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This House Is Haunted

De : John Boyne
Lu par : Alison Larkin
Durée : 8 h et 52 min
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Written in Dickensian prose, This House Is Haunted is a striking homage to the classic 19-century ghost story. Set in Norfolk in 1867, Eliza Caine responds to an ad for a governess position at Gaudlin Hall.

When she arrives at the hall, shaken by an unsettling disturbance that occurred during her travels, she is greeted by the two children now in her care, Isabella and Eustace. There is no adult present to represent her mysterious employer, and the children offer no explanation.

Later that night in her room, another terrifying experience further reinforces the sense that something is very wrong. From the moment Eliza rises the following morning, her every step seems dogged by a malign presence that lives within Gaudlin's walls. Eliza realizes that if she and the children are to survive its violent attentions, she must first uncover the hall's long-buried secrets and confront the demons of its past.

Clever, captivating, and witty, This House Is Haunted is pure entertainment with a catch.

©2013 John Boyne (P)2013 Tantor

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"A perfect, shivery gothic tale." ( Booklist)

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  • Dorothy
  • 24/03/2014

Well Read - Not Very Scary, Had Promise

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Alison Larkin is a delight. She was perfect and the main reason I kept going. The story begins quite deliciously. The sightings and hints of ghosts have great promise, but we never hear of these initial ghostly appearances again. The actual haunting seemed heavily influenced by special efffects in Hollywood movies, which was a shame. It was easy to figure out who the ghosts were and this took away from the chilling effect. I also think the main character's stoic, resigned, not very scared acceptance of her situation was over played. The children were creepy. However, as I said at the beginning of this review, Ms. Larkin was delightful and perfect so,I kept listening. She makes the credit well worth it.

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  • John S.
  • 23/01/2015

Scary? No

So-So Victorian period piece, but no thriller. Author was trying for "Turn of the Screw" but ended up with something closer to a Movie of the Week script instead.

Narrator did the best she could with the material, so no knock on her performance here.

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  • Alis Aquilæ
  • 12/09/2014

This Book Is Dreadful

Friends have been telling me I need to read John Boyne for years, so I looked forward to the experience. Having finished "This House Is Haunted," I could scarcely be more disappointed.

The first three chapters could be cut as they only introduce irrelevant backstory. Removing overwritten passages of description and scenes in which nothing happens to advance the story would bring it down to the size of a novella. Even then, the plot is so contrived and predictable that it would not be worth reading.

The most aggravating things about this book are the modern attitudes, speech patterns, and social customs that permeate every chapter of the book. These "intrusions" continuously break the attempt to create a fictional dream of the past and are as jarring as a sneezing fit during a chamber concert.

Also, I found it hard to believe the author had spent any time with real children, even precocious or eccentric children, of any century.

Alison Larkin is a charming narrator, but even she could not bring life to these wooden characters.

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  • Celina
  • 06/12/2013

Truly Chilling !!

Would you consider the audio edition of This House Is Haunted to be better than the print version?

I do this the audio version is better. The narrators english accent and abilities to change voices/accents for each character really brought this story to life.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the trip back in time, also loved the great detail. it really brought the story to life.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favourite scene was when Eliza takes her trip with the children into london. It really made you feel sympathy for the well being of the children. And not to mention all the creepy haunting parts! but cant give away to much!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A guilt-stricken young woman finds herself as a caregiver for 2 children at an estate that has more to hide then anyone could have ever assumed.

Any additional comments?

I just really hope everyone listens to this book and falls in love with it the way i did.

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  • RueRue
  • 24/08/2014

Suspenseful and Atmospheric

Beautifully written, Victorian gothic/ghost story. I was a little let down with the ending, but it was unsettling, and maybe that's the desired result ? No question, though, that John Boyne is a fabulous writer !

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  • Autodidact
  • 06/12/2018

Applause for John Boyne

I so love his work. This is a classic Gothic horror done so well. No, not scary but neither is Frankenstein or The Woman in White or any of Poe's genius. This is a well crafted and slightly disturbing tale of haunting. I am still thinking of the last word!! Well done in a genre not his normal.

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  • Emily Anne
  • 27/04/2016

Starts Out.....

This was a bit slow to start but then it really ended in the middle of the story.

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  • E. Didi
  • 08/02/2015

Great Narrator, Blah Storytelling

Would you try another book from John Boyne and/or Alison Larkin?

I would love to listen to something else narrated by Ms. Larkin; her enthusiastic narration really saved what could have been a terrible audiobook. I'd be open to another book by Mr. Boyne as well, since his technical writing was good and the poor storytelling here may be a fluke on his part.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Boyne worried too much about replicating a gothic feel, and not enough about fleshing out his characters or story. If he'd reversed the tendency, it all would have been much better.

SPOILER: As an example of the poor storytelling, the sole motivation Boyne gave the mother for becoming a murderous psychopath was that she had been sexually abused as a child. This could have worked in theory, but the way he handed it left a bad taste in my mouth. The way he wrote the story, Boyne expected the reader to accept the idea that an abused child would naturally grow up to be a homicidal maniac as a truism requiring no further explanation. That just seems rather insulting towards the 99.99% victims of abuse that don't go on to commit multiple homicides to me. Handling that more intelligently would have improved the story, as well as given the mother greater depth.

Any additional comments?

Not a great book, but not a bad one either. If you like this style of gothic writing, it's worth a credit. Just don't expect it to do more than pass the time.

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  • Rene Bellis
  • 20/06/2014

Entertaining

If you could sum up This House Is Haunted in three words, what would they be?

Delightful, entertaining, enjoyable

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes! This book was delightful! I loved the narrator who portrayed the story quite well. I especially loved the writer's use of the "Old" English word usage.

Which character – as performed by Alison Larkin – was your favorite?

The governess

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

no

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  • Alissa Hartling
  • 19/10/2019

Short on Haunting

For me, the haunting aspect of the story was short lived and all too threatening and not mysterious enough for my taste. The heroine was a strong personality and somewhat forward thinking, not needing a man to take care of her. Her independence and rational mind kept her from letting her imagination run wild - which I liked. It is nice to read a rational female getting upset with the chauvinistic thinking of the time period and hoping for better things for girls and women. This also downplayed the mystery of the mansion and the Ghosts, because she was always thinking rationally and wouldn't let herself get pulled into the haunting. The descriptions of her interactions with the ghosts were short and didn't draw me into what she was experiencing. The story around Isabella and her relationship with her parents was almost non-existent
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