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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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    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-10-13
    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-10-13

    I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!

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    "Sceevy"
    Would you try another book from Ben H. Winters and/or Elisabeth Rodgers?

    Probably, lots of twists and turns. left me unsure.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I'm not sure how I feel about the story. I couldn't tell at the end if the bedbugs were real or if she was just crazy as a bedbug. lol


    Have you listened to any of Elisabeth Rodgers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was a first


    Could you see Bedbugs being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could picture it on FearNet of Chiller


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 12-09-12
    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2007

    Happiness is a good book!

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    "Scary & could happen sort of.."

    This book scared the pudding out of me very vivid and well written. Bed bugs could happen to anybody.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    waylon los angeles, CA, United States 08-08-12
    waylon los angeles, CA, United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Story is tired weak sauce"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    if the story didn't go by the numbers to a painfully obvious conclusion, i'd like it more.


    What was most disappointing about Ben H. Winters’s story?

    The characters were obvious and shallow in their relationship to each other, and the source of evil that causes the mayhem is unconvincing without the cliches that couch it.


    What three words best describe Elisabeth Rodgers’s voice?

    rich, caricature, interesting


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The anxiety of the main character was interesting, as one wasn't sure if it was insanity, or a supernatural reality tormenting the protagonist's mind. This was maintained for a little while.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator has a wonderful voice, but her voice for male, baby, old lady etc. is so over the top, I would have been more persuaded if I was 5 and it was story time. She has read more than one book like this, unfortunately.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Columbus, OH, United States 06-27-12
    Natalie Columbus, OH, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2011

    I like mysteries, classics, and good non-fiction. Much of my audible listening takes place when I am working out and sweaty, so I like good plot-driven thrillers.

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    "It's an entertaining "junk-food" kind of book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I don't think so. it is what is is--pure, unadulterated entertainment with some shock value.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the character of the exterminator. She did not have a huge role in the novel, but she was cleverly created and witty.


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    Rodger's has a great voice that is possibly better than her material. She is so persuasive and is soothing and calming to lull you into the domestic drama. Then she can switch gears most effectively.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Absolutely. I would go knowing it was a trashy pleasure and I would enjoy every minute of it. I might even shout instructive comments to the screen.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about as nutritious as a Big Mac but also as tasty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Clearlake, CA, United States 05-06-12
    Stephanie Clearlake, CA, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Guilty Pleasure"

    I really wanted to enjoy this more than I did, but was not really surprised by the "twists." I had a deja vu feeling throughout that I'd read something like this before or seen it in a bad TV movie. Narration was okay and the story enjoyable enough despite that "been there already" feeling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Mooresville, IN, United States 12-05-11
    Diana Mooresville, IN, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Interesting plot. Writing could have been better."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was an Ok listen.


    If you’ve listened to books by Ben H. Winters before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first book by this author.


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did a very nice job portraying each character.


    Do you think Bedbugs needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No,


    Any additional comments?

    This book had an interesting enough plot to hold my attention but the writing needed to be tighter. Plot lines were left dangling never to be resolved. The author used the same phrases (it seemed a lot of the characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don Pineville, NC, United States 12-02-11
    Don Pineville, NC, United States 12-02-11
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    "I didn't finish..."
    What disappointed you about Bedbugs?

    How many ways can one describe the biting of bed bugs, real or imagined? I don't know. I couldn't finish the book. Not because of any gory reason.
    I became quite bored with it. The reader's attempt to mimic a child was a little grating as well.

    Not particlarly


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Venice, FL, United States 10-23-11
    Marie Venice, FL, United States 10-23-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A big disappointment"

    I found this book to be really boring. It just seemed to repeat itself over and over. We realized that the main character saw bed bugs, but please....they kept repeating that for the next three hours of the book. The author could have gotten into the creepy part of the story much earlier. The best part of the book was the last thirty minutes. I wish they could have extended that part of the story. But no....it was a big snore fest.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Helmar Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-13-11
    Helmar Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-13-11 Member Since 2010

    chrissowick

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    "Meh..."

    Elisabeth Rodgers has a very nice voice as long as she is doing female parts or narration in her natural voice. Impersonating children, old ladies, and men, however, she's not so good. Her impersonations are so comically bad I feel like I'm listening to a Tina Fey skit. It totally took me out of the story.

    As for the story, this is a perfect example of how much expectations can shape your enjoyment of a book. I bought this on a lark as Audible recommended a few offering that were supposed to be scary for the month of October. I was expecting it would be scary like a Stephen King novel, rather than banal and uneventful for 27 of the 30 chapters. Nothing scary happens until the very end, its just about a woman who is quite unscarrily losing her mind, and then in the end its revealed that some if it is more real than we had been led to believe for 27 chapters. ( I don't want to spoil it)

    I would classify this a just a plain old novel that has a thriller ending, but certainly not "horror" or "scary," in the least. I might have given it another star or two if my expectations hasn't been so disappointingly incorrect.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan CA, CA, United States 09-21-11
    Ryan CA, CA, United States 09-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "I couldn't finish it."

    I'll keep this as concise as possible. Although my experience in the world of audio books in limited, I can say without a doubt, that the narrator reading the book can make or break it. Unfortunately for Bedbugs, the latter is the case. I found the reader's voice irritating, especially her version of "child speak" and was unable to finish the book. I don't mean this as a slight against the performer, I'm sure she's a nice person, I just felt that her tone reminded me of a self-help book and I was never once able to really get into the story, forget getting creeped out. From here on out I will be sure to listen to a sample before I buy.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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