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In the aftermath of the mysterious death of their lead singer, the young members of a now-legendary British acid folk band hole up at Wylding Hall, an ancient English country house with its own dark secrets. There they record Wylding Hall, the album that makes their reputation - but at a terrifying cost when Julian Blake, their new lead singer, disappears within the mansion and is never seen again.

Now, years later, the surviving musicians and their friends and lovers - including a psychic, a photographer, and the band's manager - meet with a young documentary filmmaker to tell their own versions of what happened during that summer. But whose story is the true one? And what really happened to Julian Blake?

©2015 Elizabeth Hand (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Generale
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  • Sarah B
  • 03/09/2018

Surprisingly Delightful

I'm usually not a fan of shorter stories but I'm glad I took a chance on this one. The documentary style really drew me in and I eagerly listed to different sides of the story. I often listen to stories before bed and this one gave me nightmares - I loved it! A little mystery and atmosphere goes a long way and this writer is superb. Definitely teading/listening more from this author.

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • wisconsinclark
  • 23/07/2020

Big buildup, disappointing ending

Cast was well done, pulls you in, then nothing. This story was a tease, flirts with you with tantalizing details about a missing lead singer and his ghost girl. Then it ends with no explanation, just a tiny hint.

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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Lou Lombardi
  • 15/10/2019

meh...

no story... mildly interesting characters i bought this because I thought that it was a horror novel.... it's not best part? it's short !

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Wesley J. Critchfield
  • 01/01/2020

Nothing really happens

It's alright, nothing great though. it's mostly Atmosphere with a disappearance we are told happened at the very beginning. there are some creepy moments toward the end of the book but not really worth the journey. still it is short and good to listen to so if you're looking for something that's mostly mood I would recommend this.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Storia
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  • Whit
  • 22/04/2017

Excellent Traditional Spooky Old House Yarn

I listened to music from this era often and happily, and the capture of the moment stitched in with a deft spooky tale (told nonsequentially and expertly) kept my attention with rare spirit. What a fine piece of work! Like an old Rolling Stone oral history combined with a Diana Rigg ghost story.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Boston Boy
  • 18/11/2020

Really Enjoyed This Book

It's true that there is not much of a "story" here - this is more of a mood piece, and it is unusual in that respect. But, I really enjoyed it, and somehow it came off as an effective ghost story. Recommend.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amanda May
  • 16/11/2020

More fun than I expected

I actually really enjoyed this short story. Yes is does not have a very clear ending but that didn’t bother me. The documentary style set up made it really interesting and it was a fun story.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Marion
  • 13/11/2020

Subtle, understated, spooky.

A nice take on the rock band scene of the ‘70’s; I lived through it and it wasn’t far off. The characters were also authentic and very like people I remember from my time in the UK. The small, added creepy factor never hurts and I found this book quite a good listen.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 06/11/2020

Gothic rockumentary

Elizabeth Hand's Wylding Hall is a gothic novella with an acid-rock folk band. After the death of their lead singer, the band on the advice of their producer, holes up in an old gothic mansion to work on their next album. There are many strange goings on, but eventually their front man goes missing and is never seen again. Years later evidence emerges of supernatural involvement. Hand relates the tale as a rockumentary produced decades after the events through a series of interviews with surviving members. With a pre-internet, pre-cell phone setting the events happen in isolation. Subsequent photos that suggest something supernatural are the only evidence. The ensemble cast was a bit overwhelming and while intentionally written in the form of documentary mode, the tension and suspense just doesn't come across to provide that true gothic feel.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Heather
  • 28/10/2020

Different but Good

Once I got the hang of who was who and how it was written, I really enjoyed it. I usually don't listen to short stories but, this story I just simply had to hear the end! That too I thought was good.

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  • Generale
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  • Beccameriel
  • 30/06/2015

Atmospheric English Folk Horror

Really my only complaint about this book is that it's too short. Its themes are very reminiscent of the English Folk Horror films of the 1970s like Blood on Satan's Claw and the Whicker Man. The story is set over one hot summer in the early 70s. An almost famous folk band are sent to stay in an ancient manor house deep in the countryside to write their second album. The sense of time and place is very believable as is the dynamic between the band members - at least to a non-musician like me. It really made me want to listen to the legendary album they create! The story is told in the present day so all the narrators are potentially unreliable given the distance of time and the alcohol and drugs they were consuming at Wylding Hall. No one has the full story and we can only piece together what happened from the subjective views of each character. There aren't really any shocks or big scares but instead a pervasive atmosphere of something not being quite right. Odd things happen and are never really explained so if you get frustrated by stories that lack a big denouement and exposition you might not like this very much.

As you can see it's quite short; more of a novella and probably one to get if you have a few spare credits. I would listen to it on a hot summer day - ideally sitting outside under a tree. Just watch out for the wrens.

The narrators are uniformly excellent. Having a different actor for each part really adds to the experience of listening to the book.

I've only read one other book by Elizabeth Hand and going by this I wish there was more of her work available on audio.

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  • Generale
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  • ian
  • 19/10/2019

Slow paced

Considering that wylding hall is only 4.5 hours long it feels so slow. All I can say is the ending better be worth it or I'll return it. I've never returned a book I've finished before but I deserve my credit back for having to put up with it. Please note it may get better and I will update the review if it gets better.