House of Teeth
Listening Length: 7 hours and 15 minutesThere’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 with his eccentric uncle and cousin in their decaying ancestral mansion, Henry learns about his family’s supernatural legacy—he is part of a long line of rootcrafters, folks who can absorb the powers and memories of anyone whose teeth they touch. In delving into his family’s strange legends, Henry soon discovers that some secrets bite back, especially in the swamplands. This tale of identity awareness and the need for belonging, is set in a world where everything is not as it seems.

House of Teeth Details

TitleHouse of Teeth
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 5th, 2019
PublisherAudible Original
Rating
GenreFantasy, Audiobook, Fiction, Magic

House of Teeth Review

  • Tania
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 all the fresh magical ideas thought up by the author, but what made this so enjoyable was the narration. Josh Hurley did an outstanding job, and none of us could believe that this was not done by a full cast of narrators. We especially loved the Bayou accents.I highly recommend this as a family listen.
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  • Alan Teder
    January 1, 1970
    Supernatural YA Adventure in the Louisiana SwamplandsReview 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 Supernatural YA Adventure in the Louisiana SwamplandsReview 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 Hurley in all voices was excellent without overdoing the Louisiana/French accents that were occasionally required.House of Teeth was one of the free Audible Originals for members in the month of December 2019. It is now available to everyone for a standard price.
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  • Jarelle Flibotte
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed the pace and lack of unnecessary details.
  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    One of my free Audible choices. Fun, with a bit of suspense. I would recommend it to kids.
  • Anniken Haga
    January 1, 1970
    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... 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... Not that great.It was slow and had oh so many thoughts and details that ended up ruining scenes that should be fast-paced nd action-packed. It went hand in hand with the story-telling, which was a mix of easy solutions and convenient coinsidences. On top of that, this book did what I've noticed a lot of audible original does: they add exstra noises to make ambiance, but the noises end up drowning out the narrator - and some of them really mess with my sensitive ME-hearing, forcing me to take breaks or all together stop listening - as well as the general sound of the narrator changing as he speaks. I find myself turning the volume up and down A LOT when listening to originals.I know I'm not the demographic, but I do enjoy MG books a lot! This one didn't work for me, though
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  • Eileen
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThe 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.
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  • Alex Shrugged
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 bayou... or he was murdered there.OK. That sounds a little serious and I suppose it is, but the author and narrator manage to keep the narrative light with smart-alack jokes here and there. Frankly, the jokes were not very good, but they were not meant to be funny. They seem to be a literary device used to break up the drama of the moment so that the listener didn't get too scared... only nervous. This audiobook is for young teens and while I have faith in young teens to handle scary stuff, I think this story was meant to be an adventure/mystery that includes magic and magical beasts. It's not a horror story per se.Any problems with the story? Well, there is a little too much use of deus ex machina situations. Also the story had the feeling of a "Scooby-Doo" plot line. I was waiting for someone to pull off his mask and say, "I would have gotten away with it if it weren't for you meddling kids!" But luckily the story veered away from that. There was no hoax involved although there was some deception used primarily to keep people safe.Any modesty issues? None that I recall. No vulgar language. No sexual situations. Even as a certified old guy (Get off my lawn!) I still enjoyed the story. I'd listen to it again.
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  • Marshall Wayne Lee
    January 1, 1970
    _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 _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 seeing more from him in the future. If you see a book narrated by Hurley, the narration will be good. _House of Teeth_ for me didn't capture my addition as other middle grade books have. There seems to be a contradiction: there is a lot going on simultaneously, and yet the plot is very straight forward without much going on. Jolley has a few elements that are introduced and they don't all fit together in a clear plot. I don't feel he interwove the elements together well.Let's discuss the magic. Humm, I actually found it kind of lame. No spoilers here I think, but careful. Ok the magic involves teeth. The Lemarchands are able to absorb the memories, and talents of others through touching the discarded teeth. Each of the family wear a set of different teeth and other objects that they can use when needed. This is the part I'm not liking. It seems when written into a corner, the character just has to remember about that tooth that has not been mention or discussed and bam something new can happen. I prefer some boundaries, and less God machine.Recommended: for adults, maybe not. For young readers? I'm unsure. Give it a try, and let your child listen to it. If he or she seems interested and listens, that's great. if not, its not so bad.
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  • Timothy Baldwin
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 with the Lermchand family. Overall, I enjoyed this story. It is well-produced and provides for just under six hours of entertainment in a lengthy car ride or several car rides. The story is tightly written with well-developed characters. Also, it masterfully weaves in what appears to be legends surrounding the bayou. However, as the story reaches its climactic moments, there are a handful of plot threads that, while acknowledged as asides, still seems to be untied.
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  • Cmoore
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 factor, and giving the production a full 6 out of 5 stars!This book was a very enjoyable way to spend a few hours! It's a Middle Reader that the whole family can enjoy, whether on a long commute, or snuggled safe in bed! Get House of Teeth today, and chomp-down for a Good taste of some Bayou Magic!
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  • Sandra Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 are people who want to use his gift for a bad reason. I have to say I hope there’s more to the story like sequels and I don’t want to ruin the ending but I feel like the story can continue and I hope this writer continues it.
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  • Carlos Simon Valles
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 did like the ancient beast and the families different abilities with their power. It was an alright story, I didn't regret that I read it but it also didn't make me want to read more, might just be that I'm not the age level for this book.
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  • Leontina
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 interesting if a little bit deux ex machina at the very end. Not my favorite thing in the world, but it kept me intrigued and overall it was quite enjoyable.
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    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. 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. The reader is good with voices and does what he can... maybe this would have read better in print? Nah.
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  • Kelley
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 story and I do actually hope they continue because I would love to recommend a series to some young readers in my life.
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  • Cairo Domingo
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 without needing to pay too much attention to every chapter.
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  • InkFire
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 again.
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  • Cari
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 really made us curious about other folk stories from the area.
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  • Barb Lawrence
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 narrating.
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  • Arthur L Spain
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Holly Boyle
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sasha Snow
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Josie
    January 1, 1970
    The story is not uninteresting. Let's start with that. But the pacing seems odd and fights against the overall emotional tone the story is trying to set. The pacing causes pretty much all of the character to suffer from underdevelopment and so I am not fully invested in what happens to them. Everything is thin. It's all thin.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun book for kids (ages 8-99). I listened to this book with my 9 year old. We both enjoyed it. The audio book is dramatized and some of the voices are really goofy, but you get over and enjoy the story. It started slow, struggled a bit with the character development, but picked up pace as it went along.
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  • Katie J.
    January 1, 1970
    This was an incredibly charming story with an interesting magic system. The plot was simple but not in a bad way, it was still filled with a lot of character. This was really enjoyable to listen to and I highly recommend it if you like fantasy! Charming is the best description I have for it, it was a really fun listen that I could enjoy on replays as well.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun fantasy on the bayou! The kids loved listening to this story and I found myself enjoying it immensely as well. The characters are interesting, the villains are perfectly bad, and the family relationships are believable. Highly recommend to fans of fantasy!
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  • James Cain
    January 1, 1970
    I dont usually read young adult, but this was free with my audible membership. It's a solid little action fantasy story, with good lore. The only thing betraying that it's young adult and holds it back is some extremely shallow character writing, and very transparent foreshadowing.
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  • Sadie
    January 1, 1970
    Kids and I listened in preparation for our trip to New Orleans and our swamp tour. I liked it fine for a kids book and found it relatable enough to the things we’re seeing and learning about on our trip.
  • Laurel
    January 1, 1970
    The setting was different and interesting, the story was exciting and full of twists and turns. It's a little juvenile, but it's for kids! Kids loved it and kept asking for it. Rootcraft is an interesting new form of magic to explore.
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