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The Gordon Place

Narrated by: Sean Duregger
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Lost Hollow constable Graham Gordon just walked into his abandoned childhood home for the first time in 20 years. Local teenagers have been spreading rumors about disembodied screams coming from inside. Now, thanks to a rickety set of cellar stairs and the hateful spirit of his dead father, he might never escape. 

Meanwhile, Channel 6 News feature reporter Afia Afton - whose father is the victim of a local decades-old hate crime - is meeting with town administrator Patsy Blankenship. Her mission is to develop a ghost story feature for a special to air on the station's Halloween broadcast. When Patsy tells her about the screams at the Gordon place, the past and the present are set on a collision course with potentially catastrophic results. 

Can Graham come to terms with his father’s past and redeem his own future? Can the murder mystery that has haunted Afia for most of her life finally be solved? 

It’s a fight for the future and the past when spirit and flesh wage war at the Gordon place.

©2019 Isaac Thorne (P)2019 Isaac Thorne

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  • timj26
  • ontario canada
  • 08-24-19

Loved it

After graham convinces his small town to sell him his condemned childhood home his past comes back to haunt him
A fantastic ghost story that also deals with child and alcohol abuse along with racism in rural communities
Overall a well narrated paranormal mystery I thoroughly enjoyed
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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Some Will Love, Some Will Hate

I actually really liked this story, I say actually because there are aspects of the book that I didn’t care for and could see how it could instantly stop people from wanting to listen to more. There is language used that some will find offensive and even in the context might not care for. The overarching plot was great and it is clear that the author and I have grown up on and continue to enjoy the same types of entertainment. All the little pop culture references the author made really made me smile. I wouldn’t call this a throwback story, but it definitely brings back some of the past.

The story itself was quite different from what I was expecting. I was expecting a haunted house story and got something much better. There are a lot of good paranormal aspects involved and by far my favorite was the black dog. A sort of Mothman-Chupacabra hybrid which is the towns cryptid, and also the signal of future doom for those who bear witness to it. I felt like the author took aspects of a lot of different folklore and created his own unique cryptid which was amazing. That part of the plot made me feel like I was in a ghost story while hunting for Sasquatch, two of the best things ever. Cryptids aside, the paranormal story was done quite well and I didn’t want to stop listening as I needed to know what was going to happen next. The speckled in Dad jokes are a random gem that was not only were perfect for the story, but also included some that were added to my list to tell.

The characters are well created. Graham and Afia are the main focal points and have the most development. I sympathized with them both to the point I actually started caring about them as if they were real people. Both of them have had a troubled past, grew up to be almost polar opposites, yet both have to overcome the problems caused by one deeply disturbed man. Patsy was also quite enjoyable as she seemed to be the the square peg to the other character’s circle. Staff reminded me of Larry the camera-man from Groundhog Day so I just couldn’t take him seriously.

The one thing that I didn’t care for were the not so subtle political jabs. The initial warning about hate speech seemed to me like the but you get after a statement where the person does exactly what they were saying they weren’t doing. I understand the environment that the author was trying to depict and that at one point in time this was realistic, but just because you are a white male who drives a truck doesn’t make you a redneck, toxic-masculine, misogynistic, homophobic bigot. I felt like the narrative of this wasn’t purely meant to tell the story and was more of an outlet for the author to virtue signal. I honestly am fine with that, although just like the horror book I listened to that pushed religion on me, I would have liked to have known that I was getting a sermon in disguise.

I have heard a few books by Sean Druegger and I have to say he is definitely stepping up his game. He really pulled out all the stops for this book and it worked out quite well. I liked his character voices and could hear the energy and excitement he put into each of them. I don’t think that all of their voices were realistic, but he brought everyone one of them to life and made this a really enjoyable listen. I loved hearing him slur his speech talking about the “concussin”. From time to time he brought the levity needed for a book that is taking on a such a contentious topic. I look forward to hearing more of his narration as he continues to hone his craft.

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

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Would highly recommend this to anybody wanting a great list. Well developed characters and immense plot. Narration is a plus!

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Dark and Creepy

Really enjoyed The Gordon Place! Isaac Thorne did a good job making you feel like you were in the story with the characters. Sean Duregger was a great narrator, I loved the different voices for each character. Helped the story come alive even more.

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A Tragic Tale

The Gordon Place was a solid first novel length audiobook from Isaac Thorne, and was an interesting story of a ghostly possession. I found the story quite emotionally effective, where I was feeling so bad for the main characters and their situation, all from the fallout both immediate and long term of an evil man who didn't stop at death. How it wasn't bad enough what he'd done to these people when he was alive, that NOW they ended up being even further damaged by him. It was just so tragic. I was hoping for a happy end.

As much as I liked the story, I personally found it a bit too strong in a social justice bent, which for escapist horror fiction, it was a bit too much. If I had taken a shot of whiskey each time I heard "toxic masculinity", I would have passed out long before the end of the novel... I did get this book as a review copy for an unbiased review, so to be honest, I'd have to say that this personally detracted from my enjoyment of the tale.

Narration was very smooth and easy listening, high clarity, and I was easily able to immerse myself in the story without the need to rewind when I missed bits or drifted off.

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Love it!

This book was evil and perfect all the way from the narrator to the writing to the sad ending. This book was great!

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. I enjoyed this book

This book was very enjoyable. Made much more by the excellent narration by Sean Duregger.

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WOW!

This would make an amazing movie. I couldn't stop listening to it. fantastic writing from beginning to end.

Sean Dureggers narration brought to the forefront all the horror and suspense this story had to offer.

I received a copy of this audible free at my request. I'm thrilled to be able to review this audible.

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Pretty good story with an excellent narrator.

I received a free copy of this audio book in return for a honest review. When a book starts with a disclaimer like this one I sometimes will not go forward with it. I really don't need anyone to be my moral compass or political guardian angel. I read and listen for the sheer enjoyment of a good book.

I kind of laughed at the opening disclaimer thinking "oh, here we go again! Someone being judge and jury over a group of people that disagree with them politically and spiritually". and I was right. The author's ideology could have ticked me off to no end. Some of my best friends and loved family members are liberals and I don't think they are snowflakes, heterophobes, secular enemies of the right, or bleeding hearts or living in an alternate universe.

I liked the book. And while it is not one that I would listen to again or read a second time, I did like it. The characters were well developed and bouncing back and forth between past and present showed how things were so very different in previous years. The child abuse that Graham experienced and the non reporting of it was true to that time. His father was a sick, sick man and Graham will have to deal with his past to survive the present. The two reporters filled the quota for people of color and alternative lifestyles as did their dislike of Christians. These little digs were kind of here and there throughout the book and I thought unnecessary. It just irritated me and distracted me from the story. And that is why there is only a pretty good rating.

The narrator was very good. He was able to change voices and brought characters to life. I have said it many times in other reviews that the narrator can make or break a book. This narrator was an excellent choice he was an asset to your book.

I recommend this book. Some people will like it and some people won't. Give it a try.

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Sick and twisted I loved it

If you like sick and twisted this book is for you. There are some racial slurs ( but you must take them in the context they were written, which is explained) , lots of colorful language and at times violence. There's ghosts, possession, and so much more.

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

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  • Helen
  • 08-22-19

amazing book

It’s a fight for the future and the past when spirit and flesh wage war at the Gordon place.
great book amazing from start to end book 2 please