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Bedbugs | [Ben H. Winters]

Bedbugs

FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker's fee. Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up. Big mistake.
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FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker's fee.

Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up. Big mistake.

Susan soon discovers that her new home is crawling with bedbugs... or is it? She awakens every morning with fresh bites, but neither Alex nor their daughter Emma has a single welt. An exterminator searches the property and turns up nothing. The landlady insists her building is clean. Susan fears she's going mad - until a more sinister explanation presents itself: she may literally be confronting the bedbug problem from Hell.

©2011 Ben H. Winters (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    aleshia Manchester, NH, United States 02-11-14
    aleshia Manchester, NH, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2013

    Mother of three wonderful girls! I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute. Love to hear about any good books.

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    "Surprisingly, I like this one"

    I bought this because it was on sale. I thought it was going to be kinda silly. It actually wasn't bad at all. It was a nice little thriller that kept my interest. A nice in between listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Dunham Middle of Texas 10-29-13
    Sarah Dunham Middle of Texas 10-29-13 Member Since 2013

    bibliophile

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    "A nice, stressful, thriller."
    What did you love best about Bedbugs?

    I was sure that she didn't really have bedbugs. I was sure she was just crazy. I had a bedbug scare a few years ago that turned out to be eczema.
    Boy was I wrong about her situation. DAYUM!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bedbugs?

    The hammer


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    She had very distinctive changes in voice for each character, including accents.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not until the end. At first I was too stressed to listen for very long; feeling Sue's anxiety and stress. Then I got to the point where I had to listen to find out if she'd be okay


    Any additional comments?

    A nice, judging book by it's cover, find.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Magdalena Chicago, IL, United States 10-22-13
    Magdalena Chicago, IL, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Scary, Creepy, Original"

    It is so difficult to find a good, original, scary story. For those of us who have exhausted the Audible collection of Stephen King and Joe Hill and cannot tolerate Dean Koontz, this is a great book. It has actually been a while since I read this, but I remember it fondly. The people to whom I have recommended this book agree that it is a great,frightening book that is especially eerie to the urban dweller.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Decatur, GA, United States 09-27-11
    Renee Decatur, GA, United States 09-27-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Nice little nugget for Halloween!"

    If you're sick of Stephen King's books which now seem long on the characterization and short on the chills (or it always ends up being aliens!) this is a great alternative. It's not overly long and weaves a good tale that nicely creepy for Halloween. I really enjoyed this!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Annie Toronto 09-13-11
    Annie Toronto 09-13-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Not quite scary or original enough"

    It's difficult to scare me with a book. In fact, there's just one that's kept me awake nights and made me wonder what might be hiding in the dark space under my bed. This one didn't even come close, though it turned into a decent thriller in the last couple of hours.

    Inspired by recent troubles in New York City, Bedbugs is just too familiar. An ordinary family moves into a too-good-to-be-true apartment and one of them--in this case, the wife, Susan--begins to suspect something is not quite right about their new home. Strange facts about the place's history come to light. Worry turns to paranoia and then to apparent insanity. I can think of a half dozen similar stories. The ending offers some excitement, though; I admit I didn't guess correctly who/what was behind it all, and the family's fate seemed in doubt at several points.

    Technically, the recording is perfect: no awkward cuts, missing words or sentences, etc. And the narrator does an excellent job. It just wasn't scary or original enough for me.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    C. Byrnes Kissimmee, FL United States 01-24-14
    C. Byrnes Kissimmee, FL United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2008

    Christine

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    "Didn't care for it at all, and it wasn't the bugs"

    So, we have a main character that is lazy, self centered and mooching off her husband while she ignored her kid by having a baby sitter daily. And people found this woman likable? By the end of the third chapter, I was wishing she'd get eaten alive and let her husband and child have a new decent person in their lives. Ben, if you can't write female protagonists that aren't needy and useless, perhaps you shouldn't try.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jazzi Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 06-27-14
    Jazzi Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 06-27-14 Member Since 2011

    I have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it

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    "A Great Idea Plagued by Cliche Execution"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Sadly, Bedbugs is a great idea that never quite takes off, in my opinion. This is the stuff low budget Sci-Fi Channel movies are made of...wholly cliche and predictable. Just when I would think the story was about to take some mind-boggling, Lovecraftian turn, the author would abandon ship and slide back into the same dog-eared script shows like the X-Files, the Outer Limits, and the Twilight Zone made so predictable. Don't get me wrong, Bedbugs is well written and narrated with equal polish. There is even a moment or two of brilliance. However, in the end,Bedbug falls way short of its mark.

    If you're really starving for an excellent non-cliche story about rampaging killer bugs, Check out "Leiningen Versus the Ants" by Carl Stephenson.


    Any additional comments?

    Ultimately, a great idea executed poorly. The story drags too long in the beginning, builds to a fair boil by the middle and, just when you think you're in store for supernatural greatness, our protagonist goes from a compost heap to a hospital room. By the end,I swear I could hear the Sci-Fi Channel director yell, "Cut! That's a wrap!"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-30-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "All Bedbugs are Not Created Equal"

    This is a very today version of Night Gallery, Amityville Horror, Rosemary's Baby and The Tell Tell Heart.

    It is more then just about a bug infestation. At times you will wonder if there are bugs, what is in the basement, is the main character going crazy, why does the husband not like the landlady, how far is the main character going to go? It is a scary story with several twists that you will not see coming. I found it very entertaining and scary.

    I am surprised no reviewers have mentioned the main character. I guess because it is politically incorrect. The main character is a woman, who is married and has a baby girl. She talks her husband into letting her quit her well paid job at a law firm, so she can paint. Then months go buy and she never paints a stroke. They continue to pay $400 a week in child care for the little girl. The husband does the cooking and he is very understanding and never lays a guilt trip on her. She insists that they need a bigger a apartment, even though it will be more expensive then what they already are renting. The only have sex about every other week and the husband is loyal. This guy needs to grow some balls.

    Even though I did not like the main character, I still loved the story. This is story has enough elements in it that some well known writers would have stretched it out into a lot longer book, I appreciate the brevity.

    I almost knocked off a star on the narrator, as I thought maybe she played the child too irritating. The kid sounds pretty spoiled the way she reads it and I am not sure that is how it was written, but considering the wife, maybe so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fiona Mississauga, ON, Canada 12-19-12
    Fiona Mississauga, ON, Canada 12-19-12 Member Since 2006

    I LOVE Audible

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    "not what I expected"

    I think I wanted this story to be something it wasn't. The narration was quite good, which made it easy to finish, despite not enjoying the story. I think I wanted the story to be more gripping, about 'something'. I was very disappointed in the ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy L. Walters Erda, UT, United States 04-26-12
    Tracy L. Walters Erda, UT, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2002

    bubbles

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    "This book wasn't so much SCARY as it was...."

    ....just creepy-crawly.....Being a fan of horror books I decided to give this one a try.....it wasn't scary but when the bugs were biting and doing the creepy-crawly stuff they do.......it did kinda get under my skin. It wasn't hard to figure out the bad guy in the story and it was a fairly straight forward 'seen it before' horror story. Would I recommend it to others.....if you can deal with hearing the word 'bedbugs' at least 5,453 times and enjoy listening to someone go mad from being tormented by nasty little bugs......then SURE....go for it and ENJOY!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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