• The Neighbors

  • By: Ania Ahlborn
  • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (334 ratings)

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The Neighbors

By: Ania Ahlborn
Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
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Publisher's Summary

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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My Neighbors Suck

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This is my second listen by this author’s books. I started out liking it, as I did the previous one I listened to (Brother, might be The Brother).
Great premise, had me intrigued. But just like the other book,...Why is the main character so clueless? You start out totally identifying with him/her, then it’s like, oh, c’mon! Are you really that unaware? And why are you so accepting of your horrible circumstances? But all in all, the ending was pretty good. So, didn’t hate it. Didn’t love it. Not sorry I used a credit on this one. The reader was a bit robotic and there were times the inflections were not quite right. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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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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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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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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INTERESTED UNTIL THE LAST CHAPTER...IT FELL APART

What did you like best about The Neighbors? What did you like least?

I LIKED THE STORY BUT I WANTED TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON HERE. I DIDN'T. I DON'T LIKE STORIES ENDING LIKE THAT.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I WOULD HAVE A SLAM BAM ENDING IN STEAD OF CHEATING ME THE READER (LISTENER).

Which character – as performed by Fleet Cooper – was your favorite?

MICKY....ACTUALLY THE READER SAVED THE BOOK. I WOULD GIVE IT A LOWER RATING BUT THE READER WAS GREAT. AT FIRST I DID NOT LIKE HIM BUT HE REALLY WAS PERFECT FOR THIS STORY. THANK YOU MR. COOPER FOR MAKING THIS BOOK AT LEAST A GREAT PASTIME UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.

Could you see The Neighbors being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

YES AS LONG AS THEY CHANGED THE ENDING AND I BET THEY WOULD.

Any additional comments?

THE AUTHOR HAS A GOOD STORY HERE. BUT DIDN'T TAKE THE TIME TO FINISH THE BOOK. IMHO.

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…. Okay :-/

I was very excited to listen to this book, due to a review that I saw on a social media site. I had never read anything by this author before, so I was unsure of what to expect. This was a very slow listen… I was upset with the main character for not being able to see the huge red flags in the neighbors. the lack of overall horror in this to me was a let down. I believe I was wanting a more twisted version and I was let down because it did not live up to those expectations.

Having stated those areas of weakness, I can say that Ania’s writing style is descriptive and beautiful. I will read more from her and hopefully get the adrenaline rush that I seek out of the horror genre.

Also , it would have been more helpful to have a woman read Harlow’s parts. Just saying 🫣😆

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amazing!!

absolutely amazing! gripping and gory! I couldn't stop listening! I would suggest this 1000 times!

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Truly disappointed.. it never got BETTER!!!

I am so disappointed because I kept waiting on this story to get better as it went along.. It was dull and not exciting in the least.. The characters were just plain TRASH!! I can’t believe that I wasted my time on this story.. This could of been edited down to a college assigned homework and received an D for dull, uninteresting and flat out HORRIBLE!!!!

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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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  • 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😮😮😮