Incubus: A Novel

  • by Ann Arensberg
  • Narrated by Jorjeana Marie
  • 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

National Book Award winner Ann Arensberg brings listeners a modern horror story about evil descending on an insular Maine town. It begins with the theft of six candles from the church altar, a few herbs found strewn in the local graveyard. In the summer of 1974, the prosperous farming community of Dry Falls, Maine, is hit by a brutal heat wave. Crops fail. Drought blights once-verdant lawns. Men inexplicably lose all interest in sex, while women complain of erotic nocturnal visitations. Farm animals give birth to monstrosities. An unholy, unimaginable force is disrupting the natural order - and it seems to be specifically targeting Dry Falls. Narrated by the careful and practical Cora Whitman, wife of the town pastor, this tale of creeping strangeness quickly turns sinister. Incubus subtly builds to its shattering climax with Cora at its epicenter. Expertly interweaving themes of faith, religion, and marriage with that of the supernatural, this modern horror classic will enthrall fans of Ann Arensberg and attract a legion of new listeners.


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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I really couldn't get into this book. The voice actor reading was not very dynamic and the story is very long winded and moves very slowly.

What could Ann Arensberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The long preface discussion of evil on earth and the ashes covering the ground seemed to go on forever. I finally fast forwarded through that to chapter 1 and it seemed to start again with more background information and an unusually long description of writing a food blog.

How could the performance have been better?

the narrator/voice actor has a lackluster voice that could be because of the depressing nature of the character but after about 30 minutes I just couldn't listen to her any more.

What character would you cut from Incubus: A Novel?

I stopped listening after having to fast forward past the intro, then past a fair chunk of chapter 1 so i really can't comment on the book characters.

Any additional comments?

From reading the synopsis I thought the book held a lot of promise unfortunately i just could not get into this book.

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- Kimberly

Wow! What just happened??

Would you try another book from Ann Arensberg and/or Jorjeana Marie?

15 words? That was the biggest waste of time in the history of ever!!!

Would you ever listen to anything by Ann Arensberg again?


How could the performance have been better?

I have no clue.

Any additional comments?

I have no idea what this book was even about. Even after listening to all of it. I thought it would get better. It never did!

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- Darryl H

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-10-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios