• Dark Omen

  • Northern Michigan Asylum, Book 6
  • By: J.R. Erickson
  • Narrated by: Melanie Hensch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Dark Omen

By: J.R. Erickson
Narrated by: Melanie Hensch
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Publisher's Summary

What if you knew the day of your death?

Eleven years ago today, Bette and Crystal’s mother died. The sisters observe the day each year with a visit to her grave followed by dinner.

As Bette stands in the forlorn cemetery, large oaks watching in silent contemplation, Crystal does not arrive.

Flummoxed, though it’s too early to panic, Bette embarks on the usual calls and stops in search of her free-spirited sister.

However, minutes soon turn into hours, and hours turn into days.

As more secrets pour from Crystal’s life, it becomes clear that she sensed the sinister destiny awaiting her.

Step into a story of the missing, the murdered, and the people who carry their secrets to the grave.

Don't miss the sixth book in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series. All of the Northern Michigan Asylum novels are stand-alone stories that weave together paranormal mysteries, murder, and a sinister asylum for the insane.

©2020 Jacqueline R. Erickson (P)2020 Jacqueline R. Erickson

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great story, but a truly terrible narrator

I've love the series so far, but I struggled to listen to this one.

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Trying to keep my finger out of my mouth

I'm not even halfway thru this book and been trying to work thru it. I have listened to better books from this author but this one is OK. like these authors now a days have a drag an issue in these books which to me puts a damper on the story. plus Crystal is so sickening and that professor is even worse. the story is ok but like I said I've listened to better. the narrator was so so. sounds like she struggling to breathe. I don't like to bash books but I am trying to be honest. I am going to finish this book because I want to give it a chance.

I listened to the rest of the book and admit it was good. and I got used to the narrator. she sort of grew on me. I know it's best to finish the whole book before critiquing it.

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Worst narrator

This is literally the worst narrated book I have ever heard if you want to hear something near rated by a valley girl with a severe vocal fry the this is for you

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Terrible Narrator

I felt like the book was being read by a 90’s valley girl. Very monotone

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MMM....MEH

I have loved every other story in this series. This one is very loosely tied to the asylum. Its almost to a point that the asylum doesn't have to be mentioned at all in this story. Unfortunately, I really didn't care for this one. I'm not sure if it was the narrator, who was just awful, or the actual story. I wasn't as captivated as I was in the other stories. I honestly didn't get many of the connections made. I wasn't able to tie a string through all of the events like I have with the other stories. This one just kind of fell short. I hate to give a poor review as the other books in the series have been great; book number one is the best. However, I wanted to be honest. This story just doesn't do it for me. And as I said, the narrator is not very good. Her voice acting is ok, adding a little emotion when portraying characters. But just reading the narrative, she was flat and emotionless. She also mispronounces a few words which was a bit annoying. Gotta admit that a poor narrator does put a damper on a story. So, this story could have been really great, but the narrator made it....bleh.

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Another great book in the series!

Dark Omen by J.R. Erickson is Book 6 in the Northern Michigan Asylum series. Each book in the series is a standalone book that touches on the Northern Michigan Asylum in Traverse City, MI in one way or another. Dark Omen is the story about sisters, Crystal and Bette, and Crystal's unexpected and uncharacteristic disappearance on the eve of their yearly get together to commemorate their mother's passing years earlier. The story flips back and forth between the past and the present, which at first I found a little difficult to get into, but quickly caught on to as the story progressed. Betty and her father in the present day are trying desperately to find Crystal and figure out what or who did something to her. They suspect her professor Wesley, with whom she has fallen in love with and is having an affair with. The past scenes show how Crystal and Wes' relationship began and the events leading up to Crystal's disappearance. There's also a little story about two sisters in there that all ties together in the end. This is more of a suspense story and while it took me a little bit to get into it, once it started rolling, I couldn't stop listening. I don't want to give any of the story away, but I really enjoyed this book and, well, the whole series and I'll definitely be anticipating the final book in the series which has just come out in print and Kindle!

I didn't have a problem with Melanie Hensch's narration as others had mentioned. I found it easy to listen to her, though I typically listen at 1.5x, so that may have made a difference. There were a few recording missteps that I noticed, including a repeated section, but it wasn't long and wasn't a big deal to me. It didn't affect my listening experience at all. I didn't think that Ms. Hensch's narration was bad at all and I felt that she brought life to the story and characters. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review. Did you find this review helpful? If so, would you please take a moment and select the 'helpful' button below? Thanks so much!

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The Narrator is HORRIBLE.

I can't listen. I made it to Chapter 11. I can't take anymore. The narrator is unbearable. The worst reading I've ever heard.

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wow

ok so this was my first book by this author and I freaking loved it. there were some odd pauses as if the recordings weren't spliced perfect but the story was so addictive I could not stop!

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Superb!

Another excellent story in this series.

When Crystal disappears, her sister won't be dissuaded to let the police handle her search and she begins her own investigation. And as she keeps discovering unsettling facts about what was going on on her sister's life her suspicious about her boyfriend grow.

As always, the story is enthralling, and the characters are so fully-fledged that you'll think you know them. The plot is superb, and as we are learning more about the people involved in Crystal's life we keep switching suspects until the real culprit is revealed.

Like Crystal, I find myself hating the culprit and, at the same time, feeling deep sorrow for the hardships this person had to live through, which have shaped them in the monsters they are today (And yes, I'm using they/them to avoid even the tiniest spoiler)

An excellent thriller, and a very recommended read.

And Melanie Hensch did an awesome job with the narration.

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6th of Series

I’m enjoying this paranormal thriller/ mystery series but each book can be a standalone and feel this one was the best even though a little drawn out in parts. The main characters are Crystal, Bette, and Wes. Crystal goes missing and her sister Bette keeps searching and investigating not giving up and Wes is Crystal boyfriend who is actually married to Hilary also goes searching, there are many twist and turns and a sad ending. Recommend if you enjoy creepy mystery listens with ok narration. Look forward to next book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you