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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (22,185 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shirley Jackson Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781470801380
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Past the rusted gates and untrimmed hedges, Hill House broods and waits.

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable noises and self-closing doors, but Hill House is gathering its powers and will soon choose one of them to make its own.

This classic horror novel has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Haunting of Hill House is a highly engaging and suspenseful ghost story, that is, like all good ghost stories, an anatomy of its characters. Jackson’s “hauntedness” is in her troubled protagonist, not in the actual house—there is a possiblity that a toxic individual is a contagion to others and to herself.”

    Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Makes your blood chill and your scalp prickle…Shirley Jackson is the master of the haunted tale.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A goose pimple horror story, and a good one.”

    New York Herald Tribune

  • “Bernadette Dunne’s performance of Jackson’s novel is so eerily superb that she breathes new life into the 1959 ghost story…It is Eleanor’s story, and we hear her whimsical tangents and flights of fancy in Dunne’s voice. Soon we’re swept away by Eleanor’s rising hysteria, delivered breathlessly by Dunne…Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  •    AnAudioFile Earphones Award winner

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizbeth | 2/20/2014

    " Liked the book, though its starting to date a bit. Still scary in a lovecraftian way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris Macnaughton | 2/13/2014

    " Standard Gothic ghost story. Worth checking out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clayton H | 2/8/2014

    " It's subtle, sometimes a little obtuse, but it builds and builds like a slow, step by step climb on a perished gantry to the top of a tower. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bebe Burnside | 2/7/2014

    " "Whatever walks in Hill House walks alone." This is part of the starting sentence. A good old fashioned ghost story. A group four people come to stay at a haunted house to see what they can learn. Doors shake, cold spots appear, ghostly writing all reveal a sinister spirit at work. The ending is a total surprise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michaeguyton | 2/3/2014

    " this book off the chain i love this book already............[even if i didnt read it yet....] "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly-Ann | 1/29/2014

    " The book defiantly put me on edge for a while. I read it while I was visiting my father and staying in a bedroom with blue paint, curtains, and bedspread, much like the main character in the novel. The ending stayed with me for quite some time after I read it, I did not see it coming at all. If you like paranormal novels I would defiantly suggest it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ida Rand | 1/25/2014

    " i like imagining that shirley and i are best friends. i bet she was fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 1/25/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I identified strongly at the time with the woman who had no real life of her own after years of taking care of her mother..the plot was great, the other characters well drawn. I re-read it not long ago (30 yrs later) and still enjoyed it but no longer identified w/the woman who had no real life...because somewhere along-the way, I'd lived mine and it was far from empty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fox | 1/8/2014

    " This scared the heck out of me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dustin Reade | 12/22/2013

    " creepy, atmospheric, wonderfully written haunted house story. I must have read this book thirty times since my first time back in highschool, and everytime I am reminded of just how great a piece of fiction it truly is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan Shumate | 12/22/2013

    " I don't think I've ever described a book as "delicious" before. But the combination of a first-rate character study with some of the cleverest dialogue ever (which does not descend into "banter") makes this a joy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky Beltz | 11/14/2013

    " Read this book in my younger days. Very chilling. Movie made from it was also good. Four people came to try to discover the mystery of Hill House. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 10/13/2013

    " a fascinating, splendid book. hemingway's 'garden of eden' meets sartre's 'no exit' meets wes craven's 'scream'. straight up 1959 awesomeness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Roy | 9/25/2013

    " This is a work of fiction that at first seems a bit light and foolish, but quickly sinks into unremitting horror. You keep expecting a reasonable explanation, but alas, you receive no reasonableness, just unremitting horror. No monsters, but rather gut wrenching horror. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celia | 4/12/2013

    " This book is so much better than various movies that have been based on it. I am glad I finally read it. This is definitely the classic haunted house story that I just love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle Alexandria | 2/9/2013

    " Absolutely chilling. I loved it. The deliberate pace and quiet tone are maddening. A beautifully crafted and harrowing tale of slipping over the edge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 12/18/2012

    " Nice and creepy. A good book to read on a nice, bright, sunny summer's day when shadows and cold can't add their own touch to Jackson's atmosphere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tia | 10/25/2012

    " Jackson knows how to create atmosphere, that is for sure! I guess I was just expecting more from this book. It didn't live up to my expectations. Because of the old style wording it was hard to get through in parts. I have read scarier books in my time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi Leigh | 8/12/2012

    " Classic for a reason. Must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 2/27/2012

    " This one is more of a character study than a haunted house story. It is a trip into insanity. Shirley Jackson knew how to get under your skin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Orchard | 11/26/2011

    " Amazing horror story that builds and builds and forces you to imagine the worst bits without ever being explicit. Full of unnerving ambiguities and human frailties. That's what really seems to be at the heart of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 9/30/2011

    " Sofisticata storia di fantasmi (?) letta nell'ambiente ideale "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Marsh | 6/20/2011

    " Powerful, economic prose, psychological horror. Wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 5/20/2011

    " Shirley Jackson is so creepy. I love her.

    (Also, Stephen King's TV miniseries Rose Red is totally a homage to this book.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 5/19/2011

    " Scared me to death but I couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Selah | 5/16/2011

    " My favorite horror novel, bar none. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron | 5/9/2011

    " I just finished this book. Oh boy, did this book give me shivers! It's one of those delicious books that renders itself to several interpretations. My head is being haunted by it now, excellent psychological horror! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dustin | 5/9/2011

    " creepy, atmospheric, wonderfully written haunted house story. I must have read this book thirty times since my first time back in highschool, and everytime I am reminded of just how great a piece of fiction it truly is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathleen | 5/8/2011

    " re-read (audio): 5/11

    audiobook note: Bernadette Dunne is a great match for Shirley Jackson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbey | 5/6/2011

    " Parapsychologists come to THE most haunted house in the country and find more than ghosts, including life-changing experiences.
    One of the all-time scariest books ever, I'd recommend you NOT read this alone in the house, or during a windstorm..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 4/26/2011

    " While there were some scary moments, I can't say that this novel was particularly terrifying. This is still a worthwhile read and the ending leaves the reader asking questions about what may have really happened, but for a truly frightening novel, readers might be better off finding another book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donald | 4/19/2011

    " Well, I liked the characters and the dialogue and how the author set up tension of the house. But nothing really happens until page 127, and really, nothing really happens. I would be scared to be in that house, but... Still, I LOVE Mrs. Dudley, so there you go! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 4/15/2011

    " This chilling tale reads with the leisured grace of an 18th-century novel. Stephen King called it the greatest haunted house story ever written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 4/6/2011

    " Maybe '50s scary. Memorable characters. Fantastic dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tia | 4/1/2011

    " Jackson knows how to create atmosphere, that is for sure! I guess I was just expecting more from this book. It didn't live up to my expectations. Because of the old style wording it was hard to get through in parts. I have read scarier books in my time! "

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About the Author
Author Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson (1916–1965), a celebrated writer of horror, wrote such classic novels as We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, “The Lottery.” Her work has been adapted to film, television, and theater and has influenced such writers as Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, and Richard Matheson.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.