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Endurance

Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
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One year ago, a young woman checked into a small bed-and-breakfast in the hills of West Virginia. She was never seen again...

Tonight, the Rushmore Inn will host four new guests who bear striking similarities to the woman who disappeared. Like her, they are young and beautiful - Iron Woman athletes preparing for a triathlon. Like her, they were forced to come to this godforsaken place when their hotel overbooked. And like her, they will experience the most terrifying night of their lives. But this year will be different. This time the women are fighting back...

Endurance

From bestselling author J.A. Konrath comes a rollercoaster of terror and suspense, a nightmarish ride into the depths of madness that tests the very limits of human endurance...

©2010 by Joe Konrath. (P)2010 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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A True Horror Story

A true horror/ thriller novel for lovers of the genre. Gory and filled with suspense, this one cannot be put down! Fantastic narrator and a real nail-bitter of a story. For the brave only!

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  • Terri
  • 13-04-2011

WOW.......GREAT BOOK!!!

I have become a HUGE Jack Kilborn fan. I listened to "Afraid" first and couldn't get enough. I was so excited to begin "Endurance" and I was not disappointed. I use to be a big fan of Dean Koontz but I have to admit Mr. Kilborn has him beat. If you love horror stories you will not be disappointed in this book. Just be prepared to listen because you will not be able to press pause!!!

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  • Nathan
  • 25-04-2011

Awesome

This book was amazing. The horror and fast paced action was great. Truly a story of people who go through hell and back. I've bought every Jack Kilborn book he puts out and I will continue to do the same. If you like gruesome horror with and a lot of action then look no further.

I thought the narrator did a great job. His southern style made a lot of the characters really come to life. I have listened to many books where four or five characters sound exactly the same and its hard to know who is who. I could definately tell when each character was speaking. Excellent.

Five stars!

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  • Marjory
  • 19-02-2011

perfect narration made for a creepy novel

If i had read this book on my own I don't think it would of had the same feel. Christopher Lane's narration made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up on end. The book it's self was typical Jack Kilborn. Gruesome and a bit over the top, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I truely recommend to all horror novel fans.

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  • James
  • 17-03-2011

This is a genre treat

Okay, if you are looking for an uplifting, introspective yadda, yadda... keep looking. This hits the same vein as staying up late and watching "Friday the Nightmare on Elm Chainsaw".

I have listened to a few of Jack's books and like them because they prod at the same nerve that weirded me out when I was 13, camping and someone starts telling a scary story that you were like "no way" but it creeped you out later in the dark.

I thought Christopher Lane should be commended. He got a pretty into it with some unsettling vocalizations that made me wonder what the hell went on in his childhood.

Hey its fun, its like a carnival ride. This book was never meant to compare to "Grapes of Wrath"!

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  • Chicken
  • 02-08-2019

Loved it! Is there a sequel??

I couldn't stop listening to this-- it's definitely a page-turner, and the narrator really sells the story and outdoes himself with the different voices, in a good way. Wonderful characters, especially the grandma, Florence. It's got loads of gore, but that's just part of the charm in this case. Outrageous premise, reminiscent of Wrong Turn and that season of American Horror Story with the creepy backwoods family, but way better than both of those put together. Every time I thought the book was about to fall into a cliche, it outdid itself with a surprise that I hadn't seen coming. The action starts pretty much out of the gate and doesn't let up. Fans of creature features, splatter movies, mutant stories, freakshows, and the like will love this. I know I did! I would read a sequel in a heartbeat, and the end is set up for just that, so JA Konrath if you're reading this, please write one!

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  • Megs
  • 26-06-2019

Amazing narrator

This book is the right amount of creepy. It gave me chills. Was a bit over the top but it still worked! I’m never going to the south. The narrator was amazing and kept me in the story! I don’t think I’ve ever had much praise for the narrator before, they can really make or break a story.

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  • Sally R. Cline
  • 20-03-2011

Wicked fun!!!!

This fast-paced thriller is deliciously gory! Narrator Christoper Lee is amazing and gives an all-out performance. There are a wide variety of characters, from the Katherine Hepburn-esque grandmother to cleft-palate mutants and he makes them all come alive.

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  • Luci L.
  • 09-02-2020

Much more than another scary story!!

I am a multi-book a week reader and am bad at writing reviews. However, this story deserves one. I recently found Blake Crouch who led me to J.A. Konrath. While I was an avid Stephen King reader in my youth, his stuff became a little too disturbing for me as I got older and I found I wasnt appreciating the story he was telling. Ater deciding to start with Konrath's Origins and ultimately wanting to read his most recent Dark Thriller series book, Haunted House, I decided I needed to learn about the characters in this new book. The characters of whom are from many of the stories in Konrath's Dark Thriller series. After reading the reviews for Konrath's Endurance and the many comparisons to King, as well as the descriptions of gratuitous gore and violence, I finally made the dive. The narrator was amazing and at first, a little surprising. After listening to Christopher Lane tell the story, I can't even imagine reading it in print. It honestly would not have moved me the way it did, not hearing Lane's masterful performance. Yes, Endurance has a lot of gore, as well as disturbing violence. However, this story keeps a fast pace and scary tempo; has many endearing moments; and made me chuckle outloud a half dozen times. Endurance is much more than an scary story, it's a very well written and well narrated scary story.

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  • Kelly
  • 27-12-2019

Couldn't stop listening

Excellent writing. Scary, eerie, and haunting. My imagination ran wild while I listened. Great narration.

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  • Bender5k
  • 06-03-2019

nuts

This is the book makes Deliverance look like The Notebook. Its scary, gory, intense and heartfelt. highly recommended.

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  • jennifer
  • 19-06-2011

endurance

Before i purchased this book i had a listen to the narrator,as i think this is most important when listening to audio.At first i thought no way can i listen to that old deep south twang,but the story sounded so good,so i took a risk,thank god i did as it goes the narrator was in fact perfect for this kind of story,its gripping,disturbing and i think it would make a excellent film!!
If you are not in to the sort of inbreed type films then do not listen,you need a hard stomach too,as it is quite Gross in parts.
I enjoyed every minute highly recommended.

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  • anne
  • 20-04-2020

Brilliant Narration!

This was my first “horror” type of book . And I guess if you have to start somewhere this is a good place to start. Although I won’t rush to read any more in this genre, I must say that it was well written and amazingly well performed! JAKonrath and Christopher Lane. Make an terrific duo. But in furores I’ll choose the genre more carefully.

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  • Master Leo
  • 27-05-2019

Really well-written and voice actor was amazing.

If you're looking for a thriller with some gore elements to it, this is definitely the book for you.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 24-10-2012

Trapped with Triathletes

As the title suggests, this was very similar to his other book 'Trapped'. Triathletes trapped in a Psycho-esque house with Deliverence-type hillbillies. Pretty graphic in the nasty parts, be warned.

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  • Herdis
  • 05-08-2012

Endurance by Jack Kilborn

I do hope that this is meant to be a parody of a splatter/gore/blood&entrails thriller. If so the author really succeeded. It is so gross I laughed my head off - !!
I do admit I chose the book for the reader, Christopher Lane. He is EXCELLENT and is the only reason for me to listen to this book. He gets ***** for his performance.

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  • Gemma
  • 02-02-2012

Not a dull moment!

Wow, I loved this! It's odd because, for a horror novel, it's not actually very scary. It's pretty obvious from the start what is going to happen because it's the same as every other horror story, but strangely that doesn't detract from it. It is extremely gorey, very blackly comic in places and touching in others. There is good character development for a novel of this type, although many of the bad guys are completely unbelievable - that was quite a relief as I'm not a fan of exploring the psychology of the baddies too deeply. Quite a lot else is unbelievable, especially how many injuries people can take and still live, but I suppose it's hard to write a horror story without that.

The narration is brilliant, one of the best I've heard. Christopher Lane has just the right accent and tone for a story like this and he puts on good voices for the different characters.

I really recommend this for fans of gore, but not for people who prefer subtle psychological terror from horror.

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  • Charlotte
  • 09-11-2011

Brilliant read...'' Wrong turn'' as a book!

Again my second novel by this author (will work my way through his books now, as so far I have loved all of them!) This book, for me was made by not only the brilliant (and like someone said, not original but hey, some stories just work so why not do them over again!) storyline but also the characters. Very likeable and you do root for them... And they certainly need rooting for as by now I have realised that these books are not mild but full on terror need to get out of there situations. Very thrilling which of course is only made moreso by the authors ability to create a scene and bring you into the horror!
If you enjoyed at all the theme to the film Wrong Turn.. Then you will absolutely love this. Brilliant fast paced book.

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  • Bookworm
  • 28-10-2011

Top gore

Jack Kilborn is a sick puppy. I like to listen to my audio books on the daily commute but a couple of times I had to sit in silence as the gore/suspense got too much.

Great stuff.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-08-2011

A fun listening

Although not at all original, this book was very enjoyable, especially because of the narrator. One can tell the author took his pain writing it so, although a very abused genre, it still has some original moments and also some funny ones. If you enjoy splatter and the inbred-horror plots this book is for you. If you don't like blood, avoid it. Lots of strong female characters as well, which is very refreshing. So, hard to put down but nothing groundbreaking.

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  • Ilastrious
  • 02-08-2011

So glad I wasn't on the character list..

After listening to Trapped, I could not wait to download another Kilborn title and 'Endurance' certainly did not disappoint. The storyline is amazing and kept me gripped throughout the entire book. Christopher Lane has done an excellent job in narrating this book and certainly brings all of the characters to life, and at times perhaps even more so. The story is so fast and unpredictable, just when you think your getting somewhere, you're never quite there yet and find yourself somewhere else instead - Quentin Tarrantino eat your heart out. A brilliant book!! Thank you.