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Author: Richard Matheson Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781481553919
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An erotic ghost story by the author of I Am LegendHell House, and A Stir of Echoes

David and Ellen Cooper came to the lonely beachside cottage in hopes of rekindling their troubled marriage. Yet they are not alone on their second honeymoon. Marianna, a beautiful and enigmatic stranger, comes to visit David whenever Ellen is away.

Who is Marianna, and where has she come from?

Even as he succumbs to her seductive charms, David realizes that Marianna is far more than a threat to his marriage, for her secrets lie deep in the past and beyond the grave. And her unholy desires endanger the life and soul of everyone she touches.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lady | 1/4/2014

    " It seems with all Richard Matheson books they are good but "just" miss the mark with me they are not great. I have read several of his books at this point and rhino like them I don't love them. They have good ideas but all seem a tad dated And they just miss giving a good fright. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 S.A. | 11/26/2013

    " I was vastly disappointed in this book. Seemed like more of a sketch than a fleshed out novel, and, coming from this master of horror, relativity mundane and by the numbers. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michele | 11/17/2013

    " Not up to Matheson's usual standards, by a longshot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Petra | 9/7/2013

    " I didn't even bother finishing this one. I realized about half way through that I didn't care. I didn't care at all about the main character and it seemed so formulaic and predictable so at the half way point I flipped through the rest of it and wasn't interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 7/12/2013

    " Why Mr Matheson you saucy devil. You'll make me blush. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/1/2013

    " I like Richard Matheson. This book is very interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aaron | 6/21/2012

    " The spookiness of the early chapters gets traded in for ghostly, predictable melodrama by the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 2/12/2012

    " Bleh. I went from "Meh" to "Oh, that was a cool twist!" and all the way back to "Meh" again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 trina | 12/29/2011

    " really well-written horror/suspense. shocking! makes me wonder why people bother with the rest of the crap that's out there, and why matheson isn't more popular nowadays. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amber | 6/19/2011

    " This would have been an okay short story. There just wasn't enough plot to sustain the amount of pages I had to skim. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessi | 6/10/2011

    " This was not my favourite Richard Matheson by any means.It was a little creepy,but not scary and I did not like the characters, none of them. I liked how he ended it with Marianna but I felt like that was even unoriginal and had guessed that that was how it would end about half way thru. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/1/2011

    " I liked this one, but it seems I haven't met a Richard Matheson book/story I haven't. There were things I wished had gone a little differently. There were side stories I would have liked to know more about. But this was a good, quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 9/18/2010

    " A couple with a troubled marriage try to rekindle their romance by returning to a Long Island beach where they once honeymooned, but a lascivious ghost tries to interfere. The writing was excellent, 4.25 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessi | 8/17/2010

    " This was not my favourite Richard Matheson by any means.It was a little creepy,but not scary and I did not like the characters, none of them. I liked how he ended it with Marianna but I felt like that was even unoriginal and had guessed that that was how it would end about half way thru.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 8/15/2010

    " I liked this one, but it seems I haven't met a Richard Matheson book/story I haven't. There were things I wished had gone a little differently. There were side stories I would have liked to know more about. But this was a good, quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 1/5/2010

    " A very sexual erotic ghost horror mystery. Heard it was recently optioned for a film. That could be good.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 trina | 9/20/2008

    " really well-written horror/suspense. shocking! makes me wonder why people bother with the rest of the crap that's out there, and why matheson isn't more popular nowadays. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amber | 6/14/2008

    " This would have been an okay short story. There just wasn't enough plot to sustain the amount of pages I had to skim. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Petra | 5/28/2008

    " I didn't even bother finishing this one. I realized about half way through that I didn't care. I didn't care at all about the main character and it seemed so formulaic and predictable so at the half way point I flipped through the rest of it and wasn't interested. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aaron | 3/10/2008

    " The spookiness of the early chapters gets traded in for ghostly, predictable melodrama by the end. "

About the Author

Richard Matheson (1926–2013) was born in New Jersey and started living and working in California in 1951. In addition to novels in the mystery, science fiction, horror, fantasy, and western fields, he wrote many film and television scripts, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” from The Twilight Zone. He also wrote episodes of Have Gun, Will Travel, Night Gallery, and Star Trek. Several of his novels and stories have been made into movies, including The Shrinking Man, I Am Legend, and What Dreams May Come (starring Robin Williams). Over the course of his career he won the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement, the Hugo Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Golden Spur Award, and the Writer’s Guild Award.

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, has won Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, AudioFile Earphones Awards, Audible’s Book of the Year Award, and Audie Awards for severak audiobooks, including Matterhorn, Wise Blood, Occupied City, and The Learners. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale, he is an Emmy- and People’s Choice-nominated veteran of movies, television, and Broadway and West End shows. His performance of Malvolio in Twelfth Night was named the highlight of the entire two-year Kennedy Center Shakespeare Festival by the Washington Post. He attended the acting programs at Shakespeare & Company and Circle-in-the-Square, logged in well over 200 episodes of television, starred or costarred in a bouquet of films, plays, musicals, and Shakespeare on Broadway and in London, and developed a passion for Greek revival architecture.