Audiobook Review | Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink

Title: Alice Isn’t Dead

Author: Joseph Fink      

Narrator: Jasika Nicole

Length: 8 hours and 44 minutes

Source: Own Copy
From the New York Times best-selling coauthor of It Devours! and Welcome to Night Vale comes a fast-paced thriller about a truck driver searching across America for the wife she had long assumed to be dead, performed by the voice of the Alice Isn’t Dead podcast, Jasika Nicole, with an exclusive essay written and read by Joseph Fink.

"This isn’t a story. It's a road trip."

Keisha Taylor lived a quiet life with her wife, Alice, until the day that Alice disappeared. After months of searching, presuming she was dead, Keisha held a funeral, mourned, and gradually tried to get on with her life. But that was before Keisha started to see her wife, again and again, in the background of news reports from all over America. Alice isn't dead, and she is showing up at every major tragedy and accident in the country.

Following a line of clues, Keisha takes a job as a long-haul truck driver and begins searching for Alice. In pursuit of her missing wife, she will stumble on a forgotten American history of secret deals and buried crimes, an inhuman serial killer who has picked her as his next target, and an otherworldly conflict being waged in the quiet corners of our nation’s highway system - uncovering a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.

I’ll be honest I am not a huge audiobook fan but I took advantage of a special offer Audible sent to me and as I knew Joseph Fink is behind the wonderful Welcome to Night Vale and I had yet to listen to the podcast version of Alice, I thought I’d try this first.

I can honestly say hand over heart I loved this, It was creepy as anything.  The book is narrated by Jasika Nicole (who also narrates the podcast) as Keisha Taylor, a long haul trucker roaming the highways looking for her wife Alice.

Alice was believed to be dead but she keeps turning up in the back of news reports, Keisha believes Alice is reaching out to her and takes a job as a truck driver hoping that somewhere on the highway she’ll discover her wife and what became of her.  She discovers something all right and it ain’t pleasant.

At a truck stop she encounters a strange man, a man who she sees brutally murdering another commuter, a man who knows she saw this.  From that point on Keisha discovers a whole new world, one full of nightmarish beings who roam the highways looking for their next kill, an anonymous company who are war with these beings and a sense that Alice quite possibly isn’t dead.

Jasika Nicole totally rocks the narration especially as the creepier parts notably the strange men (who are known as the Thistle Men) she really convinces the listener that they are horrific and murderous.  It comes in at just under nine hours, I left the speed at 1 and I felt that was fast enough for listening.

I don’t know if I would have been more creeped out if I had been listening to this whilst driving?  Thankfully I wasn’t I was at home and it creeped me out enough.  I really enjoyed it and I’m going to download the podcast now as it has sound effects to enhance the experience.

A very enjoyable listen.



  1. This sounds amazing! And its sort of reminding me of R.S. Belcher's Brotherhood of the Wheel series.

  2. This does sound creepy...but in a good way. :)

  3. I really like the cover art with the truck and skeleton!


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