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Craven Manor

Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
4 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Daniel is desperate for a job. When someone slides a note under his door offering him the groundskeeper’s position at an old estate, it seems too good to be true.

Alarm bells start ringing when he arrives at Craven Manor. The mansion’s front door hangs open, and leaves and cobwebs coat the marble foyer. It’s clear no one has lived there in a long time.

But an envelope waits for him inside the doorway. It contains money and promises more.

Daniel is desperate. Against his better judgement, he moves into the groundskeeper’s cottage behind the crypt. He’s determined to ignore the strange occurrences that plague the estate.

But when a candle flickers to life in the abandoned tower window, Daniel realizes Craven Manor is hiding a terrible secret...one that threatens to bury him with it.

©2017 Darcy Coates (P)2018 Darcy Coates

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Gripping Story

Loved everything about this book, the story, the narrator the characters. First time in a long while I found it difficult to stop listening.

Great job thank you.

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Surprisingly Good

More of a supernatural fantasy than a horror book. The protagonist is likeable and the story is interesting.

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dissapointed!

started out really well but became very monotonous and felt more like a child's book as time went on.

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Exactly what you'd expect...

This is an easy listening book. A good old fashioned 'haunted house' story. It's not going to win any literary awards but it's a bit of fun.

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  • Catherine Simpher-Benwell
  • 28-03-2018

Really Enjoyed

I really enjoyed this story. It held my attention throughout. It wasn’t too predictable and had a fun spin on the paranormal. The writing style is a bit simplistic but that’s ok. The narrator did a great job.

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  • Acallia
  • 08-04-2018

10+ Star Audio Book

Twist turns, very scary, and amazingly compassionate well written book. A must listen to Ms Coates did it again with an awesome 10+ star Audio Book.

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  • Daniel Hickey
  • 26-06-2018

potential

plot staples were sound, character development was elementary. narrator is excellent. Overall I did enjoy it but feel it lacked depth. I do not highly recommend this book but it has its charms.

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  • Craig specht
  • 07-04-2018

awesome

I really enjoyed this book, as all the author's books this one was really good too. the narrator did an excellent job.

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  • Maria
  • 30-03-2019

Was this a teen's school project?

I don't understand the positive reviews on this book. I dearly LOVED Hunted so when I read the summary for this book I clicked "purchase" at lightening speed. I thought this would be more of a thriller, it's not even remotely scary. It's more of a supernatural creature drama. I was very bored and unimpressed. The only good thing I have to say about this was that the main character was pretty likeable and when I managed to keep listening I found myself rooting for him. Overall, very silly book that I feel should be advertised as something more for YA.

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  • Mark Dulebohn Jr
  • 09-04-2018

Nope

I usually like her books but I just couldn't with this one. It's pretty predictable where it was going. If that's what you like then you will like it.

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  • Kay
  • 22-05-2019

Frustrating protagonist

I’ve just started reading this author. I really like the Carrow Haunt, but I had to force myself to finish Craven Manor. I just could not get over how dumb this protagonist is. If he can make a wrong choice, he does it every single time. Which was a problem since he is in a bluebeard’s wife type of scenario. You knew that as soon as he got that list of things he was forbidden to do, that he would do every one them. He doesn’t even last 24 hours. He also believes anything he is told, and lets other people form his opinions for him. It was frustrating to listen to him make mistake after mistake. I don’t know how he could have survived on the street without gaining any street smarts. The narrator was just okay. His German accent was unrecognizable and his voices weren’t very distinct (terrible since there were very few characters with speaking parts), but his pronunciations were fine and the audio quality is good. Very disappointing all around.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-2018

It had potential

I really liked the beginning of this book, but by the middle, I couldn't wait for it to be over with.

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  • Santie Sol
  • 15-10-2018

Nope

Sorry but just no. Not scary. Not particularly interesting or even entertaining. Hard to find 15 words to say about it.

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  • peter
  • 01-09-2018

Awful narrator

Is this book had been read by a competent British narrator would have been more bearable. Will Damson’s performance was almost childlike and the story became ridiculous. None of the characters was developed to any degree and the writing got to be just annoying. I’m so surprised by the positive reviews.

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  • Stacey Cole
  • 21-10-2018

Enjoyable and fast paced.

Great listen, went through it in about 3 days. I usually read/listen to Stephen King, but find him a little long winded at times. Craven Manor got straight to the point with a likable main character.

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  • jessiemillar
  • 18-04-2018

craven manor review

this book is AMAZING! Just when you think you have figured out the plot, it twist and turns! written and read extremely well - would not recommend for listening to walking home late at night (like i did)😁

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-03-2018

Brilliant yet again

Love all of Darcy Coates stories this one my favourite so far full of twists and turns.
The narrator was also very good except for Daniels neighbour Mrs kurshner sounded Chinese and not German but that didn't bother me at all in fact I think she was better Chinese lol.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-01-2020

A Gem

Well I'm not going to beat around the Bush, I have found Darcy's work hit and miss. Some books flowed and you cannot wait for the next part, almost compulsive reading but some I've truly struggled with. Some seem to be just repetitions of previous plots which is a shame as when she is on to something she shines.
This book I found thoroughly engaging and enjoyable. Her twist on afterlife spirits are interesting, I was hoping it wouldn't be a tele porting zombie again and was pleasantly impressed. This one definitely was enjoyable from start to finish with the odd frustration throughout but not enough to destroy anything at all. Darcy is a talented writer but you get the feel some of her books are a rush to fulfill a contract, this one is definitely not the case. Highly recommend this one, reminded me of 'The Moondial' principle which made the setting more enjoyable.

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  • Anna
  • 03-01-2020

Simple, basic, standard horror

Very simple story line, standard characters. I enjoyed it but wasn't gripped by the story line or and of the characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-04-2019

Craven Manor

Loved it, listened over and over Darcy Coates is very good at twists and turns.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-04-2019

Thrilling story

Loved this. Twists and turns, scary and exciting. Loved the ending. Ten out of ten.

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  • Nean
  • 10-03-2019

Didn't think I would like it

I really didn't think I would like this book as it sounded old fashioned at first but as the story progressed I got more engrossed into the story and the characters, that I listened to it whenever I could. The narration was done well too, and im looking forward to reading more from this author

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-2019

This is scary

Listened to a few 'ghost' stories , but this one was truly nail biting at times. Really enjoyed it though . Would definitely recommend

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  • edie
  • 23-02-2019

bit predictable.but I did enjoy it.good read

I did enjoy this book.it kept me hooked.sadly I did see the end coming to