The House

Narrated by: David Stifel
Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
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Five complete strangers from across America are about to come together and open the door to a place of evil that they all call home.

Inexplicably, four men and one woman are having heart-stopping nightmares revolving around the dark and forbidding houses where each of them were born. When recent terrifying events occur, they are each drawn to their identical childhood homes, only to confront a sinister supernatural presence which has pursued them all their lives and is now closer than ever to capturing their souls....

©1999 Bentley Little (P)2017 Journalstone Publishing
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Gross, disgusting and disturbing

I stopped when the little girl asked Laurie if she wanted to see her pussy.......

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Nasty

This is one of Little’s earlier works. The sexual aspects of it were off putting.
The narrator was horrible. He seemed bored.

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Horror house with creepy side-kicks

The House by Bentley Little

The story revolves around five people, four men and one woman, who start to have supernatural events happen around them, all relating to the houses in which they grew up. Eventually, they all come to the realisation that they must return to their childhood homes, which seem to be the source of the problem.

I found the novel to be confusing due to the number of character POVs, all their background stories, relatives, friends. It was information overload sometimes and I often found I had forgotten who had done, what, where and with whom. Plus there is a lot of overlap in each character’s ‘childhood house’ stories which can get repetitive.

This is definitely not one for those who like mild horror and there is a lot of sex scenes (child involved) which many readers will find disturbing. But this is a horror novel which includes that as a shock value.

The pace moved along okay, but as said before, it can get repetitive. The plot does keep you wondering if anyone will survive until the end.

The narrator did a good job. I didn’t have to speed the audio up, although there were a couple of occasions when I thought there had been a little editing mistake or the wrong voice was in use for a character.
Overall, the story was interesting and the production good.

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I'm sorry but this narrator is awful!!!

The story is confusing!! it doesn't help that the narrator uses the same monotone. there's no inflection in his voice except when he tries to over say a word!!

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Just NO...

I wanted to like this book.
I love horror stories.
But first off, sorry David Stifel, the narration is horrible. So monotone. No offense to the narrator intended, maybe this is how they wanted the book read. But there is no emotional inflection, no character dynamics, just very bland.

Second...spoiler alert...and this is the MAIN reason I am returning this book. It involves a dream of a woman having sexual contact with a female child. Nope...no way...

Authors...you can write about anything but why feel the need to include child molestation in a book...why?

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I couldn't finish it

I love Bentley Little. His books are a fresh take on horror. He makes mundane things scary but this book just didn't flow for me. It felt scattered and confused. I didn't finish it.

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Great Story!

I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. The story was a bit confusing at first but it came together nicely and turned into a really good story.

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Really Interesting and Creepy Story

The storyline is excellent. I read it more than a decade ago as a child in my aunt's house, and it stuck with me so much that I had to find it again. Unfortunately, some of the narrator's voices sounded kind of silly (Josh, Mark, and Billings- especially) and really took away from how I imagined the characters.

Also took away from the creepiness of the story, to suddenly hear the exaggerated dumb jock sounding voice for Josh, or the whiny high pitched voice for Mark, or the cartoonist "spooky" voice for the butler. Reading the book itself is preferable for me.

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Too Long and Offensive

What an imagination Little has. I really like the narrator’s performance; he’s very good with Littles books. Once again, tho, I must question the authors use of sex-so much of it-in a depraved manner and with a child this time. It almost made me sick every time I heard those parts.

There were so many characters, it was hard to keep them all straight.

Little is a great story teller with quite the imagination! So far the least sexually offensive book, and one of the scarier ones, is the Haunted.

Mr. Little if you’re reading this, your books are good enough without all the nasty depraved sex. Try a book without it! 😉

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Not what I was expecting...

I really love Bentley Little for his humor horror. This is not that type of story. There is a lot of sexual content that just made me feel weird. I imagine he is looking at expanding the type of novels he writes. But I like his humor.

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  • Freda
  • 01-31-18

Other Dimensions

Another great story from Bentley Little. It seems to flow over to SF rather than just horror which you associate with Bentley's books. It is about several houses on the border of other dimensions. Five people are drawn back to the house where they are born but each of their houses become one. They have been brought back back to strengthen the border between dimensions and cannot escape the house. But, are distracted and seduced by a little girl in a dirty shift who is not what she seems. She wants the border down and to take over the houses. Can the five stop her and gain back their freedom from the clutches of the house?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-18

House not up to Standard

Not at all happy with this
Book. I thought. It was a waste of my money I would like to request a refund or a free credit please the storys were nothing like they were supposed I am seriously thinking of ending my subcription if you do not reply this is not the first book that has Disappointed me very often the chapters do not show the correct
Numbers please reply straight away thank you