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
The fact that no matter what happened to the cynical nonbelievers, no one ever behaved in a realistic manner. If they started out skeptical, they REMAINED skeptical even after seeing specters, temperature drops of 30 degrees at time, and herds of angry forest creatures attacking out of nowhere. This is not a realistic character trait.
Narration was okay. Not blown away and not irritated or annoyed.
I agree with previous posters: cut the booming doors and all the television politics.
Not my favorite audiobook. Had potential in the story, but derailed by mediocre writing and definitely overdone.
Fantasy book lover!
Got this book at about Halloween time, I was looking for a book that would scare me, the book started off like it would but wasn't that bad, enjoyed the story
Willy Wonka of it
This is a well-constructed and told "ghost" story. The scary moments are well-executed and the story moves along very well. If I had to deduct any points it would be because the final resolution to what the author built up to fell a bit flat.
This book stands well on its own, though it seems to be written to set up a series. That would be fun to see, but I am glad the book doesn't need any sequels to feel complete.
I would....I thought it was a good listen...I haven't listened to the book "Hill House" (if there is one) I did see both movies tho, and this story was VERY similar.
As I just stated..."Hill House" if there is such a book....because it was very similar.
They were all very well done.
A few reactions....laugh...mad....happy!
This was one of those stories that I wanted to listen to every free minute. It was just scary enough to keep you alert but not drive you off the road! I truly enjoyed every bit.
This is one of the best books i have listened to. It had me from the beginning.I wish there was a sequel.
Absolutely. This is one of the few audiobooks that I have listened to whose production style use of sound effects on voice actually enhanced the creep factor. The narrator had a wonderful pace that kept the tempo appropriate with the goings-on in the story.
It had fantastic character development and dialogue. I felt like it was very organic and witty. I was really impressed with the narrator's ability to change the tempo of his speech to better capture the fast talking city people, or the methodical cop personas.
Yes. I drive quite a bit, in Los Angeles no less. I have learned that if I listen to audiobooks I can avoid all traces of road rage, simply because I don't care when I get to my destination--It's Story Time! I was sad that I went on such a short road trip with this book because I had to stop on a moment of suspense.
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.
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