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Publisher's Summary

Aislinn Cain's life is a horror story - A Serial Killer Thriller.

When the US Marshals Serial Crimes Tracking Unit comes knocking at Aislinn Cain's door, she is given a chance to use her past to save other people's futures. She has survived attacks by two different serial killers and devoted her life to studying the darker side of human history.

A new killer is using medieval torture methods to slay his victims. She can give them a glimpse into his twisted world, but not without a cost. If she opens herself, she risks falling into the depths of her own darkness. Can she afford to help, knowing that the cost could be her own humanity?

©2013 Hadena James (P)2013 Hadena James

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Prepare to suspend your disbelief

Christy Lynn's performance is god awful. I listen to audio books almost everyday. I listen to cheap ones and best sellers. I've heard a wide range in quality and she reached a new low. The voices she chose for the male characters were horrible. I know women don't always do the most convincing male voices but hers were just plain irritating. The main character was annoying as well. I really tried to like it and wanted to finish the story.
If you're really considering this book, consider this minor spoiler. The story involves about thirty deaths from crazy torture like impaling and it doesn't make national news. They literally say to make national news, murders have to be more shocking. So, yeah, prepare to suspend your disbelief for this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Lessons on medieval torture

If you ever wanted to know how they tortured people in medieval times you'll enjoy this book. The main character has survived several serial kidnappers and seems to be a magnet for them. She's also a self-proclaimed sociopath.

The summary gives a good description of what this book is about. Aislinn is recruited to help catch a serial killer that uses medieval torture. If the author did their research then you'll learn all about medieval torture devices.

The cast of characters are quirky and well-developed. The book is pretty fast paced. There is violence but it doesn't go into real gory details. It's also hard to believe that you might come to like a sociopath.

The other cast of characters all have their own quirkiness and for the most part are as likeable and interesting as the main character, with an exception or two.

The narrator did a terrific job.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • VK
  • 04-02-17

Horrible narration

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I am genuinely sorry to rate this book so low, did not get a chance to finish it since the narration was awful. Can someone please break it to the narrator that sing-song pattern is idiotic when used in audio-book format. Sure, it is suitable when communicating with babies in daycare, but not for reading literature.

What could Hadena James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Hadena James is not at fault here, the casting director who decided to go with Christy Lynn as the narrator is.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Terrible sing-song cadence, completely unsuitable for literary narrative.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

My apologies to the author for the low rating, Audible narration ruined this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jami
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  • 08-18-15

Not Horror

This was billed as horror but it's really just a y/a mystery with old world torture devices. Disappointing.

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Not a great book at all.

I struggled to finish this improbable story and the narrator was painful to listen to.

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buy the kindle version instead

Never in a million years did I think I would buy an audiobook solely to leave a bad review for the narrator.

I did buy this book. I didn't even use the credit that is burning a hole in my pocket. I did not listen to it and I have no intention of doing so. You have no idea how much this pains me.

I love this book. I love this author. I have every book she has written, for this series and the the Brenna Strachan and the Dysfunctional series. I have read them all multiple times yet I will not listen to this audiobook.

Why? Because the narrator is horrifically bad. I listened to the sample. I learned to do that after buying and returning books narrated by Stephen King (he has such an irritating voice). I didn't even listen to the whole sample because the narrator has such an irritating speech pattern.

So, I bought a an audiobook I have no intention of listening to so I can support one of my favorite authors and in the hope that whomever makes casting decisions will find someone else to do the job if they decide to produce any more Hadena James books.

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Worst Narration Ever

the story was well written however it was overshadowed by the narrator . She made the men voices seem like shrill cats, the word at the end of ever sentence was held for about 3 seconds. bless her heart, never again will i listen to a book narrated by Miss Christy Lynn

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Painful audiobook

The story was okay, but seemed to be written for younger readers. The narration was beyond painful. Her verbal tics got on my nerves quickly and I couldn't shake them. One character's voice seemed to be modeled after William Shatner and the other was bad in other ways.

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Interesting

Interesting read. I enjoyed learning about torture devices and how they work. Great job on history

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Interesting Premise. Horribly bad narrator.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

yes, the story was interesting. It's part of a series. I feel like there's room for character growth.

Would you recommend Tortured Dreams to your friends? Why or why not?

yes, the story was interesting. It's part of a series. I feel like there's room for character growth.

How could the performance have been better?

A replacement for the narrator who painfully stretched out almost all the words and chose horrible accents for just about every character involved.

Was Tortured Dreams worth the listening time?

it was painful. the narrator's voice and mannerisms were very annoying and distracting but the story had merit.

Any additional comments?

I hope there's a new narrator for the next book in this series.