I can see why this is favorite book for many. It is intelligent and imaginative. The atmosphere is superb. I purchased a hardcopy of the book and read about 90% of it. I picked up the audio version because it was on sale and I was having a hard time finishing because of a busy schedule and for me, it was not quite a page-turner. I found the narrator to be to slow, so I sped up the reading speed on my iPod which worked out fine and glossed over some of the shortcoming of the narrator.
Sure. It's a good book.
He's not very good.
The book is a wonderful read, in print. I have read this several times since Peter Straub wrote it and have always enjoyed it.
I thought I would try out the spoken book while I drive, I drive a truck long haul and it helps the time go by.
The narrator does O.K. when he does a male voice but the female voices are absurd. Little girl, old women or young they all sound as if they're already dead.
I read this book nearly 30 years ago and still remember how it spooked me yet I could not put it down. Ghost Story in audible form was excellent and just as scary as the first time I encountered it. This book has characters I have remembered for over 30 years and it was like hearing from old friends and scary enemies. I'm not much on scary stories but this one was great.
The book might be good, but the narrarator is SO BAD that I can't tell. The narrator ruins the story because the way he makes the characters talk is so un-natural that it distracts one from the story.
I gave the story a single star - Sorry Peter Straub - not because the story is not a good one - probably is - but the Narraration is Terrible and so distracting that I cannot tell one way or the other whether the story is any good or not.
The inflection he uses is incredibly un-natural. Nobody talks the way he talks for the characters. Choppy and the inflection is way off. Monotone in many places and just plain weird... I can't describe it because it's so strange.
It's like listening to a mental patient or someone from another planet who knows the language but doesn't understand inflection.
I have tried to listen to it over and over but turn it off after 10-20 minutes because of the horrible narrartion. It's so bad and distracting from the story (and nearly every character sounds the same) - that I don't even know after 2 hours into the story - exactly who the characters ARE!
I'd buy the paperback book and read it - BUT DON'T RECOMMEND YOU PURCHASE THIS BOOK DUE TO THE NARRATORS INCREDIBLE LACK OF ABILITY TO NARRARATE.
I listened to the sample and the bit that plays doesn't sound too bad... but boy did I find out real fast what a mistake I'd made by wasting a credit.
Whoever decided to use this guy really screwed it up for Peter Straubs chances to make any money from Audible sales.
The producer (if there was one for this book) should have known within minutes that the choice of narrarator was a big mistake! Personally, I'd demote the producer for lack of judgement and probably for intended sabotage and a willing attempt to ruin any attempt to make money from the sale of the book!
Peter Straub should have been able to intervene to stop this deplorable attempt to destroy what is probabaly a good book and have this narrarator replaced.
Peter, you can probably write off any real sales of this book - except for those making the same sucker mistake I made.
I have a couple hundred (litterally) Audible books in my library and occasionally there's a bad narrarator - but this one IS THE WORST EVER.
I'll remember the name of this Narrarator and avoid any other books read by him! Get another job!
And fire the producer for their inept choice and attempt to sabotage what is otherwise no doubt a good book.
It disgusts me that I wasted a credit on this book!
I should have paid more attention to so many previous reviews. The narrator reads sooooooo...very... slowly, and then pauses in between little chunks of phrases, like this:
'She... ran... up... the stairs... (pause) and, looking...down...the hall...(pause) saw that there...was...no one...there.'
Trust me, if you ever suffer from insomnia, turn on this audio recording. You'll... fall... asleep...in...no...time....
Yes I would try another book from Peter Straub
The story is ok as much as I finished. I did not enjoy the reader and the story is to long and drawn out. I did not finish the book!
For a book that is supposedly one of the recent classics of horror, the most horrifying thing is how bad it is: writing style is grade school; story is a mish-mash-mess; & there is nothing scary about it. It amazes me how much $ Straub, King, Simmons, & Koontz have made spilling out hackster-pieces while good writers struggle. There is nothing new or inventive in this book and I was looking forward to it having seen the movie years ago, but the movie is better, though not great. At least the screenwriter distilled the essential elements down to a decent, logical story. GS is easily twice as long as it should be. I've read/listened to Straub's Mr.X and it was also horrid. I've wasted far too much time with these 4 "masters" & do not intend to try any of theirs again: I'm always disappointed and regret the time and the $/credit wasted. For far better writing and story try We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson, which is better than her Haunting of Hill House. Or Some of Your Blood, a nice creepy story by Sturgeon. Some day Audible may hopefully do The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks, excellent and light years beyond these fools talents.