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Exodus

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At the height of the Great Depression, thousands of families who have lost everything are left with no choice but to make the pilgrimage westward in search of a new life. Some will find what they're looking for. Some will not and will then be forced to make the long journey back home. Then there are the others, those who never make it to either place because they made a stop along the way in a town called Exodus, an abandoned silver mining town in eastern Arizona where nothing good ever happens and most folks never leave.

The Carlsons - John, his wife Anne, and their newborn baby James - are one of countless families heading west, and they're one of many unfortunate families who decide to make a stop in Exodus. The sign on the highway promises food and gas, both of which the Carlsons need. But the sign doesn't advertise all that Exodus has to offer.

It doesn't mention the torture.

The cannibalism.

The death.

Caught now in a horrifying world of madness, Anne has to fight to save her family, though doing so will push her to the very brink of her own sanity.

A horror novel for mature audiences only.

©2016 Kimberly A. Bettes (P)2017 Kimberly A. Bettes

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    Todd (Toad) Vogel 06-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very creepy!"

    Wow! I'm a fan of horror but I'll admit some parts made me uncomfortable xand made me cringe! I guess you know it's good horror if it makes you cringe! lol The story itself takes place during the great depression and the writer wasted no time jumping straight into the horror! Loved it! Great narration by Rick Gregory! I've listened to a few of his narrations now and really enjoy his work.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Muraenidae 07-11-17
    Muraenidae 07-11-17
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    "Ain't we got fun"

    Wow this book was crazy. 1 part Texas Chain Saw Massacre, 1 part the Hills Have Eyes. Huge fan of horror books and this one did not disappoint. Not a fan of gratuitous gore or forced obscene situations and this story had none of that. It definitely had the creep factor, taboo situations, as well as the gore; however, it all felt natural and not there just to be there. If you can’t handle nasty horror this isn’t for you, but if you love some creepy backwoods style horror this is for you.
    Narration was great and the song that was played added the perfect touch. Definitely will look for more from both the author and narrator.
    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brad&Britney 08-16-17
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    "Proves Women Can Write Horror"

    This story was disturbing, disgusting, creepy, and vile....

    ...and I kinda liked it.

    There are few people I feel could get away with writing a story about the horrors of motherhood and it becomes an actual horror story. Yes, this story isn't original--very reminiscent of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Wrong Turn, and those other cannibal/torture-related stories. However, what sets this gruesome depiction apart from the others is the idea of motherhood--how far will you go to save your child? How far will you go to love your child? What does it take to keep a family together? These questions are asked through three different perspectives--Ann's, Vera's, and Vera's mother (Of course Ann is the best mom here, obviously).

    I was very impressed with the music that was played throughout the audiobook--I think that was a great addition to the story and really gave you something to ruminate on.

    Some negative things I will say is that the narrator did a good job, but it wasn't the best narration I've experienced. He attempted to use different voices for each character, but there were times where all the voices sounded the same and I couldn't pick out who was talking (especially between Frank and Mimi). Another negative is that the inflection the narrator used during times of stress for the characters lacked. For instance, when Ann first met Vera and her husband was missing. The writing appeared to have Ann worried, but the narrator sounded joyful (when Ann was answering Vera's questions about Baby James). If I narrated, my voice would have been hesitant and showed more appropriate emotion. Finally, the last negative thing about the book, itself, is that many parts of Vera's characterization was repeated MANY MANY MANY unnecessary times. How many times do we need to hear that she gets turned on by one specific thing (that I won't spoil for you). I just felt the flow of the story could have been improved with a fiercer editing process.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Newton 07-17-17
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    "In the wrong place at the wrong time..."
    Any additional comments?

    Well, I sure got my horror itch scratched with this audiobook! I can certainly agree with the overwhelmingly positive ratings that this book received on Amazon and Audible. I suspect readers who gave the book low ratings were squicked out by the violence, sex, and gore. However, I'd argue 'caveat emptor' and encourage potential buyers to read the book description beforehand.

    With this book, we get a nightmare scenario of a desperately poor, innocent Depression-era family who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As I was listening to the audiobook, I often thought of the movie(s) 'The Hills Have Eyes'. I wouldn't necessarily say that 'Exodus' rips off the movies, but I will say that if you enjoyed 'The Hills Have Eyes', you'll likely enjoy 'Exodus'. Similarly, if you found that 'The Hills Have Eyes' was too intense/stupid/gory/obscene, then you won't enjoy 'Exodus'.

    I'm university-educated, have devoted thousands of hours of my life to volunteer work helping people, like kids and small animals, and enjoy a variety of fiction and non-fiction (I just finished writing a review of a non-fiction audiobook on Congressional dysfunction); thus, I'm prepared to defend myself against those who might accuse me of being a closet psychopath or otherwise horrible deviant because I enjoyed this story. The thing is, I think it's a really good horror story with elements of plausibility to enhance the creepy factor. We have vulnerable people who don't go looking for trouble but find it anyway. We have a family of crazy, incestuous people who have been isolated from society. We have a reasonable (albeit socially unacceptable) motive for the atrocities taking place. We have scenes of physical and psychological and sexual violence that is consistent with what we fear the most about being kidnapped. We have examples of how brutal and animalistic human nature could potentially be. We have a bittersweet ending. And, for the suckers for romance (such as myself), we have romantic threads - albeit some twisted ones. I think stories like these are great ways to play safely (and temporarily) in very dark mental sandboxes, although I can certainly understand why some would find this genre of fiction to be extremely distasteful.

    The narration was excellent - a great tone and pace, no fiddling with falsetto female voices, contributing to the creepiness of the story. As other audiobook reviewers have already noted, it was very effective to play parts of the creepy song periodically throughout the audiobook!

    I provided my opinion in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Mulder 07-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow"
    If you could sum up Exodus in three words, what would they be?

    blood, baby, town


    What other book might you compare Exodus to and why?

    Return to Hell Texas by Tim Miller.


    Have you listened to any of Rick Gregory’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't believe so, but he did a great job on this book.


    If you could rename Exodus, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it. it was the perfect name


    Any additional comments?

    I started out a little confused because it switched from introducing a character and then to something that felt completely different, but i ended up loving how this was all written. Gave great spaces to stop and take a break if needed to just clear the head, but i was interested in finding out what happened next.

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TinkerMel 06-30-17
    TinkerMel 06-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "creepy, gross, but good!"

    This was an odd book, chalked full of more creepy and taboo stuff then you can imagine.
    I liked it. to me it wasn't so much scary as it was down right creepy.
    I travel often from Southern California to Vegas, and I can totally picture these little dirt roads that lead to now where, you see them all the time during that trip!

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Geoff 06-29-17
    Geoff 06-29-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Heavy-duty horror"

    A respectable novel and a good listen; held my attention the whole way through. But be forewarned, it's incredibly disturbing, (expertly disturbing in a way) so make sure that's what you're into! Narrator did a great job, very good to listen to. For horror fans, I'll go so far as to say it's a sure thing. Grab it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    erobbins33 06-27-17
    erobbins33 06-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Gore fest!"

    This story comes out swinging! No slow buildup to the gruesome bits. No surprising gross-outs, right after eating lunch. Nope, Exodus is truly not a place I'd ever want to visit. Well executed story, with a rich plot, and brilliant acting by the narrator. When the old man started singing along with the creepy old record player, I got goosebumps! Five stars all around.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lomeraniel Spain 06-24-17
    Lomeraniel Spain 06-24-17
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    "A tale of horror, gore, cannibalism and incest."

    I have received a free copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    After the crash of the 29 many people started to move west in search for a new opportunity in life. Anne, her husband John, and their baby James, are one of these many families who lost everything and dreamed of something new. They are forced to make a stop in the way due to running out of water and gas, and stumble upon Exodus, an abandoned mining town, where just one family seems to remain. They run the only businesses left in town and make their profits from the constant current of people moving west. But just some are able to continue their way after making a stop at Exodus.

    I was not sure what I was up against before starting this book. I got a warning saying that it was going to be a very crude book. And it was, but in a good way. It often happens in horror stories, that the author goes for making a statement and imprinting some images in the reader's mind, but at times there is not much of a plot or characters that are more than two dimensional. This is not the case. Exodus is a tale of horror, gore, cannibalism and incest. It is so gruesome at moments that I was torn between the need of taking a break and continuing listening to it. it is incredible, with very powerful images and many horrible facts tied together; but it is also wonderfully well written, with credible characters and relationships, that in very disturbing way, make sense.

    There is a soundtrack to this book, which helps set an atmosphere to this story. In a way it is what it shows how disturbed is one of the characters, but also reminds us of the fact that the book is set in the early 30's. After a while the song stuck in my head, while I was able to see Frank cutting meat on his cutting table. And the song kept playing on and on. On and on.

    I really enjoyed Rick Gregory's narration. He has a soothing voice, which contrasted with the horrible facts happening in the book. Gregory is also able to deliver different voices for all the characters but in a subtle way, which makes you forget that you are listening to a book, and makes you believe you are watching it. He included excerpts of the song which Frank listened again and again, 'Ain't we got fun' by Van and Schenck, which I think worked great to set the mood. I think it is worth mentioning that this song was an anthem of the Roaring Twenties, and it appeared on several movies of the time. It was a great choice by the Bettes and a great choice by Gregory to include excerpts along the book.

    I found the audio production mostly correct, but I noticed a noise 34:53, just after announcing chapter three.

    I absolutely loved this book, much more than I expected. It is indeed a gruesome book, ideal for horror fans, but I also enjoyed the power of the unique characters in the story, which makes this story stand out among others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Backshall 10-06-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Prepare to become a vegetarian after reading this"

    If gore is your thing, this novel will certainly hit the mark. You get murder, cannibalism, incest, and some pretty freaky fetishes. The victims were sympathetic, and the bad guys were appropriately repulsive as individuals, and insane in their actions. The novel is classified as horror, but it's important to distinguish that Exodus is not so much scary as simply gross and gory. Cringe-worthy, even.

    The choice of time, place and plot by Bettes was what brought me to this novel. Something as dry and desperate as a desert (and deserted) town on the way from the Dust Bowl to the promised land of California storms was genius. The writing was decent, but somewhat repetitive and not as creative as it could have been. The same word or phrase could be repeated two or three times in the same paragraph, and characterizations weren't as much enhanced as restated.

    The narration did nothing to strengthen the story. The reading was slow and deliberate with no affect or emotion at all, which dragged the story down. I would have appreciated differentiation between voices, as I often couldn't figure out which character was supposed to be speaking. As well there were frequent unexpected pauses, almost as if the narrator hesitated moving to the next line or while turning a page. The audio version seemed to have been "produced" without any editing, which it certainly could have used.

    As a final warning: If you're not a vegetarian, you may find yourself reconsidering meat consumption after reading/listening to Exodus, as you'll always wonder, and fear, just where that meat you're being served came from.

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