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The Beast of Barcroft Audiobook

The Beast of Barcroft

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Publisher's Summary

Ben McKelvie believes he's moving up in the world when he and his fiancée buy a house in the cushy Washington, DC, suburb of Barcroft. Instead he's moving down - way down - thanks to Madeleine Roux, the crazy neighbor whose vermin-infested property is a permanent eyesore and looming hazard to public health.

First Ben's fiancée leaves him; then his dog dies, apparently killed by a predator drawn into Barcroft by Madeleine's noxious menagerie. But the worst is yet to come for Ben, for he's not dealing with any ordinary wild animal. This killer is something much, much worse. Something that couldn't possibly exist - in this world.

Now, as a devilish creature stalks the locals, Ben resolves to take action. With some grudging assistance from a curator at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and the crackpot theories of a self-styled cryptozoologist, he discovers the sinister truth behind the attacks, but knowing the Beast of Barcroft and stopping it are two different animals.

©2015 Bill Schweigart (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"[A] swift and breezy suburban creature feature." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Nancy Chilton-Kendrick 06-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Just Bearable"

    This author was really pissed off at women when he wrote this book. He makes every female character appear either selfish and self-centered or whining and definitely stupidly​ angry. The story is OK and the narrator is very good. I recommend this audiobook but be warned about all the female characters.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Richard S. Swol Lindstrom, MN USA 02-26-17
    Richard S. Swol Lindstrom, MN USA 02-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A wonderful surprise"

    when I got this book I was expecting an average"monster" book. the fact that it was was also apparently the author's first novel did not inspire me either.

    I was very happily surprised. the story moved quickly and kept me guessing all along. the characters were authentic and believable.

    in fact, I immediately bought the author's second novel and preordered the third.

    in short, I very much enjoyed this book and strongly recommend it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    E. Moe 05-22-17
    E. Moe 05-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A little too sci-fi"

    I was originally going to buy Northwoods by the same author, but after reading the reviews I decided I would buy this one first, since reviewers mentioned the context would help. Since I wanted a mystery I decided to by Beast of Barecroft first. I felt it was a bit too fantastical and Sci-fi for my liking. I did not care for the narrator's style. Every sentence was spoken in an ominous tone; it felt overdone. I did not care for the story much either. I don't think I will purchase the Northwoods.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DobieChuck Colorado 12-10-16
    DobieChuck Colorado 12-10-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Magnifique"

    A delightful find... It's an imaginative thriller w/ kinda an X Files feel, but more about the real people in unreal situations rather than the unreal in real ones... The entire story has a crafty, and often subtle, attention to detail which adds authenticity and color to an already engaging story and plot... Some good science looking at the encroachment of ecosystems, and the whole suburban wilderness thing works well, and provides some stellar imagery and settings... Chills, humor, and some creative monster making, w/ a smidge of the preternatural... I got this book because I started the one after this and realized there was one that came before, so now I'm on the hook for two titles, and could not be more thrilled w/ that happening.... The action and pace are outstanding, and I feel like a kid that just discovered a new favorite candy and am about to gobble down some more w/ the second book... Narration is very good, and this is absolutely, no doubt about it,put it in the bank, worth the credit!!!

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    mlabonte001 10-13-17
    mlabonte001 10-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "GREAT LISTENING!!!"

    This book was really good,exciting and kept my interest,i will definetly be listening to more of his books and i really enjoyed the narrator too.I would highly recommend this book!

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    BBillings 09-28-17
    BBillings 09-28-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than expected"

    I don't usually read books like this but it was enjoyable. Not dark, which was a plus. Glad I tried it out.

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 08-07-17
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 08-07-17 Member Since 2001
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    "Beast and Northwoods"

    These comments address two audiobooks by Bill Schweigart released by Tantor Audio in late 2016. The Beast of Barcroft is about seven hours in length, Northwoods just over ten. Both are narrated by Will Damron.

    Didn’t like: Narration is laboriously slow, ergo set Audible application to 1.5 - normal speed, in addition to Damron’s soft voice, will put you to sleep regardless of scary moments. Although there’s little trouble discerning who-is-speaking-to-who, there isn’t a uniqueness to voices. They all sound similar, male/female. Plots are not very creative. In Beasts, an unknown, but scary, creature is terrifying a small town and good guys figure it out. In Northwoods, the same batch of good guys save the day again from an equally scary creature.

    Liked: The ‘hide-under-the-covers’ moments. If you like the horror story genre, these fit the bill - shape-shifting, ferocious coyotes and wolves and hyenas, bloody zombies, glowing-eyes traverse the pages. Action scenes are exciting.
    That said, some imagery is a bit confusing. The literary visions of Schweigart leave the reader to imagine quite a bit. In the horror genre, sometimes this isn’t all bad.

    The books are not identified as a series - although they should be; there is no doubt you should read Beasts first. There is also no doubt there will be subsequent novels, as book two - Northwoods - ends abruptly with the line “We’re going to Jersey.” No spoilers - but, guess that’s a hint?

    No gratuitous sex, some language issues but very rare and none inappropriate to the circumstance or character.

    Recommended only those who enjoy horror stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Myra k gibson 07-26-17
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    "I love this book."

    I read this book in one night. I can't wait to start on another from Bill and Will.

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    Kim R. 07-14-17
    Kim R. 07-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Meh"

    I didn't like it. Just powered thru to the end hoping it would get better. It didn't . Will return it.

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    Walter W. Chu 05-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprised"

    Surprise me. At first I thought this was going to be one of those stories where the beast turns out to be something about mutant raccoons or horses of rats destroying the town. No, it grew into something better. Could develop it more, you know, less personal introspection and more story line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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