The narrator, Bernadette Dunne, is an excellent performer. Her voice brought each character alive and honestly, it was her performance that compelled me to keep going to the end of the book. At the time it was written I'm sure it was groundbreaking and I respect that. It conveys such horror and dread so quietly, so subtly. Yet throughout the whole book I felt irritated. The main characters are so narcissistic, immature and even mentally ill, I found it painful to spend time with them, listening to their thoughts and conversations. I'm glad I listened to know why it's so well known but I'll never go back to Hill House.
Horror? no. Haunting of hill house starts out as the beginnings of a horror story, and apart form a weird house with weird doors and staff, goes nowhere. The horror was the listening, not that the narration was bad, but the story could not engage me enough to pay attention. For others it might be a fine book, for me..... not
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No. Everything is told from one person's point of view and this person is very unreliable and flighty. You never really find out if what she describes is really happening. Some people like that ambiguity and it can be an interesting plot device but it can't be the entire plot.
The reader was good at doing both male and female voices.
It has been a move and I didn't see it.
This is a mediocre character study dressed up in a ghost story.
I was disappointed with the story, which is supposed to be a foundation of the haunted house genre. It wasn't scary at all, and it's repetitiveness was frustrating and boring. Narrator told the story well.
I liked that it was over.
Not very mysterious and the ending was dreadful. Don't bother finding out for yourself.
I was looking for a good, spooky story for Halloween time and this book just dragged on and on to the point I gave up. It was very slow and the narration was annoying. This book goes in the "return" bin.
truthfully, it wasn't well spent. it's not that the book isn't well written, it just isn't scary. at all. for 'haunted house' books, Hellhouse is much better.
I wouldn't recommend it. very little actually 'happens.'
none, she does a good job.
No to Author / Yes to Narrator
No, just from this author
When she first drove up to the house...I thought it might actually be scary.
I would have added more of what the other characters were thinking...it was too inside one of the characters heads
The book had a great story line, but go so off course with the crazy rambling thoughts of one of the characters that it lost me every time. What could have been a scary scene where you were on the edge of your page-turning-seat, instead turned into a ridiculous dialog that the individual was having with themselves.
An old fashioned haunted house story. No actual sightings, just a pervasive sense of disquiet and unease, unexplained sounds, and gradual personality changes. Well read narration, but the story is slow by current standards.