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The Handyman

Written by: Bentley Little
Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood. Frank's gaze was oddly confusing, as if he was attempting to discern the proper way to behave because he didn't know how to respond in a human manner. Since Frank obviously wasn't an alien, young Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy. In the end, Daniel would learn the terrifying truth about Frank Watkins. And as an adult, Daniel is about to discover there are more of them out there.

©2017 Bentley Little (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Not bad,,, not great.

I am not a dedicated Bentley Little fan since I find his stories to be rather pedestrian and not at all scary (which kind of defeats the purpose of horror novels). But, his writing is passable, characterization okay. I will probably listen to another of Mr. Little's books if I am desperate for a mildly entertaining way to pass some time. I give five stars, however, to Chris Andrew Ciulla who is a very talented narrator.

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  • Beantown
  • BOISE, IDAHO, US
  • 2018-11-24

strange narration

Creepy story, but it was hard to be scared because the narrator sounded like he was reading a children's book. Like a super disturbing Hardy Boys. I finished it, but never got into it.

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  • JuniorLo
  • 2018-02-08

Little is back!

The newest from Bentley Little doesn’t disappoint. The pace builds until the end. Well-written. Well-read.

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  • coreybeth
  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 2017-11-25

2500+ books & this was the ONLY one gave me creeps

Seriously. I have 2500+ audible books in my library (just ask my husband LOL). My genre is horror, suspense, paranormal etc. I have never, not once, had to turn a book off at night. Until the handyman. I don't know why but I passed on the title a few times. It just seemed like a stalkerish book. I'm glad I was wrong! Sam, his brother & parents buy a "kit" for an Aframe as a vacation home. The man they purchased the lot from, Frank, they also hire to build it. Frank creeps the boys out and is a peculiar man. He skips town, steals their things and due to his shoddy workmanship cause a horrible accident. Sam grows up but blames his families misfortunes on Frank. He begins an investigation and finds some disturbing things about "Frank". He travels back to his old Aframe vacation home where it all began. and actually runs into a ghost hunting reality show filming an episode. He gives them information about the his house, the house across the street, and the man who lived there. He discovers that everyone who has ever hired Frank ends up dead, injured or missing! He and two of the writers of the show try to track down frank. He learns about a mysterious religion in Vietnam where apparently Frank started his downward spiral into the occult and insanity! I'm hoping there's a part 2. I had to turn the book off last night. My whole family was asleep while I stayed up to clean. The creepy ghosts and characters and the situations in the book made my imagination run wild. I just finished it.......In broad daylight......as should you! Don't hesitate unless you don't want to be scared! First book ever. Not even It scared me. This one did!!!

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  • Brooke
  • 2017-11-15

Scary

I literally had to stop reading this book at night because it frightened me so much. I don't usually scare so easily, but all the death from seemingly unexplained accidents scared the heck out of me. At some point, you say to yourself, no way would this happen, but when you're alone listening to the story and all the lights are out in your house and you start hearing noises, well judge for yourself. But, I couldn't get enough of the storyline so I bit the bullet and listened the last 4 hours in the middle of the night. I admit I did stio the audio several times to listen for unexplained noises in the house, but it was worth it. There are a few items that remain unresolved for me. But, I'll just make assumptions rather than list them here and ruin the storyline for anyone.

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  • creekergirl
  • 2018-11-04

Grabs you and doesn't let you go!

This one grabbed my interest from the start and I found myself hurrying to get back to it. Old school creepy is the best description I can think of. I would have given it 5 stars all round, but for the ending. It may just be me, but many of the horror/suspense novels I have read recently have left me unsatisfied in that department ~~ not with the actual conclusion, but sometimes the manner of getting there feels somewhat contrived. Regardless - if this is your genre - don't miss this one! Caution: You may start seeing Franks around your neighborhood.

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  • phantomco
  • 2018-06-06

Not expected but very good

*SPOILER ALERT* Very gripping and interesting throughout the entirety of the book. I enjoyed the character development and the sequencing of time (skipped back and forth quite a bit) my number one complaint would have to be about the copious references to animal cruelty (I skipped a few parts) but besides that factor I would recommend the book to anyone that is looking for a creepy/bizarre read.

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  • Jacob
  • 2019-01-24

Disappointed

Story was bland... very blah atmosphere. Like another review said the narrator seemed like he was reading a children’s book which detracted from the story for me. Maybe had I read the actual book the story would have been better. There are a lot of positive reviews so I am glad some enjoyed this, but I can not recommend it.

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  • N
  • 2019-01-23

Just too convoluted.

Narrator’s tone was not right for this book.

The storyline was too convoluted. Too many characters- none of which I cared about.

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  • Sally A. Wise
  • 2019-01-21

A young adult horror book at best.

The story is one only someone new to horror would find entertaining. Sex and unbelievable, simplistic details placed in unnecessary places.

Skip the first five hours of the audio book, and maybe a good story is in there. A nice ending, but the beginning sucked, the middle was almost unbearable.

The voice actor was all wrong for a horror story, bad casting. Maybe for a love story or educational book, but not a voice for horror.

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  • Marshall Chavez
  • FAYETTEVILLE, GA
  • 2018-09-17

meandering ex machina waste

great setup, terrible executions imo. zero satisfaction at conclusion because character just "lucks" his way through everything . fortunately for him, frank apparently had no interest in doing him any harm. will not read this author again. obviously wrote without an outline.

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