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The Good House Audiobook

The Good House

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Audible Editor 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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Judy 03-01-14
    Judy 03-01-14

    I love a good supernatural story with good content, especially from authors that don't feel the need to add smut.

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    "A good old haunted house story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Good House to be better than the print version?

    I only own the audio version.


    What other book might you compare The Good House to and why?

    I don't have any comparisons. It was just a good old fashioned ghost/haunted house story from the beginning. The sex was kept to a minimum and the story just flowed and kept my interest from the beginning. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.


    What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

    She has a very soothing voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    SRuss 11-24-12
    SRuss 11-24-12 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "Different and great"

    This was a great book. Its part mystery and part supernatural.
    It deals with elements of voodoo, which I am unfamiliar with and made it very interesting.
    Even though this story talks about voodoo its not scary book, only a little spooky.

    The story did drag a little in a few places, however since its 20 plus hours its too be expected. Even though its a long book it has a good pace and the author does a good job of introducing new elements that keep the story moving.
    My only complaint about this book is the ending- I still don't understand what the ending means.

    The narrator did a good job. She was very convincing and was fun to listen to.

    Overall, this is a good book. The story is long and has a solid plot with a great narration. Even though it is 20 plus hours, it goes by fast. The only negeative aspects of this book are the ending and a few slow spots in the story.

    Try it out for something interesting and different.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Dearborn, MI, USA 08-24-06
    Jim Dearborn, MI, USA 08-24-06
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    "Very good; could use a blue pencil"

    I enjoyed the story and the writing very much, until the last 5 hours or so. Near the end, I began to plead with my iPod to just get on with the end of the story. The tangential tide had come in, and the expository undertow was sucking me under. I also grew weary of the detailed and protracted descriptions of sexual encounters - all things in moderation.

    Still, overall, an enjoyable listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya 02-12-05
    Tanya 02-12-05
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    "Totally absorbing"

    This book is so completely absorbing that it never once seemed too long. I couldn't believe it was over. I look forward to this author's next.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Agrippina Frogbottom Cardholder Services 07-15-12
    Agrippina Frogbottom Cardholder Services 07-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Desperately in need of a good editor"

    This book badly needs a good editor -- with a chainsaw. It would have been a decent pulp thriller if it had been half the length. As another reviewer commented, this book couldn't decide whether it was a horror thriller or a Lifetime movie. I assume that it was intended to be a thriller, which is a genre that depends on pacing for success. The endless, unnecessary, and uninteresting digressions into the pasts of even marginal characters destroyed any possiblity of suspense. The only sense of creeping dread I experienced came from my fear that, at any moment, the author would once again stop the story for a pointless flashback. I'm sure that the author thought that she was fleshing out the characters and making them real people, so that readers would really care about them. It didn't work.

    I made it partway into the third Audible installment before I gave up. As it turned out, the dread of another six hours or so of not getting to the point isn't what did me in. It was the reference to a character "flaunting regulations." I'd managed to overlook the numerous grammatical errors (Due seems to have particular difficulty with subject-verb agreement) for about eighteen hours, but without a gripping story to keep me going, I lost my will to overlook any more.

    It's possible that "The Good House" has a bang-up scary ending (although I note that another reviewer has characterized the ending as silly). I couldn't say. In the part that I managed to get through, however, the supernatural elements were pretty mild. After you've read most of Stephen King, good and bad (and hasn't pretty much anyone reading this genre already gone through Stephen King?), a bathtub full of mud just isn't going to cause you to lose a lot of sleep. Well, unless it's your own bathtub, I suppose.

    (It's possible -- although I doubt it -- that I would have liked this book better if I hadn't listened to it shortly after finishing Dracula. Dracula is long, wordy, leisurely -- and genuinely scary, even though everyone now knows all the vampire tricks that would have been news to nineteenth-century readers. I recommend it. )

    The reader of "The Good House" is -- well, fine. Adequate. Unobtrusive, which is often a very good thing. I won't be searching for audiobooks purely on the basis that she reads them, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy another book that she read.

    26 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-28-11
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-28-11 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "A Boring Horror Tale"

    I really tried liking this book, but I just could not get into it. Its voodoo, time travel, deja vu and way too long.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Z 09-09-07
    Mary Z 09-09-07

    Mary Z

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    "Excellent!"

    Although this book was longer than I am used to, it was one of the few that I continued listening to after I returned home, (usually only listen in the car) The descriptions were not long winded but just right, I could picture the scenes in my mind and the main character, Angela felt like a friend by the end of the book. Yes, I feel Tananarive Due is set to be on Stephen Kings path. I am looking forward to downloading her other books available, but after checking the author's website, wonder why Audible doesn't have them all?

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy 05-04-07
    Cathy 05-04-07
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    "lukewarm"

    I am having a difficult time caring enough about the characters to continue listening. The plot is sketchy, not easy to follow, and the comparison to Stephen King is superficial at best. She lacks his command of language and falls way short in flashbacks, descriptions and characteriziation. I usually will read anything that crosses my path, and can find something to recommend about it, but this one is an exception.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Avon 10-21-16
    Avon 10-21-16
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    "Smiles"

    I really enjoy the idea of the story but felt like it was quite drawn-out. I can honestly say that if I had to read this book instead of listen to it I don't think that I would have finished it. However, contrarily, I liked how descriptive the author was as each line was entertaining and sometimes comical (no doubt contributing to the lengthy chapters). The detailing allowed me to easily imagine the brilliant picture that she painted with her words and grasp the whole story. I'll definitely read and or listen to more of her work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wes D 09-18-16
    Wes D 09-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Win some, lose some..."

    I really didn't enjoy this book.

    The plot had potential, but it took SO long to get where it was going. That, combined with the author's obsession with intricate details that are almost always irrelevant, and her preoccupation with inserting gratuitous sex wherever possible, left me struggling to get through this one. I found myself asking aloud, "Can we just get on with it?"

    Ultimately, I found the story disappointing, and I was glad when it was over. There were interesting elements that could have made for a rewarding experience, and that is why I stuck it out... unfortunately, the end result was not worth the time invested.

    The narrator did a commendable job, using so many unique accents that it actually seemed like different people speaking.

    I took a chance on this one, and it didn't pan out. You can't win them all, I guess.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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