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Ghost Story Audiobook

Ghost Story

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Publisher's Summary

For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past - and get away with murder.

Peter Straub's classic best seller is a work of "superb horror" (Washington Post Book World) that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time - and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.

©1989 Peter Straub (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    T. Deal Washington D.C. 10-16-16
    T. Deal Washington D.C. 10-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the Best!"
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    I can't understand why Ghost Story isn't more popular or more highly rated by Audible members. It's one of the best ghost stories of all time and comparable to Stephen King's best writing. The book held my rapt attention for 19 hours. The narrator did a great job with the male voices but not so well with the female ones.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    brenda postovit 01-14-15

    Love a good mystery.

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    "Loved it."

    Could not stop listening. Worth every bit of sleep I lost. My grand kids also thought it was good. But they would never admit it.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 12-01-13
    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 12-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A Must Read for Horror Fans"

    I am a fan of horror fiction. Not the slasher stuff or anything too corporeal but rather all things paranormal. The last 10 years have seen an explosion of the horror genre and the “paranormal twist” has been applied to almost every genre – its paranormal meets romance, paranormal meets detective mystery, and don’t get me started about zombies. Don’t get me wrong, I love the selection but sometimes I just crave the unadorned, back-to-the-basics ghost story. That is why when I came across Peter Straub’s “Ghost Story,” the unadorned title sold me.

    “Ghost Story” is long, the characters are numerous, and it takes a while to get used to Straub’s shifting perspective, but those that stick with this book will enjoy what they find. This is a well written novel with a tight plot that is very good at setting a gloomy tone with tension that slowly builds. The mystery is slowly revealed and compelling. One particular aspect of this novel that I found unique was that the paranormal entities were multidimensional and had character with motivations that made sense. I am happy I found this novel, and I would put it on my list of “must reads” for the genre.

    One other thing worth mentioning here is that the narration is excellent, and really helped with the shifting perspective and with keeping track of characters.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Louisville, KY, United States 10-23-12
    Diane Louisville, KY, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Creeping horror..."

    Ok...the operative word here is "creeping." I enjoyed the first ⅓ of this book, as it delves into the troubled memories and dreams of a group of elderly men who form a small social circle which they call the "Chowder Club."

    However, at least for me, the second ⅔ slowed to an agonizing crawl, especially as the story ebbed into graphic horror and explicit supernaturalism. I prefer a more subtle horror, one which leaves some ambiguity as to the whether the nightmarish experiences of the characters arise from a state of mind or to objective reality. Regardless of whether you share this taste, the pacing of the book beomes almost painfully slow. The only thing that kept me going was curiosity about the teaser which appears in the book's prologue.

    The narration is not nearly so bad as some would have it. It is quite well suited to the sections narrated by members of the Chowder Club, and somewhat less so to other sections, but still quite serviceable.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    love to read 04-23-13 Member Since 2017
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    "THE BEST GHOST STORY I'VE ENCOUNTERED"

    I read this book nearly 30 years ago and still remember how it spooked me yet I could not put it down. Ghost Story in audible form was excellent and just as scary as the first time I encountered it. This book has characters I have remembered for over 30 years and it was like hearing from old friends and scary enemies. I'm not much on scary stories but this one was great.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Charleston Chicago, IL USA 01-07-13
    Robin Charleston Chicago, IL USA 01-07-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Too good for the "horror" label!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ghost Story the most enjoyable?

    It's a scary story that is beautifully plotted. Having it narrated is a real treat.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The camaraderie of the key characters, and the unfolding story of the evil that pursues them.


    Which character – as performed by Buck Schirner – was your favorite?

    Stella -- even though not a main character.


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

    The worse thing that could happen . . . .


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this book several times over the years. It's my ideal of a scary story, and the audio book version does it justice. Very satisfying.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    T. Webb 05-20-12
    T. Webb 05-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, bad narration."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It's a good book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not sure.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He's not very good.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a wonderful read, in print. I have read this several times since Peter Straub wrote it and have always enjoyed it.
    I thought I would try out the spoken book while I drive, I drive a truck long haul and it helps the time go by.
    The narrator does O.K. when he does a male voice but the female voices are absurd. Little girl, old women or young they all sound as if they're already dead.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    dynette France 09-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator"

    This narrator should stick to stories with only a few male voices. And, the way he hesitates within a sentence is annoying.

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    richtert 08-14-17
    richtert 08-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow burn but pays off"

    Overall well done. The story itself is a very slow burn but hits its stride in the last couple of hours to pay off well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 05-31-17
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 05-31-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Complex Story and Characters"

    I am reviewing this in the context of when it was written and the fact that it was one of the first of this genre. Nowadays, we've heard and read this before, but at the time, this was an original idea. The plot and the characters were complex and well developed; the main drawbacks to this are that it was slow to start; confusing at first until you got to figure out who was who; and definitely could have been shorter. There were some parts that dragged, but overall, the story was solid. By the time I had gotten to the end and the author tied in the first chapter of the book, I had completely forgotten about that chapter. You learn more as you go along, so this is one of those books that have to be viewed in the context of the entire work.

    I don't think I would have gotten through this as easily if I had read it in print form. I put the narration on 2x speed and that helped get through the tedious parts. The narration was good and I liked the different voices.

    I found it interesting that this story took place near Binghamton, NY, which is near where I grew up. I never heard that my hometown was mentioned here or that the locale was so close. That was a pleasant surprise!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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