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The Secret of Crickley Hall | [James Herbert]

The Secret of Crickley Hall

There is an old, empty house in Devil's Cleave, a deep gorge that leads from the high moors down to the harbour village of Hollow Bay. The house is Crickley Hall and it's large and grim, somehow foreboding. It's rumoured to be haunted. It's thought to hold a secret. Despite some reservations, the Caleighs move in, searching for respite in this beautiful part of North Devon, seeking peace and perhaps to come to terms with what's happened to them as a family. But all is not well with the house....
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Publisher's Summary

There is an old, empty house in Devil's Cleave, a deep gorge that leads from the high moors down to the harbour village of Hollow Bay. The house is Crickley Hall and it's large and grim, somehow foreboding. It's rumoured to be haunted. It's thought to hold a secret. Despite some reservations, the Caleighs move in, searching for respite in this beautiful part of North Devon, seeking peace and perhaps to come to terms with what's happened to them as a family.

But all is not well with the house. They hear unaccountable noises. A cellar door they shut every night is always open again in the morning. They see things that cannot be real. The house is the last place the Caleighs should have come to, for the terror that unfolds is beyond belief. Soon they will discover the secret horror of Crickley Hall....

©2006 James Herbert (P)2014 Audible, Inc

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    David San Diego, CA, United States 07-31-14
    David San Diego, CA, United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Very Traditional Ghost Story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    While I do enjoy traditional ghost stories as much as the next fan of horror, this story played it very safe with all of the conventions. It added nothing to the genre. The characters felt flat for the most part and I felt I had to finish the book. The ending was something you could see or feel coming from fairly far off.


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    R. Rogers 11-21-13
    R. Rogers 11-21-13

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    "Horrendous crime"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was enjoying this story until it got to the underlying story involving children. Then it became unbearable. I like this author, and I love horror stories, but this one just made me sick at heart.


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    JS SANDY, UTAH, US 09-23-13
    JS SANDY, UTAH, US 09-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Decent..."
    What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good performance.


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

    It kept my interest but I was ok if I had to put it down and come back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book for people that like ghost stories but don't want to be too scared. I found it to be some what predictable however I enjoyed the story, it was not just a ghost story but had a mystery to it also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Lead Hill, AR, United States 09-02-13
    Shirley Lead Hill, AR, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining..spooky...Sad"
    If you could sum up The Secret of Crickley Hall in three words, what would they be?

    The book is well written. I don't normally like the british accent when listening to a book but this one good listen. I did not have trouble understanding what was being said. The history of the house is sad..the story pulls at your heart strings for the children.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ivanka Eden Prairie, MN United States 06-27-13
    Ivanka Eden Prairie, MN United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So-so"

    Not the suspenseful, spine-tingling story I was hoping for but entertaining nonetheless. The narration was generally good. The most dissatisfying part was needing to constantly adjust the volume because the narration swings back and forth between normal conversational volume and whispering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Mcconnell 06-24-13

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    "Actually gave me chills, fantastic narrator."
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret of Crickley Hall the most enjoyable?

    One of the best narrators I've ever listened to, so much so I felt compelled to review the book. The story is engaging, sympathetic and intelligent and the characters very fleshed out. The ending was unexpected, it had everything I look for in a horror novel without the gratuitous violence that seems to pass for horror these days.


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

    Yes!


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    Erica United States 05-10-13
    Erica United States 05-10-13
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    "Good book but slow..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book is a little slow. It really needs to pick up the pace and intrigue the readers interest. However, the voice makes it even more quiet and boring. It needs a little more oomph! Good ghost story but could be much better.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    More character voice changes and more intonation changes in reading. It just needs more emotion with a voice that captures the reader.


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    Anonymous 04-22-13
    Anonymous 04-22-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "On a cold and rainy night....."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret of Crickley Hall to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version but the narration was wonderful and for me, brought the story alive.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Herbert? Why or why not?

    Yes, I love James Herbert. This was the first time listening to an audio book by him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scene where Lily the psychic was there with the children watching everything that was going on as if she were there. It was a bit graphic and disturbing but really puts things in perspective.


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

    Laugh if you want but it was when the dog came home. I don't want to go into any detail and spoil the story.


    Any additional comments?

    While this was not an excellent read it was an enjoyable one. It was not so much a spooky ghost story for me as it was feeling like I was part of the family and getting to know the characters. It was a nice escape read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carole Ormond, Australia 04-02-13
    carole Ormond, Australia 04-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this listen."

    I really enjoyed this book, loved the narrator, I could imagine the whole book and scenery.. great expression to his characters.. I was disappointed when it finished and hoped the writer had more similar long listen books.. If you buy this book im sure you will enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Converse, TX, United States 07-03-13
    Joseph Converse, TX, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Swish Thwack!! No Secret about Cricley Hall"

    A tedious tale of predictable events& cliched people...I mean are there no other abusers of women&children left in the world besides Christians?? ...perverse musicians
    that travel to Bankock maybe, or creepy senators who support NAMBLA???...Dictators&dictator wanna-bees??...zealots from that other religion of peace??...what about good old fashioned Satanists?? And why does some creepy little man only brave enough to abuse children die and suddenly become infused with superpowers? In life the Captain of the Chess club could mop the floor wh him...I ask you?

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  • Mrs.Scarlett Horsburgh
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    "Sorry I wasted a credit."

    A good listen 4/5th of the way. The last hour....HORRIBLE. Cutting a child's penis off and throwing him down a well,bleeding to death...? REALLY???? Not my idea of entertainment.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jay
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    3/17/13
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    "Real Atmosphere"

    The narration added to the atmosphere of the audiobook and this really drew me into the story. I don't think that the plot is amazing but the writing is very good and therefore the combination of great narration and good writing creates a good audiobook experience. ***** for narration, **** for the writing and *** for the story.

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  • Deb H
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    4/18/15
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    "Didn't disappoint!"

    My first ever James Herbert read/listen and after this I'm a complete convert! The narration is perfection, the story grasped me from the start and I couldn't wait to get back to it for more. Being a newby to JH I can't compare this to other books by the author so all I say is give it a listen you will be pleased you did!😊

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JS
    Slough, United Kingdom
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    "Great book! Great listening!"

    I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook but it's not for the squeamish! The narrator did an excellent job as usual.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mia Luisa
    2/24/15
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    "Amazing, absolutely loved it."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. The narrator was exceptional and bought the story to life.
    Very very difficult to put down once you've started to listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • woolyjumper
    2/9/15
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    "if you like a good ghost story you can't do better"

    even better than the telly version and wonderfully narrated. KEeps you wanting to listen for hours.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea
    saltash, United Kingdom
    12/4/13
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    "Classic Herbert, excellent narration"
    Where does The Secret of Crickley Hall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It has to be up there in the top 10% for me, though I was a big James Herbert fan many years ago so I am a little biased. Also I live in Cornwall so I always love a good "West Country" ghost story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret of Crickley Hall?

    The actual finding out of what happened to the children........can't say much more, could be a plot spoiler!


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

    David Rintoul absolutely made this book. Herbert's classic, vintage way of telling a ghost story was brought to life by the narrator. His characterization was fantastic and the way he got into the story just absorbed me into the plot more.Listening in the car was creepy enough, but David Rintoul through your headphones when the lights are out..............!Will definately look for more stories read by David.


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

    Again, the plight of the children, but can't say more.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like a classic "chiller" and want a great narration you have just found it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Planet Earth
    12/2/13
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    "A great story from a legendary writer"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret of Crickley Hall the most enjoyable?

    The Secret of Crickley Hall is a very well written old fashioned type of ghost story, the characters were excellent & this is up there with the great James Herbert stories (Sepulchre, The Fog, Fluke & Others).


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole tale has a eerie feel to it & as I listen at work I found myself looking forward to going into work mainly to continue this audiobook where I had left off.


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

    David Rintoul brings real emotion to the story and then can have almost a grandfatherly type voice on the scenes where there is less action.


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

    I didn't have an emotional reaction but I did find myself drawn into the plight of the family & the orphans from WWII.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't (like me) seen the BBC adaptation of this story or read the novel then I would highly recommend grabbing this audiobook, great story, brilliant narration & at no point in the eighteen hours of this audio will you lose interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Market Rasen, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "gripping"
    Where does The Secret of Crickley Hall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fantastic book, could not stop listening, wanting to find out what happened next. Narrator brilliant too... The only disappointment was that I finished it quite quickly. Will be listening to this one again and again :)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mollymoon1
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    7/23/13
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    ""WOW" - really creepy - great horror"

    I have never read anything by James Herbert - this is my one and only - so far - and on recommendation of a friend. I quite like scary stories and this book is just that - if you like to be scared, this one will do the trick and David Rintoul does a good job of creating the ambience to go with it. It has a bit of suspense and a lot of intrigue and quite a few parts where you want to shut all your doors and look over your shoulder. Great story too, I tended to stop reading at sundown and I'm not easily spooked. Read/listen, enjoy being scared!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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