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Publisher's Summary

They call it the Academy: a secluded, cliff-top mansion overlooking the rugged Pacific coast. It's a school for children gifted - or cursed - with extraordinary minds, children soon to come under the influence of an intelligence even more brilliant than their own - and unspeakably evil.

For within this mind, a dark plan is taking form. A plan so horrifying, no one will believe it. No one but the children. And for them it is already too late - unless one young student can resist the seductive invitation that will lead...into the shadows.

©2005 John Saul; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"[A] tense, high-tech psychological suspense thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
"Saul has the instincts of a natural storyteller." (People)
"J. Charles, does a terrific job creating a variety of children's voices....the overall effect is a gripping and suspenseful reading of a nerve-jangling tale." (AudioFile)

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Loved it!! Will keep you listening!

My first John Saul book and he had me hanging on the edge in this book the entire way! I can't wait to download another one of his books! This is what you want in a book...you do not get bored.
The narrarator was excellent also. Since this book was suspensful tale about kids, it reminded me of a Koontz book called The Voice Of The Night. The narrarator makes it really good!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Good read - Good narration

This book kept my mind so engaged during a long drive from SC to TN that the hours passed nearly unnoticed. I arrived at my destination before the book ended and found myself looking for an activity to busy my body so I could finish listening to the story.

The ending was pretty much what I'd expected but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story at all.

So far this is one of my favorite audio book listens.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • Omaha, NE, United States
  • 08-02-13

Can't go wrong with this one

Very entertaining, a little Twilight Zone, a good story and it makes you think.

Worth a credit.

If you like John Saul at all, you will enjoy this!

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  • Laprin
  • bedford, tx United States
  • 02-23-13

No doubt - "Shadows" is worth a listen

I have downloaded several John Saul novels, and have come to the conclusion that most of his works are average, but when he's at his best he rivals Steven King. This is John Saul at his best. It took a little while for me to warm up to the characters, but soon I was on the edge of my seat. This is not demonic or filled with gore. Instead, it is a psychological thriller that ask you to see the world through the eyes of highly intelligent children who are largely outcasts, and there need to be a part of something - even something more sinister than you can imagine. The narrator, J. Charles, does an excellent job of bringing these characters to life.

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wonderfully suspenseful.

love it, great suspense. many twisting plotlines. great writing! So far have loved every one of the John Saul books.

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Not my favorite. :(

Not my favorite John Saul novel, I kept hoping it would get better. It was more just a way to pass time than anything. I will ALWAYS recommend John Saul, just not this one.

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not worth the credit

the sound quality was subpar with a tin sound and echoing feedback. the story was also mildly engaging.

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Bah! Whatever.

This was not great.

The story was intriguing on some level I must admit, but it felt too much like a dated young adult novel so I never really got into the groove. The ending totally dropped me; it went from a somewhat ok story to annoying and quickly disintegrated into total ridiculousness.

I generally don’t dislike these types of “theoretical horror” plots, and I know I the trick to really enjoying books like these is to suspend your disbelief… but this one left like a B-movie - just a smidge on the other side of good.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful