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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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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)2012 AudioGO Ltd

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    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 11-24-12
    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2010

    Hope

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    "The SECRETS of Crickley Hall"

    The book should be called "The Secrets of Crickley Hall" as there is much to find out about this depressing and creepy vacation home. Herbert's dark and stormy night tale of tragedy and suspense is narrated perfectly by Rintoul. I found Rintoul's narration in some parts bordering on theatrical, I would score it as 4.5 if we could give half stars. The story has many layers which made it a "page turner" for me. Overall a great ghost story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen United States 11-18-12
    Karen United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2011

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    "ZZZZZ......"
    Would you try another book from James Herbert and/or David Rintoul?

    I've read and enjoyed others, so maybe.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably a John Connolly mystery.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Rintoul?

    He was ok.


    What character would you cut from The Secret of Crickley Hall?

    Oh, that is funny. The whole thing needs an editor to pare it down by half. It never seemed to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I love a good ghost story. Sadly, this isn't one. The characters are stupid waaaay past the point of disbelief. I felt smothered with foreshadowing that never really came to much. The only mystery here is why this story went on so long.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    karen United States 12-07-13
    karen United States 12-07-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Great old-fashioned ghost story"

    I don't seek out ghost stories too often -- nothing ever seems to equal Susan Hills's "The Woman in Black" -- the audiobook, not the film. Ghost stores just don't get any better than that. But this one comes close. I'm not sure why I decided to take a chance on it, but I like creepy old houses, especially if a ghost or two might linger, so that was probably it.

    Glad I did -- I should have known this would be good. James Herbert also wrote "The Fog" and I remember reading that decades ago, and afterward, that book came to mind every single day when the tule fog overtook the Sacramento Valley and I had to navigate around in it. That's a seriously frightening book, too.

    "Secrets" also has none of the things I don't like in a scary story, which is to say, I don't like stories that merge into science fiction. These are actual ghosts in this book -- real ghosts -- ha! -- not alien creatures or dragons or man-made monsters, or any of that sort of thing.

    There are truly creepy moments aplenty -- although why people who are already unnerved by odd happenings decide to explore the basement is always beyond me, although I suppose if they didn't, there wouldn't be a book.

    Special praise for the narrator, David Rintoul -- he must have burned up a thousand calories an hour narrating this. It's a high-energy narration, but in a good way. Just very well done.

    Highly recommended. And three cheers for Chester -- a real trouper!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Philadelphia, PA, USA 02-07-13
    Karen Philadelphia, PA, USA 02-07-13 Member Since 2007

    Love Horror and Sci-Fi. I enjoy historical romance

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    "Thoroughly Creepy"
    If you could sum up The Secret of Crickley Hall in three words, what would they be?

    Touches every fear


    What other book might you compare The Secret of Crickley Hall to and why?

    The Haunted by Bickley Little
    Tells of a tortured, purely evil soul bent on terrorizing it's occupants.


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

    No I haven't heard any of his other performances but I truly enjoyed him in this book.


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

    I did but it also wasn't too hard to put it down as needed, rewind it a little when I got a chance and finish it up.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-11-12
    Cheryl Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect Ghost Story!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret of Crickley Hall the most enjoyable?

    David Rintoul is an amazing narrator! Such an engaging listen. I will definitely seek out his books.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Can't wait for the BBC show!


    Any additional comments?

    Enthralling ghost story and a wonderful narrator. A definite "page turner, edge of your seat" kind of book. Loved it!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    naelene wanganui, New Zealand 11-05-12
    naelene wanganui, New Zealand 11-05-12

    "evil wins when good men do nothing "quote

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    "Really enjoyed this book! mystery,@suspense"
    Where does The Secret of Crickley Hall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well I couldnt stop listening till the end and thats a good book to me. Once I got over the annoying fathers attitude , but he came right after a while .There's alot of inner mind thinking by the characters which actually helps the story at first i thought it would hinder the flow of the book. A true ghost story with a good ending.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michael king LINCOLN, NE, United States 09-13-14
    michael king LINCOLN, NE, United States 09-13-14 Member Since 2006

    prefers the darker side of fiction

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    "Swish Thwack. READ IT!"
    Any additional comments?

    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."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David San Diego, CA, United States 07-31-14
    David San Diego, CA, United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2009
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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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    Joshua Sunde SANDY, UTAH, US 09-23-13
    Joshua Sunde SANDY, UTAH, US 09-23-13 Member Since 2011
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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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  • Mrs. D. I. Reynolds-hale
    New Forest
    10/25/12
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    "Proper thriller!"

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Charmaine
    Colchester, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Wow"

    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

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • h
    london, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "swish-THWACK"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    12/5/12
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    "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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Bath, United Kingdom
    11/19/12
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • tara
    Clacton on sea, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Hooked"

    Fabulous story gripping could not stop listening would highly recomend to anyone to read or listen to James Herbert is a great writer

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Aaron
    MELTON MOWBRAY, United Kingdom
    3/26/13
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    "Absolutely brilliant"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ricard
    ashford, United Kingdom
    11/25/12
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    "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

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    8/18/13
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    "BRILLIANT!!!!!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    8/18/13
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    "A beautifully read chiller"
    If you could sum up The Secret of Crickley Hall in three words, what would they be?

    The Secret of Crickley Hall is chilling, dark and cruel.


    What other book might you compare The Secret of Crickley Hall to, and why?

    There are many haunted house stories but few of them are written with such psychological depth.


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

    This is an addictive listen because David Rintoul reads this so beautifully and clearly voices each of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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