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I really enjoyed this book. I love zombie, horror and ghost stories. This was unique and different. A breath of fresh air. It wasn't your typical "haunted house". I wish there was second book. The characters were well developed, interesting and no idiot "surprises". (except of course if strange things were happening in MY house I'd be setting up some cameras!) I'm glad there wasn't an overabundance of characters as is the case in many horror books. I like the focus on several main characters. The story was interesting and a new "take" on the ghoul/goblin/haunted house. I hate books that go overboard in chapter 1 trying to "keep your attention" by too much detail. This was perfect. Just enough to keep you interested without boring you or making it complicated. Narrator did a good job. Definitely give it a shot. You won't be disappointed.
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Disappointed. The ending seemed rushed and was too typical like a made for TV horror movie.
His voice was a bit mechanical.
It starts off very interesting, but when the opportunity for true horror arrives the story rushes passed the moment. Until the rushed ending I did enjoy it.
I must vociferously disagree with the previous reviewers, which is unfortunate because I really wanted to like this book. The story is thin, the characters are caricatures, and the writing is hackneyed. To add insult to injury, the reader speaks in a monotone, pauses in odd places, and puts on a fake New York accent when he remembers that the characters are from the city. Perhaps this is juvenile literature and I missed the notice?
If you can get past the narrator sounding like a robot (and doing a terrible female voice) and the monsters being named Boogers, it's a fairly entertaining story. A very easy listen; a simple story about a big city family moving into a haunted house in a rural area. The tone and writing reminded me of Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box, but not quite at that level. Nothing really that hasn't been done before, but a well-written story. This book would definitely be appropriate for YA and doesn't have anything racy or controversial. I'd avoid the narrator, although he's not terrible enough to stop listening, and may download another Goingback book if I feel like a non-thought-provoking, entertaining listen on the long commute.
Mr. Goingback, You are a terrific writer. This story real or fake, was amazing. You have a very distint imagination. This book keeped my heart beating fast throughout the story.
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