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  • Where the Dead Walk

  • By: John Bowen
  • Narrated by: Helen Clapp
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (135 ratings)

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Summary

For some, ghosts are no more than the wounds loved ones leave in their wake, haunting the living only with their absence. Others take a more literal view....

Kate Bennett, presenter of paranormal investigation cable TV show, Where the Dead Walk, isn't sure what she believes, other than she seems cursed to lose all those closest to her.

After investigating a neglected cliff-top house, empty for a decade because it's "haunted", Kate is convinced a spirit within holds the answers to a childhood she can't remember and an unimaginable crime.

What she can't know is that the house's owner, Sebastian Dahl, is searching for something too, and he intends to get it, whatever the cost.

©2014 John Bowen (P)2015 John Bowen

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yet another good book ruined by poor narration

I listen to books all the time in my studio.... every day. Recently I've had to return three books as the reader is just terrible. Whats going on with these new books? Don't audible listen to the reader?

I wanted to listen to this book as it sounds like a good, interesting, but not too taxing story to hear whilst I work. However, I've had to give up as the reader is terrible. She reads too fast. The characters all sound so much the same I'm struggling to understand which character is speaking much of the time. And the reading style? Well, if you like to have a book read to you in the style of the voice over artist for Masterchef reading out a menu, then you'll love it

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Difficult

To be honest I cannot say whether or not the book is good, as I only listened to the first 15 minutes.

I found it very difficult to engage in the story due to the narration. I’m sure Helen Clapp is a lovely person, but her narration lacked any sort of emotion. It felt like the story was being told by Siri.

Probably best to go buy the book and read it yourself.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book. It had enough different elements in the plot to keep my interest and it is very well narrated.

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  • Jo
  • 16-08-17

Ok

Slightly disappointed, didn't find this particularly creepy or scary! I did complete it though but was just pleased to get to the end!
As a previous reviewer had stated I found the narration too fast bust got used to it after a while!
Don't think I'd get another book by this author or narrator

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Speed reading didn't lend itself to this book

I didnt get this story finished unfortunately as the speed of the narration was ridiculously fast. It actually gave me a headache and spoilt the suspense building. I'll have to try and finish it in print form. Won't buy anything with this narrator again.

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no couldn't get into it.

the story could have been a lot better. the story felt rushed with very little interesting narration. it felt like she was spead reading in order to get home. nah, will be staying away from anything else she narrates. totally spoilt the story infact I only got half Way through and couldn't bare to listen to her anymore. sorry John Bowen.

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Things that go bump in the night.

I have just finished listening to this and my first thought was 'wow, that narrator did an amazing job!' I have no idea how she read at that speed without slipping up, especially in the last few action-packed chapters. I shall certainly look out for other books read by Helen Clapp.

I enjoyed this book, although it rather stretched my imagination towards the end. That was a shame really, as it looked like it was heading for the full five stars earlier on.

The narrative is based around a TV show about haunted houses - 'Where the Dead Walk'. The main characters are two of the show's presenters, Kate Bennett and Harry White. Kate has been through a tough time, as we learn through her backstory, and Harry is becoming more fond of her as the show progresses, so there's a bit of a romance element too. When Sebastian Dahl offers to allow them to film in his pseudo-Victorian house, things start to unravel.

There's some excellent haunted atmosphere, especially earlier on. The members of the TV crew gel well together and seemed totally fearless as they stalked through spooky houses in the dark. I could never have done that. I enjoyed trying to piece together Sebastian Dahl's motivations, though, of course, I didn't manage.

Dark, brooding and atmospheric, but not so scary that I couldn't sleep at night.

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No !

I must stop reading reviews. Not even sure they are genuine. This was really awful

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Brilliant book well recommended

I've listened to this book a few times now it's well recommended and very gripping story I hope there's going to be a second book

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Love this series!

I’ve read and loved this book quite a while ago but have just gone for a second encounter via the audio version.
I enjoyed Helen Clapp’s narration but had pictured the narrator as male when I read it the first time round - no worries, it worked both ways!
It’s just such good fun, especially when you know the tv show this is loosely based on - great characters, skilful writing, plenty of underlying humour, a cosy murder mystery feel and a dash of supernatural - perfect mix.
I have a particular soft spot for a couple of the side characters (Eamonn the Medium is a fabulous creation to name but one) and am doubly pleased that they reappear in the second instalment.

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  • Dwarven Princess
  • 28-10-17

Didn't finish - Trigger Warning

I have gotten to the point in my life where I am tired of authors, particularly male authors, using rape and or/ S&M as plot devices or to make the story enticing. This afternoon I hit the part where one of the women is beaten from participating in S&M. I will be returning it posthaste. There is no need to add sadism into a ghost story - a good author doesn't need it to add interest.

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  • Theresa
  • 06-12-19

Loved story, narrator...not so much

I loved the story, I was completely engrossed in it, but at times the narrator made it difficult. If it weren't for the story itself I would not have finished it. Her continuous speaking and run on sentences made it at times, hard to follow.

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  • maryco
  • 08-04-20

Good story!

this was a great story. My only issue is with the narration. some of the drama she did well and then some of it she just rushed through. I don't think she ever really got the correct pace of it.

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  • Erin Nicole
  • 16-02-19

Awful and narrator is blah

Horrible, wish I could return this. I usually listen to self help regarding alcoholism and thought I would expand. Picked the wrong book for that!

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  • Mimzie Hand
  • 14-05-18

Excellent

John is a master storyteller. He crafts the perfect murder mysteries for his fans. I Loved the twists and unexpected turns of this book. I heartily recommend it.

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  • SuzeeQ67
  • 07-12-17

Very interesting, and different

Loved the story concept. At first the reader was too fast and everything was crammed together. But then she slowed and it became a very good listen.

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  • Kenneth Strong
  • 04-11-17

A TV Paranormal team faces unexpected struggles

I really liked this book. it kept my interest and is very good. It follows the story of a paranormal investigation team who has a TV show and struggles with not having anything happen while investigating, having to stage things to have something to show on their program. As the team struggles with this, they are offered a case to investigate that takes them far beyond anything they could have ever expected and puts one member of the team in grave danger. A lot of unexpected twists lead to a climatic conclusion.

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  • Shelly Rosamilia
  • 01-11-17

Wonderful

I love the way the author tells the story. You really get to know the characters and feel like you are a part of it. Definitely some twists and turns and surprises all the way until the end. the narrator is excellent her voice is perfect for this story.

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  • Tina
  • 25-09-22

Good story

This is a very good ghost story. I recommend it however the narrator is not the best. Some of the voices are hard to follow and she talks fast at times. Once you get thru the first few chapters it holds your interest and flows well.

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  • John Lindley
  • 02-08-22

good story

while the story was a great , the narrator was not. the rapid clip of the reading, reminded me of a court stenographer rereading the transcript of the trial.