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The town of Foster has always existed under a shroud of mystery and suspicion, relegated to the depths of local superstitions and legend. What could have happened to the close-knit religious community? Did they all decide at once to simply leave the town behind? Were they the victims of some kind of foul play, or worse? Many years later, one man becomes increasingly obsessed with the town of Foster and with the fate of its occupants. What could have happened and who or what might be responsible? Even he is powerless to stop his slow descent into madness in his pursuit of answers to questions that may well be left buried.

©2016 Chad A. Clark (P)2017 Chad A. Clark

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Solid Vanished Town Short

Down the Beaten Path was a walk down a beaten path. I think the overall story has been told many times and I don’t think this added much uniqueness to that story, but did have a solid ending. That being said, I did still thoroughly enjoy the entire story. While I personally would like to add more detail to specific sections and remove it from others, I think the overall length was appropriate. Where I really think this story shines is the characters. The two main characters really added to the story and it is their relationship that I found the most intriguing. Overall it is a solid short story that is well worth the listen. Alex did a great job narrating. I enjoyed his voice and the energy he put into the characters.

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

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Good story

One man’s obsession with a small abandon town
A well narrated entertaining short story
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Short and Sweet

Sometimes, I'm in the mood for something I can finish in one sitting while doing laundry or cleaning, etc. 'Down the Beaten Path' is a great example of this kind of story. It grabbed me right away and kept me furiously folding and washing for the entire duration of the book. If you're looking for a short, thrilling, paranormal type story, then this is for you! Alex Freeman does a good job narrating. I'd be happy to listen to more books by both Clark and Freeman.

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  • Al
  • 05-17-20

A decent vanishing town yarn

Due to a dalliance with his boss's wife, a man gets consigned to Nowheresville as punishment, While there he discovers a local legend of a town of religious folk who mysteriously vanished one night hundreds of years ago. Why does the man find himself so drawn to the town, why is there little information about it, and why does the local librarian go to great lengths to prevent him from visiting the site of the town.
A pretty good tale, well read, and a nice twist ending (but not unexpected).

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short but good

A short story about an abanded town. I would of liked more to the story. The aftermath so to speak. What was in the book was very interesting. Alex Freeman done a good job narrating, but should take a breath between chapters.

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Short, creepy story

This story is about a man that has a growing obsession with an abandoned town. He wants to figure out out what exactly happened.

I liked how this story got straight to the point instead adding useless words to extend the book. It had a great build up and ending.


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Down the beaten path

An abandoned town nigles at a mans mind until he has to investigate.A friend tries to steer him clear,or did she?I'm not sure about the ending myself.lol Alex Freeman did a fine job narrating. was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Not what I expected

I have listened to other stories by this author and really enjoyed them. I was living this one as well, right up to the end. I guess I expected more. I felt like it just ended. It seemed like alot of details were missing. There was all this buildup at the end for something huge, and then it was just over. Great concept, good story, flat ending.

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Great short story

I really liked Down The Beaten Path. It's a thought provoking short story about the town of Foster and the hidden secrets/mystery within. It's rare that I spend any time pondering a book after I finish, but this one has me thinking. The malevolent forces in play in this story will most definitely haunt my thoughts to come. Job well done, Chad A. Clark.

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Spooky

At my request, I received a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this short story. It was sweet and direct and to the point. Filled with details but not meaningless fluff. I honestly wish other writers would lay out their stories this way. It cuts out all of the lulls yet still reads the same and gives the same amount of information as any 8-9 hour book.

This author knows how to spin a tale that sucks you in. After only 10 min I was ready to go explore the abandoned town of Foster myself. I could feel the crisp air and the prickle of goosebumps as strange events began to take place in the deep woods. It reminded me of all the ghost stories my dad would tell me as a child. I highly recommend Down The Beaten Path.

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  • Deedra
  • 08-19-19

Down the beaten path

An abandoned town nigles at a mans mind until he has to investigate.A friend tries to steer him clear,or did she?I'm not sure about the ending myself.lol Alex Freeman did a fine job narrating. was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • JEYCEE
  • 07-19-19

Down the beaten Path

This audio book is entertainingly creepy.It was suspenseful and dark. Great mystery notes. Not overly gory for people who don't go for this kind of books.

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  • Helen
  • 07-13-19

amazing

The town of Foster has always existed under a shroud of mystery and suspicion, relegated to the depths of local superstitions and legend.
anther get story by Chad A. Clark short but very good 10/10 great author must read all his books

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  • deafmick
  • 06-28-19

I have got most of Chad audio books thay are all very good 10 out of 10

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  • Angela
  • 07-17-19

Quick Listen

Nice quick listen. Creepy and claustophobic with lots of dark undertones.

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