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The isolated, maximum security prison for the criminally insane that houses some of the nation’s deadliest, most frightening psychopaths. But when a freak storm cuts off all communications and causes a massive power outage, the prisoners get loose...and find there is nowhere to go. The blizzard rages outside.

The inmates are now in charge and the staff must band together to survive.

And then they all discover that the inmates aren't the most dangerous thing about The Loon. Because below the prison is a secret place. A dark place. A place where a creature of monstrous appetites has been born. And it's very, very hungry....

The Loon is a #1 Amazon best seller written by novelist Michaelbrent Collings, whose other best sellers include Darkbound, Apparition, The Haunted, Rising Fears and Billy: Messenger of Powers.

©2011 Michaelbrent Collings (P)2013 Michaelbrent Collings

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Deep and Horrifying

What made the experience of listening to The Loon the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the narration and thought the performance was well done. Engrossing story.

What other book might you compare The Loon to and why?

I've read Collings' "Darkbound" and first three installments of "The Colony" series. While there was still a speculative element in "The Loon," the horror in this particular story was more real-world than fantastic. I'm not sure I've read/listened to anything else quite like this before.

Which character – as performed by John Bell – was your favorite?

The Monster passages had cool effects and were my favorite to listen to. Paul, Rachel, and Becky were the characters whose points of view I craved most to return to. Steiger was also extremely creepy and well done. There were a variety of accents that came through in various minor characters that I thought were well done. Narrator did a good job making the unlikable characters unlikable, and the likable characters sympathetic with tone of voice, accents, and other effects.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I found this book very intense and enjoyed it much better when I digested it in small doses, listening a few hours at a time. Yet, it was extremely engrossing.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Enjoy being driven insane

THE LOON is just another shining example of why Michaelbrent Collings is one of my favorite writers working today.

I have to state up front that I have a soft spot for stories about mental institutions. But even given that, this book instantly sucked me in and kept me along for the ride. I listen to audibooks in the car on the way to and from work and kept finding myself sitting in the parking lot for ten minutes after I'd parked just because I didn't want to pause the book.

The voice over actor's voice got to me initially, which would be my only negative criticism. He had a strong voice but felt more like a commercial announcer at times than an audiobook reader. However, I quickly found that setting the Audible app to 1.25 speed corrected any issues I was having. I highly recommend playing around with the speed function on the app, not just for this book but any book you may be listening to. I usually find that most readers are a tad on the slow side for me anyway and so this function is a godsend.

The only bad thing about the book is that it ends. Without giving anything away (the joy of reading, at least for me, is the joy of discovery), I can say THE LOON is a terrifying, unflinching thrill ride that you will have you gasping for air - and then asking for more. I can't wait to check out the author's next book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Flavius
  • Morro Bay, CA, United States
  • 03-02-14

A Fast-Moving, Engaging Thriller

Okay, I'll admit that I'm a sucker for a creepy setting, and an isolated, snow-bound madhouse offers plenty of that. The setting is very much a part of the story, and its effective use by the author, along with a collection of characters we can identify with (or at least recognize) and care about, contributed greatly to my enjoyment of the book.

Not all of the characters are likable, by any means, but I enjoyed them all, and often, I was a little suprised wihen some of them (no spoilers) were killed, even though I'd been expecting it.

"The Loon" is a fun, unashamedly B-movie of a read, with equal parts mad-science horror and psycological terror. This was a quick, satisfying listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Like a movie in my mind?

This is the second Michaelbrent Collings book I have finished and he truly is a remarkable author. His story read just like a movie and create real suspense. I highly recommend this book. (The first book of his I read was Strangers, just FYI)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Bull Goose Looney

Where does The Loon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's up there, I really thought that the extra sound effects and effort in making it creepier definitely added to it's appeal versus a more straightforward telling.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Loon?

The power outages were probably the most memorable moments because they had immense effect on nearly every character and each time something changed with the power grid you knew that the tide of things had altered with it as well.

What does John Bell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings a personality to the characters and a level of emotion that would be unreachable with just the print version. There was also some great sound effects that were throughout the story that would've been absent in the book version.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

One Crazy Night

Any additional comments?

It was very entertaining, and while at the beginning there is a level of not really knowing where the book is going to go, it was dispelled rather quickly. Collings just brings a lot of disparate people together and that's where the weakest portion of the story is, but once they're there he brings out the fear. The only reason the performance is 4 stars instead of five is some of the accents for the characters are a little iffy. I understand that there were a huge number of characters, but Hip Hop's specifically took me out of the moments while enjoying it. Regardless of those two things, I greatly recommend this in either audible or ebook format.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Boring, boring, boring…

There is nothing thrilling, terrifying or page turning in this book. The story itself is extremely lame. But what is terrifying is the narration.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great book

Any additional comments?

Michaelbrent Collings writes fantastic books and The Loon is one of the best. If you like heart pounding thrill rides, this one is for you. And the characters are well written to the point that you really care about them and bite your nails down to the knuckles worrying about them. Once it grabs you, it never let's go. Recommended as are all of his books.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Disturbing Tale Well Told

Where does The Loon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Loon is a tense, violent tale with characters who work well in this type of action based story.

What other book might you compare The Loon to and why?

The Loon has a some unique twists, but essentially follows the familiar and scary horror trope of a varied group of people trapped in an isolated location with a monster. The Loon of the title is a psychiatric facility. The author did an excellent job creating an atmosphere of impending crisis and isolation.

Which scene was your favorite?

The escaped serial killer was well drawn and there were several tense scenes involving him. The sense of inescapable horror infused the entire book.

Any additional comments?

I'd recommend this for readers who enjoy monster based horror.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellant story!

Would you listen to The Loon again? Why?

Yes I would listen to it again!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Loon?

MY favorite part was when the psychotic killer escaped

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

This is the first one I heard from John Bell.

If you could take any character from The Loon out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The psychotic killer of course. I work in psych ward so going out to dinner would be nothing new.

Any additional comments?

Great book, you should give it a try. You wont regret it!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining

This book was ok. The characters are described very well. Not a very well developed story but it kept interested. The author did his characters justice and I was able to see and hear them clearly in my head. The plot is weak.
It was an easy listen and I was glad when the book finished.