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 loved this book to a point that it left me wanting for more just like it for weeks! "Hill House" is great, but "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" surpasses it in my opinion - the buildup, the unreliable narrator, the way the story is woven together and the twists are revealed all come together beautifully.
Bernadette Dunne also narrated The Haunting of Hill House, and I liked her equally in both cases. She suits the pacing and tone very well, and does great things with the often-anxious feeling of Jackson's main characters.
I enjoyed the style of the narration and the detail. I wanted to know more about the characters. It felt like reading a script that I never got to see acted out.
You will always discover something new each time you reread it. Bernadette Dunne completely elevated to story. Like one other reviewer said; this book took on a surprisingly different tone than the one I read during my school days. Creepy, mysterious, endearing
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?