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This is one of those books, where saying you like it, might make people wonder about you. This is not literature. This is not all that clever, although there are twists and turns and surprises. This has to be the goriest book I have ever read or listened to. This has torture that makes you cringe, lots of bloood. The evil characters are as evil as you get. Bernie's story is so disturbing I will never forget it.
You have now been warned as all the reviews mention this is gory. I have to say I loved it because it kept my attention, it made driving hundreds of miles fly by. Entertainment value was high for me and I was in the mood to be entertained.
I am following two people that gave reviews on this. One gave it five stars and one gave it one star. The one who gave it five stars reads lots of scary stuff. The one who gave it one star is big into outdoors and military books.
No, one guy does not cut off both his legs, but his dad cut off his leg and then he finds himself caught in a bear trap and he has to cut off his leg. I will admit that after about seven hours I was ready for people to quit cutting.
The part where a little boy is caught in a burning building with his elderly babysitter and his babysitter decides she is going to shoot him to save him from burning, was extremely well done. The school locker room massacre was good and etc.
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Read the reviews. That's the lesson for today.
The reviews are loaded with references to the gory violence. People wrote how they were revolted by some of the depictions of pain, torture and graphic descriptions of terrible things people do to each other. They were right. I've read literally hundreds of thrillers and mysteries...and while some made my skin crawl and a few made me go "ewwwww" none of them was an out and out gross-out.
This book is a very well written story that you will have to wade through rivers of gore to complete. There's nothing new here -- the theme has been explored many times. The "Fill In The Blank" monster descends on a sleepy town and starts doing terrible things to the residents. And of course it's up to a handful of people to stop it.
To be honest, I was intrigued bythe plot and, despite some very goofy character actions, it delivered.
If you're a fan of splatter movies, this writer is for you. (Wearing a raincoat when you're listening may help.) But the unrelenting violence seemed to start taking the place where I was really looking for some interesting character developments, or new plot twists -- something ANYTHING to take away from the endless nastiness of the narrative.
I won't be getting any more books by this author -- despite thinking the book had merit. They are literally disturbingly violent.
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What made the experience of listening to Afraid the most enjoyable?
The Story, the characterization and the narration. All brilliantly packaged into one suburb piece of audio enjoyment. The story was so captivating, I could really Imagine every piece of detail whilst the story was being told. I found the story to be very gripping, gruesome, yet very enjoyable and I really felt some empathy for the characters, I felt that I could connect with them and feel what they were feeling. That is what I found crucial in any story.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Afraid?
All the gruesome bits defiantly. When all the bad guys were hunting down the characters, the things they did to them, and all those grizzly details. Yeah that stuck in my mind a lot.
What does Phil Gigante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
His voice. The tone in which he spoke in to emphasis key points in the story, the change in voice to distinguish from the characters. Brilliant, he really has a way of drawing the listener into the story and the world in which the story takes place.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This book has a lot of emotion built into it. The first time I listened to it I was camping in Canada, in this site surrounded by wilderness, and I can say the story did freak me out a little in places. It was brilliant!
Any additional comments?
I have listened to this book several times, and each time I enjoy it better than the previous time. Possibly my favorite book I have bought so far.
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You know when you pick up a Klborne that it's going to be gory, visceral and keep you up at night. But it's also going to be fun! I've enjoyed a few of his novels and short stories and each one is different but you do need a strong stomach.
So we have Red Ops, a quaint small village, a dog a monkey and the mad scientist.
It's got twist and turns plus a few surprises that I didn't see coming.
I did enjoy Trapped more but this runs a close second.
Narration was excellent and I particularly liked the fire bugs voice.
Well worth the money.
It sure is a bumpy ride :)
Would you try another book written by Jack Kilborn or narrated by Phil Gigante?
Try? yes. expect it to interest me? no.
What was most disappointing about Jack Kilborn’s story?
felt like it was a writen movie. as tho it was done in the wrong medium. There was action and gore followed by action and gore, would make a better movie. I couldn't get excited by most of it.But also all the "good guy" characters made the story decent. But all the "bad guy" characters were pathetic(sorry don't take all this too seriously.) well I was absorbed into the story by the good guys and snaped out of it by the bad guys. These bad guys seem to fit into archetypes that I've seen from american entertainment but they're not scary to me they seem to unreal I don't understand it rather than fear it. The good guys were well written tho SPOLIER kinda that bloody scene in the shelter was god awful. its were i decided to finish the book and start on somthing else.
What three words best describe Phil Gigante’s performance?
He tried hard but the accents were bad and kept changing. I noticed one minor charactor who's voice went from a bad Irish accent to a bad Mexican accent. And saying "boom" instead of claping or mimicking a impact or gunshot sound is lame, destroys the atmosphere, and reminds me Im just listening to someone read a book into a microphone.
Was Afraid worth the listening time?
Could be for you, but not for me
Any additional comments?
Don't take the criticism too seriously, i get that people have taste for this kind of horror im not against it but i didn't enjoy it. Unlike all the reviews here I don't think that the gore was so bad that it could ruin the story. Realy It was not that out there as far as gore in horror stories go. This is one of those horror stories that is about gore and violence and anticipating the next death (also goofy bad guys). Enjoy.