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.
prefers the darker side of fiction
get it. read it. good good good. being a jaded horror reader, i didn't think i would like Crickley Hall. I was wrong. I deeply enjoyed it. was it terribly scary? no, but i did get the creeps from time to time. and it was a very interesting read. the characters were good. their relationships were believable. there was plenty to keep me coming back when the chills were only so-so. the reader is extraordinary. his nuanced reading adds to the material. it lends the lines an extra push of reality, of "this is actually happening."
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.
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.
It kept my interest but I was ok if I had to put it down and come back to it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More character voice changes and more intonation changes in reading. It just needs more emotion with a voice that captures the reader.
Say something about yourself!
I never read the print version but the narration was wonderful and for me, brought the story alive.
Yes, I love James Herbert. This was the first time listening to an audio book by him.
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.
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.
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.
This is the first book I have heard from this author. It won't be the last! Brilliantly read with the suspense getting more gripping by the minute. Great book! And thank you, Audible, for recommending it and putting it in the sale.
This is definitely one of James Herberts' better books and the narrator made the story come alive in way I haven't heard before. That was one of the most atmospherically read ghost stories I've ever come across. Even just the rain hitting the window was read moodily. This was shown on TV just after I finished listening to it and I couldn't bear to watch because I don't think they would have done as good a job as David Rintoul did. Will definitely be listening to this one again
As the title says, truly fabulous. I am almost never scared by books but this one truly did unnerve me. Herbert is a great great writer for the macabre and the twisted. the characters are great and the story is horribly brilliant, but Rintoul really brings this story to life with his voice acting, I only wish he had read more of Herbert's work.
"Great story, excellent narration!"
Really enjoyed listening to this book, and since it's not a genre I usually go for I'm glad I took a spin on it.
I found myself impatient to get back to the story whenever I had to stop listening which is the gold star on any book really. It is lovely and long, great pacing, interweaving lots of depth and contemplative back story in with very intense, present moments.
I absolutely LOVE David Rintoul as a narrator, he is so versatile and always seems to bring the book to life. I bought this book 70% on the strength of the narrator alone but will go and investigate some of the other books by the same author now I've heard it!
"Better than the TV Episode"
I downloaded this in excitement after enjoying the first episode on BB1 last night... Great stuff, it's really kept me on the edge of my (car) seat. In true keeping with James Herberts other books, Crickley is seriously spooky stuff.
Much better than the TV program, and gives it more depth and background if you are watching. Great audiobook, and great value at 18 Hours for one credit.
I bought this because I watched and enjoyed the tv series that was aired on the BBC.
As I would expect, I enjoyed the book/audiobook far more. I also think I enjoyed the audiobook far more than I would the written version. The narrator really made certain parts unnerving, perhaps mainly due to my fondness of laying in total darkness in an empty house whilst listening to horror books. But David Rintoul certainly brought the scenes with ghostly interaction to life and gave them an incredibly ominous feel.
Well worth a listen!
Fabulous story gripping could not stop listening would highly recomend to anyone to read or listen to James Herbert is a great writer
"A beautifully read chiller"
The Secret of Crickley Hall is chilling, dark and cruel.
There are many haunted house stories but few of them are written with such psychological depth.
This is an addictive listen because David Rintoul reads this so beautifully and clearly voices each of the characters.
This beautifully read chiller taps into parents' deepest fears about cruelty to children and what it would be like for a child to go missing. The descriptive writing is excellent. Please can we have more unabridged James Herbert!
This was magnificant! I watched the story on telly many years ago, and I had forgotten this until the descriptive reading conjured up the images from the series.
This is a recommendation for both the author, the narrator and the BBC telly series adaptation.
Listen to this brilliant book and let it frighten and entertain you! You will be scared silly, especially if you listen to this late at night on your own, but you will not regret a minute of it!
"A great listen"
After watching the tv drama I saw the book on audible and having credits I thought why not and to my surprise the book surpassed the series I had seen early. Spanning from beginning to end and very well narrated . Go on treat yourself it is worth it
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