I LOVED this book and did not want it to end! Sean Barret does a wonderful job with all the voices in this novel.The Curfew bell has rung 100 times a night in the village of Crybbe for 400 years.It is tradition that one family is tasked with and passes down the ringers job to the next generation.No one seems to know what will happen if the bell is not rung.Enter a money hungry real estate guy who decides to alter the village by knocking down a wall that was erected hundreds of years ago and setting up new standing stones that were knocked down by locals for reasons better left alone.The towns people are VERY unfriendly to outsiders,they know that the ancient magic is real and is about to be unleashed on the village.
A good old fashioned scarey book!
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"Skip the first 49 chapters !"
What was the editor thinking letting this be published ! Easily half a book too long; the story is so slow it almost goes backwards. Not worth your time.
"Interesting and entertaining"
An enjoyable story with interesting characters and an engaging mystery. Narrator was a little dull at times but a professional performance nonetheless.
I have to admit I fell asleep a few times trying to get into this, and as such my thoughts on it may be a bit skewed; however I took from it - the town from the film "Hot Fuzz" where the locals aren't all they seemed, mixed with a hint of "Hound of the Baskervilles".
I did laugh though as the guy's Scottish accent was very Ronnie Corbett so I kept picturing him running around like the "Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town" sketch the Two Ronnies used to do, class.
"Brilliant first half but a long slow death"
Very intriguing and creepy story for the first two thirds, with excellent characters (though perhaps too many). I actually thought the story was coming to an end after two parts - which would have been about right but the endgame was so dragged out, all the terror and creepiness has dissipated and it became at times - a bit hokey. Which was a shame.
Rickman has considerable talent , there is tremendous sly wit in this tale. But the end does drag on and on and the peripheral new age characters are quite poorly drawn. I would still recommend it though and am going to try another. Just hope it's not so over-written.
Sean Barrett is perfect for these type of creepy stories - supreme work
I've listened to this over the Christmas period and it has given me hours of pleasure. Fantastically narrated, Sean's voice us haunting and hypnotic. Yes, it's a slow mover but, hey, why hurry on to the next audible when this one is so good?
"New takes on old themes."
A well crafted story on the black magic theme. Great characterisations and a fairly original plot. Well drawn by Mr.Barrett bringing the whole to life in a way that can only better the story.
A good listen.
I will be looking at Mr.Rickmans other works.
"Dull as dishwater"
This book did one thing and that was drag on and on. I am rather perplexed how it got so may positive reviews, but it bored me to tears and managed to do it for a very long time. It tried to convey menacing and foreboding atmosphere, but it all seemed rather laughable and feeble.
As to the performance, oh goodness. Many listeners seem to have particularly enjoyed the performance of Sean Barrett, but to me he was partly to blame for the bad impression to book left in me. The narrator had the rather annoying habit to ignore the jumps the story made between the different characters. He continued reading without so much as a pause to take breath when the story changed from one scene to another. He made it appear as if the same scene and the same dialogue were continuing even though the author had concluded a thought and was switching to a new part. Since in the beginning I didn't know the characters, it took me a while to catch up with this trick of the narrator, which caused a lot of irritation and no enjoyment.
"Not a book for audio"
Narration was average, characters were so steriotyped it was difficult to take the book seriously. The plot jumped around so much and there were so many characters it was impossible to follow. Several times I had to rewind it to work out what had happened, the author just stopped in the middle of a situation and jumped to a different situation with different characters only to pick this thread maybe 20 chapters later when you were struggling to remember anything about it. Maybe this works on paper but not in the format.
The story line was bordering on ridiculous at times - several times I nearly gave up on it with a groan. The were big chunks of plot that really didn't seem to bear any relationship to the rest of the book.
No not really
Yes the character of Gomer Parry, thought this character was the only redeeming character in the book.
"spooky rural England"
Well written story, a good old tale of black magic and new age 'meddling' in a town of tight lipped villagers. I'd recommend this to fans of fg Cottam , Graham Joyce and hammer horror titles. great characterisation and plotting save this from cliche. As always Sean Barrett is the perfect narrator.