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The Birthing House MP3 CD – 16 Jul 2009

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Product details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (16 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433289253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433289255
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,667,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Ransom is the author of the international bestselling novels The Birthing House, The Haunting of James Hastings, and The People Next Door.

After studying literature at Colorado State University and managing an international business importing exotic reptiles, he worked at Entertainment Weekly magazine in New York, various now deceased technology firms in Los Angeles, and as a copywriter at Famous Footwear in Madison, Wisconsin.

Christopher now lives near his hometown of Boulder, Colorado.

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If The Birthing House had just been a biting and well-written novel about a contemporary marriage, that would have been enough to make it worth your time. If it had just been the kind of genuinely scary story that makes little hairs stand up on the back of your neck, that would have been sufficient as well. But what's remarkable is that it manages to have the best of both genres, without sacrificing thrills for insight. This is a rare thing: a ghost story with class. Read it. (Peter Blauner) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A new twist on a haunted-house tale for the next generation of horror... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
I bought this book on the strength of its cover, not having read the reviews here - my mistake.

It purports to be a 'horror/ghost' story, but its major failing is that it is not at all scary - in fact for the first half of the book I thought maybe it wasn't a ghost story at all but some sort of mid-life crisis story about the central character - Conrad. (I should point out that I am very easily scared with an over-active imagination and have to sleep with the lights on after watching scary films so if you can't scare me, you're not going to scare anyone!)

As several other reviewers have pointed out - the ending is just terrible - really rushed and badly executed. The device by which Conrad finds out what happened to Alma is levered in with a crow-bar and even then large parts of it are nonsensical. Either leave the past as a mystery or explain it properly!

The idea behind the book is sound but just wasted in poor execution. The initial characterisation is ok too - but Conrad's & Jo's descent into 'madness' is too abrupt and not at all convincing. Take The Shining as a benchmark and this falls far short.

All in all I found this to be a very unsatisfying read and would not recommend it.
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Format: Paperback
The cover looked great and the story looked great but what a disappointment. I did manage to read the whole book but then wished I hadn't wasted my time. I still don't really know what a birthing house is and only have a rough idea about what happened in the one in the book. The characters were poor and unrealistic, there was very little plot or substance and what could have been scary just turned out to be a bit peculiar. I usually pass on the books I have read to friends or family, I am reluctant to even pass this one on to the charity shop.
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Format: Paperback
I bought this book a while back but never got around to writing a review. While buying his latest book I saw an advert for this and how many negative reviews it had. There are a few reasons for some of these.
This novel has been compared to 'The Shining'. How unfair. How many writers do you know that could compete with the likes of Stephen King, let alone with their first novel. Christopher Ransom has his own writing style which I found so compelling that I not only finished the book within a week, but I am also the proud owner of every novel he's written since. The novel is psychological rather than a slasher type horror, and as such relies on characters and atmosphere to tell the story instead of lashings of blood. Some people may find the slow pace boring, but for me it just added to the suspense.
If you love old-fashioned ghost stories then you'll love this, but if you are looking for something exactly like 'The Shining', may I suggest reading...erm...The Shining?
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Format: Paperback
I picked this book up because the cover looked good and reading the back of the book aswell. I must say I was quite disappointed.

Conrad has brought a house after his father has died and moved his wife Jo aswell with him. Jo goes away on a course and he is left on his own with his dogs. He makes friends with the neighbours and even has to babysit there daughter who is pregent while they go on holiday. Nadia who he is sort of babysitting has had dealings with the house in the past so she knows what goes on in there. Conrad starts to have weird things happen to him, also he keeps seeing and hearing things.

All the way though the book you asume it's about a haunting but when it finishes you just think what was that all about. I have since looked at some of the other reviews because I just don't get this book and I thought maybe it was me, but I'm glad I'm not the only one who just does'nt get this book. I won't be recommending this to anyone.
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Format: Paperback
Seriously. Give me back those house of my life that I wasted on this book. To me, this wasn't a novel about horror OR about marriage - it was a long-drawn-out midlife crisis with a few weird things happening in between and a rushed, unconvincing ending that left me wishing I'd burned the book for extra heat instead of attempting to read it.

I feel like the author took a lot of promising ideas and horror tropes and threw them down on a page and used that as the plot. None of the characters acted in a way that I would expect real people to act, and the only character I had the remotest bit of sympathy for was the pregnant neighbour. The idea of the haunted birthing house itself is a good one for horror - but it was poorly executed and I just couldn't enjoy any part of this book.
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Format: Paperback
I was tempted to give this one more star only because although I obviously didn't like this book if you paid attention to my star rating, at least I didn't put it down and manage to finish it. However, the fact that this feels like an accomplishment alone goes to say a lot.
First of the all, the only scary thing about this book is how bad the writing actually gets. It progressively degrades and by the time you reach the end section and the author attempts to draw you into the action and make use of what I like calling "active flashbacks" you just completely lose track of what the heck is going on and the writing becomes the biggest anti-climax of a story which already lacked any punch.
The worst thing about this book though has got to be the characters. Conrad and Jo's relationship is the stuff of either extremely adolescent fantasies or a deliberate artifact used to annoy the reader to extremes in order to create some kind of emotional layer in the story. If the latter is true,then it just simply doesn't work, as every time Conrad and his wife had a conversation over the phone I felt like I had to fight just that bit more against my reflex to put the book down.
In short, an extremely dissapointing book which makes you think twice about believing the "best-seller" claims of WH Smith book shelves by checkout counter.
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