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Those Across the River | [Christopher Buehlman]

Those Across the River

Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate - the Savoyard Plantation - and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice.
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Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate - the Savoyard Plantation - and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice. It comes from the shadowy woods across the river, where the ruins of Savoyard still stand. Where a longstanding debt of blood has never been forgotten. A debt that has been waiting patiently for Frank Nichols's homecoming...

©2011 Christopher Buehlman (P)2011 Penguin

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    Tiffany Corona, CA, United States 09-18-12
    Tiffany Corona, CA, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Good Horror Story"

    I felt unease from the first few minutes listening to this story. It took a bit of listening to place it in time. I guess if I had looked at the Publisher's Summary I would have seen that it was 1939, but I didn't so I had to try to figure it out, which I did eventually.

    At first the unease is in the relationship between Frank and Eudora. The author does a good job to give you a sense that there is something off about the relationship, and you discover later that the start of their relationship has created chaos and trauma for them both.

    Then there is Whitbrow, and that place is odd and so many things make you uneasy that you know something is going on. The town has a strange ritual of sending pigs across the river as a sacrifice and when they decide it's a silly ritual and to stop, things go haywire.

    A good horror story makes me uncomfortable as this one did. There is one scene towards the end that still makes me a little ill thinking about it, but it is what the one thing that allows Frank to make a decision about what he is going to do and is crucial to the story.

    Well written, nice prose, and a sense of unease that blooms into terror. What more could you want from a horror novel?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 12-05-11
    Diana 12-05-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Well written, depression era, horror story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I think the author did a great job of capturing the feel of the depression era as well as the small town setting for the story. The relationship between the two main characters was well defined and engrossing.


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

    The deep timber and slow delivery, suggestive of a southern drawl helped define the story line. The narrator did a very nice job with the southern accents.


    Any additional comments?

    As mentioned, this book had glitches, The sudden dropping out was jangling considering the intensity of the dialogue. Good story, well written, didn't want to stop listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sgtbuk1 Knoxville, TN United States 10-28-11
    sgtbuk1 Knoxville, TN United States 10-28-11 Listener Since 2003

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    "Southern Gothic fun"

    I won't spoil what sub-genre this falls into, but I will say Buehlman did a great job with some incredible literary chops. I love stories set in the Depression anyway.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    eileen hamlin southold, ny United States 10-28-11
    eileen hamlin southold, ny United States 10-28-11 Member Since 2008
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    "amazing"

    this was an amazingly complex and enthralling story. Well performed. Will be considered one of the favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 12-22-14
    Matthew FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 12-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Well-constructed horror story."

    I like Christopher Buehlman because of his vivid and descriptive prose. He's a natural for building a very believable environment. I highly recommend his other book: Between Two Fires. This story - Those Across The River - expertly ratchets up the dread and horror. That being said, I was a bit disappointed with what those across the river turned out to be, but that's a minor quibble.
    The narration is well done, except the sound recording seemed to have a persistent glitch. Towards the end of some chapters, it's like the final word gets partially cut off. It's frequent enough to be irksome.
    Still, I definitely recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Ann Hornbuckle TN 10-02-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Took me by surprise"
    If you could sum up Those Across the River in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising, entertaining, interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


    Have you listened to any of Mark Bramhall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not listened to any other


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    I really had no idea what was 'across the river' until midbook. It was surprising and not the type of book I would have chosen but I really enjoyed it and it kept me spellbound to find out the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    s SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 03-27-13
    s SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 03-27-13

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    "Not-So-Classic, Classic Horror Story"

    This book had a few great twists and turns that kept me entertained through to the very end. Wonderfully narrated, eerie, and unexpected. I can't give enough praise to Mark Bramhall for his ability to perfectly capture every character with their own specific accent. Well done, all around.
    I did notice quite frequent skips in the recording itself - I just thought I'd mention that to anyone out there wondering if there's something wrong with their media player...

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    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 03-18-13
    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good enough"

    This book took me a while to get into. The narrator did a great job with some of the characters making them quite memorable. The story itself was just ok for me but that is largely because I don't care for werewolves. Still, the characters were great and kept my interest through the end. I would recommend to those who like a good werewolf story.

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    Scott D. Elingburg Charleston, SC United States 02-19-13
    Scott D. Elingburg Charleston, SC United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator = awesome. Story = not bad."

    Mark Bramhall is fantastic as a narrator. The story is not bad, either and genuinely creepy in parts. Recommended for some good Southern horror.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 07-21-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "it was a stupid story."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    my cousin who likes old monster movies. people who like vampires.


    What could Christopher Buehlman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    change the entire plot.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Bramhall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i don't think so. he was good. it was the only thing enjoyable about the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment. story was not for me and the audio had problems. i would think audible would not present books with problems like this one has. i am disappointed in this too.


    Any additional comments?

    i read somewhere it was a book like harvest home. i only got the book based on this information. it was not like tryon's harvest home at all except in very ways. i think this book appeals to a select audience and that the book.it was a waste of my credit (money). there are so many good books that are not on audiotape. this was not a good book and it IS on audiotape.

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