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The Silent Companions

Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
4 out of 5 stars (793 ratings)

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Summary

Inspired by the work of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill and set in a crumbling country mansion, The Silent Companions is an unsettling Victorian Gothic ghost story that will send a shiver down the spine....

Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband's crumbling country estate, The Bridge. With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband's awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks.

Inside her new home lies a locked room, and beyond that door lies a 200-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure - a Silent Companion - that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself.

As Elsie's suspicions about her husband's family grow, she discovers that those around her believe a very different story - a story of just what Elsie did to end up where she is now....

©2017 Bloomsbury (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Eerie and fabulous

Would you consider the audio edition of The Silent Companions to be better than the print version?

Yes, it adds to the creepy atmosphere of the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silent Companions?

Too many to mention

Have you listened to any of Katie Scarfe’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Excellent narrator. She made the characters come alive.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again, too many to mention.

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This is one of the best books I have read in years. It's more creepy than scary. I was kept in the edge of my seat from start to finish. I'm really fussy and don't usually leave reviews but I can wholeheartedly recommend spending a credit on this! It's one of those books you don't want to end as you know anything you listen to next won't quite measure up. A true ghost/haunted house/gothic horror type tale.

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Poor sound quality

Really disappointed. Half way through this story I’m about to give up because I can’t hear it properly! I listen to lots of things on Audible and it’s usually fine. 😞

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Interesting story, annoying recording

The variation of volume in the narration makes this a little irritating to listen to, but the story is good

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A good story with some genuine chills

This is a good eerie psychological mystery which intertwines the lives of two very interesting and engaging women, one from the 16th century and one from the 18th. The narrative goes backwards and forwards in time but the time shifts are well signposted so I was able to listen to this without getting too confused. The story did get a bit over-melodramatic for my taste but I was very satisfied with the genuinely chilling and nail biting ending. Katie Scarfe is an excellent narrator and carried this off extremely well. This is the sort of tale that would make an excellent television drama and one I would most certainly watch.

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good listen

sound quality very quiet, struggled to hear what was going on! storyline a little predictable but enjoyed the classic gothic thriller aspect of it.

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Couldn't switch off the last few chapters

Excellent narration created all the atmosphere. Good story with good twists and a good ending.

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tedious

I really struggled with this book. I found the plot dragged and the characters dull and unconvincing. I wouldn't recommend.

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Highly atmospheric

You should read this story preferably without spoilers. I love that it doesn’t waste time in getting you from one scene to the next. The atmosphere is tangible and disturbing. Go with it and enjoy.

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Magnificent and scary

I was genuinely bereft when I finished this wonderful book. Told via two time periods one of which concerns a recently widowed mother to be and the other concerns a supposed witch and her deformed daughter - it’s this time frame I like best.

The book contains lots of genuinely scarey moments which I won’t mention because I don’t want to give anything away for future listeners ...I wish I was listening to this book for the first time !

This isn’t my normal listen and I think I bought it as a DD then I left it to on my TBL shelf for ages... more fool I.

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good story. poor narrating.<br />

It's a real shame about the narration of this story. firstly, there is a weird effect on the voice. like a slight delay so you hear double. Then I didn't really like the voices the narrator put on. Never got to grips with it. The first book in a long time which would have been better read as opposed to listened to.

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