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The year was 1979. The small town of Lehem, Iowa, was a large clique - content and thriving. When one charming new resident enters the farming community, it's considered an anomaly. When a second stranger appears, it is a concern...Slaughtered livestock and humans are discovered during the full moon of June, forcing the sheriff and his deputies to take to arms.

When an unknown assailant targets young Peter Carston, hackles and guns are raised as questions float to the surface of a bloody pool. Peter hopes those questions will be answered in time but is unsure. The next full moon approaches, and time becomes precious for the residents of the small Midwest township. The pressure is on to save their close-knit community before it becomes Satan's playground. Of course, it won't be easy catching the killer. It seldom is.

Just as the population believes the nightmare might be over, it begins anew. The residents begin to wonder if they're stuck in a strange vortex of blood and gore. Groups of invaders filled with mal intent try to overtake their territory, only to be met by a rag-tag force that few communities could boast about.

This winding tale will not only introduce you to the small society of Lehem, but also to their holiday traditions and the Warfield family. Who and what they are is for the listener to discover. Welcome to the miasma called Depravity.

©2014 Emilie J. Howard (P)2015 Emilie J. Howard

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A fun Three Parter

I must admit up front, I am a big horror fan, and the summary of the book sounded pretty interesting, but I did have a bit of a pause given the title of the book. I was a bit worried that it might just be over the top highly graphic that the title might indicate. If you were likewise concerned, it isn't. It is definitely a bit gruesome, but not what I'd classify in any way gratuitous. I got this as a free review copy from audiobookblast. I'm always looking out for new books in genres I like by new authors, ones that I might not necessarily be willing to try blind, so like to get the opportunity to check out new talent.

The book was structured in three parts, presented as a book, but each are a good sequential part of the story, each with a different theme. Book one was concerned with a murderous drug addicted killer wreaking havoc. Book two was centered on a lot of the same characters, plus the family of the killer. I was initially concerned that it was going down as a straight plain anti-authorities revenge story (which I admit really annoys me) but it wasn't. It was actually a bit of an unexpected twist. Book 3 was probably the third best tale of the bunch, but I did like and appreciate how the law took charge in a satisfying way. It was odd that the book was specifically set in 1979. It definitely fit, but the story to me felt pretty timeless, and wasn't relying on story elements that would be restricted to any time period (eg it wasn't like there were situations where it wouldn't work modern days as everyone has cell phones, and internet to look up stuff). But that said, the story itself being written that way is quite neat. It wasn't that the author was deliberately trying to do something making a statement about a particular time period.

I loved the narration too. The characterization of a lot of the old timers, both male and female were so well done, and often put a smile on my face.

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Depravity

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“Part” takes place in the same town with the same characters, with a few new additions and subtractions along the way. I found I was able to finish Part One and begrudgingly put it aside.. Each “Part” pushes the reader forward, so watch out. You won’t want to put it down after you finish Part Two. You’ll plow through Part Three and be left stunned at the end.

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Thrilling, suspenseful story

I really enjoyed this thrilling, entertaining audiobook. It had a suspenseful storyline with plenty of twists and some excellent characters. Each part of the story not only built into a complex plot but also onto individual characters lives. You soon become attached to the people in this town and become absorbed in there interweaving stories. J Scott Bennett's narration pulls you into the characters, giving them individual personalities and imparting suspense, terror, sorrow and humour in all the right parts. The story has a great twist at the end that I'm sure that no one would see coming. I hope the author will do more books about the people in this quirky little town. I received the audiobook at no cost and under no obligation to review.

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Depravity

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The story starts out slow and takes a bit to really get interesting, but as it continuously twists and turns it weaves into a very entertaining listen. Full of mystery, suspense and surprises.

A very enjoyable listen. The story is told in 3 parts, all interconnected. Great cast of interesting characters. The good and the bad. You think you know who, what and why but hang on your in for a surprise.

This is the second book by Emile J. Howard that I have "read" and both have been very enjoyable stories. She definitely knows how to create a story that pulls you in and keeps your attention.

J.Scott Bennett does a fantastic job with the narration on this story. Great character voices. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Always a pleasure to listen to his narration.

This audiobook was provided by the narrator, author or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

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Kept me glued and drawn in....

What did you love best about Depravity?

The cast of characters and how they all come together to form a great horror book. It had so many great twists that kept the reader interested till the end.

Have you listened to any of J. Scott Bennett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Great narration with good delivery and strong voice.

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"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."

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Twisted and entertaining

The 4th book I've listened to by this author and narrator. Wonderful new town Full of twisted individuals. The author does a great job building up towns full of varying cast that rotate importance novel to novel. Creates villains you love to hate character to root for and then twists them around so you have to re-decide how you feel. Ends with a massive twist that you won't see coming. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review

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Though that was the end? You thought wrong.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, this is a very thrilling book and it has many characters with which you will love and oddly enough some of the characters that you hate at the beginning, you will come to love in the end. Yeah, I didn't think that would happen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Depravity?

The most memorable moment to me has to do with the Sheriffs brother pulling off an awesome (and funny, at least to me) move in the second part of the book that will leave you loving him for the rest of the book. I don't want to go into details because it would give away a key plot point.

Which character – as performed by J. Scott Bennett – was your favorite?

Probably Stella, I loved the voice he uses for her, its almost the voice you would use when imitating your middle aged nagging southern wife/mother.

If you could take any character from Depravity out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Jack Stein, I would love to get to know what happened in his life to make him the man he was in the book.

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“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

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Just wow.

What did you like best about this story?

Great story, great flow, believable character development.

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

Bennett brings the human factor into the story, he keeps it moving along, and his different character voices allow you to distinguish between them.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was given to me at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

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  • tina
  • burlington, IA, United States
  • 09-02-16

Well written thriller !

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an unbiased review. Suspenseful ,fantastic story

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Tick tock....

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Once again Emilie J Howard has produced a excellent thriller and I can’t imagine listening without Scott Bennett narrating he gave a flawless performance once again giving all of the characters their own unique voices and making the book more riveting. I really enjoyed whenever a character was on the phone and the different sound as if you were listening to a real phone call… I was really surprised by the different turns the book took I definitely didn’t predict who the true bad guy was… Overall, I found the book to be easy to listen to and would highly suggest to those who love scary macabre thrillers!

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobookboom”

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-18-18

The balance between good and evil...

Peter has recently graduated from high school; his father is dead, his mother is sick and he needs to earn money to pay for her medication. They live in 'Lihem, a small town in Iowa, a mostly farming community, population only around 1300, so everyone knows and looks out for each other. It's policed by two brothers, Sheriff Reed and the ever sweet eating deputy, Robert. There is little crime beyond drunks and occasional fights, but they offer Peter a part time job filing and manning the telephone which.he happily accepts.Peter is well liked in the town and is enamoured of Linda, a 17 year old girl who works in the pharmacy.
Then into the town comes a stranger with a bright smile, apparently attractive to the ladies but who creeps Peter out, and another, darker presence arrives on the same day
Soon the police force has added two new deputies and, with the annual three day festival approaching, ten more temporary deputies are sworn in. Fear and violence has arrived in the quiet town.

This is the story of a year in the life of this town, the inhabitants and the changes and violence brought in from outside. Essentially three interconnected books, the reader becomes very familiar with a number of the town characters - and real characters they are, too, from the young couple Peter and Linda, the two law enforcement brothers, the deputy who pretends to be deaf so he can hear what people talk about behind his back, the woman who had previously disposed of her abusive busband, to the pharmacist who talks in rhyming couplets as he watches his world go by. And then there are the incomers, strange people, all of them, and often arriving with I'll intent and bringing death and fear to Lehem. The whole book is a constant mixing of real life familiarity with the surreal descending upon it.

The narration by J.Scott Benett is, as always, superb. His very easy to listen to mellow and gently accented reading is perfectly paced as he walks the reader through the small community, introducing the characters and their foibles, and he has a whole repertoire of voices to give individual life to each one. He is able to convey the moods of the town inhabitants without resorting to raised volume and, when violence comes to the town, the fear and confrontation with evil doers is palpable. A superb performance.

This is a strange story. A book in three distinct parts which meld into each other. But the town goes on, almost an entity in itself. A mix of real life and the totally improbable. This is a story which will stay in my head for a long time. Recommended for readers who enjoy their books character led but with a thrill in the tail.