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The Fog

Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
4 out of 5 stars (89 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

Perhaps his best book, The Fog is James Herbert's terrifying thriller where contact with a mysterious fog turns the most innocent of people into homicidal maniacs. Given an extra dose of tension from the sly and gravelly voice of veteran narrator Sean Barrett, the poor folks in little Wiltshire don't stand a chance. The menacing and uncontrollable fog takes over, leaving the town of Wiltshire devastated and on the hunt for more victims. James Herbert is at his prime here and when paired with the dramatic performance from Sean Barrett, The Fog is an audiobook not to be missed.

Publisher's Summary

The peaceful life of a village in Wiltshire is suddenly shattered by a disaster which strikes without reason or explanation, leaving behind it a trail of misery and horror. A yawning, bottomless crack spreads through the earth, out of which creeps a fog that resembles no other. Whatever it is, it must be controlled; for wherever it goes it leaves behind a trail of disaster as hideous as the tragedy that marked its entry into the world. The fog, quite simple, drives people insane.

©1975 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, had the effect of Mike Tyson in his championship days: no finesse, all crude power. Those books were best sellers because many readers (including me) were too horrified to put them down." (Stephen King)
"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)

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not bad but a bit dated

This was written in 1975, it was a bit like watching an old movie, somewhat patronizing towards women, all about the men and their misadventures with science.
An event happens and we follow multiple characters as it affects them. I did not come to care about any of them but their stories held my interest.
There was no swearing I remember but some gratuitous sex which did not add to the story.
The reader did a good job.

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classic! Another brilliant tale on chem wafare!

I found this brilliant tale to be very unique in how the plot was constructed.

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Old School Horror

I read this over 30 years ago and wanted to revisit it. It is what it is...a James Herbert horror book. He has some good character details, but his strength is the big picture description of horror. His action sequences are usually over the top violent. They are gory. Like most horror books he tries to shine a light on the darker aspects of life....how twisted humans can be and just what little it takes for us to show our dark sides. I just enjoy the ride of a graphic horror book from time to time.

Sean Barrett is great. He brings the insanity to life. He doesn’t overdue the dialect.

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Loved this audiobook. Sean Barrett is amazing

Loved this audiobook. Sean Barrett is amazing to listen to. started off slow but got crazy really quick.

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  • Dr.
  • Chatswood, Australia
  • 04-04-17

Sean Barrett makes it worth your while.

Would you listen to The Fog again? Why?

This is not great fiction but it is a very entertaining story.

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

I would pay to listen to Sean Barrett read a recipe book frankly. He brings any story to life.

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Not what I was looking for...

Not what I was looking for in a story. There were parts I really enjoyed, I just didn't care for the overall story. Just ok for me. I will give the author one more try.

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  • David
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 05-25-16

Decent Pulp

If you’ve listened to books by James Herbert before, how does this one compare?

Both of the books by Herbert I've listened have been very stock material, which while enjoyable, does not seem to add anything to the genre.

Do you think The Fog needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

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Not What I Expect

I thought that this story was going to be more like the movie. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't. It was not what I expected but was worth it!

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Well written thriller

James Herbert let's all the thrills and chills out...I may have been listening, but still had to turn on the lights and check under bed and closets...

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I lost interest

This book has some creepy and interesting ideas, but it really fell short. The story did not pull me in and I lost interest rather quickly. Every once in a while, something interesting happened, but overall something was missing. I did not care what happened to the characters and could barely get myself to pay attention to the last chapter - no matter how many times I replayed it and tried to tune in. I love horror, but it must grip the reader and not let go! This book was a disappointment for me.

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  • M Henderson
  • 12-28-16

Great stuff

My most read book in physical form. Now collecting all James Herbert's books on Audible. First read this in my early teens. Love it. Brilliantly read by Sean Barret.

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  • Mr. Cholmondley Warner
  • 04-12-19

I'm a James Herbert fan. Enough said.

The greatest regret I had during this book was that we will have no more James Herbert. I think I can honestly say I've enjoyed every book he wrote. If you haven't tried him before then give him a go. I don't think he ever disappointed.

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  • kevin
  • 03-18-19

Pretty boring by the end

Intriguing idea, but very little mystery or tension after a short while. Add some bizarrely explicit but pointless sex scenes and the whole thing feels like a dated action movie.

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  • shirley salmond
  • 03-04-19

Really enjoyed

3/4 are really good but I think the rest could have went in other direction but overall I did enjoy it and would recommend this

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  • M
  • 03-02-19

Could have been better

The basis of the story is feasible and almost a good read, however I thought this book very crude.

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  • Leslie Carrol
  • 02-23-19

The Fog

This is an old horror story. It starts very tame, but soon rises to full speed. It is then fast paced to the end.

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  • Mike T.
  • 02-13-19

Good visceral horror action with one major caveat.

You most likely know a bit of what you're going to get buying a James Herbert book. Lots of visceral horror action. That's fine. To be expected. What I did NOT like was the chapter with thoroughly unnecessary extremely graphic juvenile homosexual violence. No editor / publisher would have accepted that today (I hope).

Otherwise it's an enjoyable fast paced horror action book, excellently narrated by Sean Barrett.

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  • Sian groves
  • 01-31-19

fantastic

loved every minute of it fantastic audio book
I think everyone should give a go

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  • AdrianSC
  • 12-20-18

Thoroughly entertaining

One of those stories you wish you'd found sooner.
Gripping storyline, entertaining throughout.
Excellent narration.
Will definitely listen to this several times

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  • Kate
  • 12-20-18

Pretty passable

The bits with boys in the school and the lesbian who ran away with a man annoyed me, unnecessary and outdated. This book is old though so I soldiered on, ended up being pretty okay, not one I’ll remember for long!

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  • Luca
  • 06-18-18

Always loved this story

The narrator was great. The story is awesome. It would make an amazing miniseries :)