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We Have Always Lived in the Castle Audiobook

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

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Publisher's Summary

Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune—and manages to penetrate into their carefully shielded lives. Unable to drive him away by either polite or occult means, Merricat adopts more desperate methods, resulting in crisis, tragedy, and the revelation of a terrible secret.

©1962 Shirley Jackson (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“At certain moments, quietly, in quick, subtle transitions of tone, Miss Jackson can summon up stark terror, make your blood chill and your scalp prickle....To all the classic paraphernalia of the spook story, she adds a touch of Freud….” (New York Times Book Review)

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    Amazon Customer Okay, OK, United States 10-18-11
    Amazon Customer Okay, OK, United States 10-18-11 Listener Since 2010
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    If you enjoy dark stories of slowly creeping madness, give this one a listen. I couldn't turn it off.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 07-13-11
    Pamela 07-13-11

    I am an amateur ethno- botanist, an Apple evangelist and an avid consumer of audio books.Audio- books have given more choices of what to have in my head while I am doing mindless tasks. Audible has become more important now than when I first joined since I have limited shelf space in our new apartment.

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    "Shirley Jackson can still Spook you"

    I read this book many years ago along with "The Haunting of Hill House". Shirley Jackson had a genius for the inner monologue of her main characters. This form of listening to the story makes it impossible for us not to want to interject a little more wisdom into that shallow gene pool of a town.
    You know what is bound to happen but you must listen pulled along by the story's intense rhythm and the narrator's voice. Like a picnic in a grave yard, this small piece of classic horror, makes you aware that it is not the dead we have to fear.
    I can't wait to share this one with my daughter, who shares my love of all sorts of plants and fungi. Especially those that can kill.LOL

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 08-13-14
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 08-13-14 Member Since 2013

    Why ever would I do that?

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I found this book creepy - but I don't really know what was going on. Two stars instead of one b/c maybe I just wasn't smart enough to figure it out. Put it down. Money down the drain ...


    How could the performance have been better?

    I've read books since and can't put my finger on it, but I do remember I didn't care for the narrator.


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    Dennis SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS, United States 01-06-17
    Dennis SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS, United States 01-06-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Did not end, just stopped"

    Loved the book until it ended in the middle. No ending what so ever. That just pissed me off.

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    Zanriel NW Arkansas 12-26-16
    Zanriel NW Arkansas 12-26-16 Member Since 2015

    I like coffee, cats, music, superheroes, computer games, wizards, castles, spaceships, and I'm a sucker for a good love story.

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    "Creepy, funny, deliciously gothic."

    This book hit the spot. It had everything, dark humor, an old house with several generations' worth of old things, a feeling of being barricaded against a hostile and uncaring world, and an aching longing.

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    Lindsay Kopp 12-20-16
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    "We're All Mad Here.."

    The perfect American Gothic novel. A creepy house, murder, suspicious townsfolk, unreliable narrators, and deep madness. You cannot ask for more. Also, the narrator is perfect. Truly haunting and brilliantly told.

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    cool 12-08-16
    cool 12-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing Book"

    I loveed this book. There were lots of memerable parts. And I think I might lision to it again. Bernadette Dunne is a very good narrator.

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    K. Naglieri Richmond, VA 12-02-16
    K. Naglieri Richmond, VA 12-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "It's okay, not great."

    The reviews I read of this book before I listened to it said it was "creepy" and "chilling" but it got most

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    James A. Seely 11-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "What the heck did I just listen to?"

    I won't say that I didn't like it, it was just fairly strange! A great little ghost story, it will keep you wondering.

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    Brandon Lee McClure 11-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "recommend!"

    loved it! good book . we had to read it for class but was to busy to sit down and read, so I got the audio. either way this is a great book!

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