Buried deep in a ravine in the picturesque Smoky Mountains is a very dark secret. David Hobbs, vacationing with his wife Miriam, inadvertently stumbles upon a small cloth "keepsake" bag and a broken tooth. A human tooth. Miriam begs David to hand the bag and tooth over to park officials, but he ignores his wife's pleas and secretly keeps the "harmless" items. The action opens a doorway that had been closed for nearly a hundred years and unleashes hell on earth - or at least hell in the lives of David and Miriam.
Following the brutal murder of his best friend in Denver, and an aborted attack on his oldest son, David desperately seeks to understand why a mysterious teenage girl has chosen to terrorize him and the males closest to him. To prevent further devastation to his family and end the wanton bloodshed, he returns to the enchanted hills of eastern Tennessee, where a terrible truth awaits discovery... one that forces him to face the consequences for the unpaid sins of his ancestors.
©2010 James Jackson (P)2013 James Jackson
While the narrator did a fine job...for a guy with an Australian/New Zealand accent, he wasn't at all convincing as a character from Tennessee. The accent and pronunciation of common, everyday words was just off-putting. And the story was amateurish and shallow. I decided on this book on a recommendation of a friend who had read it. Maybe it translates better in the written format, but it just didn't work for me as an audible offering.
The narrator appears to have forgotten or missed some key words and went back to put them in. They really stuck out. If you can get past that, then it's ok.
The performance could have been better if he had practiced a little more. He did a fine job with his voice. He has a pleasing voice and did well with the different characters. But the corrections were way too obvious.
If you like a scary story that doesn't have all the blood and guts, it was worth the time.
Overall narration was good, but his handling of the female characters is a little off. He portrayed David's daughter with a english accent, but did not with any of the other characters. How does a little girl who lives in CO get a english accent when no one else in the family does?
I really enjoyed the overall premise of the book, without giving out any spoilers, the leading up the ending felt a little rushed, and the actual ending left it like there should be a book 2. The book kept me interested, even though the little girl has a english accent, and the wife at times really irritated me with how she was handling the haunting. She just keeps saying do this and it will go away.
A professional reader.
Maybe, who's reading?
How could it not? Not bouncing in and out of American English and British English and accents. Not stopping at the end of a line if it's not the end of a sentence. Performing instead of reading. To name a few.
Story was OK
I have read in excess of 500 audio books and I have only stopped reading and put away
2 books that I could not stand. I did not quit on this book only because of my own experiences at Cade's Cove. ( Not of the Supernatural kind )
With the 2 books that I didn't finish the problem was the story itself. With this book I had to fight myself to continue because of the reader. I honestly cringed hundreds of times listening to him.
"For when you're at a loss"
I was at a loss when I purchased this book. In brief it's quite good. As the narrator delves farther into the book the more interesting and at times hooking it becomes. The native american characters were definitely my favourites and the storey is quite endearing with the friendships being formed in times of turmoil. I listen/read horror quite often and this certainly has the spook factor if listened to at night. The storey progresses well and as it's set in Tennessee the iconic scenery is painted very well.
If I was to put 5 books in my favourite this would be in it,this story is a belter right from the word go right until the end,this couple are having a nice break when they discover a keepsake bag that has a nasty spirit attached to it, has the story unfolds it gets very scary and creepy,the family are terrorised by this spirit its just brilliant if you like a good creepy story I recommend this.
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