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This was a short and sweet audio book, at 3 hours long. It's easy to listen to in short commute-length installments too.
Nancy Peterson has a warm and compelling voice which perfectly suits Lesley Carpenter, the narrating character of this story. She’s torn from her ordinary and life when she feels compelled to research the origins of an old folk rhyme from her childhood, she visits Linden Manor during her studies and discovers much more than she was counting on. Peterson also gives a range of characters their own distinctive and convincing voices.
The story is very atmospheric and gothic in style, when Lesley visits the manor she is gradually told stories by an unnecessarily creepy old woman (all horror stories should include an unnecessarily creepy old woman, in my opinion) and the mystery deepens until you reach the thoroughly depressing conclusion. It’s a slow burner, despite the short length of the book and not a great deal happens beyond characters telling each other stories.
It bounces back and forth between the past and present-ish, it’s quite hard to tell exactly when the story is set which makes it timeless and will remain a fun listen for years to come.
The horror itself was quite mild in my opinion and it failed to heebie my jeebies, but it was an excellent exercise in storytelling and was a perfect match between author and narrator. If you're a fan of classic haunted house stories with dark origins, I think this is something well worth a listen.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This was a strange one for me. It had a real old school gothic feel to it, but was set modern time. Maybe it was the narrator accent coupled with the writing style. Or maybe, it was just me. I liked it regardless, and because of the classic feel to it and the more modern parts it almost felt like it was two separate stories. Shouldn’t have worked, but it did.
A nicely done, creepy, haunting story with a complimentary narration that increases the gothic feel and brooding mood of the tale.
A solid 4.5 Audible Stars
*I received a complimentary copy of this audio from the narrator and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful