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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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Great story

Really great narration of a terrific story. John Saul writes brilliantly and his characters are so real they come to life. Well worth listening too.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dorothy
  • 24-01-21

Intense and captivating

Narrated well and kept you glued to the next chapter. Not to spoil the end but a little more detail in the beginning would help to understand the ending

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-01-21

Kind of bland from start to finish

It's not really a bad book, I listening from start to finish. You expect this big spooky thing and it's just bland. A flash in the pan ending that doesn't really explain anything (even by supernatural or horror standards). Story sort of plods along but better than sitting in silence.

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  • DebbieDD
  • 18-08-20

Exciting pace

I like the story and the narration was quite good, I just have no tolerance for subservient women. The husbands in this book were the epitome of male chauvinism, the wives were stepford wannabes. it really irritated me through out the entire book. The book was well written and had a good premise but left a lot unresolved and unexplained.

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  • Lchristensen
  • 19-03-20

Great book

I have been a longtime fan of John Sauls books. This was a very good one I just wish it didn’t feel so condensed I think he could have fleshed it out a bit more and let us know what happened to the characters . Overall it was a great listen