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Asylum Audiobook

Asylum: The Afterlife Investigations, Book 1

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What lurks within Chaythe Asylum?

College professor Stephen Barlow needs cash. Badly. When a student asks him to head a new campus organization that centers around paranormal research, he puts his skepticism aside, and signs on in the hopes of scoring a fat bonus.

Enter Chaythe Asylum - a long-shuttered and controversial institution where patients were allegedly subjected to unethical experiments. Closed in 1989 after a series of grisly murders, Stephen deems the old building as good a place as any to explore the possibility of the supernatural, and arranges to take a tour with his students.

But it turns out that the asylum is not as abandoned as it seems. There is something sinister in the building. It has watched and waited for nearly three decades, and when Stephen and his students enter, they find themselves at the center of a nightmare 28 years in the making.

Asylum is the first novel in the Afterlife Investigations Trilogy.

The Afterlife Investigations:

  • Asylum
  • Forest
  • The Occupant

©2017 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2017 Ambrose Ibsen

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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 08-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Creepy!"

    I've read a lot by this author and he never fails to deliver a creepy and thrilling story, and this one is no different.

    Stephen Barlow is a professor and is hoping to become full time, but at the moment he needs money! When a student of his comes to him after class and asks him to head a new organisation that she is creating, he is hesitant because it's to do with the paranormal. But once she tells him that just by being head of it, he is entitled to 1000$, he jumps at the chance. He finds out about a place called Chaythe Asylum and arranges a tour of it with his students. Little does he know that the Asylum isn't as abandoned as he thinks!

    I really liked Stephen. He is a no nonsense professor who puts aside his skepticism to help his students (well the money helps too ;)). He is used to facts but even he can tell that the Asylum isn't a friendly place. He doesn't want to go in but can't let his students go without him. He was well written and developed and I look forward to more from him.

    The plot was fast paced and creepy. An Asylum is an incredibly creepy place anyway, but add in a supernatural element and you have a home run. I know I wouldn't willingly walk into an abandoned Asylum, but I do love reading about them! The ending left me wanting more!! I can't wait to find out what happens next.

    In all, an incredibly creepy read. I am so looking forward to book 2!!!

    Joe Hempel reads these kind of books brilliantly. He knows how to bring the creepiness alive and how to keep us on the edge of our seats!! He is a narrator that is firmly on my favourite list.

    I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A ghost story"

    This is a good story. Nothing new. A cute summer read or listen. The audible recording is well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Lane 09-13-17
    B. Lane 09-13-17
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    "Wow! A Cliffhanger? Can't wait for more!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Asylum to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version, so I can't say. But I did really like this story and can't wait to read and/or listen to the sequel.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Oh, yes! Creepy happenings in an abandoned asylum where gruesome experiments took place along with a murder spree by one patient taken over by some kind of demon.


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

    Joe gave the story humor where it was needed and suspense where it was important. His voices for the characters were all distinct and fit the characters well. A great narrator! As the Grad Prof and the students were lost in the basement, I could just see in my mind all the creepy opportunities for piles of junk, stuff being in the way, and making strange shapes and shadows in the dim lights.


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

    Don't Let It Out! This would make a great movie, but it would probably have to cover this and the sequel(s) so that there is closure unless they want to leave it open for a sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    I was given a copy of this book at my request in return for an honest review.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Acallia 09-12-17
    Acallia 09-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    Keeps you captivated, Don't listen at night, unless you really want to be scared! listen while lights are on.

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    Deedra 09-12-17
    Deedra 09-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Asylum"

    Stephen is a professor at a college.On his way to work one day he sees a boy get hit by a car.Before he gets 'over' it,he is asked by a student to head a club she wants to start studying the paranormal.He does,for the cash,but he doesn't believe.You know they go in to an asylum...but you have to read the book to know if they come back out!Joe Hempel is the perfect narrator for this book.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Karowski 09-11-17
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    "Ghost story worth its salt!"

    I've said it before and I will say it again Ambrose Ibsen is the master of the ghost story. I have read and listened to numerous stories and he delivers shivers and he-be-jee-be's on every one. I live in Florida and made the mistake of listening to this tonight during hurricane Irma with no power, raging storm and lots and lots of strange noises. I so cannot sleep at this point. Joe Hempel delivers an impeccable narration lending the story the edge it deserves and creating that creepy crawly feeling the author intends you to have. Can't wait for the next one!!I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Zoe 08-18-17
    Zoe 08-18-17
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    Very interesting. This is a very fast paced good old fashion ghost story. I am going to download the next audiobook in this series when it is available.

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    Todd (Toad) Vogel 08-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Haunting!"

    This is my first book I've come across by Ambrose Ibsen. I loved it! Very creepy! A pair of college students and a professor start a paranormal research organization at their school. The professor doesn't believe in that nonsense but he could use the extra cash. The first call they get leads them to an abandoned asylum only to find it wasn't abandoned. There was something waiting there. It had been patiently waiting for 28 years planning for this night.

    Excellent narration by Joe Hempel! He always does a great job and knows how to properly set the mood for the story he is telling.

    I will be adding Ambrose Ibsen to my list of authors I'd love to read/listen to more of. I will definitely be check out the rest of this series when it is available!

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    willee 08-17-17
    willee 08-17-17
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    "Great Haunted Asylum"

    I have read or listened to most of the author’s books as he is a good ghost/creepy writer. This book is the 1st of the series and about a young professor Stephen who was talked in to being a sponsor/supervisor to a couple of college students (Elizabeth and reluctant Jake wanting to do Supernatural/Ghost hunting. They all enter the Chaythe Asylum an abandon psychiatric hospital where all the creepiness occurs. I want Forest and The Occupant on audiobook like yesterday as listening is better than reading them (which I already read). Excellent narration. He reminds me of author Ron Ripley in this series. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys ghosts and supernatural!!!

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    Lomeraniel Spain 08-13-17
    Lomeraniel Spain 08-13-17
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    "Intriguing ghost story"

    One of Stephen Barlow’s students convinces him to get involved in a student organization in which he is not very interested, but there is a bonus at the end of the semester, a money that he desperately needs. The organization’s goal is investigating about the afterlife, and Barlow is an sceptic; but some strange events start happening in the professor’s life, and this will push him, and the other two members of the organization, to visit an old closed asylum where some murders took place in the 80’s.

    When starting a book written by Ibsen I am ready for a good ghost story. He is unique in creating the right atmosphere and get the reader interested in the story. I do not believe in ghosts, but there is something in Ibsen’s stories that inevitably traps me and makes me want to know more.

    His characters are very well depicted, they are alive, and this is part of the success of his stories. We have three main characters here: Stephen, Elizabeth, and Jake. The first two are the ones that drive the story forward. Jake is used as a literary device to antagonize Stephen and introduce nuances into story at some points. The book could have done without him, but by including him, Ibsen has created a richer story.

    The book starts a bit slow, but I really enjoyed how the characters and their circumstances were presented. It helped in giving depth to the book and make the characters more vivid.

    The story slowly builds up the tension, and from a point I was so intrigued that I could not stop listening. From there there is no pause for Stephen and the two students, and strange events will happen until they reach the end.

    The book ends on a cliffhanger that almost got me pulling my hair out. After going with our three characters until the end of the story, there are still more mysteries that need to be investigated; and Ibsen left us with the intrigue. It is the only negative aspect I found in the book. I tend to dislike that ‘to be continued’ feeling, but that just means that I am ready for the next book in the series.

    Joe Hempel’s narration was a wonderful addition to this book. Hempel narrating skills give an extra dimension to the story, making the listener able to really see the story like if we were watching a movie. Each character is interpreted in a unique way, and all voices sound different. All this is done in a very subtle way, which makes the experience a very enjoyable one.

    I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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