“Master of the macabre”* Bentley Little offers a new lesson in fear with this terrifying horror novel.
With a promise of more freedom and a chance to get out from under the thumb of a reactionary school board, the teachers of Tyler High have voted to become a charter school. Instructors and parents alike are thrilled with the prospect of independence. And yet....
The formerly laid-back principal has become unusually strict. And with her toadying secretary, she seems to be running the show. That isn’t all. The janitors no longer work nights because of what they hear. The students are frightened by what they see. And things are happening on school grounds that defy rational explanation. But there is an explanation. It’s just not anything that anyone can begin to believe—or hope to survive.
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On par for Bentley Little but terrible narrator.
I’ve read several Bentley Little books and have enjoyed the creepy supernatural aspects of all of them. This one isn’t my favorite but it was ok and had enough creepy moments to keep me interested.
My low rating here comes is a result of the narration. Audiobooks are very much performances, meaning there is a director. I can’t imagine anyone hearing this and thinking, “this is a great performance!” The narrator’s voice has an odd pace that almost sounds robotic at times. It makes you he dialog in the story comical instead of scary. There also seems to be a lack of recognition around some of the pop culture references in the book. At one point someone is described as wearing a Ramone’s Tour t-shirt. The bands name was pronounced Ramoney’s. Later a movie by actor Steve Carell is mentioned. The name was pronounced Steve Carol. I don’t hold it against the narrator for not knowing these references, but who is directing this and not stopping the recording and correcting the pronunciation?
With an audiobook the narrator can make or break a book. This one just didn’t have it.