Terrifying Audiobooks {Make the Most of a Creepy Book – Listen to the Audiobook Version}

If you want to get the full effect of a creepy book – then let me tell you, the audiobook is the way to go! To get even more into it – do it when you’re home alone, in bed, with ALL of the lights turned OFF!

My first experience with listening to a chilling audiobook was earlier this year with The Passage by Justin Cronin. That book creeped me out in the worse way, and a lot of it had to do with the excellent narration by Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo and Abby Craden. But also the intimate setting of listening to a book makes everything a bit more realistic.

With The Passage, there was a lot of back-story before the “virals” (aka vampires) were made, and that slow buildup was almost excruciatingly suspenseful at times. But when these things were finally let loose, and the World descended rapidly into hell … it was almost like I was there and seeing the end of humanity. Scary! And then the poor few survivors. The mental games that the virals could play was terrible and seeing them lose their minds was almost too much.

After that book, I swore that I wouldn’t listen to any more horror books on audio … and since Rotters by Daniel Kraus isn’t really horror I thought I was safe. But what didn’t occur to me was that creepy books aren’t necessarily going to have “horror” as a genre … I would describe Rotters as “dark contemporary.”

The audiobook narrator is Kirby Heyborne – and he was so good, he won an award (a 2012 Odyssey Award for Best Audiobook produced for Children or Young Adults). The part that he did stupendously was the voice of “Baby” a grave digger who was going insane. He had a Southern drawl and the most nightmarish voice you’ll ever hear!

Of course, now my opinion is doing a complete turnaround and I want to listen to more creepy audiobooks!

What book that you think would be slightly more terrifying as an audiobook?



// Comments //

  1. I’m always looking for good audiobook recommendations, and I did really enjoy Rotters, and I’ve been meaning to check out The Passage, so I think I’ll try the audiobook. Thanks for the recommendations!

  2. Nice. I love that the narrator’s voice was creepy in Rotters. I found that book in my library’s Overdrive after your review and put it on my list.

    The Passage was such a good book any which way you look at it.

  3. kai charles (Fiction State of Mind)

    Oct 16

    One of my favorite scary audios was a cassette tape I had years ago of Clive Barker reading his own novella The Hellbound Heart. Something about his soft voice and British accent made the story so much more real 🙂

  4. Sue Jackson

    Oct 15

    Oh, boy – I have Rotters here on audio! I requested it because it did win that Odyssey award. I must finally get to it. I have been on a post-apocalyptic audio trend – first A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer (viral pandemic) and now In the After by Demitria Lunetta (flesh-eating humans) and both have been good.


  5. Disco Diva

    Oct 15

    People loved The Passage but I stopped after about 200 pages. It wasn’t good by then and I didn’t want to read 5-600 pages more of a bad book.

    But maybe I will try the audio version.

  6. Pamela D

    Oct 15

    Thanks for the audio books recommendations! I am always looking for a good audio book. My most recent scary audio book was Joe Hill’s Horns. Daniel Radcliffe is going to star in the movie version, but I don’t think that I will be able to watch it!

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