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  • Obscura

  • By: Joe Hart
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

In the near future, a terrifying new form of dementia is affecting victims of all ages. Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the cutting edge of research and desperately determined to find a cure. She’s already lost her husband to the disease, and now her young daughter is slowly succumbing as well. After losing her funding, she is given the unique opportunity to expand her research. She will travel with a NASA team to a space station where the crew has been stricken with symptoms of a similar inexplicable psychosis—memory loss, trances, and violent, uncontrollable impulses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Kira Moloney on 13-03-2019

Expected horror, got sci-fi psychological thriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-2018

I wasn't sure what to expect coming into this one, it promised terror in space on the blurb and it delivered it just not in the mode I expected. Set in the dire times of near future, it keeps most of it's cards close to it's chest early on. The protagonist is a woman haunted by her past and seperated from her dying child, she is in a constant state of stress as she is whisked off her feet into a situation that is continually growing in complexity and paranoia. This growing mental stress gives the story momentum and unpredictability, but I feel like she makes a few questionable decisions during the first half that come back to haunt her.

At the beginning of the second half, the relationships and dynamics between the characters are turned on their head and after the dust settles, some clear goals are in sight. A mystery that started to grow towards the end of the first half now becomes a focus point to be uncovered with some of the results quite unnerving, some moments of sheer terror shaking things up when things almost become routine.

Towards the end, this mystery becomes a runaway frieght train driving the pacing towards a horrific climatic close. Because of the focus on more how characters are reacting to each other over specific and unnatural phenomena, to me it feels more like a thriller than a horror novel with a shift towards more contemporary horror in the last quarter.

Characters were excellent, many having ambiguous motives that shift over the course of the novel and a suprisingly endearing platonic relationship between a man and a woman that really moved me. During the climax of the story, people reveal their true colours in suprising ways and I enjoyed these developments.

Since I'm not so familiar with the thriller genre as much as horror, I'm not sure where to place it but I did enjoy it for most part. It's an easy 3.5 to 4 on the story and a 3.5 on the narration, I enjoyed Christina's female charaters and some of her male ones but I got a bit mixed up with characters using more gravelly masculine tones that sounded a bit too similar.

I would recommend this book to fans of thrillers who also enjoy their sci-fi grounded in reality. Fans of horror will love the suspense, pacing and atmosphere but may not find extraordinary elements that really push the story into uncharted waters, so I would tentatively endorse it to them.

  • The Croning

  • By: Laird Barron
  • Narrated by: Emily Zeller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Strange things exist on the periphery of our existence, haunting us from the darkness looming beyond our firelight. Black magic, weird cults, and worse things loom in the shadows. The Children of Old Leech have been with us from time immemorial. And they love us.... Donald Miller, geologist and academic, has walked along the edge of a chasm for most of his nearly 80 years, leading a charmed life between endearing absent-mindedness and sanity-shattering realization. Now, all things must converge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The most Lovecraft thing I have read in a while.

  • By Tyler on 03-06-2018

The most Lovecraft thing I have read in a while.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-2018

This book drew me in very fast as a horror fan, it creates a malevolence and corruption in the first few chapters equal to some of the genre's finest. I loved the atmosphere and unfolding terror of the first third of this book but as quickly as it starts, towards the middle it began to vanish into what I call Stephenkingitis.

This phenomenon is when I feel an author goes to a great deal of effort to building backdrop to events, but slows the story down to a crawl. I feel this dominates the mid third of the book, frustrating me a bit but Laird ends up playing his hand in the final act to sort of justify what I felt was disjointed unrelated memories. During this final act, I really enjoyed the character development and naked horror that returns to bring it all back together, dwarfing us with the staggering implications. I felt like this was one of the better horror novels I have read in recent years and I would recommend it heartily to fans of horror and Lovecraft.

Emily Zeller did a excellent job narrating and giving distinction to different characters in the novel. I know some other people did not enjoy her masculine or child characters but I didn't mind them, I felt chilled by some of her female character's voice.

  • The Boy on the Bridge

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy. The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world. To where the monsters lived. In The Boy on the Bridge, M. R. Carey returns to the world of his phenomenal word-of-mouth best seller, The Girl With All the Gifts, for the very first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story with moments of genuine suspense

  • By Rick on 07-06-2017

Gripping followup to The Girl With All The Gifts

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-2018

I found this book to really resonate with me personally and I wish to make that bias clear for this review. As a young boy growing up without understanding that I had a autistic spectrum disorder, I had many social experiences that filled me with terror and despair but also with hope and joy. M. R. Carey really captures the experience and must have either done exceptional research or has personal experience. I recommend this book to people who want to read about a realistic autistic character portrayed in a positive light.

Aside from that, the The Boy on the Bridge continues the themes of tragedy, tension and persistence that are first set in The Girl with all the Gifts. I found the prequel nature sort of gave away the ending but I would not recommend reading this before The Girl with all the Gifts. The pressure that builds up both from the drama and the fear of infection is intense and persists all of the way until the end. I think that this is a good read that is elevated by the authenticity and world building that preserves the suspension of disbelief.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vividly written, sensitively performed

  • By Barry Earsman on 11-08-2014

28 Days Later with a side the myth of Pandora.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-2017

The Girl with all the Gifts was an excellent post-apocalyptic read with some interesting choices of perspective, presenting a convincing view of a English landscape from the different eyes of characters. Finty Williams does a great job to inject character to the different perspectives, from the strange amnesiac girl, a grizzled ex-military sergeant to the idealistic but haunted scientist as they traverse a Cordyceps fungus ravaged world and it's remnants.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Precisely what I look for in a story!

  • By C.J.R Flanagan on 03-02-2014

Sticks true to the theme of the genre.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-2017

Fantastic buildup to some truly horriffic revelations, each minor discrepancy is a omen of things to come. For most part of the book I was hooked and I really wanted to know the secrets of the bizzare apartment block. My qualms about the book are that I felt one particular twist important to the plot was a bit too telegraphed and that the climactic chapters were a little weaker than I had hoped.