An absolutely terrifying read, made so by how well the author "fleshes out" her characters.
I have loved horror type fiction since the mid sixties, and I've read everything, or so I thought.
This author is definitely right up there with Big Steve and Dean. I would rate "The Good House" as in my Top Ten of favorite stories of all my reading/listening.
It is one of those books that you want more when it is finished. Everything is in 3D, and the book 'flows' very well. Nowhere does the listener think, "oh come on, that doesn't fit, no one would do THAT". Everything fits. Every character does what he or she does because it fits the situation. It flows, from situation to situation. From scene to scene. It is very, very well done.
The reader/narrator is perfect for this story, too.
Whether you are new to the genre, or a spoiled oldtime reader like me, I recommend this audiobook.
It does not get gross, don't worry about that, if you don't like blood and gore. She does not "go for the grossout" as Stephen King once said of 'doing whatever it takes to scare you'.
She does not have to resort to that.
Miss Due is just plain deeply chilling, very believable, and deeply enjoyable.
One of the best audible books I've listened to, out of hundreds.
I found this audiobook just surfing around the audible site. I'd never heard of this author before. I found a gem.
The author is a wordmaster and a master of ideas. The story is very fresh and original
and it completely gripped me.
The narration is perfect. Clear and concise, the narrator mastered his voices and accents.
The characters are well defined and interesting.
Definitely, I would listen to the first book first, and then this one.
If you like the first one, you will enjoy this one too. They are cut from the same mold and part of the same fantastic mythos.
This author has an absolutely first rate imagination and the ability to put it to words.
One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to, and my audible library is hundreds of audiobooks.
Narrator is perfect.
This one gets the highest grade I can give it,
This story would have been a 3 or even a 4. About halfway through the story, the author suddenly felt that very loud sudden horse screams, dog growls, and people shrieking was what was needed. He was wrong. The book was very decent, and suddenly, the Listener gets inundated with very uncomfortable noises every fifteen minutes. No thanks. I did something I never do, I quit listening and will not resume this story. I love horror fiction, but this is just plain discomfort for no reason.
If you love "all things Lovecraftian", than this will do for you. It has that Lovecraft feel, very imaginative and satisfying. I hope to see more from this writer. Narrator, also, was excellent.
Of all the stories I've read of the fairy-elf-fantasy genre, this author beats everyone except for maybe Lord Dunsany.
She follows the rather thin standard story line that this genre is always about, use of magic to right wrongs, destroy the bad guys, kill the trolls, etc, but her way is far more complex and elegant and holds your attention. Everything works and you stay entertained.
Additionally, she brings science in: our heroine is the 6 billion dollar woman, if you remember that TV series. If you don't, never mind.
I will automatically buy every audiobook this author puts out, which is the highest thing I can say about it. I have about 300 audible audiobooks, and there are only a very few that I will purchase like that.
Lincoln Child always delivers. A great story taking place in an arctic environment, which always adds gothic overtones, you can't beat that.
The Reader is excellent, too.
I listened to it overnight in less than 20 hours. In the wee hours, I had to turn it off because when you get sleepy you start to miss the story. So I turned it off, even though I did not have the will to, by myself. I think it was about 4am.
If you are a horror fan, or a fan of Douglas Preston and Child's "Penderghast" stories, you will love this one, too.
Audible has a good number of their audiobooks. Unfortunately a good number of them are 'abridged', which I will not buy. No one should buy abridged audiobooks. Why only get 'parts and pieces of the story?
This production deserves a 4 to 5. However, I have a major problem with the director or whomever allows the teeth-biting, horrible, sound effects that occur about 3 times per hour, usually to signal a new chapter.
This wall of noise is so loud and obnoxious, I had to reach up and pull my earbuds out, the quickest way to cut sound.
This electronic noise was so loud it was painful, and my hearing isn't that good.
I have about 300 audible books, and this will be the second one that I will probably call Audible and ask for my money back.
And to all of you producers out there who allow this kind of thing, and there are far too many of you.....make sure that if you put in music or some kind of sound , it is music and not noise, and don't make it louder than the voices being read.
The SOUND OR MUSIC SHOULD ADD TO THE BOOK, NOT YANK THE READER AWAY FROM IT.
By the way, the story is excellent, and the Reader is fantastic.
As a lover of "imaginative" fiction, which includes horror, sci fi, fantasy for the last 40 plus years, I found this book to be completely different than anything I've read.
It has a wonderful Gothic constant feeling, but not taking place in any universe that that feeling would or should occur.
I was up all night listening to it. There is not one single turn or curve or event that you can predict what is going to happen.
The author was perfect in his rendition of his ideas and the Reader excellently chosen.
The author is a deep, clear thinker, and his "theories" that makes up the foundation of this story are well thought out and delivered.
I have a small list of authors whose works I will buy immediately without review, and this author is one.
I have been a lover of fiction since 1961, I was age 10. I especially love what I call "imaginative fiction", which could be a thriller, or horror, or any story where there are no boundaries, the author's imagination is the only limit.
This story is one of these, extremely well written. I will use a stereotypical word, "gripped". This story gripped me.
It takes alot to do that for me, as I am jaded. The author and the narrator are absolutely excellent and I give them both a
I really like John Lutz, and this is an excellent story.
The problem is, most authors seem to know very little about firearms, and yet firearms are in so many stories, and are given "weight" by descriptive techniques designed to help the suspense and flow of the story.
So, it would seem to me that an author would want to know the basics of firearms, via reality, not Hollywood.
Mr. Lutz mentions in this story, more than once, about "purchasing a silencer through the mail.". That is one of the least-knowledgeable concepts I've ever run across, in a land of hollywood idiocy where people hold guns sideways and guns never runs out of ammo.
To buy a silencer [actually they are 'suppressors', not 'silencers'. 'Silencer' is an out-dated term and was never factually correct], one has to live in a state that allows ownership.
You have to buy one through a class 3 firearms dealer and then you have to be approved through the local sherriff's agency and by the BATFE, after you have filled out all the proper forms and submitted a photo and fingerprint card to the BATFE.
Mr. Lutz also mentioned that the silencer "had no serial number". All suppressors MUST have serial numbers. Upon receiving your suppressor, you are given a "tax stamp', that is, a piece of paper, a receipt, with all the information about the suppressor on it, plus your information, plus the address where the suppressor is stored. You cannot take it out of state.
When you go out to shoot with it, you MUST have your paperwork with you.
My best friend is a Class 3 firearms dealer.
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