Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded
No not yet as there might be really scary stories out there that could rattle your bones and send a chill down your spine.
The performance was too flat and at stages too whiny or over dramatic.
Disappointment mainly, I thought I was in for a scary listen but I only got flat B-Movie (or book) stuff.
Those listeners/readers that have experience with this genre should skip over, it's not worth the credit.
It's up there based on Ray Porter alone. I think I would love listening to him read the dictionary.
There were many spooky parts that were great and some cringe worthy ones as well.
The whole thing. You can always tell which characters are talking w/o having to be told. Most definitely the best narrator I have come across.
Like I said before, it's definitely not for the faint of heart. It's not extremely violent or gory but the are certain parts where you are just like.....damn.
A good book by one of the better horror writers ever made even better by today's best narrator.
Ray Porter, Yes
I would have added a few more
Ray Porter was the only reason I finished this book, another version of House on Haunted Hill by Vincent Price stuck in the back of my mind for some reason.
Uniquely Twisted Ending
The Ending scene was by far my favorite but the book was filled with great ones!
I wanted to but couldn't put the time into it.. Finished it in 2 sittings :)
Haunted house stories have been written many times, and while there may be a lot of good ones, I loved this one. I simply cannot find a flaw in the story worth mentioning. Matheson could have done anything he wanted with this tale. He could easily have gone all out with the paranormal, but instead he chooses to exercise restraint. The supernatural phenomena that occur do so slowly, increasing in intensity as the book goes on. Just when you think all is well, Matheson hits you again with twice the force. The perfect example of this occurs with the main character Barrett, towards the end of the novel. Chilling and memorable.
One of the more intriguing themes of the book is the "Science Vs. Spiritualism" debate. It is clear that Matheson does his homework on the things he writes about. This makes the story feel more fleshed out. And what is most surprising is the fact that the book presents evidence for the establishment of both schools of thought. This isn't so apparent until you reach the end of the book.
Ray Porter's narration is outstanding. He crafts a different voice and persona for each character perfectly, from the cool and logical Barrett, to the naive and vulnerable Edith. Even his guttural, hissing renditions of the maniacal forces that inhabit Hell House are jarring.
If you wish to read a haunted house story with balls from a master of horror, look no further. This one should be the epitome of them all.
The story was insane and so tense! I was totally invloved and on the edge of my seat the whole time! I have never read anything like it and it is one of the best books I have ever read!
Live a little and listen to a book.
Yes, you could seperate the characters just by listening.
The BATHROOM scene near the end of the book. It was completely overboard and really not needed at all.
If I could have given the book half a star I would have.
Although I have seen multiple movie adaptations this book kept in engaged the whole time
Fischer - I loved how his character became the hero
Dr. Lionel Barrett
Nope, just kept me interested
Spooky at times, but nothing to loose sleep over. But, it is incredibly tough to scare me. Nonetheless, this story was one of the most well written story I've ever read/heard. It was fun and never dragged. A few grotesque parts, but mostly it kept you drawn in by the story itself, not using gore to make u squirm. So far this is my favorite book on here.
Writer, Reader, Former Bookseller (RIP Borders)
Hell house uses the old classic devises with deft talent. Matheson is one of the best of the best, and this book is no exception. Horror is so rarely scary anymore. I listened to this in the dark, and my skin crawled. The narration is kinda bad at times, especially with the female characters... but, in the end, you can't get a great deep throated horror reader who is also a sweet high pitched daisy, right?