Living in Northern NJ. Addicted to that spine-tingling rush of fear.
Great story, loved the special effect voices... Really made it work. Haven't been hooked on a book since "The Strain"... I really missed that spine -tingling feeling!
First the Bad News: the ending/reveal of the story is pretty silly and out of left field. The plot and characters sometimes lapse into cliche.
The Good News: In spite of these shortcomings, the story is largely enjoyable and engaging. (I'd probably have given 3 1/2 stars to the story if that were an option, but the goofy ending precludes a 4 star rating for me.) It has good suspense and some genuinely scary moments. The performance is solid and doesn't diminish. Deathless literature it is not, but it kept me entertained and that's what I was looking for.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (horror/suspense) - First of all, this book is creepy and scary, but it's not blood and gore like the cover art suggests. In fact, there is no character that bleeds from her eyes and there's very little bloodshed. The story is about an investigation into a house that is supposedly haunted -- to be filmed live on Halloween! The book begins with the haunted history of the house, moves to assembling an investigative team and prepping for the show, then culminates in the live broadcast. I enjoyed all aspects of the story but, as in all mysteries, there are lots of clues that the reader is trying to figure out and understand. During the live broadcast, when I thought things would start to be revealed and make sense, the book seemed to just drag on and on with very little becoming clear. Then there's a short prologue where the main characters get together months after the broadcast and talk about what had actually occurred. It is only then that the mystery of the haunting becomes clear, and I doubt any reader would have seen it coming. It's a decent explanation, but I didn't like the way it was revealed.
There are lots of characters that are all important, so you will want to keep them straight. Sometimes they're referred to by their first names, sometimes their last and sometimes by their job in the story. "The Supernaturals" refers to the team who assembled to assault whatever is haunting the house -- a professor, an Indian dreamwalker, a psychic, a genius in inventing ghost-detecting gadgets and a woman who is possessed by a male ghost. They're all likeable and you will root for them as the suspense in the story progresses. The other characters in the story each have their own motivation for wanting the live program to succeed or fail, so there's television politics, police conflict, double-crossing, etc., which keeps the story interesting.
PERFORMANCE - Good job. Characters that were on the phone or radio sounded as if they actually were, and the ghostlike voices were pretty creepy.
OVERALL - Quite a bit of scary occurrences and also profanity, so not suitable for children. While I chose not to listen to this book as I was falling asleep (as I often do), I don't think it would cause anyone bad dreams unless you're pretty easily scared.
SLIGHT SPOILER ABOUT THE AUTHOR'S VISIT TO THIS HOUSE - While this story is fictitious, the house itself is a real house which is supposedly haunted. A realtor showed the house to the author, but she wouldn't go inside. The author, after driving several hours, went in alone. He said he felt like an ominous presence was watching him and wanted to be left alone, so he left the house after only a couple minutes. That visit was his inspiration for writing this book!
I especially liked the characters, Julie and Kelly as well as Gabriel and their interactions. I enjoyed Jennifer's "ghost" and how he was portrayed and tried to actually protect her when conquering the evil inside the house.
Definitely Gabriel. He was a hero!
When they conquered the beast and all the good souls were set free. I also liked that finally they convinced the cop that real evil does exist.
I wouldn't. I like the name as it fits the theme of the story.
It's a long book, but well worth listening to. I'd listen to it again in a few months because I always get more out of it the second time.
Yes it was a book that keeps you wanting to get to the next part
I enjoyed this very much! Highly recommend
At the center of the book is a top-notch ghost story that was very compelling. Sadly the secondary plot dealing with back-stabbing and in-fighting at a major TV network bogged things down.
I might. Though I was a bit put off by the obvious "this is going to be a series" ploy at the end.
I really liked his performance as Gabriel and his foibles and fears.
I think it could be a good film, if they got rid of the network subplot and just focuses on the haunted house at the paranormal team determined to find and fight whatever is inside.
A very good, well timed, well-plotted story. I was afraid that this would be a horror book more like a slasher movie (and I avoided it for a long time for that reason), but instead, it builds slowly. The personalities of the characters involved are well drawn, and carefully developed until you have the underlying structure of power alliances, old grudges, politics within the TV station, guilt, and the past. On this framework, Golemon adds the house, and the 'things' that live in it. Throughout the section that deals with people and the supernatural, all the characters try to twist the happenings to their own advantage, and to fit their own view of the truth.
This book satisfies not only the horror buff, but also those who like a more cerebral book along the lines of 'Rebecca', where you aren't always sure what is real. Although more pop-culture than 'Rebecca', the gist is the same. Very, very well done. Hope this is the beginning of a series!
While I worship Shirley Jackson's "Haunting of Hill House" too, I think there was a bit too much direct reference to it here. The book ends forcefully, and once into the denouement, it flowed well, but the bickering conflict amongst and between the main characters leading up to it was overworked. Still, good ghost story fiction, a rare thing today. Also, in the same thread as Jackson's work, I think the greatest fear is in our minds - what might be behind the door, instead of seeing what it actually is. Invariably, I lose interest in a story or movie that shows too much of "the bear" as they say in the UK. The scene in Jackson's short book where the door bends inward, or the door knob turns is terrifying because you don't know what's on the other side, and would have been far less chilling were the door to open and reveal the ghost.
I'll be honest, though. I think my opinion is in the minority. Judging by the content of modern horror, folks seem to want to see graphically and explicitly what is behind the door.
I haven't read the print version
The suspense and the weaving of the story
I didn't enjoy the performance very much. The various accents and characters voices came and went and changed, making it confusing. I did enjoy the special effects of the supernatural elements. Very creepy when listening late at night, but the narrator's voice became annoying by the end.
I would read this author again.
Originally started audio books to listen to and from work. With The Supernaturals I listened to it with every spare moment. I would not be able to do that with a book as I listen to it while I get dressed and drive to and from work. I even listed while I cleaned house. Any spare moment I had to myself I would listen. Audible is the way to go!
I haven't listed to any other stories he's narrarated but he did a great job. At times I felt like I was listening to Orson Wells. I loved the way he changed voices for each character and even added sound effects.
Most memorable character I would have to say was John Longhorn, he just stood out more even as a character in a book.
This book was better than a movie, I loved that the descriptions were so vivid I could imagine what was being described. I loved that it actually had a plot, great characters and kept you wanting more. Would love to find more stories like The Super Naturals.