Unbury Carol: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The New York Times best-selling author of Bird Box returns with a supernatural thriller of love, redemption, and murder.
Named one of the best books of the year by Newsweek.
“This one haunts you for reasons you can’t quite put your finger on.... [Josh Malerman] defies categories and comparisons with other writers.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times...but her many deaths are not final: They are comas, a waking slumber indistinguishable from death, each lasting days.
Only two people know of Carol's eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune and - when she lapses into another coma - plots to seize it by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her...alive. The other is her lost love, the infamous outlaw James Moxie. When word of Carol's dreadful fate reaches him, Moxie rides the Trail again to save his beloved from an early, unnatural grave.
And all the while, awake and aware, Carol fights to free herself from the crippling darkness that binds her - summoning her own fierce will to survive. As the players in this drama of life and death fight to decide her fate, Carol must in the end battle to save herself.
The haunting story of a woman literally bringing herself back from the dead, Unbury Carol is a twisted take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that will stay with you long after you've heard the final minute.
Praise for Unbury Carol:
“Fantastically clever. A breakneck ride to save a life already lost, proving sometimes death is only the beginning.” (J. D. Barker, internationally best-selling author of The Fourth Monkey)
“Breathtaking and menacing...an intricately plotted, lyrical page-turner about love, betrayal, revenge, and the primal fear of being buried alive.” (Booklist, starred review)
“Unbury Carol is a Poe story set in the weird West we all carry inside us, and it not only hits the ground running, it digs into that ground, too. About six wonderful feet.” (Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mongrels)
“Bleakly lyrical à la Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor.” (Library Journal, starred review)
“With vivid prose and characters that leap off the page, guns a-blazing, Unbury Carol creates its own lingering legend, dragging you along like an obstinate horse toward a righteous storm of an ending.” (Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Phasma)
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 50 minutes|
|Narrator||Dan John Miller|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 10, 2018|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #178,668 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,234 in Western Fiction
#6,108 in Horror Fiction
#10,747 in Action & Adventure Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2018
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I stayed with this book because I hoped the end would redeem itself, and for that reason I'm glad I finished it. The ending is really quite clever and very satisfying.
Carol Evers suffers from a condition which causes her to lapse into a coma; sometimes for days at a time. While under, Carol seems almost dead. No breath shows up on a mirror placed beneath her nose and she does not react to outside stimulation. Now, her husband Dwight wants to bury her: alive. Dwight's motivation is her huge sum of money. But another knows of her condition; James Moxie.
Moxie is a former lover of Carol's who fled before things got serious between them. Now, with the tip of Carol's servant woman Farrah, Moxie has begun the trek to save her before it's too late. But Moxie is not alone in his pursuit, for someone is pursuing him; a drifter named Smoke, who lost his legs in a fight. Smoke has a habit of burning things, and he now has his sights set on Moxie. Only two days remain before Carol is to be buried. Will Moxie make it in time to save her, or will Smoke catch up to him first?
"Unbury Carol" is a scary thriller that plays upon everyone's worst fear, that of being buried alive. The characters are well-developed, especially Smoke, and the story itself is chilling. Set against the backdrop of the Old West, "Unbury Carol" takes the reader on a frightening adventure of a young woman and the hero trying to save her before it's too late. Highly recommended.
Carol lives with her husband Dwight in a grand house in the town of Harrows which is located at the end of the infamous Trail.
Carol has had a medical condition since early childhood; a coma that makes her appear dead...she and her mother try to invent ways to stave off premature burial...
Dwight Evers, Carol's husband, is a greedy man who really doesn't care about Carol.
One evening Carol goes into one of her comas. Her maid runs to get Dwight who pronounces her dead even though he knows of her condition and places Carol in the cellar to await her funeral...
Falling, falling, falling in Howltown...Carol's name for where the coma takes her...
Carol has an old love who knows of her condition, a Trail outlaw named James Moxie ( a lotta nerve the author had naming him Moxie). When he gets word that Carol has died and will be buried in two days, he hits the Trail to save her from premature burial...
Dwight has hired a ruthless killer called Smoke to kill Moxie before he can thwart his evil plan. Smoke is known for his method of murder...with oil and fire...
Will Carol be saved from premature burial in time?...or will Dwight succeed and have her fortune?
This "Perils of Pauline" western/thriller was a decent story. I avoided reading it for so long because I thought, from the title, that it was just another vampire story. Once you get through the first couple of chapters the story becomes interesting. 3 1/2 stars for this tale.
Also, it definitely felt like this "western" was not researched properly. Or even at all. Did not feel like the setting, or the dialogue, or the terminology the author used, was correct for a true western novel. In particular, I could NOT get past the character's use of personal "coaches" as a means of transportation in this story. I am no historian, but I believe coaches were more associated with public transportation, as opposed to a wagon or buggy for personal use. It seems highly unlikely for a husband and wife to be driving themselves around in a coach. I don't know why, but this was a HUGE peeve for me and probably what got under my skin the most, ultimately leading to me throwing in the towel.
As to what happened to Carol, I have no idea, and I couldn't care less.