• The Possession

  • By: Michael Rutger
  • Narrated by: Wayne Pyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (154 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Anomaly comes the second installment in The Anomaly Files, a series in the tradition of James Rollins of a team investigating American myths and legends.

Still recovering from the shocking revelations they uncovered deep in uncharted territory in the Grand Canyon, American myth and legend investigator Nolan Moore and his team take on a new mission, investigating a rumored case of witchcraft and possession.

Nolan hopes their new case, in a quaint village in the middle of the woods, will prove much more like those he and his team investigated prior to their trip to Kincaid's cavern.

But as the residents accounts of strange phenomena add up, Nolan and company begin to suspect something all too real and dangerous may be at play. A force that may not be willing to let them escape the village unscathed.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Michael Rutger (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Rutger's creepy, creative sequel to 2018's The Anomaly does a fine job ratcheting up the tension. Fans of supernatural thrillers will be more than satisfied." (Publishers Weekly)

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Incomprehensible

This book is utterly ridiculous!!! The storyline difficult to follow. You only have one Ken to help you through the story . Waste of time and more importantly credit. I believe authors owe listeners their credits back! I liked the first book which is why I was waiting for authors second. Couldn’t care less about a third.

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Like an X-Files series.

I have enjoyed both books in this series. They are well told story lines that slowly sneak from the normal to the abnormal (for lack of a better term). I recommend both books and am awaiting another in this series.

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Very thankful.

Although not quite as good as "The Anomaly" I did enjoy this quite a bit though it took a bit too long for the story to really get going.

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Not as good as The Anomaly

I purchased The Possession after listening to the first book in the series, The Anomaly - which I very much enjoyed. The Possession is narrated by a different narrator, who often falls into a monotone and is terrible with the other voices - especially Ken's who is english. The narrator's english accent is painful to listen to. The characters in this book are the same as in the first, yet you would be hard pressed to recognize them. Without spoiling the story, these characters go through harrowing experiences in The Anomaly and develop very close relationships as a result of surviving terrible events together. I could not read/listen to that book fast enough. It was a good read. But The Possession made me question if these same characters were the same people or if the book had been written by the same author. Maybe it is because I was put off by the poor narration since I really hated it. However I think along with the bad character development that the plot for The Possession is very weak, muddled and made it difficult to suspend disbelief. I have read many of Michael Marshall Smith's novels (he is writing this series as Michael Rutger) and is the reason I bought these audio books. But this book does not compare to his other novels. I am not sure I will purchase anymore in the series.

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Pretty Good

It's really hard to beat the first book in the Nolan series. The Anomaly was one of the best books I've read in years. Likable characters and an incredible story! As for this book, it was pretty good. Worth reading. Once again the author shows how well they can depict human nature, and I enjoy the continuing friendships between the main cast. The audible performance, however, was hard to swallow when it came to Ken's accent. It was so good in the first book!

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Bland Narration and Slow Boring Story

The narration leaves a LOT to be desired. There’s no personality in the character dialogue and the narration is bland and monotone. Not to mention the narrator does very little to differentiate the characters and his accents are awful.

I was hoping this book would live up to how much I like The Anomaly, but it falls flat. The characters seem different and the story drags and drags and drags. Far too much exposition and pointless filler. I finally gave up on it after about 15 chapters of very little to nothing happening.

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Great book, sometimes awkward narration

Great book! I can tell that the narrator was chosen because he really embodied Nolan, but his accent for Ken is so far from British that it sounds like a parody. It veers from Mid-Atlantic to bad imitation of an Australian accent.

Overall the narration is good, but I was occasionally taken out of the story due to this. If the accent had been consistent or closer to being British, I would have given 5 stars.

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Narrator Ruins Story

This might have been a good story but I could not get past the narrator whose voice was lipid at best. I just couldn't listen anymore after 45 minutes. I guess I will try to read the book.

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Good follow up to The Anomaly

These are fun works for sure - they certainly aren’t crafted to win any literary accolades but the author writes good banter (Ken and Nolan are great together).

It’s true, the performance is rough, especially Ken’s “accent.” Still, I will keep an eye on this series if more make it out.

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Just ok

I really liked the first book, The Anomaly, but this one wasn't nearly as good. Seemed like most of the book was a build up to the story and wasn't very interesting. The narrator wasn't my favorite either. He was pretty monotone and didn't differentiate the voices very well so it was hard to tell who was who. His Ken accent was terrible, all I could think of was Stewie from Family Guy. If there's a third book I'll give it a try, just hope the narrator is someone else.