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Have you ever been so scared your soul left your body?

All her life, Lesley Carpenter has been haunted by a gruesome nursery rhyme - "The Scottish Bride" - sung to her by her great grandmother. To find out more about its origins, Lesley visits the mysterious Isobel Warrender, the current hereditary owner of Linden Manor, a grand house with centuries of murky history surrounding it.

But her visit transforms into a nightmare when Lesley sees the ghost of the Scottish bride herself, a sight that, according to the rhyme, means certain death. The secrets of the house slowly reveal themselves to Lesley, terrible secrets of murder, evil, and a curse that soaks the very earth on which Linden Manor now stands. But Linden Manor has saved its most chilling secret for last.

©2014 Catherine Cavendish (P)2018 David N. Wilson

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very atmospheric and gothic in style

This was a short and sweet audio book, at 3 hours long. It's easy to listen to in short commute-length installments too.

Nancy Peterson has a warm and compelling voice which perfectly suits Lesley Carpenter, the narrating character of this story. She’s torn from her ordinary and life when she feels compelled to research the origins of an old folk rhyme from her childhood, she visits Linden Manor during her studies and discovers much more than she was counting on. Peterson also gives a range of characters their own distinctive and convincing voices.

The story is very atmospheric and gothic in style, when Lesley visits the manor she is gradually told stories by an unnecessarily creepy old woman (all horror stories should include an unnecessarily creepy old woman, in my opinion) and the mystery deepens until you reach the thoroughly depressing conclusion. It’s a slow burner, despite the short length of the book and not a great deal happens beyond characters telling each other stories.

It bounces back and forth between the past and present-ish, it’s quite hard to tell exactly when the story is set which makes it timeless and will remain a fun listen for years to come.

The horror itself was quite mild in my opinion and it failed to heebie my jeebies, but it was an excellent exercise in storytelling and was a perfect match between author and narrator. If you're a fan of classic haunted house stories with dark origins, I think this is something well worth a listen.

Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

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A nicely done, creepy, haunting story

This was a strange one for me. It had a real old school gothic feel to it, but was set modern time. Maybe it was the narrator accent coupled with the writing style. Or maybe, it was just me. I liked it regardless, and because of the classic feel to it and the more modern parts it almost felt like it was two separate stories. Shouldn’t have worked, but it did.

A nicely done, creepy, haunting story with a complimentary narration that increases the gothic feel and brooding mood of the tale.

A solid 4.5 Audible Stars

*I received a complimentary copy of this audio from the narrator and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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A woman's scorn.

What made the experience of listening to Linden Manor the most enjoyable?

The narrator was great. Loved her voice and made me believe she was telling a story directly to me or the person that wanted to visit.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Linden Manor?

I really liked when the story took us back in time and showed the horrible events that lead to the issues for the main character.

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

This is my first story and would love to listen to more of her narration in horror.

Who was the most memorable character of Linden Manor and why?

The evil spirit that caused all of this. What an evil b for wanting to curse her own kin.

Any additional comments?

I received this as a free copy with the hope if a voluntary review. I liked the story. Just wish it had more detail on why this spirit was so bent on using women.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not what I was expecting but I loved it!

I really enjoyed this story! It took me a minute to get into it, once I did, I was hooked...and I absolutely loved the ending! The narration is excellent...perfect for the story. I look forward to more from both the author and narrator. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Horror with a Classic Feel

I have to say I wasn't drawn into 'Linden Manor' right away, but once I had a grasp on the general trajectory of the story, I was hooked. Nancy Peterson does a phenomenal job with the narration and Catherine Cavendish succeeds in writing a tight, gothic style ghost story. The story includes a few cliches (old house haunted by a furious old spirit) but includes enough unique twists on the idea that it didn't bother me at all. Though I did find the ending to be a bit unsatisfying, I enjoyed the book nonetheless. I would recommend this story just to hear Peterson narrate it!

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason
  • Sacramento, CA
  • 02-24-18

A Modern Day, Old-School ghost story. Creepy!!!

I very much enjoyed this story. The main characters were well developed and the back story for the "Haunting" was revealed slow enough that it does not give anything away before the end. The house/manor had a very creepy feel and became another character among the many great characters. Even though it was a modern day story, the way it was written reminded me of the old school Victorian era haunted house stories of the 70s and 80s. Easily fits in with Straub and Herbert.

Nancy Peterson did a great job with the voices and gave the story a very authentic feel.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I could listen to Nancy Peterson narrate all day!

Nancy Peterson was the best part of listening to Linden Manor. Not to say that Catherine Cavendish didn't write a decent story, but Ms. Peterson had the perfect voice for this story and, well, I'd happily listen to a performance of her any day.

As for the story itself, Linden Manor isn't per se a thriller, horror, or very scary book. Id' say it's more spooky. Does that make sense? There are some terrible things that happened at Linden Manor in the past and a curse was put on certain people by the Scottish Bride. Lesley Carpenter learns more about the house and it's history than she ends up really wishing to. I don't want to say more without giving any spoilers away. Suffice to say, the story is more spooky than actually scary.

It was a decent story, though I didn't feel as drawn in to the story as I would have liked. I think that may have been because I kept waiting for something bigger to happen, so that's on me. If you like a smooth, steady story, you'll probably love this! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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Not bad

First off I have to say that the narration by Nancy Peterson was awesome. I absolutely love her British accent, and she did a phenomenal job with this book.
The book was written and well I did liked the story, the Ending was a little bizarre not quite sure I completely understood it. Also this was not really a " scary story" it was definitely in that is scary category but, it wasn't scary.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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not a spooky one like i thought it would be

Where does Linden Manor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really did like this story, i would rank it just about the middle of all my audiobooks, but near the top of the ones in this genre.

What did you like best about this story?

I really liked the little twists. There wasn't anything huge that made me really think "holy cow, did i just read that right", but it was enough that i wanted to know what would happen next.

What about Nancy Peterson’s performance did you like?

Nancy Peterson did do the voices really well. I never had to wonder who was talking and none of voices seemed strained or not right for the character.

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

The part near the end with the main characters mother.

Any additional comments?

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Quick listen leaving you wanting more

I really enjoyed this story. The narration was well done and the story flowed nicely. Possibly geared more towards women. The story is well written and leaves you wanting more; but it does not feel rushed or too short. The story is a little over 3 hours long and creates a chilling atmosphere. I will be looking for more stories from both Catherine Cavendish and Nancy Peterson.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful