Regular price: $20.24

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Editorial Reviews

Take the haunting suspense of James Herbert's text, add the chilling timbre of actor, Sean Barrett's voice, and you get an audiobook that must be listened to in one sitting. Long one of Britain's most popular horror writers, James Herbert is at his peak here with The Dark. Similar to his much-celebrated The Fog, the characters in this audiobook are driven to madness and terrifying violence as an amorphous and invisible antagonist descends upon the town. With a sinister performance, Sean Barrett will have listeners frozen over the pause button as the characters try to outlast one of our most primal fears: the dark.

Publisher's Summary

Night falls. It came like a malignant shadow with seductive promises of power. And somewhere in the night...a small girl smiled as her mother burned...asylum inmates slaughtered their attendants...in slimy tunnels once-human creatures gathered. Madness raged as the lights began to fade and humanity was attacked by an ancient, unstoppable evil.

James Herbert was one of Britain's greatest popular novelists and our #1 best-selling writer of chiller fiction. Widely imitated and hugely influential, he wrote 23 novels which have collectively sold over 54 million copies worldwide and been translated into 34 languages. Born in London in the forties, James Herbert was art director of an advertising agency before turning to writing fiction in 1975. His first novel, The Rats, was an instant best-seller and is now recognised as a classic of popular contemporary fiction.

Herbert went on to publish a new top ten best-seller every year until 1988. He wrote six more best-selling novels in the 1990s and three more since: Once, Nobody True and The Secret of Crickley Hall. Herbert died in March 2013 at the age of 69.

©1980 James Herbert (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Herbert was by no means literary, but his work had a raw urgency. His best novels, The Rats and The Fog,
"There are few things I would like to do less than lie under a cloudy night sky while someone read aloud the more vivid passages of Moon. In the thriller genre, do recommendations come any higher?" (Andrew Postman, The New York Times Book Review)
"Herbert goes out in a blaze of glory" (Daily Mail)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    26
  • 4 Stars
    18
  • 3 Stars
    15
  • 2 Stars
    11
  • 1 Stars
    2

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    23
  • 4 Stars
    29
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    3

Story

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    20
  • 4 Stars
    16
  • 3 Stars
    19
  • 2 Stars
    9
  • 1 Stars
    4
Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

GREAT SUPERNATURAL MYSTERY!

FIRST HERBERT BOOK I HAVE LISTENED TO.....WILL NOT BE THE LAST! ALTHOUGH I WOULD CLASSIFY THIS BOOK AS WEIRD, THE BOOK IS RATHER TWISTED AND MACABRE. THE STORY WAS GOOD BUT WHAT WAS AWESOME WAS THE PSYCHOLOGICAL INSIGHT AND PARAPSYCHOLOGY THEORIES THAT PLAYED OUT IN THE STORY. WILL NOT GIVE AWAY TOO MUCH IN THE BOOK BUT IF I HAD TO COMPARE HERBERT'S WORK WITH ANOTHER AUTHOR IT WOULD BE STEPHEN KING. THE CHARACTER DEPTH, DIALOGUE, AND REACTIONS TO SITUATIONS WERE VERY BELIEVABLE AND SPOT ON.

THIS IS A HORROR BOOK AND NOT FOR THE WEAK OF HEART OR MODEST INDIVIDUAL. WOULD BE A GREAT BOOK THIS HALLOWEEN SEASON!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Bad Narrator

Any additional comments?

I'm 90% sure the narrator has dentures. The constant smacking noises were so distracting I kept getting lost in the story and since the book jumped from story to story I was never sure who was doing what.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

A great listen

The story grabbed me right from the start thanks to the narrator's fantastic voice and ability to make multiple characters come to life.

The ending was a bit of a let down though.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

just average...

hard time finishing this one, the story felt a bit disjointed and long winded.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Not as good as I had hoped

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the story had kept up the quality all the way through. Sadly it starts out pretty cool but then devolves into a mess of endless action scenes, overdone splatter and a deus-ex-machina ending that doesn't even make sense.

Would you ever listen to anything by James Herbert again?

No, I don't think so.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I like the narrators natural accent, but he also did an accent for one of the characters and I don't like that. It always sounds like mocking to me and instead of drawing me into a story it throws me right out.

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

Disappointment, mostly, and some disgust because there was some moral aspect to the story that seemed to me to demonise sex.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Freda
  • Freda
  • 12-05-13

Typical James Herbert

This book was a typical James Herbert. Although it isn't a new story and I have read it years ago it was still very enjoyable having a very good narrator who can do the various voices. Although not as scary as some of his books it was still a gripping listen

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for di spencer
  • di spencer
  • 08-10-16

don't go into the dark

kept you wondering what was going to happen next. a good story

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Brian J Taylor
  • Brian J Taylor
  • 06-06-15

Let's hope it never happens

Would you listen to The Dark again? Why?

Yes because it a story you can keep listening to

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark?

The full unabridged version. Had a 3hour cassette years ago but didn't compare

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

Beware the Future

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Janet M.
  • Janet M.
  • 03-19-18

Great narrator

Not the usual 'can't put this one down' feeling from James's writings. looking to the next.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Nathan Carr
  • Nathan Carr
  • 02-27-18

Exciting supernatural horror adventure

James Herbert was on ripping form when he wrote this. Sean Barrett is a great narrator. if you liked Rats then you are in safe hands here.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mr. C. Potter
  • Mr. C. Potter
  • 02-01-18

James Herbert at his best!

Excellent, a very enjoyable book, very well read. I could feel the hair on the back of my neck standing up all over again

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Nick
  • Nick
  • 10-18-17

Boring

This was a disappointment after enjoying so many of James Herbert's books. I find it hard to believe it's the same author. Save your credit.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for TrickstersDaughter
  • TrickstersDaughter
  • 11-07-16

Excellent supernatural thriller- disappointing narration

Although I am well aware that Sean Barrett is a highly acclaimed voice actor, I don't enjoy listening to his voice in this particular narration. There were Audible pauses where the editors have cut and I could hear the narrator licking his lips and swallowing and his wet tongue clicking frequently- it sounded almost perverted! He added no redeemable qualities to the protagonist Bishop, and made me struggle to find empathy with the characters.
The Dark is an excellent supernatural thriller but in this Audible book, spoiled by the narrator

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for phoenix Rising
  • phoenix Rising
  • 04-22-15

the dark

Great story one of the best I have listened too. A great writer Mr a Herbert, I look forward to listening to more of your books

1 of 2 people found this review helpful