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  • Hell House

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen

  • By Sara on 30-06-09

Horror that creeps into you

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-10

I really loved this audiobook. Despite the fact it starts quite abruptly and doesn't seem to bother with a credible build up of the story (5 minutes and they are already in the haunted house)I was sucked into the horror vortex of this story so much that I am still dreaming about it on occasion.
A traditional haunted house with a modern phychologial theme- perverted sexuality. And even though there are only a few expicit desriptions in the book, the whole atmosphere is like a dense, grey fog that creeps into every crook and cranny of your mind. (to the point where I started associating my own office, where I listenend to the book, with hell house and was quite creeped out by it.)
The ending is built up to be this great revelation, which I wasn't blown away by. But despite all that, I loved it and will put it on my list of my top 5 haunted house stories.The narration is absolutely wonderful and adds gallons of drama and intensity to every situation. I can still hear the cold, mean and mocking voice of the owner of hell house.... You should try it!
PS: Only for people who are not sensitive about religion!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Played With Fire

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,572

Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about sex trafficking in Sweden are murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society - but no-one can find her. Mikael Blomkvist, Millennium magazine's legendary star reporter, does not believe the police. Using all his magazine staff and resources to prove Salander's innocence, Blomkvist also uncovers her terrible past....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't disappoint

  • By Jill on 21-07-09

Painfully slow to develop

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-10

As with the last novel, Larsson has thought out an interesting story but due to his investigative journalistic writing style it takes three quarters of the story until it actually gets interesting. Until then the story is slow and almost painfully detailed, leaving the listening to get bored senseless and waiting fo the actual story to unfold.
I am also sure that, just like in the last novel, the last couple of chapters will be thrilling and fast paced, but this time I have not had the stamina to even listen all the way to the end. I have given up, even though I would like to find out what happened to Lisbeth in her childhood.
If you don't mind reading slowly developing stories and take great pleasure in reading about every minute detail of a character, then I am sure you will enjoy this story. If, like me, you get impatient when things don't get going, then I can't recommend this novel to you.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in Black

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726

Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Listen.

  • By Elizabeth on 07-04-08

Old fashioned and harmless

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-10

'The woman in black' is a lovely, rather old fashioned haunted house story that it well written and very well read. However, even though I am quite a sensitive soul, I didn't find this story in the least spooky. Maybe this needs to be listened to in the dark at nighttime, but if you are looking for something terrifying, this is not it. Having said that, it is still an enjoyable listen and a nice, atmopheric story.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful