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Forest Audiobook

Forest: The Afterlife Investigations, Book 2

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"You should not have answered its call...."

Professor Stephen Barlow is no longer a skeptic. Having faced the horrors of Chaythe Asylum, he turns his attention to the man responsible for the Third Ward Incident - the enigmatic Dr. Corvine - in the hopes of finding answers to his many questions.

But some things, he soon learns, are better left lost to history.

Traveling to a remote cabin in Michigan in search of the doctor and his research, Stephen finds himself descending deeper into a world of terror and madness. He and his students uncover the frightful truth about Corvine's experiments and realize that they may have unleashed something terrible in their meddling.

Forest is the second novel in the Afterlife Investigations trilogy.

The Afterlife Investigations

  • Asylum
  • Forest
  • The Occupant

©2017 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2017 Ambrose Ibsen

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    Wanda Florida 10-15-17
    Wanda Florida 10-15-17
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    "On to book three"

    As always a great book by a great author and the narrator did a stellar job. How he found a house in the woods without gps on the first try was amazing. I am glad it was left unfinished as it leaves room for a 3rd in a series. Corbin’s niece is gonna be pissed when she discovers him back in the woods when she told him never to return.
    I received this free for an honest review from the author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lomeraniel Spain 10-15-17
    Lomeraniel Spain 10-15-17
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    "Ibsen excels in building up the tension"

    We continue the story where we left it in the previous book. Professor Stephen Barlow is decided to continue his investigation after finding some old tapes at the Asylum. Despite the warnings given by Elizabeth and Jake, he drives to a remote location where Dr. Corvine is supposed to have a cabin. But it seems Stephen is not alone in his trip, and he will learn that Elizabeth is in grave danger.

    I was looking forward to this one after listening to ‘Asylum’. One of the thinks I enjoy from Ibsen’s books is how well everything is described. It does not feel that descriptions are overdone, but one can see at all time the surroundings of the main character. This is one of the things that helps me get into the story.

    There are three main characters again in this book, plus some secondaries, and Ibsen has really brought them to life in his writing. The speak like real people and one can’t help but care for them.

    But in what Ibsen excels is in creating the mystery and building up the tension. This is one of those books that I couldn’t put down because I needed to know what was coming up next. The forest looms like a heavy presence on Stephen, and I was able to feel it.

    Even though this is a great book, my main reason for going for it is that it is narrated by Joe Hempel, one of my favorite narrators. Hempel is unique in bringing characters to life with great interpretation skills, giving each one a unique voice. He has a pleasant and clear voice, and the audio production is absolutely spotless. You can’t go wrong with Joe Hempel.

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Don 10-13-17
    Don 10-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I'm ready for The Occupant!"

    Wow! What a follow up book! I could not wait for The Forest audio book, after listening to The Asylum I was totally hooked on this story. The Forest has only strengthened my desire to hear this story out. Joe Hempel reads this story perfectly!! Hempel really portrays the confused college professor who is fiercely determined to figure all everything out. Hempel has this easy voice that makes listening to this book just fly by. His speaking and enunciation is clear and precise! He’s one of my favorite narrators.

    The story line is great! Ambrose Ibsen and Joe Hempel create this perfect creepy feel with a gradual build up of tension. This series has been my first Ibsen books but they are so good that I’m going to have to research the authors work. I’m hooked! Dr. Corvine is a fascinating character to learn about… he was really messing with things way above his pay grade. We learn more in this book and we get a bit more into the fear that Stephan, Jake, and probably Elizabeth feel.

    I’m again left waiting as patiently as I can for the next book… The Occupant! Can’t wait for more… is it too much to hope that it would be out before Halloween?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 10-13-17
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 10-13-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Forest literally leaves you dangling from the tree"

    Forest is the sequel to Asylum: The Afterlife Investigations, Book 1. It is a thriller, horror, paranormal story written by Ambrose Ibsen. If you have not read or listen to Asylum, STOP reading now. It is impossible to write a review of Forest without mentioning plot points from Asylum.

    Stephen Barlow is an adjunct professor at an Ohio college we met in Asylum. He witnesses a student being killed by a hit and run. Shortly afterward he becomes involved with two students, Elizabeth and Jake who want to form a Spiritual Club ( paranormal not kumbaya). They investigate Chaythe Asylum and inadvertently release something evil that has been stuck there for 28 years.

    As Forest begins, Stephen has decided since they released the evil from the asylum, they are responsible for trying to find and stop it. Elizabeth and Jake are significantly traumatized by the events at the asylum and refuse to help.

    As in the first book, Mr. Ibsen does a nice job of creating a pervading sense of dread. Each event from the first book connects neatly to Stephen navigating a dark forest with a shadowy figure that alternates leading and following. It undoubtedly figures that escaped the asylum. What Stephen finds in the forest is more horrifying than what was discovered at the asylum. As the story progresses, Stephen, Jake, and Elizabeth face a more dangerous evil. Forest does not have the same ending as Asylum. Forest literally leaves you dangling from the tree by your fingertips with the tiger walking around the base, patiently. It compels you to get to the next book in the series as soon as possible.

    Joe Hempel does a great job narrating Forest as he did Asylum. He conveys the tension and fear just as well in this book as he did in the two other Ibsen books I have listened to. While the story gets very intense, Mr.Hempel never veers in hysteria or yelling. I really enjoyed his narration. I am looking forward to hearing Mr. Hempel narrate the conclusion to this trilogy by Ibsen.
    Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Karowski 10-13-17
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    "The occupant is back!"

    2nd book in a paranormal trilogy...in asylum the team went into the asylum to investigate the haunting and try and get some connection to the other side. They got more than they bargained for though they did manage to get out...the downside was that the occupant got out of the asylum as well. Now the team must find out where the occupant came from what it wants and how to send it back. Will they be able to? What of the doctor? His mysterious first patient? Good luck team, and beware of the occupant. Wonderful creepy story and the narration for it is spot on. 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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    Amazon Customer 10-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great entry to this series"

    I absolutely loved this. It actually creeped me out as much as the first one. The author is very good at building subtle tension. We get a lot more detail on the web that we saw was in place in the first one, and the ever present spider at the center of it does not disappoint in this one. I loved how completely outmatched the characters are by the entity. I honestly have no clue how it's going to end and it's great. The narrator is just spot on as the now-frazzled professor as well. Highly recommended, especially at this time of year just before Halloween.

    I received a free copy of this at my request in exchange for an unbiased review.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Mulder 10-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Really enjoyed this book!"

    The first book in this series left me feeling blah about the time spent listening to most of the book... This second book in the series makes up for it!!! There were still a few things that made the first one less enjoyable but this one jumped right in and got moving from the beginning. There were twists and turns i didn't see coming and a few parts that I found spooky and make me want to check all the windows in my house before entering :) Loved it!! I really can't wait for the next one to see where the story goes from here...Question: Will you Join Me? Answer: I would LOVE to!!

    "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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    Muraenidae 10-06-17
    Muraenidae 10-06-17
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    "Good followup to Asylum "

    Good second part to the story. Not as good as the first but definitely has me wanting to listen to the third part. You need to listen to the first book in order to understand what is going on in this book and you don't get an ending in this one so I hope the third one comes out soon. Finally starting to like Stephen a bit but hate how for someone who is broke he is constantly eating out and wasting money.

    As always the Ibsen / Hempel combo is a knockout.

    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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    stlblue1 10-06-17
    stlblue1 10-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Book 2"

    Once again the story and performance of this audiobook are great. This picks up where the first book left off and gives us a better understanding of what the characters are dealing with. I can’t wait to hear Mr. Hempel’s performance of the next book in the series.

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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 10-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant sequel."

    I couldn't wait for this to come to audio because Joe Hempel really brought the first to life and I knew he would nail this one!

    After the events of the first book, Stephen is intent on finding out more about what was released when they opened the Asylum. This time round, Elizabeth and Jake want nothing to do with it so Stephen sets off alone. But Jake soon calls him and tells him Elizabeth is acting strange. With everything Stephen learns about what Dr. Corvine was doing, it doesn't take him long to realise that Elizabeth is in serious danger.

    I loved book 1 and couldn't wait to dive into this one!! This is just as good as book one, if not better!! There isn't as much supernatural happenings in this one. Instead we dive deeper into Dr. Corvines past and, to me anyway, that was much scarier!! Stephen and Jake's investigation takes them to places that were wiped off the maps. I had chills for pretty much all of the book!!

    The characters are as good as ever. Stephen has grown a lot since the first book. He isn't the novice and skeptic he was back then. The deeper he goes into the doctors past and his experiments, the worse it is. Jake is his hesitant partner in crime, but again, he has grown a lot from the grunting, jealous boy he was in book 1! All the characters were well written and developed.

    In all, this was such an amazing read. Ambrose Ibsen is a writer more should know about. Ever singe book I've read by him has been different and captivating. He knows how to write a scary book and when you pair that book with Joe Hempel, well, it's a winner!! Go read some of this authors work. You will be instantly hooked!!

    Joe Hempel is such an easy narrator to listen to. He makes listening to books effortless!! He is always clear, always knows how to make inflections work and always, always delivers a flawless performance. He is a narrator I recommend to people because I know they will enjoy his performance.

    I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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