They have the beginnings of a perfect family. A husband, a wife, a baby on the way. But something will stop them from being happy as they move into their new house: the power of the undead that roam the halls of their home. The demons that have come to claim them. The darkness that seeks to destroy them.
©2012 Michaelbrent Collings (P)2014 Michaelbrent Collings
This was my first horror book. I couldn't stop listening. Ranking: 9
The first was when Sarah realizes the cold feet she is snuggling with in bed, were not of her husband's, but of a ghost.
No, but I look forward to more. Paula's warm voice and obvious seasoned acting skills hooked me from the get-go till the very end. In particular, her ability to shift voices and sounds - especially in heightened fast-paced dramatic scenes, kept me on the edge of my chair.
When Father Mike was coaching the couple to voice their commands in ridding the intruders.
I expected some sort of resolve/twist at the end, but didn't see this one coming.
I'm not usually drawn to horror stories, but, Michaelbrent's "The Haunting," story was more powerful due to likable couple and the journey we took with them. Paula Slade's narration seemed perfectly in sync with Mr. Collings' intent.
I stuck to this book because it made me some what mad that I waisted a credit. The book made no scene at all! The only thing that haunted me about this book (and still does) is that it was about an 8 hour listen & the name Cap was spoken about 2 to 300 times, took up a good hour of it. And another 50 times for the saying ( Stove Pipe Hat)! If I ever listen to another book with cap & stove pipe hat, I will return it! WAIST OF A CREDIT!
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An overwrought detailing of supposedly paranormal events by a frustrated English major. Every detail examined from five different angles, the listener is forced into the characters’ minds and tortured with drawn-out ponderings of what could POSSIBLY be happening…?! Need to be titillated with soft core soap opera-style sex…? Seems all these two have on their minds when they aren’t droning on about imaginings of possible explanations (times three or four) for these drawn-out, boring events. Don’t waste your time or money here – get something like “Paranormal Intruder” instead…
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Performance was adequate. Material was awful, so she had little to do to make it interesting.
None of which I can really think...
Torturous writing made these minimal events drag on for what seemed like hours. If I want drawn-out childish details of sex and "true love," I'll read some old Dean Koontz.
Love a good mystery (especially a British cozy cottage mystery), action / adventure , and really love a good scary / horror book.
repetition usually helps someone to remember something, but when the author repeats the same BS so many times that it is almost a third of the book, that is just too much repetition. then there is all the lists of stuff.... I don't care what she found in the boxes in the kitchen moving boxes, or how many pieces of covered furniture, or .... lost sympathy for characters in first 5 minutes, ready for them to die in next 5 minutes. First story??? should not have been written, how about the second story, too bad you didn't write that one, it might have been better.
The story itself is boring with the author attempting to use so many contrived wordy descriptions of the mundane to make them sound more sinister is beyond annoying. It's extremely repetative in phrases.
The woman who reads the book has a voice that is more horrifying than the story itself. I would never buy a book read by her no matter how good the story may be. her voice is like nails on a chalkboard.
Don't bother with this book. It's not scary and it is poorly written.
I collect spores, molds, and fungus.
It is cliche, predictable, and lacks any sort of substance or plot. Basically a string of paranormal experiences with the woman screaming over and over and over. You keep hoping to hear some backstory or character development but it just never happens. How on earth was this a "NYT best seller"? This author took a boring title, threw together a male and female for the ol' "young couple in a new house", and just picked scary situations from different movies for them to be in. OMG thank goodness for the audible no questions asked return policy.
The paranormal situations in some cases were actually interesting! Why on earth didn't he develop the characters or storyline? Could have been a great haunted house story despite the cliches.
It didn't sound like the narrator could have been in any way one of the characters from the book. It sounded like grandma reading you a bedtime story.
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This was a pretty good horror. He seemed to get a LOT into three days. It’s three days of intensity that just keeps getting worse and worse.
Sadly I listened to this on audible and he has a propensity to add in a lot of words when someone is freaking out… like “It’scomingit’scomingit’scomingit’scomingit’scomingit’scoming!” On and on and on and on. This is my second book of his and I was hoping when I heard the same type of thing in the first that it would just be in that book, but nope, it’s here too. I get it when you’re reading and the author is trying to really grind the terror into your mind but when listening to it, well, it just gets annoying.
Speaking of the narrator, Paula Slade, was amazing. She nailed the characters and all of the really intense emotions. Being in a haunted house as a pregnant woman must suck and Paula was able to bring the true horror to her acting. I loved every minute of her narration. The audio was also well done and never missed a beat, which was great because (other than a few hiccups) I didn’t ever want to stop this.
That being said, the hiccups mentioned were a few. I’m surprised it took the couple so long to try to leave. I mean, you’re pregnant, you’re in a creepy house. They are separated for a lot of this which is hilariously stupid. Maybe if you do not know you’re in a horror it doesn’t matter but once things start happening that I cannot explain, I would be calling my hubby or the ghostbusters, someone! Which leads me to my next question… is this how people actually react? I love Michaelbrent’s writings and he does have some twisted ideas but the fact that they stayed in the house for so long just kills me!
His writing style is appealing but the over and over words that he does (while listening) drives me insane. I seriously wanted to fast-forward the audio. That makes me really sad. I don’t want to miss any of the horrific events and if I fast-forward I’m definitely going to miss something!
The plot was good and horrific with a nice twist at the end though. YAY! I think the ending makes up for some of their stupid choices. But again, I’m not in this so maybe I would make some of the same choices if I were. I sure hope I wouldn’t!
My second listen of Michael’s but I hope it will not be my last!
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Engaging, enthralling, suspenseful.
The ending was unexpected.
She truly made the characters come alive for me. I would now listen to anything Paula Slade narrates from this point on.
Yes, but sadly, had to split it up into a few sittings.
My first foray into audiobooks and definitely not the last!
Yes, I really enjoyed the story, especially the ending, which was a surprise!
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A thriller that will surprise and haunt you...
I highly recommend this book as a great one.
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