©2003 Tananarive Due; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
"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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Let me start by saying that I'm only 2/3 of the way through this book, so I may be proved wrong before the end. I usually have a pretty good idea of whether a book will "turn around" by now, though...
The Publisher's Summary for this book compares the author to Stephen King. I don't see it. Someone as prolific as King has the occasional "dud", but when I think "King on his game", I think of books like Salem's Lot and The Shining - books that kept me up at night with the lights on. By comparison, The Good House is most decidedly NOT scary. It's also fairly predictable, at least so far. The author contrives to work an element into the plot, and you find yourself thinking, "I bet such and such happens later", and of course, it does. It most closely resembles a Lifetime TV network movie to me. Love interests, teen angst, broken homes. That sort of book has its place, I just didn't get that from the Audible Review or Publisher's Summary.
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.
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