The Haunting of Mercer House: A Halloween Haunting

Narrated by: Sean Duregger
Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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The Mercer house is the perfect place for Chef Lindsey's restaurant - or so Lindsey thinks. The house's horrific past would make anyone run, but Lindsey is not aware of the gruesome events that occurred there on Halloween many years ago.

Lindsey's dreams soon turn into nightmares as strange sounds are heard, cigar smoke makes her choke, and apparitions of a ghastly man and weeping woman appear, threatening her.  

And when Halloween approaches, Lindsey knows she must fight for what is hers or lose the Mercer house, and her dreams, forever. Can Lindsey take back what is hers before she loses everything - even her life?

©2018 Carrie Bates (P)2018 Carrie Bates

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Meh.

This is a quick read, but it left me wanting more.

The plot was very much telling and not showing. It's told in a very matter of fact way and I felt there was no tension, no mystery to enjoy. I felt very much "meh" about the whole thing and at no stage was it scary or spooky which was disappointing. It also felt rushed and I couldn't connect to the characters, but I still finished it and would read this author again in the hopes that this was one of her earlier works!

Sean Duregger was easy to follow and listen to. He was clear and his tone and cadences were good,

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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Very good

I found this audiobook to be very good. It is very suspenseful and eerie. The narrator does a wonderful job of voicing each character.

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Incomplete story

I wish I could give this a better rating because the narrator did a great job. The story was so incomplete with holes that it just didn't work. The end had a twist that didn't fit. The story has a good premise but it did not have a follow through. I received this audio book at my request and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

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Not Scary

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

Around Halloween every year, I tend to read more scary or horror books. I hoped this would be a quick scary tale - no such luck. It's a very clinical and detached telling of a ghost story. I did not empathize with any of the characters; it was not scary nor have an exciting or spooky twist; and at the end just thought - meh.

The narrator, Sean Durreger, did a nice job.

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no spoilers

I received this book for free for a honest. This was a well written story. Very quick and easy read. The Author did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. Reccomend

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Story was lackluster.

I got a copy of this audio book on request, in exchange for an honest review. I found the story rather slow, not very unique or descriptive enough to captivate me, there wasn’t enough detail to paint a picture, it was quite dull. However it did have some redeeming qualities and scenes that made me grin, wince and chuckle, for how short this story is that was seldom. I learned this was the narrators first reading, at least to my knowledge. Whilst his voice for lindsey made me cringe a little being rather feminine force and a little to high pitched going harshly against the narrators normal speaking voice. I think all the other characters he portrayed had a nice tone and personality that drew me to the individual. His third person perspective voice, was also rather pleasant and easy to listen to. I think he was the most redeeming quality of this story if it wasn’t for his decent use of variable tones and inflections I would have easily gotten bored with this and would have been unable to finish listening to the tale, even though it is a rather short story. I commend the narrator this being his first reading, I am impressed and am sure he will get better the more stories he tells.

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Good to listen

This was an enjoyable book. The narrator was fantastic! A real good book to listen to at night

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Haunted House

This short story is very much a typical haunted house tale. Several things kept it from being more than a 3 star listen for me.

First of all, it was told in a very matter of fact way and at no time did I really feel the tension or scariness that I would expect from a tale such as this. Also, I had to stretch my believability a little in that a huge house like Mercer House, built by a prominent man, is sold to an unsuspecting woman. Having lived in small towns, I found it hard to believe that nobody seems to know the horrific tale associated with this house. Even when the main character starts to see things and questions the locals, nobody really seems to know anything about what happened.

That being said, after the lackluster scares of the first part of the book, the ending definitely came out of nowhere and surprised me. But, it also felt a little rushed after the buildup.

The narrator, Sean Duregger, does a great job and added a lot to my enjoyment of the book. All in all, I would recommend this book for diehard haunted house fans who just want a quick read without a lot of scares or gore.

I was given the chance to listen to this book by the narrator/publisher/author and chose to review it.

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Really enjoyed this quick tale!

The Haunting of Mercer House: A Halloween Haunting by Carrie Bates has everything that I could want in a short story. The plot was well thought out and I didn't want the story to end. Truly, Ms. Bates could have made this a longer story, but it was a solid listen just as it was. I don't want to give away any of the story, but when Lindsey purchases Mercer House from the bank to turn into a restaurant, she has no idea what she's in for. She quickly learns about the houses history and some of the atrocities that happened in the past. A really enjoyable, quick listen!

Sean Duregger did a good job narrating this tale. He did a great job bringing the characters to life and it was really easy to get lost in the story. I'll definitely listen to more of his performances in the future. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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Oh My Goodness - catch you at the end moment

Wow - this was wonderfully performed and the story's ending is not to be expected. Don't want to give it a way but truly a surprising ending.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 01-10-20

Meh!

This is a quick read, but it left me wanting more.

The plot was very much telling and not showing. It's told in a very matter of fact way and I felt there was no tension, no mystery to enjoy. I felt very much "meh" about the whole thing and at no stage was it scary or spooky which was disappointing. It also felt rushed and I couldn't connect to the characters, but I still finished it and would read this author again in the hopes that this was one of her earlier works!

Sean Duregger was easy to follow and listen to. He was clear and his tone and cadences were good,

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 12-13-19

Time to go.

The basic plot line of this short story might hold a modicum of merit but is so bland!y written that it is hard to feel even a tickle of pity for the poor abused beautiful girl who is at the heart of this, nor believe in the cigar smoking (so he must be bad) central villain, who all but twirls his moustaches in the manner of the silent screen baddy as he places his bound victim across the railway trzcks. Perhaps the author's intention was to numb their readers into a sense of total immobility in order to pounce at the ending. Who knows?

The narration, on the other hand, was good. Sean Duregger's voice was pleasant on the ear and he read clearly, with good intonation. But it wasn't enough to lift the story or make it believable or even sinister.
My thanks to the rights holder of The Haunting of Mercer House who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy.

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  • deafmick
  • 06-18-19

I did not know if I would
Like this book its very good i give it 10 out of 10

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  • S. A. Ward
  • 02-01-19

A taut, tense horror novella

This is a spooky little treat of a listen. Anyone looking for something scary to listen to when the cold winter nights draw in should look no further. Energetically read by Sean Duregger, Bates' tale is a little gem that is guaranteed to send shivers up the spine.