"Not very interesting"
I've read the other books by Sarah Waters,which were pretty riveting. This rolled along at a fairly slow pace and not much happened.
This is the first Sarah Walters I have downloaded and from the reading the reviews I was really looking forward to it but it just didn't reach expectations. It was slow and dull, even the allegedly "spooky" moments could not hold my attention. At no point did I feel any belief in any of the characters, who came across as very one dimensional. The ending gave the impression the author just decided she had written enough but was not quite sure where she was going. I only stuck with it to see how it ended, only to find that I knew no more at the end than I did at the beginning - sometimes in that situation the journey from beginning to end justifies this, but not so in this case. The social elements of the story were inadequately covered too, meaning that was neither a complete ghost story nor a complete social statement. The author would have been better sticking to one or the other. Very disappointing.
"A little too slow-paced for this listener"
Good narration and scene-setting but I kept wondering when it was going to become particularly interesting. Post-war rural Warwickshire is an intriguing location for the setting and the description of what, presumably, is just pre-NHS times made me think about medical services in fairly recent times.
"Sad and creepy"
I chose this because I had enjoyed 'The Night Watch' but in fact I think this was better - there were fewer characters and it didn't have that distracting reverse timeline. Not having read the blurb I didn't realise it was a ghost story, which was good, because I approached all the creepy happenings with Dr Faraday's scepticism....until near the end. Although the pace is slow, the story is beautifully told, and I was gripped throughout. I was listening to it while gardening. I enjoyed the descriptions of a country house literally falling to pieces around its inhabitants, and the very convincing 1940s atmosphere - how all the doctors smoke - and offer cigarettes to their patients! Those were the days, eh?
this was not as good as i expected. although the story is well narrated i felt that the story never really got going. I did listen to the end but im not sure it was worth the effort.Would be reluctant to listen to this authour again.
"How can I top this?"
The Little Stranger was my first Audible download. It was so absorbing that it only took me a week to finish. Any excuse and I drove for miles, hoping to get stuck in traffic so I could get in half and hour here and there - luckily the North Circular always obliged. This ticked all the boxes for me (strong plot, sense of place, great characterisation). It's an old-fashioned ghost story, set in a still class-ridden post-war world of upstairs and downstairs. The family doctor is of sceptical mind to all the strange things that happen in the house, so is perfect as the narrator. The setting, Hundreds Hall, which is the star of the show, is described so beautifully I could see it in my mind's eye, both in happier times and in its declining years. Mr Vance does a wonderful job of reading the book, the voices are pitch perfect, the quavering mother, the drawling toff son, the fourteen year old serving girl. It was all such a treat I just don't know how I'm going to replicate the experience with another book.
For me the Dr's persistent inability to listen to his patients makes him too stupid. I realise he is supposed to be an wedded to the scientific/rational approach. Even in post war England, I suspect most Dr's with any intelligence would take on board what everyone else was saying at some point.
I was intrigued by this book right from the start and my fascination with 'Hundred' matched the doctor's. It's steady pace matched well with Whispersync and there was no jarring from changing to audio from reading.
I didn't feel the ending did justice to the writing and I get the feeling that the author started with one idea, the society shift post war but then was taken with the supernatural idea and I am not sure the two ideas work together to make a satisfactory ending.
For all that it was a most enjoyable book.
"Not a ghost story at all"
I got this audiobook on the premise it would be a ghost story, which is wasn't at all. It was alright, but there was absolutely no point to it whatsoever. No spoilers but in the end the main character just goes - I don't know why it happened and I am very sad. No conclusion, not even left with any questions as I dont care about the characters at all. Good if you want a story about 1940s life and relationships but even then basically nothing happens. Not scary, not engaging and a bit of a waste of time.
Great story, kept me gripped and finding excuses to listen to a bit more. The narration was excellent, really nailed the emotionally strangled Dr Farraday and even horsey Caroline.. Spooky and fascinating by turns. Definitely worth getting. I'll be buying all of Sarah Waters books after listening to this and Fingersmith.