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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
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The Haunting of Hill House

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Narrator Bernadette Dunne
Length 7 hours 27 minutes
Language English
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Past the rusted gates and untrimmed hedges, Hill House broods and waits.

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable noises and self-closing doors, but Hill House is gathering its powers and will soon choose one of them to make its own.

This classic horror novel has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror.

Shirley Jackson was born in California in 1916. When her short story, 'The Lottery', was first published in the New Yorker in 1948, readers were so horrified they sent her hate mail; it has since become one of the most iconic American stories of all time. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in the same year and was followed by Hangsaman, The Bird's Nest, The Sundial, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, widely seen as her masterpiece. In addition to her dark, brilliant novels, she wrote lightly fictionalized magazine pieces about family life with her four children and her husband, the critic Stanley Edgar Hyman. Shirley Jackson died in 1965.

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway.

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Reviews

The Haunting of Hill House is a highly engaging and suspenseful ghost story, that is, like all good ghost stories, an anatomy of its characters. Jackson’s “hauntedness” is in her troubled protagonist, not in the actual house—there is a possiblity that a toxic individual is a contagion to others and to herself.”

“Makes your blood chill and your scalp prickle…Shirley Jackson is the master of the haunted tale.” 

“A goose-pimple horror story, and a good one.”

“Bernadette Dunne’s performance of Jackson’s novel is so eerily superb that she breathes new life into the 1959 ghost story…Dunne’s creepy husky voice is, at the same time, quaint and quavering as the timid Eleanor…Soon we’re swept away by Eleanor’s rising hysteria, delivered breathlessly by Dunne, as Hill House’s forces make their presence known. Dunne’s voicings of Eleanor’s inner monologues are fully credible as she becomes unnerved by emotional torment, mounting despair, and hatred—all invoked by the ghastly gothic structure at the top of the hill. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

“The story is great, scary, and wonderful, but the book also elicits such great questions about the powers of suggestion and the myth of the delicate female…I love that it is steeped in gothic terror, and without veering into grotesque horror, it chilled me to the bone. I didn’t think I’d enjoy a classic ghost haunting story quite so much, but this book knocked me out and has sent me on a Shirley Jackson kick.”

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