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AUDIBLE DEBUTS CHILLING NEW SCI-FI FROM BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WINNER IVAR LEON MENGER.

Callum Blue (Dead Like Me), Anastasia Griffith (Damages) and Marc Warren (Hustle) star in new audio-drama from Germany's master of thriller.

Catalysing the surge of interest in classic 70s and 80s sci-fi thrillers, and just in time for Halloween, Audible today exclusively debuts Monster 1983, an original audio-drama from Berlinale-winning director Ivan Leon Menger. Directed by multiple-Audie and RPA winner Cherry Cookson, the chilling tale stars Callum Blue (Dead Like Me), Anastasia Griffith (Damages) and Marc Warren (Hustle) amongst others.

Drawing influences from Poltergeist, Stand By Me and E.T. and other Spielberg classics, the story unfolds in the small coastal town of Harmony Bay, Oregon. Still reeling from a sudden and profound family tragedy, Sheriff Cody uproots his elder son Michael, and younger daughter Amy, from the chaos of Orlando to begin a new, more relaxed life in the Beaver State. Soon after their arrival however, this new-found tranquillity is disturbed by a succession of brutal but mysterious deaths. As the plot twists and turns its way through small-town secrecy, psychiatry wards and the supernatural, Cody comes under increasing pressure to solve each new case whilst keeping his family safe from harm.

Ivar Leon Menger, author of Monster 1983, said: 'Having been raised on Spielberg, King and Kubrick I can't remember a time in my life when I wasn't watching some kind of horror, sci-fi or psychological thriller. I think the legacy of 70s and 80s horror cinema runs quite strongly through Monster 1983, and that's part of the reason I decided to create an audio-only story, it emphasises both the nostalgia and suspense for listeners.'

Steve Carsey, Director of Original Programming at Audible, said: 'After the enormous success of Alien, Out of the Shadows we knew there was a huge appetite for compelling sci-fi audio fiction. Ivar's stories have been immensely successful in Germany so we're really excited to introduce his work to UK listeners.'

Monster 1983 is a Wireless Theatre production for Audible Studios. Written by Ivar Leon Menger, translated by Guy Meredith and directed by Cherry Cookson with music scoring by Ynie Ray.

Monster 1983 Cast:

Callum Blue (Sheriff Cody), Anastasia Griffith (Deputy Taylor Dunford), Marc Warren (Deputy Landers), Rachel Atkins, Barbara Barnes, Andrea Browne, Nicholas Boulton, Philip Bulcock, Sophie Cartman, Amy Cash, Lobo Chan, Charlotte Christie, Trevor Cuthbertson, Stephen Critchlow, Sean Delaney, Jessica Dennis,Tom Gregory, Adam Hall, Will Howard, Gerran Howell, Nicky Henson, Madeleine Kasson, Lorelei King, Stuart Milligan, Harry Myers, Nathan Osgood, Chris Rogers, Martin T Sherman, Thomas Stroppell and Trevor White.

©2015 Ivar Leon Menger (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Not worth a credit

I took a chance on this, having grown up in Oregon and assuming by the title it was a cash in on the popular Netflix show Stranger Things.
However the story is rudimentary and not very interesting and the pop culture references attempting to place it in 1983 feel very shoehorned and in some cases wrong. Poltergeist is rated PG, for instance, not R like is mentioned in the story. It was also very lazily translated as it uses British vernacular in a story set in rural Oregon. Nobody says Torch, or Holiday, or Iced Lolly. All combined this felt more like a chore to get through than enjoyment, then everything wrapped up quickly in a lot of exposition and a boring twist ending. Sadly I can't recommend this, much as I wanted to.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't get enough

It was like listening to a play. Loved all the sound effects and characters, and the ending was a total surprise, who the "Monster" was. I would love to see a second book continued where that left off. And it did say to be continued, hope, hope. The only thing I had a hard time understanding was the fortune teller when she spoke. Some I could understand, but most I couldn't, it was too distorted. But other than that, and what happened to Deputy Taylor, left us hanging there. Come on give us part two.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • BillyT
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 10-19-16

Awful

I believe this was translated from German, so a lot of the dialog is stilted and nonsensical. It sounds like an amateur hour retelling of Stranger Things but far less polished and captivating. Couldn't take it and returned for a refund.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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A bit amateurish

Uneven and overdone; very unpolished. It was hard to stay in the flow of the story with the constant musical interludes and the odd choice of tone used by the actors. Some characters sounded best at 1.5 speeds, while others sounded drunk at the same speed. . . odd. The story itself got a little tangled with two plot lines that seemed to keep the trajectory as foggy as the coastal setting. I'm still not sure about the shark placenta blue plate special; and whether we were dealing with a vampire, some kind of shape shifter monster or a *red* herring. Frightening--and not in the way intended. This one needed a tighter story, better dialogue, better narrator, and lots more rehearsals before recording.

27 of 36 people found this review helpful

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worth the.credit. love audible.dramas!

wow. that was a little slow.....but worth the credit. I like audible.dramas and this one did not disappoint. I.didn't see the ending coming.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Angie
  • holladay, Utah
  • 10-17-16

Horrible

I have thoroughly enjoyed other Audible Original Dramas and I was so excited when I saw this latest release unfortunately I only made half way through before I couldn't take it any more! The plot is senseless. Full of strange, irrelevant details. Confusing and hard to follow. Story makes absolutely no sense!

Arrggghhh! So Disappointing I actually returned for a refund!

12 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Wait .... where’s the rest?!

Decent play ... need more translated to English.
When does it come out dangit?! Overall a decent story to drive too if you like horror and mystery:)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Bush League

This was terrible. Sorry. The 'acting' was not good. This review is actually better than this. Save your credits.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Engrossing story but ends on a cliffhanger!

Good audio drama with decent acting. I wanted to give this 5 stars but it ends on a cliffhanger and didn't warn me!!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A must read for mystery fans

Loved the old radio style production. The music, background effects, multiple different voices, and many unusual twists.

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  • Gridiron
  • 10-19-16

Not the full story

Overall very enjoyable until the end where you are greeted with those awful words, "to be continued" interesting story, good cast performance and interesting characters. No resolution leaves you hanging for the next part. I also found the music a bit intrusive at times. But it did its job, it has me waiting for the next instalment.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • goldmoonstorm
  • 10-19-16

Not perfect but loved it.

The acting is ropey and some of the dialogue is strange which makes me think it was written by someone whose native tongue isn't English and the clairvoyant was hard to understand. ( your see what I mean ) but saying all that.... I LOVED IT!!!...story moves on at a good pace so can't understand other reviews that said its slow... good story, lots going on... can't wait for part 2.....

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. W. D. Pratt
  • 11-01-16

Really Brill!

I really enjoyed this, I loved the retro feel to this story it's like an authentic thriller from the 80s which is right up my street!
Very highly recommended, its the best thing i've listened to this year!

Looking forward to part 2....

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike
  • 10-18-16

Nearly but not quite

Where does Monster 1983 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's not really an audio book but a radio play. The production values are quite high,

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

There isn't a narrator - there is a cast !

Any additional comments?

I liked the characters, the setting and the way the story developed. But .......

I was very disappointed to find this is an episode and not the full story. It should be made clear this is part one and not the complete story.

Also the ending of 'part one' is very ambiguous. I am still not sure what the conclusion actually is. I suppose the idea behind this is supposed to leave a cliffhanger for part 2, but it was just confusing.

Since that it wasn't made clear this was not the whole enchilada, after wading through the 7 or so hour running time, not coming to a reasonable ending was frustrating.

I'd like to give two and a half stars for the story, as it seems I only got half the story. However, the half I did get I rather enjoyed.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • 11-30-16

shame about the end

great story telling and performance but was let down by the end sadly I I I only I I I i

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  • MR
  • 10-16-16

Loved it, Can't wait for the next one.

I really enjoyed the way it was performed, there's not enough full cast story's out there, especially over 3 hours long, can't wait for the next installment.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Lucy
  • 11-02-16

Disappointing

More like a poor quality radio play. Story unsubstantial and silly with poorly played characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-17-18

Interesting but poorly paced story

It was an interesting story but the constant switching of locations and conversations made it feel disjointed. This was made worse by conversations sounding like they'd continue after a short breath but would just cut to another scene instead. On top of that the gaps of silence between chapters felt especially egregious.

The voice acting from the leads was quite good but enough characters to be noticeable weren't, especially the kids.

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  • Stuart C
  • 02-20-18

Good old fashioned storytelling...

I loved this book/play.
The story was excellent and the acting wonderful. Spooky goings on in Harmony Bay...

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  • Kevin Boone
  • 12-24-17

This is how it should be done

This is definitely the best Audible-sponsored drama production by far. The story is complex, with many convincing characters well portrayed by the voice actors; the sound effects and music are well-engineered and immersive; I don't know if the setting of the story is a real place or not, but it certainly came alive.

The story concerns a serial killer, who may have some supernatural connection, on the loose in a small Oregon town. The investigation into the killings reveals other unwholesome aspects of town life -- a policeman who has mysteriously disappeared, a conflicted minister, drug dealing, government (?) snooping, an escaped Russian spy, all jumbled up in ways that may, or may not, be connected.

I should point out that the presentation ends without resolution: most of the mysteries remain unsolved: the last words are "To be continued." If there is a sequel to this -- and I hope there will be -- it will be interesting to see how the various sub-plots play out.

I feel I have to end with my usual gripe about Audible's delivery: a presentation like this really cries out to be offered in a high-quality or uncompressed format. I would certainly be willing to pay extra for this. Audible's format is fine for simple book readings, but music and sound effects really show up its limitations.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-16

Exceptional listening

A brilliant listening experience. Scary with a terrifying ending.
Now on my third listen. It is THAT good.
Recommended strongly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful