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Black Hotel

Narrated by: Caleb Dust
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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Welcome to Black Hotel. A haunted hotel...with no ghosts...

When overweight dreamer Jack stumbles on work at Black Hotel, he believes he has found the perfect job. With no guests, the hotel pays him to sit about all night and do nothing. He doesn't even mind when he discovers the hotel is haunted. What upsets him is that no one believes him. But as the past and future collide and the hauntings escalate, Jack has to figure out what is going on before it is too late.

Black Hotel is the exciting debut thriller by Renee Wakefield. If you enjoy spine-tingling terror, tales of ghosts and haunted hotels, with a bit of fun thrown in along the way, grab your copy of Black Hotel today.

©2018 Ross McQueen (P)2019 Ross McQueen

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Fun & Unexpected

In my experience, the horror content that seems to be the most formulaic, the most often, is paranormal stories. They all seem to follow a nearly identical trajectory (note: this does not necessarily make me enjoy it less, just an observation).

"Black Hotel" employs a slightly different take that made for a very enjoyable listen. This book is light, amusing and a bit silly; probably not a good fit for people who want to be truly horrified by their horror stories. Caleb Dust does a great job of bringing the ridiculous characters to life. I enjoyed every minute of this one! 10/10, would recommend!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Stay Away From Train Conventions

I really liked this story and couldn’t stop listening after I started. At just under 5 hours, you can easily knock this out in one sitting. I wouldn’t really call it horror as I didn’t find anything remotely frightening, but it was a good paranormal story. I found it quite humorous and would say that if this was made into a movie, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost would have to play the main characters. I wouldn’t say this is a comedy, but it was a lot of fun and weird enough it just seemed upbeat. Bad things happen and there are ghosts and deaths, but none of it was enough that it frightened me. Probably not the desired mood, but the buddy feeling of Jack, Merch, and Hector is palpable.

The dialogue of all the characters was fantastic. I wanted to be with friends with Jack and Merch, even though they both seemed to be going nowhere in life. Jack’s bumbling through life is perfectly echoed with the way he behaves and the way he talks. I enjoyed how his meaningless existence was constantly touched on by his mother and how we always tried to avoid it. Hector’s incessant poking at Jack made me laugh every time and I would have taken a part time job at that hotel just to observe their interactions. I still can’t stop trying to picture the demented magician.

The plot wasn’t overly complicated which made for the fun listen. You won’t know where it is going until you get to the end, but ride to the finish line was as satisfying as the end itself. The setup of how lost in life Jack is can be a bit slow, but important to explain how he is just passing through life and needs to find something to give him meaning. The customerless Black Hotel is the perfect setting and sets the tone for the overall story.

I really enjoyed Caleb Dust’s narration. His Australian accent perfectly matched the dialogue and I don’t think I would have enjoyed the story as much without my internal voice. You can tell he had fun narrating this story and it is evident in the enthusiasm he puts forth into the characters. I think his accent lends to me wanting Pegg and Frost to portray the two main characters. I hope to hear more from him in the future.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Premonition verses Psychic

This book starts out a bit slow but picks up. It is about Jack who is basically a lazy unambitious man who is bored with all his jobs until gets night job at the Black Hotel and he thinks he sees and hears ghosts or he is going crazy (you have to listen to find the truth). I enjoyed the characters of Jack, Merch, Hector, Miss Daniels and Hector and the ending. It is a short different listen. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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Fantastic

Black Hotel. . The first book I've read by Renee Wakefield and I'm really pleased to have read this one.
A great storyline and written with some very subtle humor. And a real page turner.
Caleb Dusts narration is excellent and compliments the book.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this review. .

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  • Brian
  • ANN ARBOR, MI
  • 08-21-19

Quirky Paranormal Story

Jack is a nice guy who is going nowhere. He's never really had any ambition and is perfectly OK doing nothing. He starts working a job where he can do pretty near precisely that (nothing) and finds himself being haunted. He's OK with that, but wants people on his side understanding that it's actually happening. Some hi-jinx ensues as he tries to convince different people including his coworkers and figure out the reason for the haunting. The characters are great and three dimensional and the horror is more quirky and odd than horrific but it's a nice jaunt into the life of a man who wants to do nothing and finds himself doing the opposite of that. The narration fit perfectly and was a great aid.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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Enjoyed

I think the story itself is really good. The characters are likable and well described. I would have given this book 5 stars if the narration had been better. Many times words ran together and I didn’t know a scene had even changed. It seemed as if the narrator was just reading words and not telling the story at times. All in all this book is worth reading/listening to. I was given this book at no charge and my review is my own.

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reservations for 1 please!

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Black Hotel is a ghost story that kept me guessing. Jack gets a job at the almost always empty hotel, to do nothing but sit at the front desk. He's even ok with it when the hotel turns out to be haunted but no one believes him. Like Jack, i had no idea if the hotel was really haunted or what was going to happen next. The ending was good. I was surprised and i liked it! The story is well done and the writing is good. I would read more by this author.
I listened to the audio book. Caleb Dust read it and he did a great job. i would listen to more books he narrates.


** I would like to thank Renee Wakefield for the chance to listen to the audio book in exchange for a honest review. **

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What just happened????

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

WOW, I have no idea what is going on, who, where , why, when....... I couldn't get past 10 minutes. It may get better but the narration was HORRIBLE and I just couldn't hang.

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Deja vu all over and over again

First let me say this....I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am always looking for new authors and new narrators so I was happy to receive a copy. I picked this book because I thought it sounded like it would be a ghost story. It was and it wasn't. The only thing that kept me listening was the narrator. I enjoyed his voice and I kept hoping that the story would pick up. That didn't happen.

The main character is an almost 40 year old immature man who is constantly changing jobs and cannot seem to understand why other people his age are now married, owning homes and progressing thru life as they should. His friend and roommate is slightly higher up the food chain but equally immature. Anyway, I digress.

Jack secures a job at a hotel that does not have any guests on the "graveyard shift". His job is to sit there and well, just sit. After a few days he begins to hear and see things. He tells his "boss" Hector and is told that he must be hearing things. This goes on several nights and finally his roommate decides he is going to come in and observe. He sees odd happenings but no ghosts. In a few days the roommate brings in a paranormal investigator with equally beautiful twin daughters and what, if any importance they give to this story is way beyond me.

The story seems to meander from here to there and never truly clears anything up. Is it a ghost story? Yeah....kind of but not really. All the elements were there for a good ghost story with the ghosts that Jack sees and hears and the hotel itself is downright creepy and perfect for the supernatural. The reason behind the ghosts didn't seem to tie in well. Thanks for the opportunity to review this book

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-07-19

No-one ever gets less haunted.

Surprisingly, the synopsis is very thorough, giving a good idea of the story and it's main protagonist, Jack, so no need for further description.

Black Hotel is a ghost story, even a bit of a thriller, and there are some gruesome bits, a few chills and bumps in the night (literally), but mostly it's funny. It's a great story, a bit predictable, but it's the gorgeous characters that inhabit it which gives it it's charm. It is so easy to picture, too, so nicely sketched out were the surroundings, the old fashioned hotel and the inhabitants of the book as a whole. This picturing was ably assisted by the narrator, Caleb Dust, whose Australian accent only adds to the character as he individually voices protagonists and reads the story with gusto and full understanding. A fun and good performance.

This is a debut novel by author, Renee Wakefield. Pictorial, funny, quirky and even a little bit scary at times, this is definitely one to recommend. Hope we don't have to wait too long until the next

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  • Elizabeth Frounks
  • 08-27-19

Not quite horror but still rather fun and interest

This isn't necessarily scary but this story is well written and easy to lose yourself within. Renee builds a world that is so charming and it really works. The characters are realistic and well written and the story flows really well. Caleb does wonderfully narrating this one and it is worth a read.

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Selina ryles
  • 08-18-19

Not scary but a charmingly well written read

This is the first book I have read by Renee Wakefield . I went into the book blind not knowing anything about it than having a quick glimpse at the cover. The book itself is a great length for a quick read / listen and I heard it all within one afternoon. It is a slow burner but i encourage the reader to have patience. I love the way the author portrays Jack's character and tou can almost feel his awkwardness and invisibility. It is different to most supernatural books ... it is not scary or frightening but a wonderfully written charming book. i was given this book by the author/narrator in return for an honest and unbiased review