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.
This is a good old fashioned haunted house ghost story with colorful characters and beautifully narrated by Jeffrey Kafer.
I guess it was the house itself.
He's nice to listen to.
no, it's pretty long. I spread it out over several days and looked forward to it every evening.
great book to take with you on vacation!
The fact that no matter what happened to the cynical nonbelievers, no one ever behaved in a realistic manner. If they started out skeptical, they REMAINED skeptical even after seeing specters, temperature drops of 30 degrees at time, and herds of angry forest creatures attacking out of nowhere. This is not a realistic character trait.
Narration was okay. Not blown away and not irritated or annoyed.
I agree with previous posters: cut the booming doors and all the television politics.
Not my favorite audiobook. Had potential in the story, but derailed by mediocre writing and definitely overdone.
Fantasy book lover!
Got this book at about Halloween time, I was looking for a book that would scare me, the book started off like it would but wasn't that bad, enjoyed the story
Willy Wonka of it
This is a well-constructed and told "ghost" story. The scary moments are well-executed and the story moves along very well. If I had to deduct any points it would be because the final resolution to what the author built up to fell a bit flat.
This book stands well on its own, though it seems to be written to set up a series. That would be fun to see, but I am glad the book doesn't need any sequels to feel complete.
I would....I thought it was a good listen...I haven't listened to the book "Hill House" (if there is one) I did see both movies tho, and this story was VERY similar.
As I just stated..."Hill House" if there is such a book....because it was very similar.
They were all very well done.
A few reactions....laugh...mad....happy!
This was one of those stories that I wanted to listen to every free minute. It was just scary enough to keep you alert but not drive you off the road! I truly enjoyed every bit.