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The Ashes Audiobook

The Ashes: The Rebecca Underhill Trilogy, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Horror in the dark woods

It's been eight years since artist and single mom Rebecca Underhill was abducted and left to die in an old broken down house located in the middle of the dark woods. But even if her abductor, Joseph William Whalen, has since been killed, another, more insidious evil is once more out to get her in the form of the Skinner. The son of an abusive butcher, Skinner intends on finishing the job Whalen started but failed at.

How is he going to get to Rebecca?

He's going to do it through her children, by luring them into the cornfield behind the old farmhouse they live in.

Horror in the depths

Now, armed with the knowledge that the Skinner has escaped incarceration at a downstate facility for the criminally insane, Rebecca must face the most horrifying challenge of her adult life: rescuing the children not from a house in the woods, but from the abandoned tunnels that run underneath her property.

But the Skinner is watching Rebecca's every move.

The horrifying question is, will she live long enough to save the children?

©2016 Vincent Zandri (P)2017 Vincent Zandri

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    Tad B. New York 05-18-17
    Tad B. New York 05-18-17 Member Since 2015

    I love audio books.

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    "Excellent Thriller"
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    When I began this audio book, I was unaware that I was listening book 2 of a trilogy (I am silly, I know) so I was a bit confused throughout the beginning. Though I didn't start the trilogy at the beginning, ultimately I was able to understand what as going on and found the story to be thrilling and hard to put down! I am now very interested in going back to hear the first one and then on to the third! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a strong female protagonist and a good mystery/thriller. Zandri weaves an enthralling tale while Evie Cameron delivers a fantastic voice performance. 10/10

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 05-27-17
    Tammy 05-27-17

    I am an avid reader and listener of all types of books. I am always willing to try any book or audiobook.

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    "be sure to listen to the first books"

    I was gifted this audio ARC for a honest and unbiased review from the author/narrator
    Zandri weaves a lot of suspense and very creepy tale of epic proportions. Evie Cameron delivers a fantastic voice performance.

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    Daman 05-24-17
    Daman 05-24-17 Member Since 2016

    A good listen makes for an amazing day!

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    "Thrilling and Exhilarating"
    What did you love best about The Ashes?

    The unique story line mixed with the horror and suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bikram Agarwal 05-23-17 Member Since 2017

    Listening to audiobooks for few hours everyday since the start of 2017.

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    "Unrelatable, cardboard characters."
    Would you ever listen to anything by Vincent Zandri again?

    I doubt it. Book 1 was awful and now book 2 also turned out to be meh. So, I guess I won't be reading more from this author.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator didn't do it any justice either. The narration was pretty bland and didn't draw me in at all.


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

    The suspense was well built at a few scenes. But that's about it. The main character's reaction to seeing dead bodies or dying people is unbelievable. Later in the book, there's just senseless gore, just for the heck of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily given a free copy of this book by the author, narrator or publisher and I'm leaving an unbiased review.

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    Amber 05-23-17
    Amber 05-23-17
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    "Great Thriller!!!"
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    I haven't listened to book 1 of this trilogy, so I was a little confused at the beginning of the book. Even with that, the book is a very good book with a lot of suspense and very creepy. The narrator did a great job. I'm going to listen to book 1 now and can't wait for the final book!!

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

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    Karen M. 05-21-17
    Karen M. 05-21-17
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    "Great Thriller"
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    The Ashes is Book 2 in The Rebecca Underhill Trilogy. There was enough background given on the events of Book 1 that I was able to dive in with no problem. Rebecca has survived two kidnappings and is now being stalked by Skinner, a Hannibal Lector-like character.

    This was a great thriller, full of suspense and just so utterly creepy. There was also some gore, so it may not be for the squeamish. I thought that the narrator did a good job with the pacing and character voices. Some of Rebecca's actions didn't quite make sense though. When the children go missing, Rebecca and Robin have a cigarette before looking for them? Why aren't the police immediately brought in when her son tells her that the man he's seen is the same escaped killer on her computer screen? What's with her dead sister and ex-husband's voices in her head? And why does she still live in that house with all those horrible memories? Even with those niggling questions, I still loved The Ashes and would recommend it.

    I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. This review is my honest opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The Bogey Man Is Real"

    The book you don't want to read and you don't want to put it down. Zandri has the ability to write the a great horror/thriller story woven in to the everyday lives of ordinary people.
    Although this the second book in the trilogy, Zandri fills in enough details for you to understand the setting. Set eight years after the first book Rebecca her friend and their children ae now back in the same area. They are fulfilling a dream of providing a quality art school for children. The dreams suddenly turn to nightmares and they realize the imaginary friend and the Bogeyman stories of their children aren't imaginary.
    No spoilers here but get ready for a wild dark ride.
    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

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    Wanda Florida 05-18-17
    Wanda Florida 05-18-17
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    "Should have been called skinner"

    If you like gore than this book is for you.
    First of all Rebecca has previously been kidnaped twice and she still lives in her child hood home. My first question was why? Why would anyone put themselves through that kind of memory day after day. My second question is the signs were there your children were talking about a monster that you knew to be real but you don't go to the police you go see his doctor?
    The third thing this author has a sick mind and I love it.
    I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

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    Jenniferk sc 05-11-17
    Jenniferk sc 05-11-17 Member Since 2010

    Voracious reader

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    "Chilling thriller"
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    Poor Rebecca has a cursed life. She is again entangled in a horrific situation that drains her life of what she holds dear. Since the first book, she has moved on and yet the past won't leave her be. Full of unseen dangers and turns that are stunning , this installment of the series is a good listen. Frightful characters and situations that are hair raising and her courage is tested again. Good narration and characterization speed the story to a final climatic end. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 05-10-17
    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 05-10-17

    I love dark gritty thrillers, mystery, psychological, police procedural, and horror with the romance set at a minimum to none.

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    "Enjoyed the Story, Not the Narrator."

    This was my first time listening to one of Vincent Zandri's novels and I was really impressed. The author took many risks in the narrative, which makes reading the story more enjoyable and memorable. If you like mild mysteries with a little love story on the side you may not like this story. This story is packed with intense violence with a villain as nasty as Hannibal Lecter, except crazier. There are some supernatural elements to the story, at least in regards with how "the Skinner" thought of himself. It left me wondering if he was just an insane psychopath or did he actually have a touch of the supernatural.

    The narrator did not do this story justice. The story needed a stronger narrator or narrators to bring these characters to life. I had a hard time getting immersed in the story. I found myself in what should have been really tense moments, feeling detached and imagining what a different narrator would sound like. Evie Cameron seems more suited for reading children’s stories or non-fiction. The story would be more powerful with narrators such as Kathleen Early, Kirsten Potter, Maggi-Meg Reed, or even Julia Whelan. The protagonist came across weak and I don't think that was the author's intent. I also think the villain deserved his own voice. Evie Cameron took away from this creepy character where he should have been as memorable as Hannibal Lecter. If someone like Scott Brick narrated for “the Skinner”, I would have had to sleep with the light on.

    Overall, I still enjoyed the story despite the narrator. You will like this story too if you enjoy authors like Jon Lutz or Thomas Harris. This story is 80% suspense, 10% drama, 10% love story. Lots of great twists too!

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


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    4/26/17
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    ""It's your corn, your memories.""
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    Rebecca Underhill still lives in the old remote amily house from which she and her sister were abducted eight years before. Her twin is now dead, as is their torturer, and, too, her husband Michael. She and close friend, Robyn, bring up their two children, a boy and girl, together. All is well until the children start to claim to see a boogieman standing in the cornfield behind the old house.

    Although the second in a trilogy, it is completely unnecessary to be familiar with book one. And is a standalone, any past information necessary being skilfully woven into the early stages of the book. It is a very creepy story, far more dependent on growing fear rather than visual blood and gore, though there is some of the latter. The narrator, Evie Cameron, has a pleasant, easy to hear voice and she reads with a steady passion but without over dramatisation, which increase the creepiness overall. Much of the book is presented in the first person, from Rebecca's point of view, and the impression is one of a woman still damaged by the past events but trying, understandably, to bury them. And when past fears burst into the present, she reacts with anger, not submission.

    Mr.Zandri is a master at summoning up atmosphere with few words, leaving his readers to use imagination. And with Ms.Cameron's narration, the book becomes almost hypnotic. I was gifted The Ashes by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. It is not my usual genre of reading but, although not really tempted to now read book one, I am very much looking forward to the final story of the Rebecca Underhill trilogy, especially if it, once again, read by this narrator.

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