Evil doesn't always look scary....
Built at the turn of the 20th century by one of the richest and most powerful men in the world, tucked away in the pristine Pocono Mountains, Summer Place, a retreat for the rich and famous, seems the very essence of charm and beauty, "a scene borrowed from a wondrous fairytale of gingerbread houses, bright forests, and glowing, sunny meadows."
But behind the yellow and white trimmed exterior lurks an evil, waiting to devour the unwary....
Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy's investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy, and destroyed his career. Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success, she needs help from the one man who has come face-to-face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure. Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with the event. But Summer Place has other plans....
As Summer Place grows stronger, Kennedy, along with the paranormal ghost hunting team The Supernaturals, sets out to confront - and if possible, destroy - the evil presence dwelling there.
But sometimes in a paranormal investigation, the ghosts hunt you....
©2011 David L. Golemon (P)2012 Seven Realms Publishing, LLC
A spine-chilling book, the Supernaturals has been well thought out by the author.
David Goleman draws a definite distinction between ghosts and evil, which I appreciate. Is the house evil or does evil merely reside in it? Is a person evil, or does evil find a home within one? A house can be haunted by ghosts, which bring an evil element into it. All these factors are brought into play in this audiobook, which almost throbs with intensity from beginning to end.
It ranks among the top of its genre.
I had no problem with the narrator, except that I think the pronunciation of the few German words could have been researched by him. They weren't that difficult.
Thank you to Audible for making this available on the BoGo sale!
I've loved reading and writing for as far back as I can remember. I live in Ontario, Canada with my dear dog Joram (Maltese).
The Supernaturals was absolutely riveting! I've never before listened to a full audiobook from beginning to end in so short a time. I've only had 4 hrs of sleep, am absolutely beyond exhausted; I couldn't do anything other than keep listening...this book held me in it's grip from the first word to the last!!!
I don't want to give too much away, so I'll just say one of the most memorable moments for me was the revelation in the sewing room.
Jeffrey Kafer gave a great performance. My main complaint on his performance was that sometimes it was difficult to pick out who was speaking until he said who had said it as he was not consistent with the accents of the characters
I'm not good with tag lines.
This audiobook is very worthy of the investment. I was not only happy to sacrifice my sleep and ignore my responsibilities for the time it took to listen to this awesome book, I felt that I had to...there was no other options. I felt that I was living in a completely different world and nothing around me was real...only the audiobook was real. Sounds strange I know, but that was my experience.
I've read and listened to many, many books for most of my life has been spent that way, as my close friends will readily attest to. It is extremely rare for a book to affect me as deeply as this one has!!
Golem does a good job of taking the old haunted house story and giving it a different spin. The story brings out quite a bit of history on how the ghosts took hold of the house, interweaving the family story.
I appreciated the techie perspective and how the group of individuals brought together to solve the mystery were developed.
Kafer's performance was good and helped bring the listener through some of the slower parts of the book. I have to agree Mr. Kafer should not try to sing again.
I would recommend this book if you like haunted house stories with a different twist.
Yes. Especially fans of horror, but there were other elements here (music industry backstory, cut throat television production, police work) that would be interesting to general audiences.I remain a huge fan of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and am thrilled by Goleman's homage. That book inspired too numerous haunted house movies too count!(Young readers who take the time to discover Jackson's epic work will be richly rewarded.) Summer Place as the "real life" inspiration for Hill House is a wonderful literary device.
I recently enjoyed FG Cottam's The Colony and love well prepared expedition type ghost stories of that kind. I hate when the protagonists is a helpless victim. Like when you, as the reader,are required to experience the terror build up with a defenseless young girl or a helpless barefoot maiden in a nightgown. The resourceful band of investigators presented here however were the Dirty Dozen, Magnificent Seven the Seven Samuri all rolled into one. Each character was well developed and interesting. The charcters fit the exciting story and I was most content to be on the adventure with them. The more terrifying the better!
He understood the material, he understood the characters, he used proper inflection and emphasis . His performance genuinely enhanced the experience, He presented the story very well.
Yes. I hated having to stop listening.
I look forward to more scary adventures with this crew,
This isn't your average ghost story, which may be good or bad depending on your expectations. For me, it was excellent. This thing reads more like an action movie or comic book than a typical haunted house tale. Even the ghost is super-powered, over the top, and not shy about making itself known... even on national television. Once this thing gets started (the ghost AND the story), I was enthralled and couldn't wait for more.
My only possible negative is that it was hard to keep track of some of the characters, as there seem to be quite a few. I kept having to try and remember who some of the characters where whenever they were mentioned. Also, the drama and in-fighting among the television executives, while essential to the plot, wasn't as clear or well-done as the main thrust of the tale (the haunted house). It was a bit distracting, honestly, but there wasn't too much of it and I followed it well enough.
This was an excellent book. I actually figured out the big reveal midway through the book, but the storytelling was so engaging that I kept going. The characters, the story arc, everything was enjoyable. I can't wait to read more of this author.
Geek, Gamer who hates wasting credits.
This is fun book. Not deep in away but just a good summer diversion. No character depth just a fun ride. So look for good ghost story try this one.
Military vet, defense contactor, family man and father. BS in Info Sys Engineering. Biker in my spare time.
Ghosting Hunting Tale
Hell House by Richard Matheson; The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
No; Jeffrey Kafer's audio performance is excellent.
The Supernaturals is a rollicking good tale of ghost hunting and reality TV. The plot occasionally provokes "ya gotta be kiddin' me" moments, but that's just because the action is really non-stop. There are a few issues with the storyline. First off, the supernatural activity that occurs is so incredible that several of the characters stubborn denial of any paranormal activity is just not believable. And there are odd moments where something traumatic happens, but then is quickly forgotten. And there were a couple of distracting, boring and entirely predictable swipes at Fox News. These moments of political bigotry have absolutely nothing to do with the storyline and actually detract from it. But overall, the tempo is fast paced and Jeffery Kafer's performance is incredible and thanks to his vocal talents there are no moments when your left wondering, "who's that talking?" If you're a fan of haunted house fiction, this deserves to be on your audio book shelf.
On the one hand, this book has a lot going for it. The idea behind this story is frightening, original and intriguing, and for that reason, I'm not sorry I listened to it. Tying the story in with Shirley Jackson's literary masterpiece, "The Haunting of Hill House," was also a great idea. Also, without spoiling any of the plot points, many of the choices the author made with regard to the "manifestations" of the house/entity were unexpected and added quite a bit to the fear factor of the story - I could give several examples, but they would spoil the book for others. Again, the story has a lot of great potential.
However, this book reads more like a fleshed out screenplay than a work of literature. In fact, I can't believe it hasn't already been made into a movie - it would do very well in that medium, and I almost felt that it was written with this in mind. The characters are flat and stereotypical, and many scenes felt like sketches, rather than finished product. Also, I couldn't believe how poorly the book was edited; someone should lose their job. There were plain grammatical errors, several instances in which clichés were repeated within paragraphs of each other, and oddly unpolished word choices that were made more apparent when listening to the story rather than reading it on the page. For example, one sentence actually used the phrase, "she took a step down the steps - " just a lot of amateurish things like this. The editing was very rough. There were also several instances of glaring continuity failure (Was Jenny an anthropologist or a paleontologist?), and the ending was creepy in a way, but mostly silly. Finally, the narrator was awful. AWFUL. In the past two years, I've listened to over 25 audiobooks while commuting to and from work; this narrator was the worst BY A LONG SHOT. Especially early on in the story, he delivers the lines like Ron Burgundy. It gets a little better, and you get used to it, but he also makes bizarre choices with regard to inflection, and it's bad enough to throw you off and take you out of the zone.
Overall, you could do worse than to listen to this story, but I would have rather watched the movie.
I like the idea of a supernatural investigation "reality" show team running into the real thing. It's an entertaining idea. The story itself is not bad either. (I couldn't give it more than 3 stars because as a Stephen King fan I judge all supernatural books by comparing them to his, I know it's not fair, but that's life.) The way some of the characters acted were not believable, but it's a story, right? All in all, not a bad read. Performance was pretty good too. I'd listed to another book by this author and performer.
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