If you enjoy dark stories of slowly creeping madness, give this one a listen. I couldn't turn it off.
I am an amateur ethno- botanist, an Apple evangelist and an avid consumer of audio books.Audio- books have given more choices of what to have in my head while I am doing mindless tasks. Audible has become more important now than when I first joined since I have limited shelf space in our new apartment.
I read this book many years ago along with "The Haunting of Hill House". Shirley Jackson had a genius for the inner monologue of her main characters. This form of listening to the story makes it impossible for us not to want to interject a little more wisdom into that shallow gene pool of a town.
You know what is bound to happen but you must listen pulled along by the story's intense rhythm and the narrator's voice. Like a picnic in a grave yard, this small piece of classic horror, makes you aware that it is not the dead we have to fear.
I can't wait to share this one with my daughter, who shares my love of all sorts of plants and fungi. Especially those that can kill.LOL
Why ever would I do that?
I found this book creepy - but I don't really know what was going on. Two stars instead of one b/c maybe I just wasn't smart enough to figure it out. Put it down. Money down the drain ...
I've read books since and can't put my finger on it, but I do remember I didn't care for the narrator.
I've had this book sitting in my library for well over a year and haven't touched it.
finally got to it so that I can mark it as read and was pleasantly surprised.
it leaves a little mystery at the end and that's a door I'd rather leave closed. I've seen enough horror shows and read plenty of books to be able to paint my own horrific tale on the matter.
i would rank this audiobook pretty high up there in the great writer catagory , i give it a 10 for being super scary without pretension.
my choice of reading material is already so off the beaten path that i may try to share the story with anyone who would listen .
perfect she did a great, great job.
i found it interesting when the main character was saying "magic words " to herself for good luck. i loved constance's sweetness and good , patient nature
who sprinkled the sugar?
I'm usually pretty neutral at best about narrators who are not the authors. However, I like this reader particularly for this story. It is a really good match. Enjoy! ....great spooky story too.
Her voice is soft and soothing and draws you in to the characters.
This is my 2nd favorite Shirley Jackson story, right behind The Haunting of Hill House. It's very weird and creepy, but not really a ghost story.
The author clearly (to me) is manipulating readers emotionally with open glee in this macabre story! Is someone actually guilty of a crime, or not? It takes awhile before the listener is sure. With whom should our sympathies lie? Is an inborn feral nature automatically evil? (We had a neighborhood cat with a pronounced sweet nature; nonetheless, I also saw him slaughter many birds and mice! I fed him often with tidbits of fried chicken....)
Of course, small town natives are infamous for their aroused feral natures whenever a resident is 'different'. Do two wrongs....etc etc etc.
Narration is excellent. This book is a good listen.