Title: The Little Stranger
Author: Sarah Waters
Narrator: Simon Vance
Audio: 15 hours
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Ever since Jennifer from The Literate Housewife started raving about him, I have wanted to experience an audiobook narrated by the great Simon Vance. I put a few on hold at the library and The Little Stranger was the first to arrive. Sarah Waters has also been on my list of authors to try and I generally love a good Gothic novel so I was excited to begin.
When Dr. Faraday returns to Hundreds Hall, where his mom once worked as a maid, he becomes endlessly entangled in the lives of the Ayres family. When things start to go wrong – Jib, their the calm dog, attacks a girl, objects move from their normal places, small fires start – Dr. Faraday tries everything to help the family.
Unfortunately, it was not the amazing experience I was hoping for. I thought Vance did a great job with the narration but the story was just too slow for me. It felt like lots of little things were always happening but I kept waiting for more. And at 15 hours, it was a lot of waiting. I can’t really put my finger on what it is that didn’t grab me but something was missing.
I know a lot of other people who loved this book so it may just be me. Have you read it? What did you think?
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I have this book on my shelf and I want to get the chance to read it. I am sorry to hear it was not what you were expecting and that the book was mildly disappointing.
It definitely wasn’t fast paced, but the eerie gothic thing worked for me.
This is the only Waters I really didn’t enjoy all that much. I agree, the pace was just too slow. Definitely give her other books a shot–I loved Affinity, Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet.
I read this one in book form but liked it quite a bit. I liked the slowness… seemed like it matched the lifestyle. On audio though I’d probably be bored to tears.