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Ghost Story | [Peter Straub]

Ghost Story

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Kathy COPPERAS COVE, TX, United States 06-20-15
    Kathy COPPERAS COVE, TX, United States 06-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "good story, but a little long winded."

    good scary story. trim a little. you get lost in parts. why the little girl, that made no sense

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    S. Liskey 05-03-15
    S. Liskey 05-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Too Long"
    What would have made Ghost Story better?

    If he had cut the novel by half the size and focused it much more.


    Would you recommend Ghost Story to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. There are some interesting passages, but overall it drags and drags, repetitive and filled with stuffing of little intrigue.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I hated the voices for the older women. If Stella was supposed to be a glamorous woman, she sounded here like a goony grandma.


    What character would you cut from Ghost Story?

    Cut it down by several. The film was on a good path as to what was the most compelling part of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert A. Pinel phillipsburg, new jersey United States 04-21-15
    Robert A. Pinel phillipsburg, new jersey United States 04-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story; so-so performance"
    If you could sum up Ghost Story in three words, what would they be?

    A great book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is numerous ghost stories, tied to earlier writers, and expanding on themes that they explored in a more modern context. But, there are numerous layers to this story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Buck Schirner’s performances?

    I would but he was the wrong narrator for this book.


    If you could rename Ghost Story, what would you call it?

    Ghost Story


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of my favorite books when I read it 30 some years ago. It remains a great story. Unfortunately, the narrator is really not appropriate for this story. He creates a lot of inappropriate voices for characters and it is clear that he really doesn't have a good handle on the book. He was ok but his reading takes away from the overall enjoyment.

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    James 04-17-15
    James 04-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Oldie but a goodie"

    very good. nice performance from actor. plus the story is engaging. maybe a little long winded on placrd.

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    Alex 04-15-15
    Alex 04-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Lives up to its reputation with perfect narration."

    This is one I will remember.
    Suffocatingly creepy and consuming.
    This one jumped into my brain at inconvenient moments and compelled me to stop what I was doing and listen again.
    Worth every penny.

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    William 04-08-15
    William 04-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Hard to rate"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no over half the book is a little boring. I think the way the story lines were put together leaves too many slower parts together.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghost Story?

    I guess when the female antagonist is playing mind games with the main characters.


    What three words best describe Buck Schirner’s voice?

    The same always. He does a really good old guy/ old lady but all the characters sound the same for example the 18 year old high school kid sounds just like the 80 year old lawyer.


    Was Ghost Story worth the listening time?

    I guess not I have read other stories that are similar in plot that tied everything together better.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a hard one to get through. If it wasn't for me read Steven Kings review of it I would have stopped about a quarter of the way through and got my credit back.

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    fadedcharacter Cabool, MO 03-19-15
    fadedcharacter Cabool, MO 03-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Slow steady boil to frightening"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book & can't believe I hadn't ever read it before. Narrator did a nice job with so many characters.

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    elizabeth 02-22-15
    elizabeth 02-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Stop complaining about the narrator"

    I almost didn't get this book because so many people complained about the narrator. While he doesn't do Stella any justice, all the other voices were really good! The narrator had to do upwards of 20 voices, if not more! He did a great job! I was really impressed.
    Overall the book was good. I'm not much into fiction but I love scary stories. This wasn't the scariest novel I've ever read, but it was pretty intense at times. I enjoyed it. It was certainly unique.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    misty 01-06-15
    misty 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great !"

    Love the narrator!!
    Love the story!!
    Worth the credit!!
    Will listen to again!!
    Going to be a lifelong fan from now on!!

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    Andria Elkins 01-04-15 Member Since 2013

    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!

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    "Annoyingly Detailed Original Story - LONG LISTEN"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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