On the banks of Lake Drummond, on the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp, there is a tree in the shape of a woman.
One dark, moonlit night, two artists met at the Lake Drummond Hotel, built directly on the borderline of North Carolina and Virginia. One was a young woman with the ability to see spirits trapped in trees and stone, anchored to the earth beyond their years. Her gift was to draw them, and then to set them free. The other was a dark man, haunted by dreams and visions that brought him stories of sadness and pain, trapped in a life between the powers he sensed all around him and a mundane existence attended by failure. They were Eleanore MacReady, Lenore, to her friends, and a young poet named Edgar Allan Poe, who traveled with a crow that was his secret, and almost constant companion, a bird named Grimm for the talented brothers of fairy-tale fame.
Their meeting drew them together in vision, and legend, and pitted their strange powers and quick minds against the depths of the Dismal Swamp itself, ancient legends, and time.
Once, upon a shoreline dreary, there was a tree. This is her story.
©2013 David N. Wilson (P)2013 David N. Wilson
This is certainly one of the most captivating and creative accounts of Edgar Allen Poe and his Lenore, as well as the foundations for Poe's infamous poem, "The Raven". Filled with unexpected twists and turns that left me guessing until the very end, David Niall Wilson has proven himself to be an extraordinary storyteller with a keen gift for the macabre. The suspense throughout was spectacular and never did I feel a sense of prolonging. Wilson has put forth everything I could want from such a novel; extremely well-developed characters, suspense, intrigue, and a great deal of unpredictability. As a long time fan of Edgar Allen Poe, this is one of the rare creative endeavors that truly capture Poe's spirit and then goes beyond to create a mesmerizing story within a story. The narrator of this audio edition, Gigi Shane, is equally as talented. Her voice is rather deep and raspy, yet soft and gentle, which only enhances the ambiance of the story. Listening to her was as though I were enveloped in an old quilt; a bit frayed and rough on the edges but warm and comforting as it drew me in. Her narration was astounding and truly brought this novel life. My overall experience with this particular audiobook was astounding and I sincerely could not ask for anything more. I highly recommend this to any fan of the macabre and Edgar Allen Poe in particular....FIVE stars!
I really enjoyed the story. It was dark, but had a way of drawing you into othe imagery of the story. The only issue I had, was that the narrator was hard to listen to. I found myself missing parts of the book because of the way the narrator...kinda droned on. It was a little tedious. The story is a keeper though, and the narrator didn't distract me so much that I did not enjoy the book.
Creepy, gloomy, atmospheric.
The setting. Absolutely brilliant, gave me the creeps all the way through. Perhaps it was the creepy swamp filled surroundings but centainly set a very creepy backdrop for what was a very well written story.
The scenes towards the end with Grimm.
I was creeped out, which doesn't happen with the vast majority of horror novels I read so this certainly worked.
This is the second book by author David Niall Wilson I have listened to (first being Ancient Eyes) and I have throughly enjoyed both of them. In addition the Narrator Gigi Shane was really enjoyable, she had a soft slow soothing voice which worked well for this story.*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
Haunting, Enthralling, Good!
This book has the feel of a classic, with a modern edge...
No, but I would...she is pleasant to listen to, and talented!
A few laughs...and a little sorrow, but no tears...
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This was a good listen, I was drawn in from the beginning and enjoyed the creativity and imagination of this story...it is kinda like an old school urban legend, and I loved Lenore and Edgar's friendship....I loved how she transformed Grimm, and I enjoyed the whole story immensely! I recommend!!!
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I have tried multiple books by David Niall Wilson and intend to continue trying more along the way, and in terms of Gigi Shane if she narrates another story I'm interested in I'd be interested in it.
I would because thusfar I've listened to Ancient Eyes and Block 10 which were both written by him and more my kind of stories.
I have not so I cannot really comment on that fact.
I believe that yes it was worth the listening time because it's an interesting story with a original premise that has some cool interactions with reality and draws parallels between a bunch of different things. The reason the rating isn't higher is not because its not a well-written story, its because it tells a different story than the one I really wanted to hear.
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This one ranks up there for me with audiobooks. It was the combination of the perfect narrator for this type of book. Separate I don't know how well they would work. Gigi Shane has the melodious, dulcet tones that were made to read books with a dark, romantic atmosphere.
My favorite part was how the artist used paintings to release spirits. There was something incredibly cool about the entire premise.
I have not, but I see she helped narrate some of Clive Barker's 4th books of blood, and I'm interested in picking it up now.
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this was my 2nd book by David N Wilson I found it quite enjoyable way to spend a Sunday
I would like to try another audiobook narrated by Gigi Shane-I felt her performance was hindered by the writing. The continually dark and ominous tone of the story got old after a while, just kept hitting that same tone- and at times it lost me as a listener. I think the author tried to capture the feel and tone of a work of Poe, but fell short.
I have not listened to any other work of Gigi Shane but would like to see what else she is capable of.
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