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Publisher's Summary

Spanning over 100 years of mid-Michigan history, The Eaton tells the story of Sam Spicer, a young entrepreneur who purchases the dilapidated Michigan Central Railroad Depot in Eaton Rapids with the dream of opening a hot new martini bar. But when he and his friends discover an abandoned underground hotel directly beneath the property, they must discover what happened to the original guests—before their own time runs out.
The Eaton is the debut novel of John K. Addis, and combines a flashback-based narrative structure with the gruesome style of '80s horror classics, creating a unique new voice critics are calling "fresh, original, and truly terrifying."
©2015 John K. Addis (P)2016 AE Press
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4 out of 5 stars
By AnnM on 10-09-16

Scary but explicitly gruesome

I liked this book better than I expected--really held my attention, super suspenseful and creepy. A warning to some that it gets pretty detailed in some gory/gruesome scenes.

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5 out of 5 stars
By W. Talbert on 08-04-16

A great choice!!

Based on some of the story points in the summary, I decided to give it a try. I admit "debut novel" and "80's style horror" worried me that it might be weak or cheesy and I shouldn't get my hopes up too much.

But honestly, it was an absolutely great listen in story and narration. The characters and pace were wonderful. I never became bored. The setting, an abandoned location, which caught my attention in the first place, was perfect! In that respect, "The Eaton" most definitely exceeded my hopes and expectations. The narrator proved to be very very talented and at one point was able to send shivers through me when voicing the character of a demented old woman.

This book was a perfect story to curl up for a good old can't-put-it-down horror. My only regret is that I can't "un-read" it to be able dive back in and start it over totally fresh.

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5 out of 5 stars
By kanundra on 03-19-16

Scary stuff...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because it had lots of wonderful elements in it, it was scary, heartbreaking and just terrible all at once. :)

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that it took you on such an emotional journey with the characters, it takes you by surprise because even I wasn't expecting it as a horror. It was very character driven.

What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?

Jeff has quite the difference in character voices. I enjoyed all of them, and when the characters were excited and scared so was I.... I really enjoyed his characters voices for Sarah, Kinsey and Janet. : ) so different, yet so woman like. Great job.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were several moments that really got me. I have to admit, Janet and seeing 'the baby' in the linen basket. Would be horrid for anyone... Sarah and having her nipple in the chomper, and for me that moment when someone you love and care about is crying out to you 'Sarah, I'm hurt... please don't leave me' ugggh, just heart wrenching. I don't know how they could ever leave them, belief or not that it's the creature. What if it just wasn't?

Any additional comments?

Okay, so for the most part I did enjoy the performance of the book. It was great to listen to, had it's ups and downs, what I wasn't so sure about was some of the flashbacks and places of 'backstory' I know most of it seemed really relevant, and it was and it was much better than the 'reader of the journal' just recanting events as Jonathan experienced them. But, they did interrupt some of the story for me. Mostly because of their timing. I wasn't so sure some of them were totally relevant till I'd gotten past them and into the next scene or chapter.

What this as a book did do for me, was take me back to the scary films I used to watch and the stories I used to read as a young adult. It had good tone and great characters. I will defo come back and see if there are more in the future from this author, and yeah Jeff has a new fan to :) so thank you to both for the 10 plus hours of entertainment. Well worth investing my time, and energy into.

Extra thoughts - Prologue - Not so sure on it they're almost always not needed, but it ended well enough for Zeke, and the creature got out after all! damned. Sarah if she's still alive better run....

Author note - Interesting to hear that I'm not the only Author who takes their dreams and writes them out. Thank you for that. And pretty interesting that there are real facts in here. :) Kudos to the writer, for research. (heck you talk fast though)

~ Dawn

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3 out of 5 stars
By sarahmoose2000 on 03-28-16

The Underlook Hotel

Chris purchases a wine bar and discovers it conceals an aged underground hotel. Who built it and why was it buried away as if it had secrets to hide?

This wasn't particularly scary until my cat went under my bed and started scratching at something and freaking me out; so kudos for that. It was slightly comic the way they could see the apparitions, but I won't spoil it for you.

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