For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past - and get away with murder.
Peter Straub's classic best seller is a work of "superb horror" (Washington Post Book World) that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time - and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.
©1989 Peter Straub (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
A true audiophile, I joined Audible in mid-2013 hoping to listen to some of Jonathan Goldstein's work and I've loved it ever since!
Great performance by the narrator, especially considering the length of this book. The story is original and established by well developed characters and a complicated timeline, however the detailed description borders on boredom and left me slightly annoyed. I'm a huge fan of long novels, but I had difficulty finishing this story. If you can get past the first third of the story (nearly 6 hours of listening time) you may find an enjoyable listen.
I think stories like this translate better to film where special effects, sound and imagery really create the creepy mood better than mere words on a page. The book is not terrible, but the first two-thirds can be pretty slow in places. It picks up in the last third if you can make it there. Reading this book in 2014, the 70s setting is very nostalgic!
Nobody with any sense.
It was long. Long and boring. The story could have been told in approximately 1/4 the number of pages.
This narrator only had about 3 variations with his voice. The different characters, male and female all sounded alike. It might have been better to just read it straight and not try to do the voices.
There are too many to mention.
If you're on a deserted island and you need to kill time, it might be worth it. But probably not.
Love, love, love story. Not much can take the place of a book & the turn of a page. But I am learning to love audiobooks.
I get that this is a classic. That was the main reason for listening to it after passing up on the book itself for so many years. It was extremely. extremely, long in it's character development. Almost painful & defenitly unessessary. It never hooked me. It was very dated but that never seemed to bother me. The narrator was not very good and at times his efforts made me laugh out loud & want to tell the closest person to me to have a listen...lol. Certainly that is not how he intended it. I am glad I got through it. Again...because it's a classic. However I am also glad it's over.
I enjoyed the development of the plot.
Yes, it was an interesting twist on the same old horror story.
I liked one of last major battle scenes at the end where peter saves the remaining members of the chowder society.
It's a scary story that is beautifully plotted. Having it narrated is a real treat.
The camaraderie of the key characters, and the unfolding story of the evil that pursues them.
Stella -- even though not a main character.
The worse thing that could happen . . . .
I have read this book several times over the years. It's my ideal of a scary story, and the audio book version does it justice. Very satisfying.
I just can't get past the narrator in this story. I've tried to listen over and over, but just can't get that far before I switch to another book. The story isn't that great, hard to follow at times, for me, and I've been generous in giving it four stars. I just can't get into this one. This isn't my favorite genre to begin with, but it's the narration vs the story that keeps me hitting the switch the book button even though I want to stick with it to find out why all of these club members are having the same dreams. so even though I'm eager to move on, I just can't.
I can see why this is favorite book for many. It is intelligent and imaginative. The atmosphere is superb. I purchased a hardcopy of the book and read about 90% of it. I picked up the audio version because it was on sale and I was having a hard time finishing because of a busy schedule and for me, it was not quite a page-turner. I found the narrator to be to slow, so I sped up the reading speed on my iPod which worked out fine and glossed over some of the shortcoming of the narrator.
The book might be good, but the narrarator is SO BAD that I can't tell. The narrator ruins the story because the way he makes the characters talk is so un-natural that it distracts one from the story.
I gave the story a single star - Sorry Peter Straub - not because the story is not a good one - probably is - but the Narraration is Terrible and so distracting that I cannot tell one way or the other whether the story is any good or not.
The inflection he uses is incredibly un-natural. Nobody talks the way he talks for the characters. Choppy and the inflection is way off. Monotone in many places and just plain weird... I can't describe it because it's so strange.
It's like listening to a mental patient or someone from another planet who knows the language but doesn't understand inflection.
I have tried to listen to it over and over but turn it off after 10-20 minutes because of the horrible narrartion. It's so bad and distracting from the story (and nearly every character sounds the same) - that I don't even know after 2 hours into the story - exactly who the characters ARE!
I'd buy the paperback book and read it - BUT DON'T RECOMMEND YOU PURCHASE THIS BOOK DUE TO THE NARRATORS INCREDIBLE LACK OF ABILITY TO NARRARATE.
I listened to the sample and the bit that plays doesn't sound too bad... but boy did I find out real fast what a mistake I'd made by wasting a credit.
Whoever decided to use this guy really screwed it up for Peter Straubs chances to make any money from Audible sales.
The producer (if there was one for this book) should have known within minutes that the choice of narrarator was a big mistake! Personally, I'd demote the producer for lack of judgement and probably for intended sabotage and a willing attempt to ruin any attempt to make money from the sale of the book!
Peter Straub should have been able to intervene to stop this deplorable attempt to destroy what is probabaly a good book and have this narrarator replaced.
Peter, you can probably write off any real sales of this book - except for those making the same sucker mistake I made.
I have a couple hundred (litterally) Audible books in my library and occasionally there's a bad narrarator - but this one IS THE WORST EVER.
I'll remember the name of this Narrarator and avoid any other books read by him! Get another job!
And fire the producer for their inept choice and attempt to sabotage what is otherwise no doubt a good book.
It disgusts me that I wasted a credit on this book!
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