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Publisher's Summary

Damaged Houses
A master craftsman, Don Lark could fix everything except what mattered, his own soul. After tragedy claimed the one thing he loved, he began looking for dilapidated houses to buy, renovate, and resell at a profit, giving these empty shells the second chance at life he denied himself.

Damaged Souls
Then in a quiet Southern town, Lark finds his biggest challenge: a squalid yet sturdy mansion that has suffered decades of abuse at the hands of greedy landlords and transient tenants. While two charming old neighbor ladies ply him with delicious cooking, they offer dire warnings about the house's evil past. But there is something about this building that pushes Lark on, even as its enchantments grow increasingly ominous. Will finishing the house offer Lark redemption, or unleash the darkest forces of damnation upon him?

©1998 Orson Scott Card; (P)2006 Audible Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A powerful tale of healing and redemption that skillfully balances supernatural horrors with spiritual uplift". (Publishers Weekly)

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    Old Hippy PA 12-30-08
    Old Hippy PA 12-30-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Pleasant story, great characters!"

    I've read and enjoyed several books by Card, and liked the sound of this one. I took it even though the reviews were somewhat underwhelming. I'm glad I did. The characters were great and the story held my interest right up to the end. I have three main observations about this book: 1) contrary to some other reviewers, I actually liked how he developed the characters and played them off against each other - thought that was ther best part of this book, 2) the change in romantic interest from the real estate agent to the homeless girl didn't work for me - he should have stayed with the agent ... she was hot, and 3) the ending was just a bit much - felt too much like a second rate Hollywood horror film, with gratuitous destruction. Yet, I've listened to much worse on here and this was a nice way to pass the time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ty J Sausalito, CA United States 11-30-07
    Ty J Sausalito, CA United States 11-30-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow, slow, slow"

    I love Orson Scott Card. This was not at all what I expected. I was three quarters of the way through and I still kept wondering when it would get interesting. The last three hours are the only part worth listening to and I don't think it was worth listening to the first several hours.

    There are so many other books written by him that are much better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry Hobbs, NM, USA 08-27-07
    Jerry Hobbs, NM, USA 08-27-07 Member Since 2006
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    "unexpected"

    Not what I expected from O.S.Card, even from the Audible synopsis, and an unfamiliar genre for me. In any case, it maintained my interest and made credible jumps to incredible places.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 02-20-07
    Mary 02-20-07 Member Since 2016
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    "An opinion"

    This book was totally unbelievable but enjoyable.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "protagonist that you could careless about..."

    I struggled to finish this and I really like the author and the narrator. The protagonist in this story is boring. I think this is what made just go meh?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    11-25-07
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    "Wait for it..."

    This was my first audible so I chose an author I am familiar with and enjoy. After about an hour of listening I was beginning to despair at recognizing the distinctive Orson Scott Card elements. I was becoming bored. I was concerned that maybe the new media was taking away from the story as I usually read at a page a minute and by this time would have been well into the story. I persevered and surprise Orson jumped into high gear. The last three quarters of the audible were great and had a very Orson Scott Card climax and ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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