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Publisher's Summary

 There are two kinds of haunted houses: those haunted by the supernatural, and those haunted by everything else. The lines between hauntings and imagination are rarely as clear as we think. People search for excitement and meaning in life. Sometimes, they find it. Sometimes, they wish they hadn’t.

Over the course of a single podcast interview between an unnamed male paranormal investigator and Anne, a precocious young woman who wishes to finally to open up about all she’s seen, a chilling, suspenseful haunted house story unravels.

Anne first realized her house wasn’t like other homes when, at five years old, she lost her favorite doll, and her beloved house returned it. As Anne sees it, her house has always looked out for her - returning lost items, punishing those who hurt her, keeping her safe in family turmoil, slowly revealing its history of dark and magical secrets. The Interviewer, a longtime investigator of such phenomena, sees it differently: a lonely, confused woman manipulated by something dark and unsavory, whether her own imagination or a genuine paranormal event. Within the story of Anne’s house - perhaps within the story of every house - dozens more stories are intertwined: the history of the building itself, the development of Pasadena, the relationship between the occult and academia, the challenge of raising a daughter in an era of so-called equality, and, most of all, the story of an American family as it falls apart.

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About the Creator

Sara Gran is the author of six previous novels, including Come Closer and the Claire DeWitt series.
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About the Performer

Jason Culp has been an actor since the age of 10. He has been featured in the soap operas General Hospital and Days of Our Lives and in the cult film Skinheads. His favorite roles in regional theatre include Trigorin in The Seagull and Creon in Antigone, both produced at the Cleveland Playhouse. He has been an audiobook narrator for 25 years and is the recipient of several Earphones Awards, most recently for Emma Donoghue's Akin and John Updike's In The Beauty of the Lilies. After a quarter century living in New York City, he has returned to his hometown of Los Angeles to resume his on-camera career.

About the Performer

Zoe Kazan is a film, television, and stage actor, playwright, and screenwriter, born and raised in Santa Monica, California.
Kazan recently wrapped production on the Netflix limited series Clickbait, which will release later this year. The series is a collection of stories that show how people’s uncontrolled impulses are fueled in the age of social media. She was recently seen starring in the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries The Plot Against America, and the third and final season of HBO’s The Deuce. In 2018, she co-wrote and co-executive produced the drama Wildlife with Paul Dano, who also directed. The film was purchased by IFC and is based on the novel by Richard Ford and starred Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. Wildlife premiered at Sundance, Cannes, and TIFF, and screened at the New York Film Festival as well as the London Film Festival. She and the other filmmakers were nominated for Best First Feature at the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards. Also that year, she appeared in the Coen Brothers’ western, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The Netflix film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was featured at the New York Film Festival and London Film Festival. The film garnered three Academy Award nominations and one BAFTA nomination, and was included in National Board of Review’s Top Ten Films list.
In 2017 Kazan wrote After the Blast, a play that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where humans live miles underground. It was directed by Lila Neugebauer and played at Lincoln Center. She also starred in Michael Showalter’s The Big Sick, alongside Kumail Nanjiani, who wrote the film with his wife, Emily V. Gordon. The film garnered the cast a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture. On television, she appeared in the HBO drama series The Deuce, alongside James Franco and created by David Simon.
In 2015, Kazan was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in a supporting role in the Emmy-nominated HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge. Kazan has also appeared in HBO’s Bored to Death.
Kazan resides in New York City.

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WTF?

First I'll say Zoe Kazan did a fantastic job of read/acting the story. Jason Culp was okay, and could have been better if most of his lines weren't just a heavy audible sigh, which I found irritating after the third time.

I listened to the whole story. I'm scratching my head ...what was this story about? This is NOT about a haunted house. I thought this was a woman's story of a haunting as told to a podcast host. This theme didn't seem to be the case. Then I was guessing a twist to the story that the woman is a patient and the interviewer was a psychologist. But when questioned, the woman kept replying, "that's not important right now" or "I'll get to that later" and then never does. I couldn't wait until the end just to know what the mystery is. Well it ended. If anyone knows what this terrible story is about let me know. I won't be doing a double take. (I looked up the author and book on the net to see what I could find out...there is NOTHING about this book!)

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Great, creepy character study

First, I want to say that this isn’t a typical ghost/haunting story. It’s about a haunting, but more than that, it’s a character study. It’s a tale of grooming, and about the way a child’s growth can be warped and stunted, and about perception and manipulation and suggestion and bias and perspective.

Yes, there is a lot of information that is deliberately not disclosed, and that is intentional. You’re supposed to pick up on that, and to sympathize with the frustration and confusion and concern of the interviewer because it’s important. Because the way the main character omits, dodges, obfuscates, frames, and editorializes is the whole point. If you’re paying attention, these omissions tell you more than a direct answer ever could have.

This is about a different kind of horror— the slow, tar-pit horror of someone saying things that are wrong, wrong, wrong, as though those things are reasonable and right. It’s about the perplexity of watching someone else slide contentedly into the depths, telling you happily how warm and comforting it is to be slowly wrapped in asphalt caramel.

You can’t help those who don’t want to be helped.

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Masterpiece

Couldn't stop listening.
Prepared to purchase author's full library.
Just need to run it by my house first.

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Huh??

Had a lot of potential. But man, I couldn't tell if it was about a haunted house, a mental patient, or what. oh well.

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Definitely not what you think it is, but a good, mysterious read. Give it a chance.

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Definite Listen. Captivating.

Wonderful way the production was done. Never heard that kind of delivery. BOTH narrators did an excellent job with their roles. I checked regularly for the next installment.

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Great/Disturbing yet still peaks curiosity

Narrator's both perfect for each of their parts All on all I enjoyed it and I don't really do podcasts, however this was very interesting.

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Where’s the Screenplay!?

Loved this. Well written, SO well performed, the vignettes going in and out of a young girl’s life amd then back to her telling the story to the chronicler- creepy. Kept my interest.

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wow! awesome!

fantastic story, worth the listen, Id pay for it If it wasn't delightfully free :) The woman is semi unlikable, but it is by design lol I'm going to find more by the author now!

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Expertly written and played

The gripping and very emotional story will keep you wondering long after you finish.

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  • 04-17-22

Pointless

I thought this was meant to be a haunted house story? instead it's a narcissistic woman who doesn't explain anything really, apart what she eats. The story ends with no explanation.

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what?

I have no idea what the point was! was she delusional all along? nothing links up and nothing makes any sense.

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the end of episode 7 kind of ruined it

so this would have been a really interesting story about how people use fantasy to cope with the trauma in their life. I thought that's where Anna's story was going, letting the listener decide what was real and what wasn't, however at the end of episode 7 there is a moment where the interviewer goes to the house and experiences what I can only describe as a creepypasta moment. it pretty much ruins the whole atmosphere. it's a shame because overall I actually like the story.

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Compelling, chilling and surprising

Less of an audiobook, more of an audio play, Marigold lets the listener tag along as the story of a young woman living in a haunted house (although that’s not how she sees it) unravels, during an interview with a paranormal investigator.

There are so many layers to this story. The chilling tale itself is enough to have the listener pinned, but it is also a story about loneliness, trauma, not feeling loved or cared for by the people closest to you, and the blinding need to have a safe place in the world.

Marigold is a treat to listen to. It has a 50’s radio drama quality to it, which is lovely, although the story is very much set in recent day. Zoe Kazan and Jason Culp do a great job with the excellent script and it’s hard to not burn through the entire thing in one go. Compelling!

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very unique

excellent acting, unique story line, enjoyed this podcast very much

the ending was a little abrupt but still excellent