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Cold Moon over Babylon Audiobook

Cold Moon over Babylon: Valancourt 20th Century Classics

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Babylon, a typical sleepy Alabama small town, where years earlier the Larkin family suffered a terrible tragedy. Now they are about to endure another: 14-year-old Margaret Larkin will be robbed of her innocence and her life by a killer who is beyond the reach of the law.

But something strange is happening in Babylon: traffic lights flash an eerie blue, a ghostly hand slithers from the drain of a kitchen sink, graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror. And beneath the murky surface of the river, a shifting, almost human shape slowly takes form. Night after night it will pursue the murderer. And when the full moon rises over Babylon, it will seek a terrible vengeance.

Cold Moon Over Babylon, the second novel by Michael McDowell (1950-1999), author of Blackwater and The Elementals and screenwriter of Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, is a chilling Southern Gothic tale of revenge from beyond the grave that ranks among his most terrifying books.

©2015 Valancourt Books (P)2016 Griff Furst

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    Bree Salyer Ocala, FL 06-27-16
    Bree Salyer Ocala, FL 06-27-16 Member Since 2016

    Looking for the next best horror, ghost, paranormal, apocalyptic book out there. Especially if it has a full cast.

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    "Best audible listen to date..."

    There are only two other audio books that I would rate as high as this and both of those were fully dramatized so I don't know if they could even be compared. And if you knew anything about me you would know how extremely picky I am when it comes to choosing my next credit. I wouldn't have even seen this title had I not spent the better part of an hour surfing through the sea of suggested reads. I am soooo glad I did.

    Scott Brick couldn't have been a more perfect fit as narrator. I won't claim to love every thing he's read so believe me when I say what a great job he did with this. He has a knack for smoothly separating dialogue from story. I never had to guess who was speaking which kept me deeply immersed in the story.

    As far as the story itself, it swallowed me like quicksand. I haven't been so involved in what happens since Stephen King's "Cell". The storylines are nothing alike, but the prose was so aptly done it kept me glued to my seat. I felt myself truly caring about these people because it was almost as if I knew them, like I was right there in the midst of the drama.

    I dont want to give away anything by going into details of what happens. Half of the fun is going in blind... but I highly recommend buying this book, you will not be sorry.

    34 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    -shanah- United States 07-01-16
    -shanah- United States 07-01-16 Member Since 2016

    I can't imagine life without earbuds playing an Audible book in my head.

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    "Finally a Novel As Original as..."

    ...Gillian Flynn's novels, Dark Places and Sharp Objects.
    It's a horror novel, and not one with the same old formulaic plot & forgettable characters.
    Get this book, but don't read it at night. The scenes featuring the killer are truly horrific.

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    Amazon Customer 07-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "awesome!!"

    this was a fantastic scary story! so sad this author passed away -the future was so bright for him!

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    Mel USA 07-24-16
    Mel USA 07-24-16 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Solid Southern Gothic"


    With the background of the lush steamy south (always a favorite) and a dark deep river with a hungry past, this is the kind of classic ghost tale that makes up a good round-the-campfire repertoire. You're left to choose whether there is madness afoot or revenge from the grave, but either way, there is no way out from the genuine creepy pall that overcomes you with this read. Well written with a broad story, rife with possibilities, kept on track.

    It's worth pointing out that this was originally released in 1980; we'd had a decade of outstanding genre-bending horror: Peter Benchley's Jaws, William P. Blatty's The Exorcist, John Carpenter's Michael Myers, Anne Rice's Vampires, Hannibal Lecter, Rosemary's Baby, the wives of Stepford -- from Aliens to haunted house horrors...not to mention Stephen King who had redefined the genre with everything from demon cars to alien spider/clowns. *Whew*...the little old ghost story was hardly worth a goosebump. But McDowell did it with an edgy touch of suspense and his own recognizable flourish.

    A great intro into this story sets up an haunting legacy that feeds a hunger for revenge so ravenous it's felt in the very nature of Babylon -- an eerie and foreboding presence that feels like a heartbeat, a clock ticking, a breath waiting to be released. There were moments it lagged, but this is old-school ghost territory, so hang in there and enjoy. The Scooby-Do feel gives way to a good ghostly karmic smack-down.

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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 06-07-17
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 06-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Scary, unusual and very southern"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! The much missed McDowell is a brilliant horror writer, and this example of his work is no exception.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Moon over Babylon?

    The final 3rd of the book is scary, creative, creepy and interesting.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The best reader ( along with RC Bray ) does yet another fabulous job. Consistently and creatively speaking, this is yet another stellar presentation.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The descriptions of the south are painted with clarity, precision, and confidence. Brilliant work that did move me.


    Any additional comments?

    MM left us far too early, but the works he left us with are stunning and so worth while. I highly recommend this work for contemporary horror fans AND any audio book fan who enjoys great writing and Scott Brick's brilliance.

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    Michael W. Brewer Jr. 11-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible Tale of Small Town Horror"
    If you could sum up Cold Moon over Babylon in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant beautiful storytelling!<br/><br/>A family plagued by hardship and tragedy is wronged in the worst ways by powerful people suffering from a terrible god complex. Those wrongs are set right in a deliciously satisfying way when the paranormal and unnatural steps in to repay wrong doing in full.


    What other book might you compare Cold Moon over Babylon to and why?

    I wouldn't. I can't. I won't! This book stands out wonderfully!


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    The story was not read, it was performed; beautifully. I was drawn in by Scott Brick's narration and character portrayal.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not even death will abide evil men forever.


    Any additional comments?

    I was captivated by this story from the very beginning. I cared about the characters immensely. I felt their worries, fears, pain, joys, and everything in between. When loss was suffered by specific characters, I felt that loss right along with them.<br/><br/>The twists and turns of this tale had me on edge waiting for the next line.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Lee Russell 10-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Well worth the listen!"

    I love reading horror but I'm also pretty critical as to what really draws me in. This book, for me, was a homerun. I really got into the story & Scott Brick is always good. I also recommend The Elementals if you enjoy this.

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    Marilyn 10-02-16
    Marilyn 10-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't get enough"

    Read Candles Burning and The Elementals , which was my first introduction to this author. I was hooked, then read candles burning, then lastly Cold Moon over Babylon. I wish there was a hundred more from this author, he is amazing. My favorite author is Stephen King and McDowell hooks me like King does. I am sad I have no more to read. I read or to be precise listened to all three over a three day period, just about non stop. If you haven't read his books, treat yourself, they are great.

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    "Cold Moon" is a mystery, a thriller, and a supernatural horror story. McDowell paints your imagination with great "down on the bayou" type visuals that are truly mesmerizing. The pines, the moss, and the boggy land all bring the novel up close and personal. A misty river that is home to a few ghosts delivers constant "creep me out" moments.

    "Cold Moon" is my second audible selection by this author, and the writing is impressive. Both novels are decades old but don't feel outdated.

    Scott Brick is not my favorite narrator because of the drama thing he's got going on. But I will have to say he was the right choice for this book.

    Very well done.




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    Lolo 10-23-16
    Lolo 10-23-16 Member Since 2013

    I like realistic books that stretch the truth and the laws of physics...and also emotionally resonant narration that doesn't suck.

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    "This is an incredible book"
    Any additional comments?

    These characters are so original and interesting, they really made the book. And this guy can turn a lovely phrase too. The style is so acerbic, yet beautiful. If you're looking for something that moves more quickly than a ponderous Steven King horror, but still gives you depth and substantial creepiness, go for this one. It'll pull you in.

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    "A VERY GOOD DEBUT NOVEL INDEED"

    i really enjoyed this book. I do love a good horror and the atmosoheric discriptions at times, did give you the creeps! it took sometime to get used to the narrators southern yankie accent but this in itself made it different. without giving too much away, i was very happy to hear the culprit got what was coming to him! i will look out for this writer again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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