Get a free audiobook

Black Acres

The Complete Collection
Written by: Ambrose Ibsen
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
Series: Black Acres, Book 1-4
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
3 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

CDN$ 14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

There's no place like home....

Kim and Julian Taylor are in the market for their first home, and a visit to the secluded Beacon estate finds them enamored. It's a peculiar home, rather large and in need of some renovations. The price is right, however, and after a tour, they snap the house up without hesitation. 

The man who sells them the house has one last detail to share before they sign on the dotted line. The previous owners of the home disappeared under mysterious circumstances nearly eight years ago and have recently been declared dead in absentia. Unperturbed by this fact, Kim and Julian set about making the home their own. 

It quickly becomes clear that the two of them are not alone there, however. 

This volume contains all four installments of the serialized novel Black Acres: In Absentia, The Borderland, The Amber Light, and In Darkness. It also contains a brief preface by the author.

©2018 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2019 Ambrose Ibsen

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

The Worst!

Unbelievably bad! The plot was incongruous, convoluted, fractured, inconsistent, made no sense and was so horribly written that I had to listen to the whole series because I could not believe that each book would actually be worse than the former. But, the writing, story line and characterization were increasingly terrible. I have listened to four Ambrose Ibsen books, two of which were relatively good and two of which were stinkers... this series being, by far, the stinkiest. I have to question how an author can be so hit-or-miss in his writing. It simply baffles me. .

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • latasha
  • 2019-04-25

Black Acres

* i received this audio book in exchange for a honest review*

i always get really excited when i see a new (to me) Ambrose Ibsen book. so when i saw this one, i was on board! he does haunted houses very, very well. This volume contains all four installments of the serialized novel Black Acres: In Absentia, The Borderland, The Amber Light and In Darkness.
so while i was listening, i kept waiting for a break, telling me which novel i was on. That doesn't happen. The story was good but i found it to be way too long. i think each individual novel would have been a better route for me. I didn't get attached to any of the characters. There is some great imagery and plenty of creepiness but this wasn't my favorite by this author.

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Ellen
  • 2019-03-26

Different kind of creepy

I am a pretty big fan of Ambrose Ibsen and of haunted house stories so anytime I see one offered I will usually snatch it up. Over the years I have found that a narrator can either destroy a story or really bring it to life. Joe Hempel is the perfect narrator for Mr Ibsen's books. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review so here we go.

The Taylors are looking for a house that will get them out of the city. Whenever my husband and I have looked at houses we had certain things that we were looking for. Certain things that will make this house a dream home for awhile. However, a house that is located far away from the nearest neighbor or place to buy groceries, with little or no phone reception and a super creepy dead tree forest behind it is not my idea of a good place to maybe someday start a family. Did I mention that the previous owners just flat out disappeared? They buy it anyway and begin the renovations. Kim is the first one to notice that things are not right with the house and her concerns are largely disregarded by Julian (strike one). She hears strange noises and they find strange pictures in the house and Julian again has an explanation for this weirdness. She finds a hidden room and again Julian is not too impressed or worried about it (strike two). When Kim sees an a ghost for crying out loud her husband tells her she's imagining it. (strike three Julian and you're out). It's not until Julian begins to experience things that he thinks "hmmmm, maybe Kim is right"

I will be listening to this book again and I know I will enjoy it again. And as I always do when I re-listen I will find answers to some of my own unasked questions. Thanks Mr Ibsen and Mr Hempel for another good book.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Randy Murphy
  • 2019-03-24

Very Creepy

I don't usually listen to a lot of horror but this book grabbed me and wouldn't let go. It was a very creative take on a haunted house that led you through twists and turns and then left you wanting more at the end. The characters and world were brought to life due to an excellent job by Joe Hempel. I will definitely have to check out other books by this author.

14 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
  • 2019-03-25

Creepy!

Excellent horror story! I am not new to this author or narrator. Ibsen and Hempel make a great duo for horror! Ibsen's writing is very creepy and Hempel is the perfect voice for his work! I've been wanting this set of books for a while, but glad I got them all in one. This is NOT your usual haunted house story! Loved it!!!

13 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • MeDi
  • 2019-03-24

Black Acres

A tale of horror. There were twists and turns everywhere that kept me reading even when I wanted to stop. The characters is this book are well developed. Scary but at the same time entertaining.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • timj26
  • 2019-03-25

Excellent

Not my first Ambrose ibsen story and won’t be my last
Once again he puts a new spin on the haunted house story
The characters are great and I really liked how the book ended
Joes narration is top notch as always
If you liked this I also recommend night society by Ambrose ibsen
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

17 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Simone
  • 2019-05-12

Ibsen + Hempel = Horror Gold

Ambrose Ibsen is one of my very favorite modern paranormal writers; I'm always super pleased to see a new book published by him! While the 'Black Acres' collection wasn't my favorite by Ibsen, it is well worth listening to the whole thing. Joe Hempel is fabulous, as always, and brings the series to life in an impressive way. If you like ghost stories, bizarre happenings, general shenanigans, and well written/performed content, then this collection is for you.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Chopsticks11
  • 2019-04-29

Do Not Read In the Dark

These books are very artfully done. This is the complete collection of Black Acres, a four-book series. The narration started at the beginning and there was never a break or interruption between the original books. This was wonderful as you were not suddenly pulled from the creepy, mysterious world out to “And Now Book Two.” This set allows you to stay immersed for the entire series. I was unable to tell where one book ended and the next began.

I was hooked from the beginning. At first, I thought it would more of a creepy joke; creaky stairs, weird noises, things that go bump in the night, but I was wrong, so wrong. Even when you might think you know what is going to happen it twists and changes.

This is a great series and I look forward to reading more of Mr. Isben's novels.

I was provided with a free copy of this audio book for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • D. Sturgeon
  • 2019-03-22

Creepy story!

This is a very original take on the classic haunted house tale that you cannot help but to enjoy.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Momster Cupcakes
  • 2019-11-08

This book could have been 5 stars but...

I don't know if or was the author or the editor that went totally nuts with a thesaurus, but the result was a bizarre use of language. Like using the Queen's English to tell a campfire story. Seriously, I can't even tell you how many times the book uses "visage" in place of "face." And nobody elucidates! Just stop it! Oh, and the passive voice. Novels should never be written in passive voice. This one jumped back and forth between that and severe third person.

Kim was sort of a twit and Julian definitely mansplains, but they work together, so that's ok.

Honestly, this was a decent, original take on the haunted house story. But with so many loose ends (what/who is the wolf? What's the baby's origin story? Why the masks?), the whole thing felt like the author got bored with writing and decided to just stop right there. Characters were 2 dimensional and with so many questions unanswered, I'm tempted to listen again but I'm afraid I'll just focus on all the mistakes the author uses with flowery, unnecessary words. The twist right away the very end was very original and would have been brilliant if the story had been fully fleshed out.

The narrator was great. Easy to listen to and not boring at all. His narration is the only thing that got me through the increasingly noticeable and distracting voice changes and odd use of language.

2 people found this helpful