The Neighbors

Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (259 ratings)

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Welcome to Magnolia Lane. It’s not exactly a little slice of heaven, but in the backwater town of Creekside, Kansas, it’s the best a jobless supermarket clerk like Andrew Morrison can do. After sacrificing a normal childhood, a decent education, and true love to look after his alcoholic mother, he’s finally breaking free and living his own life — but in the squalid house he’s sharing with a former childhood friend, the living isn’t exactly easy. Plus, there’s something about the chipper, all-American couple next door that’s just downright creepy. However, that doesn’t keep Drew from accepting a job as their handyman — or surrendering to the wiles of perfect housewife Harlow Ward, a woman who always gets what she wants. Drew, like a string of hapless young men before him, doesn’t realize he’s dancing with a devil — one dressed to the nines in high heels and pearls.
©2012 Ania Ahlborn (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Disturbing

One of the most disturbing books I've ever read/listened. Purchased years ago and stopped listening because wasn't in the mood the tone of sadness. Decided to give it another try. Disturbing is the only word for it. Performance was great. It is well written but if most of the authors books have this tone I will be passing. After that definitely looking for something light and uplifting. Even an action book would do.

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Not Ahlborn's best

Andrew has been a good son all his life. Looking after his alcoholic, agoraphobic mother ever since his father left, Andrew has given up his only love and any chance of a career to stay at home and look after his mother. One day he snaps and moves in with a childhood friend, Mickey, who lives across town. He's immediately drawn to the picture perfect house next door and the friendly, helpful neighbors, Harlow and Red. But nothing is quite as it seems in suburbia.
Nowhere near as good as Brother. This was my first Ahlborn novel where I didn't feel invested in the characters at all. They lacked substance. Harlow, the wife, had an interesting backstory but she was characterized in an almost cartoonish manner. The Neighbors is more psychological suspense rather than horror. It was entertaining enough to keep listening, but the plot and the characters were pretty unremarkable.
The narration was fine.

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Great Book

I feel like there's a lot to say about this book, but overall I think it was a great story, the characters all had depth and realistic motivations, and I truly appreciated that the plot moved quickly enough to stay interesting, because sometimes suspense books can drag on and on with flashbacks and details of feelings, but this balanced those perfectly. I would also say that I think Ania's books tend to be... not just horror, but a commentary on human nature. None of the main characters in this book understood the concept of personal accountability. Everyone blamed everyone else for their problems, refusing to take accountability for making the choices that led them to their predicaments. Makes you wonder just how different they all were from each other. Whether one was more guilty than the other in the end. They chose what they did over just going to jail. They kept the machine in operation. It made it hard for me to feel bad for anyone involved.

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An excellent book to read and listen to

Wow! A really great story and a very good ending. Ania has done it again! I love her writing so much.

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pleasantly surprised!

I liked the story. I like the kid. he should be her unlikely hero in a series.

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A lot less interesting than it should have been

This is one of those books with a good story line, which makes it seem like it should be riveting, but somehow the author has managed to make it boring.

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poor andrew.... he wants a perfect life...

you never know what is going on brhind closed doors! This book is a perfect example of what could be going on behind that seemingly perfect neighbors front door..

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A little far fetched for nowadays

A little far fetched for nowadays. Not that believable. Paced well but some characters were stif

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I didn't like the narrator voice, especially when

i didn't like the narrator's voice especially when he changed his voice to sound like a woman. I only listened to finish the book. Overall the book was okay.

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Great as always

Ania Alborn has great writing skills. I hope she continues to write such good books.

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  • 11-26-19

Good

Enjoyed this book was intriguing and kept me interested from start to finish the madness of people .the narrator did a good job😮😮😮