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Summary

R.L. Stine, New York Times best-selling author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series - the biggest selling children’s books of all time - delivers a terrifying new adult horror novel centered on a town in the grip of a sinister revolt.

Before there was J. K. Rowling, before there was Stephenie Meyer or Suzanne Collins, there was R.L. Stine. Witty, creepy, and compulsively readable, he defined horror for a generation of young listeners - listeners who have now come of age.

Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction and Lea barely escapes with her life. In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers orphaned twin boys and impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family back on Long Island - husband Mark and their two children, Ira and Elena - aren’t quite so pleased. But even they can’t anticipate the twins’ true nature - or predict that, within a few weeks’ time, Mark will wind up implicated in two brutal murders, with the police narrowing in.

For the millions of listeners who grew up on Goosebumps, and for every fan of deviously inventive horror, this is a must-listen from a beloved master of the genre.

©2012 R. L. Stine (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc

Critic reviews

"I picked up R. L. Stine's Red Rain and for the life of me couldn't put it down. From the opening scene - which is plenty shocking - a terrifying and original story unspools that draws the reader in like a moth to flame. The suspense builds to the breaking point and goes beyond...and beyond. This is a sophisticated thriller with real characters, crisp writing, and a wicked sense of humor. Keep this book far, far away from your kids." (Douglas Preston)
"This is the moment I've been terrified of - when R. L. Stine decided he wasn't just going to scare children, but that he would focus his power on frightening the rest of us. Ready to be haunted by the master? Red Rain proves he's got nightmares for us all." (Brad Meltzer)
" Red Rain is a slam-bang, stay-up-all-night, leave-the-lights-on thriller. R. L. Stine has scared kids for years. Now it's our turn...." (Harlan Coben)

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So predictable!

Being an RL Stine fan as a kid I got this to see how his adult books fared. This was like a Goosebumps book with swear words. The story was so predictable! And the narrator is a bit rubbish at accents.

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not great by any means.

After initial excitement of a r.l stein for adults it fell flat after the first hour. between the creepy fake English accents and dislikeable characters who it quite frankly did not matter if the lived or died. .. do yourself a favour and save ten hours of your life by avoiding this horror.

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  • ruth
  • bognor regis, United Kingdom
  • 27-08-13

Gripping story with a good twist

If you could sum up Red Rain in three words, what would they be?

A bit of a trip down memory lane, my kids loved Stines books, so I thought I would give it a go!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Rain?

The plot has a fairly typical 'old fashioned horror' feel, but I would still recommend it for the creepy kids! Something a bit unusual, if you like James Herbert you will probably go for this.

What about Michael Cerveris’s performance did you like?

I liked the narrator for this, he has the right type of voice for this genre.

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  • jennifer
  • alfreton, United Kingdom
  • 10-05-13

red rain

This is a fantastic story right from the beginning till the end, i was hooked one of the best stories i have downloaded,its pretty shocking too in many ways you would not believe it .
Has it all comes together i was gobsmacked and sad too,please listen to this book u will not be disappointed

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  • Laura
  • 26-05-13

Definitely RL Stine

It wasn't a bad story, in fact I loved the beginning. It became very much like a Goosebumps episode about mid way through however and although I like Goosebumps, I was hoping for something more than a couple of kids who wanted to rule the school. Mr. Stine should probably stick to writing for tweens. If he does attempt another adult novel in the future, perhaps it will be more interesting if he actually centers the story around adults instead of children. It might go over better than this one did.

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  • reviews
  • 18-10-12

Had hopes from the write up...

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Maybe a teenager?

Has Red Rain turned you off from other books in this genre?

What is this genre?

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Cerveris’s performances?

Yes - His performance was alright - but then the book had a lot of spoken thoughts that didn't quite come across - especially when they were interspersed with dialogue.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Red Rain?

I would cut out alot - for instance the whole thing with the detective and his ex girlfriend - didn't tell me nearly enough of why he hadn't ever been a hero - I didn't get that he was a jerk - just kind of stupid and desperate and weak. Perhaps it was the voice the reader gave him - it sounded sort of Long Island and street smart but apparently he wasn't that. So the character could have been left from the book as far as I am concerned.
The whole part about Autumn was also stupid. Just self satisfying - like he needed to throw in a little sex and this was how he worked it.

The book started off interestingly enough with the travel writer etc. - then the whole thing with the twins - and her taking them home didn't make sense legally- then all of a sudden they were living in the guesthouse and the whole thing of the killing with the red eyes was sily. There were so many starts in building the characters and then they just dropped off - it was either edited to death or the writer has a serious problem focusing and building and tried to add too many things - and then how the end comes together - weird and silly.

Any additional comments?

I wish I hadn't wasted a credit!

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  • Christina Stubbs
  • 17-09-17

I was hooked from the beginning. Great read.

I've loved this author since I was a kid and read Goosebumps! A great read.

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  • J. Meert
  • 24-03-15

Weird

This book was like a goosebumps story with sex, swearing, and more violence, the gory scenes were good, but the two main antagonist were so annoying and forgettable

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  • Karebear
  • 11-06-13

Stine should stick to young adult books

I'm half way through this book, and I'm still waiting for it to get good. As most of the reviewers have said, I also grew up loving R.L. Stine books. There wasn't an R.L. Stine book in our local library that I hadn't checked out at least twice. So Im really sad that I am finding this book so disappointing. Maybe it's because I've never really bought into the "evil twin" stories, but I'm having a hard time getting into the characters as well as the plot. There isn't a character I have yet to have any emotional attachment to. Most are the characters are two dimensional, especially the children. The whole "Rule the School" thing is getting a little tedious and I've caught myself rolling my eyes several times. It's like a bad remake of Village of the Damned, which I thought was cheesy and stupid at the tender age of 14 when that movie came out.

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  • Gina G.
  • 26-04-18

Wonderful narration. Surprise ending.

Loved R.L. Stine books when I was a teenager. I was delighted to find an adult audiobook by one of my favorite authors. And I do mean “adult” audio. Thank you Mr. Stine for the naughty scenes that made me blush as I listened to it at work. Great listen. Highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-18

Wonderfully addicting.

I love R.L.Stine!! I think I’ve read everything he’s ever written! Lol! I grew up reading his books and now as an adult I still love his stories and can appreciate them even more.

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  • Jane7777777
  • 05-04-18

I absolutely loved this one!

You have to read it without Goosebumps in mind. Reset your brain before you start it, and I promise you you'll enjoy it. If you're truly a fan of horror reads, READ THIS ONE!!

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  • Olivia
  • 07-03-17

I can't believe I finished the whole book!

Terrible. 10 hrs I'll never get back . R.L. Stine tried and failed at serious adult fiction, which in away I'm sure this totally classifies as. This book reads much like a young adult book with just a tad of sex and violence. There is little to no bad language and just the overall story is juvenile. It's also very predictable, I knew every where this story was gonna go. I did happen to finish it, even tho the last 3 hrs were hard cuz the overall stupidity had sat in by then but it is a very quick and easy listen. Skip it.

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  • Donna
  • 13-12-16

Excellent

I figured out the secret of the boys and the love of their new adopted mom before the end of the book, but that is usually true for all the books unlisted to. Listen or read this book it is really good.

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