• The Haunting of Timber Manor

  • Memoirs of the Human Wraiths
  • By: F E Feeley Jr
  • Narrated by: Tony Stone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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The Haunting of Timber Manor

By: F E Feeley Jr
Narrated by: Tony Stone
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While recovering from the recent loss of his parents, Daniel Donnelly receives a phone call from his estranged aunt, who turns over control of the family fortune and estate, Timber Manor. Though his father seemed guarded about the past, Daniel's need for family and curiosity compels him to visit.

Located in a secluded area of the Northwest, Timber Manor has grown silent over the years. Her halls sit empty, and a thin layer of dust adorns the sheet-covered furniture. When Daniel arrives to begin repairs, strange things happen. Nightmares haunt his dreams. Memories not his own disturb his waking hours. Alive with the tragedies of the past, Timber Manor threatens to tear Daniel apart.

Sheriff Hale Davis grew up working on the manor grounds. Seeing Daniel struggle, he vows to protect the young man who captured his heart, help him solve the mystery behind the haunting, and confront the past - not only to save Daniel's life, but to save his family, whose very souls hang in the balance.

©2013, 2018 Frederick E Feeley Jr (P)2018 Frederick E Feeley Jr

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Delightful and Wonderful

It’s rare to get a horror/suspense story with the main character being a gay man. It was a wonderful story, and I loved being twisted between the suspense of the haunting and the love story of the main character. I absolutely loved this book! I’m excited to start the next in the series.

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Good story, good narrator, needed an editor

It's always a joy to read (or hear) a "gay" novel that doesn't focus overmuch on the central relationship. The Haunting of Timber Manor has the perfect balance of romance and plot, and the romance is well developed and sweet. It also focuses on other characters, not just the protagonist and his lover, which is nice. In fact, I could have done with a little less focus on the other characters, particularly the character of Francine. It's not that I didn't like her, and I like that the story went into her background, but it got a little TOO detailed at points--sometimes in her flashbacks, the story would go off on a tangent about a minor character and we'd end up with a sort of flashback Inception, where the flashbacks had flashbacks. I don't need details about characters that are tangential to an already tangential character. On the whole, though, the story is very strong, suspenseful, and creepy.

Tony Stone, the narrator, seems to have only narrated this book and nothing else, at least on Audible. Which is a shame, really, because I very much liked his voice. He sounds age appropriate--a rare treat--and handsome. I particularly liked his voice for Hale, even though the vaguely Texan twang he gives him doesn't make a lot of sense for someone born and raised in Oregon. His voices for the female chapters aren't quite as successful, though to be fair it's always odd listening to a male narrate a female character in first person, particularly one with such a masculine voice. Carol ends up sounding a bit like Margaret Dumont, especially in the beginning, and Francine's Creole accent sounds fine to me but I can't help thinking it's a bit inauthentic. Still, altogether I liked the narration. Stone's voice for the evil characters was surprisingly fantastic and creepy. He threw himself into it and it paid off.

The biggest problem I had was the lack of editing. I don't know the process for creating an audiobook, so I don't know who is at fault here, but there are a LOT of errors in this production, particularly pronunciation issues. I don't know if it was the fault of the narrator or if the errors were written into the book itself, but we end up with "uninformed" officers (instead of "uniformed"), characters sleeping "fistfully," and a host of other examples. And the narrator pronounces the word "library" oddly consistently through the entire book. All of this could have been avoided with a quick edit, so I'm not sure who dropped the ball here. The most egregious error is that one chapter toward the end of the audiobook is repeated verbatim a few chapters later, and in fact appears to take the place of another chapter, since there's an odd jump in the plot and when the repeated chapter is over, characters are no longer where we left them. Luckily it's easy enough to fill in the blanks.

I don't mean to give the impression that I didn't enjoy the book; I did. The writing was generally superb, the narration good. I'd recommend it to anyone, with a few caveats, and I went ahead and bought the second and third books in the series as well. It's a shame F.E. Feeley Jr. doesn't have many audiobooks to his name on here, and it's a shame that Tony Stone doesn't appear to have narrated anything after this.

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good way to spend a day

loved the story. Tony's different voices brought this to life for me. there are a few glitches that came up but all in all a good way to spend a day.

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Story is really good; Narrator needs to slow down!

The story is good and hauntingly eerie! Voice effects lend to the overall scary tone of the story. I see that this is the first story the narrator has done, at least on Audible, and is shows at times. In my opinion, he should at times slow down and let the listener immerse in the story. There are times when he's racing through dialogue, that you can't distinguish which character is talking and it becomes extremely frustrating trying to catch key pieces of dialogue. There are some moments/chapters when the pacing is actually very good and enjoyable. In these moments, Mr. Stone slows to a pace where he does employ distinguishing voices for the different characters, which makes the overall book bearable to continue listening. On the production side, there are some chapters which sound like the narrator is talking in a cave (very noticeable echo), and other times when Mr. Stone sounds like he's speaking from an old AM portable radio.

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Loved it

I really enjoyed this m/m love story with a paranormal edge. Hale and Danny were insta chemistry with just the right amount of heat. I quickly became invested in these two main characters and anxiously followed their journey. I loved the multiple POVs and the narrator greatly added to the storytelling experience for me. I highly recommend this book.

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Derivative story with a terrible reader

The Haunting of Timber Manner is a haunted house story so unoriginal that it could have been written by AI. The characters are two dimensional and the gay romance at the heart of the novel is not distinct from a hetero romance in any way. Personality quirks are mentioned when a character is introduced, then forgotten. The author leans on tropes seen in dozens of horror novels and movies and never surprises once in over seven hours.

The narration is even worse than the story. I could get past the terrible sound quality, but not the accents. A sheriff who has spent his entire life in Oregon has a thick Texas accent while the protagonist who is from Texas has a West Coast accent. These are our two main characters, so it is more than a little jarring. The Creole fortune teller with the burlesque Jamaican accent is more egregious, but thankfully only comes in at the end of the story.

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Disappointed

I thought I had purchased a horror stories, not the story of two gay men shared there sexual encounters, want my credit back

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Fabulous Ghost Story!

What an excellent ghost story! Incredibly creative, with tons of unexpected twists and turns, I enjoyed every minute of F.E. Feeley Jr.'s The Haunting of Timber Manor.

I listened to the audio version. The narrator, Tony Stone, has great enthusiasm and uses a tremendous variety of different voices for this diverse cast of characters. They've included some clever sound effects, which helps to increase the drama and dark atmosphere.

If you're in the mood for a chilling story, with excellent family drama, then The Haunting of Timber Manor will fit the bill!

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great read

loved the rom com meets horror movie. really nice to see a lgbt story with real and developed characters.

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such potential destroyed by a piss poor production

narration was the worst I've ever heard. there is punctuation for a reason. audio effects were in no way needed. the story itself was decent. Have listened to several F E Feely jr. titles and been pleased. this time.... Not so much

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