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The Upstairs Room

Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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Summary

Eleanor, Richard and their two young daughters recently stretched themselves to the limit to buy their dream home, a four-bedroom Victorian townhouse in East London. But the cracks are already starting to show.

Eleanor is unnerved by the eerie atmosphere in the house and becomes convinced it is making her ill. Whilst Richard remains preoccupied with Zoe, their mercurial 27-year-old lodger, Eleanor becomes determined to unravel the mystery of the house's previous owners - including Emily, whose name is written hundreds of times on the walls of the upstairs room.

©2017 Kate Murray-Browne (P)2017 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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More psychological than supernatural

Would you listen to The Upstairs Room again? Why?

No I wouldn't listen again. I have mixed feelings about this book. I was expecting something a little more spooky. I really enjoyed reading about the 'weird' things that were going on, the upstairs room, the writing on the walls, Eleanor's illness, Zoe's sleepwalking - but I don't really feel like we ever got to the bottom of why that was happening?! Was it the house, was there something in the house, was it just coincidence?!

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I found the narration a bit irritating. I don't feel like the voices portrayed by the narrator fitted the characters.

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  • VJ
  • 24-08-17

A Highly Recommended Listen.

Excellent storyline - very different and thought provoking. Well written with believable characters.
Impeccably narrated by Imogen Church.

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  • Jo
  • 30-07-17

Disappointed

Finished this book, constantly awaiting the spooky chiller that other readers had described. It can not seriously be described as a ghost story as the other worldly goings on are overshadowed by the crumbling relationship of the two main characters. Long descriptions of their past that I felt had no bearing on what I assumed this book would be about!
It's well written but ultimately more about depressing relationships than anything supernatural, hence my utter disappointment and the feeling that I wish I hadn't bothered.

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A real 'grown up' ghost story.

Such a treat to listen to. Non patronising, beautifully written and captivating. Really enjoyed listening!

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Intense roller coster, but extremely enjoyable

Great story but could of had a better ending.
Imogen church did a fantastic job on narrating the book, she really brought it to life.
I enjoyed the story and was engaged from the start.
I would certainly recommend this book.

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misleading title, very unsatisfactory

the performance was good and the book was well written, however the title and synopsis are misleading making one think this is a thriller or horror. It is instead a study on two peoples private lives, and I get the implication that their woes could have been what was causing the negative air in the house, but it was too disjointed to be satisfying.

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enjoyable listen

this took a bit of getting into but after the first few chapters the characters build well and the story unfolds and keeps you entertained

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Left Dissappointed

I love Imogen Church who narrates this. I may not have got to the end without her reading. There is so much background information on each character and flash backs to their former situations that I couldn't believe it when the book suddenly finished and not explained anything about the main thread which was what and why the place was haunted. Nice neat tie ups for the characters but nothing about the one thing I was interested in no explanation nothing. I enjoyed the people's lives and Charlotte Church makes the characters real for me, but sorry there needs to be another book now about the actual thing in the house.

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Tedious

What a tedious book.
I found the ending ver disappointing and anti climactic.
Not the spooky house I was hoping for!

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Tedious and hardly a ghost story

I was really looking forward to this book as I love stories about creepy old houses and about renovations. There was little of either. The storyline was tedious, long-winded and a drawn out affair giving endless character backgrounds . I fast-forwarded a lot as I quickly grew bored. In the end I returned the book

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  • Jason
  • 04-06-19

Imogen Church is absolutely brilliant!!!

This is not normally my cup of tea but Imogen Church is such a brilliant narrator, I now search for her name and THEN choose a title. The narration is an important factor when selecting an Audiobook.