If he had cut the novel by half the size and focused it much more.
No. There are some interesting passages, but overall it drags and drags, repetitive and filled with stuffing of little intrigue.
I hated the voices for the older women. If Stella was supposed to be a glamorous woman, she sounded here like a goony grandma.
Cut it down by several. The film was on a good path as to what was the most compelling part of the story.
A great book.
It is numerous ghost stories, tied to earlier writers, and expanding on themes that they explored in a more modern context. But, there are numerous layers to this story.
I would but he was the wrong narrator for this book.
This was one of my favorite books when I read it 30 some years ago. It remains a great story. Unfortunately, the narrator is really not appropriate for this story. He creates a lot of inappropriate voices for characters and it is clear that he really doesn't have a good handle on the book. He was ok but his reading takes away from the overall enjoyment.
This is one I will remember.
Suffocatingly creepy and consuming.
This one jumped into my brain at inconvenient moments and compelled me to stop what I was doing and listen again.
Worth every penny.
Yes and no over half the book is a little boring. I think the way the story lines were put together leaves too many slower parts together.
I guess when the female antagonist is playing mind games with the main characters.
The same always. He does a really good old guy/ old lady but all the characters sound the same for example the 18 year old high school kid sounds just like the 80 year old lawyer.
I guess not I have read other stories that are similar in plot that tied everything together better.
It's a hard one to get through. If it wasn't for me read Steven Kings review of it I would have stopped about a quarter of the way through and got my credit back.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book & can't believe I hadn't ever read it before. Narrator did a nice job with so many characters.
I almost didn't get this book because so many people complained about the narrator. While he doesn't do Stella any justice, all the other voices were really good! The narrator had to do upwards of 20 voices, if not more! He did a great job! I was really impressed.
Overall the book was good. I'm not much into fiction but I love scary stories. This wasn't the scariest novel I've ever read, but it was pretty intense at times. I enjoyed it. It was certainly unique.
A true audiophile, I joined Audible in mid-2013 hoping to listen to some of Jonathan Goldstein's work and I've loved it ever since!
Great performance by the narrator, especially considering the length of this book. The story is original and established by well developed characters and a complicated timeline, however the detailed description borders on boredom and left me slightly annoyed. I'm a huge fan of long novels, but I had difficulty finishing this story. If you can get past the first third of the story (nearly 6 hours of listening time) you may find an enjoyable listen.
I think stories like this translate better to film where special effects, sound and imagery really create the creepy mood better than mere words on a page. The book is not terrible, but the first two-thirds can be pretty slow in places. It picks up in the last third if you can make it there. Reading this book in 2014, the 70s setting is very nostalgic!