Their new home is out to get them
Welcome to Angel Hill, Missouri, a town that shot blood from the ground at its own groundbreaking. There are only two roads in or out of town, and everything within those borders is subject to the whims of reality. Those who grew up here are immune to the town's peculiarities. But Jack and Liz have just moved here, and for their young son, Joey, it's almost like coming home again. As the Kitches start settling into their new home, a large abandoned house in need of a lot of TLC, Angel Hill welcomes them the only way it knows how. Footsteps in the middle of the night. Voices on the phone. Their big empty house wasn't so empty after all. There's a presence, and it's growing stronger. And angrier.
Does madness live on after death?
A hulking figure stalks the halls while childlike voices whisper in mourning. And there's something unexplainable happening to Joey. His hair is shorter now, and his eyes - they didn't used to be that color, did they? And that birthmark on his neck looks more like a scar every day. Jack doesn't want to believe his own eyes, but for Liz the threat is all too real, and it's closing in. From the invisible shapes under the sheets, the eyes she feels on her constantly, and the banging coming from the third floor - is that something trying to get in? Or something wanting out? Welcome to Angel Hill.
©2012 Charles Moore (P)2014 Charles Moore
This has got to be one of the best horror stories I have listened to by far.The story is so easy to to get drawn in right from the start, Just a normal family moving in to a old creepy house in a new town, but this house has so much history, the narrator also makes it so scary with his voice, it made me feel jumpy in places I also think this would make a good film too. Highly recommend this book if you like the spooky stuff.
Rarely have I read a book, even a horror story, where the characters' reactions and interactions are this absurd. [Poss. SPOILER] For example, when the mother sees her stepson start spurting blood from his eyes, ears and nose, then vomit copious amounts of gore and fall unconscious, she simply assumes it's a reaction to the priest blessing the house and calmly sits and waits for it to stop. Immediately afterwards she has a little joke and a chat and the episode is never mentioned again! This is not a one-off, such unlikely reactions typify the entire book and cause the characters to lack any credibility whatsoever.
On top of that there is no originality. The plot is cliched, predictable and we've seen it a thousand times before. The realm of supernatural horror is, by definition, not constrained by physical laws or precedent so why is it that every story reads like it's been shoe-horned into the same template? Family move into new house in new town, house has bad history, strange things start to happen, and so on and so forth. Yawn.
The narrator didn't add much either, his voice was often flat and uninspiring and his portrayal of Jack frequently gave me the impression that I was listening to an episode of Family Guy.
"Great Scary Story"
I haven't read the print version, but the audio version was excellent. Having a narrator really adds to the story because it sets a tone, which print novels can't do. Additionally, this narrator was really good at creating a vision in your mind. The story was really good - I love the suspense and the wonder that the story builds.
I can't really identify just one thing. I think it is worth listening to because it's was an all-around good story.
The one with the house (again, I can't really pick a favorite - it wouldn't be fair because it's just too good).
I didn't laugh or cry, but I found myself wrapped up in it and it was hard to stop listening. I would listen on the train, before bed, at lunch, and when walking. Really enjoyable.
I'll be looking for more from this author and this narrator!
Even though the writer seemed to jump scenes prematurely I was enthralled with this book. As a reader I found myself having a "movie" like experience.
The narrator did throw me off at first, but I adjusted rather quiclky and enjoyed it.
My favoriate scene was when the ghost child climbes into the bed with Liz and askes "why did my daddy kill me?".
"Get Ready for Goose Bumps"
Well told. Really creepy, but not heavy-handed. The creepiest parts are when the family isn't quite sure what's going on. One of my favorite parts about this book is Moore's inspiration. He writes that this story is based on experiences he had in one of his childhood homes. Sure, this is fiction and obviously fleshed out to be a complete haunted house story, but thinking about some of the things that Joey (the child) saw and heard as coming from the author's memory gives this an added level of fright for the reader.
"The story, the narrator, a..ma...zing!"
The narrator did a great job with the voices for each character. Made it easy to follow. kept my attention at max!
I love ghost/scary/thriller stories. This one did not disappoint. Chilling.
I always love when the characters hear/see the first signs of a ghost presence. When Jack thinks someone using the bathroom and closing the door when no one was. When Liz feels someone laying next to her, when no one was there. All the thumping from the 3rd floor. Don't want to give too much away, but a very good job of building suspense:)
Joey. Always more frightening through the eyes of a child.
This will get me more into audio books for sure:)
"Same ole story, but well told"
The Third Floor is a prototypical haunted house story. Family moves to a new town with a local reputation for unexplainable phenomena. The house the family moves into tortures and haunts the family because of its sordid past. It's by no means a new story, but it's interesting and well told and since every story has been told before, all we can ask of our authors is to retell the story better and/or more interestingly than others who've come before and I think Moore does a really good job. Tiedemann does an excellent job of contributing to the creepy vibe of the story and infuses excellent vocalizations to the various characters you grow to identify with in the story.
Let the home buyer beware...of ghosts!
It's not that this was a terrible story, it just wasn't a very good one and certainly not a particularly fresh or well-told one.
I can see that other people loved it, but I felt it dragged, pace-wise. And if I read another horror story where the conflict centers around a couple where the husband keeps flatly denying there is anything supernatural going on, for 5 hours, I'm going to scream.
That particular plot device has worn very thin with me.
Yes and will, it was a good book! I can't wait till he writes another.
How the step mother loved Joey
getting out of the House
"THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT ADULTS TAKING NAPS AND PEEING"
Best? Every four minutes people awoke from adult naps having vague nightmares about ghosts. Worst? So much peeing.
Larger bladders for protagonists. Less weird lisping from narrator when doing #ladyvoices
THhhhhhhhibilenthe! BABY VOICE!
If you're looking for a book about a family that naps and pees just allllll the time and is ready for ghosts to take advantage of their hypersomnia and lack of foresight at bed time, this is the book for you.
"Need a score less than ZERO"
"'please forgive me' pant pant" I will never UNHEAR those words
Imagine a world where teen scripts of 'what I did on my summer holidays' were considered stellar literary works. Now imagine that one of those boring essayists decided to try their hand at 'horror'. I present to you 'the third floor'. This book isn't even bad, it's BAAAAAAD and I'm angry I wasted a credit on it, BAFFLED that any publisher on earth would actually create it as an audio title and stunned that anyone would actually give it more than one star.
What a lousy read.
"would be a great movie!"
The narrator was really good at doing the different voices in this story and that made it better for me. I also like the story it sounded like it would be a really good movie although I could predict some of the things that were going to happen it was still a very good story
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