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Under the Lake | [Stuart Woods]

Under the Lake

Stuart Woods, the best-selling author of L.A. Times and Heat, has created a haunting thriller full of ghostly images, murder and old family secrets. Part detective story, part ghost story, part Southern gothic - this absorbing novel will fascinate listeners as a small town’s present, past and future converge.
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Publisher's Summary

Stuart Woods, the best-selling author of L.A. Times and Heat, has created a haunting thriller full of ghostly images, murder and old family secrets. Part detective story, part ghost story, part Southern gothic - this absorbing novel will fascinate listeners as a small town’s present, past and future converge.

©1987 Stuart Woods (P)1996 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Think about this IL, United States 06-03-13
    Think about this IL, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A very good mysterious story"

    Haven't read Stuart Woods, I didn't know what to expect. What I got, was a very intriguing story of a guy somewhat in a crossroads of his life, finding whole new beginnings. This is a complex mystery with all sorts of threads being intermingled throughout, coming together with a rather unusual ending.
    Our burnt out reporter/author finds himself in a lake community that holds all kinds of secrets with all kinds of mysterious characters, including a ghost. It's one of those books that keeps you listening with never a boring moment.
    The narrator is very good at capturing the characters personalities.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 07-07-14
    Richard Delman San Francisco 07-07-14 Member Since 2006

    65 y/o father of two sons. Married 25 yrs. Audible member for 8 yrs. I can hardly read books with my eyes any more. I love reviewing.

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    "Early Stuart Woods; early Southern Gothic."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A lot. The plot meanders all over the place, even though the book is set in a small lakeside town. Also, the science fiction, woo woo, voodoo aspects of the story. There are unknowable mysterious happenings all over the place, and seers who conduct seances, and lots of twists and turns which serve mainly to lose the reader, and thus eventually bore him; that is to say, me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The least interesting is the above. The most interesting, I think, is the main character, John Howell, who leaves his upscale, wealthy wife and life to hide out in this tiny town in Georgia. I liked him enough to almost finish the entire book, and I may actually do that at some point. Also, the narrator, Tom Stechshulte. He is easy to listen to and handles the Southern accents very nicely.


    What three words best describe Tom Stechschulte’s voice?

    Calm. Soothing. Genuine.


    Did Under the Lake inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not at all wild about this restructuring of the reviews. in fact, I really hate it. As it was, the narrative structure allowed me to say what I needed to say, rather than forcing me into these arbitrary Q and As.This style is not an improvement. Bring back the old school, please! Let me be me! And various other perorations.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-10-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-10-14

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "You like the mystical? Maybe this is for you."

    I've enjoyed Stuart Woods. But mystical stuff doesn't crank my handle. I bought this on the strength of my past Wood experiences. Okay… my fault, I'll read the reviews before getting another of his novels. If you like ghostly explanations for mysteries… You could like this one fine. Me? Not so much. Finished it though. So, it was a three star experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donald E. Campbell Pearl, MS USA 03-10-14
    Donald E. Campbell Pearl, MS USA 03-10-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Enjoyable listen"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a very nice book for a listen on a long trip. Nice story line, interesting characters and enough going on that you don't get bored. And it has an interesting ending. I'm not a huge fan of fake southern accents but this narrator did not grate on my nerves much at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 02-05-14
    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2005

    I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.

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    "An oldie but a goodie"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Under the Lake to be better than the print version?

    Having never read the print version this is only a guess but I think I would prefer the audiobook.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Under the Lake?

    The unraveling of the layers of lies that premeate the lives of the characters.


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

    No I have not


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It neither made me laugh or cry but kept me entertained.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rick cape coral, FL, United States 01-02-13
    Rick cape coral, FL, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "One of his best"

    I am a Stuart Woods fan and have read most of his books this has go to be one if not the best

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    barbara Chiswick, Australia 07-20-12
    barbara Chiswick, Australia 07-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "murder plus ghost story"
    If you could sum up Under the Lake in three words, what would they be?

    mystery plus plus


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Under the Lake?

    when the lake disappears showing what is underneath


    Which scene was your favorite?

    looking down into the valley


    If you could rename Under the Lake, what would you call it?

    It was never meant to happen......


    Any additional comments?

    loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vladimir Kushnir Darien, CT United States 07-16-14
    Vladimir Kushnir Darien, CT United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Banal, boring and weird."
    What was most disappointing about Stuart Woods’s story?

    It was a strange mixture of a crime story with paranormal. I did not like the paranormal part at all. The main push about bad rich guys is too banal to be interesting.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator did a good job, no problems there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Paes Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Brazil 05-18-14
    A. Paes Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Brazil 05-18-14 Member Since 2010

    Alê Bione

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    "It surprised me!"
    Would you listen to Under the Lake again? Why?

    Yes. Just finished listening to this book in Audible and loved it! The beginning is slow but don't give up! There's a lot of turnings and subplots that enrich the ain story. And in the end everything is explained, not a common thing in supernatural stories. I recomend to those who like ghost stories told as real life.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stuart Woods? Why or why not?

    Yes! I loved this book!


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

    No, but I want to.


    Who was the most memorable character of Under the Lake and why?

    Mama Kelly. She's so powerful...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 04-04-14
    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 04-04-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Hmmmmmm....."

    Fast paced, fun, read. On top of the standard mystery novel, it's got some mysterious quirky parts that make you wonder. The final, ending, twist was quite unique. Gimmie another Stuart Woods book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    5/19/12
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    "Very good listen"

    I loved it. Good story to get lost in and a very good narrator whose different voices and southern accent just seem to fit the story perfectly. Too much detail of the sexual scenes, way too much as it didn't really add to the story. Could be off putting for some. Aside from that, the ghost story was an adult one and we are so in short supply of those these days. Would highly recommend if this genure interests you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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