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Children of the Dark

Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (190 ratings)

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Will Burgess is used to hard knocks. Abandoned by his father, son of a drug-addicted mother, and charged with raising his six-year-old sister, Will has far more to worry about than most high school freshmen. To make matters worse, Mia Samuels, the girl of Will’s dreams, is dating his worst enemy, the most sadistic upperclassman at Shadeland High. Will’s troubles, however, are just beginning. Because one of the nation’s most notorious criminals - the Moonlight Killer - has escaped from prison and is headed straight toward Will’s hometown. And something else is lurking in Savage Hollow, the forest surrounding Will’s rundown house. Something ancient and infinitely evil. When the worst storm of the decade descends on Shadeland, Will and his friends must confront unfathomable horrors. Everyone Will loves - his mother, his little sister, Mia, and his friends - will be threatened. And very few of them will escape with their lives.

©2016 Sinister Grin Press (P)2019 Craig Shaeffer

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Great narrator, fun coming-of-age/monster story

I received a free copy of the audiobook from the audiobook narrator in exchange for an honest review.

The narrator, Matt Godfrey, is hands down one of my favorite audiobook narrators. His voice is interesting and captivating. I could, and frequently do, listen to him speak for hours on end. This book was no exception. My only *complaint* (if you can call it that) is that sometimes he uses the same or similar voice for several characters, but honestly, that's not much of a criticism in my book because having unique voices for EVERY character in a book with a lot of characters is HARD. Godfrey's performances are always good. He could read from a phone book and I'd be hooked. But enough gushing about the narrator.

This was my first Jonathan Janz book, and while I wasn't blown away by it, I enjoyed it quite a bit anyways. I tend to like my horror more on the literary or cerebral side, and I often find books about monstrous creatures to be a bit... I dunno if "boring" is the right word, but it's the closest I can come to right now. There's nothing wrong with books about monsters; they're just less interesting to me than other types of horror. For me, the story should ALWAYS come first. For example, the best ghost stories aren't about the ghosts themselves but about the people who are haunted by them.

Ostensibly, that's also what creature books are "about" as well, but sometimes the human characters are little more than fodder for the big, bad, "scary" monster. That's a bit of how I felt about CHILDREN OF THE DARK, though I think Janz handled that with much more finesse than a lot of horror writers out there. I also tend to enjoy coming-of-age stories (Stephen King's IT is one of my favorite books), and I think it worked well in this case.

Overall, I liked the story of CHILDREN OF THE DARK, and I'm looking forward to reading more of Janz's work. This book wasn't groundbreaking or even all that "original" (a term I dislike using because it feels like a cop-out of providing more substantial criticism), but it used the tropes it relied on in several fun, interesting ways, and it managed to successfully blend two types of monsters (serial killers and wendigo-esque cannibals) that otherwise might not mesh well together.

Overall, I think if you're looking for something fun to read (or listen to), I hope you'll give this book a try.

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Best narrator in the business!!

Story kept me interested from beginning to end. A little far fetched but that's fiction for ya right?
I'd recommend this book to anyone who's a fan of the genre. With all that being said, I've listened to many audibles over this past year, and hands down, this narrator is the best. The way he's able to translate the feelings and mood of the characters is unlike any other I've heard. Now that I'm finished with this one, I'll be on the hunt for another narrated by the same person. I'm officially hooked!

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If you enjoy Stephen King, you'll like this book.

Engaging storyline. I listened to this selection in only, two sessions...binge listening, if that's a term. Lol. I'm wondering if there's a second installment in the works? (Which is exactly where a good book should leave the reader, once they've finished it.) Also, the chosen performer did a nice job portraying multiple characters.

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amazing book and narration.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone! Amazing! I hope there's more to come... there has to be!

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Feels like Dan Simmons or Stephen King

Loved it! I don't think I've read Janz before but I'll try more. Very good story, good characters although a little stereotypical. I couldn't stop listening

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Great Read

This book reminds of the old Stephen King. It’s Salem’s Lot, It, & Mr Mercedes in one book.

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Fun with lots of action, never boring

Loved this book, looking forward to reading more from this author, It made my drive fun! Scary but those 5 hours flew by.

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Fantastic!!

Jonathan Janz is great at what he does and what he does makes you hang on every word! Thank you mr Janz

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Ready for part 2!

Very good. Really ready for the sequel to come out. hope it comes very soon

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Levels & levels of horror!

Children of the Dark
By: Jonathan Janz
Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
This book has so many different levels of horror! Just when I thought I have listed all the horrors in this book, I remember other ways this book uses horror! Great characters, the good ones are good and the bad ones, well, I wanted to throw away my morals and choke someone! The world building is great, I could picture the town and the hollows and more! Very little time in the book to get bored, something tense or terrifying is usually going on or you know might happen soon. That anticipated soon comes true but always unpredictable, never what you expected. This was a great horror book!
Narration is excellent!

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