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This has got to be one of the best horror stories I have listened to by far.The story is so easy to to get drawn in right from the start, Just a normal family moving in to a old creepy house in a new town, but this house has so much history, the narrator also makes it so scary with his voice, it made me feel jumpy in places I also think this would make a good film too. Highly recommend this book if you like the spooky stuff.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Rarely have I read a book, even a horror story, where the characters' reactions and interactions are this absurd. [Poss. SPOILER] For example, when the mother sees her stepson start spurting blood from his eyes, ears and nose, then vomit copious amounts of gore and fall unconscious, she simply assumes it's a reaction to the priest blessing the house and calmly sits and waits for it to stop. Immediately afterwards she has a little joke and a chat and the episode is never mentioned again! This is not a one-off, such unlikely reactions typify the entire book and cause the characters to lack any credibility whatsoever.
On top of that there is no originality. The plot is cliched, predictable and we've seen it a thousand times before. The realm of supernatural horror is, by definition, not constrained by physical laws or precedent so why is it that every story reads like it's been shoe-horned into the same template? Family move into new house in new town, house has bad history, strange things start to happen, and so on and so forth. Yawn.
The narrator didn't add much either, his voice was often flat and uninspiring and his portrayal of Jack frequently gave me the impression that I was listening to an episode of Family Guy.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Even though the writer seemed to jump scenes prematurely I was enthralled with this book. As a reader I found myself having a "movie" like experience.
Have you listened to any of Gary Tiedemann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
The narrator did throw me off at first, but I adjusted rather quiclky and enjoyed it.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
My favoriate scene was when the ghost child climbes into the bed with Liz and askes "why did my daddy kill me?".
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
Well told. Really creepy, but not heavy-handed. The creepiest parts are when the family isn't quite sure what's going on. One of my favorite parts about this book is Moore's inspiration. He writes that this story is based on experiences he had in one of his childhood homes. Sure, this is fiction and obviously fleshed out to be a complete haunted house story, but thinking about some of the things that Joey (the child) saw and heard as coming from the author's memory gives this an added level of fright for the reader.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful