The narration added to the atmosphere of the audiobook and this really drew me into the story. I don't think that the plot is amazing but the writing is very good and therefore the combination of great narration and good writing creates a good audiobook experience. ***** for narration, **** for the writing and *** for the story.
My first ever James Herbert read/listen and after this I'm a complete convert! The narration is perfection, the story grasped me from the start and I couldn't wait to get back to it for more. Being a newby to JH I can't compare this to other books by the author so all I say is give it a listen you will be pleased you did!😊
"Great book! Great listening!"
I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook but it's not for the squeamish! The narrator did an excellent job as usual.
"Amazing, absolutely loved it."
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. The narrator was exceptional and bought the story to life.
Very very difficult to put down once you've started to listen.
"if you like a good ghost story you can't do better"
even better than the telly version and wonderfully narrated. KEeps you wanting to listen for hours.
"Classic Herbert, excellent narration"
It has to be up there in the top 10% for me, though I was a big James Herbert fan many years ago so I am a little biased. Also I live in Cornwall so I always love a good "West Country" ghost story
The actual finding out of what happened to the children........can't say much more, could be a plot spoiler!
David Rintoul absolutely made this book. Herbert's classic, vintage way of telling a ghost story was brought to life by the narrator. His characterization was fantastic and the way he got into the story just absorbed me into the plot more.Listening in the car was creepy enough, but David Rintoul through your headphones when the lights are out..............!Will definately look for more stories read by David.
Again, the plight of the children, but can't say more.
If you like a classic "chiller" and want a great narration you have just found it.
"A great story from a legendary writer"
The Secret of Crickley Hall is a very well written old fashioned type of ghost story, the characters were excellent & this is up there with the great James Herbert stories (Sepulchre, The Fog, Fluke & Others).
The whole tale has a eerie feel to it & as I listen at work I found myself looking forward to going into work mainly to continue this audiobook where I had left off.
David Rintoul brings real emotion to the story and then can have almost a grandfatherly type voice on the scenes where there is less action.
I didn't have an emotional reaction but I did find myself drawn into the plight of the family & the orphans from WWII.
If you haven't (like me) seen the BBC adaptation of this story or read the novel then I would highly recommend grabbing this audiobook, great story, brilliant narration & at no point in the eighteen hours of this audio will you lose interest.
Fantastic book, could not stop listening, wanting to find out what happened next. Narrator brilliant too... The only disappointment was that I finished it quite quickly. Will be listening to this one again and again :)
""WOW" - really creepy - great horror"
I have never read anything by James Herbert - this is my one and only - so far - and on recommendation of a friend. I quite like scary stories and this book is just that - if you like to be scared, this one will do the trick and David Rintoul does a good job of creating the ambience to go with it. It has a bit of suspense and a lot of intrigue and quite a few parts where you want to shut all your doors and look over your shoulder. Great story too, I tended to stop reading at sundown and I'm not easily spooked. Read/listen, enjoy being scared!!!
"Edge of your seat Thriller"
Yes, listening to the story especially a thriller gives a edge to a story, I've found I can't listen quick enough lol.
One of them was when two girls were visiting & the swishing noise had started I was sure they were going to be killed, great stuff.
The young boy Maurice who grows up to be a man & has a big part in the story.
I can't remember laughing but I was so upset about the little boy Cam & at how they treated the children at the school I got really annoyed with that.
I really enjoyed the book it was really good, the correct narrator was used so it all had a nice flow to it. Loved it x