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  • Fenton House, Book 1
  • By: Ben Cheetham
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Don't Look Back

By: Ben Cheetham
Narrated by: Ralph Lister
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Summary

After the tragic death of their eleven-year-old son, Adam and Ella are fighting to keep their family from falling apart. Then comes an opportunity that seems too good to be true. They win a competition to live for free in a breathtakingly beautiful mansion on the Cornish Lizard Peninsula. There’s just one catch: the house is supposedly haunted. 

Mystery has always swirled around Fenton House. In 1920, the house’s original owner, reclusive industrialist Walter Lewarne, hanged himself from its highest turret. In 1996, the then inhabitants, George Trehearne, his wife Sofia, and their young daughter Heloise, disappeared without a trace. Neither mystery was ever solved. 

Adam is not the type to believe in ghosts. As far as he’s concerned, ghosts are simply memories. Everywhere he looks in their cramped London home he sees his dead son. Despite misgivings, the chance to start afresh is too tempting to pass up. Adam, Ella, and their surviving son, Henry, move into Fenton House. At first, the change of scenery gives them all a new lease of life. But as the house starts to reveal its secrets, they come to suspect that they may not be alone after all…

©2018 Ben Cheetham (P)2022 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Let down by teriible narration

I'm so glad I started reading the print version first. Had I started with the audible version I wouldn't have finished the book. This is a classic haunted house story with some interesting twists and turns. In the print version, the main characters Adam and Ella come across as a "normal" couple who have suffered a terrible tragedy. Unfortunately, the spooky atmosphere achieved by Ben Cheetham in the print version is totally destroyed by Ralph Lister's narration. Lister portrays the characters as unlikable pompous idiots. I was enjoying the print version but upon switching to the audible book I felt as though I had somehow stumbled across a spoof version of the same story which completely spoiled the supernatural air the author had created. I switched back to print and enjoyed the rest of the book. I will read more Ben Cheetham but will avoid Ralph Lister in furture.

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  • Boobie B.
  • 29-06-22

Long for no reason

The book started off strong and then it fell off. Boring read. It ends with you having to buy the next book in order to see if something is true or not and that was the only interesting plot of the book! I'm not wasting my money to find out. I'll just never know the truth.