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Arlen Wagner has an awful gift: he can see death in the eyes of men before it strikes. He's never wrong.

So when Arlen awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he tries to warn them. Only 19-year-old Paul Brickhill believes him, and the two abandon the train, hoping to escape certain death. They continue south, but soon are stranded at The Cypress House - an isolated Gulf Coast boarding house run by the beautiful Rebecca Cady - directly in the path of an approaching hurricane.

It doesn't take Arlen and Paul long to realize that the storm isn't the only approaching danger - a much deadlier force controls the county and everyone living in it. But Paul refuses to abandon Rebecca to face the threat alone, and Arlen's eerie gift warns him that they'll never leave.

From its chilling beginning to its terrifying end, The Cypress House is a story of relentless suspense from (as Michael Connelly says) "one of the best of the best".

©2011 Michael Koryta (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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  • Michele
  • Santa Clarita, CA, United States
  • 01-28-11

Great book read by a great narrator!

I generally stay away from supernatural books; not my thing. However, this one piqued my interest and I decided to give it a try. It's a great book!!!! Fantastic story development, it moves at a good clip and the narrator is amazing. I'll definitely look for more books narrated by Robert Petkoff; he managed to make the characters distinct without any of them sounding like caricatures. I absolutely loved this book!!

38 of 39 people found this review helpful

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Suspenseful and enjoyable

Just finished this one and enjoyed it very much. The characters were rich and believable and had complex motivations that kept me interested. The paranormal elements added some flavor to a good story and but did not overpower it.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Sully
  • Southampton, MA
  • 02-21-11

Enjoyed the suspense

A very enjoyable listen. Had some good twists and plenty of suspense. Went through it faster than I usually go through books because it kept my interest and kept me wanting to know how the next situation turned out. A little corny in places, like when the narrator kept whispering the word "dead", but all in all a good story with an excellent narrator.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!!

Very nice book, I loved the charaters. It was written very well with bring past experiences into present and yet not leaving me confused. I would love to read another involving these charaters!!

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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I usually don't enjoy the sound of most male narrators and have passed on many a good book due to the way most male narrations grate on my ears.(To be fair, plenty of female narrators are just as irritating) This book, however, sucked me in from the very first word. This book is a symphony of indepth, rawly human, complex characters who are differentiated beautifully by Robert Petkoff. I thourougly, thuroughly enjoyed every word in this book. The "other-wordly" aspects of the story were earily believeable while the human condition was layed out for all to see and feel and experience right along with the characters. Thanks MIchael Koryta! This was my first Michael Koryta book but I k it

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Catherine
  • Norfolk, VA, United States
  • 05-16-15

Aaarrrrg! A no go for me.

I tried to get into this book, I even made it far past the halfway point. But, I just got tired of all the bad choices and secrets that the characters kept from one another. I figure that if I spend a good amount of time thinking "What the hell are you thinking?" or getting aggravated when a character does or doesn't do something or does or doesn't say something it's time to put the book to bed. I read (listen) for pleasure and relaxation, not to get my blood pressure up. The one bright star in the time spent on this book was that the narrator is a good one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 07-04-14

The Cypress House is better than The Ridge.

I'm not a fan of books that deal with the supernatural, but am a big fan of crime novels. The Cypress House is a terrific crime novel that would have been even better if the main character had not been able to talk with the dead. It adds nothing to the novel.

Koryta is a wonderful young writer. His first books, the Lincoln Perry series, were his best novels until Those Who Wish Me Dead (released in 2014), which is probably the best mystery/thriller book released so far this year and is Koryta's best novel. I have now read 9 or 10 Koryta novels, all except So Cold the River which I will read soon, All 9 except The Ridge and The Cypress House have earned 5 star ratings. The Ridge has been the only disappointment.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Portland, OR
  • 07-22-11

Agonizing to finish

Usually the reviews of other listeners are correct about a book; some are positive, some are negative. This book received almost unanimous approval. I hated it. I mean I really hated it. It was agonizing to finish it. It was trite, the characters were hackneyed, it was repetitious and the background music, UGH! The author telegraphed every single plot twist. There wasn't a single surprise. Not one. In fact, the only reason I kept listening was to see if Koryta could come up with a single original character or plot scene. He couldn't. The author couldn't decide if he wanted to be Stephen King or Nora Roberts. The paranormal stuff made absolutely no sense. The protagonist could see who would die by the look in the person's eyes. But sometimes he couldn't and then sometimes he could but then they wouldn't die and he could speak with the dead and sometimes they would help him and sometimes they wouldn't. Sometimes the dead would be really good people and sometimes they would remain their nasty human selves. I mean, come on, stupid is as stupid does. My advice, don't be lured by the book description. This book really, really stinks. If you want a good romance thriller, read a Harlequin novel. At least, with them you get what you expect. I listen to hundred books a year. This one was #99.

18 of 23 people found this review helpful

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I honestly don't know how I feel about this book... I am always intrigued by this genre. I enjoy supernatural/fantasy/suspense books. This is certainly that. I don't know if I would say it is dark...maybe heavy??? I don't know.... If you are looking for a quick, light read, this is not for you. However, although this isn't one I would read again, I am glad that I read it. It kept me interested.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Trista
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 07-09-15

only okay for my tastes

Would you try another book from Michael Koryta and/or Robert Petkoff?

I do like Michael Koryta. I just didn't enjoy this book as much as most others seemed to.

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

To me, I just thought it was a bit slow.

Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

I don't know.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

probably not.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful