Red Rain

  • by R. L. Stine
  • Narrated by Michael Cerveris
  • 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

R.L. Stine, New York Times best-selling author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series - the biggest selling children’s books of all time - delivers a terrifying new adult horror novel centered on a town in the grip of a sinister revolt.
Before there was J. K. Rowling, before there was Stephenie Meyer or Suzanne Collins, there was R.L. Stine. Witty, creepy, and compulsively readable, he defined horror for a generation of young listeners - listeners who have now come of age.
Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction and Lea barely escapes with her life. In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers orphaned twin boys and impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family back on Long Island - husband Mark and their two children, Ira and Elena - aren’t quite so pleased. But even they can’t anticipate the twins’ true nature - or predict that, within a few weeks’ time, Mark will wind up implicated in two brutal murders, with the police narrowing in.
For the millions of listeners who grew up on Goosebumps, and for every fan of deviously inventive horror, this is a must-listen from a beloved master of the genre.

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What the Critics Say

"I picked up R. L. Stine's Red Rain and for the life of me couldn't put it down. From the opening scene - which is plenty shocking - a terrifying and original story unspools that draws the reader in like a moth to flame. The suspense builds to the breaking point and goes beyond...and beyond. This is a sophisticated thriller with real characters, crisp writing, and a wicked sense of humor. Keep this book far, far away from your kids." (Douglas Preston)
"This is the moment I've been terrified of - when R. L. Stine decided he wasn't just going to scare children, but that he would focus his power on frightening the rest of us. Ready to be haunted by the master? Red Rain proves he's got nightmares for us all." (Brad Meltzer)
"Red Rain is a slam-bang, stay-up-all-night, leave-the-lights-on thriller. R. L. Stine has scared kids for years. Now it's our turn...." (Harlan Coben)

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Had hopes from the write up...

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Maybe a teenager?


Has Red Rain turned you off from other books in this genre?

What is this genre?


Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Cerveris’s performances?

Yes - His performance was alright - but then the book had a lot of spoken thoughts that didn't quite come across - especially when they were interspersed with dialogue.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Red Rain?

I would cut out alot - for instance the whole thing with the detective and his ex girlfriend - didn't tell me nearly enough of why he hadn't ever been a hero - I didn't get that he was a jerk - just kind of stupid and desperate and weak. Perhaps it was the voice the reader gave him - it sounded sort of Long Island and street smart but apparently he wasn't that. So the character could have been left from the book as far as I am concerned.
The whole part about Autumn was also stupid. Just self satisfying - like he needed to throw in a little sex and this was how he worked it.

The book started off interestingly enough with the travel writer etc. - then the whole thing with the twins - and her taking them home didn't make sense legally- then all of a sudden they were living in the guesthouse and the whole thing of the killing with the red eyes was sily. There were so many starts in building the characters and then they just dropped off - it was either edited to death or the writer has a serious problem focusing and building and tried to add too many things - and then how the end comes together - weird and silly.


Any additional comments?

I wish I hadn't wasted a credit!

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- Laura zeck

Definitely RL Stine

It wasn't a bad story, in fact I loved the beginning. It became very much like a Goosebumps episode about mid way through however and although I like Goosebumps, I was hoping for something more than a couple of kids who wanted to rule the school. Mr. Stine should probably stick to writing for tweens. If he does attempt another adult novel in the future, perhaps it will be more interesting if he actually centers the story around adults instead of children. It might go over better than this one did.
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- Laura

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-09-2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio