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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Willis Walker Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Molly Cates Series Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9781436169790
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Mary Willis Walker, the Edgar Award–winning author of The Red Scream, returns to the bestseller list with this relentlessly heart-wrenching story of kidnapping, religious fanaticism, and courage.

When cult leader Samuel Mordecai orders his followers to hijack a bus load of children, it becomes part of his final preparation for the battle of Armageddon. Rescuing the eleven young children from their captors seems impossible until Texas magazine reporter Molly Cates—the only journalist to interview the reclusive Mordecai—begins to engage him in a harrowing and intense psychological battle.

Filled with characters who embody desperation, intolerance, unwavering heroism, and hope, Under the Beetle’s Cellar is a spellbinding modern morality tale. Narrator C. J. Critt’s sublime pacing and accent changes perfectly compliment Walker’s engrossing novel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You are not going to be able to put it down!”

    Washington Times

  • “The suspense is unrelenting!”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Walker is a master at building suspense to a well-nigh unbearable level, and her spellbinding plot, outstanding writing, and one-of-a-kind characters will keep readers mesmerized until the shocking climax.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stella Belikiewicz | 2/14/2014

    " So, I'm not entirely sure if this book deserves the five star rating I'm giving it, because I read it back when I was in high school, something like fourteen years ago, and I'm not sure if my high school self can be trusted to accurately remember how good the book was. HOWEVER, I've remembered how much I enjoyed this book for all these years, so it clearly made quite an impression on me. It's the story of a war vet turned school bus driver who is kidnapped with his entire busload full of kids by a cult leader. He and the kids are imprisoned inside the bus, and the story of their daily lives as prisoners unfolds in a thoroughly thoughtful and riveting way. Very fascinating and suspenseful. Apparently this book is one in a series of books about the adventures of a crime reporter named Molly Cates and I can't exactly recall how she becomes involved in the story, I remember her being a pretty fascinating and cool character as well. I'll have to re-read and see if the five star rating holds up! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie Maskus | 1/27/2014

    " Read for Mystery Book Club 3/2004 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cali | 1/26/2014

    " I really liked this book, and would have given it 4 stars except that the language is pretty shocking throughout. It is a riveting, fictional, story of a group of school kids and their bus driver who are taken hostage by a religious cult. It is a little slow moving, but intriguing just the same. If foul language doesn't bother you than I would definitely recommend it, otherwise steer clear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brigitte | 1/24/2014

    " I loved this thriller. It's fast-paced and you're almost scared to find out what happens next. You keep rooting for the characters and you feel kinda sorry for Mordecai. It's a whirlwind of events and you can't wait to get to the finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vasha7 | 1/11/2014

    " Well done suspense, good human interactions. Ending could have been even better than it was, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 1/10/2014

    " Creepy. Suspensful. AMAZING!!! Just go out and read it, okay? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy Elkins | 12/29/2013

    " One of my favorite books...ever! When I started reading it I wasnt sure I would even enjoy it but as I easily progressed through the book I fell inlove with it! Great story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole | 12/27/2013

    " Again, a very scarey mystery but "Legion" is stil my favorite bad guy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 12/24/2013

    " This is a story you will never forget....I recommend highly! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sara warner | 12/19/2013

    " read this Austin author too long ago to remember much more than it was cool that these were all set in Austin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randa | 10/3/2013

    " I liked the storyline and the plot of this book. Apart from the necessary action sequence, it could have been a real story. The pace of the storytelling is also good, I read it almost in one sitting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 9/5/2013

    " Very Good; Continuing character: crime reporter Molly Cates; religious zealot seals kids and bus driver underground while authorities determine how to rescue them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 3/24/2013

    " I liked some of her other work better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 2/9/2013

    " This book won both the Anthony and Mcavity awards and is one of the most suspenseful books I have ever read. A real I-can't-put-this-down-until-I-finish-it book but you don't want it to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla Lien | 11/19/2012

    " BEST BOOK OF ALL TIME. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dixie | 9/23/2012

    " One of my favorites! It is so intense and draws you into the situation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 2/22/2012

    " I'd read anything by this Austin author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Injuneer | 6/11/2011

    " a four and a half/maybe a five "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Cox | 5/7/2011

    " This book was a surprise. I picked it up on a whim. It turned out to be a pretty good story. It deals with a cult who is holding 11 school children and their bus driver hostage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee Pawlish | 1/25/2011

    " One of the best books I've ever read, I even wanted to cry at the end. That's incredible writing! It's a great story, a great mystery, and you won't want to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlene Arteta | 1/5/2011

    " One of the scariest books I've ever read--with a tremendous story behind it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 5/5/2010

    " Great audiobook with Anna Fields narrating. Miss her voice so much. It is always a treat to find a book she read that I have not listened to yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 4/3/2010

    " This book was fanatastic. The bus driver was a hero, and the children were amazingly brave and resilient. I loved the characters, the plot was different, and the author writes like a dream. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Marx | 9/3/2009

    " A very suspensfull read! I can't wait to read more by the author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 9/20/2008

    " I read this book when I was around 11 years old and I carried it with me everywhere. I think it's not only an excellent read but one which is easy to relate with and true. None of the characters are perfect and none of them are evil. There is dimension and depth to each. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Willis Walker

Mary Willis Walker is an American crime fiction author.

About the Narrator

C. J. Critt is a veteran of Broadway, regional theater, poetry slams, and solo shows. Hailed “Spoken Word Queen” by the Dallas Observer, Critt is a produced writer-director, an Audie nominee, and a CableACE Award winner.