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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Waterbury, CT, US
  • 07-23-18

suspenseful

kept me interested, although ian pissed me off more than a few times. some of the details can be heart breaking to know that these things actually occur to children.

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Took a billion years to get going

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This audio book was broken up in two sections. The entire first section was not needed.

If you’ve listened to books by Adam J. Nicolai before, how does this one compare?

N/A

What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

It was OK

Do you think Alex needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Heck no! I couldnt take another follow up to this! Took too long to get going, and then when it finally DID get going, it seemed like it was a rushed ending bursting full of information!

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I was thoroughly intrigued.

I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next. It kept my attention. I found myself guessing what what wa happening throughout the story. I enjoyed this book. I felt the emotions of Ian and I really hurt for him. I thought of my son and how I couldn't imagine ever losing him. It made me sad at times knowing some have gone through a loss such as this.

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Loved it but...

I loved this book, but couldn’t understand why the ‘n’ word has to be used? There was no need. Was there a particular reason for it?

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I loved this book!

I enjoyed this book so much. It was haunting,and sad,and intense. loved it and the narrator was perfect!

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good book

Has a surprise ending and no hints were given during the book. It is awesome

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Slow

The story begins slowly and rambles on for several empty chapters. And then when you wake up the book slows down even more, but if you can hang in there until you get to the final 5 or 6 chapters there is some moderately slow action. It took me two months to finish this book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful