The dark side. He had fled from the terrors of his past, finding refuge in the quietness of the island. And for a time he lived in peace....
The little town of Castle Rock, Maine, has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told...until now....
Force for evil. A little girl called Alice, a deaf-mute. A vision. A lady in shimmering white who says she is the immaculate conception. And Alice can suddenly hear and speak....
The ugly truth. Nicholas Dismas is a Private Investigator, but like no other that has gone before him. He carries a secret to which not even he has the answer....
Night falls. It came like a malignant shadow with seductive promises of power....
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....
Book One in Herbert’s classic ‘rats’ series.The terror begins....
After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame....
When Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed and taken to a top secret facility he has no idea he's been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon....
Book Two in Herbert’s classic ‘rats’ series....
The running man. In 1945, Hitler unleashes the Blood Death on Britain as his final act of vengeance....
The end is beginning. The time is just a few short years from now. But already the signs of global disaster are multiplying....
Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again....
Book Three in Herbert’s classic ‘rats’ series. The final countdown....
When they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for the entire summer for only $900, it's an offer that's too good to refuse. There's only one catch....
There's something wrong with Ashburn House. It has been the subject of rumours for close to a century. Following the owner's death, her sole surviving relative, Adrienne, inherits the property....
Dark destiny. When Steadman agreed to investigate the disappearance of a young Mossad agent, he had no idea he would be drawn into a malevolent conspiracy....
The Survivor begins with a bang and never lets up. In his morbid Mancunian drawl, decorated actor Robert Powell (The Italian Job, Jesus of Nazareth) delivers this chilling tale, following pilot David Keller as he emerges the lone survivor from a gruesome airplane wreck that claims over 300 passengers. As the townspeople of Eton grapple with the unthinkable tragedy, Keller begins to experience horrific visions, leading him to wonder what unfathomable forces want him alive. Master of the macabre James Herbert transports listeners to an eerily quiet English hamlet as he doles out old-world religion and supernatural specters - hallmarks of the "British Stephen King", to be sure. Powell hosts the proceedings in his lilting, melodious death whisper, as haunting and ominous as Herbert’s ghosts.
The living dead. It had been one of the worst crashes in airline history, killing over 300 people and leaving only one survivor. Now the dead were buried and the town of Eton tried to forget. But one man could not rest. Keller had walked from the flames of the wreck, driven on by unseen forces, seeking the answer to his own survival. Until the town was forced to face the shocking, dreadful truth about what was buried in the old graveyard. And a truth Keller did not want to believe.
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 bestselling 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.
This was the my first James Herbert book, and I am looking forward to more!!!! The narrator, Robert Powell, was great!!!
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Although the language is somewhat pretty, I felt it was a bit too long. Less filler would have been nice.
I was unclear about what I was supposed to be afraid of. Is it ghosts, ghouls, the undead. It was a bit confusing and vague on what exactly these things are.
Read well, but hardly acted at all.
The story is good, but that's it, good.
I read this book so many years ago and it was a great
First class reading by Robert Powell
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A good solid novel if somewhat a rushed feeling at the end. Still great performance by the excellent Robert Powell
I have always loved James Herbert. Just a profound loss to the literary world. This book, as always, was of the usual high standard.
I found the story, side stories and back stories made for something more understandable.
Let's not forget Robert Powell. I actually believed there was a cast reading this book, such was Robert's skill with accents and different voices.
If you could sum up The Survivor in three words, what would they be?
Brilliant supernatural horror.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Survivor?
The final twist ending was terrific.
Which character – as performed by Robert Powell – was your favourite?
Robert Powell performs the character of the medium brilliantly. At one point was like hearing a dozen different people in the same room.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The air crash scene was particularly scary and moving.
Any additional comments?
Robert Powell is my favourite narrator, and here he really shines, doing several different parts so well you would think they were played by different actors. The story is a memorable supernatural thriller with a terrific twist ending. Well recommended.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Um, it wasn't bad or particularly good really. It was OK. It was written in workmanlike fashion but well read. Crickley Hall and his later detective series felt better written.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The ending was nicely done, the 2hrs before the ending felt over-stretched and overly staged.
Have you listened to any of Robert Powell’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Good as always
Did The Survivor inspire you to do anything?
Read a Stephen King novel!
Any additional comments?
Not one of Herberts best in my opinion.
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What was most disappointing about James Herbert’s story?
It's 'better' when you realise it's written in the 1970s. No modern forensics which makes much of the story nonsensical - until you realise the 1970s bit. And it's a 1970s style supernatural story which I wasn't expecting. It tried to build suspense, but it failed.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
There was one unexpected twist at the end. But not worth waiting for.
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