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Harvest Home Audiobook

Harvest Home

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Publisher's Summary

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 12-29-13
    Darryl 12-29-13 Member Since 2008
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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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    Amazon Customer 04-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I'd give it half a star if I could."

    Just watch "Children of the Corn". You'll save a lot of time and boredom. Meh.

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    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 12-09-14
    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 12-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved this book!"

    The story draws you into a quaint perfect little village. I found myself jealous of the closeness that everyone shared.
    But then the sinister side is revealed....
    The ending was a complete surprise. I never saw that coming!

    This is a very well written book and the narrator does an excellent job.

    1 of 1 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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    LV Mermaid Las Vegas, NV 02-06-14
    LV Mermaid Las Vegas, NV 02-06-14

    LV Mermaid

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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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    Liv 09-02-16
    Liv 09-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Too much filler for few little scares"

    It's a book my mom would classify as horror, which isn't a bad thing just not a book you want for good, fast horror. The first disturbing thing happened at the end of the first part, which is a good few hours into the story. This book is like Children of the Corn if it took place months before anything disturbing started to happen, and you're left listening to fictional characters talking about corn while nothing interesting happens.

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    Bonny L. Sexton 08-19-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Typical "Burnt Offerings" Story"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm disappointed. I'd read good things about this novel but it just wasn't nearly as engaging as I'd hoped. It's a very typical story. If you know "Wicker Man" or "Burnt Offerings" or even "Children of the Corn" then you know this story. It's so predictable that it's nearly boring. Save your credits on something more original.

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    Jill Townsend GEORGETOWN, TX, US 08-12-15
    Jill Townsend GEORGETOWN, TX, US 08-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Predictable"

    The narration was ok. Not much of a fan of men narrating female parts. The story predictable. Guess it wasn't a complete waste.

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    Melissa 04-07-15
    Melissa 04-07-15
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    "WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!"

    This was a mysterious, frightening epic tale that i could not stop listening to. 5 stars across the board! Definitely worth a listen/read!

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    Judy 02-13-14
    Judy 02-13-14

    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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    "Chilling tale of tradition and conspiracy"

    Enjoyed this well written and skilfully crafted tale. Will definitely explore more of this authors work

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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