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Harvest Home | [Thomas Tryon]

Harvest Home

After watching his asthmatic daughter suffer in the foul city air, Theodore Constantine decides to get back to the land. When he and his wife search New England for the perfect nineteenth-century home, they find no township more charming, no countryside more idyllic than the farming village of Cornwall Coombe. Here they begin a new life: simple, pure, close to nature - and ultimately more terrifying than Manhattan’s darkest alley.
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In a country village, a family of New Yorkers encounters a chilling ancient rite

After watching his asthmatic daughter suffer in the foul city air, Theodore Constantine decides to get back to the land. When he and his wife search New England for the perfect nineteenth-century home, they find no township more charming, no countryside more idyllic than the farming village of Cornwall Coombe. Here they begin a new life: simple, pure, close to nature - and ultimately more terrifying than Manhattan’s darkest alley.

When the Constantines win the friendship of the town matriarch, the mysterious Widow Fortune, they are invited to join the ancient festival of Harvest Home, a ceremony whose quaintness disguises dark intentions. In this bucolic hamlet, where bootleggers work by moonlight and all of the villagers seem to share the same last name, the past is more present than outsiders can fathom - and something far more sinister than the annual harvest is about to rise out of the earth.

©1973 Thomas Tryon (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 12-29-13
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2005
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    "more literate than horror and solid"

    this is billed as an "oh my god" horror novel but it is not like that at all I don't think. it is well done and a lot more in it than i remembered from having read it years ago. If you're familiar at all with Fowle's The Magus, the film the Wicker Man, fertility rites, Burnt Offerings, greek myth and Eleusinian mysteries you will pick up on what's going on early on and for that reason it didn't surprise me nor shock me.

    I like it very much for all those reasons (tidbits of lore and history etc.) and i think it is well researched as far as that goes. Joseph Campbell deals with a lot of fertility rites etc that have some shocking elements and I think that Tryon's overall "reconstruction" of a society of that type is very well thought out.

    I can't rank it as highly as The Other as i feel there are some moments that needed to be redrawn as they got a bit unbelievable or cliche, and i think that it meanders a bit along the way to it's goal, whereas the Other didn't feel like there was anything extraneous in it.

    Overall I'm glad i revisited it and found many things in it that i'd totally forgotten and it is better than i remembered. A friend liked this one better than Other. I think that with a little more pace, it could make for an excellent film if someone like HBO took the time to do a little mini series and cover all the important detail.

    (i do think the narrator was fine but a little lackluster, some moments needing more emotion in a character's voice than he gave)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal Wilson north carolina 03-14-14
    Crystal Wilson north carolina 03-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't put it down"
    What did you love best about Harvest Home?

    It's creepy under tone


    What did you like best about this story?

    You can't see what's coming next.


    What about Jonathan Yen’s performance did you like?

    Very well told


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Mr Constantine saw the scarecrow of Worthy Pettinger


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Las Vegas, NV 02-06-14
    Amazon Customer Las Vegas, NV 02-06-14

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    "Thought Provoking Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Harvest Home the most enjoyable?

    The different intonations of the characters by the reader. The characters were defined.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Harvest Home?

    There were two parts - one involving Worthy Pettinger and the other involved Justin Hook. The detective work behind Gracie Everdeen was very interesting and kept me very interested in the story.


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

    He was able to read with a buildup to certain parts that kept me waiting for more. Some parts had me holding my breath!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely - I had to work darn it!


    Any additional comments?

    I was not a fan of audio books and a friend told me it was the way to go as she has a little bit of a commute which helps while the time away. She was right and I am hooked. My husband and I have been listening every day for 1-2 hours with a healthy discussion during the breaks we take. It is a nice bonding experience and I can't wait for the next audio book experience. Plus it brings back the highlights of the movie with Bette Davis and Dan Akroyd as well as the book which I have read a few times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 11-09-13
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "I HAVE BEEN WAITING AND WIATING FOR THIS BOOK!"
    Where does Harvest Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    IN THE TOP 10. I HAVE OVER 160 BOOKS AND HAVE READ ABOUT 130 OR SO.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Harvest Home?

    MANY. I CAN PICK ONE BUT THERE WERE MANY MOMENTS. I WILL CHOOSE WHEN NICK REALIZED WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO JACK STUMP.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Yen – was your favorite?

    THE WIDOW FORTUNE. BUT ALL WERE GREAT. ROBERT WAS DONE WELL TOO.


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

    GEE, I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE SEVERAL. I THINK JUSTIN OR ROBERT. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THEY REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT IN THIS STORY. I THINK ROBERT HELD BACK A LOT. TAMAR SPOOKED ME. I THINK I WOULD BE INTIMIDATED BY HER.


    Any additional comments?

    WHEN I COULD READ PHYSICALLY I MUST HAVE READ THIS BOOK AT LEAST 5 TIMES MAYBE MORE. I SAW THE MOVIE TOO. GOOD MOVIE (DARK SECRET OF HARVEST HOME). THE AUDIOBOOK MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO READ AGAIN AND AGAIN.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B. R. Paschen Chicago 06-04-14
    B. R. Paschen Chicago 06-04-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Gave up on"

    This story promised to be a nice, juicy ghost story. Just look at the cover. I have listened to over half the book and, aside from some minor occult experiences, there is still nothing much happening. Much forshadowing with no follow-through. I found myself wondering why I was sticking in, so I stopped.

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    Judy Laurel, MD, United States 02-13-14
    Judy Laurel, MD, United States 02-13-14 Member Since 2013

    I love a good supernatural story with good content, especially from authors that don't feel the need to add smut.

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    "This book could have been cut down to 1/5 its size"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The end result was a decent story but there are far too many long, drawn out boring parts to this book. Based on other reviews on the Internet, I thought this would be an awesome listen. I nearly returned it but decided to give it a chance.

    Do yourself a favor and skip this one. Find a synopsis somewhere else and save yourself 15 hours.


    What could Thomas Tryon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cut out 4/5 of the endless, boring background story.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Yen – was your favorite?

    None of the characters were favorites. I actually found all of them quite annoying.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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