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The Girl from the Well

Narrated by: Andi Arndt
Series: The Girl from the Well, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Okiku wants vengeance...and she gets it. Whenever there's a monster hurting a child - the same way she was hurt 300 years ago in Japan - her spirit is there to deliver punishment. But one American boy draws her like no other. The two are pulled into a world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from the American Midwest to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan. The boy is not a monster, but something evil writhes beneath his skin, trapped by a series of intricate tattoos. Can Okiku protect him? Or is her presence only bringing more harm?

©2017 Rin Chupeco (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Amber Thorud
  • 26-08-2020

pleasantly surprised

books like these don't usually catch my fancy but I decided to give it a try. once I read the details and started listening, I found I couldn't put it down it keeps you guessing and I love how it's told from the ghost perspective rather than the humans perspective. personal opinion the narrator did an amazing job. definitely a keeper and I might track down a hard copy to read as well

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  • TheMovieHero
  • 09-10-2019

Not what I expected, but still good.

I got this off of recommendation wanting some J-Horror in audiobook form, as that's one of my favorite types of horror movie, and someone online pointed me to this book. It's not what I expected in the sense it is J-Horror themed, but it's not really scary. It's from the perspective of the ghost, rather than the humans most of the time, and while scary things happen, knowing the ghost's motives and hearing their narrative, and what their reasoning for their actions is mitigates the fear really and all but eliminates it. It was still good though, but it is aimed at teens a bit more than adults really. The narrator I see a few people disliking, but I feel as though she did a good job for the character. The character is supposed to be indifferent and monotone, lacking emotion. The narrator did her justice, and the other characters who have emotions have emotion to their voices, so it seems to be done with intention, I liked the narrator due to giving all characters their own spin on a personality through voice. It's really an adventure story with horror elements, but it's cool to see the other side of the story, so I grabbed the sequel as well, hoping to continue the adventure.

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  • Mom of 2 in MD
  • 19-09-2020

Not my favorite

I throughly enjoyed the Bone Witch series. This was a good story once I finally found out what was going on with the he ghosts - this my 3 stars. Took me too long to figure out what was going on.

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  • Maenad
  • 15-09-2020

Really excellent.

Every review upset at the tone of the reader somehow didn't understand the story. She captured Okiku's voice with it's flatness and wandering so well. A perfect read for this time of year!

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  • Jacen Patchwork
  • 11-09-2020

perfect contextual narration

This was surprisingly entertaining. The girl from the well is one of those books where, if u like the theme, genre and concept, u will be driven to look up everything else by the author.
it was charming, haunting, dark, violent, and entertaining. truly, I loved this one.
don't mind what people say about the narration, given that the story is being told from the perspective of a 300 year old Japanese ghost, I found the choice of tone and cadence to be true to form.
again, loved this, and I'm a very picky reader and listener. now, on to book 2.

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  • Michelle D.
  • 04-09-2020

Great book if you like ghosts

Loved this book, told from the perspective of a ghost, so unique! If you like the paranormal you will like this book.

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  • Mallory Kelly
  • 18-10-2019

I lost myself in this story

I loved this book! The unique perspective, the incredible and well-rounded characters, the beautiful and simply described settings, and the emotional impact have made this one of my definite recommendations. And horror, too! I still found the scary moments tense and frightening even though we have the point of view of the ghost.

Rin constructs things so subtly and smoothly that I lost myself in the story. She gives just the right amount of description so that I could perfectly picture and adapt the settings and the emotions of the characters. I couldn't stop listening.

This narrator was great, too. I'll definitely listen to more books by Andi Arndt.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-09-2019

Love it

Absolutly love it! Have lost count how many times I lissened to this book and part two "The suffering"

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  • Regan
  • 05-07-2019

Love this story!

So, I tend to get audiobooks for books I already know are awesome. This narrator doesn't take away from the awesomeness and adds a depth that, though it doesn't follow along exactly with what's in my mind, makes a way for a different way that's just as good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-2019

i love this book so much

I've read it before but it's been 2 years and i missed it. Even the 2nd time around it has surprises and scares. While i prefer my Tarq (different tone of voice in my head) the scene with Callie after the big event made me cry like a baby while listening. Well done!

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  • Chris Wigley
  • 18-07-2018

interesting premise let down by distance

whilst I loved the idea of this book, I found it difficult to relate to the characters due in part to the distant narrator. I also didn't feel that there was enough growth in the characters. Given the reader/listener is so far removed from what is going on, greater growth would have helped.

I also felt the story began to say around the halfway point, as if the author ran out of steam.

The performance was good and suitably subdued given the narrator.

Unfortunately I wasn't keen enough on this book to seek out the sequel.