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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,039 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Waters Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One postwar summer in rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once impressive and handsome, is now in decline. Its owners—mother, son, and daughter—are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr. Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become intimately entwined with his.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A virtuoso writer…If you want a ghost story that creeps up your spine, The Little Stranger delivers.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Deliciously creepy…A ghost story as intelligent as it is stylish.”

    Washington Post

  • “Sarah Waters is an excellent, evocative writer, and this is an incredibly gripping and readable novel.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Few authors do dread as well as Waters…This spooky, satisfying read has the added pleasure of effectively detailing postwar village life, with its rationing, social strictures, and gossip, all on the edge of Britain's massive change to a social state.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • One of the 2009 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • Longlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction
  • A 2009 Man Booker Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Victoria Griffith | 2/19/2014

    " This book was quite slow at the beginning, but I'll give it four stars for the writing and the way it built suspense throughout. I still want to know who Caroline was talking to when she said "You!" in the creepy finale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ashley | 2/17/2014

    " Sigh. I wanted to like this book so much more than I actually did. Don't get me wrong, she put so much detail into the characters, but the book still left a LOT to be desired. By the description, I thought there was going to be more suspense, well, any suspense. There were only 15 chapters, and it seemed as if the first mention of anything "out of the ordinary" didn't happen until chapter 8 or 9, then stopped, then didn't come back into play until 14 or 15. I felt as if there was almost too much time building up the characters until I was almost bored and wanting something to happen. When something finally did happen, it was minute and fell off just a quickly as it came. I gave the book 3 stars because of the detail, and the fact she did a great job letting us get to know the characters, but I got bored. Not enough detail was put into the "happenings" and I felt the book could have been more "spooky" or suspenseful, especially given the title, description, reviews, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dana | 2/13/2014

    " I love the imagination in this book and the fact tht it's set in post-war times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Louise Gibbard | 1/18/2014

    " not overly keen on this. quite an easy read and you keep going because you want to see if the spooky goings on do have a rational explanation or not. I hope its not too much of a spoiler to say loose ends are not tied up, but instead of frustrating me I was actually quite pleased as it allows the reader to draw their own conclusions I suppose. none of the characters are particularly sympathetic, especially Faraday, the narrator, who I guess you are not supposed to like but I often find it difficult to enjoy a story if you don't like the person whose eyes you are seeing it through. also I think more could have been made of the post-war changing class system stuff rather than the supernatural. "

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