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  • By: A.M. Shine
  • Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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The Creeper

By: A.M. Shine
Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
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Summary

Superstitions only survive if people believe in them...

Renowned academic Dr Sparling seeks help with his project on a remote Irish village. Historical researchers Ben and Chloe are thrilled to be chosen—until they arrive...

The village is isolated and forgotten. There is no record of its history, its stories. There is no friendliness from the locals, only wary looks and whispers. The villagers lock down their homes at sundown. A nameless fear stalks the streets...

Nobody will talk—nobody except one little girl. Her story strikes dread into the hearts of the newcomers. Three times you see him. Each night he comes closer...

That night, Ben and Chloe see a sinister figure watching them. He is the Creeper. He is the nameless fear in the night. Stories keep him alive. And nothing will keep him away...

The Creeper is a masterful tale of horror and suspense, by one of Ireland's most talented emerging authors.

©2022 A.M. Shine (P)2022 W F Howes

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Very good.

First off as we all know what is important in audiobooks, the narrator is good. Irish accent as the book is set in Ireland. But a good narrator.
Now down to the book. I was looking forward to this as I loved The watchers so much. I will admit this one didn’t grab me at first. But I’m so glad I stuck with it. Such a good spooky story and a good satisfying ending. Really really enjoyed it.

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Excellent

After reading his other book “The Watxhers” and really enjoying it, I was intrigued to see how this would be. Really excellent. Great narration, great characters, original story, scary, dark and I love the fact that it’s Irish and based in a fictional part of Ireland. So we have 2 great horror authors now here in Ireland (that I’m aware of, and I read and listen to a lot of horror)
A M Shine and Kealan Patrick Burke.
Erin go Braugh! ☘️

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The horror author I have been searching for. Please write more books.

Proper horror! Sometimes unnecessarily descriptive, but a great original storyline. A must read for true horror fans.

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Good but disappointing

Quite punchy and fun but disappointing in the end. Still very much worth a listen though

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Loved it until the end, but I’ll forgive it

I was absolutely captivated by this clever and creepy story all the way until the last few chapters where it just turned out to be rather weird. Although it’s a brilliant story the end just isn’t what I was being fed the whole way though and I was left pretty disappointed.

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A fantastic listen

I listened to this after enjoying the Watchers by the same author. I preferred the narrator of the Watchers but Aiden Kelly suited this well, and his style was engaging. The lead character isn’t terribly likeable and you don’t start to really warm to him until towards the end… which is perhaps part of the wonder of this excellent novel. A great story with a cracking twist.

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Great horror

recommended for fans of creeping dread, in the same style as Adam Nevill's the Ritual

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decent all rounder

good story, well written and scary or at least gripping. the narrator is very good too. Although, the author seems to have got bored with the cop storyline.

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  • dylan church
  • 04-01-23

The Creeper

A little confused as to what "the creeper" was at the end. I'm still unsure. No spoilers. I think I'll have to give it another listen which i have no problem with doing. It's a great story! Likeable, realistic characters. They had faults but they did their best. The Creeper, as a character, was truly scary. Albeit confusing. Another great piece of writing like The Watchers. The narrators of both books were pitch perfect.

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  • Selinda Tuttle
  • 19-12-22

Could have been exciting

I just couldn’t connect. I started the book three times thinking I hadn’t given it a fair shot but I just couldn’t get into the characters. There just wasn’t enough to keep me interested.

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  • WALTER E. SAMS
  • 16-12-22

Really???

Worst story I’ve ever heard of. You’ve got to be kidding me.. terrible terrible. Terrible

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  • Traumadoll
  • 21-11-22

Suspenseful and definitely creepy

Generally my tastes in horror lean toward monsters, both supernatural monsters like zombies and real world monsters like, well, humans. I love my zombies and I love me some extreme horror and splatterpunk. Give me all the gore!

However, every once in a while I pick up a book or one by an author I’ve seen highly recommended in one of the many bookish online communities that I follow. Something thematically different than my usual favorites. A.M. Shine is one such author. You may recognize him from his earlier work, The Watchers, which is also on my staggeringly long TBR.

This one took me a minute to get into, as it is somewhat of a slow burner and I tend to prefer a faster pace. But much like that children’s tale of the tortoise and the rabbit, slow and steady wins the race. This is the story of a pair of researchers, Ben and Chloe, who are hired by an old eccentric to visit the village from which the superstition of a monster called the creeper originates. They make the trip and are warned off, but allowed to stay for one day on the condition that they conclude interviews by dark and leave the following morning. Ben makes an earnest attempt at learning the origins of the story from the village folk and feels like he’s failed due to the villagers’ unwillingness to talk, until he and Chloe are visited by a child as they’re getting ready to settle in for the night before leaving in the morning.

The author was really good about including little details, both about the legend and events as they are happening, to tie everything together. He left no big glaring loose ends. And if you’re a skeptic like Ben and myself, the ending and epilogue are quite satisfying. My one gripe is that maybe the build up was a bit too slow burning. There were some slightly creepy things early on, but it didn’t get truly terrifying for Ben and Chloe until about halfway through the book. By then I was definitely on the edge of my seat, right up until we get to the twist. And at that point, the reader is resigned to their fate same as Ben is resigned to his.

Solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me. Before the twist, it would have been one star lower. It is well written, but there are some things my brain just isn’t frightened by. So the ending was pretty satisfying. Was it scary? I didn’t think so. But it was suspenseful and had lots of creepy parts that kept me engaged and rooting for the unlucky researchers. Highly recommend adding it to your spooky season reading list.

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  • Christie Cummins
  • 02-11-22

original

at first the book was slow. get ready though as I had to listen to the book in spurts and not at night before bed. Its an original take on the boogie man. worth the credit.

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  • April
  • 30-10-22

The ending..

Not a satisfying ending at all. I purchased this because I’d read A.M. Shine’s The Watchers. It had a better ending and overall story

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  • Jasmine
  • 19-01-23

Good. Not as Good as Others

I have no complaints about the narration. The book was interesting. I liked the ending. But I've read others by this author that were better. However, there is excellent descriptive language which I did love. It was good. Just not a favorite. Worth a read though.

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  • Richard C. Lynch
  • 17-01-23

Ok read. Weak end

Not much left to say. Was intrigued until the end which disappointed me. The narrator was great.

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  • Shanna
  • 20-10-22

pretty good

I was hesitant to waste a credit but this was a pretty good and entertaining listen.

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  • Natalie B
  • 12-10-22

Extremely creepy!

Here's what reading A.M. Shine's book The Creeper feels like:
You're on a train ride to a place you've gone many times before. Everything is going as expected. You are not going to go off the rails. You are not going to crash. You relax and let go of the arm rest. But as you near the station, you realize the train is not slowing down. In fact it's speeding up. The train shoots past your stop at breakneck speed. You ask the conductor what is going on. The conductor just stares straight ahead as he informs you that the railway has fulfilled its obligation to get you to your expected destination. But check your ticket, and you'll see that nowhere on it does it say the railway company has to let you off at that destination. No, after your destination passes by they can do whatever they please with you, for as long as they please, he says. Then he smiles at you, and for the first time you see his mouth is full of sharp, pointed teeth. You start to cry. He starts to laugh.
5 stars. Highly recommend!