When John Simpson hears of a bizarre animal attack in his old home town of High Moor, it stirs memories of a long forgotten horror.
John knows the truth. A werewolf stalks the town once more, and on the night of the next full moon, the killing will begin again. He should know. He survived a werewolf attack in 1986, during the worst year of his life.
It’s 1986 and the town is gripped in terror after the mutilated corpse of a young boy is found in the woods. When Sergeant Steven Wilkinson begins an investigation, with the help of a specialist hunter, he soon realises that this is no ordinary animal attack. Werewolves are real, and the trail of bodies is just beginning, with young John and his friends smack in the middle of it.
Twenty years later, John returns to High Moor. The latest attack involved one of his childhood enemies, but there’s more going on than meets the eye. The consequences of his past actions, the reappearance of an old flame and a dying man who will either save or damn him are the least of his problems. The night of the full moon is approaching and time is running out. But how can he hope to stop a werewolf, when every full moon he transforms into a bloodthirsty monster himself?
©2011 Graeme Reynolds (P)2013 Graeme Reynolds
The story is well written and highly engaging. Chris Barnes brings it to life with his top-notch performances. From start to finish, the story is gripping, edge-of-your-seat suspenseful. It's hard to push the stop button and go about regular life.
I'd compare it to Twilight if only to highlight what a werewolf-or any supernatural novel-is supposed to be. Werewolves are supposed to bite, they're supposed to claw, they're supposed to rip people in half with no moral conscience whatsoever. They are not supposed to protect people from vampires or a seventeen year old girl who can't develop her way out of a brown paper bag.
High Moor delivers on the good stuff. The bloody stuff.
Tonia Brown's THE COLD BENEATH. This performances far surpasses the other.
This is not a twilight, "sparkly" werewolf novel, this is a good-old-fashioned, hardcore, crap your pants, horror story and probably the best I ever heard. There is a connection between the protagonist and a girl from his past but this is not one of those horror-romance novels. The werewolves in this story are too busy ripping people apart to get laid. Brace yourself guys, these lycanthrope kill kids too....oh yeah! The character development in this book is second to none(except maybe Stephen King) with characters that really draw you in to the story. It took a minute or two to get used to the narrators Scottish accent but he did a fine job throughout the book. The story ends rather abruptly so I'm assuming they'll be a book 2(I hope). So if your sick of the twilight-ish Y/A horror stories check this book out, you'll probably like it! This book definitely has a "foggy-foresty" spooky vibe to it.
Thank You Graeme Reynolds for bringing "old-school" back to the Werewolf genre.
My review for: High Moor by Graeme Reynolds
Narrator: Chris Barnes from Dynamic Ram Audio
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars (if I could give more, I would)
Where do I begin? This is my first time reading Graeme Reynolds and I wasn’t disappointed. He has nailed the whole horror gory, fast paced thriller and nailed it well.
In the 1986, a strange beast stalked High Moor and its residents. With the death of a young boy and the horrific state of his body, the law enforcement knew they were dealing with a predator unlike any they have ever encountered and that they needed to call in the big dogs so to speak…
American hunter, Carl Schneider has been hunting these creatures for more than half his life. When the call came from the UK that there had been a boy killed, tore to ribbons, he knew what had done it. And he knew how to stop. With the help of Sergeant Steven Wilkinson, they try and hunt the creature down. And as the bodies pile up, it is clear that whatever is in the woods in High Moor isn’t your average dog. It’s something preternatural and its bloodlust can’t be slaked.
The plot was a mix of terror and raw emotions of adolescence and it flowed seamlessly between scene to scene as the horror played out. It’s brilliantly written with an ending that will shock you and have you wanting more. So much more.
Chris Barnes brings the story to life in an amazing ways. While his natural Scottish accent is one of my personal favorites, he’s a master at all dialects. But the difference with Chris and other male narrators that I have come across is the change in voices. You can clearly tell who is talking just by listening the change in pitch. The professionalism of the actual recording is beyond impressive, from the actual crackling of a CB radio to the muffled sound of a radio program in the background, it totally makes the narration into a full on performance. It is very easy to get lost into such a reading and in my humble opinion, Chris Barnes is a voice artist to look out for. Here’s hoping that he will read book two of this incredible series. Fantastic reader, fantastic writer. I loved it.
Yes, I was turned on to this as an audiobook by a friend because the narrators accent fit in with the Welsh setting and story so well. It turned out to be a fantastic read for what I thought would be a typical werewolf novel.. it was far better than expected!! The story stands on its own and is a great book in general, not just for the horror genre. Great characters that I really cared about.
Can't wait for the second book to come out on audio, I will pick it up immediately!!
This is an awesome start to a great werewolf story. I got lost in this book and lost all track of time while listening. I love the narrator he was great. If you are looking for a good werewolf story look no further you have found it.
Intense, fascinating, brutal
Honestly, until High Moor, I've never been into werewolves so I have nothing I can compare it to.
I've been a huge Chris Barnes fan for awhile now. He reads High Moor in a way that brings every character to life and the voices he uses are so well done, you almost forget there's no one else in the room with him. The Scottish accent doesn't hurt, either. ;)
I could tell you the parts of this book that moved me, but then I'd be giving away some major plot points, and I certainly don't want to do that. Best if you find out for yourselves.
High Moor is my first Graeme Reynolds book. He writes with a certain clarity and vivid details that makes the story come alive without bogging it down, even for those of us who aren't huge fans of werewolves. I can honestly say that I am a Reynolds fan, and my love for Barnes' narration continues to grow with every book I listen to. I can't wait to get started on the sequel!
Vivid - Gritty - Memorable
This book has a great pace that just draws you in to the story. The characters are very well developed, some you love and some you love to hate. I really enjoyed the childhood flashback- it was written very well with almost a Stand By Me vibe that really added to the flow of the story.
And the narrator does an AMAZING job. He really brings this book to life.
The first murder scene. I could almost see it myself. Another one is when Karl is introduced and Chris Barnes goes from a Scottish accent to a perfect Southern accent. You would swear there is more than one person reading. This guy is just that good.
I did listen to it in one sitting for the second time today, made my Friday at work fly right by. Can't wait to get started on the next book on Monday. I am actually looking forward to Monday on a Friday night. This book is that good.
I will be looking for more books written by Graeme Reynolds, and I will most definitely be listening to more of Barnes.
This is a wonderful werewolf book! It reminds me of the older horror novels, it is full of gory details. Along with the gore, there was plenty of action and a great story line. It starts back in the 80's when one of the characters was originally turned into a werewolf and then jumps ahead to 2008. This is a sit on the edge of your seat, not wanting to stop kind of a book.
Chris Barnes did an amazing job with the narration. He has a very strong accent, so you might want to listen to the sample first to make sure you are ok with it. His accent is perfect for the book and it's setting though. He also did a few other accents through the story and I could easily tell who was talking by the changes in his voice.
A modern daytake on the werewolf .--sort of like Blade was for vampires. Lots of action. The story was well-paced and interesting; there was plenty of tension, suspense, and surprises; the characters were well drawn and believable; the writing style was very fluid and mature Kudos to the narrator...good job.
"A story to get your teeth stuck into."
Unknown as I have only heard the audio, but the recording is crystal clear and the narrator Chris Barnes comes across perfectly.
I really like Steve the police officer, a kind of no nonsense cop with nothing to lose and the accent makes him a very likable character.
Not wishing to ruin the story I will say any of the scenes with the kids, the patter is pretty much kids and again the narrator puts in a great performance for cheeky kids, troublesome teens and even a little girl.
Don't run, don't hide, just pray it's quick.
This is the second audio book I've heard from the narrator and his style and flow are spot on, a very rich likable story voice and then breaking into multiple character voices with accents make this a fantastic book, my only problem is that it ended.... I wanted more, and you will too.
"A werewolf tale with bite and heart"
High Moor is a complex, tightly plotted werewolf story, split between 1986 and the present day. The narrative follows a group of children living in the town of High Moor during what proves to be a very eventful summer, before pivoting to the here and now for the conclusion.
The children of High Moor are incredibly well realised – well rounded, pleasingly un-PC and just the right side of amoral. The dialogue between them crackles with authenticity, and the characters of the different children are swiftly drawn with great skill. I found myself very quickly getting to know and like these kids – they felt very real, very unsentimental. This drew me in immediately, and when bad things inevitably started to happen, I felt invested in the outcome.
Reynolds also does an exceptional job with his action sequences (of which there are many). He has a talent for keeping the focus where it needs to be – I found myself picturing these scenes as movies – and the horror is visceral and intense but never histrionic or overblown. Similarly, the plotting throughout is superb. There are times when the story reads almost as an action thriller, in that he has a genius for cutting away at a climactic point, which kept me keenly engaged. Again, it's testament to the plotting that this works as well as it does – even as I was impatient to get back to the cliffhanger, I was fascinated to see how the other characters were fairing. The story is dense, and the interweaving of the various characters plot lines is one of the strengths of the story.
The werewolves themselves are also well written, with the descriptions of their point of view vivid and evocative. My only minor issue was an over-reliance on certain phrases during the transformation scenes, but once the beasts are mobile, the storytelling is superb.
Overall, High Moor is a great read – well realised characters, exquisite plotting, and strong action horror. One note of warning though: The ending is a brutal cliffhanger that not only does not resolve the story but will left me impatient for more. This is unambiguously the first book of a trilogy, so don't go in expecting resolution.
Regarding the audio aspect, for the most part narrator Chris Barnes does a grand job. His Scottish accent is distinct but utterly clear – as someone who can struggle with thicker regional access, I found the entire story totally intelligible. He has a powerful and seemingly instinctive sense of pacing, which allows the action sequences to flow without either becoming rushed or dragging. He also acquits himself well for the most part with the various regional accents of the characters, though he does struggle somewhat with the lone American character.
There are also some subtle but deft audio techniques employed which added to my absorption in the tale – a use of effect when characters talk on the phone or via walkie talkie gave an added verisimilitude to the telling of the story, without being intrusive or showy.
Overall this audiobook was an immersive and captivating experience. Providing you know in advance this is only part one of a larger story, I would happily recommend this fine action horror novel.
Great story with brilliant sett narration from Chris Barnes
Finding out about Marie xx
Setting the school on fire and getting revenge xx
Can you keep the wolf inside?
Really enjoyed this audio and Chris Barnes just sets the scenes perfectly and makes it all the more realistic xx
"Looking for a nightmare? Well listen on."
Of course. This was my first time listening to an audiobook so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I had previously read High Moor so I knew it was going to be an entertaining story but never having heard an audiobook before, I wasn't sure how if it would have the same effect on me as reading the book- if the characters could come to life the way they do in the book. I needn't have worried. Chris Barnes did a brilliant job. As a narrator, he didn't influence the characters at all, allowing the reader to form their own views on them.
Extremely entertaining and fast paced with just the right amount of comedy. Chris has a natural talent for accents. The action scenes have the right amount of tension and leave you wanting to hear more.
It's hard to pick a favourite. Michael was my original favourite character when I read the book. Chris did a great job bringing his character to life, but I may have to go with Marie as my favourite audio character.
I would highly recommend this audiobook. A word of warning though, it may give you nightmares.
"A rather hairy adrenaline filled ride"
Although I am a big horror fan, I have never read any fiction based around werewolves. Graeme Reynolds High Moor was the perfect introduction. A great, strangely believable storyline with plenty of action and characters you can actually get interested in. Great fight scenes that are brutal enough for the gore fans yet suitable for people of a milder disposition.
I have only listened to one other audiobook by Chris Barnes. His reading of High Moor is very different. He has a great reading voice giving plenty of emotion to all the characters as he switches seamlessly between a myriad of different accents and genders.
A great book and a great reading. High Moor 2 is definitely on my list.
"my first ever time was amazing!"
I loved how the characters came to life with the narration, the added music was really haunting and gave me chills at some points. I understand that this is an added bonus by the narrator, it certainly adds to the overall feeling of the story.
Some of the fight scenes were really intense and Chris Barnes really slams you back in your seat with his ferocious telling.
I did try listening whilst I was swimming but found I soon forgot to move my arms/legs which is not great for staying above water, so I retreated to the hot tub in the end and remained until I became a prune and my batt ran out.
I cant wait to listen to High Moor 2: Moonstuck
No, but I will definitely be looking him up for further narrations. Maybe he will lead me to new authors.
Yes, lots of emotions!
I laughed and snorted on occasion.
One moment in the book made my throat tighten and you can tell the emotion in Chris Barnes voice too, its almost beautiful (can you say that about a hard sounding Scottish bloke?)
Then there is the gore which is only highlighted when told in this fashion, when you read yourself you can skip some of the yucky bits, not so when Chris is reading to you, you are pulled in by his voice and led through every single drip of blood and swipe of paw.
Graeme Reynolds may have created the characters and led them through the gore laden scenes, but Chris Barnes really ratcheted up the tension in my opinion.
I was riveted from the start, what a way to open a book!
Originally I was grabbed by the cover, but the story is original and fast paced.
Big chunks of the book are set in the 1980s so the referencing (which is almost OCD in accurateness) really brought my childhood back with a bang; minus the bone crunching, bone munching werewolves of course.
This has villains/bullies you hate, heroes you love... and the odd weird American! love it!
The settings are fantastically broody in some cases, but basically boil down to brutality with so much realism, its kind of gross, these are not cuddly werewolves.
Lots of back story and left open for more expansion of this interesting world. (book 2 is on the way!)
I would recommend this story to anyone that loves horror or the werewolf genre; the narration is such a juicy cherry on the top.
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