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Sweetheart, Sweetheart Audiobook

Sweetheart, Sweetheart

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Publisher's Summary

David Warwick, an Englishman living in New York, has a sudden premonition that his twin brother, Colin, is in danger. He returns to England and learns the shocking truth: both Colin and his young bride Helen have died ghastly deaths - deaths that no one in the village wants to talk about.

Now David has inherited his brother's home, Gerrard's Hill Cottage, a lovely house with a lush garden that seems to promise peace and comfort to all who dwell there. But as David tries to unearth the facts of what really happened to his brother and his wife, he has no idea of the horror and evil that surround him or the terrible fate that may be in store.

A chilling story that builds slowly and inexorably towards its shocking climax, Bernard Taylor's Sweetheart, Sweetheart (1977) has been recognized as one of the finest horror novels ever written. This edition features a new introduction by Michael Rowe.

©1977 Bernard Taylor (P)2016 Valancourt Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"My favorite ghost story...at once manages to be both moving and extremely unsettling...there isn't anything that beats it." (Charles L. Grant)

"Ingenious and well-crafted - a most satisfying chiller!" (Grand Rapids Press)

"A slow-burning, invisibly seductive ghost story." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Tad B. New York 05-03-17
    Tad B. New York 05-03-17 Member Since 2015

    I love audio books.

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    “Sweetheart, Sweetheart” is a ghost story between twin brothers that takes place in the English countryside. Familial resentments along with a few sudden deaths compels David to investigate further. I found this tale to be interesting but not as spooky or compelling as I like my ghost stories to be. It was a nice listen but it didn’t really have that “ghost story” feel to it, it wasn’t as creepy as I prefer it. I’d say more than half of the ghostly encounters are of the sexual variety and I need a lot more scares before I can buy into that kind of haunting. Outside of the ghost stuff, it’s an interesting story about two couples, one alive and one dead, and their struggles to get along and get by. I would recommend the book to people who are interested in a story about brothers, rather than a ghost story.

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

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    Fascinatingbooks 12-04-16

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    "The best horror novel I ever heard!"
    If you could sum up Sweetheart, Sweetheart in three words, what would they be?

    Dark creepy epic


    What other book might you compare Sweetheart, Sweetheart to and why?

    It is like Poe on steroids, it has every aspect of horror done perfectly - unreliable narrator, tragic back story, building terror and fright, everything.


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

    This was the best book narration I ever heard, it was like a movie in my mind. There wasn't a flaw in the inner life of David Warwick as narrated by Matt Godfrey. His acting skills are way beyond ordinary narration, he made every aspect of this creepy story come alive. If I could have given his performance more than five stars I would have.


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

    I did, but on the other hand I wanted it to never end. The best listening experience I have had in years.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this audio book more than once, there aren't many books I can say that about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simona 12-04-16
    Simona 12-04-16 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Too slow paced but great narration"

    This is a very slow paced ghost story, and although the plot is great and the story interesting, the slow pace took it down in my rating. I kept thinking 'move on! Let something happen now' and something does happen, but you have to wait a long time for that.

    I kept up with the book because it made me curious in what would happen next and the narrator Matt Godfrey was amazing in his performance. I really wish I could give it more stars, and I would have if this story was 4 hours shorter.

    *This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rabid Reader 12-01-16
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    "Spine chilling ghost story"

    This is a great spine chilling ghost story. Mystery builds hand in hand with the menace, creating a dark, twisting story laced with love, obsession and death. The author leads you on a complex journey that cumulates in an unpredictable end that leaves you slack jawed. The narrator does an excellent job of creating the feel of what is happening in the story; building tension, fear, arousal and hopelessness in all the right places. His voice brings these great characters to life and you share in their emotions. I received the audiobook at no cost and under no obligation.

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    Deedra United States 05-14-17
    Deedra United States 05-14-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo

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    "Sweetheart,Sweethear"

    I could not put this one down!Matt Godfrey does a bang up job narrating this book.David ,who lives in the US with Shelagh,is wondering why his twin brother, in England ,has not written.What is in store for him and his family and friends is an amazing venture in the ghost and horror genre.I was provided this book by the author,narrator or publisher.WOW!

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    Jenniferk sc 05-04-17
    Jenniferk sc 05-04-17 Member Since 2010

    Voracious reader

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    "Ghostly tale of two brothers narrated excellently"
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    David's journey through the story is so compelling. The story of the two brothers and the two couples is great. The characters along the way add to the suspense. I don't want to spoil the ending that I loved. There is the element of uncertainty that pulls the listener along to the conclusion that adds to the end. I cannot say enough about the excellent narration. The acting out of the characters through the narrator is one of the best listens I have had in an Audible book. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 05-02-17
    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 05-02-17

    I love dark gritty thrillers, mystery, psychological, police procedural, and horror with the romance set at a minimum to none.

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    "An Enjoyable, Eerie Story & Great Narrator !"

    I enjoyed listening to this narrator, Matt Godfrey and would put him up there with the best of the best. He did an amazing job with all the characters, especially the women where-as some narrators often have trouble acting in the opposite gender. The guessing game of trying to figure out who was the evil one at the cottage was fun. The story was originally written in 1977 and I had to remind myself not judge how submissive the main character David's, girlfriend/wife was in the story. The story is sort of a time capsule of that error. It actually felt even older than that because it reflects on multiple generations of people that were alive way before the 1970's.


    Overall, I would say this one is more of a mystery novel than suspense with a healthy dose of paranormal to keep it eerie and at times, unnerving. It was interesting to see how David's character developed . I especially enjoyed the situation surrounding the maid. It's the type of story where anyone could be the bad guy or girl so I suggest you sit back and take this one in and let the story unfold the mysteries of Gerrard's Hill Cottage.

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

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    Daman 04-29-17
    Daman 04-29-17 Member Since 2016

    A good listen makes for an amazing day!

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    "Kept me glued till the end! Very well written!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sweetheart, Sweetheart to be better than the print version?

    The narration has a strong impact on this book and makes for a scary, yet enjoyable experience.


    Any additional comments?

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dominique Cathedral City, CA 04-22-17
    Dominique Cathedral City, CA 04-22-17 Member Since 2017

    Audio books get me through my drive time, laundry time, grocery shopping, everything that would otherwise be a chore. I love audiobooks!

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    "Ghost Story Mystery Romance"

    It's hard to categorize this novel because it's such a cool mashup of genres, so I'm not even going to try. It started out as a pretty straight relationship drama and I liked it for that. A strained relationship, a stressed out academic and a weird feeling causes a man to visit his brother in England. From there, weird things ensue.

    If you're patient with this book and trust me that it's worth sticking with, you'll really enjoy it. For the first 1/3 of the book not a lot is going on and there were no answers to the hero's questions anywhere. I was almost getting bored and about to ask to the author why the action was stalled when things slowly started to happen and the story gained momentum.

    I should mention that the narrator was excellent. He did an amazing job switching between the British voices and the American accent of the woman seamlessly. It takes a good ear to be able to do that, and I grew quite fond of this narrator over the course of the book.

    There were times I wanted to smack the main character for not being more honest in his communications with several characters, especially when he suspected someone of a certain behavior and jumped to conclusions that turned out to be wrong, but I suppose that we must allow our heroes their flaws. There were also times he lied to or misled others that pissed me off, but there are consequences to all actions as it turns out.

    For the slow pace of the first third of the book, I forgive it 100% as it's more than made up for with the breakneck pace the last 1/3 of the book. It was a roller coaster ride to be sure, and while it was difficult to discern what year this book was written, it didn't change the fact that it was an entertaining story and a fresh mashup of genres that was pretty enjoyable with only a few nit-picky story and character quibbles on my part.

    * I was given a copy of this audio book by the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. *

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    J. Barnes Landover Hills, MD 04-08-17
    J. Barnes Landover Hills, MD 04-08-17

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    "A Lost Treasure"
    What did you love best about Sweetheart, Sweetheart?

    I don't know how Valancourt finds these lost treasures but they sure have a knack. Sweetheart, Sweetheart is a classic ghost story with all the foreboding and bittersweet moments you can possibly stand lined up and waiting for you. There's a decent mystery to unwind and the pacing is perfect, not too fast or too slow. Many stories like this come across as silly but Sweetheart, Sweetheart provides some truly chilling moments and never strays into the ridiculous. There's also a great lesson here about trusting your partner and not keeping things from them in order to protect them. Though this is a quite straightforward white male narrator if you're interested in themes of female madness there's a lot to think about here. Highly recommended!


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    "Great gost story."

    Best I've listen to for years. You must get this book. A fantastic end to the story.

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  • sarahmoose2000
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    "Feuding Families"

    A twin suddenly feels heartbreaking pain and fears his brother may have been in an accident. Arriving back home in England he discovers his brother's death and tries to get some answers from the local villagers. Everyone is very distant and refuses to give him a straight answer. Quite long, but ok.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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