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Publisher's Summary

"[An] artful first novel, reminiscent of the tales of Poe... Gregory uses a low-key style and subtle lyricism to build an atmosphere of nightmarish horror in a tale that could become a classic." (Publishers Weekly)

"[A] first-class terror story with a relentless focus that would have made Edgar Allan Poe proud." (New York Times)

"[N]o summary can do justice to the subtlety of Gregory's first novel, with its fresh, vivid, sensual prose and its superb descriptive and evocative power. An extraordinary novel - original, compelling, brilliant." (Library Journal)

"A work of tremendous self-assurance that leaves the reader with a lingering sense of unease and announces the arrival of a considerable new talent." (British Book News)

A young family receives a welcome surprise when old Uncle Ian dies and leaves them a cottage in north Wales. For Ian's nephew and his wife, Ann, it seems a stroke of incredible good fortune, enabling them to leave their unfulfilling lives in the city for a newfound freedom in the remote seaside cottage. There's just one catch. Uncle Ian's will has a strange condition: The couple must care for his pet cormorant or forfeit the bequest. They think nothing of it at first: Uncle Ian was eccentric, and the bird is amusing in a way. But when the cormorant begins to show a violent and malevolent side, they soon find that Uncle Ian's gift may not be a blessing but a curse. 

Stephen Gregory's first novel, The Cormorant (1986), received widespread critical acclaim, winning the prestigious Somerset Maugham Award and earning comparisons to the works of Poe.

©1986 Stephen Gregory (P)2018 Valancourt Books LLC

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Cormorants are horrible pets...duh.

I have listened to several audio books with Matt Godfrey as the narrator and the dude never fails to voice a gem. His cadence and tone are always spot on. Excellent. Also, cormorants which are part of the Phalacrocoracidae family of aquatic birds are horrible pets and must never be domesticated because they are born of the devil and have a murderous nature that will devour the entire family whom it will suck into its circle of evil influence and demonic arrogance. Duh.

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Disgusting

This is well written and that is my positive comment to offer. I wish I had known about the bath scene with the mother and baby orgasm, the blood smearing on wifes body while making love scene, along with a lot of other sexualized scenes. I thought this was slightly creepy horror and it just kept veering into a weird sexual bend that was unattractive and gross. Additionally, the story doesnt have a lot of momentum, its the bird hanging around looking and acting creepy, eventually their young child is affected but I cant say I felt it was a horror story. Not appealing and I wish Audible did a better job with extreme disclaimers on books that need it. Sick of wasting credits on books that dont match the description.

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  • 11-16-20

silly fake accent ruins audiobook

can you remember that episode of friends where Ross put on a British accent to impress college students? The narrator here is doing the same thing. i couldn't listen to this. i had to buy a hard copy instead.

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  • sadie blackheart
  • 05-20-20

okay

interesting story at first... trailed off mid way. Was freaked out and put off by the bath scene, not in a good way! meh

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  • 09-18-19

Waste of credit and time

The first half of this book is about our narrator’s experiences with his unusual new pet. It’s a bit interesting but not scary at all. There were 3 unnecessary, unpleasant and weird sex scenes that were included and didn’t add to the story, including one seriously fckd up scene where baby gives mum an orgasm in the bath. Seriously WTF. The rest of the book had a bit more suspense but was a slog to get through. I kept waiting for something scary or shocking or even interesting to happen, and when finally something did happen, it was underwhelming and disappointing. Overall this felt like a waste of a credit and waste of 6 hours.