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The Colony Audiobook
The Colony
Written by: 
F.G. Cottam
Narrated by: 
David Rintoul
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The Colony Audiobook

The Colony

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For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.

But all is not as it should be on the island. A 1930s cinefilm reveals something as terrifying as it is inexplicable. An Afghan war veteran, sent to secure the island before the experts arrive, witnesses a nightmare far beyond battle trauma. And as expedition members gather, they discover to their gruesome cost that there are some mysteries far safer left unsolved...

©2013 F. G. Cottam (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Chrystal Carthage, TN, United States 03-22-14
    Chrystal Carthage, TN, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2016
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    "meh....."
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    Not great. Too many characters and they weren't very well developed. The boring parts are too lengthy and the interesting parts are too short. It wasn't the worst book I ever read but I would return it if I could.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Old Hippy PA 02-21-14
    Old Hippy PA 02-21-14 Member Since 2016
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    ""Could have been a contender""
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Two aspects: one is that it's a modern day setting (with flashbacks) but told in a style reminiscent of Victorian novels (it actually works very well) and second is the well-told horror story line.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The opening scenes where the urchin is captured in motion on film. Creepy.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this story right up tp the last couple chapters - it never got bogged down and moved at just the right pace to advance the mystery. The ending really should not be a surprise, you're given all the information you need to figure out how this is going to wind up. That's actually the disappointment. It's too predictable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracie Hurkett, ON, Canada 12-21-13
    Tracie Hurkett, ON, Canada 12-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "boring"

    this book wasnt even intersting let alone scary or thrilling..
    the narator was just as bad

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 10-26-13
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 10-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very well written, great cast"

    As the headline indicates I thought this a very well written book, the use of language, the fashion the story was crafted in and the cast of characters was tremendous. In this genre it is rare to find a book written with this level of talent. The story is a good one with complex characters and a plot that invests the reader in the way a good book should, I had the audio playing at every opportunity and even did a few extra errands that involved fairly long drives because I knew I had this story on the i-pod and wanted to spend some more time with it. The suspense builds to a climatic ending which carries the only disappointment of ending the book with some loose ends, which are just unavoidable and not a drawback, it is that the book is so good you are sad it ends. I need to say something about the narration, simply it just does not get better than this - really - this is amazing book narration and will lead me to look at what other offerings this narrator has worked on he is that good.
    Great story, great cast, unbelievable narration, a very highly recommended audio book

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    L. WORLEY OKLAHOMA 09-05-13
    L. WORLEY OKLAHOMA 09-05-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Simply put......"
    What disappointed you about The Colony?

    Boring. It started out with such great potential. I was so disappointed. Good reader though.


    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa ARLINGTON, VA, United States 10-14-13
    Lisa ARLINGTON, VA, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2007
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    "I can't believe I made it all the way through."
    Would you try another book from F.G. Cottam and/or David Rintoul?

    No. I wouldn't even listen to another book by Cottam if it was given to me for free. David Rintoul was serviceable, although a bit too grandfatherly sounding to generate any excitement. To be fair, the material he was working with was execrable.


    What was most disappointing about F.G. Cottam’s story?

    It is billed as a sort of supernatural mystery, so one hopes for some tension, some horror, a little bit of that fear that good horror gives, and a lot of the curiosity that drives most mysteries forward. The narrative starts off slow, and at first I kept listening in the hopes that the interesting stuff would be right around the corner. By the end, I was listening only to see if there was ANY payoff, whatsoever, for the time I had invested. Maybe the ending would be worth the wait? It was not. The horror was not horrifying. They mystery was not terribly mysterious. I have the feeling this is a very old manuscript that was pulled out of someone's slush pile, and updated to add a few modern day references. It feels like something written in the 70s. Shame on Audible for promoting this!


    What didn’t you like about David Rintoul’s performance?

    Too dry and too RP for this particular book. He might as well have been reading the OED.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Profound disappointment that Audible seems to have been pushing this title for some time now. It's really, really awful.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be using my satisfaction guarantee on this one. I've only used it once before. I feel it shouldn't be abused. But if ever a book deserved to be returned for a refund, this one is it.

    12 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 12-29-13
    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Huge Disappointment"

    Based on reviews and the overview this promised to be a great book. However, I found it more like wading through mud. The writing was antiquated and stinted, jumping around a lot and generally an unpleasant experience.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Erlend Svendsen 07-17-16 Member Since 2016

    Audiobook addicted norwegian. There can be only one King, and is name is... Stephen :)

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    "A little slow"

    The atmosphere of dread is the best part of this story. The language is very rich and good.
    The story is a little slow, the build up is far too long for such a quick climax.
    The narration is superb, it is a preformance not a reading.

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    marilyn Redington 05-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The colony"

    Liked the book , but did not like the swearing. There could been other words used

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josh 05-16-16
    Josh 05-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not really scary"

    A well written book, but not scary in the least. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

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  • WM
    Reading, United Kingdom
    9/23/13
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    "A little disappointed."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Colony to be better than the print version?

    Not having read the printed version I cannot say. I have always enjoyed David Rintoul's narration of these books.


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoy David Rintoul's narrations. His deep voice gives a resonance to the stories and he takes his time rather than rushing through each chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate to say it as I love other FG Cottam books, but this was a little disappointing. Somehow I didn't feel you got to really know the characters very well, as with say, The Waiting Room. It was enjoyable enough to listen to, but not as satisfying as others. Sorry!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Cruisey
    6/11/16
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    "very good"

    very good book, it had lots of twists and turns, great narrator, scary feel, well worth a listen. on the sequal now

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carrie5012
    Ireland
    5/14/16
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    "Great read"

    Loved this, atmospheric and very well narrated. Not 'hard core' horror but spine tingling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JamesW
    Nr Stroud, Gloucester
    4/18/16
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    "Jolly good read"

    The scone F.G book I read and I've had it in my library for a while, never getting past the first chapter, but I made a concerted effort and it really paid off.
    Technically it's a ghost story I suppose but I found it a very enjoyable suspense read, quite dark in places.
    My only real negative were there were quite a few characters who seemed to blend into each other, I'm still not exactly sure who was who at the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Norma Miles
    2/19/16
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    "Sometimes less is more"

    This story of an attempt to solve the decades old mystery of what happened to the entire population of a tiny, remote island, starts with a great build up of tension but later, as with so many such tales, falls into the trap of going just a tiny step too far and turning it from terrifying into just a tedious more, more, more. No, I have to be fair, it maintained the creepiness throughout. But rather than simply being drawn into the plot and rushed along with the tide, I found myself constantly wondering how the author was going to contrive a satisfying ending. Surprisingly, he didn't do too bad a job all things considered.
    The characterisations are varied and quite good and we are introduced to the assembled cast in a precise and logical way which makes them easily memorable - always helpful where there are a number of players. The reading by David Rintoul is excellent but for one thing: without pauses between scene change sections, an initial confusion ensues as the listener has to readjust to a new character or location or even time frame which has seamlessly been attached to the preceding sentence. This would not have occurred if reading the printed page as something would have indicated the transition. A brief break in the narration would have worked in the same way.
    Although well written and a good basic idea, I found the book disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Antman
    8/14/15
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    "A great listen with some genuinely spooky moments"
    If you could sum up The Colony in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, thriller, spooky


    Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favourite?

    All of the characters have great depth and I wanted to listen to the story to story to find out what happens to them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The description of Laister watching the film for the first time. It was very creepy.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this on a whim but thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom
    9/8/13
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    "Gripping"
    What did you like most about The Colony?

    An original idea. The story held together very well and the suspense wasn't overdone. The characters were very believable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lassiter. I liked the way he was not depicted as perfect or a paragon but I could believe he would stop drinking after he met his "Soul mate".


    What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I was amazed at how many accents he could do which made the story much more entertaining. and made it easy to identify the characters. He done an excellent job.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It didn't stir many emotions but had me on tenterhooks all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    A great "Ghost" story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kath
    bristol, United Kingdom
    7/12/13
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    "Captivating and entertaining"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good story, the narrative flows well and is easy to follow. It's creepy, atmospheric, and David Rintoul's narration is wonderful. Well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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