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The Secret of Crickley Hall Audiobook

The Secret of Crickley Hall

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There is an old, empty house in Devil's Cleave, a deep gorge that leads from the high moors down to the harbour village of Hollow Bay. The house is Crickley Hall and it's large and grim, somehow foreboding. It's rumoured to be haunted. It's thought to hold a secret. Despite some reservations, the Caleighs move in, searching for respite in this beautiful part of North Devon, seeking peace and perhaps to come to terms with what's happened to them as a family.

But all is not well with the house. They hear unaccountable noises. A cellar door they shut every night is always open again in the morning. They see things that cannot be real. The house is the last place the Caleighs should have come to, for the terror that unfolds is beyond belief. Soon they will discover the secret horror of Crickley Hall....

©2006 James Herbert (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 11-24-12
    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The SECRETS of Crickley Hall"

    The book should be called "The Secrets of Crickley Hall" as there is much to find out about this depressing and creepy vacation home. Herbert's dark and stormy night tale of tragedy and suspense is narrated perfectly by Rintoul. I found Rintoul's narration in some parts bordering on theatrical, I would score it as 4.5 if we could give half stars. The story has many layers which made it a "page turner" for me. Overall a great ghost story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    karen 12-07-13
    karen 12-07-13
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    "Great old-fashioned ghost story"

    I don't seek out ghost stories too often -- nothing ever seems to equal Susan Hills's "The Woman in Black" -- the audiobook, not the film. Ghost stores just don't get any better than that. But this one comes close. I'm not sure why I decided to take a chance on it, but I like creepy old houses, especially if a ghost or two might linger, so that was probably it.

    Glad I did -- I should have known this would be good. James Herbert also wrote "The Fog" and I remember reading that decades ago, and afterward, that book came to mind every single day when the tule fog overtook the Sacramento Valley and I had to navigate around in it. That's a seriously frightening book, too.

    "Secrets" also has none of the things I don't like in a scary story, which is to say, I don't like stories that merge into science fiction. These are actual ghosts in this book -- real ghosts -- ha! -- not alien creatures or dragons or man-made monsters, or any of that sort of thing.

    There are truly creepy moments aplenty -- although why people who are already unnerved by odd happenings decide to explore the basement is always beyond me, although I suppose if they didn't, there wouldn't be a book.

    Special praise for the narrator, David Rintoul -- he must have burned up a thousand calories an hour narrating this. It's a high-energy narration, but in a good way. Just very well done.

    Highly recommended. And three cheers for Chester -- a real trouper!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Philadelphia, PA, USA 02-07-13
    Karen Philadelphia, PA, USA 02-07-13
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    "Thoroughly Creepy"
    If you could sum up The Secret of Crickley Hall in three words, what would they be?

    Touches every fear


    What other book might you compare The Secret of Crickley Hall to and why?

    The Haunted by Bickley Little
    Tells of a tortured, purely evil soul bent on terrorizing it's occupants.


    Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't heard any of his other performances but I truly enjoyed him in this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did but it also wasn't too hard to put it down as needed, rewind it a little when I got a chance and finish it up.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen United States 11-18-12
    Karen United States 11-18-12
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    "ZZZZZ......"
    Would you try another book from James Herbert and/or David Rintoul?

    I've read and enjoyed others, so maybe.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably a John Connolly mystery.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Rintoul?

    He was ok.


    What character would you cut from The Secret of Crickley Hall?

    Oh, that is funny. The whole thing needs an editor to pare it down by half. It never seemed to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I love a good ghost story. Sadly, this isn't one. The characters are stupid waaaay past the point of disbelief. I felt smothered with foreshadowing that never really came to much. The only mystery here is why this story went on so long.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-11-12
    Cheryl Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect Ghost Story!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Secret of Crickley Hall the most enjoyable?

    David Rintoul is an amazing narrator! Such an engaging listen. I will definitely seek out his books.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Can't wait for the BBC show!


    Any additional comments?

    Enthralling ghost story and a wonderful narrator. A definite "page turner, edge of your seat" kind of book. Loved it!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    T. Thurston ME, US 11-13-15
    T. Thurston ME, US 11-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Wickedly well done haunting"

    I really enjoyed this tale. The narration was awesome. Couldn't put down my earpiece kind of wonderful. Not gory, has great twists. Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Graham Madison WI 05-06-15
    Scott Graham Madison WI 05-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Finally, A great classic Ghost Story!"
    Where does The Secret of Crickley Hall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to ALOT of books. Most are to just get through the day and have background noise, but this is really one of the better books I have ever listened to, as far as thrillers / mysteries go. Reader was perfect, and the book was long,18 hours or so, but the plot moved along as it should have. Overall, I am now a big fan of James Herbert.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Caretaker of Crickley Hall. Because he's an animal lover. Very cool twist at the end of the book regarding the family dog, Chester.


    What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great English Accent.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like classic ghost stories this is a great one. Old spooky house, strange happenings, unexpected twists and turns, very talented Reader, how can you go wrong?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    naelene wanganui, New Zealand 11-05-12
    naelene wanganui, New Zealand 11-05-12
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    "Really enjoyed this book! mystery,@suspense"
    Where does The Secret of Crickley Hall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well I couldnt stop listening till the end and thats a good book to me. Once I got over the annoying fathers attitude , but he came right after a while .There's alot of inner mind thinking by the characters which actually helps the story at first i thought it would hinder the flow of the book. A true ghost story with a good ending.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Athena Rochelle Missouri 10-18-17
    Athena Rochelle Missouri 10-18-17
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    "5 Star Performance!!"

    David Rintoul made this audiobook an absolute EXPERIENCE! His performance made me glad that I chose the audiobook version over reading it myself, I could have never read it the way he did! Hands down, the best narration I have yet to hear! Thank you, Mr. Rintoul!

    The Secret of Crickley Hall was a true ghost story, with actual ghosts and spooky happenings. A perfect October listen!

    The author is very detailed, and this story is long, but those are things that I love about a story, so for me it was great! The reason I gave the story 4 Stars, it did start to lose my attention towards the end, after having me so captivated from the beginning I was disappointed to have felt that way at all. But I would absolutely recommend this book, especially in audio version! If you love a good ghost story, you have found one right here!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    EnVee JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, United States 01-18-17
    EnVee JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, United States 01-18-17
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    "The Horror that is Crickley Hall"

    A young family transfers temporarily to an old foreboding house with a horrific history unbeknownst to them.Having their own fairly recent tragedy with the disappearance of their only son,the family decides maybe a new change of environment will help with the upcoming anniversary of their sons disappearance.Little did they know that the distraction they all get is not what they wanted and needed.The awful history of the old house come back to torment them.The mystery behind their sons disappearance turns out even more tragic but gives the family some closure,but during the grief of finding out their son had drowned in the local play yards pond,the evil in the house uses this opportunity of their grief to reak havoc with the family,but together with a psychic and the old gardener whose worked at Crickley Hall since that tragic time,they find a way to send the good souls to where they need to be and give them peace,the souls who were the tormentors will always have unrest,and so it's deserved.Good story,great narration.

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  • Yve
    11/14/17
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    "I've given up,"

    Just can't get into this and have given up! The whole thing seems disjointed and really doesn't flow. It's protracted and quite frankly I can't find the enthusiasm to keep going. I may try again in the future but I doubt it. Shame.

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  • Rich T
    11/7/17
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    "Loved it"

    Great creepy story for the Autumn and David Rintoul is a fantastic narrator in all the books he’s done. I recommend!

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  • Mr. D. Pearce
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    10/29/17
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    "Average story dragged lower by narrator"

    Uninteresting haunted house story. Narrator irritated with three modes: mawkish, ponderous or angry. Wouldn't recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/11/17
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    "Really good narration"

    The narrator is very good, putting a lot of feeling into his work, with good use of accents, while reading the actual story in English, rather than some local dialect.

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  • Ellie
    10/2/17
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    "A haunted house classic in every way"

    If you saw the tv version of this and was disappointed, don’t let this put you off trying the audiobook. This is a superior ghost story which sounds amazing when read out loud. The full flavour of Herbert’s nerve jangling narrative is given life by the wonderful David Rintoul who delivers a staggeringly good performance throughout. It fulfills the classic haunted house wish list: isolated house (check), creepy orphanage (check), a series of strange goings on (check), a reluctant psychic (check), family in peril (check), a thundering conclusion that takes place on a dark, stormy night (check). What more could you want?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    7/26/17
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    "Chilling"

    Wow - this book literally gave me the chills.
    Couldn't get enough of it, was listening to it at work, in the car & when I went to bed!
    Never listened to a James Herbert book before but I'm definitely going to give his other books a listen.

    Crickley Hall is a bit of a slow burner to begin with but have patience because it gets so intense! Heart racing novel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lillian Garrod
    7/15/17
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    "Riveting"

    Just loved this book. Great story. Moved along quickly and could leave it a lone. The narrator was excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • carol
    6/6/17
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    "Crickley Hall"

    Absolutely brilliant! By far the best audiobook I have. Herbert at his best, Rintoul was exceptional. Will undoubtedly listen to again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jean
    4/6/17
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    "Creaky Crickley Hall"
    Where does The Secret of Crickley Hall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is one of my old favourites and remains in my 'must re-read list'.


    What other book might you compare The Secret of Crickley Hall to, and why?

    Over the years I have been a fan of James Herbert and read most of his books. This one compares well to many like Amityville and other haunted house tales, now transferred to film.


    What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I loved the book and David Rintoul's voice gave it atmosphere and menace. Drew me in to the house and could almost feel and hear the various creepy goings on.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found it, as with most of Herbert's books, very creepy and not somewhere I would go on a dark night, or any time for that matter.


    Any additional comments?

    Will always remain one of my favourites. Would recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    3/26/17
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    "Loved it"

    A proper little ghost story, excellently narrated. The reader was perfect for this book and he had me wondering why I was listening to this story alone at night. I loved his west country accent and his gripping changes in tone and volume.
    Nice twisted story line. Not too weird but still surprising at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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