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Hex

Written by: Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The English-language debut of the best-selling Dutch novel, Hex, from Thomas Olde Heuvelt - a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-nominated talent to watch

Whoever is born here is doomed to stay 'til death. Whoever settles never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's beds for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened, or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town's teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.

This chilling audiobook heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in mainstream horror and dark fantasy.

©2013, 2016 Thomas Olde Heulvelt, Nancy Forest-Flier (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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ending was..?

was an ok book interesting characters, plot and over all story but it could of been darker or Scarier since I didn't find it scary at all but overall entertaining, one issue was the narrator would ... well it sounded like he was swallowing saliva over some parts and was extremely destracting and took me right out of the story, and he would do it all the time!!

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Intriguing!

This book had me right from the start. Creepy, original and modern! I felt like I was actually in their world, which is a true testament to Thomas’s wonderful writing.
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Definitely wasn’t quite was I expected

Enjoyed it, though it wasn’t what I expected. Super unnerving story but if you’re looking for a spooky supernatural witch story this isn’t quite that.

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Great book!

Kept me hooked from start to finish, I look forward to his next book, hopefully it's another horror story.

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  • Mr. Richard Smith
  • 2016-08-08

Dark Story...Odd Narrator

As horror stories go, this one is pretty dark. And I write this as a hardened horror novel addict. The premise is promising, intriguing and different, and the story stays strong despite a slight lull in the middle. But fair warning, it gets pretty grim. The writer continues to allude to it and you, the reader, keeps saying, "Worse? It gets worse for these people?" and it does. it just keeps getting worse for the fair residents of Black Spring. So if you like your horror stories mottled with actually horrifying things, you will be satisfied.

Now, the narrator...pretty rough on the ears. Nasal at best, it's the characterizations that are brutal. Half of the characters are women and each one sounds whinier and more repugnant than the next. I would prefer he just varied his cadence as opposed to trying to sound...I don't know...feminine? It was not a great audio experience.

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  • justin
  • 2016-05-10

Wow i'll be sleeping with the lights on for a bit!

I am a huge fan of the horror genre, any medium, i.e. movies, audiobook, etc. Of course my all time favorite writer is the King 👑 but after you've read them all a few times you start to notice that there are only a few authors in this genre who are anywhere close to the level of talent of SK. Until I found this book!!

character development was great! at the end of the book I was left wondering about the fates of many supporting characters. This, to me, is a sign that I actually cared about what happened to them! You are only able to connect with so many characters when each of them is drawn in vivid color.

The concept of the book was awesome and really original IMO. I love the idea of the town living with the knowledge that they are haunted by the BP Witch and even cover her up so that the rest of the world doesn't SEE...pun intended.

Do yourself a favor and get this book. it's worth two credits in my opinion!

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  • Ray
  • 2016-09-01

A movie worthy book

I gave this book 5 stars all around due to not being able to stop listening to what would happen next.The "witch" creeped me out,yet intrigued me at the same time.This one is right up there with Stephen King's scary books.

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  • D. Marie
  • 2016-05-30

Narrator problems and a story that didn't deliver

I had hoped for more from the ending given the slow buildup. Unfortunately the reveal didn't fit so well with the rest of the plot pieces. Also, the narrator chose to make all women sound like poor parodies of a New Jersey accent and teenagers sound like voice cracking cartoons. Really ruined the atmosphere.

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  • Dan
  • 2016-05-18

A masterful tragedy

Don't expect a happy little ending, but do expect a fantastically woven tale about the deprave depths of the human heart and its everlasting consequences.

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  • tamy2de
  • 2016-09-06

Disturbing

Very interesting and riveting story, which made me listen to the end, although I really have to admit that often enough I found the rather detailed description of some scenes very disturbing. And at no point in time would I have foreseen the end of this story and am rather stunned still (just ended it ;))... Not to spoil it I will not comment on that further.

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  • Helen The Dog Lady
  • 2016-05-19

Excellent impulse purchase!

Bought this on a whim and loved it. Only thing stopping it from getting 5 stars was that the narration wasn't excellent. Not bad, but not excellent. Very absorbing listen...i listened in 2 sittings while clearing out my closet!

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  • Orlane Bienfait
  • 2017-05-03

Great story

It took me a while to get used to the narrator but once I did the story just flowed.
Great story, it gets really dark. I had to stop listening for a couple of days after the beginning of the second part to make peace with what was happening

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  • Eric Mochnacz
  • 2017-06-20

One of the worst books I have ever listened to...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Honestly, this book was unsalvageable. As a horror novel, there was only one scene where I felt dread. Other than that, it plodded along with no direction or point. The characters are incredibly one-dimensional.

I mean, to give you an idea of how horrendous this book was, towards the end, it actually includes a line that reads "the pate flowed from her womb like afterbirth." This is in regards to a female butcher character.

The threads of the story do not connect to create a cohesive story. And it was boring. More often than not, I found myself zoning out while I was listening, only to find that I didn't miss much, nor did I care that I was missing anything.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Harding’s performances?

I like to think I'm a fair listener, but one of my biggest issues with this book was his performance. All of his female characters were read as if they were naggy 80s cartoon characters. It's hard to take a character named Griselda Holst seriously when she sounds like a villainous witch from some Disney cartoon. This same inflection is then given to all other female characters. His characterization of teenage boys is not much better - giving them the quality of a cliche cartoon bully.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No. This is probably one of the worst books I've read/listened to in recent memory.

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  • Platypire Bob
  • 2018-04-18

HOLY FLUFFBALLS

DUDE! This was amazing! I haven't read a horror story this good in a LONG time! The author pulled no punches, he just went right in for the kill, so to speak. The characters were great, and the stlory is simply thrilling. I especially enjoyed the backstory, and how it all came full circle in the end. I mean, WOW! I will definitely be re-listening to this one on a nice stormy night.

The narrator was good, too, though occasionally the tension felt off. Not enough to pull me out of the story, though, just enough for me notice.

5 Platypires!

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2018-07-15

ce livre est en anglais

si on m avait prévenu que ce livre est en anglais je ne l aurait pas telechargė
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