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Hovern Bog. People live in terror of it - especially the residents of Fenchurch St. Jude, the little village located at its edge. They think of it as a living being. They've seen it reach out with sinewy tentacles... to take, entangle, and digest.

When 2,000-year-old bodies are recovered from the bog, perfectly preserved, it is the discovery of a lifetime for archaeologist David Macauley. But close examination of the corpses reveals a curious fact: all were cruelly, mysteriously murdered, gnawed to death by some unimaginable creature. Soon it becomes apparent that whatever tortured and killed the bodies from ancient times still roams the bog, and no one in Fenchurch St. Jude - especially David and his family - is safe.

In The Bog (1986), Michael Talbot (1953-1992), author of the vampire classic The Delicate Dependency and the chilling haunted house novel Night Things, delivers an exciting mix of science and the supernatural that will keep listeners guessing until the horrific climax.

"One of the better horror novels.... odd and risky mingling of pure science with fairy lore and gnashed bodies.... terrific." - Kirkus Reviews

"Exciting!" - Publishers Weekly

"Convincingly original!" - Ocala Star-Banner

©1986, 2017 Michael Talbot (P)2017 Valancourt Books, LLC

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Magic and Monsters

A pretty good tale about a Leviathan sort of monster that roams a bog where an archaeologist found a well-preserved body from Roman times. It has some creative plot twists, but is, for my taste, a little saccharine in its character development and family relationships. Entertaining, and well presented.

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Loved it!!!

Narrator was amazing! The story was extremely well written and very entertaining. I loved it!!

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WELL WORTH THE READ!

This story builds on its self in an eerie way. The villagers are unsettling enough to add enough complexity to them even though they are not featured prominently. It goes into magic a little more then I would have preferred but it’s still very worth the money. As someone who is always on the prowl for a good horror book this one defiantly satisfied by cravings....for now.

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Interesting and weird.

At first I thought it was a great mysterious start, then around the middle it got weird, and then at the end it was less weird and came to a satisfying conclusion. Basically, and archaeologist uproots his family and heads to a dig site in a small creepy town in England to research bog bodies. Weird stuff begins to happen around the family, then the book takes a slight scifi fantasy historical turn, but with some creep factor. It wasn't my favorite Talbot book but I thought is was still okay and worth the listen. The narrator, Matt Godfrey did a fantastic job with all the characters. He is excellent with adult, children, women and accents alike. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The Bog holds secrets

I really enjoyed the start of the book and thought it was headed to a great buildup of a creature feature style book. Didn't really go that route, more magic and wizardry than I prefer but was still a good story. Wouldn't call it horror at all but I assume for the time that this came out it was probably fairly scary. The start was more thriller and suspense with a
I have to say David started out in my mind as a jackass. Didn't like the type of father he was, dog owner, or husband really. Was actually pleased with the writing such that it could make me hate the main character. Although as the story progressed I sympathized with him more and began to root for him as opposed to just the rest of his family.
Matt Godfrey does a great job narrating. His voices are great for the characters and I'm sure my desire to keep listening to one more chapter is mainly owed to him.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Chilling!

This story started out slow and very technical. David the main character is an archeologist who found a perfectly preserved body in a bog. The first couple chapters read almost like a textbook. For a fiction story I thought it was excessive but the story eventually gets very exciting and intense.

David moves his family to the small town where his dig sight and the bog are. They move into a cottage there not far from the bog.The residents of the town aren't welcoming of strangers and there's a atmosphere of sadness that hangs over the city. Odd and unexplainable events occur at the cottage like their dog dissapears. David's son becomes quiet and reserved. The cottage at tims smells like death and more.

For me I think the first couple chapters were too much and might have been better spread troughout the book. I love science but it was too much even for me. I found myself skipping over it. Aside from that the story has a great plot that was unique and characterization. The author brings everything to life. The suspense piqued my curiosity.

Overall, this is a really good book.

I recieved a copy of this book for my honest opinion.

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Creepy, suspense-filled, awesome horror book!

The Bog
By: Michael Talbot
Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I am so glad I asked and received this book! This is a good creepy book with so many great characters and surprises. I loved the whole thing! The plot was wonderful, the characters were well developed, the story was creepy, and the town folk were even creepier! Great ending too! Lots of twists and turns...great story!
The narrator was wonderful! He did wonderful voices of women, children, and ...it. The creepy feeling oozed from the narrator when he really put it on. Great job. The suspense, thrill, and horror was really enhanced with this narrator. Great job!

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  • Amir
  • Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 01-06-18

Amazing Narration

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David Macauley is an American archeologist, who is fascinated with bog bodies. David decides to movie with his family to the creepy village of Fenchurch St. Jude, after his assistant finds a perfectly preserved body of a Roman girl who has died nearly 2000 years ago. Once the body is examined David discovers a peculiar fact, that the girl was cruelly murdered and gnawed to the death.

The Bog is a true example of 80s horror genre. The first part of the book is very thrilling as you follow David’s research in finding out what killed those bodies. But unfortunately for me the payoff wasn’t grand. I loved the thrilling and mysterious aspect of this book but once the reason and the monster are uncovered, I wasn’t that impressed. Maybe it has something to do with my age, maybe this is a perfect horror book for a 12-year-old. I give the story a 3 /5.

I should mention that I loved, Matt Godfrey’s narration. His amazing narration was the only reason I listened to this audiobook till the very ending. The fact that I can distinguish each character’s voice, is a perfect example of a good narration. The narration is simply 5/5.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Gus
  • Lockport, IL, United States
  • 01-04-18

a very great read

it was a bit slow. but when it picked up I could put it down. a very great read. worth your time.

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Oldie but Goodie

I realized I read the book years ago when I started to listen, enjoyed it then and even more so listening to it. It started out with David and Brad finding and working with Bog Bodies (very intriguing subject) then comes the wizards, ghoul (ancient monster) and horror. It did start out a little slow but really picked up and enjoyed the ending with David getting his family together. Highly recommend if you enjoy a good 80’s horror. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. THANK YOU