The narrator is totally creepy, and the story is like the Addams Family for grownups. I absolutely loved it. I mean, the "mystery" part is not so much a mystery. I won't spoil it for anyone, but I figured it out relatively quickly, but there was something in the narrative that sort of makes me think you're supposed to. The mystery isn't really the point.
I love this book, and can see myself listening to it over and over.
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
I found this book disturbing at best. I kept hoping it would improve but just got worse and worse. This was truly a look into the mind of a completely disturbed child that should have been institutionalized or better yet aborted. Not at all what I expected and not a pleasant surprise.
gerrymor Auburn, AL My favorites are books read by the authors. Janis Ian is superb.
Just as good now as it was when it first came out. Thank you for the pleasure of an old friend revisited.
This was a wonderful performance, and the story is creepy in a nice subtle way. However I felt it became a bit rambling towards the end and dragged a bit because of this.
Tells the story of eccentrics who survived the family poisoning. Your main character is delusional, her sister is down trodden and the surviving uncle is obsessed with documenting what happened the day of the poisoning. It is a depressing book and ends with no redemption or solutions. It totally bummed me out.
There is a noticeable buzzing/distortion through the whole book. Horribly distracting.
Her performance was ok, it was the HORRIBLE SOUND QUALITY
Hello, I'm a Seattle native, former ESL teacher and Spanish interpreter. I'm into photography, mycology, nature, camping, art and music.
This book was originally published in the early 60's and in that context this is a really well written Twilight Zone, Amazing Tales sort of scary story.
I listened to it all the way through in one afternoon and I really enjoyed it. The narrator stays out of the way of story without dazzling.
A bizarre and quirky rendition of a child's/woman's? daydreams and her outlook on reality. Her mind is definitely unstable and her sister isn't altogether there either, but they care for each other deeply and the cruelties of the strangers seem unfair. This story has an eerie quality to it, but it's all presented in a light, delusional atmosphere that doesn't really help with the creepy factor. You find yourself almost agreeing with some of the thoughts the main character has throughout the book. But, like I said, bizarre. I feel like there are a few questions the author purposefully didn't answer in the book, to keep the reading either guessing or formulating their own thoughts, but it would be awesome to have an "extra" section that explains some of the behavior and thoughts of the characters.