Following the success of his latest novel, Travis Glasgow and his wife Jodie buy their first house in the seemingly idyllic western Maryland town of Westlake. At first, everything is picture perfect—from the beautiful lake behind the house to the rebirth of the friendship between Travis and his brother, Adam, who lives nearby. Travis also begins to overcome the darkness of his childhood and the guilt he’s harbored since his younger brother’s death—a tragic drowning veiled in mystery that has plagued Travis since he was 13.
Soon, though, the new house begins to lose its allure. Strange noises wake Travis at night, and his dreams are plagued by ghosts. Barely glimpsed shapes flit through the darkened hallways, but strangest of all is the bizarre set of wooden stairs that rises cryptically out of the lake behind the house. Travis becomes drawn to the structure, but the more he investigates, the more he uncovers the house’s violent and tragic past, and the more he learns that some secrets cannot be buried forever.
©2011 Ronald Malfi (P)2013 Audio Realms Publishing Company
I've never read this author before. But certainly will again. Don't pass it by. Usually I have an idea as to who the culprit is. I didn't see this coming although he gave us all the clues. If you're looking for a horror story. This isn't it. This is a mystery the ghost is one of the characters. If you love a good mystery you will be thoroughly entertained. The narrator is excellent,
I kept waiting for the story to get interest in but alas, it never happened. Altogether I found it to be very anticlimactic. As far as the narrator goes, poor choice. He did a good job that he was hired for but I felt he sounded far older than the characters he portrayed. He also had a very robotic tone, sounding as if it was an actual computer reading the story.
Overall, I would not suggest this book for any friends or family.
Ronald Malfi writes a horror/mystery that is worth a credit. It got my attention on page one, and held my attention throughout. There were good twists that eventually weave together for a well delivered novel. The Floating Staircase is the story of a man who is haunted throughout adulthood for a moment of carelessness as a child, and a haunting that finally grants him the redemption he very much deserves.
I am surprised that there are not more reviews noting how unnatural and off-putting the narration is in this book. I ended up reading the rest via Kindle. The narrator, as a previous reviewer noted accurately, is robotic. What I mean by this is that it is very clear that he is reading. Often the emphasis on words or parts of sentences is too even or too unnatural, and not like a person would normally speak. Pauses in the wrong places, no emphasis in a normal sense, very flat. As this book is written in the first person it is extremely unnatural sounding, with the same oddities at computer generated voices are known for. Obviously this is an overstatement in reality, but please listen before you purchase. It is not fully up to the par we are used to from many narrators.
This is my first.
A different narrator with more professional reading skills would be my suggestion. The man's voice is nice, and he can differentiate different characters, but the reading from a script feeling was hard to listen to: it sounded like an attempt at reading aloud I might achieve myself.
The story had a sadness about it that made it life-like.
The Third Floor because of the way the story is told.
A great narrator who tells a good story.
No, I'd like to enjoy it over a period of time.
Maybe don't make Jody's voice sound like a gay man? Women don't talk that way.
Yes, I would.
Yes, although the female voices were a bit distracting.
This book falls almost into the category of murder mystery rather than haunting, although it is both, really.
This story was long and drawn out .. I stuck with it with expectations of a great ending that would make up for the lagging story. I got to the end of the book and I have NO idea what happened. It ends leaving you scratching your head and frustrated.
"Mostly dull with occasionally scary showers"
Some creepy bits but mainly very unremarkable. Call me demanding but I need some at least slightly believable reason for the weirdness. This book has two mysteries ie the one about the little boy who lived in the the house and two what happened to the main protagonist's little brother. First one is answered in depth, the second one, unless I fell asleep and missed it, not so much.........WHY?! Stephen King it isn't!
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