few really fit into the horror genre at all. The main reason that I don’t listen to much horror is, they creep me out, honestly.

While Alex was a bit on the slow side, an unexpected twist and another turn and dramatic conclusion made this a very satisfying listen that I would instantly recommend to fans of this genre. For the first hour or two I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish listening to Alex. Reason being is that Ian lost is kid Alex to a one of the worst kind of monsters there are, child abductors, while the man was caught Alex did not make it and Ian blamed himself for it all and the audiobook just seemed to go on and on forever. Soon Ian starts to see Alex everywhere and replaying scenes out of his life, this slowly but surely start to break down Ian’s psyche and everyone around him is starting to notice. Nicolai is a great writer, I say this because he was able to make me truly believe that Ian was going completely nuts and having me at the edge of my seat waiting for the poop to hit the fan. Nicolai created in me and maintained a huge amount of anxiety and uncertainty throughout the audiobook, I was unsure whether Ian was haunted by his son or slowly going crazy until the last hour or so. I do not for one second want to know why I picked this audiobook because it is choices like this that make me keep coming back for more.

This was my first experience with Marc Vietor and I was not disappointed at all. At first I though to myself “How can a guy with a voice like this get an audiobook narrating gig”, but soon realized why. It takes more than a polished voice to make audiobook narration successful. One needs to be able to become more than a narrator and become everyone and everything within the story and Vietor was able to accomplish this by making Ian such a great character.

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Don't waste your money.

Couldn't get through the first hour. The work scenes were especially awful. I will try to return this title. No luck trying to return this. What a waste of money!!!!!

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Not for the faint of heart!

Fantastic story that really explores the horror and overwhelming grief of losing a child. I will say, this book is NOT for everyone: the level of detail regarding an absolutely horrendous situation will turn your stomach; but at it's heart this is a story of finding closure and peace and it is absolutely worth a listen.

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Not really Horror

This isn't really a horror story but really a story about grief. Slow start but picks up pretty well.

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Terrifying, heart breaking and beautiful

I listen to this book throughout my 24 Hour Rd. trip and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole six hours I absolutely loved it. It was very well written, it rips your heart out makes you cry but also makes you appreciate your love ones so much more. I would highly recommend reading this book

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Wow!

What a great book, so surprised I enjoyed it so much.
Character was so interesting and real, I was so emotional reading this!

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A big issue with narration...

I borrowed this book w/ audio from KU. So I was following along with the text as I listened. I didn't want to rate it here, as I DNF'd the book because of an issue with the narration. However Audible would not allow me to write this without putting in a star rating. Here is the problem, On page 50, the sentence reads: "Whateva, cracka." The narrator says, "Whateva, Ni**a." I decided to keep going even though I was really bothered by this. But then on page 97, it happens again! The sentence in the text reads, "Mr. Ian Colmes!" The narrator says, "My Ni**a!"
I have no idea if it happened again, I couldn't keep going after that. I don't understand it and it ruined the book for me. This is not okay.

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Not a horror story

I did a bit of research looking for top rated horror stories on Audible as I am a huge horror fan and this title appeared with lots of great reviews on how scary it was.

Not the least bit scary.. this was a very sad and disturbing story about child abduction and rape. I was not a fan of the authors consistent vulgar language.. I don’t mind mind foul language but this was just too much.

I wouldn’t recommend a book like this to others looking for a horror story. If your looking for a story about a man grieving the loss of his son/on the verge of a mental breakdown then this may be for you.

The narrator was clear, he gave slight accents or different voices for the characters and read quite smoothly.

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A mystery that grips you

I assumed I was getting into a regular ghost story, one that may be sad, but I was pleasantly surprised. I found myself working just as hard to pull together the mystery as Ian and just as heartbroken at every mention of his son. If you're looking for a scare, this isn't the book, but a mystery? And good story? One about a caring father and a wonderful little boy? This is it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-10-19

Brave subject matter, pain full and poignant

Extremely emotive story, hard to listen to at times, gut wrenchingly awful and harrowing , but at the same time intensely beautiful and joyful
Made me smile, it scared and sickened me and I was a sobbing wreck at the end.
A very brave choice regarding the subject of child abduction and death, this has no fairy tale ending with the hero saving the day, bad men really do these unspeakable acts

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  • stink
  • 03-22-19

Good

This book was good and interesting in parts. It was quite sad I personally wouldn't say this was horror, more paranormal. The narrator did a very good job😉😂😀