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Children of the Dark

Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
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Will Burgess is used to hard knocks. Abandoned by his father, son of a drug-addicted mother, and charged with raising his six-year-old sister, Will has far more to worry about than most high school freshmen. To make matters worse, Mia Samuels, the girl of Will’s dreams, is dating his worst enemy, the most sadistic upperclassman at Shadeland High. Will’s troubles, however, are just beginning. Because one of the nation’s most notorious criminals - the Moonlight Killer - has escaped from prison and is headed straight toward Will’s hometown. And something else is lurking in Savage Hollow, the forest surrounding Will’s rundown house. Something ancient and infinitely evil. When the worst storm of the decade descends on Shadeland, Will and his friends must confront unfathomable horrors. Everyone Will loves - his mother, his little sister, Mia, and his friends - will be threatened. And very few of them will escape with their lives.

©2016 Sinister Grin Press (P)2019 Craig Shaeffer

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  • Bjorn Smars
  • 17-07-2019

Great narrator, fun coming-of-age/monster story

I received a free copy of the audiobook from the audiobook narrator in exchange for an honest review. The narrator, Matt Godfrey, is hands down one of my favorite audiobook narrators. His voice is interesting and captivating. I could, and frequently do, listen to him speak for hours on end. This book was no exception. My only *complaint* (if you can call it that) is that sometimes he uses the same or similar voice for several characters, but honestly, that's not much of a criticism in my book because having unique voices for EVERY character in a book with a lot of characters is HARD. Godfrey's performances are always good. He could read from a phone book and I'd be hooked. But enough gushing about the narrator. This was my first Jonathan Janz book, and while I wasn't blown away by it, I enjoyed it quite a bit anyways. I tend to like my horror more on the literary or cerebral side, and I often find books about monstrous creatures to be a bit... I dunno if "boring" is the right word, but it's the closest I can come to right now. There's nothing wrong with books about monsters; they're just less interesting to me than other types of horror. For me, the story should ALWAYS come first. For example, the best ghost stories aren't about the ghosts themselves but about the people who are haunted by them. Ostensibly, that's also what creature books are "about" as well, but sometimes the human characters are little more than fodder for the big, bad, "scary" monster. That's a bit of how I felt about CHILDREN OF THE DARK, though I think Janz handled that with much more finesse than a lot of horror writers out there. I also tend to enjoy coming-of-age stories (Stephen King's IT is one of my favorite books), and I think it worked well in this case. Overall, I liked the story of CHILDREN OF THE DARK, and I'm looking forward to reading more of Janz's work. This book wasn't groundbreaking or even all that "original" (a term I dislike using because it feels like a cop-out of providing more substantial criticism), but it used the tropes it relied on in several fun, interesting ways, and it managed to successfully blend two types of monsters (serial killers and wendigo-esque cannibals) that otherwise might not mesh well together. Overall, I think if you're looking for something fun to read (or listen to), I hope you'll give this book a try.

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  • Zac
  • 19-12-2019

I never review, but...

Outstanding book and narration. One of the best I've listened to in quite sometime, and I listen everyday. sometimes 2-3 books finished per week. I never leave reviews. No time. In this case I made an exception. The book is worth a credit, a discounted price, the full price, or a goat. Whatever you consider the most valuable. I paid for the book. I'm not obligated to review. I took the time. Take that for what it is. Bravo to the Author and Narrator.

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  • B-lorenzo
  • 13-08-2020

Excellent story, performance and characters!

This was a awesome story to listen to! The plot might take a little bit of time to get going but damn the author did a great job at world building and at the characters backstory without boring you at all. The horror elements are very well done and the author doesn't hold back on the violence and the gore elements, which I love! But it's not over the top and the characters are not invincible Mary Sue's either. There are some eye rolling cliché moments and some terrible decisions made by certain side characters but they only happen may be 2 or 3 times throughout the entire story. Which is very damn good for a story of this length! I won't spoil the story at all but just know the characters are extremely well written and the story is deeply engaging and the horror aspect makes it even more amazing. I am looking forward to more books from this author and narrator combo. I am very well pleased I found this amazing horror story after I been so disappointed in some of the very top recommendations in the horror category. There are some highly rated, garbage horror books out there that you need to stay away from! Unless you enjoy the methodical torture of being slowly bored to death. So ignore those highly pretentious, extremely over rated, arthouse style horror books and take a chance on this wonderful gem of a horror story!

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  • Julie Wisecup
  • 03-11-2019

Feels like Dan Simmons or Stephen King

Loved it! I don't think I've read Janz before but I'll try more. Very good story, good characters although a little stereotypical. I couldn't stop listening

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  • William Rodenbaugh
  • 04-08-2019

Best narrator in the business!!

Story kept me interested from beginning to end. A little far fetched but that's fiction for ya right? I'd recommend this book to anyone who's a fan of the genre. With all that being said, I've listened to many audibles over this past year, and hands down, this narrator is the best. The way he's able to translate the feelings and mood of the characters is unlike any other I've heard. Now that I'm finished with this one, I'll be on the hunt for another narrated by the same person. I'm officially hooked!

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  • A. Boyer
  • 25-06-2019

If you enjoy Stephen King, you'll like this book.

Engaging storyline. I listened to this selection in only, two sessions...binge listening, if that's a term. Lol. I'm wondering if there's a second installment in the works? (Which is exactly where a good book should leave the reader, once they've finished it.) Also, the chosen performer did a nice job portraying multiple characters.

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  • Jason
  • 30-05-2020

Great listen!!

Great premise, story flows and keeps you wanting more. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope there will be a continuation.

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  • Robert Jason
  • 07-05-2020

Delightfully horrific King-esque Story

This is a novel with a lot of heart, and several nods to Stephen King. It has a wonderful small town feel, and the inhabitants are all believable. Janz is suspenseful when he needs to be, and quick when the action kicks in. I had a few minor gripes with dialogue, but for the most part, no one suddenly acts out of character or does completely illogical things for the sake of the plot. Worth noting that Matt Godfrey's narration is superb. Recommended for small town horror story lovers, Stephen King fans, and anyone looking for a horror story with a big heart.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-02-2020

I live in Lafayette INDIANA

This is a great book and I hope, can hardly wait for the next book. I hope there is a continuation! I want to know what happens to these characters. I live in Shadeland Indiana. This so cool😀

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  • Angel
  • 14-02-2020

great read

loved it? Kept me on the edge of my seat. Most definitely going to check out more of the authors books

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