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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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  • Audio CD
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405505923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405505925
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.7 x 13.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,252,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The inside sleeve of The Little Stranger sets the reader up for a heart-stopping ghost story that it fails to deliver on. Not only was the opening of the novel agonizingly slow, with the story riddled with slow bits throughout, but it severely lacked in the fear factor. The nail in this coffin was that Dr. Faraday himself did not believe in ghosts. The best and most immersive parts of the story were the ones where the Ayres’ experiences are summarized by the doctor and they believe that Hundreds is haunted, so it makes that aspect of the novel much more interesting. In fact, the scene that positively gave me the creeps was with Mrs. Ayres up in the nursery alone with what she believes to be the ghost of her deceased daughter, and I loved it. It was scenes like this that I wish the book had more of, but unfortunately these summary scenes were only a very small portion of the book overall.
That being said, The Little Stranger was not without its merits. It had quite a gothic feeling to the imagery and overall tone of the story, which was quite intriguing. Visually, I would love to see this novel turned into a movie. I can easily picture a creepy little kid haunting Hundreds. What is it about dead children that is so frightening, I wonder?
Overall, The Little Stranger was not what I expected or wanted it to be. The cover synopsis of the book led me to expect a much scarier plot, but it let me down in that regard. However, I am sure that if someone picked this up without any expectations they would be quite pleased with it. I therefore do encourage people to read it and hope that other readers find it more enjoyable than I did.
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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 26 2009
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: Sarah Waters had a new book out! Need I say more!

Comments: The Ayres family have lived at Hundreds Hall since the early-mid 1700s and now in post-war times (WWII) there remain three family members, one live-in servant and one half-time servant under its roof. During the war, they did their part for the war effort giving their rooms over to soldiers, their land over to the army for its use, their silver for melting, their furs, woolens, linens, etc for cutting apart and making clothing, handing down clothing they didn't need for those left without homes after the bombings and now that the war is over they have little left. Mrs. Ayres, in her fifties, not old by any means, seems old as she belongs to a different generation and the children try to keep the facts of their penury from her. Roderick, returns from the war a cripple and after recovering from his wounds tries to keep the dairy farm and the estate running for his mother's sake even if it kills him. Caroline is called home from the WRENs to nurse her brother through the long recovery from his injuries at his homecoming and then settles down to help with the estate; a robust, active, yet plain woman she is many years past the expected age of marrying yet she still hopes and now she can be found either in the kitchen with the women help or out on the land helping out the dairy farmer. But this is nothing especially special about the Ayres family, this is a situation that a geat many of the landed gentry of England found themselves in post WWII and the only way they managed to survive was to sell off the land piece by agonizing piece.

What makes the Ayres special is Hundreds Hall itself. Naturally without the money, the manpower or the resources it is falling to pieces and slowly crumbling around them.
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By Darlene TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 16 2012
Format: Audio CD
The Little Stranger is an eerie story that is told in a very subtle way. It was a 2009 Man Booker Prize Nominee for Shortlist and also a 2009 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction & Mystery/Thriller.

The story takes place in England after WWII and features the well-to-do Ayres family. The matron of the family, Mrs. Ayres, is widowed and she lives at the Hundreds Hall estate with her rather homely daughter, Caroline, and son, Roderick. The family has fallen on hard times, and what was once a shining jewel is now a decrepit mansion in desperate need of repairs. Roderick, in his father's stead, has taken over the handling of the estate's day-to-day affairs but is finding it hard to manage when there are no liquid assets left. The rugs and furniture, once beautiful and ornate, are threadbare and shabby. The bulk of the financial burden falls on Roderick's shoulders, which puts a huge strain on him.

One of the local country doctors, Dr. Faraday, is called to Hundreds Hall because the Ayres' young servant, a teenager named Betty, has been stricken with stomach pains. His now-deceased mother was once a servant for the Ayres family, and Dr. Faraday remembers being so enamoured with Hundreds Hall as a young boy. He is thrilled to have an opportunity to see it again, but he is quite shocked to see it in such a state of disrepair. The Ayres have become somewhat like hermits, keeping mostly to their estate and not venturing out into town. A congenial friendship is struck up between Dr. Faraday and the Ayres family, and he begins to drop in and visit with them. He notices that Roderick's leg, which was injured in the war, has been giving him trouble and the good doctor offers to take a look at it.
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