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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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    elaine United States 07-02-12
    elaine United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co

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    "Thoughtful and spooky"

    I loved her writing. I'd read something by this author again.. You feel like you can see the story by her words and the narration is lovely. More spooky than scary.

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    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 06-14-12
    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Captivating from start to finish!"

    I've never read or heard Due's novels before, however after finishing The Good House I am an instant fan! Due's writing is clever with fantastic character development. Robin Miles does an amazing job narrating this spellbinding book. The only negative I can find about the book and narration is that it ended.

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    Barb Navarre, OH, United States 06-05-12
    Barb Navarre, OH, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Overall a decent story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably


    What aspect of Robin Miles’s performance would you have changed?

    Good narrator


    Any additional comments?

    The story was good up until the final chapter. The end was cheesy- story would have been better if it ended without the last chapter.

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    Lady Lotus 05-16-12
    Lady Lotus 05-16-12 Member Since 2011

    I love well written books and moving narrators! I am a realism SCI-FI buff. I find non-mushy romance intertwined in a story appealing.

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    "If You Like Haunted Houses..."

    Tananarive is one of my most favorite authors! This is the first book I read of her which has led me to read them all! The story will take you along for the ride of your life. Well written and full of suspense!

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    wii-zer sc 05-06-12
    wii-zer sc 05-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Surprisingly good"
    What did you love best about The Good House?

    The complex character development and intricate storyline that was able to surprise me over and over.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, It was not predictable


    What does Robin Miles bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotion of a well read story brings you in rather than feeling like an observer


    Any additional comments?

    I got this one in the sale for cheap, but is well worth a full credit. It made me feel like Stephen King could have written it under another name- it was that good.

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    Bluemoon PHOENIX, AZ, United States 04-29-12
    Bluemoon PHOENIX, AZ, United States 04-29-12

    I am addicted to Audible! I spend many hours listening while knitting or bonding over a great story with my family.

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    "Very Suspenseful!"

    This book is a great read! The story is well paced and kept me interested from start to finish. The characters are well developed, which is not always the case with supernatural thrillers. As an added bonus, Robin Miles brought this story to life with her superb narration. She gave each character a unique voice and made me believe that they were real. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes this genre!

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    Esther COLUMBUS, OH, United States 04-24-12
    Esther COLUMBUS, OH, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Ms. Due Deserves an Award"
    Would you listen to The Good House again? Why?

    Good story. Probably missed a point or two the first listen so I would enjoy listening again to get the full affect of the author's plot.


    What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

    Love the way Ms. Miles reads with the passion of a stage production.


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

    Typically, I listen to my audio books only while driving. This book I listened to in the car, in the kitchen preparing dinner as well as while I did my general house cleaning.


    Any additional comments?

    I selected this book specifically because Robin Miles was the reader. This is the second audio performance of hers that I've heard. She is a master performer!

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    Victoria 04-19-12
    Victoria 04-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not bad if your looking for something scary"
    Would you try another book from Tananarive Due and/or Robin Miles?

    I would consider it


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tananarive Due again?

    Possibly


    What three words best describe Robin Miles’s performance?

    Average


    Was The Good House worth the listening time?

    A bit mindless but okay to pass the time during a commute


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    Katherine newburg, PA, United States 04-13-12
    Katherine newburg, PA, United States 04-13-12
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    "Fantastic Story Line, and Well Delivered"
    What did you love best about The Good House?

    Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Never sure what may happen next. Loved how it went from present day to past history.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good House?

    Art killing his child. Did not see that coming.


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

    She breaths life into the book. It is almost like seeing it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When we learn of Angie's past. What she went through after her son's death.


    Any additional comments?

    A truly fantastic listen. Highly recommend!! I will be looking for more from both the writer and the narrator.

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    Susan San Tan Valley, AZ, United States 03-05-12
    Susan San Tan Valley, AZ, United States 03-05-12

    Obsessed

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    "I Could Not Stop Listening!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and, in fact, have recommended this audiobook to several friends. Frighteningly spectacular-that is the way in which I describe this novel. While it is not actually a horror story, there are elements of terror that go beyond ghosts and zombies. True evil can live within anyone if given the chance. Tananarive Due is an exquisite writer of mystical, sensual, and intriguing stories. I would like to read more about this little family, perhaps the story of the main character's grandmother and the experiences that lead up to what happened in this story of 'The Good House.'


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