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The door has been opened. It's already too late. The hunt is on for the thing that escaped from Chaythe Asylum. A life hangs in the balance. Dark plots set in motion more than thirty years ago wind to a close in this final, terrifying volume. Will Stephen Barlow intervene in time to spare the world the horrors of the Occupant?

©2017 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2017 Ambrose Ibsen

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Best yet.

This was the best of the series so far!! Incredibly tense and scary, it made for some terrifying reading!!

This one sees Stephen, along with Jake and Jane, in the town where The Occupant has drawn them. They have to try to save Elizabeth but time is running out!! That's all I'm going to summarise for you because I don't want to spoil it!!

The plot of this was so fast paced and intense, that I pretty much listened to this in one day. It was incredibly intense and had me on the edge of my seat throughout. I had to know what was going to happen!!! And true to the authors style, he didn't disappoint. There were some twists and plenty of horror, and I'm pleased with how it ended.

This series surprised me with how much I enjoyed it! I loved the plot and I really loved the characters. This author always makes his characters so relatable and easy to like! Stephen was awesome and I would love to see his character again in the future, maybe he could team up with one of Ambrose's other characters ;)

In all, this book was brilliant. I devoured it and was sorry to see it end. I highly recommend the series.

Joe Hempel is one of the best. He is a pleasure to listen to because he just knows how to read a story well! It's makes for effortless listening. He is clear and concise, has a variety of tones and voices and knows when to use inflections to make the story come alive! Honestly, give him a try!!

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

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great ending to a series. I don't want the series to end. The combination of the author and the narrator made this series enjoyable audiobook.

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its it over?I loved this series

This series wrapped up nicely. But is it really over? it wrapped up nicely, but you might have given us a hint, that maybe there might be more? either way I am happy.
I have read many of Ibsen books, and i like them all. He can do creepy very well! this was really had some intense parts in it! WTG!

I really like the narrater Joe Hempel. He is one of my top 5 picks to read a book to me. He does a great job in everything I have heard him in.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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thriller, horror, paranormal

The Occupant is the third book in the Afterlife Investigation series by Ambrose Ibsen. It is a thriller, horror, paranormal and if you have not read or listen to the first two books, STOP reading now. It is impossible to write a review of the sequels without leaking spoilers from the previous books.

The main character of all three books is Stephen Barlow is an adjunct professor at an Ohio college. In the first book Asylum, Barlow becomes involved with two students, Elizabeth and Jake who want to form a Spiritual Club ( paranormal not kumbaya). They investigate Chaythe Asylum and inadvertently release something evil that has been stuck there for 28 years. In the second book, Forest, Barlow is trying to stop the entity known as The Occupant. Elizabeth is possessed by the entity as Barlow tries to save her and kill The Occupant.

In the third book, The Occupant, Barlow is now deep in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He and Jake are searching for the lost town that The Occupant was associated with. Elizabeth is somewhere in the unending dark woods, the body through which The Occupant was working to bring its full entry into our world. Jake and Barlow try to piece together the history of The Occupant through the history of the town which has disappeared. They are helped by Jane who was originally used by her uncle to bring The Occupant into the world from the pit where it dwelled.

The pervading sense of dread is ratcheted up several notches in this book. It creates almost a sense of breathlessness. Even when the action is slowed down, there is still the feeling that something is circling ever closer. There are constantly large swatches of forest, trees blocking out the sun or the moon, swaying in the breeze, hiding anything moving slowly, carefully and quietly towards Barlow. The ending of the book really did not give me any sense of closure or peace. I am not sure if the series will continue with Barlow investigating other paranormal things or if this will be the end. Somehow I don’t think it is. “The door has been opened. It’s already too late.”

Joe Hempel does as great job narrating all three books. He conveys the tension and fear just as well in this book as he did in the other Ibsen books I have listened to. While the story gets very intense, Mr.Hempel never veers in hysteria or yelling. I really enjoyed his narration. I will be looking for more books narrated by Mr. Hempel.

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The thrilling conclusion, but it really never ends

The exciting and thrilling conclusion (or is it?) to Ambrose Ibsen's Aflerlife Investigations series finds Professor Stephen Barlow, student Jake, and now Jane Corvine in a final battle with the Occupant. The truth about the town of Millburn is revealed as well as the curse on the Lancaster family. Will they be able to save Elizabeth from the Occupant's clutches or is she gone forever?

The tension was at an all time high in this one, which had some genuinely scary moments. Ibsen's story and writing bringing depth to the characters and more detail to fill in all the gaps from the first two books. Joe Hempel, who has narrated all three, does a fantastic job. He is so well suited for these types of stories.

I will definitely be reading/listening to more from this author and narrator!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Chilling

Chilling conclusion to this trilogy. It picks up directly from the second book, so be sure to listen in order. The narrator has been fantastic throughout the series. I highly recommend giving this a listen! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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I think I just s*** myself

I never listened to a ausiobook that made me sleep sleep with the lights one

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The final book in an amazing trilogy

What happens when you finally track the occupant to its destination? An abandoned mining town in the back woods, a hillbilly welcoming party, a possessed girlfriend, a dark family secret, a binding deal with a force of nature that is pure evil. A family line that carries the terrible burden of an ancestors decisions. The professor may find a way to free his student. Two will sacrifice everything to make it happen. One will survive but will there be anything left of this ones sanity? What kind if life can one build after surviving the occupants entry into ones life? Can one ever truly escape the occupant? Listen on and find out. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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  • 11-30-17

Fantastic author/narrator duo, but start with #1

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

So, I picked this up free as a review copy, not realizing it was the 3rd book in a trilogy. Granted, it was due to my haste in seeing Joe Hempel and Ambrose Ibsen working together again. Joe Hempel is one of my favorite narrators who can really bring a book to life. Anyway, I digress... With this being the third book in the series, I felt like I missed SO MUCH. I could follow the story, but I just knew I was missing a lot of details from the first 2 books. Now that I know how it ends, though, I don't see myself going back for the other books. Ambrose Ibsen REALLY knows how to craft a creepy and engaging story. So, if you want a really well written and told story, go pick up the whole series, you won't be disappointed.

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Great finish to the series!

The Occupant is Book 3 of the Afterlife Investigations series written by Ambrose Ibsen and narrated by Joe Hempel. I've really enjoyed this series and this was a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. Joe Hempel. as always, does a great job narrating, and Ambrose Ibsen delivers another solid story. I will admit that this book didn't grab me quite as much (almost, but not quite) as the first two, though I still really enjoyed it and would recommend the series to anyone that enjoys paranormal/horror stories.

I'll definitely be looking for more titles from both Ibsen and Hempel. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • Chris Gunn
  • 12-10-17

The occupant

This the third book in the trilogy does not disappoint. The twits and turns just keep on coming I could not put this book down. Brilliant writing leaving you hanging on to every word.