A young couple finds a dilapidated but still-idyllic cottage in Hampshire's New Forest and quickly move into their dream home. However, before long, strange occurrences begin to disturb their little paradise: ominous sounds from the attic and shadowy figures lurking among the trees. Narrator Kris Dyer builds an easy rapport with listeners as Midge and Mike settle into their home, then slowly infuses tension and anxiety into his performance as the couple cross paths with a cultish group with sinister intentions. Listeners will continue to feel the chill of this horror story long after they have turned it off.
The nightmare home. We thought we'd found our haven, a cottage deep in the heart of the forest. Quaint, charming, maybe a little run-down, but so peaceful. The woodland animals and birds couldn't have been more neighbourly. That was the first part of the Magic. Midge's painting and my music soared to new heights of creativity. That was another part of the Magic. Our sensing, our feelings, our love for each other - well, that became the supreme Magic. But the cottage had an alternative side. The Bad Magic.
What happened to us there was horrendous beyond belief. The miracles, the healings, the crazy sect who wanted our home for themselves, the hideous creatures that crawled from the nether regions, and the bats - oh God, the bats! Even now those horrible things seem impossible to me. Yet they happened...
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 bestseller 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 best-selling 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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"evil wins when good men do nothing "quote
To me it was a good fairly predictable story with a good ending.
But beware of the bats and crazy cultists.Mitch was a bit annoying, when she was seeking answers from her dead parents, but thank god! She saw the light just in time.kept me listening which is good as I don't always finish a book.
The story never really got going till the very end. The ending seemed rushed. After listening to The secret of crickety hall by Herbert, which was great, this was a disappointment.
I will in the future give James Herbert another try.
Yes, his narration was good with emotions.
several, did not care for the story line.
"Great story, spoiled by the Narrator"
I love this story, I've already read the book, but the narrator's voice for Midge is so annoying that I find it hard to imagine anyone save a deaf person would find her attractive. not a great opinion to have of one of the chief protagonists and someone you are supposed to care about. It did spoil the story for me.
"performance not good"
a good story hard to put down and fill of mystery, the reader made all females sound like Julian Clarey which spoiled it slightly.
"Not what I expected"
This story in the main is a “nice” meander through which seems an enchanted life of a musician who turns out to be a magician. It is not until Midge and Mike meet up with members of a sect that things become interesting and even then I was expecting far more than this novel had to offer. The narration of this story didn’t help either. Even though Mike is supposed to be a bit weedy Kris’s portrayal of him left you wondering if he even had the strength to lift his guitar.
"Very good read, loved the story!"
I have no idea as I haven't read the print version, I currently only listen to books
Mike, far out. He is a down to earth guy who goes through fire for his girlfriend Midge.
Mike again. I didn't like how he portrayed Midge, she sounded very annoying and at times irritatingly funny. Couldn't focus on the things she said. Loved how he did the male characters though
It was mysterious till the end. I had no idea it would turn out the way it did. It was tensive, exciting, it made me laugh at times, romantic in some ways with all the animals showing up on the doorstep
I loved how the story moved along and gave us so much information about the surroundings, the other characters. The frightening things, the lovely things. I would've loved to see Midge's artwork and visit the cottage myself. I could totally see it in my head, how lovely it would be there in the middle of the forest. Very well described, the characters are very well described. I can only recommend this book, you won't be disappointed!
"Not the narrator I would have chosen."
No. The I feel the narrator's voice was too soft for this story.
From beginning to end. Story held my attention.
I'm sorry but every time I heard "Midge's" voice, I heard Julian Clary!!!
Scary at times, surprise ending, which brought a happy tear to my eye. Nice reader, but not Peter sellers more of a Dick Emmery when it comes to Midge, a touch of the Likely Lads with the northern characters. Yes I'd recommend this talking book. A really really lovely story.
"Not the best"
I really wasn't impressed with the main characters in this book but I believe my dislike for them was a lot to do with the narrators irritating voice! I found the book a bit childish and Mike is irritatingly spineless. Going to try Dean Koontz Lightening next as the reviews look good. I won't be reading another book read by this guy!
"The Magic Cottage"
This is my favourite book and I have read it many times but this is the first time on audio. I loved it. The narrator was fantastic and done well to get the mood across and I didn't want to stop listening ! An absolute joy .
"loved this book from start to finish ."
loved this book from start to finish very enjoyable and easy to follow . Enjoy most of James Herbert ' books and this one is right up there with the rest .
This was a promising story that kept my attention all the way through but disappointed slightly at the end. The characters were believable and the narrator did a very good job of differentiating the voices. I would definitely listen to more from James Herbert.
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