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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (552 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charmian Hussey Narrator: Charles Keating Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Stephen Lansbury is an orphan. He thinks he has no relatives at all, until the day a letter arrives telling him that a distant uncle is dead. Suddenly Stephen finds himself the only heir to a great estate in the countryside. So Stephen sets off to claim his inheritance, but when he arrives, there is nothing to greet him at Lansbury Hall but a mystery.

The puzzle is as tangled as the vines on the hall’s front gate, but two things are clear: Stephen’s uncle kept to himself, and none of the townspeople knows he's dead. But why does Stephen feel that something or someone is in the house?

To escape the slightly creepy feeling that someone is lurking, Stephen starts to read his great-uncle’s diary. And a fantastic truth unfolds. The mystery of Lansbury Hall is stranger than Stephen could have imagined, but it’s not nearly as incredible as reality.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kaarin | 2/14/2014

    " The premise was interesting, but the delivery was preachy and the pacing of the story was uneven. The preachiness of it (re: saving the Amazon jungle) yanked me out of the story frequently. I don't have a problem with the message, really, but the story would frequently come to a grinding halt while the narrator, a character, or a character's journal expounds on the subject for a while. It got annoying and felt very much like the story was a flimsy excuse for the author to get on a soapbox about the subject. I have more complaints, but I'll leave it at that. It is too bad, because as I said, the premise is interesting. Hussey just didn't make the most of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by NerdPres | 2/4/2014

    " Interesting mystery, but not what I thought. A little disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jody | 2/2/2014

    " Great read. This one is for the arborist out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jen | 1/26/2014

    " I'm giving this 4 stars because I thought the plot and concept was really creative. Sometimes that is enough for me. I was, however, disappointed in the ending in that it seemed very rushed. The resolution was rushed, the important information at the end seemed preachy rather than informative and I was so busy trying to process all the gobs of information at the end that the epilogue was sort of lost on me. Urg. I felt like I had been led through this amazing adventure through lush jungles and ornate Victorian rooms only to be shoved roughly out a door and back into my living room without an explanation. Maybe Ms. Hussey was also rushed by deadlines or her editors decided to hack part of the ending? I won't know. But I do know that I would read another book of hers. "

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