I am a fan of horror fiction. Not the slasher stuff or anything too corporeal but rather all things paranormal. The last 10 years have seen an explosion of the horror genre and the “paranormal twist” has been applied to almost every genre – its paranormal meets romance, paranormal meets detective mystery, and don’t get me started about zombies. Don’t get me wrong, I love the selection but sometimes I just crave the unadorned, back-to-the-basics ghost story. That is why when I came across Peter Straub’s “Ghost Story,” the unadorned title sold me.
“Ghost Story” is long, the characters are numerous, and it takes a while to get used to Straub’s shifting perspective, but those that stick with this book will enjoy what they find. This is a well written novel with a tight plot that is very good at setting a gloomy tone with tension that slowly builds. The mystery is slowly revealed and compelling. One particular aspect of this novel that I found unique was that the paranormal entities were multidimensional and had character with motivations that made sense. I am happy I found this novel, and I would put it on my list of “must reads” for the genre.
One other thing worth mentioning here is that the narration is excellent, and really helped with the shifting perspective and with keeping track of characters.
Ok...the operative word here is "creeping." I enjoyed the first ⅓ of this book, as it delves into the troubled memories and dreams of a group of elderly men who form a small social circle which they call the "Chowder Club."
However, at least for me, the second ⅔ slowed to an agonizing crawl, especially as the story ebbed into graphic horror and explicit supernaturalism. I prefer a more subtle horror, one which leaves some ambiguity as to the whether the nightmarish experiences of the characters arise from a state of mind or to objective reality. Regardless of whether you share this taste, the pacing of the book beomes almost painfully slow. The only thing that kept me going was curiosity about the teaser which appears in the book's prologue.
The narration is not nearly so bad as some would have it. It is quite well suited to the sections narrated by members of the Chowder Club, and somewhat less so to other sections, but still quite serviceable.
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.
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 can't understand why Ghost Story isn't more popular or more highly rated by Audible members. It's one of the best ghost stories of all time and comparable to Stephen King's best writing. The book held my rapt attention for 19 hours. The narrator did a great job with the male voices but not so well with the female ones.
This was an ok story. Not scary to me, but pretty interesting. I enjoy this genre, I don't like Gore, I like ghosts and paranormal stuff. This was like that. I enjoyed the characters. The way they interacted was enjoyable. The narrator was ok, he didn't do women's voices too well, but it didn't interfere with the story. Overall it was entertaining and I looked forward to my hour long commute for my night shifts, that's a good sign that the book is enjoyable. The ending was good, it didn't leave you hanging or anything.
I have listened to many audio books and am a Horror Story fanatic a ghost Story by Peter Straub was middle of the road for me. the beginning was catchy but then it lost its excitement and it was hard for me to keep my attention focused on the book. it again grabbed me towards the end and I thought it ended pretty good! I've heard people say this is the best horror story ever written but I'd have to argue against that. it was good but I think I've listened to and read a lot better. I would definitely recommend it but not under the assumption that it's going to be the best horror novel you've ever heard.
Fans of a more gothic version of Stephen King might like this. *Might*.
I had high expectations because I'd heard it was a favorite of Stephen King's.
Did his best
I couldn't distinguish any of them
Really a disappointment. Going to have to return this one.
Suspenseful, fascinating, and entertaining
IT. I haven't actually read IT, but it touches on having to finally face an old horror from youth
Spears! His voice was perfect for that character
Not particularly, but I did enjoy it
I think this book was probably terrifying in its time, and probably is still terrifying to people that are less desensitized as me from way too many horror movies and books already.
My only complaint is that there are times it gets too wordy and the wordiness causes a loss of eeriness/suspense. But he brings it back every time