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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Magnolia Lane. It’s not exactly a little slice of heaven, but in the backwater town of Creekside, Kansas, it’s the best a jobless supermarket clerk like Andrew Morrison can do. After sacrificing a normal childhood, a decent education, and true love to look after his alcoholic mother, he’s finally breaking free and living his own life — but in the squalid house he’s sharing with a former childhood friend, the living isn’t exactly easy. Plus, there’s something about the chipper, all-American couple next door that’s just downright creepy. However, that doesn’t keep Drew from accepting a job as their handyman — or surrendering to the wiles of perfect housewife Harlow Ward, a woman who always gets what she wants. Drew, like a string of hapless young men before him, doesn’t realize he’s dancing with a devil — one dressed to the nines in high heels and pearls.
©2012 Ania Ahlborn (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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A lot less interesting than it should have been

This is one of those books with a good story line, which makes it seem like it should be riveting, but somehow the author has managed to make it boring.

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poor andrew.... he wants a perfect life...

you never know what is going on brhind closed doors! This book is a perfect example of what could be going on behind that seemingly perfect neighbors front door..

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A little far fetched for nowadays

A little far fetched for nowadays. Not that believable. Paced well but some characters were stif

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I didn't like the narrator voice, especially when

i didn't like the narrator's voice especially when he changed his voice to sound like a woman. I only listened to finish the book. Overall the book was okay.

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Great as always

Ania Alborn has great writing skills. I hope she continues to write such good books.

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it was OK, was suspecting more suspense.

it started out slow, took a long time to climax, and when it did, it was at the end and everything happened at once. I also thought the ending could have been a little more emotional.

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Not Ahlborn's best

Andrew has been a good son all his life. Looking after his alcoholic, agoraphobic mother ever since his father left, Andrew has given up his only love and any chance of a career to stay at home and look after his mother. One day he snaps and moves in with a childhood friend, Mickey, who lives across town. He's immediately drawn to the picture perfect house next door and the friendly, helpful neighbors, Harlow and Red. But nothing is quite as it seems in suburbia.
Nowhere near as good as Brother. This was my first Ahlborn novel where I didn't feel invested in the characters at all. They lacked substance. Harlow, the wife, had an interesting backstory but she was characterized in an almost cartoonish manner. The Neighbors is more psychological suspense rather than horror. It was entertaining enough to keep listening, but the plot and the characters were pretty unremarkable.
The narration was fine.

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SOOOO SLLLOOOOWWW!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Shorten it by half!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It had SO MUCH promise in the beginning. Then it just droned on and on. and ended exactly how you would guess it would.

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

N/A

Was The Neighbors worth the listening time?

NO!

Any additional comments?

I prefer stories that do not have a supernatural element in them. I like stories that COULD happen. But I actually found myself WISHING that this one would end up pulling something like that (a monster, a demon, etc.) just to spice it up and make it more interesting. Instead I just kept waiting for something to happen and being let down. I fell asleep listening to it 3 nights in a row at the exact same spot. I couldn't even bear to listen to it by the end. I think writers like this one need to learn two things: a) not everyone is meant to write horror/suspense and b) not EVERY story has to be a novel! I would have been satisfied if this story was exactly the way it was IF it were only an hour or two long. But being nearly 8 hours long makes me DEMAND that it actually go somewhere!

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  • jaye
  • GREENWICH, CT, United States
  • 01-14-14

INTERESTED UNTIL THE LAST CHAPTER...IT FELL APART

What did you like best about The Neighbors? What did you like least?

I LIKED THE STORY BUT I WANTED TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON HERE. I DIDN'T. I DON'T LIKE STORIES ENDING LIKE THAT.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I WOULD HAVE A SLAM BAM ENDING IN STEAD OF CHEATING ME THE READER (LISTENER).

Which character – as performed by Fleet Cooper – was your favorite?

MICKY....ACTUALLY THE READER SAVED THE BOOK. I WOULD GIVE IT A LOWER RATING BUT THE READER WAS GREAT. AT FIRST I DID NOT LIKE HIM BUT HE REALLY WAS PERFECT FOR THIS STORY. THANK YOU MR. COOPER FOR MAKING THIS BOOK AT LEAST A GREAT PASTIME UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.

Could you see The Neighbors being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

YES AS LONG AS THEY CHANGED THE ENDING AND I BET THEY WOULD.

Any additional comments?

THE AUTHOR HAS A GOOD STORY HERE. BUT DIDN'T TAKE THE TIME TO FINISH THE BOOK. IMHO.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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aMAZING!

So awesome to find a young writer that I can enjoy for many years to come. Love your work! Keep it up 😉

0 of 2 people found this review helpful