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The Good House Audiobook

The Good House

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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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    Penguinjava 07-16-15
    Penguinjava 07-16-15
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    "Great Story, Lousy Ending"

    I do not normally care for horror stories, but this one popped up on the daily deal and I will listen to Robin Miles read a grocery list, so I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed. The story was complex but not overly so. The characters were likable but flawed enough to be realistic. I could even relate to the antagonists, which I prefer to having a bad guy that's evil for no reason. The only problem I had was with the ending. *****MINOR SPOILER AHEAD***** The ending was mega-super-happy, when the entire tone of the book up until then suggested a more tragic resolution. *****END MINOR SPOILER *******

    The narration, of course, was top notch. I LOVE Robin Miles' voice! She is able to handle multiple accents, multiple ages, and has no trouble with male voices, up to and including teenage boys.

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    kathrine 07-02-15
    kathrine 07-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Entrancing!"

    Entrancing story of redemption and love. I was hooked from the beginning until the very end. Never a dull moment never a dull voice. The narration was superb!! She had every voice down and distinct. I could tell immediately which of the MANY characters was speaking. Wow is she talented. Will definitely read or listen to more by Tananarive Due and more read by the narrator!!

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    Robin 06-12-15
    Robin 06-12-15
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    "It's an okay story, but it was soooo slow . . ."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Could have been condensed. It was a long book. The first 2 hours were intriguing with a sad start but the middle 16.5 hours seemed to last an eternity, and at last (finally) toward the conclusion things were interesting again.


    Has The Good House turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


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

    She did a fine job, a couple mispronunciations of WA state names but I did like her voice.


    Do you think The Good House needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No need for a follow-up.


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    hazelnutnut Virginia 06-07-15
    hazelnutnut Virginia 06-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story!"

    Well read and well written. I wasn't sure if I would like it at first but it got really good.

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    nichole 06-05-15
    nichole 06-05-15 Member Since 2011
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    "worth the credit"

    Good story. narrator was amazing!! Robin is so very talented. She brings the novel to life.

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    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 06-03-15
    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 06-03-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Surprised"

    Was not what I expected but a good read. No more details or spoilers, not predictable but I really enjoyed the story and narration.i highly recommend this if you like a book that is well written and not predictable. Who said Voodoo, not me :0)

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    EnVee JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, United States 05-31-15
    EnVee JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, United States 05-31-15
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    "Could be a Good Movie"

    What an intense story about family history,voodoo & curses.The narrator Robin Miles really did a wonderful job creating each character & giving them individuality.A family with a long history in voodoo magic was torn apart when one"Marie"decided to use her families gift for revenge & called apon the Bacah(a demon)who used the family & any one close to them to destroy everything in it's path.Marie decided it best to keep the new generation of her family in the dark of the families voodoo magic in hopes of burying the curse & it worked for a while,until the youngest member of the family(Corey)woke up the Bacah after finding his grandmother Marie's voodoo Journal,all Hell(literally)broke loose then.A struggle then ensued to send the Bacah back to Hell so as not to have any one else killed by it's hatred. Read this book if you love the paranormal,it was enthralling to

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    melissa Norwich, CT, United States 05-28-15
    melissa Norwich, CT, United States 05-28-15 Member Since 2015

    An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!

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    "Great narration, A Just "Ok" Story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Most likely not. I felt unsatisfied by the ending, too much build up and not enough closure. Flat characters and predictable storyline with something too familiar about the plot to shake off. It had a "been there, done that" element and truth be told, I my opinion, its been done better. It left me wanting, and not in a good way.


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

    The flashbacks in time, to the original Mambo and Grandmother were always much more interesting to me than the modern day descendants and their modern lives. The main characters were flat and predictable. The towns people come off odd and quirky even before they are subjected to the strange events that plague them.


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

    Her character narration is top notch, lending her voice to the characters and breathing life into them that makes them very colorful and vibrant in a way the book may not have been able to achieve. Very talented.


    Could you see The Good House being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really, very few moments of chills and thrills worthy of a blockbuster movie. Many of the characters, including Angie, are pretty flat and predictable.I just don't see Hollywood taking an interest in a plot that's been done before and characters that we've all met once. Just not enough here.


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    MCP 05-13-15
    MCP 05-13-15

    I like memoirs and zombies; funny and scary stories... I smell a book!

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    "The story is great, narration incredible!"

    Great intense thoughtful story. So well written (like how "real people" would talk) and the detail, the description, the feeling you get from the story is amazing.
    Have to give massive props to the narrator who performed more than 10 voices to this story! Super impressive; really aids story telling and enables the "reader" to follow along. Such a tough undertaking, especially with accents, in addition to having great acting ability. Super kudos to Robin!

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    R. Sheriff 05-13-15
    R. Sheriff 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Had to push through it..."

    It took too long to develop and I nearly gave up several times. The meat of the story wasn't as compelling as I had hoped. I think the story could have been better if it were condensed.

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