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The Mansion

Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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In this white-knuckle thriller from the internationally best-selling author of the “apocalyptic extravaganza” (Publishers Weekly) The Hatching series, a family moves into a home equipped with the world’s most intelligent, cutting-edge, and intuitive computer ever - but a buried secret leads to terrifying and catastrophic consequences.

After two years of living on cheap beer and little else in a bitterly cold tiny cabin outside an abandoned, crumbling mansion, young programmers Shawn Eagle and Billy Stafford have created something that could make them rich: a revolutionary computer they name Eagle Logic.

But the hard work and escalating tension have not been kind to their once solid friendship - Shawn’s girlfriend Emily has left him for Billy, and a third partner has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. While Billy walks away with Emily, Shawn takes Eagle Logic, which he uses to build a multi-billion-dollar company that eventually outshines Apple, Google, and Microsoft combined.

Years later, Billy is a failure, beset by poverty and addiction, and Shawn is the most famous man in the world. Unable to let the past be forgotten, Shawn decides to resurrect his and Billy’s biggest failure: a next-generation computer program named Nellie that can control a house’s every function. He decides to set it up in the abandoned mansion they worked near all those years ago. But something about Nellie isn’t right - and the reconstruction of the mansion is plagued by accidental deaths. Shawn is forced to bring Billy back, despite their longstanding mutual hatred, to discover and destroy the evil that lurks in the source code.

©2018 Ezekiel Boone (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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So much potential

We’ve been fans of Mr Boone’s work all the way back to the Hatching. Lots of suspense, just enough creepy, fun characters. The Mansion was so close, but fell short when it felt like the end was made in. We were on the edge of our seats thinking “this is about to be really good,” then ended feeling so-so. It had a ton of potential but too much time was spent building and not enough closing.

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Suspenseful building technothriller

Well narrated by Newbern and well writtten; an ending that left me feeling unresolved. Overall this book is an example of enjoying the journey more than the destination. Just didn’t fully comprehend the endings explanation of the ‘why’. Akin to the Shining and 2001; a space odyssey the residence and AI are key to the story.
This was my first E.Boone book. I recommend it for those that enjoy a suspenseful, sometimes eery and mysterious horror story with technology playing a significant role. G Newbern is always good

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10 stars for the mansion

The best techno thriller I've heard since the Prey by Michael Crichton and Daemon and Freedom by the author Daniel Suarez 

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the book had skips it it, and God's name is taken

God's name is taken in vein numerous time through out the book...did not care for it

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