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
A fuller storyline and character development with less porn-like chapters.
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.
No one could have saved this book.
Initial boredom and eventual disgust
It's among my top 10 favorites. It's bizarre enough to appeal to me.
Tammy. She evolved into a real person. letting go of her obsession and her no good husband.
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.
Jerry. I would grill him...what was the payoff for setting this up? Would you do it again? Was it worth it?
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.
Great story & full of suspense. Just scary enough. So sad for the loss of Frank Muller. I want him to read every story.
A better plit, more believable characters and a lot less of the explict sexual stuff.
Ended it sooner and once again tune down the orgt, references to everyone's bodyily parts.
The beginning of the book. I really thought he had something there. Talking about whay actos and actresses behave
I would have to say revolsion
I could even get to the very end of the book. I just couldn't deal with the stupidy of the characters.
This isn't a Book of Blood, as much as I wish there were such a book as long as this one. I love a good ghost story and this is a good one. I've never had a book read to me by Mr Muller that I didn't like. I enjoy his reading style. He has a way of using his voice to recreate a character the way you'd think they really spoke. Steven King liked him enough to read his entire Dark Tower series for Audible, but tragedy took him before he could finish the last few. Clive Barker is known for his violence, but this one is calmer. Come here for an evolving ghost story.
clive barker can tell a story in the best way. taking you step by step slowly down the path until you question if what he tells is real. the narrator frank muller gives each voice a uniqueness and brings each person or other to life.
How rare it is to cry, laugh and be legitimately aroused all over the course of one narrative! What a rollercoaster and I enjoyed every minute of this peculiar Hollywood ghost story.
Ok. I will admit I only listened to a couple of hours on this book, but it had my complete attention because I was traveling alone across the Mohave Desert. I'm not sure which was more bleak...the book or the drive. After an exhaustive preview of perversion at the start of the book, I was subjected to a very detailed account of an animal dying of brain cancer. It was this last subject which finished my interest in this piece of "literature." At the next rest stop I changed books and listened to something a little more mundane, but I still have more pictures in my head than I want. If you are willing to get through more of this book it may redeem itself, but as for me I'm asking for a refund.
Cutting. The text wanders and indulges itself excessively. The books ends, then it ends again, then it ends again. Between endings it meanders excessively through repeated descriptions of phantasmagoria that become less fantastic with each reiteration. Had the author been a first timer, this never would have been permitted. Barker though is free to indulge his every whim in this text and he does, shamelessly. The telling suffers for it.
As the headline said, I'm a Barker fan. I have been since my late teens. Some of his stuff is great, Imajica comes to mind. Some just good, most of the Books of Blood fall in that category. The man is so prolific, expecting him to hit it out of the park with everything he does is just not realistic.
Adequate, multi-voiced and nuanced. I really don't get what all the fuss was in the other reviews degrading his performance. Mr. Muller's voice work has always been good. King's used him on many projects and he tells a story well.
Epstat, the studio exec, was pretty unnecessary. He really was there to execute the Barker shoot from the hip antagonist of the mundane attacking and then being repulsed or destroyed my the mysterious true reality. It's a theme Barker runs again and again, through most of his work. In this case, it felt like a formulaic attachment to the main story. He could have been cut, with the lead character's own internal failings prompting him to action without much rework.
Audible and Crossroads Press have been doing a good job of making more Barker material available for us. I hope they keep it up. If you really want good Barker, his two seminal works in my estimation are "Imajica" and the "Great and Secret Show." To my way of thinking these two books are the high water mark of Barker's literary endeavors. Much of the rest of his material is good (sometimes great), but nothing really hits the transcendent genius of the man like those two works.
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.
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.
Anyone. An angry goose would have been a better choice.
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.
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.
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