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.
This is another re-read for me. I read the paper version as a child, and all I could really remember was that I loved it. Wow! What a story. Bernadette Dunne has a very young sounding voice, which was perfect for narrating as Mary Kat, the sociopathic girl at the heart of this story.
What I hadn't remembered was the suspense. The slow reveal of what had happened, and how Shirley Jackson was able to surprise me at so many turns by going a different direction than I expected and still thrilling me.
The genius is in how she can play on your sympathies. The main character is an unreliable narrator and a frightening person, and yet she has my sympathy. I'm on her side.
Shirley Jackson writes such a beautiful story. Her sentences are perfectly crafted. Bernadette Dunne then spins the web with her narration that lures the listener in and ensnares them in this strange place.
The writing is excellent. After reading "The Haunting of Hill House" and her short story "The Lottery", I think this is her best work. The writing is like peeling the layers on an onion. Each sentence reveals just a little bit more of Constance and Mary Catherine.
She found every nuance in the Jackson's wonderful narrative. She brought a richness to each character and her narration was haunting.
The reveals are expected but hearing the way they are presented is sad and moving.
The characters are rich, the writing is flawless and the narration brings the story to life in way that will haunt your dreams.
The story is truly fabulous and I can't imagine a better reading. Thank you Bernadette!