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Transmission

A Supernatural Thriller
Written by: Ambrose Ibsen
Narrated by: Jake Urry
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
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A voice from beyond the grave?

College students Kenji and Dylan stumble upon a strange recording in the background of an obscure song. It's a woman's voice uttering a string of seemingly random characters. Upon further inspection, the song appears to have been embedded with a hidden message. Attempting to crack the mysterious code and becoming obsessed with the recording, Kenji and Dylan set off in search of answers. With every turn in the road however, the puzzle only seems to grow more complicated. And sinister.

Retired Vietnam vet Reggie Cash is also drawn in by this message, and before long both he and the two college students are on the trail of the mysterious woman featured in the recording. But who is she, and where is she leading them?

As things fall into place and strange events unfold, the three of them begin to wish that they'd never heard the recording at all.

Transmission is a full-length novel of supernatural horror and suspense by Ambrose Ibsen.

©2016 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2016 Ambrose Ibsen

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  • Matthew
  • 2016-12-05

Don't go into the house alone!

What did you love best about Transmission?

The performance! Jake Urry is without a doubt the best fantasy/horror performer out there. He is scintillating in this reading ( and paired with a decent genre writer in Ambrose Ibsen as well! )

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most: The recordings and how they were parsed out.

Least: Some of the personal interactions in the story are fluffy.

What about Jake Urry’s performance did you like?

Everything. Couldn't be improved upon. Fabulous work.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some parts were scary and made me think. No crying however.

Any additional comments?

I was provided this book in exchange for fair and objective review. I am VERY glad I did get the book, as it is was highly entertaining, and I most definitely would have used a credit for it if it didn't end up on my Audioblast list.

Highly recommended, if not just for the performance.

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  • Marcus
  • 2016-12-06

Creepy and intriguing -- sure to keep you hooked!

I love that this story wastes no time and gets right down to business. Kenji hears a weird voice in the background of his music and immediately begins puzzling over it. Dragging his friend Dylan into it, they set off on a quest to discover the meaning. Elsewhere, a man sees a woman on a VHS uttering the same phrases into the camera and is sucked into the hunt as well.

The story follows our three protagonists as they endeavor to discover how and why this woman, Agnes, imprinted her message on various media 10 years ago. It's a fun and creepy romp that kept my attention just about the whole way.

Toward the 65-70% mark however, the author apparently realizes the cat is just about to be out the bag and seems intent on dragging things out as much as possible. The listener is forced to suffer through repetitive dialog and inner-monologues over how they shouldn't be doing what they're doing and how they'll regret it. Every step of the adventure is then plagued with enough hand-wringing to completely destroy the momentum.

The ending is satisfactory, although I think things might have been creepier had the woman's true nature not been what it was. There also seemed to be no real reason for some characters or facts to have existed at all.

The narrator has an appropriately creepy voice that's well-suited to a tale of this nature. The accent, while soothing, could become a bit distracting however. I'd say the biggest drawback for me was that most of the dialog was read in a monotone. Coupling that with the accent, it sometimes made it hard to tell if you were listening to someone speak or think.

Definitely worth a listen for the first 70% of the book alone though!

* I was provided this book, free of charge, in exchange for a fair and unbiased review of the content.

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  • Simone
  • 2016-11-23

A Different Kind of Ghost Story

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I have read/listened to many ghost stories in my time (they are some of my favorite kinds of stories!) and this one sure is different. From start to finish, Ibsen puts a unique spin on your average ghost story by having a totally new trajectory. I can't say more without spoilers! If you enjoy spooky tales and are ready for something a bit different, this book is for you. I also can't help but mention that Ibsen does a fantastic job of having diverse characters in this book- thank you for that Mr. Ibsen. Jake Urry delivers flawless voice narration, as always.

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

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  • Neona
  • 2017-05-30

Curiosity Killed the Cat

Would you try another book from Ambrose Ibsen and/or Jake Urry?

This is the second book I've had by Ambrose Ibsen, I read his House by The Sea a couple weeks previous to this one and really liked his writing style. Ambrose Ibsen writes creepy, something unworldly is out to get you kind of stories,

Would you recommend Transmission to your friends? Why or why not?

Transmission wasn't as good as House by the Sea but if you are an Ambrose Ibsen fan, put this on your list. Parts of the story I found rather unbelievable and the main characters kind of get what they deserve for being so freaking nosey.

Any additional comments?

Not Ibsen's best work but it was creepy enough and there were a couple of scenes in the second half of the book that kept me up at night.

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  • Sabrina Miranda
  • 2018-03-05

Worth the money or credit

Very original horror story. Great narration. The only negative thing I can say is that it ends to soon. Other than that it would be five stars.

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  • Wendy
  • 2018-02-15

Wow!

This is the kind of book you listen to in the dark. Super creepy.....Loved it!

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  • Ashley R.
  • 2018-01-22

Loved It!

Ibsen writes entertaining horror for a modern audience. Thoroughly loved the blending of classic horror with a dash of eldrich horror and a pinch of creeping dread!

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  • Angela
  • 2017-06-09

Great horror story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, this was a great and clever story! I was so disappointed when it was over because I wanted more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think my favorite character was Reggie - he had humor

What does Jake Urry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

character! It's so much nicer to hear these narrators create these characters - so much more interesting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Probably not. Like alot of other books I read, it takes time for this story to get off the ground, but once it does, you won't be disappointed - a great horror story!! This one would make a great movie!

Any additional comments?

I'd love to see this book made into a movie.

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  • willee
  • 2016-11-13

Creepy Thriller

I love anything with spirits/ghosts. This book is no exception. Author is great with the supernatural as read several of his books and recommend them especially the Ulrich Files. Got upset with Reggie at the surprise end and wonder if there is going to be a book 2 with Kenji and Dylan. As always I enjoy listening to the narrator makes things creepy! I was provided this free review copy audiobook by the narrator. THANK YOU!!!

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  • Kaitlyn
  • 2018-04-20

overall very enjoyable

nice story with good tension and mystery, not terrifying but gives a sense of creeping dread that makes it nice and spooky. narrator did a wonderful job, but at times it felt a bit droning, he has that quality in his voice that makes me want to listen to this at bedtime.

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