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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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Crazy Town with Crazier Inhabitants

I had a hard time staying interested in this book. It started out fast-paced and I was all in from the beginning, although that faded quickly. I know part of that was because I ended up spacing out the listening over too long of a period, but that also was because I lost interest. The opening bar scene was great, but the story of Tom, while decent, fizzled out for me.

I liked the characters in the story quite a bit. I didn’t care too much for the execution of the plot, but each character is quite unique and I would be very happy to listen to more about them in a different story. The weirdness of the town and its inhabitants are something that I typically enjoy as it reminded me somewhat of a David Lynch style story and characters. To the point I usually have a hard time following some of his stories too as they are also confusing and jumpy.

Rich Miller did a good job with the narration and I don’t fault him at all for me losing interest. His tone and cadence are perfect for this story.

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

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Liked some parts more than others

This was okay for me. I liked some parts more than others and thought it was a decent story overall. I was really excited going into this book because I was in the mood for a little horror and I have heard great things about Kealan Patrick Burke's work. I am glad that I decided to give this book a listen.

The beginning of the story actually ended up being my favorite part of the book. The book opens with Tom going to Eddie's Tavern for his normal Saturday night. Everyone at the bar spends their Saturday nights together waiting to see if they will be picked for an unpleasant task. Nobody wants to be there but they know there is really no choice in the matter. The group of characters at the bar were great. All of them were incredibly unique and added something to the story. I couldn't wait to see what they were waiting for.

Of course, things do not go as planned on the night in question. Honestly, things go about as bad as they possibly could. There are new characters introduced and a few unexpected situations but the magic of those opening scenes in the bar just never seemed to return to the story. The story had a lot of different threads and kind of seemed to be all over the place at times. Things did come back together by the end of the story some things didn't make a whole lot of sense.

I thought that Rich Miller did a good job with the narration. I thought he had a very pleasant voice that was really easy to listen to hours at a time. My only complaint would be that it was hard to tell when there was a change in point of view of the story which was confusing at times. Overall, I think that he did a great job keeping the story moving forward. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to his work again in the future.

I do think that some readers will like this one more than I did. I did have good time with this one even though I had to go back and listen to certain parts more than once when I found myself feeling a bit confused. I do hope to read more of Kealan Patrick Burke's work in the future.

I received a copy of this audiobook from the author / narrator via Audiobook Boom.

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Great writing, story got confusing though

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

I was really looking forward to listening to this story, it sounded really interesting and for the most part, it was. The characters were varied and intriguing and I wanted to know what was going on with them, what the deal with the bar, town, and preacher was about. But that's where things started to run into trouble. We're not given any backstory, not at first, so I had no idea who these characters were, their connection to each other or why they were letting the preacher control their lives and forcing them into doing what he wanted. You do eventually get backstory but it's almost too late. A few characters you don't find out what their deal was until it was too late and some never even got a backstory. It would've helped me care about these characters more if I'd known why they were stuck in the town.

The first half of the story was good and pretty straightforward but about half-way through, things got confusing. You're introduced to new characters, things happen but aren't fully explained. I wish I had understood things better and maybe if I had read the book, and could've gone back to figure things out easier, it would've helped but just hearing things play out I got lost. It's too bad because I found the twist at the end really good and I wish what happened before it wasn't so confusing. The narrator, Rich Miller, did a good job of trying to keep me engaged in the story, though I wish there'd been a bit more variety in the voices to help keep it straight on who was talking if there weren't any indicators.

The author, for the most part, did a great job writing, I just wish the second act hadn't become muddled and confusing. But I'm willing to give this author another try, I did enjoy most of the story.

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  • James
  • Powderly, KY, United States
  • 08-11-18

Several Twists and Turns

Regulars are in a tavern to have a drink, then it all goes sideways, takes a left turn, brings you back, and finally falls into a big hole. This is a weird story, great narration!

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

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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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  • TU
  • 08-07-18

a bit strange but engaging

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was so weird, but so good. It is vividly written and oddly engaging. The narration was really great. It fit the tone of the story and added to the feel of book. Although it is kind of disjointed in places and a strange tale, this was a very entertaining listen. Worth checking out if you like that sort of thing.

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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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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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well..

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

this is not my first listen or read by KPB. I've loved everything so far. But I am so sorry. This story was just ...not for me. It felt disjointed, like I was just thrown in the middle of a story. By the time some of the character's histories are revealed, I just didn't give a damn about them. Kealan Patrick Burke is a damn fine author but I wouldn't start out with this one.
Rich Miller did a fantastic job of narrating. He fit perfectly with the small town setting of this story. The quality of the audiobook was perfect.

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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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  • 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.