Why did the solitary girl leave her rented house on the French Riviera only for short walks at night? Why was she so frightened? Why did animals shrink away from her? The girl herself didn't know, and was certainly not aware of the terrible appointment which had been made for her long ago and was now drawing close.
Molly Fountain, the tough-minded Englishwoman living next door, was determined to find the answer. She sent for a wartime secret service colleague to come and help. What they discovered was horrifying beyond anything they could have imagined.
Dennis Wheatley returned in this audiobook to his black magic theme which he had made so much his own with his famous best seller The Devil Rides Out. In the cumulative shock of its revelations, the use of arcane knowledge, the mounting suspense, and acceleration to a fearful climax, he out-does even that earlier achievement. This is, by any standards, a terrific story.
©2012 Dennis Wheatley (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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This is a classic english adventure story, think 39 steps but with Devil worshippers instead of fiendish Hun swine. Its a great story and well read. If you know this kind of classic adventure story you can trace the course of the permissiveness in society through it, this is a lot more permissive than 39 steps, while still being very very twee and British.
You really should give it a go, its worth a credit, plus I would love to see more Wheatley on audible.
"Good old fasioned British horror/adventure story"
I have been looking on Audible for some Dennis Wheatley for a long time and so downloaded this as soon as I saw it and am not disappointed. Yes the the language and characters do seem somewhat dated but if you can get past that you will find an excellent supernatural thriller. I see that The Devil Rides Out is now available and I am downloading it as I type this. I hope we see even more Dennis Wheatley on Audible very soon as I grew up with these stories and it is wonderful to have them read to me while enduring the daily commute to work.
"Very dated and unintentionally hilarious"
I got this as one of my Halloween listens because Dennis Wheatley is such an iconic figure in horror but was, sadly, unscared. In fact the satanic denouement had me giggling uncontrollably. It's very much a product of its time - I quite enjoyed the glimpse of the post war monied lifestyle and could just about take all the sexism and racism as being of its time but it all fails on the crucial point of the bits that are meant to be frightening are actually ludicrously camp - at one point an evil thing disappears in a puff of magenta smoke. Oh, and the bit where some satanists expose themselves in their evil excitement.... I honestly have no words.
The narrator is OK but does a really odd voice for Molly (whenever the hero called her Mumsie, I kept thinking of Richard O'Brien in the Crystal Maze) - dude she's only in her 40s not 80s!
Having said all that, it was weirdly addictive as an adventure story as it moves along at a cracking pace but all in all Dennis Wheatley has not stood the test of time.
"Dreary and dated and frankly a bit facile"
I remember Dennis Wheatley used to scare me witless...... years ago.... so I thought I revisit him... It was a bad move. It was so ridiculously dated and the narration was risable, although the narrator probably gave it his best shot.It made Miss Marple seem very up to date, and scary.... need I say more?
We persevered for about 2hrs, and just found ourselves drifting off. So I really wouldn't recommend it, unless you want a trip down memory lane.
"A Book for Insomniacs"
I'm not sure if the story is boring or the fact that this sounded like a 12 year old reading the phone directory - its hard to tell because I couldn't listen past chapter 3. Either way this is a book for those who have difficulty sleeping.
"For those of 1940s vintage"
As a D.W. fan from 50 odd years ago, I took advantage of the opportunity of reliving the thrills and spills of a known accomplished author. The immediate post war period of this tale does seem a little dated especially from being reread in 2013 with current writing styles employing words not in current parlance, never-the-less it is a well constructed story, not the best that he has written, but if you liked this, then his other books will be worth the read. Alexander.
"Revisited after 40 years"
I read this book as a teenager and remember being so engrossed I never put it down. Of course having forgotten most of the storyline and characters after such a long time I thought I'd refresh my memory thanks to Audible. The writing reminds me of how a "Famous Five" yarn must read; referring to your mother as "Mumsy" and the like. Cute I suppose although a little distracting. Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. So much so that I actually miss it when I get in my car. Well read by Nick Mercer although "Mumsy" was a little over the top. "The Devil Rides Out" will be my next purchase and I hope Audible releases "The Haunting of Toby Jugg" soon
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