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
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.
I would probably have been interested in the story except for the language. I would expect someone who has a grasp of the English language and long-story ability to get his point across without constant profanity.
I have not
Not specific scenes, just eliminate the constant profanity.
I realize it's not your business to judge the books you sell, but it would be nice to have some sort of rating system. I'm sure there are others who don't want to hear profanity every other sentence.
This is an entertaining story with the modern day premise of filming a reality show. The plot twists and turns, seemingly random characters enter the story at what feels like odd times, but in the end the dénouement wraps everything up in a glittery bow and hands it right to you. Every character has his place and actions and they all fulfill their roles superbly.
Bad ghosts, ruined lives and grisly deaths abound in this novel. A haunted house extraordinaire, pleasing to the eye but dangerous to the minds, bodies and souls of those who enter. What more could be asked from a novel about a haunting? The ending was a shocking surprise; I never saw it coming, even though clues abounded.
Jeffery Kafer has a pleasant voice (except when he is shouting "THEY'RE MINE!" -really, really creepy, that line delivered as it was.) The last word or syllable of every sentence is spoken with a change of inflection. At first it was like listening to a singsongy jump-rope rhyme where the rhythm is the important thing and words are only secondary. I realized I had gotten caught up in the cadence while missing the narrative.
I re-listened to the beginning pages and focused on the words while ignoring the narrator's "rhythm" as much as possible. It became much easier later on. I seem to be about the only person who found this distracting, which probably means I jumped rope way too often as a child or have a deep longing to jump rope again as an adult, lol.
The narration is far from a deal-breaker. By the end I was used to it and thoroughly enjoyed the hair-raising ending. If you like stories about hauntings, this book is a winner.
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