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Wretchedness Audiobook

Wretchedness

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Publisher's Summary

Once it takes hold, it never lets go...

Like an illness, fear spreads. Healthy minds are withered by paranoia. Can anything stop the contagion?

A peculiar tablet unearthed in a Middle Eastern ossuary provokes madness in those who encounter it. One by one, people come under the tablet's sway and are subjected to horrific visions and dreams. In time, the tablet's true purpose becomes clear: It is the harbinger of an eons-dead god whose reemergence will steep the world in terror and suffering. Having put the pieces together, two men race against the clock and attempt to disrupt the terrifying work of an ancient cult.

Wretchedness is a full-length novel of supernatural terror by Ambrose Ibsen.

©2015 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2017 Ambrose Ibsen

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    Mary E aka Lockette Minneapolis, MN 09-18-17
    Mary E aka Lockette Minneapolis, MN 09-18-17
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    "Most Creepy Book Ever!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wretchedness to be better than the print version?

    Definitely the audio is better as the reader has the perfect voice to creep you out and make your skin crawl!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the dreadful feeling of waiting for the horrible things to happen as the reader was getting to the scary parts.


    Which character – as performed by Jake Urry – was your favorite?

    Can't decide. He did them all perfectly. I could picture them each in my mind.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely. Once I was in "the zone" it was hard to do anything else.


    Any additional comments?

    The absolutely PERFECT reader for this chilling tale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra 09-29-17
    Deedra 09-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wretchedness"

    Another spooky story by one of my favorite authors! An acient tablet found in a desert brings new horror to a small neighborhood.Jake Urrys unique voice adds so much to the experience.Loved it!“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Sacramento, CA 09-29-17
    Amazon Customer Sacramento, CA 09-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Creepy-Good-Fun"

    Ambrose Ibsen seems to have a knack for the creepy story. This book is a prime example. The characters are believable, their motives are justified and the supernatural aspects all will make your skin crawl.

    The Narrator did a fine job, I just struggled with his accent for about the first half of the book. I had to start it over because I was confused due to having a hard time understanding him. Once I went back through the first chapter or two, I acclimated to his voice and had no issues after that.

    I received a free preview copy of this audiobook and have left a voluntary review.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Goodwin winchester, Kentucky 09-28-17
    Vicki Goodwin winchester, Kentucky 09-28-17
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    "Archaeological Thriller at its best"

    I just finished this audiobook by Ambrose Ibsen with Jake Urey as the narrator. What a journey. The unfolding of the story was done in such a way that I was unable to walk away for a moment. The anticipation was grand in this book. I found myself holding my breath waiting for the next sentence.

    Archaeological horror is such a fun genre. The uncovering of a mystery and the connecting the historical dots is completely fascination. Well done!

    Amazing storytelling from Ambrose and amazing characterization by Jake. These two are the perfect one-two punch in a horror story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather North Indiana 09-26-17
    Heather North Indiana 09-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Haunting"

    Very creepy story. The imagery was haunting, I could picture what was happening, glad I didn't listen at night. The narrator's voice really added to the feel of the book, really fantastic! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Karowski 09-20-17
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    "Exorcist in the Cthulhu mythos had a baby and it is wretchedness"

    This author does amazing ghost stories I mean stuff this out of this world. This is not one of those books. This book is what the result would be if the exorcist in the Cthulhu Mythos had a baby. Take an ancient artifact imbue it with the evilness and the drive of a lost cult and their evil God. Everything it touches everyone it touches his imbued with the wretchedness. One unlucky vessel will become the embodiment of that lost God Heaven help us all if they can't stop it. A great story wonderfully written and amazingly narrated. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bikram Agarwal 09-04-17
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    "Too much detail ruins the mood."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I think I can still recommend this book to my friends, but they might stop trusting my recommendation afterwards, This book wasn't all bad and had some chilling pages. The ending was good too. But the journey to the end was dragged. There's just too much detail about the setup and what's going through the characters mind. So much so that the "fear" goes away from listener's mind. One moment you are afraid of what's going to happen next, and then the excruciating details starts and you get bored and the mood is ruined. That happened several times throughout the book. Listeners who can deal with that, this book is fine for them.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book for free from the author / narrator / publisher, in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Simona 09-03-17
    Simona 09-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "What is FEAR? Just ask Mr Ibsen!"

    I've always loved Ambrose Ibsen's books and he has become one of my favorite horror authors. Mr Ibsen writes in a very poetic language with very vivid descriptions and is one of the few who delivers a 5-star description of what fear feels like. He does in this book - many times - and we'll find out that fear doesn't feel the same way for anyone.

    I was disappointed in this book though, because it took too long before getting to the point. When a character is about to do something and I have to go through two pages of a description of this characters fear, I fall apart before getting to the point and keep thinking: What will he DO and what is the OUTCOME? So this book didn't work for me like the others, but I'm not telling you not to read/listen to it, if you love Ibsen's books. It could be just me. However, I'm still looking forward to the next book by Ibsen and I'm sure I'll think it's amazing.

    Jake Urry narrates amazingly as he always does in the horror genre and the poetic descriptions in this book was very well done and also provides some heart-pounding sound effects. As I've said before about Mr Urry - he's a master in the thriller/horror genre and never disappoints.

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    Heather 09-02-17
    Heather 09-02-17
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    "OVERKILL ON DETAIL
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    There are some creepy parts that make it an Ibsen but also the dragging of detail getting you out of the mood. Also Jake had to be sped up because he too was lacking. Storyline is different in a good way. Looking forward to the next scare!

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    Karen 09-01-17
    Karen 09-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Another Great Ibsen horror!!"
    What did you love best about Wretchedness?

    I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
    I'm a huge Ibsen fan! What I loved best about this title is the obscure story it told. Not your typical ghost story or possession by ancient artifact!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While I liked all the carachters, I think the older woman, Renee (so) was my favorite. While she was descending into madness from the curse of the tablet, she was honest, while a bit psychotic, from the beginning.


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

    Jane Urey is a wonderful narrator! I have read several Ibsen titles that he narrated, and he breathes a life and individuality to each carachter that the printed method just doesn't offer!


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

    An Ancient Evil That Should Have Been Left Buried.


    Any additional comments?

    While I am legally blind and biased as I only read audiobooks I feel that the author and the narrator provide a wonderful combination and delivery of a story that I will read more than once!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • TerryHeth
    8/28/17
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    "Creepy"

    A very creepy spooky story. I enjoy Jakes narration as he keeps the creepiness of the tale alive & keeps the momentum flowing really well.
    The story itself was good, with a few twist and built up to find yourself waiting for what was next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Norma Miles
    8/31/17
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    "I am beginning to listen ..."
    Any additional comments?

    Narrator Jake Urry, could, if he wanted to do so, make Winnie the Pooh sound sinister - and this is no tale of friendly nursery toys. Instead, Wretchedness is what befalls the protagonists who are brought under the influence of some dark mystery. One which could threaten the world as we know it.
    It is a straightforward horror story, creepy in the writing and made even more so by the brilliant narration as Mr.Urry squeezes every comma for creepiness from the text. And a very good ending.

    Not for the fainthearted, but otherwise, highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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