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Friday, August 31, 2018

#Audiobook #Review: 3 out of 5 stars for The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen @casorensen @TantorAudio

SERIES: The Messy Man, Book #1
AUTHOR: Chris Sorensen
NARRATOR: Chris Sorensen
PUBLISHER: Tantor Audio
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 6 hrs and 32 mins
GENRE: Horror
A boy in a basement, a man in a booth and a darkness that threatens to swallow them both...

New York audiobook narrator Peter Larson and his wife Hannah head to his hometown of Maple City to help Peter's ailing father and to put a recent tragedy behind them. Though the small, Midwestern town seems the idyllic place to start afresh, Peter and Hannah will soon learn that evil currents flow beneath its surface.

They move into an old farmhouse on the outskirts of town—a house purchased by Peter's father at auction and kept secret until now—and start to settle into their new life.

But as Peter sets up his recording studio in a small basement room, disturbing things begin to occur—mysterious voices haunt audio tracks, malevolent shadows creep about the house. And when an insidious presence emerges from the woodwork, Peter must face old demons in order to save his family and himself.


I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook for voluntary review consideration.

I've always had a thing for creepy houses, and I was immediately drawn in by the cover on this one.

At the outset of the book, a young boy wakes up from a bad dream and wets his bed. His father is angry at being woken up and sends the boy down into the basement and locks him in.

The story then moves forward to the present, with Peter and Hannah moving to his hometown because of his father's declining health. His parents' main home is to be cleaned up and sold to help pay for his father's living expenses in the personal care home, but his father had bought a secondary residence which is where Peter and Hannah will be living. They fix up the house and Peter, who is an audiobook narrator, sets up his recording booth in the basement. 

Here is where the book gets weird! Strange things are picked up in Peter's sample recording, he sees things, and the basement evokes overwhelming feelings of sadness.

While I did like the story, it did not give me the thrills and chills that I was hoping to get from a haunted house story. For me, this was a bit tame. It reminded me of those Goosebumps stories that my kids read. I was hoping for something a little darker and scarier.

Chris Sorensen is an audiobook narrator by profession, and his reading was done well. His pace was good, and his voice conveyed the mood of the story. Here is a sample of the narration:


3 stars!! It was good, and I enjoyed it. Thanks again to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to review this audiobook!

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