Veteran actor David Rintoul delivers a superb performance of best-selling British author James Herbert’s The Rats, the first book in the classic The Rats series. His rich voice and charismatic delivery heighten the exciting nature of this audiobook. London comes under attack and a state of emergency is declared. The problem? Rats. Swift, terrifying rodents wreaking havoc in the big city. No one is safe. As the death toll rises, it appears that evacuation may be the only option left - that or war.
Book One in Herbert’s classic ‘rats’ series.
The terror begins. London is struck by an invasion. Women, children, old and young, none are safe from the deadly menace. The attacks are swift and sure, escape is impossible. A state of emergency is declared. Evacuation seems the only solution in the face of a growing panic and mounting death toll. War is declared on the public enemy number one. The Rats!
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 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.
©1974 James Herbert (P)2013 Audible Ltd
“Herbert was by no means literary, but his work had a raw urgency. His best novels, The Rats and The Fog, had the effect of Mike Tyson in his championship days: no finesse, all crude power. Those books were best sellers because many readers (including me) were too horrified to put them down.” (Stephen King) "There are few things I would like to do less than lie under a cloudy night sky while someone read aloud the more vivid passages of Moon. In the thriller genre, do recommendations come any higher?" (Andrew Postman, The New York Times Book Review) "Herbert goes out in a blaze of glory" (Daily Mail)
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
SHUN HIS TORCH DOWN THE STAIRWAY
This is British, but not overly British. He does use the often never used word in London, THE, even in the title. The Brits do not go to The University or The Hospital, the just go to University or Hospital, if it fits in their sedule, that is.
I was expecting to not like this and I ended up loving it. I had read Haunted and thought it too slow. This started fast, right out of the gate. The action is fairly constant. I would have liked to have had more mad scientist stuff, but it fits well with the writing of the time. Most of the action is unique and will keep your interest. plus you have the added sometimes comical, keep an upper lip and don't get rattled. I say old boy, I see no reason to get upset, (as a horde of rats are breaking down the door.) Those reviewers that you use the training wheels that audible has, are often asked, Would You Listen to This in One sitting. I did listen in one day. The only problem was around lunch. There are plenty of scenes with half eaten corpses and rats are just creepy doing nothing, much less eating people. Maybe, not real gory compared to what Killborn (Konrath) writes, but for the time it had to be fairly shocking. I was also shocked by the amount of sex in it. It is obvious that Stephen King was inspired by Herbert's writing.
It is not perfect, in the middle around chapter 9 and 10, I was thinking not another rat attack, but after that, he has some rat attacks that were worth exploring, I know I will think twice before going to a theatre again.
I am looking forward to book 2, Liar.
Narrator does a great job.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
The story captures the mood and feel of London and its suburbs about 30 years ago. A bit dated but as much as you would think. The story is actually pretty well written with realistic characters. Not overly gory but no one is safe. I will definitely get Parts 2 and 3.
I'm not sure but he does a a good job narrating The Rats so I am sure he did a fine job on other books.
Considering that many of the characters ended up AS dinner I wouldn't want to say.
Worst nightmare ever!
The closest book I have is,"The Colony" by A.J. Colucci because its another when nature goes wrong book!
I found the main character extremely brave and very capable! If I were in that situation I would have wanted him keeping me safe!
Mostly I just cringed!
I'm in the process of listening to it now and all I can say is if I'm ever in charge of telling a campfire story I'm bringing this! (I'll get permission first!)
This story is nasty great 1970's style horror from beginning to end.
Great character development with full side story lines and then James Herbert uses his Rats to slaughter some of them as if they were just more gristle for his blood thirsty appetite to digest.
I was expecting James Herbert's writing to be more involved in the beauty of the language... nope, it's a beautifully written gore fest.
David Rintoul reads the story with extreme passion!
I read this book when I was 12 and it blew me away. It made me a lifelong fan of James Herbert. Some 35yrs later the book is still solid, somewhat of an unusual story structure but still an enjoyable read. Thanks for all the stories, Jim.
What a waste of time & credit. It really had potential too. The author spends WAY too much time on developing secondary characters that all die. Why bother. Slow, no horror here. Next...................
this audiobook ranks about the second best book in my Library so far
Its very hard to compare but I would have to say silence of the lambs
I liked all the scene in the book and so its very hard to say wich were the best scenes
this book just made me more wary of rats didn't make me laugh or cry .
A very good audio book the story keeps you listening in fact I have listened to it about three times now, and have also downloaded the lair , the narrator is excellent and makes the listening to the audiobook even better and lets face it if you have a good narrator it makes all the difference to your listening pleasure I would highly recommend this book x
An exciting story that grips you from the start.
He really builds the tension and breaths life into the characters.
Don't worry, they are only rats!
"Thank You James Herbert (RIP)"
Loved It And Read Perfectly By David Rintoul. I Will definitely Follow On The Series
Mr Herbert at his best.Love all his books but a revisit to The Rats had to be done.
"Like a zombie novel, but with rats."
Yes, this book has many of the features of a zombie story with rats in place of zombies and that's a good thing. We all know that there is no such thing as zombies, but rats are real. Rats are something that we seem to have an almost instinctive disdain for and has such a special place in our psyche is so much more poignant and than zombies. The very idea of being eaten alive by rats is somehow more disgusting to us than some make believe monster, I say this as a fan of zombie book films and games.
The story itself is extremely well written and imaginative and the narration is perfect. I think this book is a horror classic and should be read by all die hard fans of the genre.
"As good as I remember...."
I first read the The Rats probably about 25 years ago, it was the first James Herbert novel I read and it still stand up to the ravages of time. It's quite a short simplistic book, however the subject matter is still pretty scary to most. It's fast paced and graphic but Herbert still takes time to build the characters even if they are potential next victims. Some great references to 70's Britain, unfortunately the victims could not text or tweet, so a phonebox will have to do. Overall a great audiobook.
"Good story, well narrated"
I enjoyed the novel a lot and this was enhanced by David Rintoul's excellent reading of it.
I didn't really have a favourite character as they were all read really well.
This was my first time listening to David Rintoul and I enjoyed the way he gave the characters depth in the story
As this is a shorter audiobook I did manage to listen to it in one sitting but the fact that it isn't overly long doesn't take away the fact that is a great story.
The Rats is book one of a three book series and I look forward to the second & third instalments even though I have read the actual novels.
loved it and can not wait to read the next part
"A very good story and can't wait to listen to the"
loved it, can't wait for the next book, so colourful a story, and well read.
"A classic ruined!!"
I was so looking to The Rats on audio! The first book by JH I ever read, and one of my favourites.
However, I'm finding it so tedious listening to the monotone voice of David Rintoul!
I've listened to many many audiobooks, and Rintoul is by far the worse narrator yet! There is no distinction between most characters, barring the odd Irish accent!
I just can't get into the story, from the very start when the rats attack a defenceless child, there's just no emotion, it's shocking!
Unfortunately I find Rintoul narrates both The Lair and Domain, both of which I purchased at the same time!!
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