A House in the Woods

Narrated by: Daniela Acitelli
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Laurel and Jeremy Calloway have longed for a new life away from the chaos and confusion of New York City. Driving along a country road in New Jersey with a young real estate agent in the back seat, they almost miss it: a small house in the woods for sale. 

Laurel immediately thinks this could be the house for them - the house of their dreams, where a simpler life awaits. Laurel can finish her debut novel. Jeremy can look for a job in Philadelphia, just an hour away. 

Stopping to take a look at the property, they meet the house's caretaker, Eileen, and within a few weeks, they find themselves the very lucky owners of their ideal home. 

But who are the mysterious old couple who'd put the house up for sale, having moved out months ago? Is Eileen more than a friendly neighbor? Who are the townspeople they meet, who all seem aware of the young couple now living in the house in the woods? And is it the house of their dreams, or of their nightmares?

©2019 Mark McNease (P)2020 MadeMark Publishing

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Loved The Story.😱Terrible Narration. 😣

This is the first book I've purchased and listened to from this author. The story was very enjoyable and keeps you engaged + spooky. But, the narration was terrible. The only reason I continued listening was I wanted to find out the ending, if it wasn't for that fact I would have stopped listening. The only characters voice that you can distinguish was the main female character. All the others sounded the same. The male voice still sounded female it was like she didnt even try and change voices. She needs to really work on her different voices and not making characters exactly the same. A book can be awesome but with not the right narrator it can kill the story. It almost happened with this story. I wanted to follow this author and to listen to more of his stories, but when I browsed his catalog I see she narrates them, so for that reason, I'm 99% sure that I wont. Its unfortunate because I truly think that Mark McNease is a talented author.

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Old School Haunted House Story

As the title suggests, this story is about a house.... in the woods. A spooky one!

A classic set up, two city-dwellers hope to escape the chaos of their current lives by fleeing to the country where they can just barely afford a whole house. Once relocated, they find that life isn't what they expected it would be as spooky things happen in increasing frequency inside their new home. You get the idea. It wasn't the best story like this I've ever listened to, but I'd definitely say it's worth the time.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Kept me intrigued

This book kept my attention from the very beginning. I couldn’t stop listening, I needed to know what was happening to Laurel. The narration was a little slow at times but overall I enjoyed the characters.

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wow!

i would definitely recommend this book. in my opinion the only flaw was the 1st narrator’s voice really grated on my nerves and then in the last 5-6 chapters it was a totally different narrator, other than that it was definitely worth listening to.

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Great story

I received a free promo code for this book. I had never read anything by this author before and the story sounded interesting. It was. It was a very good story. It kept my interest till the end.

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Scary and intriguing

This book had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going on and why. The twist and turns free me in through all the lies. I can't wait to hear more from this author. The storyline was absolutely amazing and imaginative. The book is creative and well written I highly recommend this book. I received this book at my request and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

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Devil’s Home

I totally enjoyed this horror book and was only the 2nd by author. I liked the characters especially Max not so much Jeremy as he wanted fame. It makes you think check out you’re potential neighbors and neighborhood before buying. It had a surprise ending concerning Laurel as she tries to escape. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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slow and steady

I took about 20 chapters to really get into it but it does have some gripping edge on your seat moments definitely worth the read or listen

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Paranoia can be your best friend... :P

And that was yet another thing that I really liked: the subtle change in the atmosphere is so well done that you can't really tell when it goes from happy-couple-with-their-first-house to something-is-VERY- wrong-here.

The interactions between the characters are perfect, their changes showing the development in them, the way in which they are adjusting to Laurel's different circumstances and her perception of the people around her.

And I know a lot of people won't like the ending. Me? I really liked it *laughs*

Daniela Acitelli does a superb job with the narration.

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It takes me back

I like this book, because it reminds me of Hantzel and Gretel, a book read to me when I was a child and it scared the living childhood right out of me. Hats off to the writer, and excellent narrator thank you.
I would recommend this book to everyone just don’t read it at night.

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  • Neil Armstrong
  • 02-07-20

A psychological haunting

I received this a free book form the author and wasn't sure what to expect but I can't resist a freebie.
A house in the woods is a 'haunted house'/psychological thriller of a book with (small) traces of Amityville and the atmospheric strangeness of 'Stepford' all emotionally read by a good narrator.