Mr. Hood's Holiday House has stood for 1,000 years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles and blissful rounds of treats and seasons, where every childhood whim may be satisfied.…
There is a price to be paid, of course, but young Harvey Swick, bored with his life and beguiled by Mr. Hood's wonders, does not stop to consider the consequences. It is only when the House shows it's darker face - when Harvey discovers the pitiful creatures that dwell in its shadows - that he comes to doubt Mr. Hood's philanthropy.
The House and its mysterious architect are not about to release their captive without a battle, however. Mr. Hood has ambitions for his new guest, for Harvey's soul burns brighter than any soul he has encountered in a thousand years….
©1992 Clive Barker (P)2013 David N. Wilson
I read the book first, and heard this years later. The performances weren't the same as I heard in my head, but it's not really fair to assume everyone knows what's in my head. Half of the time I don't even know what's in my head.
Mr. Hood is awesome. You can hear the sharp teeth.
...In a world...
Good, short, fun, story. The only thing I didn't like about it, was that I wanted it longer.
I usually love Barker ' s work, but this story seems so amateurish as a "scary" bedtime story made up on the fly. and forget the reader! awful voices!
I didn't like any of the character voices performed by this narrator. I don't want to listen to any other books with this narrator either. The story itself was ok. It reminded me a bit of Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes. It would have been better without the audio.
"Brings back memories!"
No. One of my primary school teachers read this to our class years ago, I must have been 7 years old. The content was just as good, but the voices of the characters, (especally Wendell), were very annoying! I prefer the way my teacher read it!
It was all about reminiscing. I loved the Halloween parts, they remind me of Halloween as a child.
Annoying voices, Wendell reminded me of Patrick Star from Spongebob
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