Narrator: Chris Barnes
Published by Wright Ideas Limited on 8 May 2014
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
Genres: Horror, Mystery/Thriller
Source: Narrator, Submitted
Ten days, twelve competitors, two million pounds cash.
What at first appears to be a wonderful opportunity for Damien Banks turns out to be the worst nightmare he can imagine. Trapped inside a house with 11 strangers, and a booming voice known only as "The Landlord" controlling his every move, Damien will be forced to compete not only for the money, but for his life.
Let the games begin....
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I am new to the work of Iain Rob Wright, and the funny thing is that I have another of his titles in my queue. Therefore I am not really sure what I should expect here.
While the summary is a bit vague on what we should expect, other than the obvious. I do know that the cover is quite creepy, with the lone surveillance camera, splattered with blood. In what looks to be some sort of run down warehouse. Surrounded by a barbed wire fence.
Remember the TV show Big Brother combine that with the Saw movies and you have The Housemates in a nutshell. Full of all the gore, the suspense, the mystery and the need for more that you would expect from such a pairing.
The story surrounds one of the eleven people that think they are on a reality TV game show, Damien. A seemingly pretty normal guy, who seems to be there for all the right reasons. Only to find out on the first day that there is more going on than they were led to believe. Each of the eleven have done terrible things in their past and now they have been gathered to pay the ultimate price and satisfy their victims hunger for revenge.
Each day, has the formulaic flow of most reality shows, the participants must take part in a challenge and then vote two to face each other face to face. The twist is they must battle one another for their lives. Once a competitor falls, their sins are revealed to the rest of the group.
The Housemates is a great exploration of group dynamics under duress. Full of surprises and plot twists that kept me guessing until the very end. Believable characters, and somewhat believable situations. Part of the success that Wright has with The Housemates is because we are all familiar with reality TV. The twist lies within the psychopaths that are in charge.
I would have liked more of a deeper knowledge of the eleven, and the landlord, more character development, even though much was revealed. I understand why there wasn’t so much for some, but I still would have liked to know more about some of them. This could have made this audiobook longer and more fulfilling.
Even though it always takes me a bit to get used to the Scottish accent. Chris Barnes again delivers a punch to the gut. I know have accused Barnes of reading too fast in the past and here I am really glad to find that he has slowed it down a bit.
His characterizations are spot on. Pacing, getting faster or slower as the story dictates, was exceptional. I am a sucker for a performance that can leverage this skill as it can bring a story alive. He even manages to fluctuate the volume of the narration, when the landlord first spoke over the loudspeakers I about jumped out of my chair.
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