For 400 years, the curfew bell has tolled nightly from the church tower of the small country town, Crybbe's only defence against the evil rising unbidden in its haunted streets. Radio reporter Fay Morrison came to Crybbe because she had no choice. Millionaire music tycoon Max Goff came because there was nothing left to conquer, except the power of the spirit. But he knew nothing of the town's legacy of dark magic - and nobody felt like telling him....
©1993 Phil Rickman (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"Great story extremely well narrated"
I have read the book but many years ago. It was nice to revisit the story by listening to it read so well.
There were many.
He brought the different characters to life well
I really enjoyed the story and narration and will look for more books by the same author and narrated by Mr Barrett
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.
"Slow start but worth persevering"
I found this one quite difficult to get into. There are lots of characters introduced in different contexts and I had problems jumping from one storyline to another. I kept going though and I'm glad I did as it all comes together in a satisfying way. I don't listen/read a lot of "horror" books as I generally find them a bit silly but this was really interesting and made me keen to visit the area the book is set in. The characters are fully fleshed out, faults and all and the sense of time and place is very convincing.
"Curfew by Phil Rickman"
I had already read this book, (under it's English title of Crybbe)
and I could not understand why the audio book was given the American title here, that said, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Sometimes when I have read a book, I find problems with the audio version but this was not an issue with this book. Sean Barrett is excellent as a narrator, and he always manages to bring a book to llfe, no matter what the genre. An excellent listen and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anybody who likes a scary read (or listen).
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