Narrator Damian Lynch avoids cartoonish clichés in his performance of Fluke, instead finding the right note of believability as he voices a canine protagonist who comes to remember that he was once a man. Lynch layers his voice with urgency and a desire for revenge as he evokes Fluke's desperate need to find out what happened to him and his human family. Studded with scenes of humor and moments of revelation, this story will leave listeners ruminating on mortality and the afterlife.
A likely tail. He was a stringy mongrel, wandering the streets of the city, driven by a ravenous hunger and hunting a quarry he could not define. But he was something more. Somewhere in the depths of his consciousness was memory clawing its way to the surface, tormenting him, refusing to let him rest. The memory of what he once had been.
James Herbert was one of Britain's greatest popular novelists and our #1 best-selling writer of chiller fiction. Widely imitated and hugely influential, he wrote 23 novels which have collectively sold over 54 million copies worldwide and been translated into 34 languages.
Born in London in the forties, James Herbert was art director of an advertising agency before turning to writing fiction in 1975. His first novel, The Rats, was an instant best-seller and is now recognised as a classic of popular contemporary fiction. Herbert went on to publish a new top ten best-seller every year until 1988. He wrote six more bestselling novels in the 1990s and three more since: Once, Nobody True and The Secret of Crickley Hall. Herbert died in March 2013 at the age of 69.
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Take a journey as a dog... or a frog... or any animal that is drawn from the lottery of reincarnation.
This is an interesting idea to write a story about and James Herbert succeeds in telling it well.
The narrator, Damian Lynch has a halting way of speaking that I found distracting. So I turned the audio to 1.25 speed and that helped me get into the story immensely.
A charming story with a great narrator. My dog, Jeffie, made me listen to it twice more. Which really wasn't a problem since it's such a delightful story.
"A dog's life"
I have always loved this book having read it about five times and this narration brings it to life. James Herbert has imagined a dog's life very well and the plot almost becomes irrelevant. Whether you listen in one go or in short bursts makes no difference as it is very easy to follow. Congratulations to Damian Lynch for his subtle characterisation.
"Not what you might hope for"
I love James Herbert but this story is so far from his normal genre.
Very good. Clear and concise as usual.
I don't think so. Not what you'd expect from James Herbert.
"My favourite book"
I enjoyed the reading.
Fluke because he so very well presents the viewpoint of a human and a dog.
A very good reading by Damian Lynch
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