Now this book is weird! The reason why I bought it is because it is narrated by Ray Porter - an excellent narrator.
If the author meant for it to be a horror or a thriller, he failed. I listened to the story before bed, alone, in the dark, and it failed to scare me. Many parts of the story I found amusing. I don't want to spoil anything for potential readers, so I will make an example: you're in the middle of a cemetery near a haunted house and you stumble upon a quartet of singing stone busts performing the Lollipop song (if you've seen Haunted Mansion with Eddie Murphy, then you know what I'm talking about). I liked the reason behind the haunting of the house (i.e. the house's past). I didn't like the way the book ended, I felt like the author was in a hurry to finish and just sort of... did.
The narration was amazing though, which doesn't come as a surprise to me, because Ray Porter is a genius and deserves a medal.
Overall, I would recommend this book but not for people who want to listen to a horror story and experience fear and a rush of adrenaline.
I always try to choose my audiobooks carefully because they are pricey, so I bought this audiobook because of the description and the reviews. I have to say, I wasted my money. The beginning is good and that is the only reason I gave the Story 2*, not 1*. Unfortunately, after the first two chapters the story begins to become more and more boring. I only had a couple of chapters to go until the end, but I was so uninterested in the story I often had to rewind because my mind would wander elsewhere. In the end I just gave up and didn't finish listening.
The narrator's voice is too soothing for my liking. I feel like Tanya Eby should do meditation tapes rather than narrate crime novels. Her narration was too monotone for me. Although she tries to vary her tone and do voices for the different characters, I wouldn't say she is good at it.
Overall, I gave this audiobook 2* and I would not recommend it.
I didn't know what to expect when I bought this audiobook. It was my first one too. I thought it would be a thriller judging by the illustration but it turned out to be so much more. The story is absolutely unbelievable. I never knew where it was going and was absolutely on edge. I loved the story.
I also loved the way it was narrated. Even if the names wouldn't have been mentioned, I would be able to tell who was talking because Ray Porter did a marvelous job with the voices.
All in all, loved this book and recommend it.
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