The Grand Hotel: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Welcome to the hotel where nobody checks out. When a desk clerk welcomes a group of tourists into his mysterious and crumbling hotel, the last thing he expects is that a lone girl on his tour may hold the power to unravel the hidden mystery that has lain for untold centuries within the structure’s walls. The Grand Hotel is a horror novel by esteemed best-selling author Scott Kenemore (Zombie, Ohio) that takes the reader on a thrilling ride through an interconnected series of stories narrated by the desk clerk and the residents of the hotel itself. And while it is not known whether or not the desk clerk is actually the devil incarnate, it is strange that so many visitors who come for a tour of the hotel have a way of never leaving. As the narrator takes you deeper and deeper into the heart of the hotel, secrets that have been hiding for aeons begin to show themselves. Although he is quite prepared for this experience, there is some question as to whether or not the rest of the world shares this readiness. Kenemore's incredible style and originality carry The Grand Hotel to places most people only see in their nightmares. And while we don’t know all of the secrets that lie within the Grand Hotel, we know that the person who does hold that knowledge puts fear into the narrator himself - a thought that ought to terrify everyone.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 40 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 21, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #104,926 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#378 in Science Fiction Anthologies & Short Stories
#391 in Ghost Horror Fiction
#1,253 in Science Fiction Anthologies (Books)
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It felt like I was being led on a tour of the worst Dungeons & Dragons game of all time--everything told, nothing shown. After the fourth or fifth Hotel Guest describing the "horrors" of their past life, I just said 'no thanks' and went on about my day, and you know what? I'm totally okay with that. Thank Yog-Sothoth I only paid a dollar.
What is here is solid old fashioned storytelling. The horror found here is classic, the kind that is more cerebral than slash them up. If you want to read a book where your brain is not engaged but your emotions are, I would probably suggest a different one. You might not understand this because it isn't what you expect of horror. If, however, you enjoy having your brain engaged* and you like strange things, check out this book. The Grand Hotel is where guest enter but...???. I don't want to give away anything as this is another book where I think it is best that you go in with little expectation. The knowledge of entering a story that you should pay attention to, where the creep factor builds on you as you meet the guests of the hotel and where the ending is a surprise, is all you need to know.
* When I speak of whether or not your brain is engaged, I am not insulting anyone. I read books many ways. Sometimes I want or need to read a book that doesn't require my brain as much as it requires me to suspend my thought process and wing it on emotions. Other times I want or need something that requires my brain to be actively engaged and taking notes. Neither is better than the other, only different. I am merely stating *my* experience with the book.
It was a fun read, and I was able to create the hotel (and it’s inhabitants) fully in my imagination. There were a few slow parts within the different stories that unfolded, but I think that had more to do with the fact that I just wanted to learn more about the main character. I can’t tell you his name...he wouldn’t like that very much.
The chillingly genial manager of the Grand Hotel greets a party of guests from various places and takes them on a tour of this venerable building, where histories and stories from across worlds have found their home. Along the way they visit some of the permanent guests and staff of the Grand Hotel, and each one tells a story featuring some inexplicable and supernatural occurrence.
At the end of each, the manager questions a certain guest about the meaning of the story, and the interpretations are literally a matter of life and death. Or worse.
From things the manager lets slip and from the descriptions, it because clear to the reader that the Grand Hotel sits on a kind of nexus of multiple realities, even as it is home to an incredibly wide range of characters.
Meet the hotel detective, a former Chicago cop who encounters the ghosts of gangsters while on stakeout.
A German doctor falls down an old well and is transported to the medieval past. His skills with modern medicine allow him to help others, but his disdain for the superstitious ways of the era yield horrific results when he discovers that the evil spirits of sickness held back by such charms are not all imaginary.
An Australian chef who had starred on a cooking show tries to boost flagging ratings by breaking into the ghost hunter show genre, but cooking native dishes in a purportedly haunted castle in Scotland attracts horrific attention.
A psychologist’s case notes hint that madness may be contagious, or else the world is a more uncanny place than the rational mind can bear.
A simple English vicar must play detective when he learns one of his parishioners is being haunted and a paranormal ‘expert’ may be running a con job, or the ghosts themselves might have a scheme in mind.
An Italian musician finds her viola has uncanny properties, and attracts uncanny fans.
Pay close attention, because if you don’t get the meaning behind each story, you may not live to hear the next.
Best of all is the sense of unease, never overstated, but that builds and builds. With every chapter the tension mounts and more hapless guests lose their way, vanishing into the labyrinthine halls and stories of the Grand Hotel.
I feel I have to reread it, since I was so eager to find out what happens next that I probably didn’t get all the themes and connections, but all were excellent, chilling little gets, twists on classic ghost stories with a brilliant framing device. This is my first time reading this author, and it’s a shame most of his other work seems to be zombie fiction, which I don’t personally care for, but he is definitely on my list of writers to watch.
Top reviews from other countries
it's a free guided tour round the place...what is there to lose?
You follow him round as he introduces you to various tenants in their
rooms, and listen to their fascinating stories, one after the other, but
some of the tales have strange endings, or no endings, and you're left
to mull over the meaning of it all.
And, of course, there's one smart young red-headed 12 year old girl,
who has somehow tagged along on her own, asking questions after
every tale, as she engages with the desk clerk/tour guide, all of which
adds to the creepiness of it all.
Yes, the book was a tad expensive, but the unique creepy atmosphere
was worth the price.
Fancy going on that tour?
We visit a series of different locations within the winding corridors of the hotel and the descriptions of the faded grandeur are handled well (in fact it reminds me of a hotel we stay at regularly that has gorgeous glimpses of an elegant past faded and never to be reclaimed) placing you in the scene. The individual residents of each location are varied and have ever stranger stories to tell about a moment in their lives that led them to take up residence here. Some are more effective than others but it is the conclusions reached afterwards by the little girl that are astonishing, in the most part (I certainly did not agree with many of her pronouncements).
The writing is well paced and characters do come alive within their own individual stories. There is a creeping sense of unease generated through the multiple threads but nothing that really keeps you awake or gets the heart pounding. It is a fairly sound tale bu5t not one that makes me want to really reach for any further books by the author.
Very easy reading, well-written (with only a handful of immaterial typos) and fairly entertaining.
I quite enjoyed this book (it was discounted to £1.99 for a few days) and managed to get through it in 2 sittings, but I would not have paid £9.59 for it! I would definitely read more of Kenemore's books if they weren't so expensive.