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Publisher's Summary

Aspiring model Allison Parker finally moves into her dream apartment: a brownstone on Manhattan's Upper West Side. But her perfect home quickly turns hellish. The building is filled with a cast of sinister tenants, including a reclusive blind priest, who seems to watch her day and night through an upstairs window. Eventually, Allison starts hearing strange noises from the empty apartment above hers. Before long, she uncovers the building's demonic secret and is plunged into a nightmare of sinful misdeeds and boundless evil. In the tradition of Rosemary's Baby, this gripping novel was adapted into a feature film starring Ava Gardner, Cristina Raines, and Chris Sarandon. The Sentinel is classic horror at its best.

©2016 Jeffrey Konvitz (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Listen with the Lights On

Would you consider the audio edition of The Sentinel to be better than the print version?

Horror stories naturally lend themselves told aloud and this is no exception. Hearing this, instead of reading it, makes you feel like someone is in the room -- or the car which is where I listened to The Sentinel -- and it adds to the level of unease that a story like this is meant to evoke.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sentinel?

When the other tenants of the building are introduced, you can feel the story taking a turn down a sinister path. The characters add to the ambiance and I swear it feels like the lights dim.

What about Mary Murphy’s performance did you like?

I very much enjoyed the narrator who really showed a wide range of vocal qualities. Her pace and intonations added texture to the story, helping to bring to life the characters and the dark world they inhabit in smart detail.

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

Stay Away from the Upper West Side.

Any additional comments?

A great story for audio-book aficionados of all kinds, not just horror story fans.

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Hidden Treasure

I've read a few classic horror novels and been disappointed, but this one was great! Suspenseful, and scary with the added strangeness and mystery of Christianity. Great story!

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Rosemary's Baby, Move Over!

This was a thrilling story and a great listening experience. You think you know where it's going - ha! Just wait! I was thoroughly pulled in by the mysterious atmosphere and felt I was living in that crazy world with Allison.

The characters were vividly brought to life by the great narration. Her reading enhanced the writing for me - she found the perfect pace and tone for each scene. The birthday party, in particular, was fabulous, with a room full of eccentric characters.

Bravo on all counts. I highly recommend.

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It was ok

I didn't care for the narrator myself and I found the characters to be lack luster. It wasn't my favorite but I didn't hate it. I probably won't recommend it....it wasn't scary enough for me....

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Narrated by Siri

The story itself was dated, sexist, and homophobic. The main character is a timid woman who is always trembling when she's not busy being a model. That being said, it had a creative plot and some really great moments and characters. So if you can wade through the mediocrity, I'd say that the book has some gems that make it worthwhile. Unfortunately the woman narrating the book sounds like the voice of Siri or a GPS system. I kept expecting it to tell me to turn left on Main St.

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Now That's Entertainment

Would you listen to The Sentinel again? Why?

I generally don't listen to anything twice but in a pinch, this is the top of my list in my library.

What did you like best about this story?

Gotta love NYC in the 70s. Throw in dodgy church practices, a detective with a chip on his shoulder, a dubious boyfriend and a heroine who is obviously off her rocker and you have a winner!

Have you listened to any of Mary Murphy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time I've listened to Ms. Murphy but I've already got her other titles in my queue.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The demented birthday party in honor of the cat was excellent.

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great story.

The narrator sounds a little automated but after a while I got used to it, and it actually went well with the way the book was written. Definitely recommend it if you like older horror movies.

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mediocre

I saw this book on several lists lauding it as a classic horror novel. a must read that would spook you. it is none of those things...it is mediocre at best with very strong anti-gay, anti-women, and the plot took forever to get to the point. I understand that it was written in the seventies so I can overlook and forgive the overt homophobic overtones but the bad writing can not be forgiven.

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definitely nothing like Rosemary's Baby

Story is poorly written and full of plot holes--clearly a ripoff of other 60s and 70s horror novels. The narrator really needs some voice coaching and accent lessons--everything sounded phony and unnatural.

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A good suspenseful listen!

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

I enjoyed this narration. The intonation of the dialogue parts added to the drama and it helped me more fully imagine the characters.

Any additional comments?

I was looking for a good suspenseful horror story and found this satisfying. This is a well-crafted book that has been produced very well. It was well written and well told. Even in the quieter passages, it kept a hint of suspense.

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