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Author: Blake Crouch Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781423394730
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On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman and child in a remote gold mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins, and not a single bone was ever found. One hundred thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town so that they can learn what happened. With them is a psychic, and a paranormal photographer—as the town is rumored to be haunted. A party that tried to explore the town years ago was never heard from again. What this crew is about to discover is that twenty miles from civilization, with a blizzard bearing down, they are not alone, and the past is very much alive.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 2/17/2014

    " Ehhh, not that bad, but not that good either. Interesting enough to keep me reading, but by the ending I felt like the author was trying to see how many plot twists he could fit into a single novel. I would have enjoyed it more if the book had stayed the ghost story its beginnings hinted at. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/15/2014

    " The story was there...but the author wasn't always so good at articulating it. It's been a long time since I've read a book where I had to stop and re-read a passage several times to figure out what the author was talking about. Aside from the issues with the flow, it was an interesting, eerie, story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammie | 2/12/2014

    " This book was very action-filled and the mystery had many twists, which I didn't see coming. I like that! It wasn't really about anything paranormal as I expected it to be, but instead was a psychological thriller with some very real antagonists! Well written and researched; I could easily visualize the ghost town in the mountains and the people who had once lived there. A VERY good read. I am highly recommending this book to my husband as I know he will enjoy the action/suspense scenes! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitch | 2/2/2014

    " the story was ok, but the author rambled on on on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine | 1/16/2014

    " Would have been better had not so many swear words been used that I doubt were used in the 1800s to begin with. It did keep my interest, or I would not have finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KarenLee | 1/14/2014

    " I found it difficult to rate this book. I enjoyed it and kept listening, but found the 1893 story and characters much more interesting than those of the present day story. I also thought the narrator, Luke Daniels, rather droned on at times. If the story telling and character development of the present day story line matched the quality of the 1893 story line, I probably would have given it 4 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 1/8/2014

    " Amazing story,without doubt the best thriller i have read this year.Even had a great ending,superb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jared | 12/24/2013

    " an exciting read, despite a slow start... but nothing that will go down as classic literature, by any means. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 12/18/2013

    " Not my normal read, but from the moment I picked it up, I was hooked! Looking forward to reading more of his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn | 11/27/2013

    " Very well written, toggling between 1999 and 1893, kept things in perspective and all came together in the end. Alot of killing but that was the basis of the book, what greedy people do both then and now! recommend reading it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 11/25/2013

    " This was a fun book by a local author. Talked about areas of Colorado that I've been to which gave it a very familiar feeling "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 9/18/2013

    " Amazing book. Will have to read his others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 7/20/2013

    " I liked this book! It kept me in suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 6/29/2013

    " Could hardly put it down! The suspense was tight, the story was great, I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/24/2013

    " Abandon was well written and even though it was not the type of book that i usually read i found it enjoyable. Would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 4/20/2013

    " enjoyed it, not as sick & twisted as the other 2...but well done. I liked the historical aspect of the old west & the present day coming together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Staci | 1/4/2013

    " This book scared the crap out of me and that is a good thing! The plot twists and turns in all the right ways and there is no trite happy ending. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 9/19/2012

    " Not at all what I expected. I was expecting a traditional ghost story but got a heist novel. Was pleasantly surprised by the read. Will continue to read more from the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 7/7/2012

    " Entertaining story. Kept me guessing to the end. Fast and easy read. I would recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/5/2012

    " So many twists and turns you couldn't figure it out until the end when you got the whole story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/26/2012

    " It wasnt so much as scary as it was sad... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marybeth | 4/29/2011

    " Just picked this out at the library and was very pleasantly surprised. I thought it was going to be more of a paranormal type of story but ended up in a totally different direction. I really enjoyed it. Intend on picking up more of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/3/2011

    " Holy smokes! This one is a thriller. There isn't a moment where the tension lets up.
    A story told across a century. If you are a slow reader you may have to look back and see what happened in the previous century because it jumps time. But other than that it was a THRILLING read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 2/8/2011

    " A shattered, heartbreaking thriller. A rare find I can't recommend enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 2/3/2011

    "
    Ok, well, I didn't really finish this one, but I'm calling it, I don't think I'll finish.

    I got too scared. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 1/21/2011

    " It wasnt so much as scary as it was sad... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 9/16/2010

    " This was a good story. The ending was a little bit but predictable, but still well worth the read. I read the book a bit ago and totally forgot that I read it, so it wasn't one that made a huge bang in my reading mind like so many books have done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 6/21/2010

    " Amazing book. Will have to read his others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 4/21/2010

    " This was a fun book by a local author. Talked about areas of Colorado that I've been to which gave it a very familiar feeling "

About the Author

Blake Crouch, novelist and screenwriter, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Dark Matter. He an internationally bestselling novelist and screenwriter. His Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a top-rated 2015 television series for Fox, on which M. Night Shyamalan served as executive producer. With Chad Hodge, he also created Good Behavior, the TNT television show starring Michelle Dockery, based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He has written more than a dozen novels, which have been translated into over thirty languages, and his short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

About the Narrator

Luke Daniels, winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and a finalist for the Audie Award for best narration, is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction. His background is in classical theater and film, and he has performed at repertory theaters around the country.