• Boylan House

  • Supernatural Horror with Scary Ghosts & Haunted Houses
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (220 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For nearly three and a half centuries, the Boylan House has stood at the end of Meeting House Road. And something in that house has been killing boys for centuries.

The town of Monson is a quaint and quiet New England town. Yet the house is terrifying and has been for as long as anyone can remember. Adults put the thing out of mind and ignore the fears of their children, admonishing them to stay away.

Too many boys have vanished into the swamps behind the house. Bodies never recovered. Nothing ever recovered. The families are left with their memories and the disturbing thought that the Boylan House had something to do with it.

Mason Philips knows better than that. He knows that there's something in the house. Something evil. Something hunting children from time to time.

And Mason has decided that it's time for the killing to stop.

The Boylan House Trilogy contains:

1. The Boylan House

2. Discoveries

3. The Deadwood Throne

©2016 Ron Ripley (P)2016 ScareStreet.com

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Scary!!

There is a house in nearly every town that stands abandoned and just left there. Well, the Boylan house is one of them! It has stood for centuries on Meeting House Road, New Hampshire. It's a house no-one dares to enter, and if they do, they usually don't come out. Also every year, around Halloween, boys seem to go missing in or around the house, never to be seen of heard from again. Just what is going on?

Well, Mason Philips is intent on finding out what is going on. When he was a boy, on Halloween, himself and his friend decide to call to the house on a dare. Mason swears that a trap door opened in the roof and something pulled his friend into the house. Nobody believes him though and he goes through life remembering the house and wanting to see if it was just a young boys imagination. He goes back to try to find the truth, and what he unravels was shocking.

This was awesome!! So creepy and scary and perfect for this time of year!! This is the type of book that would work well read at a camp fire. They are perfect little bite sized bits of spooky.

Character wise, I really liked Mason. He has always thought about the house from his childhood and is finally in a position to find out more about it. During his research, he meets a lovely librarian, a police officer that is willing to help, and even his estranged Uncle, who has already dabbled with the house and the evil within. This ragtag group of people may just get to the bottom of what lies within the house.

Plot wise, it's a really short read but packed with chills, thrills and enough of a spooky atmosphere that it will keep you on the edge of your seat. This author is fast becoming one of my go to ones for a short scary read! He knows how to tell a great story.

Thom Bowers read the book well. He had plenty of different tones and inflections to make the story thoroughly enjoyable.

I received this from the author. This in no way affected or influenced my thoughts!

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Disappointed

I truly enjoyed the Moving In series but didn't like the narrator or halting speech. This trilogy was not nearly as interesting or creepy and the story seemed disjointed. However the narrator was much better. I would like to see this narrator do the other series. I would also like less casual profanity which I don't think is necessary.

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Listen to it in the dark

I loved both the story and the narration of this book. It was exactly right for listening to in bed with the lights off, as I like to do with the best haunted house books, and which everyone should try at least once!

There is a decent amount of historical backstory to this book, and while backstory can sometimes be tedious, in this case it was actually my favorite part. I loved listening to the scary things that happened back in the 1700s and 1980s involving this house. When get to the modern day events, we already know something is seriously wrong with the place and are begging the protagonist to stay away. Of course, he doesn't listen. They never do!

I have never heard of the narrator, Thom Bowers, before, but I will keep an eye out for more of his books in this genre. He has talent, as well as a nice voice. He was totally unobtrusive and stayed out of the way of the story, which is one of the best things a narrator can do.

This was a great book.

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Brilliantly Written Haunted House Story

I really enjoyed this story. I love haunted house stories and this one was really good. A bit unique, as this wasn’t someone living in a haunted house experiencing the haunt, it was a group of people trying to destroy a haunted house. The writing was done quite well and it had great characters and a great narrator which made for a story that I tried to listen to in one sitting, ended up being two. Definitely want to get the remaining books from the trilogy.

I really enjoyed the plot of this story. I thought that it was a bit of a different spin on your typical haunted house story. I liked how it provided a lot of back story, in the way of research, to explain why the house was haunted. Often all we get are that the house is haunted and not a lot of explanation around it. Only issue I had is that James pulled out his Glock and flipped off the safety, Glocks don't have external safety switches that you can turn on or off.

I really liked Mason. It dawned on me that I really liked him when he had a discussion with James about dating his sister and James was ok with it. I typically get uncomfortable about such age gaps, but I was surprisingly ok with it. All the other characters were just as great and brought different aspects to the story that really strengthened it.

Thom Bowers did a great job narrating. I think he provided the voices needed for each character and really put me into the story. He put a lot of energy into his narration and I think that is what helped me to really enjoy the story.

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

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Frightening And Scary!😰

Ron Ripley does it again. He has scared the crap outta me with this one. I found myself while I'm listening, talking to the characters trying to guide them in doing and going the right way.😄Tom Bowers is a beast with his voice acting and narration. I dont want to say to much but, if your looking for a haunted house/ghosts scary book, start with this one.

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gread read

Ron Ripley rocks as always!! Tom bower could read me.the phone book and I would love him!!

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Long time Stephen King fan.

I approached this book not knowing what to expect because it was cheap and fairly short. Once I started listening I could not stop. This book has the elements of a good Stephen King haunting story.

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Fast paced creepy tale!

This trilogy will keep you listening start to finish. The narrator does a wonderful job voicing the Boylan spirit as well as the rest of the characters. The author delivers a tale with a history stretching back 100's of years and multiple locations. Be ready to have that creepy house From your childhood Halloween memories come back to haunt you. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Original

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In this day and age it's pretty difficult to write an original "ghost" story - they all seem to bleed together somehow. But 'The Boylan House Trilogy' truly was a unique take on a haunted house, a ghostly entity and a spooky local, historical story. While I felt that some parts were a bit of a stretch, I thought that overall, it was a fun listen. I would recommend this book to ghost-story-lovers!

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

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Excellent!

The story and performance were excellent! It was a very believable ghost story. I first read the book and then thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook.

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  • 06-26-20

Leaves you wanting more

As I said above. Been reading a lot of paranormal fantasy etc so this was a change for me, and it turns out this change was n for good! Pretty sure that the house on the cover is not the Boylan House as it doesn't quite meet Ripleys vivid description of it . . . So i'm left with a question . . and believe me there are many alone the pages . . .