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The Book of Kindly Deaths

Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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Secrets! Magic! A midnight land of monsters!

When Eliza Winter finds a hidden room in her missing grandfather’s Gothic house, her world is turned upside down. Inside, below a stained glass window where moonlight shines no matter the hour, awaits The Book of Kindly Deaths, a terrifying collection of darkly sinister tales.

Desperate for clues to solve her grandfather’s disappearance, Eliza opens the book of ominous, enchanted stories and discovers that nothing is what it seems, and that sometimes fairy tales are true.

Soon, Eliza is forced to battle her darkest fears to save her family from the book’s guardian, the horrifying ghoul Grim Shivers. And as the pages turn, she finds herself tumbling into the heart of the Grimwytch, a haunted world of terrifying monsters where it’s forever midnight.

©2016 Eldritch Black (P)2019 Eldritch Black

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Delightfully creepy and dark

Eldritch Black’s The Book of Kindley Deaths is a delightfully dark and creepy YA story with a uniquely refreshing plot of 12 yr old Eliza who finds a magical book of stories. Hannibal Hills - Voice Actor and Narrator as always is freaking brilliant. Masterful writing along with masterful storytelling in the narration makes this a must listen

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Macabre and fantastical

** I received a free copy of this book for review purposes my review is voluntary and unbiased.**

This book is a great mix of Brothers Grimm meets Alice in Wonderland, with a little extra grotesque.

There is a lot of plot packed into this book but dissecting it would be hard without spoilers, so I'll just give you the basics. A girl discovers that her missing grandpa has a magical secret that connects between this and a supernatural world. Events take her through the looking glass, if you will, and she has some bizarre adventures.

The narrative style is interesting as a portion of it is journal entries from other characters point perpectives, and this allows us to pick up on several different aspects of the world that would be harder to learn about through the MCs PoV without using a lot of exposition dumping.

The author is a bit prosaic and descriptive much of the otherworld is givin hyper-detailed descriptions of which most things are quite grotesque. If you have a sensitive stomach perhaps not eating while listening to this book may be in order.

Overall this book is great, the main characters are likable the story is interesting and fun, the mystic world is familiarish if you are a fan of folklore, but different enough at the same time to not be predictable.

I rate it 9.5/10.0 a nearly perfect example of YA dark fiction.

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Good Story

This was an interesting story that had me captivated from the start. The descriptive writing allowed me to easily visualize the story taking place. The narrator is fantastic. I really enjoy how he brings the story to life with his distinct character voices

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Wonderfully written

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LOVED listening to this story! It was a story that I had a hard time putting down. It had me rooting for Eliza and Shard... hoping for Tom's saftey.... The different monsters Black describes had my skin crawling.. Plan to read more of Black's books. I think I found another favorite author!

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Interesting overall with good narration and writing. Five stars and worth the time listening to.

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Fantasy

If you love YA fantasy with some creepy moments then this book is for you.
I loved it and the narrator suited this type of book.

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I would recommend it.

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

The story is great. I loved it. The narration wasn’t bad either. I would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy or Grimm type stories.

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This book will draw you in

This story got me completely off guard. It is not the type I usually listen to and I am not sure what drew me to it. I requested and received a reviewer’s copy, free of charge, from the author. This was with the idea that any review I might write would be honest and voluntary. Maybe that is what made me try something further from my usual, but I think the description just clinched it for me.
I like a little of everything when it comes to stories, but I tend to shy away from the creepy and the potentially frightening. To be fair, there are a few horrendously frightening books among my very favorites, but I get too wigged out. The narrator, Hannibal Hills, really amplifies that feeling. He is perfect for this story and he keeps you in the moment. If anything, he makes things just a little more spooky. He keeps things interesting and his voices are distinct.
I don’t know what drew me, but I am happy it did. I was surprised and entertained by this book. I found it quite easy to get lost in the story while also getting invested with a few of the characters. There are times when the story can get a little confusing, but I think it is because of the overall format (Main story that dips into other stories along the way) and once you get used to it, things are clearer.
This story is kind of a mix of adventure fantasy with some Grimm’s Fairy Tales thrown in. Really all sort of blended. I found that this made the story interesting and also creeped me out big time… Which is probably what the author was going for, so: Mission accomplished.
I think this book really builds things well and establishes some general rules of the road for this realm outside of our own. It builds them for this story, but it artfully lays the groundwork for future stories in the same world.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to try something a little different, but with recognizable connections to the world of fantasy/Fairy tales. I think that anyone could enjoy it, but if you are a fan of the creepy, then all the better for you.

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Another amazing YA book...

I received this audio book in exchange for a honest review...

This book was really good. Both the story and the narration is really well done. Once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. The stories in the book are the best parts!

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  • Selina ryles
  • 08-11-19

Mindbendingly different and a joy to read

At first I wasnt sure about this book as it is completely different to anything I have read / listened to before. It was the voice of Hannibal Hills that kept me intrigued. What a great choice to narrate this book. The short stories that are contained within the main novel itself are memorable on such a large scale and they all intertwine and weave so well within the main tale. It was the type of book that made it hard for me to put it down. It is refreshing ..different..and wonderfully written. I could genuinely see this being made into a tv series (Any producers reading this please take note ) I was given this book by the author/narrator in return for an honest and unbiased review

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  • deafmick
  • 07-31-19

I like this audio book this is my first book by Redditch black i have got lots by Hannibal hills 9 out of 10

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  • Helen
  • 07-20-19

great dark book

this is a great dark book. When Eliza Winter finds a hidden room in her missing grandfather’s Gothic house, her world is turned upside down. Inside, below a stained glass window where moonlight shines no matter the hour,
can't wait for more books by Eldritch Black and Hannibal Hills brought it to life