Hell House

  • by Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by Ray Porter
  • 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity. But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House.
Hell House, which inspired the 1973 film The Legend of Hell House, is Matheson's most frightening and shocking book, and an acknowledged classic of the genre.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very much of its time.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think if you remember this book when it was release (I think sometimes in the 70s) then you may be nostalgic for it.

What didn’t you like about Ray Porter’s performance?

It was all a bit flat for my liking.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I found it a bit boring to be honest and didn't manage to finish.

Any additional comments?

From the reviews I'd read I thought this would suit me, a good scarey horror story with an extra dollop of 70s sauce. However I was never scared and could easily listen in bed with the lights off. Tried about 3 hours and the story never really got going for me.

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- Andy Russell

Gripping stuff

I really enjoyed this book and so wanted to hear more that I took the long way home on more than one occasion so I could get a few extra minutes in. It is well written and the dynamics between the characters are presented clearly. The story unfolds at a pleasing rate and each aspect is brought into play well.

The narration is good although there were some unexpected pauses but it was placed well, clear, the characters well defined and the other 'people' in the book were easily told apart.

I was impressed overall and will certainly be checking out more by this author. As mentioned in another review, the content of Hell House can be somewhat graphic but it is integral to the story, not gratuitous for shock value.
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- Sue

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-05-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.