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The Splendor of Fear

Written by: Ambrose Ibsen
Narrated by: Melissa Moran
Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Something stirs in the town of Newsom's Landing....

Penny hates the outdoors, but when her boyfriend, Jared, plans a romantic weekend getaway in the woods, she decides to tag along. The pair drive to a remote Kentucky campground with a strange and sordid history. Within the confines of the Swan Creek State Park are the ruins of a town abandoned under terrifying circumstances in the 19th century. 

The town of Newsom's Landing had been the site of the last-known witch trial in US history, and the ghost of its defendant, the infamous Ellie Pomeroy, is said to still linger. Arriving on the anniversary of Pomeory's murder, the pair find they have the entire park to themselves. Or, nearly.

Something else is stalking the woods - watching in the night, wandering through the ruins. It brings a plague of hallucinatory terror wherever it goes, and before long, Penny and Jared can't parse reality from nightmare. Lost in the woods, the pair are faced with a choice: Find a way to end the century-long curse, or be consumed by it - body and soul.

©2018 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2019 Tantor

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  • latasha
  • 2019-05-16

Ellie Pomeroy


In this tale by Ambrose Ibsen, we venture to Kentucky for a weekend camping trip. But oh no! There is something in the woods. I loved the back story we get about Newsome's Landing and Ellie Pomeroy. The weekend Penny and Jared are camping there is the anniversary of Ellie's death. The story was good and kept me guessing. i really, really wish the ending would have been different.

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  • Arlie111
  • 2019-03-22

Great Listen!

I loved it! I got involved with the main character and empathized for the HORROR they went through! The scary parts WERE scary! Enjoyed it completely.

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  • Mac191
  • 2019-06-12

Performance A+

Before I forget her name, let me say that Melissa Moran's performance of this book out the story over the line into 5 star territory!! She honestly brought "Penny" to life for me.

As always, Mr Ibsen delivers a very entertaining tale of the supernatural-but his characters behaved, in my opinion, more like real people. "Don't think I believe in this stuff, but I see what's chasin' me and I think I'll run, just in case! "

Excellent!

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  • Deedra
  • 2019-05-16

The Splendor of Fear

This was really good.I hate camping too! Penny goes camping with her boyfriend just to make him happy. No one but them and a ghost town story in the woods.Pretty creepy! Melissa Moran was a fine narrator.

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  • SueT.
  • 2019-03-23

the best!

Ambrose its in is my favorite horrot story novelist. I have audio read all of his stories and not one disappointed me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-15

Hmmm

Not as scary as his other books. This one was just alil dull for me wanting horror and to be scared to cut off the lights.

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  • deb
  • 2019-06-02

It was okay

Story was a cliche and the performance was cringe, the narrator made the character sound whiny the entire story which made it hard to like.

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  • Todd
  • 2019-10-07

a really bad story

struggled to finish it...boring and rushed.
unnecessarily big words for a ghost story.
a pompous author to say the least

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  • daryl &robin Simpson
  • 2019-09-23

Well read but..

You could have told this story in one page, only two characters in the book and I hated the whiney female lead , all she did the whole book was complain i kept thinking something more was coming but no, just more complaining...skip this one

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  • Shots RN
  • 2019-06-04

One of the Worst stories EVER!! Crap Story

I only gave two stars because writing is a difficult process and I respect it. BUT this story was too stupid, not scary, and too long!! The woman was whiny and nagging beyond what anyone could tolerate in any situation including listening to in an audiobook. This author has done better. I wonder if he even read it. The narrator said demonic in a way I have never heard. I need a recovery audiobook!!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful