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When Jenny Thorton and her friends open the mysterious white box given to her by Julian, they discover a mysterious game and enter a house of horrors full of their worst nightmares.

©1994 L.J. Smith (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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  • tim
  • IOWA CITY, IA, United States
  • 12-21-11

very enjoyable

What made the experience of listening to The Hunter the most enjoyable?

This book is thoroughly enjoyable, i absolutely love books like this. What would you do if you were trapped and your only way out of your nightmare is to go through your nightmares. Well Jenny finds out when she unknowingly gets drawn into a game of fears and twists to face off against the dreaded Shadow man. When backed into a corner in fear for your life the only way out is to delve deeper into the mysterious white-boxed game of nightmares.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • St. Louis, MO, United States
  • 07-17-12

Pleasantly Surprised

The story, while fairly easy to foretell, was surprisingly compelling. I went in with the thought that it was going to be a fluff book, especially with the way the characters are presented, but the author developed them well and presented them with interesting challenges. I was actually wishing the book was longer near the end.

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  • Christina
  • ekron, KY, United States
  • 04-16-12

Great book for teens and adults....

If you could sum up The Hunter in three words, what would they be?

You want more.

What did you like best about this story?

It kept you going, and makes you want to see what happens next.

Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

Not sure on this one.

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

This book will make you smile and make you think.

Any additional comments?

I don't like to read something unless it sucks you into it. This book and the ones to follow it do just that. It is a good story, and something different from all the vampire stuff. Very good book, I am on the thrid one now and hope another comes out soon.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Like a child trying to act like an adult.

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This book started off great. I couldn't help but think to myself, "what a great idea and story setup this is. There is a great imagination behind this book and it should be fantastic." But I was wrong and instead it turned into a big disappointment. It had SO MUCH potential to be a great story though, so through boredom and trying to get my money's worth out of this book, I went ahead and finished it hoping it would get better. Instead it just kept getting worse. Don't be fooled by the summary which tells of a "house of horrors" and "worst nightmares." Rather, it was full of just plain silly situations and jokes that were out of place and failed to be funny. This tries to be an adult/teen book but it actually felt like a book that only a 12 year old might enjoy. I would love to see someone take the theme or idea of this book and turn it into the great read that it could have been.

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Just one little thing...

I adored the book when I read it as a teenager, even making it the first book I bought with my own money. It has a romance with (in my opinion) one of the hottest fictional men I've encountered, though I've recently found the female protagonist is a touch guilty of being a "Mary Sue."
L.J. Smith manages to give you a creeping feeling with small tells and creates an original setting with tragically overlooked mythological lore.
The narrator did a great job on the characters voices (even on the men)... but unfortunately, she gave the main character a "beyotch voice," and that kind of tainted the experience of the series for me.

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One of my besties and I have loved this story from childhood. I read my copies until they fell apart. It was such a nice nostalg and the way the narrator plays Julian is gorgeous.

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  • Erin
  • Fort Belvoir, Virginia United States
  • 06-16-17

One of my all-time favorites

As a true fan of this book since I was kid, and a true fan of L.J. Smith and all her writings, this book of the 3 part series is excellent! Had to give a 3 on performance though because I wasn't very happy with HOW it was read in many parts. There are just certain scenarios where a "valley-girl" type attitude from some of the characters didn't seem appropriate, and some times the reader made the characters sound like they were little kids instead of older teenagers.
All in all though, it was very well done.
Thanks

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Teenage girl book

Pretty silly & adolescent, I should have read the description better.
A bit annoyed by the reader as well, odd tone.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Bee
  • United States
  • 08-10-12

Couldn't Finish...

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I think this book was just a tad bit juvenile for me. Granted I abandoned it half way through. It is very possible the book gets better towards the end but I just couldn't hang on. This is the only audiobook I have not finished.

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  • James
  • Lewisville, TX, United States
  • 10-01-12

Piecework

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The book needs a few more pages. It feels like a collection of pieces that are building into a full story. I would bring the Grandfather "experience" into the story earlier. She could have more of the dream fleshed out. The friends were both under and overdone.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Lee Child or Jonathan Kellerman

Would you be willing to try another one of Khristine Hvam’s performances?

Not likely

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Pick up a pen and edit

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nadia
  • 06-13-10

Nailbiting

This is the first book in a trilogy by L. J. Smith, author of the vampire diaries. This is a departure from the vampire world that made its author famous. A group of friends are trapped in a haunted house where they must face their worst nightmares. To win is to escape, to lose is to die, and in a world full of darkness and uncertainty, they have only one another to rely on. The chilling atmosphere kicks in right from the start and the fear factor only increases as the book continues. With vivid descriptions and a nail biting pace, this book is an absolute must for all L. J. Smith fans and a great book to introduce new readers to her work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • CMNoble
  • 08-24-17

Love this story

One of my favourite stories. Read these books as a teenage. And this narrator reads it brillaintly.

Love it!