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The Good House Audiobook

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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    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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    C. Conrad Oregon coast 05-11-15
    C. Conrad Oregon coast 05-11-15 Member Since 2008

    boocat

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    "Just wanted a spooky story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well, I listened to it all without quitting.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator was good. Many female narrators cannot create believable male voices, but hers were good.


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

    I think the story was self-contained and I wasn't left wondering afterwards what may have become of the various characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed that most of the white characters were depicted as stereotypes.

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    Raider Rodney NC 05-10-15
    Raider Rodney NC 05-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very suspenseful story with good narration"

    I really enjoyed this story from beginning to end. Author developed the characters nicely and the story keeps you drawn in. I definitely recommend it.

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    Sherri Gatesville, TX, United States 05-04-15
    Sherri Gatesville, TX, United States 05-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "awesome!"

    this was a great story. glad I purchased it. the narrator did a great job.

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    D. R. Green 05-01-15
    D. R. Green 05-01-15
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    "A creepy good read!"

    I enjoyed listening to this atmospheric story. The narrator did an excellent job. I highly recommend it if you like spooky stories and a story that draws together the past and the present, as this one certainly does.

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    ShoeLover 04-30-15
    ShoeLover 04-30-15
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    "Slow start but builds to chills and thrills"

    I had not read this author before so was taking a chance based on the reviews. Overall it was a good ghost-type story. There was a little too much effort devoted to description in the beginning, enough so that I wasn't sure I was going to finish the book. But then it picked up momentum and kept my interest to the end. I was a little disappointed in the ending as I thought it would be more chilling. It was just a little too much of a happy ending. The story deserved a slightly better ending, something along the lines of a cautionary. Yet, i enjoyed the read and would recommend it to others.

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    Wanda 04-29-15
    Wanda 04-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good"

    Overall a good listen. A little bit of a repeat of the story. But a good listen book that kept you interested.

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