- 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)
The Birthing House MP3 CD – 16 Jul 2009
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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.
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.
A new twist on a haunted-house tale for the next generation of horror... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've only read one other Christopher Ransom book and if this and that one are anything to go by, I'm starting to see a definite theme. Read morePublished 5 months ago by madaboutbooks
I wanted to put this book down after the first couple of chapters. It was an average beginning which didn't leave me dying to know what happened next, but not one to give up on a... Read morePublished 10 months ago by miss f c r soleimanpour
Self-indulgent misogynist nonsense. I will usually finish a book once I have started, however dreadful it may be, but I abandoned this one about two-thirds in. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Madam Mim
As much as I hate to give a bad review, I really did not enjoy this book at all. Lots of ideas here that could have gone somewhere (haunted house, marital problems, the creepy... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Marie-Luise Hörnlein-Keogh
Have read a couple of books by Christopher Ransom and this title was very interesting. I personally enjoyed this title, it was different with a twist.Published 21 months ago by Abbey buyer
I don't see why there is so much negative reviews surrounding this book. It had a good storyline, well written characters and a good setting. Read morePublished 23 months ago by MJ
Good book but think the ending could have been better... Have read other books by Christopher Ransom and found them easy reading..Published on 23 Jan. 2014 by Sue Miller