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Kill Monster

By: Sean Doolittle
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
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Publisher's summary

When treasure hunters excavate the long-lost wreck of the Steamship Arcadia from a Kansas corn field, a buried creature awakens—a mindless brute made of accursed earth, shaped like a man, but in no way mortal. A century and a half after its creation, the golem’s sole mission resumes: to assassinate a savage pro-slavery guerilla commander named "Bloody Bill" Wolcott.

Wolcott, of course, is long dead, but his closest surviving descendant—a corporate IT burnout named Ben Middleton—is quite available. Ben’s life hasn’t exactly gone according to plan, and he’s learned from experience to expect the worst. But he’s never faced the kind of doom posed by a 150-year-old mud monster with no "Off" switch.

And that’s not even his biggest problem. Because there’s one last stop in Bloody Bill’s bloodline: Ben’s teenage son, Charley. Ben would do anything to protect Charley -- if he doesn’t strangle the kid himself first. Ben’s only hope lies in a motley crew of protectors: the descendant of the creature’s original handler; the intriguing new hire from work; and his fellow nerds from First Floor IT. And if he survives, Ben faces an even worse fate: his 40th birthday is right around the corner.

©2019 Sean Doolittle (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

Our favorite moments from Kill Monster

"An abomination, a blasphemy…the golem."
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"I’m not on medication, if that’s what you’re wondering…"
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  • "An abomination, a blasphemy…the golem."
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  • "I’m not on medication, if that’s what you’re wondering…"
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  • "A 150-year-old mud monster was coming to kill him..."
  • Kill Monster
  • "Keeping the realm safe from “supernatural dangers."

Publisher's summary

When treasure hunters excavate the long-lost wreck of the Steamship Arcadia from a Kansas corn field, a buried creature awakens—a mindless brute made of accursed earth, shaped like a man, but in no way mortal. A century and a half after its creation, the golem’s sole mission resumes: to assassinate a savage pro-slavery guerilla commander named "Bloody Bill" Wolcott.

Wolcott, of course, is long dead, but his closest surviving descendant—a corporate IT burnout named Ben Middleton—is quite available. Ben’s life hasn’t exactly gone according to plan, and he’s learned from experience to expect the worst. But he’s never faced the kind of doom posed by a 150-year-old mud monster with no "Off" switch.

And that’s not even his biggest problem. Because there’s one last stop in Bloody Bill’s bloodline: Ben’s teenage son, Charley. Ben would do anything to protect Charley -- if he doesn’t strangle the kid himself first. Ben’s only hope lies in a motley crew of protectors: the descendant of the creature’s original handler; the intriguing new hire from work; and his fellow nerds from First Floor IT. And if he survives, Ben faces an even worse fate: his 40th birthday is right around the corner.

©2019 Sean Doolittle (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.
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Sean Doolittle

About the Author

Sean Doolittle is the author of several crime and suspense novels. His first book, Dirt, was an Amazon.com Top 100 Editor’s Pick for 2001. His fiction has earned many honors and awards, including the Barry Award, the Spinetingler Award, the Derringer Award, and the International Thriller Writers Award. His short stories have appeared in anthologies such as Plots with Guns and The Best American Mystery Stories 2002. A native of Nebraska, he lives in western Iowa with his family.

About the Performer

Vikas Adam is a classically trained actor with numerous credits in stage, film, television, and commercials. Equally at home with a romance or a dark thriller, a short story or an epic novel (his longest—49 hours!), Vikas’s audiobooks have garnered numerous awards and nominations, including an Audie Award, multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, and various Best of the Year lists. (He won an AudioFile Award for Best Audiobook in Fiction in 2017.) When not recording, acting, or directing, he’s a lecturer in the Theater Department at UCLA. He was an inaugural inductee into the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame in 2017.

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Good horror idea - A spectacular story.

KILL MONSTER

A terrifying tale that’s also quite fine.
The best “Golem” horror story I’ve yet encountered.

“His mind went blank… the creature launched it self… he put up his arm in a feeble pantomime of failure.”

The characters are quirky ( often in the extreme ) but ultimately understandable, if not (even) lovable - and that includes the villains. This kind of depth in story telling goes a long way to creating an enjoyable read/listen.

The narrator give a professional read - If perhaps a little bit too much "acting" but nothing to get in the way of a good listen.

The monster is terrifying, inhumanly brutal, and frightfully unstoppable.
With an ending that’s big and satisfying.

“Then came the sound of a mountain cracking in half.
…the sound of history folding back on itself.
…the sound of dueling immortalities expiring simultaneously.”

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Decent story, good premise, okay listen

This book has a lot going for it. Interesting characters, decent premise, unusual threat, pretty good humor. It is a nice, non-offensive listen. It was likable. And yet, I still felt like something was missing. It didn't seem compelling to me for some reason. I can't say why. Perhaps it just caught me on the wrong day.

I can recommend this book as an enjoyable, if not overly memorable listen.

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Did You Try Turning it Off and On Again?

Once in a great while you get to listen to a book that resonates with you like a literary tuning fork—and boy, oh boy, are my ears ringing after finishing Kill Monster. If this book’s premise doesn’t make you giggle, then we can’t be friends: After a centuries-long dirt nap, an ancient, relentless, and murderous golem returns to un-life with one fixed goal in its simple mind—kill a middle-aged, underachieving IT guy named Ben Middleton. Of course, Ben is the victim of a technical error; the monster’s true target was supposed to be Ben’s long-dead ancestor—but you try reasoning with a clay-brained, mythological monster that can’t stop, won’t stop until your entire bloodline is ancient history. Ears not ringing yet? Then give Vikas Adam’s mirthful narration a listen, my friend, and we’ll be on the same wavelength in no time.

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A fun read, from start to finish

This was such a fun story! The narrator was amazing - great variety of voices for characters without being over the top. The story itself was what I consider mild horror, though I have a high tolerance for gore. And great wit sprinkled throughout to keep it light and funny. I would highly recommend this.

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