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Bent on taking over the earth, the deadly Thone have planted a monstrous device on our planet's surface. Trapped inside is a group of scientists, spies, and innocent bystanders. Part maze, part torture chamber, part laboratory, the house of doors is a test. If its captives survive, the Thone will withdraw from earth and leave us in peace. 

Survival seems impossible. At every turn of the labyrinth, the prisoners encounter alien worlds and terrifying monsters ripped from their own subconscious fears. Only by defeating the demons within can these men and women escape the house of doors and save the earth.

©1990 Brian Lumley (P)2019 David N. Wilson

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  • 06-23-19

Awful Narration

This is a great story with horrible narration and acoustics. It sounds like it was recorded on tape while inside a cave. I was very disappointed because it is an excellent story that is ruined.

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Horrible sounding narration.

The story line is good and I would love ANY one else narrating this book. For one thing it sounded like it was recorded from a tape cassette. Also I could never tell who was speaking. Great story line though.

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A wonderful tale of horrors from space and the mind

This was a favorite from my teen years when it originally came out. Read that paperback till it fell apart. Here you have a mysterious castle that appeared in Scotland overnight. Investigated by top teams of scientists from all
Over the world including paranormal experts and one fellow who has a special affinity for machines. This castle is an alien testing facility that will force those it captures into facing terrors unimaginable to see if they are worthy. But the one pulling the strings has his own agenda. A really great story and the narration is spot on for lumley’s writing. Truly love this story and recommend it to any and all. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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Excellent Read

This book DOES start out rather slow. However once it picks up, it's non-stop and difficult to put down. By far one of the best books I've read. I'm pretty stoked they brought it to audible!

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  • 04-26-19

Good story - Narration hit and miss

I read this book maybe 10 or more years ago. It's a great Sci Fi story, very typical of Brian lumley and I wanted to re visit to pass the journey to work. However, I couldn't get used to the narrator who seems to warble his way through the book, which in turn made me lose interest and I had to rewind a few times. Also, the sound quality drops considerably around mid way to a very low bit rate which just made things worse. Hopefully, if audible consider the sequel, it will be better.

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  • Brendan
  • 04-06-19

Great story spoilt by the tinny sound .

The narration was good but the sound is very tinny and irratating, to the point that you want to turn it off.

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  • Savvas Kleanthous
  • 05-25-21

Bad audio, somw good ideas, not followed through

Summary: The overall concept is good, but the book doesn't deliver. The book is old, and I found myself bored a third of the way in.

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- Audio recording is horrific, but it's not as bad as others make it to be. At least in my opinion
- Narration could be better
- The book starts well, but quickly goes nowhere
- Too much "magic" for my taste
- The book is old and it shows.
- Ultimately, the book starts well, but is boring

The good:
- The idea of a castle of doors and the relevant stuff (won't give spoilers) is good, unfortunately while the castle is at the core of the book, it's not really important and is just a background for the other stuff.
- Some nice ideas here and there

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  • MR J LAMBERT
  • 11-14-20

Lumley's Weakest Story with Abysmal Narration

I'm a big Brian Lumley fan, but this is easily his weakest novel by a long way. The first few chapters are quite interesting, but then it just quickly decends into a long, uninteresting journey through the house itself. It doesn't help that many of the characters are annoying. I'm not really sure what Lumley was thinking when he wrote this one.
I don't normally leave negative reviews but this audiobook's narration is so bad I feel like it's my duty to. In my previous experience, Crossroad Press releases are normally of the highest standard, but something went seriously wrong with this one. The narrator is truly awful. It feels like the real voice actor didn't show up in the studio on the day of recording, so they roped the maintenance man in to do it instead. Andy Barker lisps, splutters, pauses at inappropriate moments, murders several accents and, on one occasion, repeats a sentence at the end of a chapter. The whole audiobook was an absolute chore to listen to. Mr Barker is a terrible narrator with absolutely no talent for storytelling whatsoever.
A massive misstep from Crossroad Press. AVOID!!!