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.
"A powerful tale of healing and redemption that skillfully balances supernatural horrors with spiritual uplift". (Publishers Weekly)
Wow, this was an excellent book. Great descriptions and storyline. Nice surprise ending. Out of 200+ audiobooks I've read this one moves up to the top 20 (at least in the suspense genre). Don't expect Ender's Game or something like that. This is more in the Koontz catagory. Buy and enjoy!!
I normally read Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Anne Rice. I gave this book a try. It was slow to start but still interesting. Then it a has a wow moment and I couldn't stop listening. If you like Koontz or King, you'll enjoy this one.
This was a great story that kept me interested until the very end. It would make a great horror movie. The character development was great. They felt very "real." But I think that a little too much time was spend developing minor characters. I kept waiting for them to become major players and they never were.
The first three quarters of the book are totally tedious! The main character is ridden with guilt and pain of having failed as a MAN-the protector and provider, and that is repeated throughout the book ad nauseam. If not for the last part of the book (where something actually starts happening), the whole thing would be a complete waste of time. Quite disappointing.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
If you like Bob Villa and home fix it shows you may love this. If you are a fan of Lost Boys the novel not the short story you will like this. The first half of the book is all about renovating an old house and you get much of the detail.
The main character Dan Lark is a no nonsense he-man. He wants to be a hermit and just work. He can not escape society though and people are consistently tangling themselves in his life. I thought this was an interesting lesson. Many times we may want to ignore the world and other people, but that is not as easy as it sounds.
Most of the characters in the book are women and they are some of the most flawed women you will ever meet. Dan comes off a little too perfect, almost a super hero. The whole book reads like a romance novel written by a man. Even though Dan wants to avoid women he finds himself kissing them almost as soon as he meets them and they love it and him, but he always does the right thing and he never sleeps with them.
I like Card's writing and he can write about anything and I would enjoy it. This is proof as I did enjoy the book, but very little happened, especially the first half. I would have loved the book, if he would have put more fantasy into it and I feel kind of cheated that he didn't.
I find that I either love or hate Orson Scott Card's work. This was definitely one I loved along with Lost Boys and Enchantment. It was amazingly involving and I fell in love with the characters.
Mr. Card is an obvious graduate of the Dean Koontz School of Superfluousity. I found the incessant and schizophrenic navel contemplation by the two main characters to be unbearably grating and often hit the fast forward button. Early subplots were dropped so abruptly that it appears Mr. Card decided to change the direction of the book, but did not want to go to the effort of a re-write. The book did have some plot twists and an ending that could have been entertaining if they had not been telegraphed chapters before they were actually revealed. One line early in the book was very prophetic. It went something like “Books are either stupid or they’re not. If they’re stupid, you just find yourself getting angry.” I never got angry, but I sure did get exasperated on numerous occasions. The only reason I finished the book was out of a curiosity to see just how bad it could get.
This book was surprisingly good -- a little long and drawn out, but wonderful nonetheless. There were not many surprises, but the plot development, the character interaction, and the story's speed were all excellent. I'll never look at a house the same way again.I look forward to his next book.
mother, wife, artist
the begining of this book is great..but that is about all i can say for it..the relationship between the 2 main characters is tiring and irritating..i just really did not like this book..if you are looking for a good ghost story..move on..
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.
"Card in King country!"
This really is very Stephen Kingish, I mean that in a good way!
It takes quite a long time before it becomes apparent that this is anything other than an interesting, if a little dark, romantic comedy with an historical dimension.
When the surprises come they add darkness and light.
Strangely there are many Card themes that fans of the Ender/Shadow books will be familiar with?Knowing what is right when nothing is wholly right, and the moral ambiguity of doing unconscious bad.
The other things that will be familiar are excellent, intriguing plotting and a sense of pace that draws you on through the book.
Less familiar is that it quite a sexy book especially at the beginning but there is an interesting twist to all the relationships the raises the book above run of the mill fiction.
Scot Card is really on great form in the more or less here and now and demonstrates again what a very good writer he is.
More King than Ender but very good for all that.
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