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House of Teeth

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  450 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Listening Length: 7 hours and 15 minutes

There’s more to the swamplands than meets the teeth. In this supernatural tale of magic and mysticism, Henry Lemarchand grew up in Philadelphia knowing very little of his family—his father disappeared when he was young, leaving behind only a strange pouch of animal teeth. When he is sent to the Louisiana bayou to spend the summer
Audible Audio, 8 pages
Published December 5th 2019 by Audible Original
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Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, audio
My family - husband, son (12) and daughter (11) - drove down to Eastern Cape and back to Johannesburg for our December holidays, which means spending almost 24 hours together in a car. I downloaded House of Teeth as one of the December free audible originals to see if everyone would listen to it. To be honest I didn't have much hope as we all have very different tastes in books, but it was a hit with all.

The story was super fast-paced, funny (especially so for my son) and interesting. I loved
Alan Teder
Supernatural YA Adventure in the Louisiana Swamplands
Review of the Audible Original audiobook edition (Dec. 2019)

The oddly named House of Teeth has rambunctious Henry Lemarchand learning about his family's supernatural capabilities while on a trip to Louisiana to visit his uncle and cousin. Discussing the story's tooth or "root-crafting" magic here would be a spoiler, but suffice to say that it was a fun element. The overall story plays out in a fairly standard fashion. The narration by Josh
One of my free Audible choices. Fun, with a bit of suspense. I would recommend it to kids.
Jarelle Flibotte
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed the pace and lack of unnecessary details.
Heather Stamper
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Good for a free middle grade audiobook.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was honestly pretty good.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for an opportunity to stop adulting for a bit, I highly encourage you to listen to this audiobook, a truly enjoyable performance.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Surprisingly weird and boring.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, kids, fiction
Weird, but the performance was pretty good, they did a good job, and I loved the ending
Jess || WildBookBabe
3.5 stars. Very much so enjoyed this for the most part, but I wish the characters were more flushed out
Anniken Haga
Dec 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Ok, so I DNFed this around page 175. I just couldn't take the Deu Ex Machina of the teeth, the many different storylines that seems mostly unconnected, the wording of some things that seemed picked to try and make something more interesting that in really was, and the stupidity of the MC! Especially when the author made a point out of a bunch of pther characters saying he was so smart!
Sure, he's only 12 years old, but some things even 12-year-olds understand point blank.

And the writing was...
3.5 stars

The extra half star is because I liked how it ended, but overall, it was probably a better performance than it was a story. The story itself is okay but it didn't really grab my attention the way some of the past Audible Originals geared towards children do. Still, it was a decent story and the performance made it better.
Alex Shrugged
This audiobook has young teens as its audience, but the production value (and narration) is first rate. I loved listening to the story. The different voices were executed very well by the narrator, Josh Hurley. Sound effects existed but were not overwhelming.

The story: Henry Lemarchand is a young teenager from Philadelphia visiting his relatives in the Louisiana bayou. What he finds is mystery, magic and clues that suggest that his father did not die in a car accident. Perhaps he died in the
Troy Zaher
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade

Here’s the thing. The magic of this world is one that I absolutely loved. Teeth being used to access memories and abilities of other people/animals is really an interesting concept. And I think that this idea was explored well and could even go further if this book were to have sequels/prequels.

But while the magic system really had me interested, the story and characters were harder to get invested in. It felt very Deus Ex Machina at times, where you honestly had no idea whether or not
Marshall Wayne Lee
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
_House of Teeth_ by Dan Jolley receives three stars from me. While I found the writing on the target level, the story itself wasn't engaging enough.

This was an audible book, so first the narrator. Josh Hurley narrated this book. His narration is excellent. I feel for younger audiences he has the right cadence and expressions that will bring to life a book for middle grade readers. He is capable of doing several voices that are distinguished from each other. He is a talent and I look forward to
Timothy Baldwin
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Something dark and sinister lurks within the swamp waters of the bayou. It's up to Henry and his cousin, Wren, to protect not only their family home but the entire world. But, is Henry Lemarchand up for the task, or will his tendency to leap first and look later get him and his family in even more trouble?

In this adventure through the bayou, Henry must navigate through newfound abilities and ancient curses and magic. All this while understanding the centuries-long traditions and lore associated
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story starts out with Henry Lemarchand's, mom kinda at her wits-end, wondering what she should do with her high-octane, adrenaline junkie of a boy over the summer break... Ahhhhhha, sending him to his Uncles house in the Bayou might be just the thing... Henry thinks his world may have just collapsed, but little do either of them know what's about to happen!
Josh Hurley really is an amazing voice performer, and he, along with a few sound effects thrown in worked really well at upping the creep
Sandra Hernandez
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like this book it’s a different story then I read before. It’s about a boy who learns out he is a rootcrafter. Someone who can use teeth and claws and talons and get the strength of the creature or memories of the humans.
Nine years ago his father died in a car accident as you read the story you learned his father has actually been missing T is currently visiting his uncle and cousin and this is when he learns about being a rootcrafter.
Of course there are villains there is Supernatural there
Carlos Simon Valles
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
For me this story started out interesting but as the story went along I did lose interest. The story line was somewhat boring and sometimes to predictable. The teeth as weapons was interesting I think new for me at least never seen it in other books, but at times it seem funny so I got lost. This world was created on it's own rules so it was hard for me because it wasn't related to other supernatural story lines I have read. I gave it four stars because the action scenes were interesting and I ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, ya
This was really fun... up until the ending, which I really disliked. It just felt cartoonish, and everything got wrapped up with this really nice little bow. And I also hated that it had the "I lied to you because I wanted to protect you" trope. I hate this trope.
I did like the overall story though and I quite enjoyed following the two main characters. I liked also the mystery that surrounded everything and how Henry and Rin had to figure things out. I also quite liked the magic system, it was
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
For a middle school read, this was cute. Being a child of the Animorphs generation, part of me loves this. Being an adult I thought it was silly. Being a reader, I can recognize the demographic and appreciate it for what it is. I imagine my nephew would love it and my son (when of the appropriate reading age) would adore it as well. It was a fun dive into the supernatural heritage of a 12 year old boy, looking for answers and learning about his inherited powers. The end left it open for another ...more
Dec 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Totally nonsensical, with the sort of plot that features both fantastic coincidences and illogical leaps. The protagonist is genuinely stupid, and more than once slogs at length through the bayou while nothing significant actually happens. The author never troubles to explain how the business with the teeth got started, the bad guy naturally lays out all his evil history and schemes in detail in an overheard rant, and the fights are the sort in which there’s always time to discuss the next move. ...more
Cairo Domingo
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This story feels a lot like the ones I used to love when I was a kid, but with a cool swamplands backdrop and tons of gaters. I thought the concept was refreshingly different and quickly captivating. I‘m sure kids would enjoy this a lot.

However, I felt a little too old for the writing. It’s fast paced and straightforward, without really digging into much lore or world building or character development, as you might probably already expect (but might have hoped for, like I had). I finished it
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
This was a free Audible listen. It really didn't hold my attention, but I do think kids between the ages of 9 and 13 would probably enjoy it. It takes place in the Louisiana bayou, and the author did a really nice job of mixing new, modern things with old, historical, Louisiana folklore. In this story, a certain family has the ability to possess the powers/strengths of any animals tooth that they wore on themselves and touched. The story line didn't hold my attention, but it really wasn't geared ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was actually surprised by how much I liked this book. I assumed it was going to be a cheesy kids book, probably with some fun elements. Instead, I found a really intriguing adventure story, with some really awesome elements, and a thorough exploration of grief and what it's like for a child.

I'd put this book in the same category as the Circle of Magic quartet by Tamora Pierce, though not on the same worldbuilding level. The characters are good and the dialogue is fun. Will definitely read
Barb Lawrence
This was a free choice from Audible Originals, and what a pleasant surprise. The cover illustration does a disservice, as does the labeling of this being a book for kids. This is every bit as good as Harry Potter and definitely a good choice for YA and adults. One star deleted because I can suspend disbelief for magical creatures but not for a park ranger showing a child crime scene photos. The narration for the audio was very well done. I wondered if there were multiple people in a cast ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
My 9 year old son and I really enjoyed this story and were really hoping it was a part of a series. I read that other reviewers thought it was a bit slow. We did NOT find it to be slow and enjoyed every bit of it. We enjoyed the setting, the characters and their "isms," as well as the scary, but not too scary villain. The reader used great accents and voices that made it easy to discern who was talking. It was such a neat idea, there are so many great cajun legends and folk lore to explore. It ...more
Arthur L Spain
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one took me surprise. It was free on Audible or I probably wouldn’t have listened to it. It was really good. I was expecting it to be silly and juvenile but it was good instead. The characters were fun and compelling. The story kept listening. The magical work of the Bayous was great. It had a fascinating and well formed magical system and a few surprises. Not what I was expecting. It was so much mor.
Holly Boyle
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Yikes, this book was rough. This is an Audible book and despite hating the narration I stuck through and just found myself trying to understand what exactly the point/plot of the story was ...

I did feel like overall character build was good and if I could give a 2.5 I would on that front. This was a let down for me for sure and even though I scoured through the reviews on it before hand, seems like it wasn’t a good book choice on my end.
Sasha Snow
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
This was a fun book! Obviously geared a bit more towards a younger audience, but even considering that it was engaging and had an interesting magic system. Also, I normally don't include the narrator in my judgment of audiobooks, but Josh Hurley's performance is absolutely delightful throughout. I'll be keeping an eye out for other books he may have narrated.
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