The Lake

  • by Richard Laymon
  • Narrated by Stephanie Brush
  • 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Leigh is a beautiful girl, 18 years old, headstrong and rebellious. All she wants from her summer by the lake is a chance to relax and have some fun. And that handsome boy she just met certainly looks like fun. But her summer fling will lead to terror. That night in the old abandoned house will haunt her nightmares for the rest of her life.

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Badly Written or Narrated?

I have read Richard Laymon before and have enjoyed his work. He is a very good ?horror? writer. But unfortunately, this book falls down. A mixture of flashbacks and dream sequences that, whether this is due to the narration or not, don?t seem to fit together.

The story appears unfinished, with characters being introduced and then being forgotten about. For example a character?s background would be described, thus making it appear that the author intended to introduce these characters into the main narrative. But then nothing more is said about them it appears that the author decided against it.

As far as the story goes, it is gory (which is a good thing in a horror novel) and occasionally suspenseful (again, a plus). But the various plots unravel quickly when many events are happening at once and then drag on mundane irrelevant aspects. This gets confusing and towards the end of the book, annoying.

I have subsequently read that the author died before the release of this book and it would appear that this is actually an unfinished novel. This rings true with the above comments.
I have been listening to audio books for many years and am accustomed to listening to the various narrators? respective vocal abilities when reading. Unfortunately, Stephanie Brush was not able to vocally distinguish between the two main characters well. This meant that occasionally it was difficult to recognise who was meant to be speaking. Her increased speed of reading meant that it was difficult to keep track of the narrative. This could be down to poor editing, but it occasionally meant that spoken conversation was mixed up with the narrative, and resulted in difficulty in keeping up with events.

All in all, this doesn?t seem to be one of the author?s best novels and unfortunately has been made worse by the narrator.
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- Gavin

great story, great performance!

great story great performance kept me on the edge of my seat have already ordered my next book!
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- C Hall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2007
  • Publisher: Books in Motion