The Vines

Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (279 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The dark history of Spring House, a beautifully restored plantation mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans, has long been forgotten. But something sinister lurks beneath the soil of the old estate.

After heiress and current owner Caitlin Chaisson is witness to her husband’s stunning betrayal at her birthday party, she tries to take her own life in the mansion’s cherished gazebo. Instead, the blood she spills awakens dark forces in the ground below. Chaos ensues and by morning her husband has vanished without a trace and his mistress has gone mad.

Nova, daughter to Spring House’s groundskeeper, has always suspected that something malevolent haunts the old place, and in the aftermath of the birthday party she enlists Caitlin’s estranged best friend, Blake, to help her get to the bottom of it. The pair soon realizes that the vengeance enacted by this sinister and otherworldly force comes at a terrible price.

©2014 Christopher Rice (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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I really wanted to like this. Trying to finish it

But I'm just not sure I can. The narrator's voice grates in such a way that makes me want to offer him a glass of water. I think, given the book's setting that the audio performance would have benefitted from someone from the South. This man's attempt hurts. It doesn't hurt nearly as much as the narrator's voice for the women in the story. It's too much, too forced sounding. I would have rather he read it all in a normal voice without accent or falsetto. As for the story itself, my biggest complaints are the use of heavy cliché, especially where the racial issues come into play. It comes across less as an ethnic intro- and retrospection, and more as a parody. Like the author AND narrator are simply basing the entire perception of the skin color mental and verbal dance is drawn from people that don't actually know the steps, and are making it up as they go based on some painfully delivered over the top sort of play. The semantics bother me a little bit too. Word usage seems... off. Again like the author is basing it all on stereotypical cliché and not actual understanding of the dialect and region. Being from the South, I also find the over-abundance of foul language... out of place. The story also suffers in regards to the description of the scenes because of some odd... cadence... the narrator chooses to use. Like the emphasis on all the wrong words, or a lack of emphasis on the right things. It's difficult to describe, but the whole thing feels... off. The other aspects of the story have promise, but gets so lost in the previously mentioned issues. I've been a long time fan of Anne Rice and Christopher Rice. I miss Anne's depictions of the country's southern regions. Christopher's attempts seem more like he's trying to describe it all second hand. His other books seem much more natural than this particular book. I'm doing my best to stick through and finish it. I'm an OCD completionist at heart. I still can't help but find myself looking at the time remaining in the book with a sense of loathing. The dread I feel isn't because of the horror of the story, but the horror of the experience... and not in a good way. My mind wanders constantly from the story which just makes it that much more difficult to continue. No matter how much I want to, I just can't get into the characters, and not just because of the narration. The potential depth they have the possibility to have gets lost in translation. Scary ghost story lost in a forced regional and cultural mire. Glad it was on Kindle Unlimited rather than something I had put money into.

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Movie of the week caliber

Formulaic, predictable and devoid of atmosphere. It was almost like Rice was ticking off plot elements on a shopping list and working them into the story so he could meet his quota. The premise was a bit strained, and due to the lack of character development needed to coax the characters into helping my suspend my disbelief, I never did find this one riveting or scary.

The performance was good, given what the narrator had to work with.

I'm giving the story two stars instead of just one because Rice knew enough to not make this into a 12 hour epic listen. It's a good thing it was short!

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Great Story

I was so into lisening to this book. It is riveting and holds your attention.

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Horrible

One of the worst books I've ever listened to. And I honestly don't think reading it would have made it any better. Dumb story. Very disappointing. I expected more from Anne Rice's son.

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good start then...

it was good for a bit and went to crap. reader sounded like he was trying too hard.

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great book 👍

a good kind of creepy. if you like creepy. The performance of the narrator was great 👍

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not very good

I couldn't even finish it, wasted my time . I kept waiting for it to get better.

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Pretty terrible

This book was absolutely awful in my opinion. It was very difficult to follow in some paragraphs. The author seemed to be unaware of what certain common words mean (like "balk"), leading to misuse and the confusion of ideas. I appreciate what the story could have been, but the author failed to deliver on several fronts. Also, I could not tell if there was actually racism in the story, or if the author was trying really hard NOT to be racist, but it was just very awkward and uncomfortable. I am brown, and none of my black or brown friends have said "Ok, it is time for 'uppity negro'". It just seemed unnecessary and irrelevant to the story to add this inner banter. It was so awkward! On top of all of this, the story jumped around quite a bit and was increasingly difficult to follow. The narrator also did not help matters because most of his voices sounded the same. I would suggest avoiding this book. Fortunately, I was able to listen through Kindle Unlimited. Otherwise, I would have gotten a refund for this underwhelming bit of literature.

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I could not connect to any characters.

I could not connect to any characters. just long, drawn out rambling about shallowly developed characters

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Sufficiently creepy thriller with a twist.

This book had just enough creepy to count as a decent Halloween story, and the Louisiana setting sets the stage for the supernatural elements.

Christopher Rice has a way of writing a story that keeps the reader second guessing all the characters motivations. This book keeps up the tradition.