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Wow! I'm a fan of horror but I'll admit some parts made me uncomfortable xand made me cringe! I guess you know it's good horror if it makes you cringe! lol The story itself takes place during the great depression and the writer wasted no time jumping straight into the horror! Loved it! Great narration by Rick Gregory! I've listened to a few of his narrations now and really enjoy his work.
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Well, I sure got my horror itch scratched with this audiobook! I can certainly agree with the overwhelmingly positive ratings that this book received on Amazon and Audible. I suspect readers who gave the book low ratings were squicked out by the violence, sex, and gore. However, I'd argue 'caveat emptor' and encourage potential buyers to read the book description beforehand.
With this book, we get a nightmare scenario of a desperately poor, innocent Depression-era family who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As I was listening to the audiobook, I often thought of the movie(s) 'The Hills Have Eyes'. I wouldn't necessarily say that 'Exodus' rips off the movies, but I will say that if you enjoyed 'The Hills Have Eyes', you'll likely enjoy 'Exodus'. Similarly, if you found that 'The Hills Have Eyes' was too intense/stupid/gory/obscene, then you won't enjoy 'Exodus'.
I'm university-educated, have devoted thousands of hours of my life to volunteer work helping people, like kids and small animals, and enjoy a variety of fiction and non-fiction (I just finished writing a review of a non-fiction audiobook on Congressional dysfunction); thus, I'm prepared to defend myself against those who might accuse me of being a closet psychopath or otherwise horrible deviant because I enjoyed this story. The thing is, I think it's a really good horror story with elements of plausibility to enhance the creepy factor. We have vulnerable people who don't go looking for trouble but find it anyway. We have a family of crazy, incestuous people who have been isolated from society. We have a reasonable (albeit socially unacceptable) motive for the atrocities taking place. We have scenes of physical and psychological and sexual violence that is consistent with what we fear the most about being kidnapped. We have examples of how brutal and animalistic human nature could potentially be. We have a bittersweet ending. And, for the suckers for romance (such as myself), we have romantic threads - albeit some twisted ones. I think stories like these are great ways to play safely (and temporarily) in very dark mental sandboxes, although I can certainly understand why some would find this genre of fiction to be extremely distasteful.
The narration was excellent - a great tone and pace, no fiddling with falsetto female voices, contributing to the creepiness of the story. As other audiobook reviewers have already noted, it was very effective to play parts of the creepy song periodically throughout the audiobook!
I provided my opinion in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher.
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