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Halloween

By: John Passarella
Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
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The official novelization of the highly anticipated revamp of the classic horror film Halloween.

In 1978, Laurie Strode survived an encounter with Michael Myers, a masked figure who killed her friends and terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois, on Halloween night. Myers was later gunned down, apprehended, and committed to Smith's Grove State Hospital. 

For forty years, memories of that nightmarish ordeal have haunted Laurie and now Myers is back once again on Halloween, having escaped a routine transfer, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. This time, Laurie is prepared with years of survival training to protect herself, her daughter Karen and her granddaughter Allyson, a teenager separated from her family and enjoying Halloween festivities.

©2018 John Passarella (P)2018 Blackstone Publishing

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A great companion book to a great movie

Loved the additional scenes that weren't revealed in the movie, helped flesh it out more. Will definitely listen again

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On the loose again.....

Forty years later Michael has escaped again! But this time Laurie is ready for him......

This book follows the course of the movies. Not a lot new here except for the ending... I have always been a Halloween fan and consider this to be the icing on the cake... If you enjoy the Halloween movies i think you will enjoy this one too ☺

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Meh.

Huge horror and especially halloween fan. This book isn’t terrible, but it is pretty amateurish. Maybe it’s the narration, maybe it’s the way it’s wrote, but the teen parts of this book are bad. The dialog during those segments are cringeworthy.

Thankfully, we did get a very decent movie out of this story. Usually I recommend books over movies, books always seem to give you a little more. Whether it be a longer scene, more character arc, a totality of the story, but not this time. So if I were to do it all over, read silence of the lambs, or the exorcist, but for Halloween, just watch the movie.

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Where to start?

Lets have a contest..guess the # of times the words “the shape” appears? It truly was ridiculous. Either the author has a terrible memory or two dif ppl wrote this. Sooo many scenes contradict themselves it’s not funny. The scene in the house with the kid and babysitter, she’s been stabbed is slipping in blood, runs back up the stairs but when the boy comes in there’s just a “swipe” of blood on the wall. Plus is she completely silent during the whole time? He never hears anything? When the cop comes in same thing, never sees the massacre until he finds bodies? Bunch of these writing or editing gaffs. Many ridiculous moments that don’t flow with the “story”. Allison running full speed yet plodding Michael is still closing in. Lori has “been preparing for this a long time” we’re told over & over. But when she’s in the car with Michael she laments “I don’t know any self-defense” and cowers while he’s unconscious. Really?! After FORTY yrs of “knowing” he’s coming back? Bad,bad writing. After that just skipped to the end. No actual plot,just stabbing, beating with hammer, choking,blahblahblah

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I don't usually do fiction but this was great!!!

I don't usually listen to fiction but I love the Halloween franchise and this is the first audiobook of a Halloween film I have ever seen available, so I went for it.

It was the best fiction I have read in years. It really did a good job of bringing the film to life.

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Follows the movie, with more details.

Follows the movie, with more details. You get to know the characters better, especially Allison, Laurie and The Shape, but also side characters like Dana and Aaron are given more life. And the violence is amped up.

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  • 04-26-21

wow... yes..

Time we'll spent...yes... just yes... new feel... not sequel quality...five words remaining on this review 😉

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Really sad...

There are so many issues with this book it's staggering. I'm going to list just a few in order to keep it brief enough so that people would actually this and not dismiss it as just a wall of text nonsense, which most will likely already do just based off the 1-star ratings at the top.

Was the author paid extra every time the words "The Shape" were used? I'm not kidding there must have been around 52726587525415 (alright, a little kidding, but there is a massive, MASSIVE over-use of the phrase). I'm convinced that if you took a sip of water every time it's used you'd drown yourself before you hit the halfway mark of the book.

Why are there changes to the story of the movie in this book? I am totally on board with fleshing out scenes and even adding in others based off the content of the movie this is literally a novelization of, but why are there complete scene changes, story changes, and even character changes from the movie? It's baffling to me that this was allowed to be done. It's all so unnecessary, and to bring it back to the overuse of words in the previous complaint, the author seems to go out of his way to over-analyze and over-describe what's going on or to give too much detail at points, almost as if it was required to make the book a certain length. And I'll point out that it was very odd to me the amount of UK English throughout the book. I am perfectly fine with the British people using it because obviously, they would, but why would others who are clearly from middle America speak this way? This kind of stuff REALLY pulls me out of a story. I know to most people that's a major nitpick, but, it's such a big thing to me.

The woman doing the reading is not particularly good at it. Her accents for characters annoyed me and some of them just felt out of place, and she says some words everyone knows how to say wrong. It's weird that no one in the booth pointed this stuff out to her. I'm going to keep her name on my mind to try to avoid anything she's involved in going forward.

If you've seen the movie you know what certain characters motivations are, or how they really feel or will act about something, but in a movie, the audience does not get to see behind the veil. So the mental gymnastics the author goes through to hide the reveals when these characters would have no reason to lie in the inner monologues is ridiculous. I get that betrayals, etc. are difficult to hide in something like this, but an easy way to do it is not have the specific people have the inner monologues...

...which brings me to my final annoyance. We should never have the story told from Michael Myers' perspective. We should never be privy to his inner monologue. I mean, that's literally the whole point of the character, that we DON'T know what's going on in his head!! Oh, and I can almost assure you he wouldn't then refer to himself as "The Shape" half a dozen times in each paragraph of each time he does monologue...

I truly don't know how this has such his praise with the reviews here. There's just so much wrong with this book that I can't believe it exists (easy money, I'd guess). I was so happy and excited to see this pop up by accident. I never expected this would be a thing. Now I wish it really weren't.

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Great Supplement to the Film

If you like novelizations, this one is great. Flushes out the movie with some additional scenes and background information. Definitely well written and I deal for slasher movie fans.

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Eh

3 stars. Got this as part of the Audible catalog to listen to for Spooky Season. Not bad, but nothing about it excited me that much. Started off strong but just fell off for me towards the end. I found myself ready for the book to just be done during the last few chapters. It didn't make me want to go see the movie..

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  • SarahC1985
  • 10-25-18

wow, wow, wow!

Absolutely amazing! The suspense kept me up literally all night. I didn't go to sleep until 07:00, until I'd finished the book. Scary, violent, and a damn good read. I haven't seen the film, but seriously thinking about it now. Only thing I wish, that we'd found out exactly what happened that night 40 years ago. As soon as it came up for pre-order, I grabbed it. Couldn't wait for it to come out. We've all heard of the nutorious Michael Myres if we're horror fans, even if we haven't seen the film. This was a finished in one sitting book. I hope we get 2nd book... Brilliant! Can't rate it high enough. I love horror, and this satisfied my cravings! If you love horror, read this!

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  • Lee
  • 11-14-18

Halloween 2018

I’m a huge fan of the original even went on a date when I went into see it. Now that was scary...the mother of all slasher films, maybe the first.

Although I enjoyed this book it’s not a mass of tingle, screaming situations which had me on the edge of my seat.

It’s really a standard bunch of instances which are quite predictable - lots of people die in various ways mostly on Hallowe’en.

I also felt that some of the choices made by some of the characters were just plain ...well stupid...rather like the female in one of the horror spoof films who has a choice at a cross roads A) go right to safety, police and family or B) go left certain death, serial killer. She of course goes left. I personally would be running in the general direction of off .. not investigating.

As an insomniac,I finished it overnight but I was left feeling kinda...meh! Mike Myers does what he does again and again.

The narration was exactly right for the book.

I don’t think I will be running out to see the new film on which this book is based rather I’ll go and dig up the Donald Pleasant version.

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  • Chelle
  • 11-16-22

Just boring!

I had high expectations and it was just boring. I was on about chapter 12 and wondering when the story was going to start. I would not recommend!

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  • Vicky McIntyre
  • 11-08-22

Enjoyable!

Massive Halloween fan and enjoyed this novelisation. Just left with the nagging question as to why Laurie was so remiss as to have missed the fact her heavily bolted door could be opened by just smashing the window and reaching through🤣

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  • Ben G
  • 10-26-22

The worse narration I have ever had to endure

I have been on here for over 10 years and have listened to hundreds of books. Maybe I have been spoilt but I had to give up 6 hours in due to the awful narration. No tone, depth, voice change, suspense, life! The list of everything wrong in the narration goes on. If you think this person is good then your bench mark is low enough to enjoy any other audible book on offer - so that’s a good thing I guess..
The story itself is okish if you like Scream style books/films. It’s lacking in a real plot or an an ability to scare.

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  • Steve Carter
  • 10-20-22

Love the film, but .....

The Night He Came Home! I was looking forward to listening to this novelization of this watchable Halloween film remake and the small sections which weren't in the film, but this is spoilt by the narrator, who sounds like she hasn't had any sleep and slowly drawls her way through reading the book. I managed up to chapter 3 then had had enough.

What could and should have been a quality purchase ended up to be boring and not worth the listening time.

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  • Glezza
  • 10-13-22

Very enjoyable

I really enjoyed this it captures the essence of the character or Myers!

But I do agree with other reviewers that the repeated use of The Shape doesn’t work and takes away from the tension of the story!
But the reading was very entertaining otherwise!

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  • Dee Rush
  • 09-21-22

A must for any horror fan

Great story to listen to however my only complaint was calling Michael Myers “the shape” it was infuriating

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  • Dave
  • 05-03-22

A poor showing for Michael Myers

I am an avid horror fan and do love listening to/reading horror books. From an audiobook perspective the narrator did a decent job but many of the voices come off as sounding too similar: Karen and Alyson sound very similar and unless the narrator tells you who spoke you are unsure who actually spoke. Ultimately they are working with they get really so my opinion of the story is no reflection on them.

The story itself, and this is no reflection on the narrator, is very subpar and I had to listen to it in stages. I really only finished it as I wanted to say I had completed it but it was really a slog to get through. There is no suspense and the detail is very basic at best. I have read the author talk about the issues with converting a script to a novelisation but this is just "he said", "she said", "felt knife in their stomach" without much drama or suspense, The only positive for the story was how the writer wrote Michael's internal thoughts in the present tense as Michael lives in the moment.

Luckily this was part of the Audible library so it didn't cost me anything but I would definitely not recommend this to anyone unless you are a diehard fan who can see no wrong in the franchise.

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  • Paul Carroll
  • 04-22-22

don't bother

terribly writen and I'm a massive fan of the Halloween franchise, I've never heard so much Allison said, Laurie said, he said she said, in any book I've read. no immersion whatsoever. must have driven the poor narrator mad 😄

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  • D Clements
  • 10-15-20

Not the best

As it states, novelization of the movie. But I found the narration underwhelming, no sense of tention and somewhat robotic in parts

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-19

Halloween fans

If you enjoyed the movie you’ll enjoy this book. It dives into much deeper detail then the movie does. Perfect for all fans of Halloween.