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The Magic Cottage | [James Herbert]

The Magic Cottage

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

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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.

©1986 James Herbert (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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    naelene wanganui, New Zealand 10-31-13
    naelene wanganui, New Zealand 10-31-13 Member Since 2012

    "evil wins when good men do nothing "quote

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    "liked it! just a nice fun story."

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Damascus, MD 07-16-14
    Amazon Customer Damascus, MD 07-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointment"
    What disappointed you about The Magic Cottage?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will in the future give James Herbert another try.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kris Dyer?

    Yes, his narration was good with emotions.


    What character would you cut from The Magic Cottage?

    several, did not care for the story line.


    Any additional comments?

    will return

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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
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    "Gripping listen"

    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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