• The Housemates

  • A Novel of Extreme Terror
  • By: Iain Rob Wright
  • Narrated by: Chris Barnes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-08-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: WRIGHT IDEAS LIMITED
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (75 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ten days, twelve competitors, two million pounds cash.
What at first appears to be a wonderful opportunity for Damien Banks turns out to be the worst nightmare he can imagine. Trapped inside a house with 11 strangers, and a booming voice known only as "The Landlord" controlling his every move, Damien will be forced to compete not only for the money, but for his life.
Let the games begin....
©2013 Iain Rob Wright (P)2014 Iain Rob Wright
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dawnzilla on 01-26-15

You've Got to Love the Wright/Barnes Combination!

What made the experience of listening to The Housemates the most enjoyable?

After having previously read The Housemates and finding myself in love with Celebrity Big Brother, I had to go back and relive this wonderfully executed novel. Chris Barnes brings the characters to life in a way that made me feel as though I was in the house with the contestants.

Who was your favorite character and why?

In all Iain's books in which Damien appears, he is my favorite character. Iain writes with him with such depth and personality, it's hard to not like him, despite his flaws.

What does Chris Barnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The Housemates is a unique book that is disturbing and disgusting on its own. Listening to Chris Barnes tell the story adds a whole new level of discomfort and emotion that was not present when I read the book on my own. He performs different voices and accents, giving each character a unique voice, and the sound effects he uses gives the story new dimension.

Who was the most memorable character of The Housemates and why?

Each character is so varied, it makes them all memorable in one way or another. If I had to choose, I think either Damien or The Landlord is the most memorable character.

Any additional comments?

I think it's ridiculous when people complain about Chris Barnes' thick accent. Anyone who is interested in listening to one of his books has the opportunity to preview a sample of the book first, and if his accent is too thick, why purchase the book? Because of this, I find it hard to take those reviews very seriously. Accent or no accent, this narrator loves what he does and that is very obvious in each book he reads.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Scott Mckellar on 07-16-14

Recommended! Horror fans won't be disappointed.

What did you love best about The Housemates?

It's a mixture of 'My Little Eye' and the Saw films, so doesn't skimp on the horror and it quickly gets to the point. It's an exciting story and one that could easily be turned into it's own film or tv show.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Housemates?

It's hard to really say anything too specific without ruining the surprises, but lets just say that things aren't always what they seem. The "tasks" for the housemates are rather intense and messy.

Which scene was your favorite?

There's a certain task involving the removal of fingernails that I'll be trying not to think about for a while.

Who was the most memorable character of The Housemates and why?

I was really intrigued by the Landlord (essentially Big Brother) and what was really going on. There's certainly potential for sequels.

Any additional comments?

The narration from Chris Barnes really stood out and perfectly matched the story. One thing that is a huge part of Big Brother in the UK is the voice of Big Brother, typically a regional accent, and Chris absolutely nailed it. The story would have been let down without a narrator that understood the material and was willing to go the extra mile with the characters and I never once felt myself dropping out of it.

In general, the production quality was high too and it felt very slick. This was my first dip into the world of audiobooks and I wasn't disappointed.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jeremy Moran on 05-16-14

A bloody good time!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Housemates?

It's hard to say without giving anything away! There are some geniune "squick" moments, but they're all very well done and described, leaving just enough to your imagination. And as Han Solo would say, I can imagine quite a bit!

What about Chris Barnes’s performance did you like?

Very well done. The accent took a moment for my ears to adjust to, but once they did, I had no problems with it. Mr. Barnes did a fine job of differentiating the character voices and giving just the right emotional weight to the scenes.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I definitely had more than a few "gasp" moments while listening! Thankfully I was never foolish enough to read it while eating, but there were a few times that I kind of wished I wasn't driving while I got through a fairly graphic part!

Any additional comments?

The story is overall well-crafted, however, I feel like the last hour/last few chapters are a bit padded. Once the climax is reached, the let down takes a bit longer than it should. Also, the book could've used at least one more pass by the continuity editors- there are a few times where the book seems to lose track of how many housemates are in the house, and one chapter gets repeated!

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5 out of 5 stars
By serisa on 06-16-14

Housemates brilliant!

Where does The Housemates rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have listerned to lots of audiobooks and this is in the top 5

What did you like best about this story?

The charachters are very well balanced and the setting descriptions really allow you to picture the scenes

What does Chris Barnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His style of reading and his accent really makes this audio

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Brilliant story great charachters with many twists. I really enjoyed this.

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