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The Housemates: A Novel of Extreme Terror | [Iain Rob Wright]

The Housemates: A Novel of Extreme Terror

Ten days, twelve competitors, two million pounds cash. What at first appears to be a wonderful opportunity for Damien Banks turns out to be the worst nightmare he can imagine. Trapped inside a house with eleven strangers, and a booming voice known only as "The Landlord" controlling his every move, Damien will be forced to compete not only for the money, but for his life. Let the games begin
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Ten days, twelve competitors, two million pounds cash.

What at first appears to be a wonderful opportunity for Damien Banks turns out to be the worst nightmare he can imagine. Trapped inside a house with 11 strangers, and a booming voice known only as "The Landlord" controlling his every move, Damien will be forced to compete not only for the money, but for his life.

Let the games begin....

©2013 Iain Rob Wright (P)2014 Iain Rob Wright

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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 06-17-14
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "TV show Big Brother combined with the Saw movies"

    Remember the TV show Big Brother combine that with the Saw movies and you have The Housemates in a nutshell. Full of all the gore, the suspense, the mystery and the need for more that you would expect from such a pairing.

    The story surrounds one of the eleven people that think they are on a reality TV game show, Damien. A seemingly pretty normal guy, who seems to be there for all the right reasons. Only to find out on the first day that there is more going on than they were led to believe. Each of the eleven have done terrible things in their past and now they have been gathered to pay the ultimate price and satisfy their victims hunger for revenge.

    Each day, has the formulaic flow of most reality shows, the participants must take part in a challenge and then vote two to face each other face to face. The twist is they must battle one another for their lives. Once a competitor falls, their sins are revealed to the rest of the group.

    The Housemates is a great exploration of group dynamics under duress. Full of surprises and plot twists that kept me guessing until the very end. Believable characters, and somewhat believable situations. Part of the success that Wright has with The Housemates is because we are all familiar with reality TV. The twist lies within the psychopaths that are in charge.

    I would have liked more of a deeper knowledge of the eleven, and the landlord, more character development, even though much was revealed. I understand why there wasn't so much for some, but I still would have liked to know more about some of them. This could have made this audiobook longer and more fulfilling.

    Audiobook purchased by the narrator.

    Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Mckellar 07-16-14
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    "Recommended! Horror fans won't be disappointed."
    What did you love best about The Housemates?

    It's a mixture of 'My Little Eye' and the Saw films, so doesn't skimp on the horror and it quickly gets to the point. It's an exciting story and one that could easily be turned into it's own film or tv show.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Housemates?

    It's hard to really say anything too specific without ruining the surprises, but lets just say that things aren't always what they seem. The "tasks" for the housemates are rather intense and messy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There's a certain task involving the removal of fingernails that I'll be trying not to think about for a while.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Housemates and why?

    I was really intrigued by the Landlord (essentially Big Brother) and what was really going on. There's certainly potential for sequels.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration from Chris Barnes really stood out and perfectly matched the story. One thing that is a huge part of Big Brother in the UK is the voice of Big Brother, typically a regional accent, and Chris absolutely nailed it. The story would have been let down without a narrator that understood the material and was willing to go the extra mile with the characters and I never once felt myself dropping out of it.

    In general, the production quality was high too and it felt very slick. This was my first dip into the world of audiobooks and I wasn't disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dawnzilla Arlington, Texas 01-26-15
    Dawnzilla Arlington, Texas 01-26-15

    Dawn

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    "You've Got to Love the Wright/Barnes Combination!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Housemates the most enjoyable?

    After having previously read The Housemates and finding myself in love with Celebrity Big Brother, I had to go back and relive this wonderfully executed novel. Chris Barnes brings the characters to life in a way that made me feel as though I was in the house with the contestants.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In all Iain's books in which Damien appears, he is my favorite character. Iain writes with him with such depth and personality, it's hard to not like him, despite his flaws.


    What does Chris Barnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Housemates is a unique book that is disturbing and disgusting on its own. Listening to Chris Barnes tell the story adds a whole new level of discomfort and emotion that was not present when I read the book on my own. He performs different voices and accents, giving each character a unique voice, and the sound effects he uses gives the story new dimension.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Housemates and why?

    Each character is so varied, it makes them all memorable in one way or another. If I had to choose, I think either Damien or The Landlord is the most memorable character.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it's ridiculous when people complain about Chris Barnes' thick accent. Anyone who is interested in listening to one of his books has the opportunity to preview a sample of the book first, and if his accent is too thick, why purchase the book? Because of this, I find it hard to take those reviews very seriously. Accent or no accent, this narrator loves what he does and that is very obvious in each book he reads.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shanna Harris In between the pages... 05-14-14
    Shanna Harris In between the pages... 05-14-14
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    "Darkly Brilliant!"
    Any additional comments?

    My review for: The Housemates by Iain Rob Wright
    Narrated by Chris Barnes
    Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Narration Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Shanna Roberson

    Blurb taken from Goodreads:

    TEN DAYS, TWELVE COMPETITORS, TWO MILLION POUNDS CASH. What at first appears to be a wonderful opportunity for Damien Banks turns out to be the worst nightmare he can imagine.

    Trapped inside a house with eleven strangers, and a booming voice known only as 'The Landlord' controlling his every move, Damien will be forced to compete not only for the money, but for his life.

    LET THE GAMES BEGIN...


    Review:

    This was my first taste of Iain Rob Wright’s writing and it did not disappoint. With an overall feeling of extreme creepiness, Iain sets the tone for one of the most sadistic games I have ever read. A gory, masterful tale of revenge and the ugliness of human nature. With twists and turns, Housemates keep me on the edge of my seat and my heart pounding. Different from anything I have read, I would definitely recommend this to any horror lover out there.

    Iain’s dark sense of humor and ability to instill complete terror paired with the talented voice artistry of Chris Barnes is perfection. Chris has this uncanny ability to breathe life into the books he narrates and this was no exception. With narrating something so horrific, he easily conveyed the absolute terror and pain the characters must have been feeling as they fought each other to the death. His range of expressive voices and his interpretation of the characters made it impossible to put the book down. Hands down, he is one of my top three favorite voice artists. I can’t stress enough how talented this narrator truly is. Can’t wait for the next one, Chris Barnes!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Misty Dawn 01-09-15
    Misty Dawn 01-09-15
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    "Loved this book..."

    I was on the edge every step of the way...just as the characters, as I assume was the author's intention. But being the voracious reader I have been since childhhod, it takes more than gimmicks to engage me. I kept going back and forth, again like the characters, about whether or not there would be a winner. My only critism is a spoiler, so be warned. and stop reading here.

    Clearing Damian of the crime he supposedly committed, landing him there wasn't really necessary (I kept thinking his partner had put him there). I do like the fact tho that the ending was somewhat ambiguous, avoiding a sappy happy ending to an extremely violent story. I think if I was going to write a different ending, Damian would have had a more satisfying "meeting" with the Traitor,. I felt that was rushed, especially when we the audience hoped for equal justice. It's not really clear if the Traitor was left in the building when it exploded, or was one of the people that according to the Landlord were ushered out at the last minute. And if she was I can see a pretty obvious sequel. I for one would welcome that!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Woodrow 12-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent performance of an engaging story"
    If you could sum up The Housemates in three words, what would they be?

    Horrifying human experiment


    If you’ve listened to books by Iain Rob Wright before, how does this one compare?

    I have not. But I will probably seek out more of his work in the future.


    Which character – as performed by Chris Barnes – was your favorite?

    Damien, the protagonist. He was tough, but always fair and honourable. Chris managed to convey that perfectly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. The narrator brought the characters to life in a definitive way. Some of the housemates had similar attitudes and styles, and it would have been easy to confuse them. This is where the narrator came in, and he nailed it.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the story perfectly enjoyable--interesting and engaging, if a little generic. But I was expecting something more. This is a Big Brother house setting, with elements of Saw, My Little Eye, and Cube, and it works very well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine East Peoria Il 61611 11-18-14
    Catherine East Peoria Il 61611 11-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not my cup of Tea"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I didnt like the book. It stirred no emotions in me. It was short and the story line left so much lacking. It reminded me a lot of the "Saw" franchise. I didnt connect with any of the characters. The environment wasnt all that clear to me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Iain Rob Wright? Why or why not?

    Not if its anything like this.


    What didn’t you like about Chris Barnes’s performance?

    I didnt like the performance at all. Mostly because of the very heavy accent.


    Do you think The Housemates needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Id say no.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • serisa
    6/16/14
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    "Housemates brilliant!"
    Where does The Housemates rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listerned to lots of audiobooks and this is in the top 5


    What did you like best about this story?

    The charachters are very well balanced and the setting descriptions really allow you to picture the scenes


    What does Chris Barnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His style of reading and his accent really makes this audio


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant story great charachters with many twists. I really enjoyed this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Thornton, United Kingdom
    5/27/14
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    "Big Brother meets Saw"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Housemates to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but the story certainly worked very well in an audio format, production was good and the characters really came to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Housemates?

    Hard to ignore some of the excruciating violence that the housemates had to endure. Though not exactly enjoyable to listen to at times, these situations grip the listener and really make you feel for (some of) the characters. It reminds me of a quote I read by Roger Gregg, saying that "A writer cannot let indifference set in. The listener can be horrified, terrified, shocked, offended, insulted, enraged, flabbergasted, stunned, amused, cursed, dumbfounded, perturbed, annoyed, exhilarated, but they can not be let slip away." There was certainly no opportunity in this story for the listener to switch off or lose interest.


    What about Chris Barnes’s performance did you like?

    Chris did an excellent job in bringing the story to life. It was always clear which character was talking without the need to go over the top on any one accent, and the pacing, clarity and production were all very good.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The big emotional reaction to this story will be towards the torture of the characters, but far from being an almost pornographic expression of violence (like the Saw movies) the author builds up some characters in a way that makes you really feel for them during their ordeal.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly recommended, you'll be intrigued by the story from the opening few minutes and there's a few twists and turns along the way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie
    Leek, United Kingdom
    5/22/14
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    "Brilliant !!!!!!!"
    If you could sum up The Housemates in three words, what would they be?

    Selfish, shallow,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Damien because he was doing the show for an unselfish reason and he had integrity


    Which character – as performed by Chris Barnes – was your favourite?

    Damien


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes did not want to put it down its like Big brother meets Hostel


    Any additional comments?

    Iain Rob Wright is a great story teller having read many of his books in the past he has a great talent for vivid description and you can't wait to see how it all ends Brilliant !!!!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jeremy Moran
    5/16/14
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    "A bloody good time!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Housemates?

    It's hard to say without giving anything away! There are some geniune "squick" moments, but they're all very well done and described, leaving just enough to your imagination. And as Han Solo would say, I can imagine quite a bit!


    What about Chris Barnes’s performance did you like?

    Very well done. The accent took a moment for my ears to adjust to, but once they did, I had no problems with it. Mr. Barnes did a fine job of differentiating the character voices and giving just the right emotional weight to the scenes.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I definitely had more than a few "gasp" moments while listening! Thankfully I was never foolish enough to read it while eating, but there were a few times that I kind of wished I wasn't driving while I got through a fairly graphic part!


    Any additional comments?

    The story is overall well-crafted, however, I feel like the last hour/last few chapters are a bit padded. Once the climax is reached, the let down takes a bit longer than it should. Also, the book could've used at least one more pass by the continuity editors- there are a few times where the book seems to lose track of how many housemates are in the house, and one chapter gets repeated!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bill
    CA, United States
    5/16/14
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    "Let the games begin!"
    Any additional comments?

    Get ready for the big show - 12 people, 10 days and 2 million pounds. Not a bad deal. The game is not it what it seems, however, and the challenges are going to be killer. The last one standing gets the cash. Not as easy as it sounds…really. Let the games begin.

    I really enjoyed this one. The pacing was perfect and the action kept the story moving at a brisk pace. I have a hard time with some audio books because they are too complicated and I get lost sometimes. Not so with The Housemates, the narration was excellent and it was easy to follow and remain engaged in the action for the entirety. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shanna Harris
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    5/12/14
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    "Brilliant!"
    Any additional comments?

    My review for: The Housemates by Iain Rob Wright
    Narrated by Chris Barnes
    Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Narration Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Shanna Roberson

    Blurb taken from Goodreads:

    TEN DAYS, TWELVE COMPETITORS, TWO MILLION POUNDS CASH. What at first appears to be a wonderful opportunity for Damien Banks turns out to be the worst nightmare he can imagine.

    Trapped inside a house with eleven strangers, and a booming voice known only as 'The Landlord' controlling his every move, Damien will be forced to compete not only for the money, but for his life.

    LET THE GAMES BEGIN...


    Review:

    This was my first taste of Iain Rob Wright’s writing and it did not disappoint. With an overall feeling of extreme creepiness, Iain sets the tone for one of the most sadistic games I have ever read. A gory, masterful tale of revenge and the ugliness of human nature. With twists and turns, Housemates keep me on the edge of my seat and my heart pounding. Different from anything I have read, I would definitely recommend this to any horror lover out there.

    Iain’s dark sense of humor and ability to instill complete terror paired with the talented voice artistry of Chris Barnes is perfection. Chris has this uncanny ability to breathe life into the books he narrates and this was no exception. With narrating something so horrific, he easily conveyed the absolute terror and pain the characters must have been feeling as they fought each other to the death. His range of expressive voices and his interpretation of the characters made it impossible to put the book down. Hands down, he is one of my top three favorite voice artists. I can’t stress enough how talented this narrator truly is. Can’t wait for the next one, Chris Barnes!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mattybob
    1/23/15
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    "DIG,Brother"

    loved it. IRW and the Mighty Chris Barnes have brought audio alive. IRW's work is always awesome and Chris Barnes is one of the best narrators I've listened to

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • garry
    nottingham, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Housemates... We are watching you!"

    I recently purchased this audio book by using one of my Audible credits and was pleasantly surprised to discover how gripping the story was.

    This splendid story by Iain Rob Wright is a rollercoaster ride of survival and is wonderfully narrated by the talented Chris Barnes. Barnes voices for each characters are brilliant and makes this book a fantastic listen.

    Highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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