Book Review: Beyond by Ambrose Ibsen

Posted January 1, 2020 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Horror, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Beyond by Ambrose IbsenBeyond by Ambrose Ibsen
Narrator: Joe Hempel
Published by Self-published on 08-14-19
Genres: Horror
Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: four-stars

Erich Tellier died. Then, he came back to life...
On the night of a long-awaited comet sighting, Erich, a university student, comes back from the dead. Making a miraculous recovery after a horrific car accident, he quickly returns to his musical studies and seems to have a new zest for life. Though he mingles with his fellow students and dedicates himself to his work, those close to him can't help but notice something is wrong, however.

Very wrong.

Erich isn't himself anymore. His personality has changed radically, and where he was once a middling musician, he's suddenly and unaccountably developed a virtuosic talent. He spends his nights awake, walking the streets or throwing lavish parties.

What's more, those who spend time alone with him tend to go insane.

Amid a string of suicides and government conspiracies, the denizens of Moorlake, Ohio find themselves at the center of a blossoming cosmic horror. If they don't find out who—or what—Erich Tellier has become, the horror is bound to spread beyond the confines of their quiet college town.

BEYOND is a tale of cosmic horror by Ambrose Ibsen.

Erich Tellier dies shortly after a terrible car accident on the day that a comet was expected to be seen in the sky. The comet disappears from sight, and shortly after Erich is miraculously revived at the hospital. He returns to his music studies, and some people realize that he is not who he used to be, but the opinions are conflicting.

Most of Ambrose books I have read are about ghosts and haunted houses, but this book is quite different. The blurb defines it as cosmic horror, and I have not found a better way to describe it. There is also a great dose of psychological horror and something that could remind us of a demonic presence, so fans of this type of books will enjoy Beyond. I found it entertaining and original, but it was not my cup of tea. I usually prefer the haunted house stories Ibsen usually writes.

While I found the story interesting enough, it dragged a bit at times. I had the impression that the same story could have been told in fewer words, but it could have been that it was not my favorite subject.

The characters were not fully developed but they were distinctive enough to make me care for them, which is something that really counts for me, aside from genres or writing styles.

The best part of this audiobook was the narration, and also why I decided to try a book that I was not sure if I was going to like or not. Hempel kept my attention with a compelling narration and he brought the characters to life with heartfelt interpretations and distinctive voices and styles. Joe Hempel’s narration definitely made the story better, and had me trying a book that I would not have given a second glance.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: four-stars