• Wretchedness

  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (182 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Once it takes hold, it never lets go...

Like an illness, fear spreads. Healthy minds are withered by paranoia. Can anything stop the contagion?

A peculiar tablet unearthed in a Middle Eastern ossuary provokes madness in those who encounter it. One by one, people come under the tablet's sway and are subjected to horrific visions and dreams. In time, the tablet's true purpose becomes clear: It is the harbinger of an eons-dead god whose reemergence will steep the world in terror and suffering. Having put the pieces together, two men race against the clock and attempt to disrupt the terrifying work of an ancient cult.

Wretchedness is a full-length novel of supernatural terror by Ambrose Ibsen.

©2015 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2017 Ambrose Ibsen

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Even creepier

Exorcist meets...I don't know what but holy jesus this book kept me up. I had to turn it OFF and keep a nitelite going for days after.

Beware of old ladies and freaky mysterious artifacts.

The narrator is beyond compare...adds to the fright.

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Creeptastic.

So Ambrose Ibsen has done it again!! This book was awesome. The author has created an extremely creepy and terrifying book.

This was a slow burner in a way. We don't get a true sense of what the tablet is, or what it does for a while, but the plot is also fast paced and intense. We are thrown into the story right from the start and from there, it's a never ending series of events and creepy things happening.

The author has a way of making it easy to connect to his characters. They just feel so real. This is no different. I liked all the characters and connected with them easily.

In all, this was a well written and developed book. The world building was awesome and the plot was fascinating. The idea of an unearthed tablet and what it caused was equal parts terrifying as it was captivating.

Jake Urry is such a talented narrator. He has an amazing array of tones and voices and his ability to capture the atmosphere of the book was phenomenal. He just oozed creepiness!! When you pair him with an Ambrose Ibsen novel, it's certain to be a winner!

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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Most Creepy Book Ever!

Would you consider the audio edition of Wretchedness to be better than the print version?

Definitely the audio is better as the reader has the perfect voice to creep you out and make your skin crawl!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the dreadful feeling of waiting for the horrible things to happen as the reader was getting to the scary parts.

Which character – as performed by Jake Urry – was your favorite?

Can't decide. He did them all perfectly. I could picture them each in my mind.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely. Once I was in "the zone" it was hard to do anything else.

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The absolutely PERFECT reader for this chilling tale.

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Wretchedness

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This audiobook is scary edge of your seat thriller that's full of suspense for the listener. This book held me in its grip to the very end. It is soo scary that I have to pause for several times and regroup.

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BEST IBSEN YET

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I cannot say enough good things about the work of Ambrose Ibsen. His stuff is just right up my ally - sophisticated and satisfying paranormal stories and "Wretchedness" was by far the best one yet! This story had several interweaving plot lines that made for a complex and interesting listen. Not only that, but the paranormal concept was one I hadn't come across before (which is pretty impressive seeing as almost every instance of "ghosts" has become a total cliche). I won't say anymore for fear of spoilers. I will say, though, that if you are even vaguely interested in paranormal stories, you should really give "Wretchedness" a shot - it's absolutely fantastic. Jake Urry is phenomenal, as always!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Love this writter!

When I see Ambrose's name come across the screen as the writter, I know I will get a spooky story out him. This book was no different. Tho it was not one of Favs from him, it was still very good. and creepy. just my style! I really liked his play on fear in this one. Thank you very much Ambrose for anther fun read.
I found Jakes to be very good for this title.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Wretchedness

Another spooky story by one of my favorite authors! An acient tablet found in a desert brings new horror to a small neighborhood.Jake Urrys unique voice adds so much to the experience.Loved it!“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Creepy-Good-Fun

Ambrose Ibsen seems to have a knack for the creepy story. This book is a prime example. The characters are believable, their motives are justified and the supernatural aspects all will make your skin crawl.

The Narrator did a fine job, I just struggled with his accent for about the first half of the book. I had to start it over because I was confused due to having a hard time understanding him. Once I went back through the first chapter or two, I acclimated to his voice and had no issues after that.

I received a free preview copy of this audiobook and have left a voluntary review.

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Archaeological Thriller at its best

I just finished this audiobook by Ambrose Ibsen with Jake Urey as the narrator. What a journey. The unfolding of the story was done in such a way that I was unable to walk away for a moment. The anticipation was grand in this book. I found myself holding my breath waiting for the next sentence.

Archaeological horror is such a fun genre. The uncovering of a mystery and the connecting the historical dots is completely fascination. Well done!

Amazing storytelling from Ambrose and amazing characterization by Jake. These two are the perfect one-two punch in a horror story

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Haunted tablet

Typically I like Ambrose Ibsen and Jake Urry. Scary tales with a spooky voice. Jake does a great job but I didn't really care for the story. I hope it was me and not the story but I didn't find myself interested in it and often thought where is this going. Most of Ibsen stories are haunting but this one didn't hold my attention or spook me. The story was unique and I appreciate that.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • TerryHeth
  • 08-28-17

Creepy

A very creepy spooky story. I enjoy Jakes narration as he keeps the creepiness of the tale alive & keeps the momentum flowing really well.
The story itself was good, with a few twist and built up to find yourself waiting for what was next.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 08-31-17

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Narrator Jake Urry, could, if he wanted to do so, make Winnie the Pooh sound sinister - and this is no tale of friendly nursery toys. Instead, Wretchedness is what befalls the protagonists who are brought under the influence of some dark mystery. One which could threaten the world as we know it.
It is a straightforward horror story, creepy in the writing and made even more so by the brilliant narration as Mr.Urry squeezes every comma for creepiness from the text. And a very good ending.

Not for the fainthearted, but otherwise, highly recommended.

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  • Neville Townsend
  • 02-15-21

Creepy

First rate horror novel, very creepy. Like a H P Lovecraft book. The narrator adds to the creepyness of the book

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  • Tony Bough
  • 10-27-19

Holding my breath waiting for the story to unfold

I'm going to start with the narration for a change because wow. Jake Urey's narration is amazing.
I can't say that I'm that familiar with horror based in an archaeological setting. But I like it. It's a great creepy tale with a brilliant sense of pace. We get twists and turns and I certainly keep wanting more.

I really enjoyed this book. It's edge of your seat suspense and you are gripped from the start to the conclusion. A really cool book! Jump in and enjoy!!!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • pointlessgods
  • 10-18-19

just wretched

great stuff absolutely full of tension thanks to jake urry a great narrator for horror.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 07-04-18

Loved it!

Oh my days! Oh my days! What a book! Absolutely flipping terrifying. Right from the first paragraph you are thrown into the deep end. The story moves along at a seriously fast pace, leaving you breathless from the speed and the sheer unrelenting terror. Ambrose Ibsen has written a story which is dark, atmospheric and deeply disturbing. It's horror writing at its absolute best. How many times did I find myself jumping at shadows and checking people's skin for any hint of blue. On its own the story is mind blowingly frightening. But then add the narration of Jake Urry and you'll find the hairs on the back of your neck standing completely upright and your legs quivering like a bowl of jelly. The partnership of Ibsen and Urry takes this book to the top of the out of this world super league. As for the ending, I was WTF? That simply cannot be, mouth hanging open, in shock. Genius, pure genius. If you like horror, you're going to love this book and I'm really proud to recommend it.

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  • Homeburd
  • 11-10-17

A really good horror story

I don’t listen to many audiobooks but there is something quite joyous about having a book read to you. To be honest this is not a book that I would have picked up to read as I generally avoid horror but I really enjoyed listening to it. I have listened to other books narrated by Jake Urry and knew that I would like listening to his voice but I’m genuinely surprised how much I enjoyed the story so maybe Ambrose Ibsen has converted me to horror. There was a great build of tension as the book progressed and an ending that was worth waiting for.

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  • Sarah Fox
  • 07-31-20

EXCELLENTLY executed and creepy (in a great way)

Really enjoyed this narrator and the clever writing and dialogue of this book!!!! will definitely be purchasing more from this dream team!!! thanks for producing such great stories!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-20

Deliciously creepy

I loved this book. Ambrose Ibsen is a literary genius who has beautifully crafted a suspenseful, spin chilling, macabre horror novel which had me hooked from chapter 1. If horror genre appeals to you and if you don't mind some gore, this page-turner would make your blood run cold! Hats off to the talented narrator who made the book thoroughly enjoyable!

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