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This House Is Haunted Audiobook
This House Is Haunted
Written by: 
John Boyne
Narrated by: 
Alison Larkin
This House Is Haunted Audiobook

This House Is Haunted

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Publisher's Summary

Written in Dickensian prose, This House Is Haunted is a striking homage to the classic 19-century ghost story. Set in Norfolk in 1867, Eliza Caine responds to an ad for a governess position at Gaudlin Hall.

When she arrives at the hall, shaken by an unsettling disturbance that occurred during her travels, she is greeted by the two children now in her care, Isabella and Eustace. There is no adult present to represent her mysterious employer, and the children offer no explanation.

Later that night in her room, another terrifying experience further reinforces the sense that something is very wrong. From the moment Eliza rises the following morning, her every step seems dogged by a malign presence that lives within Gaudlin's walls. Eliza realizes that if she and the children are to survive its violent attentions, she must first uncover the hall's long-buried secrets and confront the demons of its past.

Clever, captivating, and witty, This House Is Haunted is pure entertainment with a catch.

©2013 John Boyne (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A perfect, shivery gothic tale." (Booklist)

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    Dorothy 03-24-14
    Dorothy 03-24-14
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    "Well Read - Not Very Scary, Had Promise"
    Any additional comments?

    Alison Larkin is a delight. She was perfect and the main reason I kept going. The story begins quite deliciously. The sightings and hints of ghosts have great promise, but we never hear of these initial ghostly appearances again. The actual haunting seemed heavily influenced by special efffects in Hollywood movies, which was a shame. It was easy to figure out who the ghosts were and this took away from the chilling effect. I also think the main character's stoic, resigned, not very scared acceptance of her situation was over played. The children were creepy. However, as I said at the beginning of this review, Ms. Larkin was delightful and perfect so,I kept listening. She makes the credit well worth it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Die Falknerin 09-12-14 Member Since 2008

    Painter, musician, bibliophile...

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    "This Book Is Dreadful"

    Friends have been telling me I need to read John Boyne for years, so I looked forward to the experience. Having finished "This House Is Haunted," I could scarcely be more disappointed.

    The first three chapters could be cut as they only introduce irrelevant backstory. Removing overwritten passages of description and scenes in which nothing happens to advance the story would bring it down to the size of a novella. Even then, the plot is so contrived and predictable that it would not be worth reading.

    The most aggravating things about this book are the modern attitudes, speech patterns, and social customs that permeate every chapter of the book. These "intrusions" continuously break the attempt to create a fictional dream of the past and are as jarring as a sneezing fit during a chamber concert.

    Also, I found it hard to believe the author had spent any time with real children, even precocious or eccentric children, of any century.

    Alison Larkin is a charming narrator, but even she could not bring life to these wooden characters.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John S. Seattle, WA United States 01-23-15
    John S. Seattle, WA United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Scary? No"

    So-So Victorian period piece, but no thriller. Author was trying for "Turn of the Screw" but ended up with something closer to a Movie of the Week script instead.

    Narrator did the best she could with the material, so no knock on her performance here.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Celina woodstock, ON, Canada 12-06-13
    Celina woodstock, ON, Canada 12-06-13
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    "Truly Chilling !!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of This House Is Haunted to be better than the print version?

    I do this the audio version is better. The narrators english accent and abilities to change voices/accents for each character really brought this story to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the trip back in time, also loved the great detail. it really brought the story to life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favourite scene was when Eliza takes her trip with the children into london. It really made you feel sympathy for the well being of the children. And not to mention all the creepy haunting parts! but cant give away to much!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A guilt-stricken young woman finds herself as a caregiver for 2 children at an estate that has more to hide then anyone could have ever assumed.


    Any additional comments?

    I just really hope everyone listens to this book and falls in love with it the way i did.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 08-24-14
    Ruth Bain 08-24-14

    RueRue

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    "Suspenseful and Atmospheric"

    Beautifully written, Victorian gothic/ghost story. I was a little let down with the ending, but it was unsettling, and maybe that's the desired result ? No question, though, that John Boyne is a fabulous writer !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 06-20-14
    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 06-20-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Entertaining"
    If you could sum up This House Is Haunted in three words, what would they be?

    Delightful, entertaining, enjoyable


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

    Yes! This book was delightful! I loved the narrator who portrayed the story quite well. I especially loved the writer's use of the "Old" English word usage.


    Which character – as performed by Alison Larkin – was your favorite?

    The governess


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    no

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Anne 04-27-16
    Emily Anne 04-27-16

    Emily Anne

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    "Starts Out....."

    This was a bit slow to start but then it really ended in the middle of the story.

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    Rey 11-12-15
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    "Alison did a great job."

    the book is great well written and if you like haunted stories you'll like this

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    Catherine 09-04-15
    Catherine 09-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good spooky book. Well worth the credit."
    Would you listen to This House Is Haunted again? Why?

    I actually did listen to it again. I had listened to it a while ago and realized it partway through. But I had forgotten most of it. It was still entertaining. I liked it a lot and would recommend it. Good Halloween book!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The governess or maybe her father. They are both Dickensian type characters and they truly made the book a good gothic tale.


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

    I think she did a good job with the narration and kept the story moving. Her different voices were just varied enough to keep me interested.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. Not really. It's not that type of book.


    Any additional comments?

    Make no bones about it, it's a spooky gothic tale. Nothing too bloody or gory, more an old fashioned type of scary movie or thriller. I thought it was pretty tame, but it did hold my interest. I think if you like the Victorian era or if you like books like Rebecca or Turn of the Screw vs. Walking Dead illustrated novels, you might like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Pike Cincinnati, OH 08-05-15
    Andrea Pike Cincinnati, OH 08-05-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Finally, a good spooky story!"

    I've read many horror novels and have seen many horror movies, but nothing has ever actually scared me. While this book didn't scare me, it did give me some fun chills. The era and place feel like characters, too. Definitely a fun read!

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  • Frederiek
    Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel, Netherlands
    12/6/14
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    "Not Boyne's best book, in my opinion"
    What did you like best about This House Is Haunted? What did you like least?

    I liked the story set in and around an old mansion house, viz. Gauldlin Hall. What I liked least was that there weren't many twists in the book, like in Crippen.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Maybe introducing more characters?


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance is alright, but I have listened to better ones. I personally liked the performance of Crippen very much.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Oh yes, certainly.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rose
    1/12/16
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    "The turn of the screw?"

    The year is 2116 and we're at the beginning of it and frankly if this is the worst book I read this year I'll be very happy indeed. Yes I know the headline isn't the title of this book but it reminds me so much of the Henry James classic that I took the liberty of using his title anyway. Performance. The narator was too close to the microphone so you could hear the spittle in ehr mouth and she read it in a very childish fashion. The story is too over-done in the dialogue element and, well is John Boyne and American or a journalist? I'm not sure. Eitehr way he wrote this one very badly indeed. I suppose the plot might have been good were the style not os awful. I know what he was trying to do that is to write in the style of a Birtish Victorian novelist but h dear. he failed. Sorry.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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