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The Invited

A Novel
Narrated by: Amanda Carlin, Justine Eyre
Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
4 out of 5 stars (265 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A chilling ghost story with a twist: The New York Times best-selling author of The Winter People returns to the woods of Vermont to tell the story of a husband and wife who don't simply move into a haunted house - they build one....

In a quest for a simpler life, Helen and Nate have abandoned the comforts of suburbia to take up residence on 44 acres of rural land where they will begin the ultimate, aspirational do-it-yourself project: building the house of their dreams. 

When they discover that this beautiful property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by the local legend of Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who lived and died there a century ago. With her passion for artifacts, Helen finds special materials to incorporate into the house - a beam from an old schoolroom, bricks from a mill, a mantel from a farmhouse - objects that draw her deeper into the story of Hattie and her descendants, three generations of Breckenridge women, each of whom died suspiciously. 

As the building project progresses, the house will become a place of menace and unfinished business: a new home, now haunted, that beckons its owners and their neighbors toward unimaginable danger.

©2019 Jennifer McMahon (P)2019 Random House Audio

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OK story so far - but I cannot take the narrator

I have tried to get past the narration - but I keep finding myself not listening to the story - but to the Amazingly annoying narrators way of reading.
She puts emphasis on the last syllable in each sentence, and pronounces it just a bit more high pitched. I cannot explain it better, English being a second language for me, but it completely ruins the story for me. I have given up now - and will ask for a refund.

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Awful narrator

I love her books, and I was saddened by the choice of narrator. It was hard to get past her odd speech “ticks”. I hope they rerelease it with another narrator

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What is with the narrator????

Jennifer M.’s books are wonderful. Have no complaints about the story. But I could not get past the awful narration!!! It was grating, to say the least! It sounds like the narrator had on a corset or something constraining her airways. Horrid.

I will read this book instead of listen.

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Didn’t want it to end

I loved this book! It was creepy and entertaining and even held the family relationship dynamic. So good.

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good read

I picked this book because I enjoyed this author's previous book, Winter People. I couldn't put this one down either. I liked the slow development of the characters as the story progressed to a peak.


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The Invited

Great Book. Perfect amount of mystery and spooky!! Narrator not my favorite. Not horrible but every sentence ended with an exasperated tone even when not in a suspenseful part. seemed odd to me at times. but story so good I would still definitely recommend reading or audio.

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enjoyed ish...

I enjoyed the book overall but wasn't a fan of the narrator.
it's like she put emphasis in the the wrong spots and ran out of air while speaking.
I enjoyed her actual voice but the way she did the reading it was like nails on a chalk board 😬.
the story was decent I enjoyed the amount of history, facts about animals and witch craft the author put into the book but feel like at times it was repetitive or didn't quite fit right?
I hate saying it sucked, it wasnt to the point where I didn't finish or returned the book it just was t my cup of tea I guess.

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Yes! A new favorite!

This latest novel by Jennifer McMahon is my new favorite by her. The story kept me engrossed on what would happen next and I loved the performance by Amanda Carlin. Jennifer has a wonderful ability to story tell like you're right there in the middle of it.

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  • Gene Boyd
  • Punta Gorda, FL United States
  • 05-28-19

Wonderful narration and characters!!!

I’m not sure what other people are speaking about, I think the narrator did a great job! She really captured the characters and I never felt distracted by the narration.
The book itself is really really good. The characters are interesting. I especially fell in love with the women. During the story, the mystery and suspense grows as you realize what might be about to happen and wonder what happened in the past. I think it’s done quite well.
Definitely recommend!!!

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Underwhelming

Although this is not my favorite scary story, if you're looking for a simple scary story it's worth a listen.