Ravenhill Court

  • by David R. Beshears
  • Narrated by Karen Krause
  • 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Present day... A man returns to a long-abandoned neighborhood. Doors stand ajar, shutters hang open, lawns and landscaping are unkempt. The man sits on the curb and opens a leather-bound journal. Through the journal, he recalls the events that took place in Ravenhill decades earlier.
Journey back to 1964... The man is just a boy. He and his friends find that their neighborhood, a cul-de-sac set into the foothills along the California coast, is not all that it appears. There are strange happenings - some amazing, some terrifying, and all pointing to the fact that this little community of families might just be something other than what the rest of the world perceives it to be.
Thirteen year-old Ben Foster, along with his friends Peter and Louis, and his older sister, Julie, set out to find the secret behind the peculiar events that the outside world doesn't see and that those living in the neighborhood either choose to ignore or are conspiring to keep hidden.
Young Peter will set the tales down in his journal, which years later a grown Ben Foster will clasp as the last surviving corroboration of their adventures and of their astonishing discovery.

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Great Halloween book--creepy, fun short read

What did you love best about Ravenhill Court?

Ravenhill Court is a funky subdivision/cul-de-sac with mysteries. The story is set in teh 60's and winds around Ben, his sister Julie, and two friends who decide to see why all teh adults act so strangely. I loved everything about this book except that it was too short!

I am reading it again as it's Halloween time.


Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved all the characters, probably Ben the best. I also lived in a cul de sac in the 70's and can totally relate to the teenager curiosity and roaming around the neighborhood because there was nothing better to do.


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

Karen Krause has a slow and melodious voice. It took a while for me to adjust to her voice, but thought she did a great job of bringing in a mysterious, spooky voice. I don't think this book would have been the same without her.


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

I did listen to it all in one setting. Unfortunately, at 2 1/2 hours, it was too short.


Any additional comments?

This is a great Halloween read!

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

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- trish

Too short

I knew it was a short story and hoped I would like it. Wasn't prepared for it to end though. I liked the twist, and I can often anticipate plots and themes and this one got me, I love that. The narrator did a great job portraying kids, I could easily believe the annoyance and petulance of Julie. I hope there are more Ravenhill Court.
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- Tara

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2014
  • Publisher: David R. Beshears