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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. <br/><br/>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.

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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.

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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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    Nia Wright 07-13-17
    Nia Wright 07-13-17
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    "Not what I'd hoped for"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm afraid not - it was a very slow burner and I felt that an audio version would have benefitted from being abridged (heresy!)


    If you’ve listened to books by Bernard Taylor before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to or read any other Bernard Taylor books.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator had a hard time sticking with the accents as described in the book and his characterisation was a little off, I would rather listen to a non fiction work in his voice than fiction.


    Was Sweetheart, Sweetheart worth the listening time?

    See above


    Any additional comments?

    This ghost story isn't spooky at all by modern standards and I found it hard to feel the tension as the narrator's work wasn't really doing it for me, I don't think this was a good match in terms of author and voice artist.

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    Karen 07-05-17
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    "Unforgettable!"

    This story caught my attention from the very beginning. Full of unforgettable characters in a vivid setting. The narration really lent to the story and brought the characters to life! Highly recommended.

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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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    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.<br/>

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  • Robert Routledge
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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.

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