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Coldheart Canyon: A Hollywood Ghost Story | [Clive Barker]

Coldheart Canyon: A Hollywood Ghost Story

Hollywood has made a star of Todd Pickett. But time is catching up with him. After plastic surgery goes awry, Todd needs somewhere to hide away for a few months while his scars heal. As Todd settles into a mansion in Coldheart Canyon - a corner of the city so secret it doesn't even appear on a map - Tammy Lauper, the president of his fan club, comes to the City of Angels determined to solve the mystery of Todd's disappearance.
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Publisher's Summary

Hollywood has made a star of Todd Pickett. But time is catching up with him. After plastic surgery goes awry, Todd needs somewhere to hide away for a few months while his scars heal.

As Todd settles into a mansion in Coldheart Canyon - a corner of the city so secret it doesn't even appear on a map - Tammy Lauper, the president of his fan club, comes to the City of Angels determined to solve the mystery of Todd's disappearance. The closer Tammy gets to Todd the more of Coldheart Canyon's secrets she uncovers: The ghosts of A-list stars; Katya Lupi, the cold-hearted, now-forgotten star for whom the Canyon was named, alive and exquisite after a hundred years; and, finally, the door in the bowels of Katya's dream-palace that reputedly opens up to another world, the Devil's Country, where no one has returned without their souls shadowed by what they've seen and done.

Mingling an insiders' view of modern Hollywood with a wild streak of visionary fantasy, Coldheart Canyon is an audiobook without parallel. An irresistible and unmerciful picture of Hollywood and its demons, told with all the style and raw narrative power that has made Clive Barker's books and films a phenomenon worldwide.

©2001 Clive Barker (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Charlotte HONOLULU, HI, United States 07-16-14
    Charlotte HONOLULU, HI, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Lower your expectations!!!"
    Where does Coldheart Canyon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's among my top 10 favorites. It's bizarre enough to appeal to me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tammy. She evolved into a real person. letting go of her obsession and her no good husband.


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like the way he reads, I know it's not for everyone, but he has an ironic note to his reading that fit this book to a tee.


    If you could take any character from Coldheart Canyon out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jerry. I would grill him...what was the payoff for setting this up? Would you do it again? Was it worth it?


    Any additional comments?

    Crazy book. Not what I expected but I grew to like it a lot. Like i say...it's fiction...not for education or enlightenment...just for fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    april franklin salem, oregon United States 05-31-14
    april franklin salem, oregon United States 05-31-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Soft Porn"
    What would have made Coldheart Canyon better?

    A fuller storyline and character development with less porn-like chapters.


    What was most disappointing about Clive Barker’s story?

    I was expecting a ghost story, given the title and description. What I got was a thinly veiled attempt at wrapping soft porn into mediocre fiction. The premise was initially interesting but the bulk of the book gets mired down with unnecessarily graphic sexual depravity meant to shock and intrigue. Instead, it became boring effort to listen to. I think it's important to disclose that I have a healthy sexual appetite and was not offended by the sexual context but felt more like the book tried to sneak it past me prior to buying. The sexual component might've been interesting if that's what I expected but it completely caught me by surprise. I might've continued on if it had only consumed a chapter or two but instead, it drags on seemingly without purpose. The characters are fairly one dimensional and predictable and that only makes it a more difficult read. Disappointing.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frank Muller?

    No one could have saved this book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Initial boredom and eventual disgust


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy PERRY, GA, United States 02-25-14
    Judy PERRY, GA, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The book that never ends"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better plit, more believable characters and a lot less of the explict sexual stuff.


    What could Clive Barker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Ended it sooner and once again tune down the orgt, references to everyone's bodyily parts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The beginning of the book. I really thought he had something there. Talking about whay actos and actresses behave


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I would have to say revolsion


    Any additional comments?

    I could even get to the very end of the book. I just couldn't deal with the stupidy of the characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kurt Kincaid Springfield, IL 07-04-14
    Kurt Kincaid Springfield, IL 07-04-14 Member Since 2001

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    "Good story, terrible reader."
    What would have made Coldheart Canyon better?

    I couldn't finish it. I love Barker and Coldheart Canyon is among my favorites, but the reader was intolerable. Just because it is a ghost story (among other things...hard to classify Barker), the reader felt the need to try to make the slightest word broooooooooding and spooooooooky. On top of it all, the reader has a vocal pattern that was enough to drive a person to drink. Every sentence, and I mean EVERY sentence, with the exception of when he was reading dialog, trailed off into a spooky whisper. Unbelievable. I tried to stick it out as long as I could, hoping that I could stop paying attention to the reader and be able to pay attention to the story, but after about 45 minutes or an hour, I had to surrender. Clive Barker is great. Coldheart Canyon is perhaps not great, but really good. Do yourself a favor and read the book. In the name of all that is good, do not listen to this production. Seriously. I assure you that the reader really is *that* bad. Don't do it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is creepy and takes what you would normally expect from a ghost story and, in the inimitable style of Clive Barker, takes it places you could only imagine in your most frenzied fever dream.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frank Muller?

    Anyone. An angry goose would have been a better choice.


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

    The story. Interesting, fantastic (in the literal sense), compelling. I was so excited to see an audio book of Coldheart Canyon. It is a shame it had to be ruined by the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator Frank Muller is the first narrator on my "avoid at all cost, even if you love the book he is reading" list. It truly is a shame.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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