"Scary and gripping!"
I LOVED this, really well written. I was gripped by the storyline and simply couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen to the Aires family... Doctor Faraday is easy to follow and a likeable character but I would recommend that others listen to the preview first and make sure the very 'posh' accent of the narrator is not going irritate. The author has clearly researched the historical period in depth and describes the mood of the time brilliantly. Situations and characters are so well described when I think back to the story it is like remembering a film. I had shivers own my spine listening to some parts! Spooky ending, leaves you to make you own mind up... I enjoyed this so much I have downloaded another story by the same author.
"got my attention"
Great story well told. Not over-egged but has enough detail to draw you in. Absorbing.
This is the first book by Sarah Waters I have read and did not regret buying it! Really enjoyable with a slightly unique approach to a ghost story. Simon Vance did an excellent job as the narrator and effectively created the right atmoshphere for a ghost story and portrayed the setting very well. Would highly recommend this book to anyone.
"Haunting and atmospheric"
I really enjoyed this audio book and found it unputdownable. It was quite a haunting tale and I found I kept wanting to find out more. I found the end left me guessing but was glad of this as a more decisive ending could have been quite disappointing.
"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.
"The Little Stranger"
This was excellent old fashioned and beautifully told ghost story.
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.
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.
"Not quite bed time reading"
Excellent! So well written - as you'd expect from Sarah Waters -and the reader captures the character of the narrator exactly. A fab story - spoil yourself!
"a stately pace and an intriguing end"
For much of this book I wanted to scream - get on with it. Characters are unsympathetic and, Dr Faraday is a dreary, and in many ways, santcimonious narrator. Pages of dreary nothing-very-much punctuated with the odd shocking incident... so I suppose much like life at Hundreds Hall itself... Gradually, it crept up on me and eventually I did drop everything, settle down with a bottle of wine and devote an evening to finishing it. An abrupt and ambiguous ending had me clicking back through the chapters to re listen to certain sections - and eventually to search the internet for other people's conclusions. Have still not decided whether I'm right that.....no better not ...read it for yourself.