This book perfectly fulfilled my itch to hear an engrossing, spine tingling ghost story. Well written with constant forward movement, this story covers all bases and lacks any major plot holes. It's terrifying, gory, sad, and at times 'R' rated. Very clever and modern for the old "move into a new house" angle - not typical in the slightest.
This audiobook is easily ranked in my top three favorites ever, and perhaps the most well done compilation of short stories that I've had the pleasure of being freaked out by. Regina Puckett takes the cake for creepy and unexpected. And the narrator is perfectly matched: really talented reading.
Excellent character development and unique story lines make this audiobook a rare gem. While there isn't one weak tale in the bunch, the stories that lingered most in my brain the next day were the first two. The only problem now is that I crave more...
This isn't your typical suspense driven horror story - it's more of a character piece about a somewhat confused college student who manages to find direction from a job at a Carolina-Coast amusement park. Of course, it wouldn't be a King novel without a murder mystery to tie it all together. Perfect narration, with a story that never looses its steam.
I give this book props for having a very different storyline - there's a novel concept behind the "bedbugs" themselves. But that being said, most of it is pretty laughable given that this "horrifying" situation happens to an elistist, yup-ster, Brooklyn couple who you kind of don't give a crap about.
I'm also sorry to say that the narration was somewhat 'cringe-worthy,' especially when the voices of the toddler and the old land-lady come out. Their voices are embarrassingly over the top. The ending is also pretty terrible - I so badly want to go on a rant, but I'd hate to completely spoil it for anyone out there still willing to give the book a try.
I was somewhat entertained by this audiobook, but I would not recommend it to friends.
I'm a true lover of ghost stories, both the old and the new, but I found this audiobook to fall flat and really kill what could have been an exciting tale. I chalk that up to the British narrator who speaks too quickly, and in a monotone voice.
My recommendation would be to slow his voice down if your media player offers that option.
This book had a few great twists and turns that kept me entertained through to the very end. Wonderfully narrated, eerie, and unexpected. I can't give enough praise to Mark Bramhall for his ability to perfectly capture every character with their own specific accent. Well done, all around.
I did notice quite frequent skips in the recording itself - I just thought I'd mention that to anyone out there wondering if there's something wrong with their media player...
Possibly the most captivating book I've listened to yet -- I actually look forward to my daily commute to get back into the story! The narration is excellent, and Murakami is as good as ever. It is certainly a close second to the Wind Up Bird Chronicle.
Switching back and forth between characters has proved to be a fantastic way to keep the book moving forward, without slowing the pace and losing the reader's interest. Every chapter seems to leave you on the hook, keeping the suspense and intrigue intense from one book to the next.
Ushikawa, hands down - best narration I've ever heard for an audiobook.
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