Black Soul Rising

From the Taldano Files
Narrated by: William E. Fortier
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Set in 1970, before the personal computer, before cell phones, and even more rare, a woman detective in a male-dominated career. 

Detective Carmela Taldano is handed what seems like a benign, low-level case. Soon, she realizes this case is a game changer, as she is now on the hunt for a vicious and voracious serial killer. She must use her intuition and shear guts to hunt this predator down before more people die. 

However, while hunting this man down, Taldano becomes the hunted. Someone in her department wants her dead and wants this high-profile case. She also comes into the cross hairs of the very animal she is hunting down. 

If Silence of the Lambs made you shutter, Black Soul Rising will leave you breathless.

©2015 Stephanie Albino (P)2018 Stephanie Albino
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Making a Serial Killer

This is a solid suspenseful thriller. Good cat and mouse game story with an interesting plot. I really felt like the whole story ticked and tied perfectly with itself and I really was quite pleased with how the entire story unfolded. It seemed to me like the story was put together like a math problem where everything had its place and in the end there is only one answer that works.

I really enjoyed listening to the story, although from time to time, I felt that the dialogue was a little unpolished. Every now and then characters would say things that didn’t match their character or wasn’t how I thought people actually talked. Very easy to overlook as the thrill and story itself were quite good. The author describes the book as a disturbing and horrifying peek into the perverse mind of a serial killer. I would say that this is that as well as the disturbing and horrifying events that take place to create a serial killer. This story is quite disturbing, and there is a lot of sexual, mental, and physical abuse that occurs throughout this book and may not be for everyone. It takes a strong fortitude to listen to some of this story as I can’t say that monsters like this don’t actually exist today.

The setting and time this story takes place is perfect for how everything plays out. It definitely lends itself to the nature of the story as it was a simpler time yet has many flaws that allows for many of the events to occur. What feels like a quaint rural town has monsters living in it and that juxtaposition does not go unnoticed as the two are quite opposing.

Lenny and Detective Taldano make interesting main characters. It becomes tough to decide who to root for. On one had you feel sorry for Lenny given that you understand how and why he is who he is, but then you also know that like a rabid animal he needs to be put down. Taldano is a female detective just trying make her way through a male dominated career and you want to see her succeed. Regardless of what happens you know it won’t end well for one of them and it can’t be anything less than heartbreaking.

First time I have listened to William Fortier and I think that his gruff voice was perfect for this type of story. His voice definitely sets the tone for this story and he is able to keep you on the edge of your seat while driving you forward to the inevitable end. I will say I didn't care for the chapter transition noises. It sounded like radio static when you lose reception and was a bit distracting.

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

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Black Soul Rising

This story was extremely dark and twisted from beginning to end. It held my attention throughout. The author is adapt at promoting visualization of the horrors and it was mezmerizing. highly recommend this read.

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Highly recommend Audible Black Soul Rising- 5 star

Black Soul Rising ,is a well written murder -suspense thriller, but the narration by Fortier. made it even more intriguing and filled with realistic suspense. The variations of voice over by Fortier ,was amazing, for the many characters in the story. I could not stop listening to this story. At times it took my breath away and made the hair stand on the back of my neck, in horror or disbelief of the twisted & brutal actions of that monster in his hunting & kill. The narration made it so real, intriguing,& haunting I found myself sitting at the edge of my chair. I needed to find out who that monster of a man was. The author was brilliant in her story line and character with a bit of background history in the creation of this monster. This is not the typical book I would read , for it was very crude and twisted but as a suspense thriller, it was outstanding, mainly because it was narrated so well. Outstanding job by S.A. Ison and William Fortier. I would recommend this audible version. I give both 5 stars.

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Twisted

Twisted story makes you wonder what goes through this authors mind at the wee hours of the morning. Not much can be said to do it real justice, it's just downright disturbing. Horrific in all the right ways, Highly recommended for those that Don't want to sleep at night!

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Black soul rising

There are twist and turn in the plot of the story. I can't hardly pause but keep on listening. Great audiobook

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Great Story!

This is an extremely well written story that will make you want to listen to the very end to see what happens next. This tale will make you want to be nicer to people!

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Very graphic and violent!

I thought going into this book, that it was a horror novel. Well, it is. Horror in the way of murder, rape, insest, animal mutilation, etc. The author does a fine job of detailing all of these things. I tried to listen but after a certain point, I could not bring myself to continue. Due to the insanely graphic details, which I guess is a compliment to the author If you have a high constitution for theses things it may very well be a great book for you. Just because the book is not for me does not mean it’s very well done. The story does flow well, and the characters grab you early. Kudos to the author on a well written book, that I will never finish.

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Wow what a listen

I was warned beforehand that this was dark and it was indeed.

This is NOT for people who cannot deal with books regarding the ugliest parts of some humans.

I found the book quite interesting and liked how one horror showed how another horror begin.

I understand that during the timeline of this book certain things weren’t spoken about and therefore society thought they didn’t happen. Even in the best of families.

The brutality is discomforting but unfortunately STILL happens everyday.

If you cannot handle the horror of some realities this book is not for you.

I felt like the initial character had her story told quite well to indicate what had happened but the second character’s story was not told in as much detail but it was clear the things that made him do certain things.

The supporting characters are developed clearly.

There were no big gotcha moments and some of the affectations of serial killers have been over done in the past.

The narration was just not very professional. There were loud background noises, the narrator droned so slowly I had to speed the sound up, I have NO idea what that obnoxious noise was at the end of each chapter was, and either USE sound effects or don’t. It’s VERY distracting when a book uses, doesn’t use..... those.

The book is good and could have been MUCH better will fuel narration or a better trained actor.

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Couldn't finish

I tried. The narration was just so blah, and there were enough mispronunciations to make me take a break. I tried again and I was getting antsy... like it just couldn't end fast enough. I gave the narrator 2 stars because he's not the worst I've heard, and I gave the story 4 stars because it wasn't the story that made me quit listening. I will get this book and read it, if the story isn't 4 stars I will edit this review.

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A mothers love

Upon reading this book I cried tears I shook with fear and I cried tears, overall one of the best horror books I’ve ever read. I give it a full recommendation to anyone who goes for this genre thank you Steph
A great narration.

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