The book is was good but, I like the movie better. The narrator was okay.
Good gothic ghost story. I listened to this in preparation for the show on Netflix, the show is amazing by the way, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed the book. I am a fan of stories based in reality and where explainable remains unknown without leading the reader on a chase to find the truth to know resolve. The story maintains the mystery of the main character and the house all the way to the end and the narrator does a great between the characters.
I wanted to read this book because it is classic horror story and I’ve seen it quoted and mentioned in other books that I’ve read. It wasn’t bad...there were some creepy parts, but overall very tame by today’s standards. One interesting aspect is how the haunted house chips away at one character’s sanity. The ending was anticlimactic, which was a let down. At first the narrator was hard to follow, but once you got used to her rhythm, she was a very good reader.
I thought, judging by the reviews, that this book would be worthy of reading, however i couldn't be more wrong. The author gives you an anticipation that something interesting will happen, but as the chapters rolled on and on nothing of any interest came to fruition, right up to the boring end. To say i was disappointed would be an understatment. It was bland, tame and to be frank 'A load of Shite'. A chick flick of a horror novel springs to mind. If you're thinking it sounds intruiging...think again and look elsewhere.
This was the first time I ever listened to a haunted house story and it was truly engaging. I found it to be fair for its time especially when it came to themes involving oppression. The atmosphere the author created was tense and the language though easy to follow, was still wonderful for conveying a sense of entrapment and horror. If you like a good haunted house story, this one is definitely worth a listen.
I never listened to this book before. I really liked it. Kept me interested. narrator was very good. one of those books I could listen to again!
One of the best haunted-house books I have encountered. Jackson makes room – through her characters – for healthy skepticism and even good humor regarding occult explanations for whatever happens. Vulgar credulousness – in the form of Mrs. Montague and her friend Arthur – makes for a good laugh. But that uncertainty about explanations, that refusal to rely on clichés about what haunting should look like, makes the terror – when it comes – more like real, lived experience. Leaves you unsettled when it’s all over.
This book is mainly about atmosphere. There is not a whole lot of action going on and the ending is somewhat anti-climatic, but the mood throughout the entire book is so ominous, so rich in anxiety. I thought it was a great horror novel. I prefer a different narration though.
Book was slow and not scary at all. I wasn't crazy about the narrator either. I will read more shirley jackson books just didnt like this one.
Shirley Jackson, born in 1919, was the author of numerous books, including "Hangsman," "Life Among the Savages," and "We Have Always Lived in the Castle," For the last twenty years of her life, until her death in 1965, she lived in North Bennington, Vermont.