The Neighbors

  • by Ania Ahlborn
  • Narrated by Fleet Cooper
  • 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Magnolia Lane. It’s not exactly a little slice of heaven, but in the backwater town of Creekside, Kansas, it’s the best a jobless supermarket clerk like Andrew Morrison can do. After sacrificing a normal childhood, a decent education, and true love to look after his alcoholic mother, he’s finally breaking free and living his own life — but in the squalid house he’s sharing with a former childhood friend, the living isn’t exactly easy. Plus, there’s something about the chipper, all-American couple next door that’s just downright creepy. However, that doesn’t keep Drew from accepting a job as their handyman — or surrendering to the wiles of perfect housewife Harlow Ward, a woman who always gets what she wants. Drew, like a string of hapless young men before him, doesn’t realize he’s dancing with a devil — one dressed to the nines in high heels and pearls.

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INTERESTED UNTIL THE LAST CHAPTER...IT FELL APART

What did you like best about The Neighbors? What did you like least?

I LIKED THE STORY BUT I WANTED TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON HERE. I DIDN'T. I DON'T LIKE STORIES ENDING LIKE THAT.


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

I WOULD HAVE A SLAM BAM ENDING IN STEAD OF CHEATING ME THE READER (LISTENER).


Which character – as performed by Fleet Cooper – was your favorite?

MICKY....ACTUALLY THE READER SAVED THE BOOK. I WOULD GIVE IT A LOWER RATING BUT THE READER WAS GREAT. AT FIRST I DID NOT LIKE HIM BUT HE REALLY WAS PERFECT FOR THIS STORY. THANK YOU MR. COOPER FOR MAKING THIS BOOK AT LEAST A GREAT PASTIME UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.


Could you see The Neighbors being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

YES AS LONG AS THEY CHANGED THE ENDING AND I BET THEY WOULD.


Any additional comments?

THE AUTHOR HAS A GOOD STORY HERE. BUT DIDN'T TAKE THE TIME TO FINISH THE BOOK. IMHO.

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- jaye "AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!"

Not Ahlborn's best

Andrew has been a good son all his life. Looking after his alcoholic, agoraphobic mother ever since his father left, Andrew has given up his only love and any chance of a career to stay at home and look after his mother. One day he snaps and moves in with a childhood friend, Mickey, who lives across town. He's immediately drawn to the picture perfect house next door and the friendly, helpful neighbors, Harlow and Red. But nothing is quite as it seems in suburbia.
Nowhere near as good as Brother. This was my first Ahlborn novel where I didn't feel invested in the characters at all. They lacked substance. Harlow, the wife, had an interesting backstory but she was characterized in an almost cartoonish manner. The Neighbors is more psychological suspense rather than horror. It was entertaining enough to keep listening, but the plot and the characters were pretty unremarkable.
The narration was fine.
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- Petra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-27-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio