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Stirrings in the Black House

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Publisher's Summary

Fear is a place.

When struggling concert pianist Emil inherits a house from his late uncle, he thinks all of his problems are solved. Absconding to the mysterious Weatherby House in the suburbs of Portland where his famous uncle composed many classical masterpieces, Emil finds the place completely empty, save for one thing: his uncle's grand piano.

But Weatherby House is not the ideal getaway it appears at first glance. It has a dark past and is shunned by the locals. As the days pass, strange things occur on the property, leaving Emil to wonder if he isn't losing his mind.

Unplaceable footsteps resound in the upstairs; dark figures peer into the windows at night despite the empty acreage that surrounds the old house, and that blasted piano can't seem to keep quiet, loosing music at turns beautiful and terrifying even as no one sits before it.

In time, Emil discovers that there's something else living in Weatherby House.

And it refuses to let him leave.

©2017 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2017 Ambrose Ibsen

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    TinkerMel 07-18-17
    TinkerMel 07-18-17 Member Since 2017

    I am just girl who loves my husband, dogs, shopping online and books!

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    "<3 Ambrose!"

    This the 5th book I have read from Ambrose, and I have loved them all.
    I will say I believe this one is my favorite though. I really enjoyed the storyline. I also love the characters!. The writers books seem to be creepy and dark but not too over-the-top. just the way I like them!
    The narration was spot on. I look forward to hearing more from Ambrose!

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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Erika 07-18-17
    Erika 07-18-17

    Budding audiobook enthusiast!

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    "Just what I was hoping for!"

    This story is filled with horror, mystery, suspense and some creepy ghosts and a good bit of gore. Emil a concert pianist who lost what he had due to drug abuse inherits a huge house in a small town in Oregon. It's in the outskirts of town surrounded by nothing and has a history. Several people were murdered in the house. He doesn't know this upon inheriting it. It's talking with a local girl that he learns and she tells him of a book written about the gory murders.

    The author does a fantastic job building the characters, giving them shape, form and depth. He also builds suspense, increasing one step at a time until hitting full blast with a toe-curling climax. I clung to each word and really didn't want it to end. I think that's my only complaint was the ending left me in a "that's it!". It seemed unfinished but otherwise an excellent story I'll listen to I'm sure again.

    The narrator used great pacing adding to the excitement of the story, building as the author built. Great job and very clear sound quality.

    I received this book free for an honest review.

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    Montzalee Wittmann Missouri, USA 07-12-17
    Montzalee Wittmann Missouri, USA 07-12-17 Member Since 2017

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    "A great scary ghost story!"
    Would you listen to Stirrings in the Black House again? Why?

    too scary!


    Any additional comments?

    Stirrings in the Black House by Ambrose Ibsen is a pretty good scary story. Emil inherits a house from an uncle that never really seemed to care for him. Shocked but in need of a place and down on his luck, he happy with his luck. He moves in and soon finds out that this house has a history, a bad history. He also finds out why his uncle gave him the house. The book started out a little slow but soon it made up for it and ended with an exciting bang! Great ghost story! I was requested an audio version and the review is voluntary.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 07-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Creepy!!!"

    Emil loves playing the piano, but after a breakdown at one of his recitals, he doesn't have much options. He is living with his parents and is broke. Until one day he learns that his Uncle Gustav, a famous musician and composer, left him a house. What's odd is that Emil hasn't talked nor seen his Uncle in years. The last time was when Gustav attended one of Emil's recitals and told Emil he wasn't any good. So why would his Uncle leave him a house? As Emil settles into the house he learns some disturbing things about it and things aren't what they seem!!

    I have quickly become a fan of Ambrose Ibsen because of how he can transport you into his stories. That isn't really a good thing though, because his stories are so incredibly creepy!!! I actually had to stop listening to this till the morning because it gave me the chills. Learning about the house and everything that happened just made it worse. It was so so scary and I just wanted Emil to leave! I know I wouldn't stay in any house where mysterious noises were happening. I'd skedaddle and get someone else to investigate!!

    The author is also really good at making you connect with his characters. I felt for Emil. He is down on his luck but determined to make a better life for himself. He just wants to play music again and even starts hearing a certain song in his dreams. I was rooting for him the whole way through. I also liked Kelly, the girl he meets when he gets to the new town.

    In all, this was a great little ghost story. Well written and developed and one that had me shivering, it's a must read. Can't wait to see what the author gives us next!!

    Joe Hempel is also quickly becoming a favourite narrator of mine. He has such an easy voice to listen to that he makes it effortless. Plus he has an incredible array of tones and voices that it's like a full cast recording. Brilliant narration!!!

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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lomeraniel Spain 07-02-17
    Lomeraniel Spain 07-02-17
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    "Great story and great narration"

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

    Playing piano is everything for Emil. After a breakdown some months before, he has no job nor prospects in life. Upon his death, his uncle Gustav, famous music composer, leaves Emil an old house in Portland, where Emil moves to and discovers an exceptional piano in the house living room. This could be a new opportunity for Emil and he takes it in stride, until the inhabitants of the little town close to the house start telling him about the gruesome murders committed in the house during the 70's.

    I always enjoy a ghost story by Ambrose Ibsen. He is capable of building up the right amount of tension and creating the right atmosphere to make a story startling. Even though I do not believe in ghosts, as I have a rational mind like Emil, the flow of the story caught my attention and kept it until the end. I especially enjoyed the twist, and made complete sense as the only real possibility at that point. It is one of those stories where everything falls elegantly in place.

    I liked Emil, a young tormented soul with hopes to forge a better future for himself, and Kelly, the girl who introduces him to the house and stays by his side when he needs it the most. Despite not being a very long novel the characters are fully fleshed, and their actions and words feel natural and fluid.

    The narration was beautifully done by Joe Hempel, bringing to life each one of the characters. Not changing them but giving them a little extra, making the book shine and become alive. Listening to a book narrated by Joe Hempel is always an unsurpassable experience.

    This is my second book by Ambrose Ibsen, and I am impressed by his writing skills, not only creating characters that are alive but also places with a soul. I am looking forward to listening to his other books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Karowski 08-12-17
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    "Ghost story at its best"

    Ambrose Ibsen is a master of ghost stories. This chilling tale of murder, music, cults, possession and more will leave you with all the lights on in your house...of course that just makes the shadows darker and deeper.the author weaves a masterful tale narrated in chilling detail by joe hempel. This tale of a house with a dark history will lead you down a path and take you through twists and turns down paths you never expect. Be ready to be scared. Be ready to find out what is stirring in the Black House. 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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    Teresa 07-19-17
    Teresa 07-19-17

    I love listening to audiobooks with my three compadres: two sweet tabby cats and a Great Dane!

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    "An Excellently Written and Performed Horror Story"

    I loved Stirrings in the Black House. It was a perfect horror story. It was edge of your seat and I couldn't stop listening. It was a creepy scary; not a scare me out of my wits scary. I listened to this audiobook after revisiting the Manson murders and learning that QT is making a new film about them. This book was amazing and I love Ambrose Ibsen's writing. He's my new favorite spooky story author. It's 01:45 and it's so good that I can't turn it off.

    The people that lived in the Weatherby House before uncle Gustav were a cult group named the Endless Circle. This story like the house had a spooky good backstory as well as Emil being his uncle's protege as a pianist and inheriting not only the house but his Steinway.

    Joe Hempel's performance was top notch. His voice was perfect for Emil. I also loved the character of Kelli. He had awesome voice inflections and put this book over the top excellent. Highly recommended.

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Heather North 08-12-17 Member Since 2017

    I love listening to audiobooks! I listen while I'm at work (don't worry it's allowed). I love fantasy and sci-fi, but listen/read everything

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    "Creepy"
    What made the experience of listening to Stirrings in the Black House the most enjoyable?

    Awesome story and narrator was awesome!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stirrings in the Black House?

    When the spirits take over the house.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Hempel – was your favorite?

    Emil


    Any additional comments?

    This book was chilling and creepy, I loved it! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela M. Neumann 08-10-17
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    "Great story"

    I really enjoyed it his story. Not because it takes place in the same town I live in. Not because he drives the same car I drive. But because not only is it a great story, the ending wasn't what I expected.
    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Reader 08-08-17
    Reader 08-08-17
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    "Creepy!"

    I love a good haunted house story! This one is the real thing: creepy house, dark shadows, murders and a haunting melody. I particularly liked how the author wrote a present day haunted house story, complete with cell phones and internet, but still managed to have a good explanation as to why the main character didn't just pack up and leave, or whip out his phone and call for help. The technology did cause a plot hole (sorry, I am not buying it that a wikipedia article would leave out the creepiest part of a massacre for no good reason) but it was well handled overall.

    My only criticism is that I wish the book were longer, allowing it to explore some aspects in more depth. I would have liked to read more about the town and the town folk, his friends, etc, to give more context to the house and characters.

    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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