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The Haunting of Timber Manor

Memoirs of the Human Wraiths
Narrated by: Tony Stone
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While recovering from the recent loss of his parents, Daniel Donnelly receives a phone call from his estranged aunt, who turns over control of the family fortune and estate, Timber Manor. Though his father seemed guarded about the past, Daniel's need for family and curiosity compels him to visit.

Located in a secluded area of the Northwest, Timber Manor has grown silent over the years. Her halls sit empty, and a thin layer of dust adorns the sheet-covered furniture. When Daniel arrives to begin repairs, strange things happen. Nightmares haunt his dreams. Memories not his own disturb his waking hours. Alive with the tragedies of the past, Timber Manor threatens to tear Daniel apart.

Sheriff Hale Davis grew up working on the manor grounds. Seeing Daniel struggle, he vows to protect the young man who captured his heart, help him solve the mystery behind the haunting, and confront the past - not only to save Daniel's life, but to save his family, whose very souls hang in the balance.

©2013, 2018 Frederick E Feeley Jr (P)2018 Frederick E Feeley Jr

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  • Jason Moses
  • 21-12-18

Delightful and Wonderful

It’s rare to get a horror/suspense story with the main character being a gay man. It was a wonderful story, and I loved being twisted between the suspense of the haunting and the love story of the main character. I absolutely loved this book! I’m excited to start the next in the series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-08-18

good way to spend a day

loved the story. Tony's different voices brought this to life for me. there are a few glitches that came up but all in all a good way to spend a day.

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  • R. Neil
  • 10-08-18

Story is really good; Narrator needs to slow down!

The story is good and hauntingly eerie! Voice effects lend to the overall scary tone of the story. I see that this is the first story the narrator has done, at least on Audible, and is shows at times. In my opinion, he should at times slow down and let the listener immerse in the story. There are times when he's racing through dialogue, that you can't distinguish which character is talking and it becomes extremely frustrating trying to catch key pieces of dialogue. There are some moments/chapters when the pacing is actually very good and enjoyable. In these moments, Mr. Stone slows to a pace where he does employ distinguishing voices for the different characters, which makes the overall book bearable to continue listening. On the production side, there are some chapters which sound like the narrator is talking in a cave (very noticeable echo), and other times when Mr. Stone sounds like he's speaking from an old AM portable radio.

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  • Kathryn M
  • 17-05-19

Haunting...

The Haunting of Timber Manor by F.E. Feeley Jr. Is the first book in The Memoirs of the Human Wraiths series but canbe read/listened to as a stand alone. The book is a horror/suspense story with a blossoming romance between two gay men, mysterious occurrences and a chilling family history to uncover. I was fully captivated by the tale and definitely recommend.



The story is narrated by Tony Stone. Overall, the performance was good. I felt that the voice matched the feel of the story well and I was mostly able to get lost in the experience of the story. There were a few editing issues like other reviewers pointed out that did come up. But I would definitely listen to another book with this narrator.

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  • Kirstin Reviewer
  • 14-05-19

The writing and story were awesome

Wow wow wow.

I love a good suspense and this was so fun. Ghosts and hauntings and wolves. Things going bump in the night.

This story was told through many different POV's which actually added to the overall experience. I found myself getting sucked in to the mystery, sweetened by the romance and anxious for the HEA.

The writing was very descriptive and foreboding, keeping the reader/listener on the edge of their seat until the very end. Very well done.

The narration left a bit to be desired, in my opinion. Some of the narrative seemed rushed, some words mispronounced. Parts repeated and skipped. Overall, the spookiness of 'It' and the hypnotic tone used for 'Danny' was engaging.

Totally recommended.

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  • Jovan
  • 04-12-18

Good Story, Audio Needs Work

"The Haunting of Timber Manor" is an enjoyable paranormal story and romance. As Daniel is trying to wade through his grief and shock at the sudden death of his parents in a boating accident, he sees an offer from his estranged aunt to come visit the family estate, Timber Manor, as a lifeline. Not only is it a way to connect with the only family he has left, it’s an opportunity to learn more about who his father was. However, instead of a calm respite, Daniel is soon confronted with tales of “freaky things”, terrible nightmares and pieces of a dark puzzle of madness, despair and evil.

Upon arriving, Daniel quickly connects to his Aunt Carol and the handsome sheriff, Hale. As the weeks go by and Hale and Daniel spend as much time together as possible, they fall into an easy friendship with the promise of more from their mutual attraction. As the events in the house morph from bad dreams to footsteps in the dark and definitive paranormal activity, Hale and Daniel’s relationship grows into love—a love that becomes integral to Daniel’s ability to survive the darkness growing within the house.

There were many things to like about the story. . . and a few things to dislike. Story-wise, there were some inconsistencies in the memories/history of events or character portrayals that made the story a bit jagged in places. Moreover, the fact that even when the paranormal activity becomes visible and prevalent, Daniel and Hale make no mention to Carol, who is a believer, until a big emotional scene. It felt a bit contrived for the sake of the plot, but as a ghost/horror-type story, the reader is prepared to give it a pass for it.

However, I really liked the family history and background. I found the idea of the family being cursed not only by the inherent evil of a person but by their own bad choices, well done and engaging. Feeley does an excellent job creating a picture and ambience of the house and making it almost a sentient character in its own right. Moreover, he does a great job giving emotional weight to all the secondary characters and creating an increasingly tense and dread-filled atmosphere. Daniel and Hale were also very sweet as a couple, and I enjoyed how seriously Hale took forging an emotional connection to Daniel. Most of my issues came from the audio aspects of the book.

With audio, sometimes a narrator’s acting choices and delivery play a large role in enjoyment of the story. For the most part, Tony Stone does a good job. There are times when it is clear he hasn’t learned how to differentiate inner-monologue from dialogue, making it easy for a reader to get lost, and at the beginning, his voice for aunt Carol was more “Lady Macbeth playing for the rafters” rather than the genteel aristocrat he was going for, but he eventually managed.

Additionally, just like with a written book, with audio there will be a few errors to ignore, but there comes a point when the errors are so numerous or large that all you can think is, “This needed a good editor,” and unfortunately, this audiobook was in dire need of one. You had minor errors that occurred with a high enough frequency to have a cumulative effect—from mispronunciations and incorrect character voices to repeated takes and inconsistent sound levels. Then you had large errors such as the fact that chapters 41 and 43 are repeated late in the story, when the action is beginning to come to a head, as chapters 52 and 54, wrecking the flow of the action along with being confusing.

However, the reason I can say the audio of this book is not a total loss is that Stone’s voice work for Daniel and Hale is really good and the time and effort Stone took to fully maximize the eeriness inherent in Feeley’s words was exceptional. Scenes and dialogue that are creepy on their own are chillingly well acted and incorporated with sound effects for a realistic, immersive feel. So, depending on what you want from a story or how you like to consume books, this audio version may or may not work for you.

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  • DPiazzi
  • 26-10-18

Spooky story, but poor production.

I usually shy away from ghost/horror stories; I really don’t do scary books or movies. I couldn’t even watch more than a few episodes of Supernatural before I knew that my yellow belly couldn’t take it. 😉 Hearing others talk about the book, though, made me want to read it. I had the ebook for some time waiting to work myself up to it, and when we were offered an audio code, I decided to jump in. I will admit that I had to stop listening at times, especially in the evenings. Overall, the story wasn’t so scary that I couldn’t finish it so I count that as a win for me. The author also won, I feel, because the story definitely has significant chills and thrills.

I want to shelve this story in the Gay Fiction genre even though there is a romance blooming in this book. It has it’s sweet and sexy moments, but with the switching pov’s from Daniel to Hale to Daniel’s Aunt Carol to Francine, a spirit woman, to It, the voice of evil, there is a lot more going on and the romance is secondary. I have a little complaint about the way the chapters are announced in the book, noting who’s viewpoint it is, and assigning a number to the amount of times they have talked. If you like switching from the audio to ebook, this might be a problem. Also, the story told is the first version so if you have the newer edition it will be difficult to follow along with the audio.

This is minor, though, in comparison to the storytelling. For years, Daniel’s family has been living in fear. His dad left home and never brought his wife or Daniel back to where he grew up. A malevolent ancestor in life and death, had it out for Daniel’s dad and now that Daniel has come to visit, the darkness has reawakened. Add to that, a group of timber wolves (who the manor are named for) stand guard outside the house. Spirits cannot rest and the living are having a difficult time, too. After a few “unexplained” deaths (murders) in the house, Daniel and Hale find themselves having to fight off the evil presence with the help of Francine and some other surprise characters. If they manage to win, there is also the matter that Daniel is only visiting, so there are some decisions that he and Hale will have to make in regards to their relationship also.

I already feel like I gave too much away, but hopefully, I didn’t. The story is really best read without too much other information. As far as the story goes, I would definitely recommend it.

The narration – As for voicing the characters, I think the narrator did a great job. There isn’t a lot of difference in the “voices” for Daniel and Hale, to be honest. I had to rely on context to figure out whose part I was listening to if I didn’t pay attention to the chapter heading. The tones and accents he used for Carol, Francine, and It, were excellent, though. I definitely could see myself listening to the narrator again.

The production has some problems, though. Lines were repeated frequently. I went to the ebook to see if it was a repeated thought and not an error and that is when I realized that the audio reflected the first edition. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I keep wondering why they didn’t use the second edition to narrate the book since it shares the same cover. Chapter 52 of the audiobook is also a repeat of Chapter 41. I thought my audible app had skipped back on me or that I somehow rewound my audio. The Chapter 52 from the book is missing completely. I don’t know if this error is fixed or if it’s being fixed, but my audio copy hasn’t changed.

There were some frustrations in listening to the book, and I felt I had to mention them. However, I really did enjoy the story. I’m not sure what percentage I’d use to recommend the audiobook. If you’re willing to read the missing chapter from the book, and you happen to have the first version to find out what is actually missing, then I’d say it’s just a bit of a hiccup. If you only have the newer edition of the book then it might be better if you just read it, because I think the author is a really good storyteller.

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  • HockeyfanT
  • 30-09-18

Good mystery, audio needs editing

This was a terrific story with characters I cared about quickly. Daniel and Hale were each really good men who were even better together. The haunted house aspect was truly creepy, and I got chills listening to several scenes.
The narrator did a great job with the voices and emotion of the story. There were several words he mispronounced, especially sachet, that took me out of the story each time I heard them. His occasional restarts of sentences weren't edited out. It also seemed that some that some of the narration came through a transistor radio. And near the end, at least one chapter was missing while an earlier chapter repeated. I'm going to have to get the ebook to see what I missed, at least until this audio version is (hopefully) re-edited and corrected.
I will definitely read or listen to more from this author, who tells an engrossing story. I will also listen to this narrator again, since I did enjoy his portrayal of the different characters.

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  • A T
  • 20-08-18

If not for production errors,this would be 5 stars

I first read the second edition of The Haunting of Timber Manor last spring and liked it so much that I quickly picked up the remainder of this series, Memoirs of the Human Wraiths. When I heard the creepily perfect narrative sample of this audiobook, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be spooked by this ghost story a second time.

The narrator’s performance- complete with sound effects, voice distortions, and some very good timing brought this story to life more than I would have thought possible. Even knowing what was coming, I was once again gripped by the ghostly tale, so much so that I jumped a few times while listening. In fact, this book was almost better the second time around. I appreciated Hal and Daniel more as they faced off with an angry, other-worldly entity set on harming them and their loved ones. I also found myself catching onto the simmering connection between the men faster this time, and the romance felt even more significant. Sadly, as much as I’d like to give this audiobook 5 stars, there were a few blatant production mistakes that definitely took away from the spellbinding storyline, including repeated sentences, mispronunciations, and even two missing chapters (which had previous chapters in their stead). Obviously this edition isn’t perfect, but there are so many elements which made The Haunting of Timber Manor audiobook a real treat that I most definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a good ghost story guaranteed to make you jump.

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  • Crystal
  • 16-08-18

Well written ghost story, narration was on point!!

This was a very enjoyable book. I listened to the audible version of this story and was pulled in from the very beginning. The narrator does a wonderful job with the different voices and I found that I had chill bumps throughout the majority of the story, I even jumped at one point and then laughed at myself. I like that even though there was a romantic story line it wasn't first and foremost in the story, it shared equal time with the main ghost story and rather than overpowering it, the slow moving relationship added to the story. Hale and Daniel were instantly attracted to one another but they didn't just jump into bed which is a refreshing change, instead they built on their connection throughout the story and Hale, well he was just wonderful at being there for Daniel and supporting him through all that he goes through. I look forward to reading more from this author.