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The Templeton family's peaceful lives are plunged into chaos when their young daughter, Ivy, begins to be stalked by a strange man who believes their daughter is the reincarnation of his daughter, Audrey Rose, who died in a fiery car crash. Frank De Felitta's Audrey Rose (1975) was one of the best-selling horror novels of the decade, selling over 3.5 million copies, and it remains a chilling classic of modern horror.

©1975, 2017 Frank De Felitta (P)2017 Valancourt Books, LLC

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Well this was a seriously pleasant change of pace from my normal horror listens! I could tell that 'Audrey Rose' was written in the past based on some of advancements in society, not based on how relevant it is to today. I think this story very much holds it's own in 2017. <br/><br/>It starts out as a good old fashioned stalker story but quickly turns into a merry-go-round of what's possible in the human mind. A large portion of this book takes place in a court room and asks that the listener, along with the jury, ponder the feasibility of reincarnation. While the trial takes place, there is no shortage of spooky/paranormal happenings for the reader. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys horror/thriller/paranormal genre content and who also enjoys a good classic!<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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INCREDIBLE READ

I am at a loss for words, which is unusual for me. It was difficult to stop listening to this remarkably written and narrated work. All I can say is, "just read it."

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I was terrified, creeped out and sitting on pins a

Audrey Rose is a serious and well written story about a small child who died in a fiery crash and has come back reincarnated as Ivy Templeton.  Audrey father, Elliot Hoover has spent years learning about reincarnation and Hinduism and more to find peace and determine if a psychic’s words that Audrey is alive and well, living in New York is true.

Hoover becomes a weird stalker type trying to convince the Templeton’s that he needs to be in Ivy’s life as she is his Audrey Rose.  As good parents, the Templeton’s try to stop Hoover but ultimately during the court case, psychiatrists are called in and there discover the truth – the horrifying truth.

As a parent whose son was born within minutes of the Space Shuttle exploding in 1986 (I was grateful he was born first!), I understand the fears that parents can experience.  Frank De Felitta plays on those fears and many more.  Detailed descriptions of the painful and terrifying death of Audrey and the melting ceremony at the boarding school with Ivy – I know my heart came near to stopping several times!

Although written in 1975, Felitta knows the fears of parents well and plays those fears and emotions to perfection.  The narrator, Matt Godfrey performed the story well.  His &quot;Hoover&quot; voice was adequately creepy and his &quot;Mr. Templeton’s&quot; voice was perfect as the father.

I enjoyed the book – Ok, enjoy is not quite the word; I was terrified, creeped out and sitting on pins and needles until the end – so, ... yes … I enjoyed the book!  The fears of parents don't really change over time so although written in 1975 the fears of parents are very similar then and now.  This is a timeless book!

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The narration makes the most of a &quot;meh&quot; chiller

I received a copy of this book courtesy of Valancourt Books &amp; Audiobookboom, thanks!

I have vague memories of being afraid of this movie when I was a kid and that was all I remembered so when the chance came around to listen to the audio I grabbed it. I’m terribly impulsive like that.

The Templeton’s have a lovely home in Manhattan, a beautiful young daughter and an all-around perfect life. You know that’s all blessedly coming to crashing halt right now, don’t you? One day a strange man starts lurking about, sending gifts and doing other strange stalkery things. Who is this weirdo and why is he tarnishing their perfect world with his pestering? He eventually reveals that their beautiful daughter Ivy is the reincarnation of his deceased little girl Audrey Rose and he wants to be a part of her life!

Oh no.

That’s scary stuff for any parent, even these two. I say that because in one of the most disturbing scenes for me, they both ignored the fact that their adult neighbor/friend looked at Ivy’s blossoming bosom and made a lewd comment (she’s 10 or 11, btw) and then they all continued on with their festivities. Are you kidding me? I’d like to think that things weren’t that different in the 70’s. That pedo should’ve been stabbed in the manparts and unwelcomed forever. This didn’t give me hope for the well-being of poor Ivy.

Moving along . . . the stalker-man thinks it a wise idea to kidnap dear Ivy who is suffering from terrible night terrors and a courtroom drama consumes the plot for way too long. This is where the book pretty much lost me. No fault to the book but courtroom dramas are one of my least favorite things in the world. Seeing as I didn’t particularly care for any of the parents and the woo-woo wasn’t that interesting to me, I started to wish I were reading something else.

The only thing keeping me going, and I do not exaggerate here, was the narration by Matt Godfrey. I swear that man and Will Patton could read their grocery lists and I would be enraptured. Godfrey’s voice is comforting and calming to me and he does great work with all of the characters. I know for an almost fact that I would’ve DNF’d this book had I tried to read it in paperback/Kindle form because I have no tolerance for books that bore me and that’s what this one did.

If you want to revisit the 70’s with this book, make sure you grab the audiobook!

I’d give the story a 2 but the narration a 5 which averages out to a three (hey, my review, my math!).

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Audrey Rose

A man shows up in the life of a family claiming that his daughter has been reincarnated into their daughter.Written in 1975 it holds up well.I enjoyed it.Matt Godfrey did a fine job narrating this book.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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GREAT BOOK AND GREAT LISTEN!

I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review

I read this book and saw the movie when it first came out in the '70's.. Needless to say, when it came up on Audiobook Boom, I had to have it.. Re-reading or listening as an adult opposed to a teenager, I certainly wasn't disappointed!

Very good narration and very good story..

It's about a little girl who has been reincarnated. The father of the passed away child (Audrey Rose) has tracked down the little girl. The parents of the little girl (now known as Ivy), are just trying to cope as best they can and not understanding what is going on.

Even though reading this book years ago, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Nice mystery

Book jumps right in with the mystery. Worth the listen and keeps you guessing. Give it a try.

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Audrey Rose .. maybe?

Audrey Rose was a very interesting novel to be sure. The concept of reincarnation is very much a personal belief. This book concerns a very young child who is possibly a reincarnation of a child who died in a concentration camp.
The way the details unfold Is quite elegant. I found myself sympathetic to all the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who is not too judgmental in their beliefs. I really loved the fact that it was a story not of exorcism or possession, but a child who had not gotten to have her story known. Narration was wonderful.

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50% Stalker horror 50% Courtroom Drama

I didn't know much about the book before I started listening to it. I wasn't aware of when it was written either. I don't see that this book being older than me has any impact on the story as it held up just fine for me. I wouldn't call this horror by today's standards but it has the classic feel of a horror. As a father of a girl I can say this story is horrifying but in a mystical way so that it didn't seem realistic enough to actually scare me. Ivy's father's behavior as the story progressed maddened me enough that I was actually angry more than anything else.

The story itself to me seemed to be two parts. The first part was the background and buildup and then the second was the courtroom proceedings and resolution. I'm not a fan of courtroom drama and wasn't happy with the ending so that is why I gave the story 3 stars. I don't mean to say the story wasn't good. It was unique and neat; but, not really my style of horror.

Matt did a good job narrating. For some reason the sound of Matt saying &quot;hot, hot, hot&quot; has suck with me.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Good listen!!!

I have to say, I was a bit put off by the length of this book, but it needed to be in depth. The story line is very fascinating. I was hooked from the beginning. I loved the way Mr. De Felitta set up the characters. Matt Godfrey, the narrator, is fabulous at building tension. The story kept me guessing through the entire book. It is very good. I definitely recommend this book!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request & have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Freda
  • 09-24-17

A good old classic

This is the book the film Audrey Rose was based on. It is a good horror type story but I do think that the parts depicting the court scenes are just a bit too long and start to get boring, same with the dairy made by the father of Audrey Rose as he travels to India to learn more of reincarnation. A sad ending but a good listen all the same.