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3.00147710487445 out of 53.00147710487445 out of 53.00147710487445 out of 53.00147710487445 out of 53.00147710487445 out of 5 3.00 (677 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Hill Narrator: Paul Ansdell Publisher: Long Barn Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2006 ISBN:
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Charles Kingshaw and his mother have come to live with Edmund Hooper and his father – in their ugly, isolated Victorian house called Warings – for good. To Hooper, Kingshaw is an intruder, a boy to be subtly persecuted, and Kingshaw finds that even the most ordinary objects can be turned by his enemy into a source of terror.In Hang Wood, when they are lost, their roles are briefly reversed but Kingshaw knows that Edmund will never let him be and that he cannot win in the end. He knows it and so does Hooper. And the worst is still to come. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 1/25/2014

    " It is well written, but the subject matter was too depressing for me. We had to study it in school, so I wouldn't choose to read a book like this anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Rider | 1/23/2014

    " A dark study into childhood "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Georgia Darcie | 1/19/2014

    " I had to study this for my GCSE English a while ago... This is a horrific story. Why anyone would want to read about developing torment and isolation for an entire story, I have no idea. I recall nothing pleasant about this story, HOWEVER it was written well with interesting symbolism throughout the book, and I find this upsetting, even frustrating(?) that the author should have put such fabulous talent and effort into creating something so dark and painful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gayatri | 1/18/2014

    " Ok guys, after reading your comments on my initial rating of 4 stars I agree. I can't really rate something on the premise of how good the writing is, if I absolutely and truly hated the characters. I mean I stand by what I said earlier the writing is good, except the bit about the crow I mean since when to crows chase people across fields? It's completely absurd. But I absolutely despised Mrs Helena Kingshaw, what is wrong with her? She puts hooper (who by the way is a cowardly, whining...ugh) over her own son, who is obviously traumatized and distraught. And what for? BECAUSE SHE WANTS MR HOOPER. She is horrible mother and obviously acting like a twelve year old. I mean that kid is bullying, no, terrorizing your son and you do nothing about it? Also what's up with her at the end? Her son is lying dead in a pond and she comforts the one who did that to him? That's just sick. I mean sure she didn't really know about the conflict between them because of her own desperate agenda, but still, wouldn't she be weeping and grieving her son rather that comforting the boy who sees the body and then smiles to himself? Aaaagh. Ok rant over. Anyways the point is that yes it is good writing, I wouldn't hate Mrs Kingshaw if it wasn't, but you guys are right I completely hated reading it. I kinda tried to accept it since we have to deal with it till next year, but yes I hated it. So I am downgrading my review to 2 stars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trashpalace | 1/12/2014

    " Precisa analisi del crudele rapporto di bullismo che si viene a creare tra due ragazzini costretti a vivere nella stessa casa, tra l'indifferenza e il beato disinteresse degli adulti che li circondano. Credibile, terribile e con un finale agghiacciante. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Tawn | 1/5/2014

    " One of my all-time favourite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Whittaker | 1/2/2014

    " I did read this a while ago so im not entirely sure for the details, but i do recall the end, when the main character kills himself and the other boy thinks to himself "I killed him, I actually killed him!" with such delight that it had me frothing at the mouth- of course i wasn't!- but a book that can bring that much emotion out of someone is worthy of a prize, and to be re-read by the same person at least every three years ,unfortunately i have yet to pick it up at the local store... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ananya Avanthsa | 12/31/2013

    " HORRIBLE!!! I mean really Hooper and Mrs.Kingshaw have issues!!! What kind of parents treat their kids tht way!!! So depressing :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gillian | 12/20/2013

    " Fantastic. Kids can be horrible-Hooper is an evil little bugger! I really felt the injustice Kingshaw experienced. This was a very engrossing read with clear themes,mainly that of power. It was also as scary as other Susan Hill novels! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Chantler | 12/12/2013

    " A lesson for all teachers and parents in what can be going on under their eyes but they don't see because they have another agenda. This narrative gradually draws in attention and the ending is not expected! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/12/2013

    " This book is about children. However, it was written when the author was an adult, for adults. The plot is about the friendship of two typical English pre-school boys with some hints of dark story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Claire | 10/25/2013

    " The most depressing, distressing book I've ever read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marketa Sisakova | 10/12/2013

    " A very bad book. Boring and predictable story, which tries really hard to be like The Lord of the flies. Meh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrian Shenton | 7/26/2013

    " A dark, disturbing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Booklovinglady | 1/11/2013

    " Terrifying when you realize just how cruel children can be. It strongly reminded me of the cruelty of children in 'Lord of the Flies'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 12/31/2012

    " Well crafted like all Susan Hill novels. The book moves towards its inevitable, tragic conclusion. The book is a study of cruelty and bullying; of the blindness of adults and the power of one child over another. A great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lia | 12/17/2012

    " ...Susan Hill natuurlijk. Minder dan Lord of the Flies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elicia (Girl in the Woods Reviews) | 12/12/2012

    " If this book is this dark, The Woman in Black has got to be darker. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maira | 11/13/2012

    " Only because it filled me with hate for one of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shadi | 10/7/2012

    " A lot of people might think this book describes how evil exists, in the unlikely form of a child, but the author does a remarkable job by showing the vulnerability of all humans, even the good succumbing to temptations of "evil". Does "evil" really exist? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 5/14/2012

    " Oh this book is creepy. It gets under your skin kinda creepy. It was so lonely and desolate I felt eery reading it. That poor little boy, it makes me ill ot think that parents can be so blissfully, willfilly ignorant to such devestating effects. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Evangeline | 8/31/2011

    " For me personally this story was far too distressing, but I do think it has a powerful message to put across to kids, particularly those 'alpha' leaders who may pick on other kids without thinking much of it to really consider their actions and the consequences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gilberto Padron | 7/11/2011

    " I thought the book was quite the good read, however the ending was quite overdone in my opinion, and could have used some work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 4/1/2011

    " It is well written, but the subject matter was too depressing for me. We had to study it in school, so I wouldn't choose to read a book like this anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 3/3/2011

    " Studied this book at school for GCSE and it had a great impact then. Having not remembered the end, it was still as chilling this time around. Sad thing is, this happens in real life. A sad story, but a great one. Susan Hill has a simple, but beautiful style of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 12/8/2010

    " This book was dark and yet gripping about the relationship between two boys who are thrown together by adults who think they know best. A tale of bullying and misunderstanding. Sad and yet this goes on everyday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trashpalace | 12/6/2010

    " Precisa analisi del crudele rapporto di bullismo che si viene a creare tra due ragazzini costretti a vivere nella stessa casa, tra l'indifferenza e il beato disinteresse degli adulti che li circondano. Credibile, terribile e con un finale agghiacciante. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 7/30/2010

    " A dark study into childhood "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberley | 2/26/2010

    " This was the one book I remember being made to read at school that I actually enjoyed.
    Written from the veiw of the bullied victim it pulled on heart strings and was upsetting on places, you really felt how helpless and hopeless the boy felt and how is mind came to find his only way out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 7/24/2009

    " Studied this at school. Can still remember lots about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/8/2009

    " I too first read this book for my GCSE exams way back in the 80s. I recently reread it and it seemed like another book entirely. Perspective in your own life really does affect how literature can be perceived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 4/29/2009

    " Year 10 (or 11?) English. Decent enough but not the most amazing of books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lia | 1/9/2009

    " ...Susan Hill natuurlijk. Minder dan Lord of the Flies. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenne | 10/22/2008

    " Read this one for school and hated it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy | 10/8/2008

    " This was the crappiest, most horrible, terrible, crappy, stupid, dumb, horrible, stupid, stupid, stupid book I have ever read. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Hill

Susan Hill, a full-time writer since 1963, has written over forty novels, numerous nonfiction books, novellas, short stories, and several books for children. In addition to her writing, she edits short-story compilations, writes a monthly column for the Daily Telegraph, and runs a literary magazine, Books and Company. She has also formed a publishing company, Long Barn Books, inspired by her lifelong admiration for Virginia Woolf and the Hogarth Press. She was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and has won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewellyn Rhys awards for her adult novels, as well as the Smarties Prize for a children’s book.

About the Narrator

Paul Ansdell has been an actor and voice actor for over twenty years and can be heard narrating numerous audiobooks, including The Woman in Black and I’m the King of the Castle, both by Susan Hill; Deadly Focus by R. C. Bridgestock; and thrillers by Paul Cleave.