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Caitlin

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  • The Haunting of Hill House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (633)

    Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

    Mark says: "Superb Reading of Horror Classic"
    "A Classic, With Good Reason"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Haunting of Hill House the most enjoyable?

    The brilliant prose.


    What other book might you compare The Haunting of Hill House to and why?

    Mark Z. Danielewski's HOUSE OF LEAVES & Caitlin R. Kiernan's THE RED TREE


    Which character – as performed by Bernadette Dunne – was your favorite?

    Theo


    Who was the most memorable character of The Haunting of Hill House and why?

    Elenore, for her psychological struggles.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a brilliant, beautiful book. If one hundredth of contemporary dark fantasy were this good, we'd be fortunate indeed.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Caitlin R. Kiernan
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens, Katherine Kellgren, Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    Sarah Crowe left Atlanta, and the remnants of a tumultuous relationship, to live alone in an old house in rural Rhode Island. Within its walls she discovers an unfinished manuscript written by the house's former tenant - a parapsychologist obsessed with the ancient oak growing on a desolate corner of the property. And as the gnarled tree takes root in her imagination, Sarah risks her health and her sanity to unearth a revelation planted centuries ago.

    Kristen says: "Worth it for the quality of writing"
    "Kiernan at her finest."
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    Would you listen to The Red Tree again? Why?

    This book is a book of leaves. A book of layers. A dozen readings will begin to reveal it's many levels of meanings. One of the greatest pieces of "weird fiction" in the past decade, if not the last twenty-five years. Genius, and a deeply - if difficult - protagonist/narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Red Tree?

    Sarah and Constance getting lost of their way to the tree.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sarah's climactic confrontation with the attic.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't write tag lines for movies.


    Any additional comments?

    Kiernan continues to amaze and astound. Only her most recent, The Drowning Girl, surpass her work in The Red Tree. This book is a must-read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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