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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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    Taryn Methenitis 02-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "One of my favorite books"

    I love this book! If you're a fan of dark, creepy, gothic tales this is for you! Shirley Jackson is magical with her words, I adore this story and feel like it should have been the prequel for an even darker chapter, I didn't want it to end. Fantastic.

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    distractedbygold Los Angeles 02-15-17
    distractedbygold Los Angeles 02-15-17 Member Since 2015

    I'm a teacher; I should read more than I sew.

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    "So great!"
    What made the experience of listening to We Have Always Lived in the Castle the most enjoyable?

    The narrator has a sweet-girly voice that stands juxtaposed to the creepy story of the two sisters


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

    At first, I was put off by the narrator's voice, never having listened to another Shirley Jackson book before, but after a few minutes, I was completely engrossed in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I was on a Shirley Jackson kick, after I read this book, I went on to Shirley Jackson's latest biography (which was VERY long) and then onto "The Haunting of Hill House." I have to say that after listening to all three, I went back and listened to "We've Always Lived int eh Castle" again!

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    P. Lochner Seaford, NY United States 02-07-17
    P. Lochner Seaford, NY United States 02-07-17
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    "Creepy..."

    Not going to spoil anything but this is one of the weirdest storylines I have heard. The writing is excellent but it told a very 1 sided story and ultimately was just a weird book to read.

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    Matthew S. Hill Brooklyn, NY 01-19-17
    Matthew S. Hill Brooklyn, NY 01-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully written, totally disturbing!"

    This is a beautifully written story that is creepy as well as disturbing and marks my first taste of Shirley Jackson. I look forward to much more.

    I will give nothing away in my review. I will say that I highly recommend reading/ listening to this story.

    Read and acted by Bernadette Dunne who is a real pro.

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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
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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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