I was very lonely as a teen and books were my escape. Thanks to my father who introduced me to the love of reading.
Suspenseful , Eerie, Thrilling
The Legend of Hell House is a 1973 British horror film
The book was just as scary as the movie when I first saw it. The narrator Ray Porter was exceptional in making the characters believable and his discriptions were so vivid of the times and events in the book.
I would highly recommend this book as a listen if you love suspense or horror. The book is very graphic and I would not recommend it to the weak.
Richard Matheson is a master of subtlety! Hell House invites you into its' madness and doesn't release you to the very end. As the characters approach the house, the feeling of doom is almost palpable. Matheson's proficiency at weaving simile and metaphor to tingle your spine is genius. The author wrote a masterpiece of horror without having to revert to gore instead relying on imagery a craft Matheson's knows all to well.
This was seriously the worst and most disgusting book I have ever listened too.I actually ended up returning it, but wanted to give others a heads up.
I like scary stories, and I am not squeamish at all. This book just went WAY too far though. Was it scary, at times? Yes. There were definitely "jump out at you" moments consistently, which would have been good if the content hadn't been so perverted. That is the only way I can truly describe this book, perverted.
I get that sometimes, sex is mixed in with violence, that is part of the genre. But as I said, this book took it way too far. I feel like none of the reviews or descriptions I read prepared me for it. The Hell House is a house of complete debauchery, and the haunting reflect that. I ended up skipping over long, drawn out rape scenes (rape is never sexy).
On top of all that, the characters are pretty shallow and stupid. They continue repeating the same thoughts over and over, and there is not really any character development or even plot development. When I wasn't wanting to fast forward, I was yawning. Lastly, the narration (which was done by Ray Porter, who I really liked in Water for Elephants) was very jarring. He switches off between whispers and shouting so much that I would find myself jumping, not because of the plot of the story, but because suddenly someone is shouting in my ear.
I would not recommend this book, ever, to anyone. It sucked.
Sure, it's easy to listen to and good scary!
He got a really good voice
yes, I am sure I missed parts of it.
wife of lead man
scary, scary, scary
I remember reading the book back in the seventies. It was as scary as The Shining but with a haunted house. Listening to it was just as scary.
I bought this book a couple of months ago but never got around to listening to it. That changed when I had a day off work this week and was looking for something to lose myself in for a day. This was PERFECT!
The story completely swept me away. It wasn't "scary"...but it definitely had elements of creepiness that I enjoyed. I have yet to find a book that I really found scary...and I will keep looking...but this was just a great story that I really lost myself in. I listened to it start to finish in one day.
The narrator for this was excellent. I actually started to listen to this book after trying to start two other books that I turned off in less than a minute because I did not like the narrators.
I audited this novel based on the high ratings it had. I couldn't be more disappointed.
This novel flopped back and forth between corny predictability and nonsensical. The leaps of logic made by the characters was so far out as to be stupid and this book was nothing more than a BARELY mediocre 'horror' story.
It was all I could do to let the story finish. I wish I could have those hours of my life back.
The Lady Posh
Drag Queen Bonanza. He was fine when narrating action, but outright laughable when performing the women's parts. It was supposed to be a tension filled horror story but when he spoke one of the female character's lines, I burst out laughing on more than one occasion. They were all wrong and too unsubtle to keep me in the story. I'll finish listening to it but I'm going to buy a physical copy so I can actually read the story and absorb all the atmosphere that his unintentionally hilarious performance destroyed.
This book was ridiculous and has not stood the test of time well. But, as an example of 1970s social attitudes, it's a pretty amusing read. The only thing really scary about it is 1970s attitudes towards women and homosexuality.
Important lessons learned from this book:
-If you're a lady and you wander alone in a haunted house, you will either be tempted to have sex with ghosts or become a lesbian. You're definitely going to have sex with *something*, if you go off wandering alone. Mens: keep an eye on your womens.
-Tiny ladybrains cannot understand technical science things.
-Scientists are generally assholes and especially don't like being challenged by ladies.
-Being attacked by a slime monster while trapped in a steam room seems like a pretty scary way to go.
The narration by Ray Porter was, as expected, absolutely excellent.