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The Secret of Crickley Hall Audiobook

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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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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 04-22-13 Member Since 2016

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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

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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?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KIDDERMINSTER, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "got me from the start."
    What did you like most about The Secret of Crickley Hall?

    Loved the whole mixture. Love, spooky, sinister, everything.brilliant.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The choice of characters. Very interesting.


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    His whole character was just brilliant.


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

    He is a very emotional character.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstie T Thompson
    Melton Mowbray, LEICS United Kingdom
    6/20/13
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    "SURPRISINGLY SCARY"
    Where does The Secret of Crickley Hall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was good! Melodramatic, but a very good example of the genre.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The wife was the best character - she was very realistic and her experiences had damaged her


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

    The wife


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

    No - I was happy to listen to a few chapters at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm tempted to buy another James Herbert!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs.Scarlett Horsburgh
    Rowlands Castle,Hampshire,England
    6/15/13
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • rovert
    6/15/13
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    "Strangely compelling"

    A really good read with the tension mounting in almost every chapter.Suitable stopping places were few and far between.I read it on the beach while relaxing and it was not a read to relax fully too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    Cotgrave, United Kingdom
    5/14/13
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    "enthralling listen"

    totally enthralling,just couldn't stop listening (much to my family's annoyance).the ending even made me shed a tear! Will certainly look for more books read by David Rintoul, he put so much feeling into the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ascaris
    UK
    4/14/13
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    "A good spooky read"

    I read the book and watched the movie. (BBC). This certainly is a good book and I was caught reading this at midnight as I wanted to finish it. A book well worth reading

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    COLCHESTER, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Pleasure for the ears"

    Listened to this while commuting to work in the car, David Rintouls narration combined with the excellent writing of James Herbert left me sitting in the car long after the journey had finished.

    Chilling ghost story with oodles of suspense and intrigue.

    If this is not your usual genre give it a try and if you think it fits your listening profile you should not be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
    4/10/13
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    "Manly Tears."

    completely blown away by this book, I read a few James Herbert books as a teenager and loved them but never picked them up as I got older, something I now regret. Its seems all the way to his dying day he pumped out the most intense fantastic riveting stories. throughout this book and with the aid of an absolutely superb narrator the story came to life and will stay with me for a long time. I'd even go as far as to suggest this to be if you're thinking about starting Herbert's novels that this be your first. I don't like to go in to plot in reviews but believe me when I say this book is simply fantastic, the ending leaving me with near on tears in my eyes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Northwich, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Edge of seat read"

    This book is full of surprises, you really don't know what's coming up next. The book is a little spooky in places but not overly scary. I loved it and it has a great ending too.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/1/16
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    "audio issue's"

    great story and a good performance, let down by the audio quality. the start of each chapter was like watching your favourite TV show when the adverts kick in so so loud. But getting more and more quiet as the chapter progressed until BOOM next chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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