This audiobook really is the perfect Halloween listen! Though clocking in at over 16 hours, the story is perhaps a bit overly long - but the special effects in the recording really add to the fun. The first appearance of the demonic voice in the prologue nearly made me drive off the road! It certainly adds to the spooky atmosphere! Literal goosebumps sprang up each time that scary voice came out of the speakers! The narration and even the overly detailed backstories amongst its large cast of characters really made me want to keep listening each time I arrived at my destination.
The only detracting factor from the book lies with its length - it really is too long. A lot of the tension and eeriness dissipates as Golemon revels in the excessive details of the characters, their histories and their own conflicts unrelated to the spooky house. The eight-hour television special defies logic too - but a haunted house manor calls for a certain suspension of disbelief anyways. I think that this is perhaps more evident in the paper version - the terrific performance of the narrator in the audio version keeps it from dragging too much. And though the final resolution may offend some, it is a fun read overall and contains some genuinely frightening scenes. The book concludes with a set up for a sequel - I hope that it comes out in time for Halloween next year!
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.
Zombies, spectres, vampires, werewolves, demons... oh my. I'm looking for the best horror/sci-fi/military/fantasy or any combo thereof.
I was looking for something that would make me want to turn the lights on when I read at night. This was one of those books. It's not the Tale of Two Cities of horror but it's got it where it counts. A very solid supernatural ghost story with a great performance by Jeffrey Kafer. Also, I LOVE when sound effects are added. It's a simple but effective trick.
SPOILER - I loved that the author wasn't afraid to flaunt that the house is actually haunted. It would be captured on film and the house flaunted it's powers in front of people. I get tired of the cliche' of "So-and-so turned at just the wrong time and missed it..." The supernatural public displays made it eerie.
Also, there are simple sound effects & special effects used throughout the audiobook that help to provide a very spooky atmosphere.
Nope but I'll try now.
The sound effects ran chills up my spine. Well used at just the right times.
I was surprised to find this at 4 stars (the lowest of David L. Goleman's books). I'll have to try out the others.
The author's note at the beginning of the book was so pompous and unnecessary, It seemed as if he was trying to keep people from listening. I really don't care whether the author of a book I'm listening to believes in the supernatural or not. I just want to be scared, not lectured to about the author's beliefs. It is a work of FICTION after all. If I had known what was coming before I started listening, I would have fast forwarded through his unnecessary rant. Also, so many characters were so unlikable, I kept wishing that they would be killed ASAP as the moments dripped by.
I loved this book, it was as fun as watching Ghost Hunters (which I don't like since it is fake) but had the benefit of being "real" since it was in the book's alternate universe. They went all out and it was a lot of fun watching the characters play off one another during all of the good scares.
The narration was a difficult task and I found it comedic at times but it didn't lessen my enjoyment of the story at all. Recommend this to any supernatural horror/thriller lover!
I drive a truck for a living,and attend school full time. Audios save me from endless hours of boredom out on the road! Thank you Audible!
Loved it! I had to stop it a few times due to the creep factor, but as soon as the heebie-jeebies died down I couldn't wait to push play! Great narration and the twist at the end was totally unexpected!