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Chills

Narrated by: Chris Abell
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True Detective meets H.P. Lovecraft in this chilling novel of murder, mystery, and slow-mounting dread from acclaimed author Mary SanGiovanni....

It begins with a freak snowstorm in May. Hit hardest is the rural town of Colby, Connecticut. Schools and businesses are closed, powerlines are down, and police detective Jack Glazier has found a body in the snow. It appears to be the victim of a bizarre ritual murder. It won't be the last.

As the snow piles up, so do the sacrifices. Cut off from the rest of the world, Glazier teams up with an occult crime specialist to uncover a secret society hiding in their midst.

The gods they worship are unthinkable. The powers they summon are unstoppable. And the things they will do to the good people of Colby are utterly, horribly unspeakable....

©2016 Mary SanGiovanni (P)2017 David N. Wilson

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Very dry, and not scary

This book was a punish to get through. Firstly, it felt as though we were being dropped into an existing story, with no explanation...then in other parts it over-explained. The lame romantic sub-plot made me groan, and I hated the overall poorly researched, ridiculous plotline, with its occasional unwelcome religious overtones and gun worship.

The narration was okay but not great, and was ruined by a terrible attempt at an Irish accent for one character.

My friend and I chose this book for our mini book club, and we both hated it. We found the title on a list of horror novels...but alas, this is not good horror. Definitely do not recommend.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 27-03-2018

Better than I hoped.

In the rural town of Colby, Connecticut, a freak snowstorm happens in May. That in itself is weird enough, but when you add in what seems to be ritualistic killings and other.....things happening, it's put Jack Glazier on edge. Along with his other officer Reece Teagan, they call in an occult expert Kathy Ryan to help with the investigations.

This book was so much better than I hoped!! I had read some great and not so great reviews on it, and went in with no expectations at all, and I devoured it!! The absolute best thing about this is the creepy atmosphere the whole way through. I felt on edge while reading, and that to me is the sign of a great thriller/horror read!

The plot wasn't really fast paced, but it held steady and ramped up the tension with each chapter. I was drawn in right from the start and it held my attention till the end. I loved the fact that it's set during a blizzard because that always adds tension, but this author added in some weird ass flesh eating monsters, and it made for awesome reading.

The characters weren't as fleshed out as I like, but I actually didn't mind. They were charismatic enough to make it easy to like all of them. I usually can easily pick a favourite character when I read a book, but not here, I liked them all!!!

In all, this book was seriously good. I started the book too late and didn't want to put it down, but my eyes were starting to close so I had to! I picked it up the next day and devoured it. I will definitely have to check out more from this author.

Chris Abell was easy to listen to and had plenty of tones and voices for the characters, and I do have to say that his Irish accent was really good, the problem I had with him was that he didn't bring the atmosphere to life completely. I wanted more tenseness from him, especially when the creatures were involved! Other than that it was an awesome performance.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 03-03-2018

A barren winter? More like a Burying Winter!

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love the cold and snow. I walk my dog in shorts and tee shirt in below 0 temps and LOVE it! So, when I see a horror story set in my favorite time of year that isn't dealing with someone freezing their jewels off slowly, but intelligently uses the barreness of winter as a setting my interest is piqued.

Secondly, I am a sucker for anything Lovecraft, lovecraftian, or even remotely pays homage to the man, and as soon as I saw that this tale had lovecraftian overtones I knew I had to read it!!!

I was not disappointed. This story is a slow build, and does not attack you at the start. It sets up everything from the setting to the characters, and allows the tensions to grow, and when it does the story just takes off. The characters feel real, and their internal struggles make sense. The plot and the pacing are completely on point, too. I don't need to start out at 100mph, sometimes the best story is one in which you don't realize you are doing 100 until you look at the speedometer, and by then it is too late for you to turn away from the brick wall into which you are rushing. It creeps up on you. Like the name implies, Chills can be much more horrify than a jump scream or a gun in the face when done right, and Mary SanGiovanni hits it like a real pro.

Chris Abell knocks it out of the park on this one, too. His narration is fluid and crisp, and he builds the tension with his voice in the same manner that a good soundtrack does. I'll keep an eye out for him.

This is an excellent book to read on a chilly winter night as the snow flies and the power dims.

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 13-03-2018

Under the Ice-Dome

I started out really liking the book. Enjoyed the tension, the mystery, the crazy creatures, and the story line. Seemed to kinda fizzle for me at the end. I just felt like the buildup was so magnificent and the finale didn't deliver the way the story wanted it to. Wanted more of the creature feature than occultists standing around in a circle chanting to old gods.
I enjoyed Mary's writing style and I am looking forward to seeing more from her. She clearly has a great imagination and tells stories well.

Chris did a fantastic job. Enjoyed his character voices, his attempt at an Irish accent - reminded me of Fat Bastard, and the Gaelic reading. He definitely made this story better.

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

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  • Amanda
  • 03-04-2018

Started strong and then melted a bit.

This book had a great promise with a strong beginning, unfortunately it lost something around the middle. It wasn’t horrible it just kind of fizzled. The narrator did an ok job, he seemed to be lacking a little range at times, everyone sounded excited all the time. Also when he played some characters he sounded like christian bale as batman which was a little funny. Not bad overall, just not the best. I might listen again and would consider other books by this author and narrator. The characters were enjoyable especially Tegan. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Simone
  • 23-03-2018

Awesome Paranormal Horror

I absolutely devoured this book! I love an isolation apocalypse thriller and I currently reside in Connecticut so this one was particularly intriguing for me. The characters felt real to me and even as the paranormal events unfolded, they too felt real. Mary SanGiovanni creates an all encompassing world in this story, with rules of it's own that are rigidly followed making for a cohesive, compelling narrative. I've never read a story that had this exact combination of elements (snow, occult sacrifices, ice monsters, isolation, ancient gods, paranormal powers and a pile of bodies!) and boy, did it work! I enjoyed this story from top to bottom. Chris Abell gives a fantastic voice over performance. I will be seeking out content by both Mary SanGiovanni and Chris Abell in the future!

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

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  • Nathan McCullough
  • 07-07-2019

Great story, well written, annoying narrator

My dinging the overall rating is purely because I disliked the narrator so much. I really like this story and the writing is great. An entertaining, gory cosmic horror. I just wish I’d read this one instead of listening. Note to narrators and the producers of these recordings: Please just read the story and stop trying to do accents. And doubly stop having men do female voices in a higher pitch. It just sounds ridiculous. We are intelligent grownups and know when you’re doing dialogue from a woman. Just read it in your own voice. Let our imaginations do the rest. Please.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-2018

Chilling Lovecraft style monster story

Being a long addicted horror fan for more than 40 years, I have a huge and rich understanding of what makes a story come together and keep at least my interest. Mary SanGiovanni's Chills novel was just that sort. Good character building, plenty of gruesome and unique deaths, some actually took me by surprise. She started with the small town story plot idea and added the freak cult aspect and their acts in many resulting deaths, frozen territory environment, bizarre and great monster descriptions with a Lovecraft flair and added a true twist to the types of creatures and their capacity for destruction. I was pleasantly engrossed and totally pleased with the entire story development and ending.

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  • Deedra
  • 18-05-2018

Chills

This was a REALLY good book!Monsters are coming with snow in a freak June snowstorm.One ex cop might know something about the group responsible for bringing them here.Chris Abell was a terrific narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Jessica M.
  • 02-04-2018

Chilling

This book is a combination police procedural and HP Lovecraft monster story, and the mixture makes for a fast-paced, high-body-count, quick-reading horror novel. There's a bit of an info dump at the beginning, and a slightly abrupt ending, but neither of these things decreased my enjoyment of this book. The inter-dimensional monsters were properly creepy (and ravenous!), and SanGiovanni's writing was stripped-down and frenetic--perfect for the subject matter. I especially loved the crazed cult and the awful spider-monsters. Recommended for horror fans.
Chris Abell's narration was very good, nice pacing and character voices.
I received a copy of this audiobook at my request and this is my voluntary review.

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  • Jason Begly
  • 25-03-2018

Chills

I really enjoyed this book. It started rather well and just kept going in its weird, rolling, chilly way. There were characters that I thought were a little contrived, but it didn't detract from the overall feel and flow of it. I cannot say it is like a lovecraftian tale in the snow, that would not be...valid. But with the cultists and the strange creatures it certainly had a closeness that kindled feelings of old, New England horror. The only issue I had was that the ending seemed rushed. Chris Abell did a good job narrating the tale and I look forward to indulging in more of both Chris' narration and Mary SanGiovanni's stories.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.