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Darkside Blues Audiobook

Darkside Blues: The Ulrich Files, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

"Ghosts don't simply latch onto places, investigator. People can become haunted, too."

A missing person. A city plunged into unforgiving winter. A dangerous spirit.

Though enjoying an increase in business following his last case, life isn't all roses for private investigator Harlan Ulrich. His newest job, another missing person's case, is unlike any other he's ever taken on.

Local businessman Michael Poole hires Ulrich to find his estranged daughter.

The problem?

She's been dead for a decade.

Join Ulrich on a trip into the darkness, into the frostbitten underworld, as he seeks out a hateful phantom with only a cat and a thermos of good coffee on his side.

Darkside Blues is the third novel in the Ulrich Files series by Ambrose Ibsen.

©2017 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2017 Ambrose Ibsen

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    Dominique Cathedral City, CA 04-27-17
    Dominique Cathedral City, CA 04-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Creepy and well-written"

    The main character of this book was really hard up for money in the book that preceded this, so it was really cool to see him doing a job for the sake of the job in this book because he cared about the job so much, and the money was secondary.

    This story had atmosphere and was moody. Ambrose Ibsen did a great job of setting the tone, and Jake Urry did an amazing job of oozing out the mood. Jake is one of my favorite narrators and I plan to stalk him on Audible until I have listened to nearly everything he has done.

    If you like mysteries and ghost stories, this book is a perfect mashup. Give it a listen and you won't be sorry. I bought this book after hearing the one that came before this, and I'm hooked on this series now!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tad B. New York 05-16-17
    Tad B. New York 05-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Ibsen and Urry - Amazing Every Time!"
    Any additional comments?

    If you like stories of the paranormal variety then Ambrose Ibsen and Jake Urry are just right for you! I've listened to a number of books by this duo and they never, ever disappoint. Ibsen's stories are of the old-school ghost variety. Our protagonist, Ulrich, is a cranky, middle aged man who really enjoys a good coffee. No silly kids running around, no weird ghostly sexual encounters. Just a PI who happens to be privy to the other side and has a growing reputation for solving that particular kind of mystery. I enjoy these books so very much and I would recommend this tale to anyone who enjoys a good spooky story! 10/10

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Karowski 05-11-17
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    "Detective ghosts and lots of double twists"

    Take a detective on the rise. Just completed some cases. Some local fame for the paranormal aspect of one of the cases. A crazy cat. An encounter with a man who wants to find his daughter. Did I mention she died 10 years ago? Find out why. Find out where she is. And most importantly find out what she wants. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    med c 05-04-17
    med c 05-04-17
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    "Book 3"
    Have you listened to any of Jake Urry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jake Urry is the perfect voice for this kind of genre


    Who was the most memorable character of Darkside Blues and why?

    If you love a good horror story, I recommend this series . The author creates suspense and dread for both the listener/reader. The author takes his time in telling the story and creates a wonderfully engaging character in Ulrich. These series is three books and listen to all three.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    April H. Kansas 04-29-17
    April H. Kansas 04-29-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Darkside Blues"

    Darkside Blues: The Ulrich Files, Book 3
    Ambrose Ibsen

    Private Investigator Harlan Ulrich is back with a new case. A missing person case that takes the listener into the dark side. The story builds slowly adding lots of suspense and the supernatural chills.


    The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Jake Urry brings the spooky feel to this tale!


    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 05-29-17
    Tammy 05-29-17
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    "I'm hooked"

    I was gifted this audio ARC for a honest and unbiased review from the author/narrator.
    First off this is the 3rd book in series and I have not had the honor of listening to the other 2. But book 3 can be a stand alone.
    Ambrose Ibsen did a fantastic job of getting into my head with this story. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing all throughout the story.
    The book was only made better with the narration done by Jake Urry. He has the right tone of voice for this type of book.
    If you like mysteries and ghost stories, this book is a perfect book for you . Give it a listen and you won't be sorry.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bel 05-25-17
    Bel 05-25-17
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    "Ulrich in Luck?"

    This is the third sequel of the Ulrich Files that I listened to within a relatively short time span.

    Maybe I'm getting used to it, because it didn't feel as creepy as the previous two volumes.

    However, that doesn't subtract from my enjoyment of the story in the least!

    But before I go on, let me tell you, that just like the first two sequels, this can be read, understood and enjoyed without knowledge of the previous novels. Each can easily be read (or, preferably listened to) as a stand-alone novel.

    As for the cover: this is not as bloody and gory a story as the cover makes us believe, which only goes to show that that old advice of not judging a book by its cover has its merit.

    Jake Urry is the perfect narrator for this type of story, he absolutely manages to convey the atmosphere of this cold and bleary winter, and the horror Ulrich once again faces. In my opinion, the occasional sound effects didn't add to the story, but then I don't like sound effects in audio books at all, and I can only forgive it here because it isn't too loud, too obtrusive, occurs only a few times, and doesn't drown out the narration, and because Jake Urry does such a great job.

    Now that I got that off my chest, let me talk about the book. I'd like to put my focus this time not so much on the content, but more on the characters.

    At book #3 I feel as if I know Ulrich quite well, and I can relate to his love of coffee (although I'm by no means a coffee connoisseur), and his abhorrence of alcohol. I'm not teetotal, but I'm very moderate when it comes to alcohol intake, because I know how easily one can slip into an addiction, and I can see the consequences of that on a daily basis.

    Ulrich is not fond of cats (another thing I can relate to), but he does his best to accommodate a cat whose owner can no longer care for it. This is something I really like about Ulrich, and I think he is becoming quite fond of the cat, even though he probably wouldn't admit it.

    Ulrich isn't a person who is outgoing and friendly, and I feel that suffering from real or imagined wrongs is part of his character. His streak of bad luck seems to be broken, however, and he is on the up for once. He isn't even the person without any social contacts I took him for in book #1 (The Sick House).
    All in all, Ulrich is a person with all the weaknesses and strengths that make a character believable, and his initial reactions to his otherworldly encounters are absolutely understandable and convincing.
    The next character with a personality is Beardsley, the cat. I can just picture the havoc it wreaks in Ulrich's apartment, and it makes me smile.

    The other characters in this story are of no great import, except for Vivian Poole, who has been dead for ten years. What happened back then, and why? Why does Michael see her, and what is his second wife's role in this? Though no main characters, they don't remain completely pale, we (i.e. Ulrich) find out quite some truths about them all.
    I have to admit that I suspected something far more sinister than Michael claims -- but I won't let you know whether I was right or not.

    Conclusion: A great story about negligence, lies, revenge, and friendship. Possibly not the strongest book in the series, but nonetheless very enjoyable.

    I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jake Urry. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vtcrute 05-19-17
    Vtcrute 05-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Ending was ok"

    I liked the book and I really enjoyed this entire series but I wanted more from the ending. I had a lot of questions that I feel went unanswered. Overall, I recommend this book. I hope other novels will be added to this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daman 05-11-17
    Daman 05-11-17
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    "Superb narration! Great Story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Darkside Blues to be better than the print version?

    Jake's magnetic voice uplifted the story to my ears quite well. I would highly recommend the audio for that very reason.


    What about Jake Urry’s performance did you like?

    Strong, Powerful narration with a unique set of characters kept me wanting more.


    Any additional comments?

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Josh R 05-10-17
    Josh R 05-10-17
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    "Great ghost story with excellent narration"

    This is the third installment of the Ulrich series and even though I’ve listened to the first two, this could be listened to as a standalone story. The first two books are great though, so you should give them a try anyways. I enjoy following Ulrich on his investigations, and I was excited when I saw the third book was available. I appreciate that the author can put together a good ghost story without making it overly violent or gory. The characters in this story were well thought out and the pacing of the story is great. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing throughout the novel. The narrator, Jake Urry, has the perfect voice for this series, and this is the first book where I’ve heard him introduce sound effects and music. They seemed well thought-out and were well placed helping my sense of immersion. Overall a great continuation to the series and I hope he keeps them coming.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Wendy Hellion
    5/27/17
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    "Old fashioned spooky story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it is a good solid book in the genre and keeps you gripped


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harlan Ulrich, though he was very cold


    Which character – as performed by Jake Urry – was your favourite?

    Harlan Ulrich old film noir, dectective ala Dennis Wheatley


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Good gothic spinetingler


    Any additional comments?

    The story has is a good solid spooky story, and with the narration sounds like a Denis Wheatley novel, I would recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Norma Miles
    5/15/17
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    ""Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.""
    Any additional comments?

    Just before Christmas, the weather bleak and cold, investigator Harlan Ulrich is approached by a man who wants him to find his daughter, a girl who had died almost exactly ten years before but who the father is certain he has recently seen walking each evening from a cafe to an hotel before vanishing. The man seems decent and desperate, so Harlan takes the case, one he and his cat will regret.

    A good ghost story, with the tension growing as it progresses, and made increasingly creepy by Jake Urry's excellent narration, reinforced by occasional gentle background sound effects. A recommended listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Petra
    4/20/17
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    "Superbly narrated, atmospheric paranormal mystery"

    Following 'The Sick House' and 'Medicine For The Dead', this is the third book featuring coffee-addicted private investigator Harlan Ulrich. It works fine as a standalone. In the last two books, Ulrich dealt with some frightening cases involving supernatural phenomena that have made him well-known locally and his PI business is finally taking off. When Ulrich is approached by Michael Poole, a rich local businessman, who asks him to investigate the disappearance of his daughter, Ulrich is reasonably happy to take on the case as it appears to be more of a "normal" missing person's case. Of course, it doesn't quite turn out that way, and soon Ulrich is being followed.
    Initially, I thought this was going to be quite a straightforward ghost story, but getting further into it, little twists kept coming that made this into a less clear-cut, rather sad, and nicely atmospheric paranormal mystery. I've become quite fond of Harlan Ulrich over the course of the three audiobooks. The way he chats with his cat is pretty endearing and he is an all-round good guy. I enjoy Ambrose Ibsen's descriptive style of writing and the way he creates fear and suspense.
    This was a quick and easy listen made even more enjoyable thanks to the excellent narration by Jake Urry. Good range of voices, great pacing and intonation, and just perfect at getting the eerie atmosphere across.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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