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The Rats: The Rats Series, Book 1 | [James Herbert]

The Rats: The Rats Series, Book 1

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!
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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 11-04-13
    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 11-04-13 Member Since 2010

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "Who Will Survive?...The Rats!"
    What did you love best about The Rats?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you could take any character from The Rats out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Considering that many of the characters ended up AS dinner I wouldn't want to say.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Grace Tucson, AZ, United States 12-13-13
    Grace Tucson, AZ, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "You're right there running from the rats!"
    If you could sum up The Rats in three words, what would they be?

    Worst nightmare ever!


    What other book might you compare The Rats to and why?

    The closest book I have is,"The Colony" by A.J. Colucci because its another when nature goes wrong book!


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

    I found the main character extremely brave and very capable! If I were in that situation I would have wanted him keeping me safe!


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

    Mostly I just cringed!


    Any additional comments?

    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!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 10-30-13
    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "boring, what a disappointment"

    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...................

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • H.C
    7/12/14
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    "ratastic"
    Where does The Rats rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this audiobook ranks about the second best book in my Library so far


    What other book might you compare The Rats to, and why?

    Its very hard to compare but I would have to say silence of the lambs


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I liked all the scene in the book and so its very hard to say wich were the best scenes


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

    this book just made me more wary of rats didn't make me laugh or cry .


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    United Kingdom
    3/17/14
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    "As good as I remember...."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Planet Earth
    1/27/14
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    "Good story, well narrated"
    What made the experience of listening to The Rats the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the novel a lot and this was enhanced by David Rintoul's excellent reading of it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favourite character as they were all read really well.


    Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This was my first time listening to David Rintoul and I enjoyed the way he gave the characters depth in the story


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MICHELLE LOUISE
    NUNEATON, WARWICKSHIRE United Kingdom
    11/3/13
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    "Very scary!"
    What did you like most about The Rats?

    An exciting story that grips you from the start.


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

    He really builds the tension and breaths life into the characters.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't worry, they are only rats!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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