The Sick House : The Ulrich Files

  • by Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by Jake Urry
  • Series: The Ulrich Files
  • 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Some Places Should Stay Abandoned....
Dr. Siegfried Klein has vanished on a mysterious pilgrimage to an abandoned infirmary in the ghost-town of Moonville. The locals in the surrounding areas are tight-lipped, hostile to outsiders. Local legend has it that the old Sick House is packed with spirits, none of them friendly, and that to set foot in it is to enter Hell itself.
Enter Harlan Ulrich, private investigator and skeptic.
Traveling to the site, the detective begins the long process of separating truth from grisly local myth, and during his investigation stumbles upon certain frightful evidence that tries his nerve. He wants to find the doctor in one piece and weathers the hostilities of the locals even as their stories keep him up at night. But the longer he spends in the ghost town of Moonville, the more he feels the influence of something sinister in the shuttered infirmary.
When finally the truth is revealed and the infirmary's sordid past comes to light, will Ulrich manage to escape with his life?

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Grossly Enjoyable Reading

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Sick House. It caught my attention very early into the book, for some reason. I think perhaps I could relate to the P.I.'s character, which seldom happens. The story was not overly gruesome and had the right amount of suspense along with some humor and notable characters. I look forward to reading more books by A. Ibsen.
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- Sandra L. Almo

Creepy!

Harlan Ulrich is an unsuccessful, lazy private investigator. He doesn't like his clients, he is bored to tears with the cases that come his way --mainly observations of cheating spouses.
Enter Jerome, the nephew of Dr. Klein who has gone missing in the Sick House near a small place called Moonville.
Ulrich doesn't want this job, but he needs money, not least to be able to buy special coffee, which is his passion.
Payment arranged, he sets out to search for the missing doctor.
The inhabitants of Moonville are very hostile, and the Sick House has a very bad reputation.
Soon, Ulrich feels watched and haunted, and he doubts what he experienced, but is inclined to go back home. However, he is too curious and too proud to drop the case, and so he returns to the Sick House to find all his nightmares come true.

My thoughts:
Ulrich isn't a very likeable main protagonist, but I rooted for him. Maybe all his shortcomings are what makes him so very convincing. The story is creepy, the whole atmosphere be it in the Sick House itself, or in Moonville, makes you want to run. However, the author doesn't drown you in gory stuff, at least not too much. The ending is satisfying. You can choose what you want to believe -- the creepy horror, or the scientific explanation.

This was the first time I strayed into the horror genre since I read IT (by Stephen King) decades ago and had nightmares for ages (and don't remind me of The Silence of the Lambs, which I saw on the big screen). However, when I saw that Jake Urry was the narrator, I decided to give it a go. I didn't regret it. In my opinion, Jake Urry was the perfect choice for this story. I can't really describe it, but his voice seems to lend itself for creepy stuff (though I'm convinced he's just as good at whatever genre he chooses to read).
I'll certainly follow this series up by listening to the next file.

Disclaimer: I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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- Bel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2016
  • Publisher: Ambrose Ibsen