• The Meadows

  • Legacy of Darkness, Book 1
  • By: London Clarke
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth DeVault
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (244 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A decades-old murder. A blood-thirsty cult. A house full of spirits.

Scarlett DeHaven leaves Nashville behind for a new beginning in the Shenandoah Valley without memories of drug addiction and rehab. But after purchasing an abandoned house with a disturbing past in the hopes of transforming it into a luxury bed-and-breakfast, she experiences visions and voices.

Strangers appear, bearing cryptic warnings. And a tunnel is discovered underneath the house - one that was historically used for a local cult’s rituals.

It doesn’t take long for Scarlett to realize she is being targeted by violent spirits. Driven to the edge of despair, she vows to fight back, but she has no idea what she’s really battling. And her nightmare is just beginning.

From the author of Wildfell comes a gripping supernatural thriller in which the monsters may be vampires, demons, or flesh and blood. It is a nightmare that will make you believe it could easily happen to you.

©2018 London Clarke (P)2019 London Clarke

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Definitely a great haunted house book.

Human vampire, Incubuses, and Cults. Reader who has the perfect tone for a person with some drug issues and likes xanax but If I saw 1% of what the girl saw I would of pooped my pants and ran away. Great all around horror/haunted house book and I have read pretty much every haunted house book I can find.

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Wow just wow.

Storyline narrator and overall performance were great. It’s been a long time since a ghost story has lived up to its previews.

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Engaging story, with great atmosphere!

On recommendation from my wife, I listened to this book. The first chapter was very cliche, and the performer was reading in a choppy style. I almost stopped. But don’t!! Once you get to chapter 3 the story begins to draw you in with that urge that you just don’t want to stop until the mystery is ferreted out. Ms DeVault’s performance gets better as the interaction between characters becomes deeper and the authors descriptions become more atmospheric.
By the end I had almost forgotten the rough start to the story, and will probably purchase and listen to Ms Clarke’s new story Wildfell.
Overall, it was a satisfying experience, and I would recommend you read this story.

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It was ok

It was just ok. I really can’t put my finger on it! Maybe the narrater sounded like she was reading in a cave! Or the bad guys were a bit cheesy ! But that’s just me!

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Audio is very tinny, and her accents are horrid!

In her regular reading voice, this narrator is fine, but her British accent was laughably bad. I would've enjoyed it much more if she didn't even try.
Also, there's a problem with the audio where it sounds like it's being played in a tin can. It became especially bad in the last third of the book. I thought it may be my headphones so I switched, and then switched devices, didn't help.
The story is bland and predictable.
It's not a horrible listen, but there's better out there, I wouldn't waste a credit.

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great story

no jump scares but the general mood keeps you on edge, not to mention few stories show the start of haunting, the realization, attempted removal, and aftermath. totally on the read again list

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Not impressed

There were so many times throughout this story I was hoping the main character would just die. Without giving too much away, she falls vicitm to her own devices, repeatedly and it was tiresome. Glad its over and I doubt I'll listen to another title by this author. It wasn't scary in the least.

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Good story.... may read the book

Much like the other reviews, I also had trouble with the tinny audio & the narrator isn't great. It's a good story if you can tune it out.

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Unlikeable and stupid characters

My favorite sub-genre of horror is a haunted-house story, so I had high hopes for this book. However, my enjoyment of this book was marred by my intense dislike of the characters. I was in awe of the stupidity of so many of the characters. The main character, Scarlett, is unlikeable. She is entirely selfish; as people begin to die in the house that she’s renovating to be a bed and breakfast, she’s only concerned that those deaths might delay her grand opening. While I can understand that the recovery from addiction is a long road, Scarlett’s apathy about her own recovery was depressing. Her “best friend” Stella wasn’t much better. Stella is described in Scarlett’s words as a wonderful and unselfish friend; however, none of Stella’s actions supported that evaluation. Stella was unreasonably nasty to Scarlett’s friend Mia, who ends up being a minor hero at the end of the novel; she also undermines Scarlett’s recovery from substance abuse by sneaking liquor into the house and drinking with her. In addition to the unpleasantness of the characters, I was distracted by their stupidity. Several entranced people and ghosts inform Scarlett that in a certain number of days she will die. It’s basically a countdown and obviously a warning since the number of days decreases while time slowly wore on in this novel. Scarlett actually asks herself, “What does it mean?” At this point, I decided that the dummy deserved whatever was coming to her. Later, a psychic named Zelda visited the house at Scarlett’s request. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but Zelda was clearly disturbed when she saw a person and recognized that person as a murderous cult member. However, Zelda decided that she wouldn’t tell Scarlett because it would “upset” her. Huh? Overall, I found the story to be frustrating and drawn out. I was also left with questions about a random character introduced at the end of the story. In addition, the narrator’s style was rather monotone, which added to my desire to get to the end of the story as soon as possible---not out of suspense but out of a desire to leave those moronic characters behind.

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Struggled to finish thanks to author choices for storyline. Loved the reader though! It just truly needed a stronger protagonist.

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  • Naedrax17
  • 11-18-20

BORING !!

This was so boring. Nothing really happened, none of the characters were overly likeable to care what happens. But then again nothing happened. I only kept going as waiting for something, ANYTHING, was annoyingly disappointed. It was not scary or creepy on any level. Such a waste of time & a credit.

And the narrator spoke sooooooo sloooooow which didn't help the story at all. I had to increase the speed to 1.4, - 1.5 just to get through.