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The Summer I Died

Narrated by: Gary Dikeos
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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So much screaming. Roger Huntington is home from college for the summer, and he and his best friend, Tooth, can't wait to start having fun. It's going to be a summer full of beer, comic books, movies, laughs, parties and maybe even girls. So much pain. The sun is high and the sky is clear as Roger and Tooth set out to shoot beer cans at Bobcat Mountain. Just two friends catching up on lost time, two friends thinking about their futures, two friends - So much blood. - suddenly thrust in the middle of a nightmare. Forced to fight for their lives against a sadistic killer. A killer with an arsenal of razor-sharp blades and a hungry dog. So much death. If they are to survive, they must decide: are heroes born, or are they made? Or is something more powerful happening to them? And more importantly, how do you survive when all roads lead to... death!

©2009 Ryan C. Thomas (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Casey Griffin
  • 25-11-2019

Mediocre story, horrible narration

If you're into the "splatterpunk" genre this is definitely up your alley. Unfortunately, this book isn't really that great. The "torture" parts get repetitive after a while. The dialogue is kind of garbage. The characters are fairly two-dimensional. I think the worst part was the narrator though. His voice comes off as robotic and he puts emphasis in weird places that, to a native english speaker, just sounds weird. Overall I was very disappointed by this book; I was regaled with praise for it by a friend of mine, "It's a great book" "It's so sick and twisted" "The ending is so f****d up" but what I ended up with is a somewhat poorly written torture fantasy inexpertly narrated by what sounds like a text-to-speech program. Would not recommend. The next novel isn't any better, sadly, and same narrator to boot.

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  • clifford
  • 01-06-2015

Hard Core Horror

This is one of those horror books where you don't want to read what is coming next because you know its going to be bad. And at the same time your turning the page to see what happens.

What makes this story bearable... Thomas is one hell of a good writer. His prose reads like King at his best, except its scary. King is not scary.

After Hissers and now this, Ryan Thomas is up there at the top of my author list. Thomas does best when he's character building. He's just so good. So when the terror hits, your reeling.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-05-2020

Crazy Carnage And Mediocre Writing

This sort of book was a first for me. I am a huge horror movie fanatic, and I was very excited to listen to something that reminded me of Saw and Hostel. Granted, this book is full on torture porn. And it ticked all the boxes in that regard. But on the other side it is a very simple premise and execution. The star of this book is the carnage. Dialogue and character development had to take a backseat. The narration is what I had the most trouble with. I had to speed up the narration, because it just felt extremely slow and stretched out. The acting of the dialogue in some scenes was horribly out of place, and took me out of the immersion when it did not fit with what the characters actions were in those particular scenes. Overal I enjoyed my first venture into horror/torture novels, but the narration left a lot to be desired.

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  • Jeanne25
  • 22-05-2020

Read, don't listen.

This book is a perfect example of how a narrator can destroy a good book. I have seen this book pop up in several feeds recently. It looked interesting so I bought the e-book and audio. For 2 days, I listened to the audio. I made it up to chapter 8 in those 2 days, constantly needing to pause. I wasn’t sure if it was the story or the narrator but I just wasn’t getting into it. It seemed to take way too long to get interesting (that point being the scream in the woods). The dialogue between Tooth and Roger seemed forced and unrealistic. Even at a 1.25 speed, it was almost painful to listen to, especially the individual character voices. I was about to send the audio into land of DNF but instead set the it aside and gave myself a couple days to shake the frustrating narration and then picked up with the e-book where I left off. The difference was night and day. I love a minimalist writing style (love Ketchum) but this was just a bit too minimalist for my tastes. There was a lot of violence and gore but it didn’t elicit as much emotion as I would have liked. Kin by Burke is a perfect example where imagery is clear and unforgettable. The best imagery I can remember here was the comparison (twice) to roasted marshmallows. The reader is told what happens but I didn’t feel it. For the most part, it was lacking and I just couldn’t get to that point where I can see a mini movie playing in my head. While I prefer a more polished (still minimalist) style of writing, Thomas does a very effective job at what he does. It was a fast and fun read. I would give The Summer I Died a 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars. I don’t know honestly if this is based on the book’s merit or whether I want to make sure I am not letting the audible influence my rating.

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  • Audiobook Worm
  • 18-12-2019

WOW! What a FANTASTIC horror thriller!

The Summer I Died is an unrelenting, adrenaline-pumping story that will take you on an incredible ride. It might be the best sadistic serial killer survival tale I've ever read. Once the story gets going you won't be able to stop listening until it's done. Highly, highly recommended.

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  • Kat M.
  • 04-10-2019

Holy Fricken Wow!

I usually don't read this type of book. I'm more into the, mystery/thriller genre. However, I do love a good scare now and again, just not so much that I can't sleep lol! This book, this book has me totally blown away. I have seen some pretty gory films in my day, I've read some pretty creepy books as well; this story is truly one of a kind. The first 3 chapters allows you to build a genuine, caring interest for the two main characters. This was not your typical slasher/thrasher tale of too many beers, one too many teenagers, and a poorly placed sex scene that ends with a blade going between the two people going at it. Oh, no,,,,, this story has depth, it has raw emotions that aren't solely due to the torturous acts that are being committed. There is love here. There is hope. There is despair. There is a chill lingering in the words of this tale that sadly rings the reality bell. This is one of those stories that is going to stay with me for a very long, long time. I finished this book in 2 days. I could not stop listening. I woke up both mornings with Roger, Tooth, and Jamie on my mind; hoping against hope that there was a chance in hell for one of them to survive. This is worth more than a credit!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-2019

Texas Chainsaw meets Saw

The gaps in medical knowledge, and lack of attention to detail bothered me a bit. It was more gory than scary. In fact I would rank this book towards Saw levels of scary, if Saw was more simplistic. Decent book in all, but there were some tropes that bugged me. (Like the missing red socks cap.)

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  • Jeremy
  • 18-07-2018

Other reviews drastically overrated this poor “Saw” alternative with no twists!

It’s a “gruesome” “gory” book that is just very underwhelming. There was nothing scary, it reminded me of watching a Saw film but with no twists. The narrator was lack lustre, and I only finished listening because it was so short. This is the first audio book I’ve ever struggled through, and I had high hopes based on all of the other reviews. I cannot recommend this audiobook any less, please do yourselves a favour and avoid this.

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  • Todd DellaPorta
  • 23-02-2018

SICK. Wierd, weak and Sick.

Not porn gore, just hollow, empty gore. Looking for stories about pus, go for it.

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  • Christopher
  • 31-01-2018

Disturbingly addictive!

This book drew me in from the beginning. The more intense and grotesque it got the more I wanted to go on. I have a new author to follow now!

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  • MR
  • 01-05-2018

Torture porn.

This book is pretty much a textbook example of torture porn. Nothing more, nothing less.