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The Good House

Written by: Tananarive Due
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 21 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Audible Editor Reviews

A suspenseful must-listen, The Good House is about a haunted house originally owned by Angela Touissant's Haitian grandmother, Marie Touissaint. Angela tries to uncover the source of the evil plaguing the area and in the process discovers her own mystical powers. Read with great range by Robin Miles, it's a frightening experience that will keep you listening with the lights on.

Traveling back and forth in time, the listener is sucked up into every moment as the story reaches its thrilling climax. Miles captures and makes the most of each moment of terror and suspense like a guide who tells you only as much as you need to know. She also shows great skill as her voice switches from male to female, elderly Haitian woman to small-town Sheriff.

Overall, a story that would make any person squirm, but so engrossing you just can't help but listen.

Publisher's Summary

Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.
©2003 Tananarive Due (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

What the critics say

"Due handles the potentially unwieldy elements of her novel with confidence, cross-cutting smoothly from past to present, introducing revelatory facts that alter the interpretation of earlier scenes and interjecting powerfully orchestrated moments of supernatural horror that sustain the tale's momentum....[Due is] a writer who grows better with each book." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • WM
  • 2018-10-06

Great story and narration. Not scary, but, do not let that stop you.

I had expectations going in that The Good House was a scary story and yes, I am aware that expectations are really premeditated resentments. So, as I listened in anticipation, I allowed my unmet expectations to nearly ruined the story and I considered returning it; I am glad I did not.

The trouble with The Good House was that I could not help but wonder what was going to happen next so, I got over myself and settled in. With this frame of mind I could appreciate the vastness of this story. There is a lot happening, different timelines, different timelines for characters of primary the timeline, yet it all held fast, easy to follow. From my layman’s perspective, pulling that off well can not be easy, but Tananarive Due did an excellent job.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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best book in a while

could not put down, would wait in car to finish parts. easy listening voice, great performance

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous

I absolutely loved this book! Excellent narration, great writing, I wanted to listen straight through. This will definitely be one I revisit again.

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Dull

Found it boring and so long winded about nothing in particular. Could not finish the book. Expected more.

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  • Rebecca
  • 2004-08-11

FABULOUS!

Firstly, I was totally delighted wiith this narrator. Either she's a tremdous imitator of different voices, or she got a split personality, each personality taking on a different character in the story. Had me totally engrossed from beginning to end. The story itself is so well written that, before the tale had even ended, I came to Audible looking for another book by this author, or something else read by this narrator. Well worth the money, and a steal using a book credit. READ IT!

81 of 84 people found this review helpful

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  • Lee
  • 2008-05-08

Deeply Satisfying

An absolutely terrifying read, made so by how well the author "fleshes out" her characters.
I have loved horror type fiction since the mid sixties, and I've read everything, or so I thought.
This author is definitely right up there with Big Steve and Dean. I would rate "The Good House" as in my Top Ten of favorite stories of all my reading/listening.
It is one of those books that you want more when it is finished. Everything is in 3D, and the book 'flows' very well. Nowhere does the listener think, "oh come on, that doesn't fit, no one would do THAT". Everything fits. Every character does what he or she does because it fits the situation. It flows, from situation to situation. From scene to scene. It is very, very well done.
The reader/narrator is perfect for this story, too.
Whether you are new to the genre, or a spoiled oldtime reader like me, I recommend this audiobook.
It does not get gross, don't worry about that, if you don't like blood and gore. She does not "go for the grossout" as Stephen King once said of 'doing whatever it takes to scare you'.
She does not have to resort to that.
Miss Due is just plain deeply chilling, very believable, and deeply enjoyable.

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  • Kat Ferguson
  • 2015-04-29

Too Many Details...Too Much Back & Forth

What did you like best about The Good House? What did you like least?

I most liked the narrator. I liked the book's premise it just didn't come off too well.

I least liked the slowness in which the book moved. It dragged on for no good reason, giving details that added nothing to the story. I liked the mystery of the threat of a curse at the beginning of the book, but what I absolutely hated was, in this book (that gives every detail imaginable), fails to tell readers WHY the act of helping this person would result in a curse.

Would you be willing to try another book from Tananarive Due? Why or why not?

I don't know. This book started off good & strong even though it dragged on with too many details. But the ending had me fast forwarding. So not sure.

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

The accents of the locals. Fabulous narrative of Grandma Marie.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes. The movie would give a more overall rendition of the book which would make it less tedious & more enjoyable. The macabre scenes would fare better in a movie.

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  • Jim
  • 2006-08-24

Very good; could use a blue pencil

I enjoyed the story and the writing very much, until the last 5 hours or so. Near the end, I began to plead with my iPod to just get on with the end of the story. The tangential tide had come in, and the expository undertow was sucking me under. I also grew weary of the detailed and protracted descriptions of sexual encounters - all things in moderation.

Still, overall, an enjoyable listen.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Catriona
  • 2005-12-23

Some of us like our fiction unabridged

And this is exactly why! I'm a big fan of Tananarive Due's THE GOOD HOUSE. Fabulous. Creepy. Scary (for me--I know you hardcore horror fans have a much higher tolerance!). I must be the only reader in north America who loathes Stephen King, and I'm not usually a fan of horror. (I'm more science- and speculative fiction). I can't praise this book enough. (as a side note, I was also introduced the cubano group The Orishas through this novel). This is a long book, so near the end you may find yourself running into a bookstore so you can finish it quickly, but I see that as proof that the author totally draws us in.

64 of 68 people found this review helpful

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  • Wendy
  • 2008-10-11

Captivating read

I think this is the first review I've ever written, which means I found the writing and narrating to be good enough to compel me to get up here and offer my opinion. I thought the author wrote tightly and evocatively, but the timing and use of flash-backs was especially compelling--lots of characters but they all intertwine when the main character, Angela, faces off against the curse to finally put it to rest.

I thought Robin Miles as narrator is what put it over the top for me--she has a great facility for infusing each character with believable emotions, voices and actions. Anyway, I often found myself sitting in my car for several minutes after reaching my destination so that I could keep listening. I'll be looking for more books by both Due and those narrated by Miles. I really enjoyed this and am bummed that I had to finish it.

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  • Wes D
  • 2016-09-18

Win some, lose some...

I really didn't enjoy this book.

The plot had potential, but it took SO long to get where it was going. That, combined with the author's obsession with intricate details that are almost always irrelevant, and her preoccupation with inserting gratuitous sex wherever possible, left me struggling to get through this one. I found myself asking aloud, "Can we just get on with it?"

Ultimately, I found the story disappointing, and I was glad when it was over. There were interesting elements that could have made for a rewarding experience, and that is why I stuck it out... unfortunately, the end result was not worth the time invested.

The narrator did a commendable job, using so many unique accents that it actually seemed like different people speaking.

I took a chance on this one, and it didn't pan out. You can't win them all, I guess.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Ms Gadget
  • 2004-08-25

Great writing and narration

This was my first Due sampling and I'm eager now for Audible to get her previous works. The characters and settings were extremely believable and the storyline was engrossing as a result. Very well written work, brilliantly narrated.

26 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Danielle
  • 2007-08-02

Spellbinding!

Excellent storytelling and superb narration! I've never heard better narration, in fact. I can't believe one woman could produce all those voices and dialects! I'm glad I listened to this one, instead of reading it. I enjoyed this story and don't understand the reviews that said it ended abruptly. It didn't! The story was so good that the length was appropriate. There are inner stories that all weave together...it switches between these but I loved that about this book! I will definitely listen to this one again!

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Don
  • 2004-08-06

Excellent

I really liked this book. I plan to listen to other books by the author as soon as they become available on Audible. The author's descriptive skills made this an easy book to follow. Although there were a lot of flashbacks, each one was dated so it was always obvious. All the characters were fleshed-out and believable and interesting.

25 of 28 people found this review helpful