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The Colony Audiobook

The Colony

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For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.

But all is not as it should be on the island. A 1930s cinefilm reveals something as terrifying as it is inexplicable. An Afghan war veteran, sent to secure the island before the experts arrive, witnesses a nightmare far beyond battle trauma. And as expedition members gather, they discover to their gruesome cost that there are some mysteries far safer left unsolved...

©2013 F. G. Cottam (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Lola B. Riverside, CA 08-25-16
    Lola B. Riverside, CA 08-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story, however..."

    The writing was exceptional and the story would have been the same if it weren't for the shallow, unlikable characters.I loved the idea of the story. Getting together experts of all fields to solve an old mystery. But all of that was overshadowed by the excessive descriptions of the female characters, who are more like props than people and the sheer amount of characters, all of which, male and female are totally forgettable and overall irritating. How many times can you mention how all the female characters are,'shapely and attractive' or how much the men want to sleep with them? The performance was excellent and one of the reasons I kept listening. I loved the mood of the book and I though it had real potential. Personally, I just got tired of the author focusing more on how the women looked and the shallow relationships these people had together. If that aspect of the book had been left out I would have given it five stars all around. The guy is obviously a great storyteller and writer but enough with the 'shapely and voluptuous' descriptions. More substance please. Don't slam me over the head with shallowness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regina 09-03-15
    Regina 09-03-15
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    "A real horror story"

    Lately I've been unable to find a good horror story. This one is excellent. My only complaint is the buildup was long and the finale was pretty short.
    I do recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Old Hippy 02-21-14
    Old Hippy 02-21-14 Member Since 2016
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    ""Could have been a contender""
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Two aspects: one is that it's a modern day setting (with flashbacks) but told in a style reminiscent of Victorian novels (it actually works very well) and second is the well-told horror story line.


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

    The opening scenes where the urchin is captured in motion on film. Creepy.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this story right up tp the last couple chapters - it never got bogged down and moved at just the right pace to advance the mystery. The ending really should not be a surprise, you're given all the information you need to figure out how this is going to wind up. That's actually the disappointment. It's too predictable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracie Hurkett, ON, Canada 12-21-13
    Tracie Hurkett, ON, Canada 12-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "boring"

    this book wasnt even intersting let alone scary or thrilling..
    the narator was just as bad

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 10-26-13
    Dennis 10-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very well written, great cast"

    As the headline indicates I thought this a very well written book, the use of language, the fashion the story was crafted in and the cast of characters was tremendous. In this genre it is rare to find a book written with this level of talent. The story is a good one with complex characters and a plot that invests the reader in the way a good book should, I had the audio playing at every opportunity and even did a few extra errands that involved fairly long drives because I knew I had this story on the i-pod and wanted to spend some more time with it. The suspense builds to a climatic ending which carries the only disappointment of ending the book with some loose ends, which are just unavoidable and not a drawback, it is that the book is so good you are sad it ends. I need to say something about the narration, simply it just does not get better than this - really - this is amazing book narration and will lead me to look at what other offerings this narrator has worked on he is that good.
    Great story, great cast, unbelievable narration, a very highly recommended audio book

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    L. WORLEY OKLAHOMA 09-05-13
    L. WORLEY OKLAHOMA 09-05-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Simply put......"
    What disappointed you about The Colony?

    Boring. It started out with such great potential. I was so disappointed. Good reader though.


    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa ARLINGTON, VA, United States 10-14-13
    Lisa ARLINGTON, VA, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2007
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    "I can't believe I made it all the way through."
    Would you try another book from F.G. Cottam and/or David Rintoul?

    No. I wouldn't even listen to another book by Cottam if it was given to me for free. David Rintoul was serviceable, although a bit too grandfatherly sounding to generate any excitement. To be fair, the material he was working with was execrable.


    What was most disappointing about F.G. Cottam’s story?

    It is billed as a sort of supernatural mystery, so one hopes for some tension, some horror, a little bit of that fear that good horror gives, and a lot of the curiosity that drives most mysteries forward. The narrative starts off slow, and at first I kept listening in the hopes that the interesting stuff would be right around the corner. By the end, I was listening only to see if there was ANY payoff, whatsoever, for the time I had invested. Maybe the ending would be worth the wait? It was not. The horror was not horrifying. They mystery was not terribly mysterious. I have the feeling this is a very old manuscript that was pulled out of someone's slush pile, and updated to add a few modern day references. It feels like something written in the 70s. Shame on Audible for promoting this!


    What didn’t you like about David Rintoul’s performance?

    Too dry and too RP for this particular book. He might as well have been reading the OED.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Profound disappointment that Audible seems to have been pushing this title for some time now. It's really, really awful.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be using my satisfaction guarantee on this one. I've only used it once before. I feel it shouldn't be abused. But if ever a book deserved to be returned for a refund, this one is it.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 12-29-13
    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Huge Disappointment"

    Based on reviews and the overview this promised to be a great book. However, I found it more like wading through mud. The writing was antiquated and stinted, jumping around a lot and generally an unpleasant experience.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David San Diego, CA, United States 05-05-17
    David San Diego, CA, United States 05-05-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Decent Ensamble Horror"
    What did you like best about The Colony? What did you like least?

    Credit to the narrator as he did a solid job in giving each of the characters a distinct voice. However there was a very long build for a relatively short climax.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think my favorite scene was the detailed journal by Horan (spelling?) talking about some of the realities of the slave trade.


    Do you think The Colony needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think it wrapped up neatly and can stand alone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    craig 08-02-16
    craig 08-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Listen"

    Great story! Kept me intrigued wondering what was going to happen next. My only complaint was that it ended very quickly.

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  • Patrick
    MORPETH, United Kingdom
    5/28/17
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    "Slow and steady tries the patience"

    Of course you need a build up but at 6 hours 51 minutes they still haven't got to the island!
    I've had enough, he knows where he's going but I'm jumping ship, F G Cottam, one to avoid.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • WmL
    Reading, United Kingdom
    9/23/13
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    "A little disappointed."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Colony to be better than the print version?

    Not having read the printed version I cannot say. I have always enjoyed David Rintoul's narration of these books.


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoy David Rintoul's narrations. His deep voice gives a resonance to the stories and he takes his time rather than rushing through each chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate to say it as I love other FG Cottam books, but this was a little disappointing. Somehow I didn't feel you got to really know the characters very well, as with say, The Waiting Room. It was enjoyable enough to listen to, but not as satisfying as others. Sorry!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adele
    Strusshamn, Norway
    7/29/13
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    "A lamish ghost story with only a few real chills."

    A few things bothered me with this book. Firstly, the characters were stereotyped and without much character development. The storyline jumped between scenes so quickly it was hard to follow where and when things happened, and with who.
    Secondly, I was let down by the ending. Unfortunately it is often the way with ghost stories...they build up the suspense, until they have you at the edge of your seat - then the air is let out of the balloon and the story flops.
    Generally I was not overly convinced by this book, despite the fact that it had "real" ghosts. I also wish the narrator had taken more time to breathe out between each sentence so it wouldn't be so hard to find a place to press pause. He sounded too much in a hurry to finish it.

    Despite all this, it provided me with a couple of chills down my spine so at least I didn't completely waste my credit.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kate
    6/26/17
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    "enjoyable"

    good old fashioned ghost story. characters very interesting. well writen. informative. proper spooky. scary. had to listen in the daytime!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie
    4/29/17
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    "Enjoyable potboiler"
    If you could sum up The Colony in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable formulaic horror.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The scenes on the island were the most creepy. The research team took a long time to arrive there though. The story felt like two thirds preamble to the main event.


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

    The narrator was outstanding and really made the story come alive for me. This is really important when you have an overload of very similar characters to get your head around. He kept the pace going well despite the plot being a bit lumpy with chunks of exposition shoe horned into the narrative. My favourite character? The exorcist of course!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You've seen it all before but sit back and enjoy it anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel is sponsored by the Kate Rusby (aka the Barnsley Nightingale) fan club. she is mentioned so often you could make a drinking game out of it. Is this a new form of literary product placement marketing?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. B. Connor
    Yorkshire, England
    3/7/17
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    ""Atmospheric" !"

    Have read F G Cottam before and loved this one just as much. Characters strong and descriptions of places excellent. Story spooky snd believable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    2/23/17
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    "The Colony - great narration. End perhaps a little short"

    I've listened to several audio books from this author and really get hooked on them. The Narrator is excellent and plays all parts well, especially adding mood and suspense at the necessary parts. Also great with accents too. The story was pretty good and nicely swings between current day and 2 centuries prior. At the end it just seemed to snuff out a little and was a bit of an anti climax for me. However, I did still thoroughly enjoy it. 👍

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    12/12/16
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    "A straightforward horror story"

    A large cast of characters, so had to repeat some parts to figure out who was who. There is no main character to act as an anchor. Characters are quickly drawn with little depth, and fall in love at the drop of a hat. I felt no empathy for anyone.
    Mediums and monsters are not really my cup of tea, but I could have suspended my disbelief if the writing had been more enticing. The ending was predictable.
    A bit like listening to an action film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mme
    12/12/16
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    "A Ripping Yarn"

    I wanted to listen to an addictive and intriguing, ghost story and The Colony fulfilled those requirements. A good 'ripping yarn' despite many stereotypical flaws of characterisation and of the narrative outline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue156
    12/9/16
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    "Silly and sexist"

    I hated this book. The men were portrayed as viewing women only for their looks and whether they would go to bed with them. Both men and women had very shallow characters.
    The story felt silly, repetitive and the fear was built up by what happened to the people - there was very little building of the emotions and fear of the characters - they felt flat and unconnected with the events on the island and so the whole story felt unreal flat and ludicrous to me
    I won't be trying any more books from this author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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