The Haunting of Hill House (Library)

Shirley Jackson (Author) Bernadette Dunne (Read by)
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Blackstone Audiobooks
Publish Date
September 29, 2010
6.5 X 1.1 X 6.2 inches | 0.55 pounds
Compact Disc
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About the Author

Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) first rose to fame with her short story 'The Lottery.' Her six novels and many short stories confirmed her as an essential voice in twentieth century American fiction.
Bernadette Dunne has been honored to narrate the work of some of the finest fiction and nonfiction writers of our time, including Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, and Sandra Day O'Connor. The winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and a three-time Audie Award nominee, she has voiced countless bestsellers, including Memoirs of a Geisha, The Devil Wears Prada, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. She studied at The Royal National Theater and lives in New York.


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...Dunne's creepy husky voice is, at the same time, quaint and quavering as the timid Eleanor...Soon we're swept away by Eleanor's rising hysteria, delivered breathlessly by Dunne, as Hill House's forces make their presence known. Dunne's voicings of Eleanor's inner monologues are fully credible as she becomes unnerved by emotional torment, mounting despair, and hatred-all invoked by the ghastly gothic structure at the top of the hill. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.

-- "AudioFile"

The story is great, scary, and wonderful, but the book also elicits such great questions about the powers of suggestion and the myth of the delicate female...I love that it is steeped in gothic terror, and without veering into grotesque horror, it chilled me to the bone. I didn't think I'd enjoy a classic ghost haunting story quite so much, but this book knocked me out and has sent me on a Shirley Jackson kick.

-- "Tessa Fontaine, author of The Electric Woman"