I'll be brief, since I only just read and reviewed a paper copy of this back in June.
David Warner's narration was good, although I occasionally wished that a female narrator had been chosen instead, since he didn't always fit Eleanor and Theodora very well. From the look of things, both Audible and Kobo only have the version of this book narrated by Bernadette Dunn, which might potentially have worked better for me for that reason.
This is definitely one of those books that invites rereading. This time around, I knew what was going to happen and could therefore approach the story's events in a different way. Although I enjoyed that aspect and ended up with a new favorite interpretation of what happened, I was still frustrated with the way The Haunting of Hill House promised more of a ghost story than it actually delivered. It had some great creepy moments, and I just wanted more. Instead, I got several characters who became increasingly difficult to tolerate, and that ending.
I appreciated the ending more this time around than I did the first. In fact, taking my new interpretation of the story into account*, it was a perfectly logical and fitting ending. But I really wanted more creepy haunted house stuff, and ghosts.
* That Hill House
wasn't actually haunted, but that its unsettling architecture had a tendency to affect its occupants' emotional states. And also, that Eleanor was telekinetic and Theodora was telepathic, but neither one of them had conscious control over their abilities or knew that they were using them.
(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)
This second time through the story gave me a different perspective of it, but I don't think it's going to change my overall rating of 3 stars. It has some excellent moments, but it isn't the kind of ghost story I wanted it to be. In fact, this time around I came to the conclusion that
it isn't a ghost story at all, but rather a story about a very mentally unwell woman who was tipped over the edge by an active imagination, a house with architecture that played on the darkest aspects of that imagination, and people who didn't understand how truly unwell she was and, in any case, didn't have enough of an emotional connection to her to care. Dr. Montague's insistence that Eleanor had to leave Hill House alone was all the more terrible because of this interpretation I'd come to (and because I knew, this time around, what was coming next).
Remaining squares on my Halloween Bingo card that this would work for:
Gothic: I think this counts? It's one of the top tags for it in Goodreads.
Terror in a Small Town: Technically it's terror just outside a small town. I know this takes place almost entirely in Hill House, but there's a certain creepy aspect to the nearby town as well.
Supernatural: It depends on what you think was going on at Hill House.
Ghost Stories: I have my opinion on this, but most of the characters believed that Hill House was haunted, so it fits.