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A Voice From Beyond The Grave?
College students Kenji and Dylan stumble upon a strange recording in the background of an obscure song. It's a woman's voice, uttering a string of seemingly random characters. Upon further inspection, the song appears to have been embedded with a hidden message. Attempting to crack the mysterious code and becoming obsessed with the recording
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Kindle Edition, 165 pages
Published May 31st 2016
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Vicki
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books, thriller
Transmissions by Ambrose Ibsen has had me listening for the last 6 hours to Jake Urry. With chilling distinction, a woman's voice chanting an obscure message pulls three men into an eerie situation in Minnesota. The visual and vocal hallucinations were impossibly provoking to these men.

I enjoyed this story so much. It was intriguing and it kept me listening to this chilling story.
I enjoyed Kenji, Reggie, and Dylan. These three men are caught up in a situation that would seriously tax any norma
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Petra
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had to go on a lengthy road trip today and thought listening to this in the car would keep me entertained. It did, but next time I drive along dark, isolated country roads on my own for hours on end I might have to pick something less creepy. I had no idea how much this supernatural thriller was going to freak me out. This was my third book by Ambrose Ibsen and definitely my favorite so far. I've listened to quite a few stories narrated by Jake Urry and I have always commented on how well he d ...more
BookLoversLife
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such an awesome, creepy, different type of ghost story.

This is the story of College students, Kenji and Dylan, and a retired Vietnam vet, Reggie Cash. It starts with the boys finding a female voice uttering something in a song. It plays on their mind until they eventually get it cleaned up and realise that she is uttering coordinates. They decide to see where the coordinates lead them and take a road trip!

Meanwhile, Reggie is watching a war documentary when he seems to see the same wo
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Nancy
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scary
4.5 Stars, it's not an "Amazing" 5-Star; but a book that drew me into the story and had me more and more interested, riveted really, by it.

I listened to the Audible recording and believe narrator Jake Urry added to the "delightfulness" of this book. [His pronunciation of a couple words (urinal and Buick) are humorous.] The combination of Ibsen's writing and Urry's portrayal of his story is close to perfection for a scary creepy book.

Not a book for everyone, but was definitely one for my taste.
A. Hunt
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kenji and Dylan are two college students who didn't go home for break, like the rest of the campus. Choosing to stay and just hung out, they played video games and listened to music. Until a pirated album Kenji wanted, is played through headphones. A particular song, Cannibalism seems to have something hidden beneath it's ambient drone- something that resembled a message. Not far away, a man watching a WWII documentary discovered a figure that didn't belong. Not part of the film crew, the figure ...more
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Review to come. Pleasantly creepy novella.
Latasha
** I received this audiobook in exchange for a honest review**

Bravo!! This one was good! The narrator and recording was perfect, I had no problems with either.
In this book, Mr. Ibsen has created a wonderful modern day ghost story. I can see him pulling influences from all kinds of things to weave this story. There’s gypsy magic, the black or dark man of the woods (sign his book? 😝) EVP’s, those crazy & scary number stations and more! He blends all these together for a crazy and entertainin
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Jim Lay
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up.
Ibsen is like a self-taught pianist that hits most of the right keys and consistently delivers awesome horror "melodies". One of my favorite new author discoveries this past year.
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Review: TRANSMISSION by Ambrose Ibsen

I have admired the writings of Ambrose Ibsen for quite some time now, but I truly think that with his newest story, TRANSMISSION, he has outdone even the high standards he reached in earlier books. The tale of two feckless University of Wisconsin students during Winter Break, TRANSMISSION is a story of obsession, manifestation, purpose, and a very, very dark realm which some on the earthly [living] plane can reach. It is also at core a narrative of sheer intr
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Bogdan
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting story of a paranormal mystery.

Also, there were some surprise references to romanians and an occult rite, but really, no truth there.

Anyway this is the second work that I read this year in wich romanians have involvement in some dark rituals. In a way we`re associated with the gypsys so, there you go, mystery solved.

The book has a gripping feeling an let you guess almost half of the way of your road ahead with the mystery involved.

Not bad, considering that I`ve recently tried to read
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Joshua
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Lot of buildup next to no payoff.
Shanelle
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book would be an excellent movie :) The ending was kind of abrupt. I need to know more! What happens next?
Jeanine
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty good but the story drags on parts.
Meagan
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
nice , creepy read. I listened to the audio book at work. it has,been raining all day, so this was perfect.
Pixelina
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror-spooky
A whole lot of build-up for a little fizzle ending.
Nice enough writing just lacking plot-wise.
Cat Tutt
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one was pleasingly creepy for me, and the end definitely left me with a chill. Highly recommended for horror lovers!

*5 Stars
Jessica George
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Unique & unexpected ending - loved it!

Fun & interesting story idea! "Transmission" caught my eye on Amazon's recommendations list for me. As soon as I read the description & saw the cover, I knew I needed to read this book. The lives of three men - two college roommates (both bored & spooked over being the only two left on campus over a long break) and a retired Vet - are brought together after a series of seemingly "coincidental factors/odd occurrences." The three physically mee
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Simona Nielsen
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook review: This is another great, supernatural thriller from Ambrose Ibsen and it had me on the edge on my seat. It's extremely suspenseful and heart-pounding and the characters are great.

The story could have been a bit shorter - it dragged out in some places, but despite that, I couldn't stop listening. The plot is so well-developed that I had to listen to the end.

The suspense starts at the very beginning with a hidden message in a song, that gets college students Kenji and Dylan to inv
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Sandra
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I bought this book on impulse without reading reviews and I wasn't sure what to expect. This book was unexpected, good, and creepy. It was so good I listened to the audiobook version in one sitting. At first the narrator didn't seem to match the story or characters, but after I listened for a bit the narrator added a spooky element.
overall, this was an enjoyable book.
Lonnie Trout
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Tension

Author ratcheted up the tension little by little and I liked that but did ever read a book wherein the characters seemed so stupid that by the end you were hoping something horrid happens to them. This is that book.
curleduptoes
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Super creepy. Felt genuinely thrilling after a long long time. Must read for horror lovers.
Katharine Francis
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-read-books
To read or not to read Transmission by Ambrose Ibsen.

Transmission is the first novel I’ve read, and by read I mean listened to on Amazon’s Audible, by Ambrose Ibsen, and I plan on checking out more of his books.

The Summary

Transmission centers around two college students Kenji and Dylan during Christmas break. While everyone is going home to celebrate, the pair stays behind to enjoy the peace until classes start back up. Kenji stumbles upon a song online that has an embedded message from a woman
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Stan James
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Transmission is a short, direct, no-filler, no subplot horror story with perfunctory prose that feels more like an initial treatment for something more substantial than a complete work.

It's perfectly okay as is, but that's my main issue--it's just okay. Nearly every aspect of it falls short of its potential. The student protagonists of Kenji and Dylan are sketches and I never really felt much of anything for them. The Vietnam vet Reggie (you are reminded he is a Vietnam vet--for no real reason--
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Arda
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've read and listened to quite a few Ambrose Ibsen novels this year. Before this one, I read Black Acres, which I think is my favorite of his thus far. Then I read Transmission. It's definitely neck-in-neck with Black Acres as far as my favorite Ibsen novel.

I'm not easy to scare or creep out. The past two books have done both, though. I was surprised when Black Acres scared me and I'm surprised now. I'm impressed. I'd like to think that it's because I finished the book at 3 AM, in the dark, to
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Russ Taylor
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good time, nice atmosphere.

This was the first Amdrose Ibsen book I've read. Having started and stopped many "horror" offerings on Kindle Unlimited I was pleasantly surprised. This book is creepy, and interesting, and I was genuinely insterested to see where it all went. If you like kind of weird, subtle horror, I think you'll enjoy it. My favorite books are those that stick to a premise and build an interesting world around it. I usually go for more Gore and Splatterpunk but very much enjoyed t
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Laura
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
I enjoyed this story. I really wanted it to be a suspenseful ghost story. It wasn't that but I can't really hold that against it. Ibsen gave me just enough to want to keep going back and find out why Kenji is so obsessed with figuring out the mysterious woman's recording. We jump back and forth between Kenji/Dylan and Reggie's perspectives to keep the pace going. Now that I think about it, the story reminds me of a current horror/suspense movie. Like, the trailer is interesting but you know the ...more
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***** AUDIOBOOK REVIEW *****

4.5 Stars

Transmission is just what I expect from Ambrose Ibsen. I would have loved a bit more if Ibsen had developed the storyline’s details a bit more. I wanted him to go a bit more inside the happenings. Plus that book... I so wanted more on the book.

Jake Urry has the best voice for creepy books. That deep tone can reach right into your chest cavity and speed up your heart rate. His accent is one I could listen to all day long. I can’t be the only one who gets chil
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Lester  Schnicklauf
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book starts with an OK premise but begs LOTS of questions. The plot is held together with the thinnest of threads, with kind of a 'meah' ending.

:::::: Spoiler questions :::::::

• Why did only TWO ppl get the message?
• What kind of ghost uses HAM RADIO coordinates?
• Why did the old gypsy put an AD in Craigslist?
• What happened to the old gypsy?
• Does an apparition known as "The Dark One" really need to KNOCK???

Lolapaige
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Disappointing

Having enjoyed 'The sick House' I looked forward to reading this book. Unfortunately it was not as good. This story was okay but it dragged a bit and I was bored with it so often that it took me far longer to read than it should have. None of the characters were really likable or relatable so I couldn't care less what they did or what happened to them.
Alexander Rose
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
The trouble with reading every book by an author is that you read the ones you like the best first, naturally. This one was ok, but felt a little contrived and while it had its very scary moments, it underwhelmed by Ibsen's standards. The conceit was pretty fucking terrifying, though. I'll still keep buying everything this guy puts out.
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Once upon a time, a young Ambrose Ibsen discovered a collection of ghost stories on his father's bookshelf. He was never the same again.

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