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Welcome to Eddie's Tavern, the only functioning waterhole in a near-dead town. Among the people you'll meet tonight are: Tom, Milestone's haunted lawman, who walks in the shadow of death; Gracie, the barmaid, a wannabe actress, doomed to spend her hours tending bar in a purgatory of her father's making; Flo, the town seductress, who may or may not have murdered her husband; Cobb, a nudist awaiting an apology from the commune who cast him out; Wintry, the mute giant, whose story is told only in cryptic messages scribbled beneath newspaper headlines; Kyle, the kid who keeps a loaded gun beneath the table; and Cadaver, who looks like a corpse but smells real nice and occupies his time counting stacks of pennies. 

And then there's Reverend Hill, who will be in at eleven, regular as clockwork, to tell them who's going to die and who's going to drive. Welcome to Eddie's, where tonight, for the first time in three years, nothing will go according to plan.

©2007 Kealan Patrick Burke (P)2018 David N. Wilson

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WHOA! NOW THAT'S INTERESTING!

Now this is unique! Very weird, but "weird is as weird does." Really enjoyed it! I've about heard, seen and read it all, so nothing surprises me anymore, but I thought this was really cool and different. Interesting characters for sure, and the story was out there but in a good way. Eddie's Tavern is something else! I definitely recommend it :) Great story and great narration!! :) You may be going WTF sometimes, but hey that's just a part of life ;)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Welcome to Milestone!!

Anybody that knows me, knows I am a bit of a KPB fanboy. Creepy, I know. It even feels a little creepy to me at times, but dude has some serious skills and is one of my all-time favorite authors. Since I already read this one a few years ago and gave it 4.5 Stars I was really looking forward to the audio even though it is super rare for me to do a re-read/listen. Glad I did. Thanks, Rich!

This is not your typical KPB. The writing is excellent no doubt, but much more surreal. This one is just plain crazy from the get go. And then it gets crazier…a lot crazier. With a super-size of wtf on the top for good measure. Yep, it’s all going to hell in the town Milestone. Or it may already be hell…

Rich Millers voice reminded me a bit of Chet Williamson except with more emotion and depth. (Not a knock on Chet, who I enjoy, but a compliment to Rich.) Perfect for the tale. His pacing and tone were spot on throughout and I really believe added another dimension to the characters. I look forward to listening more from him.

*I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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A good story

I found this story interesting. I had a hard time stopping listening. The story line had me guessing through a lot of the book about what was going to happen next. I would highly recommend this book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Whoa! This Book Pulled Me In From the Start!

I was really impressed with Currency of Souls. Right from the start, the tone of the book was set and I was hooked. I loved the description of each of the characters, how poetically written and haunting the story was with parts of humour. This is a very good Southern Gothic novel, one I will listen to again!
***I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review***

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Nightmare of Damnation or Purgatory?

Few horror authors write as eloquently and thoughtfully as Kealan Patrick Burke, a Bram Stoker Award-winning author who carefully chooses each word that makes it onto the page for maximum impact. Textually, Currency of Souls is a fine example of Burke’s methodical deliberation, and narrator Rich Miller delivers a reading that is aurally arresting right from the get-go.

Currency of Souls is a bit of a genre mish-mash. Tonally, it feels like a modern-day western with it bar-room setting, the Sheriff, and a handful of misfits populating the near-dead town of Milestone, but there’s enough violence and death to put it solidly in the horror genre, as well as a few fantasy elements and plenty of tragedy to boot. Milestone, however, is more than your average run-down locale, and each of the barflies carries the weight of their secret sins like an albatross. This is a town of damnation, and it may or may not be Purgatory or at least some facet of it, and each of the drinkers are constantly being manipulated by darker forces to murder one another. To say much more, though, would be a crime.

Burke keeps the story moving along with plenty of twists and turns, betrayals, and double- and triple-crosses. None of the cast are quite who they appear at first blush, and Burke slowly reveals their true faces and natures in due course. The story itself is weighted in symbolism and degrees of complexity. Simply put, there is a lot going on throughout the entirety of this book. Listeners should expect to not only pay close attention to all the things being said but especially to what is left unsaid. I suspect Currency of Souls is a title that only grows more rewarding with multiple listens, and that future rereads will reveal additional previously unseen facets.

Rich Miller has a deep, brassy voice that immediately captures the atmosphere and tone of Burke’s work, perfectly in tune with the western genre elements present here. I was immediately lost in this man’s reading, lulled in by the strong, yet comforting rhythms of his narration. There’s a kind-of Sam Elliot vibe to Miller’s presentation, which I certainly dug, and the recording is crystal-clear enough that I could practically smell the smoke and whiskey stink of Eddie’s Tavern.

Currency of Souls is a bit like a good whiskey, in fact. The writing is smooth and read by Miller it leaves a pleasantly warm feeling deep in your chest, but the story itself is a complex and full-bodied spirit, possessing various layers of richness. Its narrative threads are knotty and tangled, and it takes some work to unravel before you can fully appreciate it. It’s the type of story you want to let linger a bit before you take another sip and see what else is there to discover.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author/narrator/publisher.
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  • Mary
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  • 09-07-18

Castle Rock, Twin Peaks...and now Milestone

This story is INSANE.

Welcome to the weird, surreal town of Milestone, where no one is who they appear to be and where all Hell (- or is it Purgatory?- ) is about to break loose.

You'll meet a whole cast of bizarre, eerie, ghostly, eccentric, freaky, outlandish characters. Their stories are so strange, wild and convoluted you'll start to wonder if you've walked inside someone's acid trip.

The narrator is absolutely perfect for the story. He somehow manages to bring to life this psychedelic, demented world and makes every character seem real and relatable.

I'm not sure what genre to classify this as. It's an odd mix of horror, fantasy, dystopia, western gothic and ghost story. Whatever it is, it's definitely unique and the author's talent is on full display.

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All that in one story!

This audible is so full of twists and turns that it can get a tad confusing at times. The writing is very good, most of the characters interesting to put it mildly. If you're going to listen to this audible listen closely to get the most out of it.

The narrator does a very good job in his narration

I received a copy of this audible at my request. I'm happy to provide my reveiw

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Weird!

'Currency of Souls' seemed to get weirder and weirder as it went along. Not in the 'oh this is horror' way but in the 'what the actual heck is going on' way. It was highly specific and fairly unique, I'll definitely give it that. But it was a bit convoluted in a way that left me a somewhat confused throughout. I think perhaps Burke was trying to be tricky with his plot and instead ended up with a bewildering story. It's not a bad tale, it's an interesting idea, it was just executed bizarrely for me. I can't recommend this one to my friends, as there are just better horror stories out there. Rich Miller does give a good performance, however!

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

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Strange and engrossing, with great narration

Currency of Souls begins with a strong group of characters in a familiar setting, then gradually layers on mystery, tension, and strangeness. Burke really draws you in, making you invested in the characters and their situation, and eagerly awaiting answers and resolution. Things get stranger and stranger as the story progresses, but never leaves you feeling totally lost (although there were a few things I would have liked to know a little more about).

The first part of the book was originally published as part of a collection of stories, and it appears here in its original form, with the rest of the book continuing the plot and expanding the story. There are parts of the expansion that don’t work quite as well, partly because they are introduced late in the book and don’t feel as developed. There was, for me, a slight disconnect at a few points when something entirely new was introduced late in the game, particularly one plot element that ends up being a critical part of the resolution. However, on the whole the book works very well.

Rich Miller’s narration is spot on for the tone and feel of the book, and definitely adds to the experience.

I was given a free review copy of the audiobook, at my request, and am leaving this review voluntarily. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Great

I really enjoyed this story I liked the characters also and the narrator did a great
Job I was able to listen to this audiobook from audiobook boom and a free code from the author
Thank you very much
Terri

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  • Bryce Zayne
  • 07-30-18

Twin Peaks Without The Charm.

** I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.**

If you grew up in the 1990s, you might have seen a little tv show called "Twin Peaks" about a strange little town with deep, complex characters and more than enough secrets, lies, murder, and supernatural elements to give anyone a headache.

This is how Currency Of Souls feels. Except somehow, there's no charm here. no likable characters, and it all feels somewhat random and disjointed.

I really thought I'd love this. It's got everything I usually go for. but it just feels too long, too drawn out, and way too many crazy and bizarre characters popping up all over the place to keep track of.

The characters themselves are incredibly well written, and Kealan Patrick Burke is one heck of a writer, but the story itself doesn't satisfy, choosing to launch into brand new scenes instead of finishing off the old ones.

Rich Miller shines in his narration. One of the best readers I've ever listened to, his portrayal of the Sheriff is a highlight of the book.

Overall, this is probably deeper and darker than you expect, and much like the inhabitants of Eddie's Tavern, you might be wishing it was all over long before it is. But if you're prepared for what awaits you, then pull up a chair and enjoy.