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A secret they intended to take to the grave, but the dead will tell...

In 1945, Liv commits an unspeakable act. She flees from her life, but all actions have consequences. Twenty years later, she's drawn back to Northern Michigan where it all began.

Dead Stream Curse weaves together the past and present in a chilling ghost story filled with mystery.

©2019 J.R. Erickson (P)2019 J.R. Erickson

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  • Chopsticks11
  • 23-12-2019

Riveting

First, I am a huge fan of this series. I love the way that Ms. Erickson has the ability to intertwine timelines and characters all while leaving the reader wondering and waiting in anticipation of the next creaky floorboard and hidden ghost. That said, surprisingly this one took me the longest to get into. I’ve grown accustomed to different narrators for each book, but I was surprised to see that this one had two narrators. I was a little off put that the volume of the narrations was not equal and felt that I had to increase the volume with Ms. Swanson and therefore, decrease the volume with Mr. Hart. Overall, I felt that they both did a decent job and it helped the story move along switching between the view points and types of narration each of them provided. It was Ms. Erickson’s writing style that kept me listening though. Her stories require focus to follow the multitude of characters and the different timelines, but it is so worth it in the end. She has an uncanny ability to wrap everything up so eloquently that despite any frustration a reader may have during the book, it all dissipates upon the novel’s end. I highly recommend these novels, especially if you enjoy spooky/scary stories and truly if you have ever visited the location that inspired them all. 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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  • Milica
  • 04-12-2019

Scary, brilliant, so totally worth it!!

On Halloween night, Liv did something terrible. 20 years later and still haunted by her past, she returns to Northern Michigan, to the place where it happened. Jacki, you just keep getting better and better! I love how the story develops through interweaving timelines, characters and the paranormal. I have never been able to find good scary stories but Jacki is my favourite! I cant believe what a gem this series is, you have to read it! Although it is a series, each book is stand alone so you wont miss any plot details from hearing only one, but you would miss out on awesomeness if you miss any of them!! It is exciting, chilling, eerie, entertaining, and absolutely brilliant. Highly highly highly recommended!! The narrators were excellent, making the story even more enjoyable. Thank you for an awesome performance. Note: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this objective review voluntarily.

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  • Angela Briggs
  • 09-09-2020

Not my favorite in the series but good

I have loved all the books in this series thus far. Its been very interesting to see how the author weaves her tales so intricately. This one is well written but for some reason it wasn't as "grabbing" for me as the others have been. The overall story line touches a lot on Norwegian witchcraft. Maybe because I am not really into that kind of thing is the reason why I didn't enjoy this story as much. But even still, it just didn't grab and hold my attention. The male narrator does a really good job. My only complaint is that for moments where time passes or a scene changes, there is no pause. He read straight through. That can cause the listener to be momentarily confused until they figure out that scenes or time has changed and a new/different part of the story is being told. I was not at all a fan of the female narrator. Her voice would take on a whiny quality as she did voices. She is a bit nasally as well. I just didn't like her reading. Nothing against her personally, of course. I just wish there was a different narrator for Liv's character. Overall, the story is ok. I found myself trying to fit this story in with the others and found it a bit difficult to remember timelines, stories, and characters. Eventually, I was able to piece this one in with the first book (not that you HAVE to read that one to get this one, but it does provide some context. Even still, you don't really need that context to understand this story as it, along with the others, stands alone with minimal linking of narratives).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-2020

Not bad.

The story itself was good. The female narrator was awful!!! Almost made listening unbearable.

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  • Chrissy B (Books with Chrissy)
  • 27-06-2020

Interesting

This has a very interesting story. Although, I found it a bit hard to follow. This one might be better read than listened to. Still overall a decent story with several unexpected twists

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  • richard joesten
  • 24-06-2020

Dead Stream Curse

Wow this read had me on the edge of my seat. There are twists and turns that you don't see coming. There is never a dull moment. This is a fantastic epic read. The Author really brings a fantastic story that keeps you intwined in it that its hard to put down. And the Narrator does a fantastic job at bringing the voices for the different characters. This is definitely a must listen. Shauna Joesten

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  • Clau
  • 11-06-2020

Is this the end?

Another fantastic story, although this one was a bit different as it has two narrators, which surprised me but made easier to follow the jumps in time. There are two stories here: Liv and Stephen's story and Mack and Jesse's story, which happens a couple of decades later. As we advance into the narration we begin to see how both stories connect, and when the end arrives is truly thrilling and deeply satisfying. And, if you have read the previous stories you'll be delighted to find that Sophia makes a brief cameo here. And we also learn A LOT about Dr Kaiser, and it gives us a lot of insight into the reasons behind his character. Oh! And we also have Nordic mythology! I really liked that :D I liked both narrators, Nicole Jatho Swanson & Craig A Hart, although it would have been better if, after the recording, both narrations would have been put at the same volume.

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  • Dawn Fuhrman
  • 11-02-2020

a haunting tale

This story has two different stories woven together as one. It jumps from one time to another, but this story flows well and is easy to follow. I loved Steven and Liv's story. Liv practiced magic. Steven wanted to use it for revenge. But these two have a tragic ending. Mack sees a ghost in the present and is determined to unravel the mystery. Through both the past and the present, we find out all about Liv and Steven. Liv and her Uncle practice a type of magic. I loved how that magic was able to tie the two times together. I could not put this story down and listened to it in one sitting. This is a must read! Nicole Jatho Swanson and Craig A hart were a great narrating team for this book. They both have voices easy to listen to. By having two narrators, helped me follow the jumps in time. Their voices compliment each other and kept the story flowing smoothly. I look forward to hearing more from both narrators.

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  • jstep
  • 05-02-2020

Another beautifully crafted tale!

Dead Stream Curse, which is Book 4 in the Northern Michigan Asylum series by J.R. Erickson, is an absolute blast. Though each story is a standalone, aspects of the other stories are a bit more prevalent in this book and I absolutely loved it! If you've read the other novels, you'll be interested to learn that this story you get a quick cameo of Sophia, from the first book in the series and you also learn tons more about Dr. Kaiser and how he ended up becoming the crazy lunatic that he is in the other books. This was a really fun aspect of the story for me, as I was able to see a bigger picture of the whole world that Ms. Erickson has crafted through her tales. I loved it! As I mentioned, this story tells the "origin" story of Dr. Kaiser and his childhood friend Liv, who is a bit of a witch, though a good one. There is a bit of Norse mythology in this tale, and it really adds a fun, unique element to the story. Liv shares her abilities with Stephen (Kaiser), though he wants to explore the darker side of magic, with terrifying results. The other story happening at the same time takes place a few decades later when Mack stumbles across a dead body buried in the woods and Jesse, a man lost in his own sorrow, trying to find a place to belong, encounters the old, abandoned Kaiser house and looks for answers. Both stories collide in the end, coming to a solid, entertaining conclusion. I don't want to give away spoilers, but this is a great tale and I definitely recommend it! I would say that I would give the narration 4.5 stars. I thought that both Ms. Swanson and Mr. Hart really brought life to the characters and read with an appropriate amount of emotion, thus adding to the listening experience. I'd listen to both narrators in the future. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review. Did you find this review helpful? If so, would you please take a moment and select the 'helpful' button below? Thanks so much!

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  • LilMissMolly
  • 17-01-2020

Fans of Simone St. James would enjoy this story!

Dead Stream Curse is a modern day good versus evil story and the 4th book in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series by J. R. Erikson. It is a true stand alone novel as it was the first book in the series that I listened to and I didn’t feel like I was missing any plot points. The story flows between 1945 and 1965 and focuses primarily on two main characters who went their separate ways following a disastrous halloween party in 1945. In 1945, Liv and Stephen are teenagers from the opposite sides of the tracks in a small community in northern Michigan. They become unlikely friends, and eventually lovers, after Stephen saves Liv and her little sister’s lives after they fall into a lake in Dead Stream Swamp. Stephen invites Liv to his mother’s lavish Halloween party where they plan on playing a trick on his abusive mother. However, Stephen violently lashes out at his mother when she makes a scene about Liv’s presence at the party. Liv runs away that eventing and doesn’t return to the area until 20-years later. In 1965, Mack is a homeless nomad after losing his wife and young son in a tragic accident. He starts seeing a ghost who sets him on a mission to unravel the mysteries of the past. Mack eventually wonders into an old abandoned home that once belonged to Stephen’s mother. As Mack uncovers the past, we learn about what happened to Liv and Stephen in the intervening years. Neither of them grow up living normal lives and Liv is haunted by what she thinks happened all those years ago. Thankfully, Mack helps restore her sanity. While I really enjoyed this story that weaves Norse folk magic, ghosts, and murder, the quality of the narrations were disappointing. [I requested a copy of this audiobook and leave this review voluntarily.] Nicole Swanson’s narration was softer and harder to hear than Craig Hart’s narration. I would have enjoyed the audio more had the quality of the recordings and volume been more equal. Despite that, I really enjoyed the story and plan on listening to others in the series.

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  • sally jayne hyde
  • 02-09-2020

loved it! 💞😍

loved this story... I'm reading the series, like how they all cover different characters but intermingle from previous books..... I didn't want this one to end..... buying the next now!

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