Burnt Offerings

  • by Robert Marasco
  • Narrated by R.C. Bray
  • 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their tiny Brooklyn apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for the entire summer for only $900, it's an offer that's too good to refuse. There's only one catch: behind a strange and intricately carved door in a distant wing of the house lives elderly Mrs. Allardyce, and the Rolfes will be responsible for preparing her meals.
But Mrs. Allardyce never seems to emerge from her room, and it soon becomes clear that something weird and terrifying is happening in the house. As the suspense builds toward a revelation of what really lies behind that locked door, the Rolfes will discover that their cheap vacation rental comes at a terrible cost....
The basis for a classic 1976 film adaptation and an acknowledged influence on Stephen King's The Shining, Burnt Offerings is one of the most original and scariest haunted house novels ever written. This edition, the first in decades, features a new introduction by award-winning author Stephen Graham Jones.


What the Critics Say

" Burnt Offerings has no peer. Better than Rosemary's Baby, The Other, and The Exorcist." ( Hartford Courant)
"Insidiously frightening...It snares you early and draws you inexorably to one of the most nerve-shattering finales in years." ( Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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As Scary As I Remember

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if they like horror stories that do not rely on blood and guts to terrify.

What about R.C. Bray’s performance did you like?

RC Bray is an excellent performer however, he would not have been my first voice for this book. It could be I'm used to listening to him doing action thrillers. I think a female performer may have been a better choice.

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

This book was made into a film with the same title. It's very well done and one of my all time favorite movies. If you haven't seen it you really should. The movie is actually better than the book thanks in part to Karen Black and Betty Davis.

Any additional comments?

This book was released in the 1970s so sure it's a little dated but still delivers chills.

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- Kim Venatries


This came close to five stars for it's literary merits. It's an entertaining story, even though it is predictable and fairly cliché. I do not feel I wasted my credit. This is one of the very few times in which I disagree with my fellow reviewer Kim, as this was not scary. The last twenty minutes were a little scary, but you got to listen to 7 hours and 25 minutes to get there. I was also not satisfied with the ending, of which the whole book is a lead up to.
I can't bray loud enough the talents of R.C.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-25-2016
  • Publisher: Blue Heron Audio