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Editorial Reviews

British horror maven James Herbert reprises his psychic investigator David Ash, a man continually haunted by the ghosts of his past - literally. Ash senses evil in the rural English hamlet of Sleath, and before long he joins the local villagers as a plaything in the hands of sinister and mysterious specters. In the lofty strains of performer Steven Pacey (Blake’s 7, M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team), The Ghosts of Sleath is accorded a voice that is pastoral, brimming with the stuffy and proud traditions of provincial England, but at the same time eerie, menacing and chillingly convincing in its portrayal of a town burdened by the centuries-old ghosts of its gruesome past.

Publisher's Summary

Menace awaits. Sleath. Quiet, peaceful. A small village hidden away in the Chiltern Hills, almost forgotten by the modern world. Nothing much seems to happen here; little disturbs the centuries-old tranquillity. Until the ghosts begin to appear and frighteningly bizarre events start to occur.

Psychic investigator David Ash, a man burdened by the dark secret of his own past, is sent to Sleath to investigate the phenomena and his discoveries there drive him to the very edge of his own sanity. The incidents grow worse until, in the final night of horror, awesome and malign forces are unleashed in a supernatural storm that threatens to consume the village itself. For Sleath is not what it seems. And the dead have returned for a reason.

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 bestseller 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.

©1994 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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Good book not my style

Great performance
I just struggled with the violence
I guess I want softer mysteries
Well done though

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Slow Starter

The beginning is so slow I almost have up on the book, but I'm glad I didn't. A found this to be a fascinatingly, gruesome novel and will be reading and listening more of this author.

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  • Derek
  • 11-30-13

Average Herbert

The second of the 'Ash' trilogy. The story kept me interested, the narrative generates a feeling of cold isolation. There are some really gripping parts to the story that make this the best book of the three.

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  • christine
  • 10-09-13

Typical James Herbert predictable but still good

What did you like most about The Ghosts of Sleath?

Good all round ghost story- enjoy the ash series of books

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ghosts of Sleath?

I enjoy the more ghostly moments-often find the more gory bits a bit pointless

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

Clear reading although sometimes a bit newsreader ish

Any additional comments?

As usual with James Herbert we have to have the whole blowing up scene and hideous end of the baddy/s which is s ugh a shame- sometimes less is more

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  • simon housley
  • 06-26-16

total outstanding

big fan as always brill book but all are gripping books. read and listen to all of them but the rats are still at the top of my list

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  • James
  • 01-17-16

Chilling Story

Would you listen to The Ghosts of Sleath again? Why?

Yes and I have

What did you like best about this story?

The way the story draws you in straight away and builds to the chilling climax

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Ash walks past the old school and hears the children singing!!!!!!!!!

Any additional comments?

This is a super story and builds your understanding of Ash for the final saga "ASH"

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  • miss v clayton
  • 12-01-15

This is the stuff of freaking nightmares!!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Ghosts of Sleath to be better than the print version?

Having read the printed version before listening to the audible version (albeit quite a while ago), I can honestly say that the audio version is much much more effective at delivering a truly chilling experience!!

What did you like best about this story?

Thrilling plot with unexpected thrills and chills. James Herbert is truly a master of the macabre. I felt like I knew the main character Ash, so well that he was almost like family by the end (and not only because this is not the first book he's starred in!) And I really cared about what happened to him.

What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

The accent!! Being a 'cockney' meself, incorrect pronunciations and fake accents can really distract and even ruin a story for me.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Life in a quiet village . . . where all of your worst nightmares come true!!

Any additional comments?

Excellent storytelling! Make sure you've got a spare pair of underwear!

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  • darren gapp
  • 08-27-18

Another 1st rate book from the late Mr Herbert

2nd in the 'Ash' series. Far more compelling than Haunted (1st in series). Factual details mixed alongside the fiction,blending seemlessly to provide a thrilling novel. Couldnt put it down!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-26-18

OK, But ...

I haven't actually finished the book yet so may have to revise my rating. However, I just have to say how annoying it is that Gaffer, the gamekeeper's dog, is continually referred to as 'it'. As in 'Gaffer raised it's head', 'Gaffer sat back on it's haunches'. It goes on and on, referring to Gaffer as 'it', which is fine when talking about 'the dog' but not when talking about 'Gaffer'. This is really spoiling the story for me.

Just about finished, but not bothered about final conclusion. Let's just say I would not recommend.

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  • Lancaster Joe
  • 05-27-18

Sleath

An excellent spooky story, one of Herbert’s best and brilliantly narrated by Steven Pacey. Would definitely recommend.

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  • andrew
  • 04-04-18

vintage Herbert

There wasn't nothing amazing about this story, other being a good old ghost story With well-rounded characters and well read by Steven Pacey.

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  • Tanya
  • 11-30-17

loved it...

Really enjoyed this book, the story line was great and plenty of twists... Great listening

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-17

Not great. Don't bother. hated it

hard to listen to. very very sexist and old fashioned read by the most boring old man in history.

give this a big swerve

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