Great story. It also doesn't shy around adult themes of sex. I saw the movie version of this book, and I loved it. When I finely read the book, I fell in love with the concept all over again. Richard Masterson is a great writer. I loved his Twilight Zone stories. Great story.
I loves me my audiobooks!!!
I'm going to write this review like the author wrote this book:
Me: "I cannot believe how banal this "horror" novel was."
Them: "can't you?"
Me: "no. I am asking for a refund of my credit for it."
Them: "are you?"
Me: "yes! Now stop repeating everything I say with a question mark!"
Them: "should I?"
Me: "gosh darn it. I want my refund."
Honestly - I adore the horror genre. I devour Stephen Kings, loved Helter Skelter, the Amityville Horror, the Haunting of Hill House, and the Exorcist. This pales in comparison. I had heard the book picked up in its second half. I just finished the whole audiobook and thought to myself - wait - shouldn't there be another file?!
The characters are flat and two dimensional. (The skeptical scientist literally goes around muttering to himself "be rational, now. Be rational.").
The narrator clearly has no idea what a woman sounds like beyond simpering ineptitude and tremulous timidity.
Finally - if the worst Matheson can come up with for inciting fear of demonic possession is women acting on sexual frustration - especially in *gasp* a homosexual manner...bah. I'm so annoyed right now.
Them: "are you?"
The book is relatively long and boring read in my opinion. I like scary and this one didn't even have its moments. That said, I am pretty hard to scare. I particularly dislike the constant reliance of the two female characters being so reliant on the two men. It seems the moment they walk into the house they become slaves to their baser instinct and submit to constant sexual harassment from the house ( although the men seem to be immune, don't ask me why - there's a great detail of discussion as to the perverse nature of the house and how it affected both the ladies and the gentlemen but with the current lot only the women seem subjected to it). I do you think that Ray Porter did an excellent job of portraying the voices as described by other reviews. Overall the story has enough 'action' to keep you listening but there are scenes that made me want to fast forward simply because of the absurdity of it. I dunno about you but once a house tried to kill me 2 or 3 times I might be inclined to learn my lesson and go. I guess that's why it's fiction ( and entertaining?). I did make it through but in the future I'll use my credit for something a little wiser.
Just don't give up on the srory, while it does come across sometimes as dated material, the uneasy aspects of the novel can really affect you if you let them
I've been writing software for over twenty years. Most of the books in my collection are science fiction or computer related materials.
This story isn't really a new one, but it's still rather creepy and is capable of making your hairs stand straight. Ray Porter does a great job as always conveying the tale of Hell House.
As with everything else I have read by Matheson, this book was awesome. I really enjoyed the characters and situation as well as the twist at the end. Will recommend to my friends.
A great story from one of my favorite authors. I listened to the story from beginning to end in roughly 2 days, I couldn't put it down! My only complaint would be the reader's female voice; it could get a bit grating at times. This is only my opinion and didn't distract me from the story.