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Editorial Reviews

A suspenseful must-listen, The Good House is about a haunted house originally owned by Angela Touissant's Haitian grandmother, Marie Touissaint. Angela tries to uncover the source of the evil plaguing the area and in the process discovers her own mystical powers. Read with great range by Robin Miles, it's a frightening experience that will keep you listening with the lights on.

Traveling back and forth in time, the listener is sucked up into every moment as the story reaches its thrilling climax. Miles captures and makes the most of each moment of terror and suspense like a guide who tells you only as much as you need to know. She also shows great skill as her voice switches from male to female, elderly Haitian woman to small-town Sheriff.

Overall, a story that would make any person squirm, but so engrossing you just can't help but listen.

Publisher's Summary

Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.
©2003 Tananarive Due; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Due handles the potentially unwieldy elements of her novel with confidence, cross-cutting smoothly from past to present, introducing revelatory facts that alter the interpretation of earlier scenes and interjecting powerfully orchestrated moments of supernatural horror that sustain the tale's momentum....[Due is] a writer who grows better with each book." (Publishers Weekly)

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Loved this story

The narration of the Creole dialect is beautiful. The story being told from several characters point of view is good

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Excellent story, but should have been shorter

I really enjoyed this story. It is a true horror story with some very dark moments, even though you may not realize it in the first chapter or two. The horror fan in me was glad I stuck with it through the beginning until bad things started happening (it starts getting good at the 4th of July party). It was definitely worth it in the end.

My only real complaint was that the story was too long (and consequently, too slow). At 21+ hours, it is a real commitment. The last few hours are very exciting/thrilling and will definitely not disappoint you (which is always a risk when reading such a long book), but I feel like the story could have been told in about half the time. Even so, I'm definitely interested in reading other works by this author.

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one of the best stories ever!

one of the best stories ever, the narrarator is amazing. I will definitely be listening to more of this ladies books.

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What a ride!

Very intense and powerful! Difficult to put down! Makes your pulse pound. Great read!!

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  • Kristine
  • Winthrop Harbor, IL, United States
  • 11-10-15

Huge disappointment!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you don't want tidy closings with all loose ends tied up, then you 'might' enjoy this book.

Has The Good House turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, because I know that there are better stories and story tellers out there.

What aspect of Robin Miles’s performance would you have changed?

Performance was good and consistent.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None!

Any additional comments?

I really disliked the way the author continued to repeat and rehash events over and over. It can work only if you add new information that is critical to the story line. I didn't find that to be true with this book.

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Great story, well crafted. Narrator tried.

The woman narrator was skilled, but at times, her acting the part of the Creole grandmother character went so far that it became almost a new language. Not a good thing in an audio book. Some of the names of gods and spells and spirits and the like were just too much coupled with that strong as can be accent. Most of her other characters were great and I liked this book a lot. Good October listen, but could have been creepier. Never really had me fearing for anyone for some reason. I just wanted to hear the tale.

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  • Ms Tru
  • San Diego, Ca
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Amazing narrator

Story with great characters. The narrator is the best I've encountered on an audiobook. I wish she would narrate all the books I enjoy. Nice relaxing voice with amazing acting abilities

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Suspense.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is my third book by Due, and I am going to say that I love her writing style. She's a very creative writer and although this story is quite long, it still holds up in interest. This is a terrific suspense boo of four generations of a family cursed by the matriarch's misuse of magic.

The Narration was spot on. Robin Miles Rocks.

This story is pretty much weighted and rooted in simple stupidity on the Grandmother’s part and that’s the only reason this book didn’t get a higher rating from me.

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Loved this story

Where does The Good House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favorites.

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

I haven't listened to this narrator before. I liked her narration, it was very dramatic. She pulled off the accents for different characters well.

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

You really want to see certain characters do well and others... you want to see defeated.

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Powerful writing!

The story is powerful and well-researched. I found it riveting and poetic in its foray into a spiritual realm few are allowed to enter. The characters were well developed and some seemed to be old friends and old enemies by the ending. The excellent narrator had her work cut out for her with the multiple voices required to really bring the story alive. Her accents and ability were stellar! I found the continuation of the story on past the most common endings to be very gratifying as well. I will be listening to more of this author. I highly recommend it.