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The Good House | [Tananarive Due]

The Good House

Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.
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Audible Editor Reviews

A suspenseful must-listen, The Good House is about a haunted house originally owned by Angela Touissant's Haitian grandmother, Marie Touissaint. Angela tries to uncover the source of the evil plaguing the area and in the process discovers her own mystical powers. Read with great range by Robin Miles, it's a frightening experience that will keep you listening with the lights on.

Traveling back and forth in time, the listener is sucked up into every moment as the story reaches its thrilling climax. Miles captures and makes the most of each moment of terror and suspense like a guide who tells you only as much as you need to know. She also shows great skill as her voice switches from male to female, elderly Haitian woman to small-town Sheriff.

Overall, a story that would make any person squirm, but so engrossing you just can't help but listen.

Publisher's Summary

Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

©2003 Tananarive Due; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Due handles the potentially unwieldy elements of her novel with confidence, cross-cutting smoothly from past to present, introducing revelatory facts that alter the interpretation of earlier scenes and interjecting powerfully orchestrated moments of supernatural horror that sustain the tale's momentum....[Due is] a writer who grows better with each book." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Rebecca Newport, KY, USA 08-11-04
    Rebecca Newport, KY, USA 08-11-04
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    "FABULOUS!"

    Firstly, I was totally delighted wiith this narrator. Either she's a tremdous imitator of different voices, or she got a split personality, each personality taking on a different character in the story. Had me totally engrossed from beginning to end. The story itself is so well written that, before the tale had even ended, I came to Audible looking for another book by this author, or something else read by this narrator. Well worth the money, and a steal using a book credit. READ IT!

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Flagstaff, AZ, USA 05-08-08
    Lee Flagstaff, AZ, USA 05-08-08
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    "Deeply Satisfying"

    An absolutely terrifying read, made so by how well the author "fleshes out" her characters.
    I have loved horror type fiction since the mid sixties, and I've read everything, or so I thought.
    This author is definitely right up there with Big Steve and Dean. I would rate "The Good House" as in my Top Ten of favorite stories of all my reading/listening.
    It is one of those books that you want more when it is finished. Everything is in 3D, and the book 'flows' very well. Nowhere does the listener think, "oh come on, that doesn't fit, no one would do THAT". Everything fits. Every character does what he or she does because it fits the situation. It flows, from situation to situation. From scene to scene. It is very, very well done.
    The reader/narrator is perfect for this story, too.
    Whether you are new to the genre, or a spoiled oldtime reader like me, I recommend this audiobook.
    It does not get gross, don't worry about that, if you don't like blood and gore. She does not "go for the grossout" as Stephen King once said of 'doing whatever it takes to scare you'.
    She does not have to resort to that.
    Miss Due is just plain deeply chilling, very believable, and deeply enjoyable.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer NY USA 08-25-04
    Amazon Customer NY USA 08-25-04 Member Since 2001

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    "Great writing and narration"

    This was my first Due sampling and I'm eager now for Audible to get her previous works. The characters and settings were extremely believable and the storyline was engrossing as a result. Very well written work, brilliantly narrated.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Catriona Oakland, CA, United States 12-23-05
    Catriona Oakland, CA, United States 12-23-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Some of us like our fiction unabridged"

    And this is exactly why! I'm a big fan of Tananarive Due's THE GOOD HOUSE. Fabulous. Creepy. Scary (for me--I know you hardcore horror fans have a much higher tolerance!). I must be the only reader in north America who loathes Stephen King, and I'm not usually a fan of horror. (I'm more science- and speculative fiction). I can't praise this book enough. (as a side note, I was also introduced the cubano group The Orishas through this novel). This is a long book, so near the end you may find yourself running into a bookstore so you can finish it quickly, but I see that as proof that the author totally draws us in.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Don Austin, TX, USA 08-06-04
    Don Austin, TX, USA 08-06-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent"

    I really liked this book. I plan to listen to other books by the author as soon as they become available on Audible. The author's descriptive skills made this an easy book to follow. Although there were a lot of flashbacks, each one was dated so it was always obvious. All the characters were fleshed-out and believable and interesting.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Monique San Diego, CA, USA 07-24-04
    Monique San Diego, CA, USA 07-24-04
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    "Riviting"

    Here and there a little bit hard to follow because of the constant jumping around on the timeline, but as a whole this is a great book. As an ardent Stephen King fan I have to declare her a worthy disciple of King?s style (not yet his equal, but if the critics are right, we will be in for a treat). I can?t wait for her next book.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Z U.S.A 09-09-07
    Mary Z U.S.A 09-09-07 Listener Since 2001

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    "Excellent!"

    Although this book was longer than I am used to, it was one of the few that I continued listening to after I returned home, (usually only listen in the car) The descriptions were not long winded but just right, I could picture the scenes in my mind and the main character, Angela felt like a friend by the end of the book. Yes, I feel Tananarive Due is set to be on Stephen Kings path. I am looking forward to downloading her other books available, but after checking the author's website, wonder why Audible doesn't have them all?

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    nancy campione 09-15-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Silly ending"

    There are things I admire in this book, the characters are strong and the author's style of writing is quite good. But it had some flaws I can't get past. The genre is horror, but the scenes that should be frightening are so drawn out they lose their punch. The author has for some reason chosen to wander off on some rather lengthy tangents that have no relevance to the plot. And the ending is abrupt, ineffective, and for lack of a better word, silly. I will read this author again, but this book comes up short.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Seattle, WA, USA 10-11-08
    Wendy Seattle, WA, USA 10-11-08
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    "Captivating read"

    I think this is the first review I've ever written, which means I found the writing and narrating to be good enough to compel me to get up here and offer my opinion. I thought the author wrote tightly and evocatively, but the timing and use of flash-backs was especially compelling--lots of characters but they all intertwine when the main character, Angela, faces off against the curse to finally put it to rest.

    I thought Robin Miles as narrator is what put it over the top for me--she has a great facility for infusing each character with believable emotions, voices and actions. Anyway, I often found myself sitting in my car for several minutes after reaching my destination so that I could keep listening. I'll be looking for more books by both Due and those narrated by Miles. I really enjoyed this and am bummed that I had to finish it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Allegra Chicago, IL, USA 02-25-08
    Allegra Chicago, IL, USA 02-25-08
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    "Emotional Rollercoaster"

    I usually don't write reviews, but I felt this was an exception. I have read other books by T. Due, so I wasn't disappointed in her writing skill. Some people complained that the book was too long and drawn out. But I didn't find that to be the case.
    It was easy to identify with the heroine, and I felt her pain and her joy. The ending instead of a letdown, as some said, was more of a relief and a cleansing for me. The narrator was excellent, and it was well worth my time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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