• The Haunting of Rainier Asylum

  • Beckoning Dead Series, Book 2
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Melissa Moran
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (199 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Having explored the shadowed ruin of Beacon Hill, Sadie and August are drawn deeper into a dark and winding history. It was at the infamous Rainier Asylum that local horrors were first conjured, and compelled by a mix of duty and guilt, the librarians begin to look into the institution's sordid past.

For years, locals have reported seeing something hideous stalking about the abandoned asylum - something with large eyes and twisted limbs. When a young farmhand meets this diabolical presence face to face and disappears, Sadie and August decide to visit the site to search for him, certain that his disappearance is linked to their investigation.

There, they find the nighted corners of the shuttered institution are astir with many terrible apparitions. The things that walk the halls of Rainier Asylum are horrific beyond imagining, and as she descends into the depths of the forsaken building, Sadie stumbles upon something most unexpected - something that connects her to the very horrors she seeks to overcome.

©2019 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2020 Tantor

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Interesting and spooky. Enjoyed the characters.

This was an interesting story and the first by this author for me. I love ghost tales, and the things that Sadie experienced gave me chills at times. I loved how she was willing to accept what she saw and felt, and still had the nerve to move on. She did get scared also, making her a more believable character. She had a wonderful supporter in August. I would like to read the first in the series, though it is not necessary to do so before listening to this. Melissa Moran did a wonderful job with the narration of this audiobook, properly scared, spooky, and real.

I received a copy of this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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Great 2nd book

Absolutely enjoyed this one even more than the first one. Narrator does a great job!!

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Way better as I went into the book further

So, I was way not a fan early on - everyone seemed so STUPID... I put down the book - but wanted to find out what happened! Ultimately I did finish it and it turned out to be a great book. I think I'll try and read it again - trying not to be frustrated with it.... LOL Good story

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WOW!

this was another good book, good to read on a dark and stormy night. the narrator did a great job.

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I have it a shot

The first book in this series, Haunting of Beacon Hill, was a better story than this one. Unfortunately, they’re both somewhat ruined by the narrator. Not only is she nasally, and she places her tongue incorrectly when saying certain letters (especially “st” combos), but she tends to end every chapter with an upward inflection as if the sentence isn’t complete. Very annoying. This series isn’t worth continuing with, though every other book by Mr. Ibsen I have loved! (Just stick with Mr. Hempel !)

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Boring!

Not much of a plot - just running around a haunted asylum bumping into nasty things.

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I loved it!

I loved the layout of the entire book. So detailed I could see it clearly!

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A whole lot of nothing

Very few explanations of why anything happened or who certain characters were even in the book.

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could have been so much better

have you ever seen a movie where the author takes months away just to write a book and ends up writing it on the plane ride home? yeah that's what I feel like Ambrose did for this book, it was just a last minute hurry and write it.

I feel like this is the worst book Ambrose has ever written. Hopefully book 3 will be better.

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Awful

I price myself on being able to complete difficult reads but this book is horrible! The readers voice grates on my ears. I am unable to finish it. What a shame