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Echo

By: Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Narrated by: David Wayman,Greg Lockett,Lauryn Allman
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Summary

A startlingly original horror novel from the author of Hex.

It's one thing to lose your life.

It's another to lose your soul.

When climber Nick Grevers is brought down from the mountains after a terrible accident, he has lost his looks, his hopes and his climbing companion. His account of what happened on the forbidden peak of the Maudit is garbled, almost hallucinogenic. Soon it becomes apparent more than his shattered body has returned: those who treat his disfigured face begin experiencing extraordinary and disturbing psychic events that suggest that Nick has unleashed some ancient and primal menace on his ill-fated expedition.

Nick's partner, Sam Avery, has a terrible choice to make. He fell in love with Nick's youth, vitality and beauty. Now these are gone, and all that is left is a haunted mummy - worse, a glimpse beneath the bandages can literally send a person insane.

Sam must decide: either to flee to America or to take Nick on a journey back to the mountains, the very source of the curse, the little Alpine village of Grimnetz, its soul-possessed Birds of Death and its legends of human sacrifice and, ultimately, its haunted mountain, the Maudit. 

Dutch writer Thomas Olde Heuvelt is a Hugo Award winner and has been hailed as the future of speculative fiction in Europe. His work combines a unique blend of popular culture and fairy-tale myth that is utterly unique. Echo follows his sensational debut English-language novel, Hex.

©2022 Thomas Olde Heuvelt (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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"This is totally, brilliantly original." (Stephen King)

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Absolutely chilling

This was such a great horror book with the amazing performance on all acounts. The story was genuinely creepy, with memorable scares and imagery that really freaked me out.

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I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed.

This book took years off my life...Not because I enjoyed it, but because I feel I have aged significantly since I started listening to it. It starts off creepy but then the story begins to drag and lose its way. Ice ages may have passed for all I know. Civilizations may have risen and fallen as I almost spitefully trudged through the meandering disjointed plot with a drip-fed focus on what happened to Nick and too much emphasis on the vapid narcissistic character of Sam, who in my opinion is absolutely insufferable

I hadn't heard of Thomas Olde Heuvelt until I read his fantastically chilling cautionary tale HEX. It ranks as one of my favourite books so I excitedly went into this book hoping for more creepy as Hell, supernatural happenings...My hopes were dashed entirely. The problem with this book is that the glacial buildup ultimately leads to a lacklustre, drawn-out ending with no payoff whatsoever.



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Couldn’t get into it

The story line jumped around so much that I lost interest. Half way through and still no idea what it’s about

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Big mountain chills..

So overall i enjiyed fhis story, clearly influenced by Chuck Palahniuk early works (invisable monsters especially) in style not content.
The story hss soom crepy momentum but loses it way in the middle and adds what fills like a fair but of filler.
The Sam and Nick characters are grear but some of the side characters are underdeveloped and pretty much interchangeable.
Theres is a surprising amount of humour in the story which helps when the horror is really diet coke levels and not full fat.

The performance is greart, especially the Sam performance.

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I listened to it all I need the medal, pockets were fantastic

I had to listen to it all as I’d squandered one of my last credits on it!
Unimpressed by the ending
The last chapter was really far away from the somewhere story, but here n there the mental imagery w scintillating, Nick his voice yes I could listen to his delivery his passion, the other Sam I’d leave him soon as he started I couldn’t settle with his voice dialogue story.
Demonic ice mountain, the murder the falling sonic great stuff
Lots of other stuff didn’t need to be there
On The whole I liked it, heard about it on talking scared soo it was a follow up
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Irritating main character

Some chilling imagery, but overall the length takes away from the impact of the horror. The main character, Sam, is one of the most self obsessed, idiotic, narcissistic and overall dislikable characters I've ever come across. Much preferred the character and performance of Nick.

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Painfully long

Repetitive, tedious and far too long. There is no mystery here (that's revealed at the earliest opportunity), the characters are flat and unpleasant, and the horror fleeting and without impact. This needed an edit, and some focus. He can write though and some of the pop culture allusions are fun to go along with. Not the greatest performances, and the English narrator features comically bad drop-ins that don't match the original audio.

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Disappointing follow up to Hex

Hex was one of my favourite books of the year, this is simply embarrassing to listen to out loud, horrible, vain characters steeped in shallow conceit, always referring to how great they look and judging everyone they meet by their physical appearance, particularly women, seriously, perhaps we are meant to dislike the protagonists, but I think it's just clumsy writing. No real drama, feels like one of those tomes from the seventies, padded and weirdly boring, six hours in I just don't want to give it any more time.
... Eventually finished this, really wasn't worth the time, disappointing ending, truly horrible people to spend time with, weirdly mean to female characters. There might be a story in here, the villagers who have lived for generations with a possessed mountain, but the protagonists here just use people, and glibly talk about their 'pec's', just don't bother, instead re-listen to Hex again.

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Brilliantly performed

In summary, I really liked this book and would recommend it. Performances are awesome. As is usual with most novels these days, it could probably have been shorter, there does seem to be repetition which slows the novel down, and is the reason I gave it 4 stars overall, but I really could not 'put it down' and certainly found myself as enchanted by the Modi as the characters in the book.

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Long, hard going, disappointing

I was looking forward to this novel following the excellent hex written by the author, however I found this extremely slow, the characters unlikeable, it was like wading through thick treacle, I couldn’t even finish it, although I sure did try,
If you are deeply into mountaineering and/or love watching paint dry you may like this.

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