• Winthrop House

  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (84 ratings)

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Winthrop House

By: Ambrose Ibsen
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
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Publisher's Summary

"They say the Jackal Man lives in that house...."

Months after a family is forced to flee the beachfront property on 100 Winthrop Road, three young travelers lost outside of Cutler, Maine find themselves taking shelter in it. Strapped for cash, the three of them spend a night in the house, wondering why the lovely old building has been left abandoned.

They don't have to wonder for long.

Strange things take place in the empty house. Noises come from behind the walls, and its occupants feel as though they're being constantly watched. The townsfolk are quick to warn them away from the property, sharing with them bits and pieces of its terrible history.

But by then, it may already be too late. Winthrop House has a mind of its own, and the entities that dwell there won't rest until they have what they want.

©2017 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2021 Ambrose Ibsen

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What an eerie story - and great narration!

This is a really cool haunted house story following three friends who are currently on a roadtrip and come across an abandoned house that they decide to check out and seek shelter in... for the night, at least.

It's one of those places that the locals know very well to steer clear off and have heard more stories than they can count, resulting in all of them trying to warn the friends to stay clear of the house.
Will they?

Usually, I will listen to audiobooks when going to sleep; there were two parts in there that caused me to hit pause and switch to something lighter for the night, as I wasn't quite ready to be haunted by my own house in my dreams. It is that good - which is in part because of the writing, but also in large part due to the narration. Joe Hempel does a great job taking the narrator on this trip with these three friends, balancing between casual conversations, eerie moments, tension or even the occasional moment of light hearted fun.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review, but this had no influence on my opinion.

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it seemed a little lacking.

I've waited for this book to come out for a while and I flew through it. but at the end, I felt like it was missing something.

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Entirely creepy

So. I had to start snd stop reading this book. If was incredibly creepy. I will say - that it really was a great book snd a fabulous narrator.

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Another Strong Collaboration

Every time Ambrose Ibsen and Joe Hempel work together the product is a creepy, engaging listen. This is another example of this tandem’s success.

My only complaint is that this story is a bit shorter than some of the others, and lacked just a touch of the depth Ibsen’s other novels provide. It seems like some of the buildup of supernatural events was truncated, compared to his other works. Still, the overall story is quite enjoyable.

Joe Hempel delivers another great performance. He is quite at home in the horror genre.

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a bit slower

I liked the first book in the series, though this one was slower & had moments where I lost interest.

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Good Time Killer, Ending Lacks Detail

I was intrigued by the summary of this book right away because I love a good haunted story and the idea of friends getting stuck in a house to try to defeat whatever the entity might be but this story lacked some detail that I was craving for near the ending. I understood the concept and the background of the house but there weren't a lot of details as far as how the entity got there or why it remains there which was irritating. The ending was not at all what I expected and my stomach didn't settle well with how it all ended. *SPOILER ALERT* Who in the world just accepts a fate like that willingly without their own free will taken away? The ending did not make sense. The friends didn't really seem all that close in the first place and seemed to hold some grudges against each other which made it awkward from the very beginning. It just seems like things were left out. There was absolutely no character development either which I guess they didn't stick around long enough to see. Just very so, so. The thrill was good though. If you're bored and like haunted stories, go ahead.

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well written & narrated

I didn't particularly care for the ending and the overall story, but it was well written and the characters were very interesting. they reacted the way people actually react in real life which made it appealing and believable. I love the narrator, his voice was pitch Perfect he was a natural.

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Not what I was hoping for

It was an ok for me . not what I was hoping for still it would be a good read for others