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They Move Below Audiobook

They Move Below

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Publisher's Summary

Horror lives in the shadows.

It exists under the earth's surface in ancient caves; below the vast sea's undulating waves; under dense forest cover; within a storm's thick, rolling clouds; downstairs in our homes, when we hear the knife drawer rattle in the night. Even our minds and bodies harbour the alien under the skin, the childhood nightmares in our subconscious.

In this collection of 15 tales Karl Drinkwater sews flesh onto the bones of our worst fears whilst revisiting some of horror's classic settings, such as the teen party, the boat in trouble, the thing in the cellar, the haunted museum, the ghost in the machine, and the urban legends that come true. No-one is safe. Darkness hides things, no matter how much we strain our eyes. And sometimes those things are looking back at us.

©2016 Karl Drinkwater (P)2017 Karl Drinkwater

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    Wanda Florida 10-17-17
    Wanda Florida 10-17-17
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    "Can’t understand"

    I’m truly sorry for the low rating but I listened to the first four chapters and have no clue what I listened to. The accent was so heavy I couldn’t understand what was going on.
    I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

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    Tad B. New York 10-07-17
    Tad B. New York 10-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Spooky but not Scary"

    While this was certainly a fun collection of short stories, I may hesitate to call them horror. Some were fairly spooky, sure. But none met the level I'd consider necessary for the horror genre. I'd call these spooky suspense stories with some weird twists. If you enjoy some very, very light horror in a short form, this book is for you! If you want real scares, I would recommend looking elsewhere.

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

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    Muraenidae 09-08-17
    Muraenidae 09-08-17
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    "Great collection of creepy tales"

    I didn't really find the stories scary but they were creepy and enjoyable. I love anthologies and I wasn't disappointed by these. The stories are all unique and the way the story is told changes as well. My only complaint is that some of them needed a little bit more to wrap up the story. R.J. Alldred did a great job and I look forward to hearing more from her.

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

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    Kimberly Smith Oklahoma City 09-08-17
    Kimberly Smith Oklahoma City 09-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Horror??"

    Although a few of the stories held my attention, not one was remotely scary enough to be considered a horror story. R. J. Alldred did a superb job with the narration. I will definitely be looking for more of her work. I received this audiobook at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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    Vickie 09-08-17
    Vickie 09-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great narration of not so great of a book."

    I'm sorry this is a case of I just didn't get it. To be honest I am a horror genre junkie and this book didn't even move me enough to create a case of goosebumps. I'm very sorry but I can't recommend this book. I was voluntarily provided a review copy, all opinions are my own

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    Christine Newton 09-06-17
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    "Mixed bag of horror stories, excellent narration"
    Any additional comments?

    I'd give this collection of short stories an overall rating of 3.75. Many of the stories were deeply creepy and effective, while others made me shrug as if someone told me a joke and I didn't 'get' the punchline. So, a real mix here (in my opinion).

    My top favourites would be 'Just Telling Stories', 'The Scissor Man', 'Creeping Jesus', and 'Regression'. I'd give honourable mention to 'If They Move Below', 'Claws Truth Forbear', 'Breaking the Ice', 'How it Got There', 'Overload', 'Second Transcript', 'Living in the Present'. The reason that most of my 'honourable mention' picks didn't make it into the top favourite list is because it seemed to me that they needed just a wee bit... more. Like, one final scene, or a tiny bit more explanation, or a bit more context, or something. For some of my 'honourable mentions', I was left wondering if I was following/understanding the story as the author intended. In other words even though the author walked me quite closely to the edge of the creepy abyss, a little cognitive part in my brain was still trying to figure stuff out. and deciding how to suspend my disbelief. On the other hand, with my top favourite stories in this collection, the emotional responses had pretty much drowned out the analytical processing. Of the stories that didn't make it to the 'honourable mention' or 'top favourite' lists, they didn't really produce a strong emotional response in me.

    I reviewed the audiobook version of this collection and I was absolutely delighted with the narration. It took me a few minutes to adjust to a female voice, since all of the horror audiobooks that I've listened to during the past year have been narrated by men. But after a few minutes had passed, I completely engaged with R.J.Alldred. She did great character voices and her tone/pacing were superb. She is a great storyteller, in my opinion.

    As a final note, I checked the reviews for the print version of this book and some of those reviewers mentioned the interesting story notes at the end of the book. The audiobook does NOT include the story notes. I think this is highly unfortunate. When I went to the Amazon.com site and looked at the page for the print version of this collection, I clicked on the "Look Inside" link, where I was able to scan through a few of the story notes. After reading some of them, those stories became much clearer to me and I had a much better understanding of the context and intent of those stories.

    As an aside: It's one of the truly bummer things about audiobook formats - illustrations (obviously), references, and end notes often get omitted (to the detriment of the listener). I'd love to see audiobook publishing technology advance so that audiobook listeners could access some of this content (either in the Audible.com library or on the author's website, etc.). Even a password-protected web page would be great; simply provide the password at the end of the audiobook and then the listener could open the web site to see these missing additional pieces (not the story, just things like illustrations/photos/maps, references, end notes, the back cover of the book, and so on).

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

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