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Horror master Garton delivers his usual ironic and macabre touches as the dead, who are, in fact, pretty ugly, make life a hell for the living. Following a sequence of increasingly dire personal tragedies, culminating in the unexplained death of their four-year-old son, Josh, Jenna and David Kella plan to make a new start of their lives on the old family homestead they've inherited just outside Eureka, Calif., with their surviving son, Miles. What they discover, though, is a nightmare.

©2006 Ray Garton (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Laura
  • MOORHEAD, MN, United States
  • 04-11-13

I feel bad, but here's the scoop.

What would have made The Loveliest Dead better?

A different narrator.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ray Garton again?

Sure! I'd give him another try. Problem is, I'm not even sure if The Lovliest Dead is a good book or not. I made it through approx. 20 minutes before I had to quit. The narrator was the worst I've ever heard. And check out my history; I'm not new to audiobooks.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brian Eslick?

He seems to be trying out a weird parody of what people think William Shatner sounds like: long pauses in the middle of sentances, odd pronounciations, etc. WS is actually a great narrator, so I say go with the real thing.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I have no idea.

Any additional comments?

I'm dissapointed.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Narrator ruined any potential the book had.

Waste of money! Mispronounced words, halting speech... ugh!! Predicable storyline could have been tolerated but the narrator was horrible! If I could rate a zero I would.

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Terrible narration

This could have been good had the narration not been so BAD. The plethora of mispronounced words (CUPboard? DEmonic?) are very distracting. And it seems that, rather than recording the narrator reading a chapter or two at a time, he was recorded saying a list of the words used and then pieced together. The voice inflections are all wrong. I finished it, but I was anxious for it to end.

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Brian Eslick is horrible at narrating!

narrator made it almost impossible to listen to!Mispronounced & over pronounced so many words! very angry

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Horrible Narration

I was recommended this book by an article on The Lineup, and I very much regret taking their advice. The plot is dull and cluttered with unnecessary information that does nothing to enhance the story. The characters are forgettable, poorly developed, and predictable.
If the narrator had mispronounced one more word (demonic, gnat, writhed) I would have lost my mind. The awkward pauses he inserts disrupt the flow of the story. Managed to stagger through the listening, but very disappointed overall.

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Awesome ghost story!!

Loved the story, but not the reader. He was too slow and sounded like he was fumbling with his words. It helped when I sped it up a little. The story was top notch! I love ghost stories and haunted houses. This was one of the best I've heard in a while.

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painful!

the narration was horrible! sounded like he was literally reading the words (some phonetically) one at a time.

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A little distracted with mispronounced words.

I felt it difficult to get comfortable with hearing the word "demonic" being repeatedly mispronounced. I enjoyed the story though!