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Shane Ryan returns to Nashua and the childhood memories that drove him to join the Marines. After a prolonged legal battle with his aunt and uncle, Shane has possession of the family home where his parents disappeared over 20 years ago. The house, a monstrous castle filled with ghosts and secrets, is more alive than its inhabitants.

When his aunt and uncle come to town, then vanish, Shane's life takes a turn for the worse. Detective Marie Lafontaine immediately labels Shane as the prime suspect. And in a race against time, Shane desperately searches for clues about his parents.

But there's something lurking beyond the walls and beneath the surface. Something sinister that has haunted him ever since he saw its face in the pond behind the house. And it isn't happy that Shane is back.

It isn't happy at all.

©2016 Ron Ripley (P)2016 ScareStreet.com

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Highly entertaining!!

This is a very good horror story. I enjoyed it immensely and will be listening to it again as soon as I submit this review. I loved the plot, the characters were wonderful and unexpected and the narrator did a fabulous job! If you like ghost stories, you'll love this, I highly recommend it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE DIED AT 125 BERKLEY STREET

THE HOUSE MAKES MORE DOORS
I did not find this scary or gory. I did like the book and did find it interesting. It is more BEETLEJUICE than Horror. This is about a house which adds floors, rooms and doors and takes them away. It is about a boy who sees the ghosts in the house and talks to them. I enjoyed it and listened to all of it. It is not good enough for me to continue the series though.

HE WONDERED WHAT THE DEAD WOULD DO NEXT

71 of 80 people found this review helpful

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I can't finish it...

Im not sure why but this story is not holding my attention at all, Im not even remotely creeped out and have no investment in the main character. This is one I my try again at a later date because I can't pinpoint why I don't like it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • nelle
  • Lynn, MA
  • 02-25-17

Soul of a Home

What did you love best about Berkley Street?

I loved that Berkley Street was not predictable. Just when I thought I possible had it figured out I was thrown for another loop hole. Great keep you on your feet listen

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes was always something unexpected and making you wonder who what where and why.<br/>The back story on the house and how it came to be was gripping.

If you could take any character from Berkley Street out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Shane hes been through hell and still manages to keep moving

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Menacing Haunted House

If you could sum up Berkley Street in three words, what would they be?

Sinister, creepy and nightmarish.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, I did not expect what was happening next. The plot is original. The way the story went back in time helpped me understand the main character. The story stayed with me days after I had finished reading and listening to this book

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

The narrator had a clear creepy voice and the tone would change subtelty with each character. The narrator made you believe he had lived this story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Come visit the House on Berkley Street but don't go in.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoy reading and listening to stories that match the narrator and the book so expertly.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Ron Ripley’s Ghosts

I LOVE anything supernatural. I love how Ron Ripley writes with the ghosts and this book is no exception which I did not want to end. I read the kindle version in Nov but enjoyed listening to it so much better. This book is about Shane returning to his childhood home to find his family. Loved the all the characters especially Roberto, Carl, Jerry, and Herman but hated Vivian. My only complaint, too short and want the rest of the series on audiobook. Highly recommend to anyone who loves ghosts, also recommend the Moving in series. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by Scare Street. THANK YOU!

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  • Yvonne
  • Southfield, mi, United States
  • 02-24-17

Great Scary Story

This was an enjoyable book. The action starts in the first moments of the opening and continue throughout the book. The suspense and scariness are constant. In many mysteries/supernatural the protagonist has a haunted personal history that presents a conflict in the story. This story is Shane’s, the protagonist story. This one plot line makes this a fast reading.

The story is told in different time periods in Shane’s life to give you the history of his past life in the house and the present. This is a house with a well-known haunted history when Shayne’s family moves into the home. It is a very good ghost story that had me scared at some points.

Shane has returned home 20 years after his parents disappeared to find out what happen to them. After a protracted count battle with his relatives his family home is now his. Now Shane must go home to find the answers he wants.

The family court battle presents a scenario where the police become involved in the story and Shane becomes the prime suspect in his relatives’ deaths. This is a thread that is an opening for police involvement by dropped by the author.

There is information about previous residents and the ghosts of the house. Roberto, Carl, Jerry, Herman and Vivian are the main ghosts in the story. The bonus information presents information about their relationship with the house. A few questions, how did the house become so evil, why would people stay in a haunted home, and Shane acquiring alopecia are not sufficiently answered or answered at all. In spite, of that, it is a very good read.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Worth it .

I really liked the story. I use to read ghost stories like this when I was young. This was actually not scary for me but I believe for some it maybe. If Vincent Price could have read it it would have been perfect.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Absolute most stupid, inexplicable ghost story

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Family moves into scary house. Family STAYS in scary house, even after multiple, life threatening incidents, including finding a skeleton in a hidden passage. WHAT THE HELL. I kept waiting for there to be an explanation for why they stayed for so long, and there was none. Even the local librarian knew that house was basically a giant predator. Any rational human being would have just burned the place down. <br/>Unbelievable and not terribly well written.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Meh

I struggled a bit to finish. Got a little slow. Narrator was ok. Not really interested in other parts.

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  • Peter Fowles
  • 05-09-17

A very scary listening experience.

Where does Berkley Street rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was my first audio book so can not rank or compare with another one.

Which character – as performed by Thom Bowers – was your favourite?

The girl in the pond.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but had to spread it over three sittings.

Any additional comments?

Very good first audio book for me. Took me a while to get into the story but once in it kept me gripped to the end. Can't wait to listen to the next book in the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful