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House of Reckoning

By: John Saul
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
4 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Summary

For more than three decades, John Saul has haunted the New York Times best seller list - and listeners imaginations - with his chilling tales of psychological suspense and supernatural horror. His instinct for striking the deepest chords of fear in our hearts and minds is unerring, and his gift for steering a tale from the light of day into the darkest depths of nightmare is at its harrowing best in House of Reckoning.

After the untimely death of her mother, 14-year-old Sarah Crane is forced to grow up quickly in order to help tend her family's Vermont farm and look after her grieving father, who's drowning his sorrow in alcohol. But their quiet life together is shattered when her father is jailed for killing another man in a barroom brawl and injuring Sarah in a drunken car crash.

Left in the cold care of a loveless foster family and alienated at school, Sarah finds a kindred spirit in classmate Nick Dunnigan, a former mental patient still plagued by voices and visions. And in eccentric art instructor Bettina Phillips, Sarah finds a mentor eager to nurture her talent for painting.

But within the walls of Bettina's ancestral home, the mansion called Shutters, Sarah finds something altogether different and disturbing. Monstrous images from the house's dark history seem to flow unbidden from Sarah's paintbrush - images echoed by Nick's chilling hallucinations.

Trapped for ages in the shadowy rooms of Shutters, the violence and fury of long-dead generations have finally found a gateway from the grave into the world of the living. And Sarah and Nick have found a power they never had: to take control, and take revenge.

©2009 John Saul (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Good story

This story was quite good. I wouldn't say it's anything fantastic, but it's was enjoyable.
It had its brutal parts which I enjoyed and I also love a good dose of karma so the ending pleased me as well.

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  • Bob
  • 05-05-12

Excellent John Saul Book

Very exciting, and even though I have read many of John Sauls books, this was the first Audible book of his. The narration was excellent added greatly to the story.

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  • Scott
  • 02-12-09

Just Too Real it was spooky

The characters were so real and the problems faced by a children in foster care was so accurately depicted, it was spooky. Saul somehow manages to keep all the characters real to life while taking you down a journey to a dream like ending. A must read!

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  • Tony M
  • 26-12-13

A good book

Where does House of Reckoning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not high on the list but a decent story with a really good performance.

Would you recommend House of Reckoning to your friends? Why or why not?

Not really, the last few chapters seem to be just kind of thrown together.

Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I would again in a heart beat, she make a 'okay' story really good.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

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  • Guillermo
  • 01-11-09

An entertaining read, but that's about all

Just like the title says. It is entertaining, but very predictable, especially the ending. Some of Saul's novels that I have read have given me the shivers, but this doesn't even tickle.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-19

one person's opinion

I'm a fan of John Saul and have read almost all of his books. I found this story tedious, long, and anti climactic. Not his best work.

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  • D. McCarty
  • 19-05-19

Not the best Saul book

Most of Sauls books are real page turners that make you want to keep listening to see what happens next. This story was more of a slow burn and didn’t really focus on the house until toward the end. And the ending was spectacular!!! As usual, characters very well developed and narrated well. (This narrator seems to have limits on her male voices, but you get used to it.

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  • Maria O. Vaz
  • 17-04-18

Predictable.

Felt like I was listening to something aimed at middle schoolers. Lots of loose ends. For example, people disappear with no repercussions to those who last saw them. That was only one example, there are several others. I have listened to other works by this author and they were better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-17

Wonderful author

One of my father authors of all time and the lady reading it did phenomenal job. Love love loved it!

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  • Blanca Lopez
  • 08-03-16

I'm hooked. Loved it..

Great story, the mystery drives the adrenaline; very captivating. Ready to download next book. Exciting and desccriptive.

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  • J. Sam
  • 29-09-15

Decent story.

It was okay. A bit dull at certain points, and it could've had a better ending. I did, however, like the characters