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Black Acres

The Complete Collection
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
Series: Black Acres, Book 1-4
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
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There's no place like home....

Kim and Julian Taylor are in the market for their first home, and a visit to the secluded Beacon estate finds them enamored. It's a peculiar home, rather large and in need of some renovations. The price is right, however, and after a tour, they snap the house up without hesitation. 

The man who sells them the house has one last detail to share before they sign on the dotted line. The previous owners of the home disappeared under mysterious circumstances nearly eight years ago and have recently been declared dead in absentia. Unperturbed by this fact, Kim and Julian set about making the home their own. 

It quickly becomes clear that the two of them are not alone there, however. 

This volume contains all four installments of the serialized novel Black Acres: In Absentia, The Borderland, The Amber Light, and In Darkness. It also contains a brief preface by the author.

©2018 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2019 Ambrose Ibsen

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Actually freaky..

I encourage others to enjoy this novel nocturnally; as I did. Shit got pretty creepy with the lights out & a particularly brutal storm howling it up outside. Regardless, nobody should be listening to Horror titles in daylight hours. -.- The odds of shitting yourself drops drastically!

-Intriguing & genuinely creepy Tale.

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  • latasha
  • 25-04-2019

Black Acres

* i received this audio book in exchange for a honest review*

i always get really excited when i see a new (to me) Ambrose Ibsen book. so when i saw this one, i was on board! he does haunted houses very, very well. This volume contains all four installments of the serialized novel Black Acres: In Absentia, The Borderland, The Amber Light and In Darkness.
so while i was listening, i kept waiting for a break, telling me which novel i was on. That doesn't happen. The story was good but i found it to be way too long. i think each individual novel would have been a better route for me. I didn't get attached to any of the characters. There is some great imagery and plenty of creepiness but this wasn't my favorite by this author.

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  • Randy Murphy
  • 24-03-2019

Very Creepy

I don't usually listen to a lot of horror but this book grabbed me and wouldn't let go. It was a very creative take on a haunted house that led you through twists and turns and then left you wanting more at the end. The characters and world were brought to life due to an excellent job by Joe Hempel. I will definitely have to check out other books by this author.

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  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
  • 25-03-2019

Creepy!

Excellent horror story! I am not new to this author or narrator. Ibsen and Hempel make a great duo for horror! Ibsen's writing is very creepy and Hempel is the perfect voice for his work! I've been wanting this set of books for a while, but glad I got them all in one. This is NOT your usual haunted house story! Loved it!!!

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  • MeDi
  • 24-03-2019

Black Acres

A tale of horror. There were twists and turns everywhere that kept me reading even when I wanted to stop. The characters is this book are well developed. Scary but at the same time entertaining.

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  • Ellen
  • 26-03-2019

Different kind of creepy

I am a pretty big fan of Ambrose Ibsen and of haunted house stories so anytime I see one offered I will usually snatch it up. Over the years I have found that a narrator can either destroy a story or really bring it to life. Joe Hempel is the perfect narrator for Mr Ibsen's books. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review so here we go.

The Taylors are looking for a house that will get them out of the city. Whenever my husband and I have looked at houses we had certain things that we were looking for. Certain things that will make this house a dream home for awhile. However, a house that is located far away from the nearest neighbor or place to buy groceries, with little or no phone reception and a super creepy dead tree forest behind it is not my idea of a good place to maybe someday start a family. Did I mention that the previous owners just flat out disappeared? They buy it anyway and begin the renovations. Kim is the first one to notice that things are not right with the house and her concerns are largely disregarded by Julian (strike one). She hears strange noises and they find strange pictures in the house and Julian again has an explanation for this weirdness. She finds a hidden room and again Julian is not too impressed or worried about it (strike two). When Kim sees an a ghost for crying out loud her husband tells her she's imagining it. (strike three Julian and you're out). It's not until Julian begins to experience things that he thinks "hmmmm, maybe Kim is right"

I will be listening to this book again and I know I will enjoy it again. And as I always do when I re-listen I will find answers to some of my own unasked questions. Thanks Mr Ibsen and Mr Hempel for another good book.

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  • timj26
  • 25-03-2019

Excellent

Not my first Ambrose ibsen story and won’t be my last
Once again he puts a new spin on the haunted house story
The characters are great and I really liked how the book ended
Joes narration is top notch as always
If you liked this I also recommend night society by Ambrose ibsen
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-05-2019

My New Favorite Author

I finished this book in one day! This is by far the best horror story I’ve come across. What a creepy story! I will definitely be back for more and more. The writing was so well executed by author and reader. I am very impressed and I will be sharing this with all of my horror lovers!

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  • Simone
  • 12-05-2019

Ibsen + Hempel = Horror Gold

Ambrose Ibsen is one of my very favorite modern paranormal writers; I'm always super pleased to see a new book published by him! While the 'Black Acres' collection wasn't my favorite by Ibsen, it is well worth listening to the whole thing. Joe Hempel is fabulous, as always, and brings the series to life in an impressive way. If you like ghost stories, bizarre happenings, general shenanigans, and well written/performed content, then this collection is for you.

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

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  • Chopsticks11
  • 29-04-2019

Do Not Read In the Dark

These books are very artfully done. This is the complete collection of Black Acres, a four-book series. The narration started at the beginning and there was never a break or interruption between the original books. This was wonderful as you were not suddenly pulled from the creepy, mysterious world out to “And Now Book Two.” This set allows you to stay immersed for the entire series. I was unable to tell where one book ended and the next began.

I was hooked from the beginning. At first, I thought it would more of a creepy joke; creaky stairs, weird noises, things that go bump in the night, but I was wrong, so wrong. Even when you might think you know what is going to happen it twists and changes.

This is a great series and I look forward to reading more of Mr. Isben's novels.

I was provided with a free copy of this audio book for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 22-03-2019

Creepy story!

This is a very original take on the classic haunted house tale that you cannot help but to enjoy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-2019

got bored by the man's voice straight away

got bored with it couldn't get into it. Narrators voice was boring speeded up book

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  • Rose
  • 15-04-2019

This is totally weird

Yes, I know, it’s stating the obvious this boook being a horror and all that but this really is weird. An empty houuse on the market and an odd kind of story to justify not only its price but the fact that it is on the market in the first place and why are all the trees dead? Well, you’ll have to listen to it to find out. The naration is perfect for this kind of book and the book itself is well, weird. What more can i say? A house on the edge of a wood and all kinds of weird stuff happening. A family drama and a horror story combined and of course the one not believing the other until it’s too late. Not gory but well worth a read in my opinion and with a rather unexpected ending.

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  • Kevin Boone
  • 04-10-2019

Interesting and spooky, but characters a bit odd

I quite like stories about spooky locations and concealed secrets and, in that respect, this book doesn't disappoint. It tells of a young married couple who move from 'the city' (I don't remember whether the specific location is mentioned) to an old creepy house in the middle of nowhere. Their relationship disintegrates as the house's weird secrets come to life. The dark secret is, in the end, very peculiar, but I won't give it away.

What spoiled this book a little for me was that I really can't imagine real people behaving as the characters in this story do. There's a lot of complexity in a marriage, particularly in times of stress, and none of this is captured at all. The characters sometimes do and say things that contradict what they did or said earlier and, while real people do this, there's usually some reason for it. In this story, the characters' behaviour seems somewhat random. Shirley Jackson's Hill House is a good example of how to write people who are falling apart in a creepy house, and something that I think all writers in this genre ought to aspire to. Sadly, this book falls short.

Still, it's not a bad book, and it entertained me for a while. I've read worse.

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  • J Smith
  • 26-03-2019

Genuinely scary

I thought this book was really good! Great premise, well written, well narrated, all in all a good listen!
I thought it was genuinely creepy and at times I was on the edge of my seat with nerves!
Not far off a 5star rating all.
I felt some of the use of formal English words (almost olde-english) felt a little out of place in a modern story sometimes and I couldn’t really figure out Julian’s character especially nearer the end (why did he do that!?).
Joe read the story really well, with good character voices and was able to create great suspense when required.
This is my unbiased and honest opinion of a free review copy.

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  • Selina ryles
  • 25-03-2019

a wonderful atmospheric listen

firstly I would like to say that I absolutely adore any book or film that puts me at the edge of my seat and this story did not fail to disappoint. it is atmospheric and slowly builds and builds until you dont realise how fast you have become engrossed into the storyline . I listened to this at night and it just added to the feel of the book. the narration was on point and the book just flowed. at some points I thought it became repetitive but i hadn't realised that this is a collection of more than one book hence the recaps. i would advise anybody that likes on edge jumpiness to purchase the collection rather than the individual books as I almost guarantee that once you start listening to this tale you will want to purchase the full set anyway . I was given this free review copy audiobook by the author at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Raven
  • 21-03-2019

Creepy

This is a haunted house story. A young couple buy a rural house which stands close to a dark forest. Creepy events start happening and the story goes from there. It did come to a reasonable conclusion. I did find there was a lot of repetition in this collection, but I'm assuming this is because this audiobook is an omnibus of each of the single books in the series, therefore the author would have been recapping the plot for previous books. I thought the narrator and production were both good. Well worth a listen.

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  • MelS
  • 18-03-2019

Spooky!!

If you like spooky then this is the book for you! The atmosphere is slowly built up in an amazing way. The story really pulls you in, although I didn't find the husband very likeable! The twists in the book keep you wanting to read more, hence why I listened to the whole thing over the space of one weekend, I was listening at every given opportunity to find out what would happen next. The narrator is excellent and I found his voice really easy to listen to with enough of a change for me to be able to differentiate between different characters. Although I enjoyed reading Kim's side of the story rather than Julian's,maybe that was because I felt more pulled to Kim and found her more likeable than her husband,who came across as bit of a know-it-all,but I feel that's what the author intended. The ending was good, maybe not quite what I thought it would be, but in keeping with the rest of the book,which was great. Love the scares and jumps that appear,although my husband doesn't like me shouting at when I get scared! I think this book will make me interested to listen and read other books by Ambrose Ibsen. I am glad I listened to this book, definitely makes me want to explore this author further,and I will also be looking at other books narrated by Joe Hempel to listen to.
Please read/listen to this book, but not alone, and not in the dark if you are as much a scaredy cat as me!
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom.