• The Monster

  • By: Josh Soule
  • Narrated by: Scott Cluthe
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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The Monster

By: Josh Soule
Narrated by: Scott Cluthe
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Publisher's Summary

Josh Soule's premiere thriller, The Monster, follows the psychological decline of a nameless narrator who tells his tale of being stalked and framed by a local serial killer. His relationships with friends and family deteriorate, and he soon is required to fend for himself. As days tick by, the time must come to find his way out of this problem before he ends up in prison or worse....

©2019 Joshua Soule (P)2019 Joshua Soule

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Good story

Fans of psychological thrillers will enjoy this
I thought the ending was great really brings it all together
A good first novel I would check out more from this author in the future
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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Twists and turns!

This was a fun read. Mr. Soule weaves his tale in a way that surprised me more than a few times!

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This was a great book!

This was a trifecta the story was great the narrator was great in the overall theme of the experience was great. I loved it it was a lot darker than I thought it was going to be, but I love that as well. A good narrator can make or break an audiobook. I think this narrator only added to the experience in a big way. They do have narrators that just read the book and that’s it. This is one that sounds as if he too is into the story and is really good at doing different characters. I loved it and recommend it to anyone who likes horror murder mysteries and crime books even though this covers a lot of other genres. This was a great book!

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Intense Thriller

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, a college student and his girlfriend have ended their relationship. He then sees his good friend being romantic with her at a party. Suddenly the friend is stabbed. The student is charged but he claims that he is innocent and he saw the stabber, nicknamed "The Puppet." When the student shows up in court, he witnesses the Judge being murdered in court - again he claims it was "The Puppet." Now he's on the run and trying to determine how to prove his innocence.

This is a short but very intense thriller. The MC is well-developed. The well written story has all sorts of clever twists which keep the reader guessing [no spoilers]. This is a story you will think about long after you've finished it - Highly recommend!

The narrator did a wonderful job and had a great tone for this story.

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Whodunnit?

Story keeps you in its grip until the last sentences, causing you to suspect first one person then another.

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very good

Loved it !! this story. the narrator is so fantastic it's like your really there!! good overall

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hated it!

struggled to listen and finish just honestly a waste of time. I hated the narrators voice and I hated the story period.

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Predictable

I knew right away it was another Fight Club. The reading was a bit morose and not what I was expecting.

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Surprise twist ending

Part of this story was expected and the ending had a surprise I didn't see coming. That doesn't happen often and it was refreshing. Do you ever feel like your life has you in the wrong places at the wrong times? What would you do if you had a mysterious "Puppet Man" seemingly following you everywhere and getting blamed for their actions? This was a good and relatively short story. Nice twist ending too.

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Not a fan of this one

I did not like this one at all. It was hard to follow at times & just uneventful.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 07-26-19

A caterpillar on a city sidewalk...

This is the intense and disturbing first person monologue of an unnamed, emotionally immature college student who finds himself accused of assault, then murder, following the shooting of the judge at his hearing. Distraught by the ending of his year long relationship with girlfriend, Kelly, and the perceived betrayal of best friend, Tony, he goes on the run, only to be further pursued by the sinister Puppet Man.

The Monster is a quick to read novella which brand attention from the very first line ('Once in every generation, a monster awakes') and holds on tightly thereafter, as the teller of the tale pours out his lonliness, fears and unhappiness as he runs away from arrest and the charge of murder, finding help in unlikely places. The writing is vibrant and direct, the characters of not only the main protagonist but also the other players gently surfacing as the story proceeds. It is a book that lingers in the mind after it has been finished and the reader has moved on.
Narration is by Scott Cluthe, who becomes our nameless story teller; his deep, almost languid, voice is full of expression and appropriate intonation. A fine performance.

My thanks to the rights holder of The Monster, who, at my request via Audiobook Boom, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. It was an immersive and enjoyable short thriller that I am very glad to have read, and definitely recommend to anyone who likes their narrative directly from the mindset of the main protagonist, and with the wrinkles of a psychological thriller. Good, unusual story and, though short, thought provoking, a tad scary and well worth a listen.