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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 (15 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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jacki Clark
  • 2017-01-03

Good story, but...

Would you try another book from Thomas Olde Heuvelt and/or Jeff Harding?

Yes.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The book had a pretty good story, nice flow, okay character development, and a bit of needed comedy. It is a fairly intense ride...UNTIL the end.
It's definitely a creepy story. The bringing together old horror stories with today's all too common obsession with technology. How often do you see a new horror movie/movie and say, "Use your cell phone, this is stupid!" Well this book curtails that whole idea and forces a whole NEW way to deal with the supernatural and it's Not necessarily fully helpful.
Another engrossing aspect in the book is the "mob mentality" that is constantly looming in the background and boils over eventually.
No, spoilers!
The end was simply WRONG, ALL WRONG. This is my opinion and others I'm sure agreed with the ending. For me, it just made no sense at all.
All in all it was a good book for the most part and I would suggest reading it.

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  • Zach
  • 2019-06-30

Totally worth it!

This book is good. It’s fresh and so well done. It gave me what I wanted. The narrator was solid. Some reviews were negative on the narrator but that’s not uncommon.

Hex is totally worth the credit. It’s a gem. I hope to find more books that gave me the same level of satisfaction.

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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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