• Some Will Not Sleep

  • Selected Horrors
  • By: Adam Nevill
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (233 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A bestial face appears at windows in the night.

In the big white house on the hill angels are said to appear.

A forgotten tenant in an isolated building becomes addicted to milk.

A strange goddess is worshipped by a home-invading disciple.

The least remembered gods still haunt the oldest forests.

Cannibalism occurs in high society at the end of the world.

The sainted undead follow their prophet to the Great Dead Sea.

A confused and vengeful presence occupies the home of a first-time buyer.

In ghastly harmony with the nightmarish visions of the award-winning writer's novels, these stories blend a lifelong appreciation of horror culture with the grotesque fascinations and childlike terrors that are the author's own.

©2016 Adam L. G. Nevill (P)2017 Journalstone Publishing

Critic Reviews

"Nevill is fast becoming Britain's answer to Stephen King." ( Guardian)
"Readers will lose all hope of peaceful, undisturbed sleep. Highly recommended." ( Library Journal)
"Nevill's talent for horror resonates ominously in every scene, almost as if the theme from Jaws echoes when a page is turned." ( Kirkus)

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Excellently frightening

It's been a while since I've read anything that actually frightened me and this did. Well written and interesting. Will be reading one of his novels next.

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Frightening in a deeper way

The diversity of voice in this collection is fascinating. The narrator changes along with the voice of each piece. Not scary in a gory way, but in a deeper way. I related to, and was frightened of, the monsters in a way that crept into my dreams. I want more from this author.

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A very solid collection of shorts from Adam Nevill

A very solid collection of shorts from Adam Nevill. I enjoyed every one of these twisted tales. Some were darker than others, but they were all very well written and enjoyable. The narration for each individual story completely fit the tone of the collection. Nicely done.

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  • Ty
  • 09-16-18

The cover art is the scariest part of this book.

This book fell flat for me, I finished it. Some of the stories in this collection are good but just didn't seem to go anywhere..Dont get me wrong I really enjoyed 'The Ritual' alot. But this collection of shorts was just rough around the edges

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Dark.

Don't go into this expecting happy endings. Nevill isn't afraid of stepping into the darkness and bringing friends. Stifel is one of the best narrators around and his distinctive voice sets the mood perfectly.

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Fantastic writing, wrong voice for narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

possibly, they would have to be someone who can get past the narration

What was one of the most memorable moments of Some Will Not Sleep?

Pigface Thing is a solid story and the end took me quite by surprise.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

David Stifel seems to be a narrator of choice for Lovecraftian works. He has a particular style and delivery that works for the true dated Lovecraft work. He doesn't have the ability to do a wide range of accents or genders or ages, and I think he is the absolute wrong choice to voice a primarily British and mid 20s or younger selection of 1st person characters. He tries, and I like his work in other stories, but his accents take away from the stories and are detracting when he attempts them. He just doesn't fit properly. If you can look (listen?) past them then the stories are really quite varied and well crafted.

Who was the most memorable character of Some Will Not Sleep and why?

Doll Hands is a very interesting character in a very interesting world.

Any additional comments?

This is a very good selection of stories, yet a poor choice in narrator.

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a awakening nightmare

This author captures the emotional impact of nightmare so well it's unsettling. Pig thing, and mothers milk were my personal favorite.

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Creepy and unsettling.

These short stories are creepy and very unsettling. They are perfect for Halloween listening. I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator which is why I only gave the performance 3 stars.

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Terrible!

What an extremely convoluted, boring, pg rated horror, and a whole bunch of talking about irrelevant random crap of a book! What was the author thinking when he wrote this mess? It seems like he tried to hard to be a Edgar Allen poe, H G wells, H. P Lovecraft style of an author instead of staying in his own lane! The stories made no sense most of the time and it sounded like a bunch of babbling from random characters in every story. Most of it was confusing because he went out of his way to be way too wordy just to describe the simplest things. Also the stories wasn't even close to being horror based at all. Because the author wold tell the readers in detail about 20 different irrelevant items instead of focusing on the subject at hand and then the story is just over. In one of the stories I couldn't tell if he was trying to describe the perpetrators as zombies, vampires, or just a bunch of mentally challenged folks who created a random tribe just for getting bit by someone. Yeah it's that stupid, so don't even think too hard about how ridiculous that sounds or even bother reading this garbage!

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Good read

Some of these stories were great, some felt a little drawn out. The language and the narration are delightful.

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  • J
  • 05-20-21

Oh my goodness!

I listened to the introduction of this book and was disappointed that an American narrator was chosen to read these stories by a British author.

However, this was nothing compared to the horror when the narrator attempted a British accent in the first story. I’ve never heard anything so terrible in my life! I could bear it for about 30 seconds and then had to turn it off. Such a shame as I really like Adam Nevill, but I won’t be able to listen to this book.

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  • green
  • 11-05-17

Very Bad Choice of Narrator

I have to join in with the criticism of the narrator, he was a very bad choice for these stories. And why an American for stories that are mostly based in Britain or Europe? A shame, because Adam Nevill is a good writer of short stories,

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  • theparabola
  • 11-15-20

An American tries a British accent for 10 hours

Publisher: "Can you do an English accent?"

Narrator: "Err...sure."

Publisher: "You've got the job."

When I imagine the absurd chain of events which led to this horrendous recording, I shiver from fright. What ignorance of reality must one possess to listen to the narrator shamble his way through the book and accept it as good enough for public consumption?

There are few ways to ruin Adam Nevill's storytelling but the narrator found one. It's a crying shame that Audible don't offer credit refunds as there's no way I'll ever be able to finish this and, given how fond I am of Nevill's second collection - Hasty for the Dark, I find this quite sad.

I would not recommend this audiobook. But I will recommend Adam Nevill's books time and time again.

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  • sarah
  • 10-23-17

Short and not so sweet stories.

Short stories that sweep you away for awhile then stay with you always. Definitely recommend.

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  • K:93
  • 08-06-17

Do not buy

The voice over is horrible it's like Steven Hawkins computer is reading to me and even then that's a better sound wish amazon would give me an exchange book tbh

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  • Tracey
  • 04-18-17

Not scary

Would you try another book written by Adam Nevill or narrated by David Stifel?

I couldn't even finish this book, so no.

What was most disappointing about Adam Nevill’s story?

I was looking for something a little bit more engaging.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of David Stifel?

I don't know. But he read this so monotone.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I stopped listening after three or four stories.

Any additional comments?

I want to return this as soon as possible.

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  • Mr. Paul Wilde
  • 05-06-17

Absolutely the worst narration of any audiobook

What disappointed you about Some Will Not Sleep?

The narrator was so bad he made the introduction unlistenable, then in the first story he made up the most ridiculous accents.

Would you ever listen to anything by Adam Nevill again?

not with this narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was truly bad, stupid accents & very boring.

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  • Haf7sa
  • 11-07-21

A mixed bag

Started off terrible but it ended on a high. I'd recommend you skip the first few, maybe start from doll hands and read to the end.

Where Angels Come In
2 stars! It was a typical scary house story where people have been known to disappear when they go inside it and there's always that one survivor that lived to tell their tale. Been there, done that.

The Original Occupant
3 stars - I enjoyed the descriptions in this one. Felt like I was there but again a story that's been done before. Very predictable.

Mother's Milk
2 stars - very weird and disgusting. I was confused about the characters as I couldn't tell if they were human or not. Maybe that's what the author intended but the story was just weird. Unique but weird for me.

Yellow Teeth
1 STAR! Absolutely vile and disgusting. Not my kind of story. I'm sure some people would have enjoyed it but it really was not my cup of tea at all.

Pig Thing
2 stars - could have been a promising story  but towards the end it just lost direction and made no sense to me. 

What God Hath Wrought?
2 stars - It was a badly done biblical apocalyptic type story. It felt like it was going in that direction but then it was like that was happening and everyone except a few were still going about their daily lives.

Doll Hands
3 stars - Creative dystopia like story. I enjoyed it and the author did the same thing like mothers milk where you couldn't tell if the characters were human or not and it worked here, got me thinking about the story even after I finished it. The ending was chilling too.

To Forget and Be Forgotten
2 stars - Like the title. Its a story that does not stay in your mind even after you've read it. Bland and boring. A voluntarily recluse individual goes to work at a place with weirdos.

The Ancestors
5 STARS! -  My favorite in the whole book. Its like the grudge/the ring meets toy story! Looool. Super fun and exciting the whole way through.

The Age of Entitlement
3 stars - More of a thriller. Was a good story and could be a good stand alone one if done right.

Florrie
3 stars! - It was a bit weird, the main character moved into an old house that had the furniture of the old occupants and the effect it had on the new character. it started off well but then went on a tangent.

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  • Christopher W.
  • 04-15-21

Brilliant Collection

Some Will Not Sleep was Adam Nevill's collection of short stories that I listened to, and it's a brilliant, gripping, well written and very eerie collection of horror stories, many of which mix into new weird. Brilliantly written, - I've noticed some complain about the narrator - in all honesty his voice grew on me. I've listened to this collection and other two - Hasty For the Dark and Wyrd and Other Derelictions quite a few times and will do so many more

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  • Robert Stephenson
  • 11-19-20

Had no trouble sleeping

I didn’t find this either scary or overly suspenseful, and I had no trouble sleeping at all. The epilogue went some way towards explaining the stories but not enough to provide any revelations. If you’re looking for a scare and suspense I would say look on.

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