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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bedbugs was a fair story, but the narrator pretty much ruined it for me. I had a hard time getting into the story because the voice of the narrator irritated me so bad, especially when she tried to do the child's voice. I really had to force myself to finish the book because of the reader, but the story was pretty decent so that kept me interested enough to make it through the 6 hours and some minutes. This is a good example of why you should ALWAYS try a sample before purchasing. Thankfully, I only paid $4.95 for the book on sale and didn't waste my credit on this or I would not be happy. Good story though!!!!!! Buy it as a book,,not a listen.
This is a decent story, although it does not wrap up as well as it could have. The big problem is the narrator: she overdoes her child voice to a ridiculous extent—something that seems to be a common problem with female narrators. Didn't anyone ever tell her that being subtle is good?
Creepy and itchy story that I could not stop listening . I enjoyed the book and the narration.
People who love horror stories.
Voice is OK. Her character voices were not great.
As someone who once stayed at a residence infested with bedbugs, I can say that bedbugs themselves are horrible enough. The supernatural theme was a bit much.
It was suspenseful from the beginning. I kept trying to figure out what was going to happen next.
Andrea - the landlady
This is the first book that I have read by E. Rogers. I was drawn to the title.
No. Just good listen
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