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Coldheart Canyon Audiobook

Coldheart Canyon: A Hollywood Ghost Story

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Publisher's Summary

Hollywood has made a star of Todd Pickett. But time is catching up with him. After plastic surgery goes awry, Todd needs somewhere to hide away for a few months while his scars heal.

As Todd settles into a mansion in Coldheart Canyon - a corner of the city so secret it doesn't even appear on a map - Tammy Lauper, the president of his fan club, comes to the City of Angels determined to solve the mystery of Todd's disappearance. The closer Tammy gets to Todd the more of Coldheart Canyon's secrets she uncovers: The ghosts of A-list stars; Katya Lupi, the cold-hearted, now-forgotten star for whom the Canyon was named, alive and exquisite after a hundred years; and, finally, the door in the bowels of Katya's dream-palace that reputedly opens up to another world, the Devil's Country, where no one has returned without their souls shadowed by what they've seen and done.

Mingling an insiders' view of modern Hollywood with a wild streak of visionary fantasy, Coldheart Canyon is an audiobook without parallel. An irresistible and unmerciful picture of Hollywood and its demons, told with all the style and raw narrative power that has made Clive Barker's books and films a phenomenon worldwide.

©2001 Clive Barker (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Charlotte HONOLULU, HI, United States 07-16-14
    Charlotte HONOLULU, HI, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Lower your expectations!!!"
    Where does Coldheart Canyon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's among my top 10 favorites. It's bizarre enough to appeal to me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tammy. She evolved into a real person. letting go of her obsession and her no good husband.


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

    I like the way he reads, I know it's not for everyone, but he has an ironic note to his reading that fit this book to a tee.


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

    Jerry. I would grill him...what was the payoff for setting this up? Would you do it again? Was it worth it?


    Any additional comments?

    Crazy book. Not what I expected but I grew to like it a lot. Like i say...it's fiction...not for education or enlightenment...just for fun.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    waterlilyxx9 NANUET, NY United States 01-10-15
    waterlilyxx9 NANUET, NY United States 01-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "loved it & love Frank Muller (RIP)"

    Great story & full of suspense. Just scary enough. So sad for the loss of Frank Muller. I want him to read every story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    april franklin salem, oregon United States 05-31-14
    april franklin salem, oregon United States 05-31-14 Listener Since 2006
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    "Soft Porn"
    What would have made Coldheart Canyon better?

    A fuller storyline and character development with less porn-like chapters.


    What was most disappointing about Clive Barker’s story?

    I was expecting a ghost story, given the title and description. What I got was a thinly veiled attempt at wrapping soft porn into mediocre fiction. The premise was initially interesting but the bulk of the book gets mired down with unnecessarily graphic sexual depravity meant to shock and intrigue. Instead, it became boring effort to listen to. I think it's important to disclose that I have a healthy sexual appetite and was not offended by the sexual context but felt more like the book tried to sneak it past me prior to buying. The sexual component might've been interesting if that's what I expected but it completely caught me by surprise. I might've continued on if it had only consumed a chapter or two but instead, it drags on seemingly without purpose. The characters are fairly one dimensional and predictable and that only makes it a more difficult read. Disappointing.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frank Muller?

    No one could have saved this book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Initial boredom and eventual disgust


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-11-15
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    "A good read. Missing Frank Muller's voice."

    This isn't a Book of Blood, as much as I wish there were such a book as long as this one. I love a good ghost story and this is a good one. I've never had a book read to me by Mr Muller that I didn't like. I enjoy his reading style. He has a way of using his voice to recreate a character the way you'd think they really spoke. Steven King liked him enough to read his entire Dark Tower series for Audible, but tragedy took him before he could finish the last few. Clive Barker is known for his violence, but this one is calmer. Come here for an evolving ghost story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    EllenAn 06-02-15
    EllenAn 06-02-15
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    "coldheart canyon"

    clive barker can tell a story in the best way. taking you step by step slowly down the path until you question if what he tells is real. the narrator frank muller gives each voice a uniqueness and brings each person or other to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Delilah Boston, MA 02-22-15
    Delilah Boston, MA 02-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Masterpiece"

    How rare it is to cry, laugh and be legitimately aroused all over the course of one narrative! What a rollercoaster and I enjoyed every minute of this peculiar Hollywood ghost story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy PERRY, GA, United States 02-25-14
    Judy PERRY, GA, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The book that never ends"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better plit, more believable characters and a lot less of the explict sexual stuff.


    What could Clive Barker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Ended it sooner and once again tune down the orgt, references to everyone's bodyily parts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The beginning of the book. I really thought he had something there. Talking about whay actos and actresses behave


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I would have to say revolsion


    Any additional comments?

    I could even get to the very end of the book. I just couldn't deal with the stupidy of the characters.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kevin connolly 10-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "BRILLIANT!"

    Master story teller Clive Barker tells such a great Hollywood ghost story.
    pity he never followed it up.
    still one of my favorites.

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    Melissa Pleasanton, CA, United States 11-30-14
    Melissa Pleasanton, CA, United States 11-30-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Depressing, Depressing, Depressing"

    Ok. I will admit I only listened to a couple of hours on this book, but it had my complete attention because I was traveling alone across the Mohave Desert. I'm not sure which was more bleak...the book or the drive. After an exhaustive preview of perversion at the start of the book, I was subjected to a very detailed account of an animal dying of brain cancer. It was this last subject which finished my interest in this piece of "literature." At the next rest stop I changed books and listened to something a little more mundane, but I still have more pictures in my head than I want. If you are willing to get through more of this book it may redeem itself, but as for me I'm asking for a refund.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Kalamazoo, MI, United States 03-17-15
    Benjamin Kalamazoo, MI, United States 03-17-15 Member Since 2017
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    "I love Clive Barker... but..."
    What would have made Coldheart Canyon better?

    Cutting. The text wanders and indulges itself excessively. The books ends, then it ends again, then it ends again. Between endings it meanders excessively through repeated descriptions of phantasmagoria that become less fantastic with each reiteration. Had the author been a first timer, this never would have been permitted. Barker though is free to indulge his every whim in this text and he does, shamelessly. The telling suffers for it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Clive Barker again?

    As the headline said, I'm a Barker fan. I have been since my late teens. Some of his stuff is great, Imajica comes to mind. Some just good, most of the Books of Blood fall in that category. The man is so prolific, expecting him to hit it out of the park with everything he does is just not realistic.


    What three words best describe Frank Muller’s voice?

    Adequate, multi-voiced and nuanced. I really don't get what all the fuss was in the other reviews degrading his performance. Mr. Muller's voice work has always been good. King's used him on many projects and he tells a story well.


    What character would you cut from Coldheart Canyon?

    Epstat, the studio exec, was pretty unnecessary. He really was there to execute the Barker shoot from the hip antagonist of the mundane attacking and then being repulsed or destroyed my the mysterious true reality. It's a theme Barker runs again and again, through most of his work. In this case, it felt like a formulaic attachment to the main story. He could have been cut, with the lead character's own internal failings prompting him to action without much rework.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible and Crossroads Press have been doing a good job of making more Barker material available for us. I hope they keep it up. If you really want good Barker, his two seminal works in my estimation are "Imajica" and the "Great and Secret Show." To my way of thinking these two books are the high water mark of Barker's literary endeavors. Much of the rest of his material is good (sometimes great), but nothing really hits the transcendent genius of the man like those two works.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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