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Publisher's Summary

A gripping folk-horror thriller from the author of The Ritual

One million years of evolution didn't change our nature. Nor did it bury the horrors predating civilization. Ancient rites, old deities, and savage ways can reappear in the places you least expect.

Lifestyle journalist Katrine escaped past traumas by moving to a coast renowned for seaside holidays and natural beauty. But when a vast hoard of human remains and prehistoric artifacts is discovered in nearby Brickburgh, a hideous shadow engulfs her life.

Helene, a disillusioned lone parent, lost her brother, Lincoln, six years ago. Disturbing subterranean noises he recorded prior to vanishing, draw her to Brickburgh's caves. A site where early humans butchered each other across 60,000 years. Upon the walls, images of their nameless gods remain.

Amidst rumors of drug plantations and new sightings of the mythical red folk, it also appears that the inquisitive have been disappearing from this remote part of the world for years. A rural idyll where outsiders are unwelcome and where an infernal power is believed to linger beneath the earth. A timeless super-normal influence that only the desperate would dream of confronting. But to save themselves and those they love, and to thwart a crimson tide of pitiless barbarity, Kat and Helene are given no choice. They were involved and condemned before they knew it.

The Reddening is an epic story of folk and prehistoric horrors written by Adam Nevill, the author of The Ritual, Last Days, No One Gets Out Alive, and the three times winner of the August Derleth Award for best horror novel.

©2019 Adam L. G. Nevil (P)2019 Journalstone

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Wrong Narrator

The narrator should have practiced. His voice is nice but it’s American and the story is set in Devon. He tried on an accent here and there, but not consistently. Mostly I was super distracted by his mispronunciation of many, many words. I actually found myself correcting him out loud, because I was frustrated at the interruption of the flow of the story. Definitely the wrong narrator.

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reader makes it work or not

the story is interesting, but I found myself wandering because of the 'wrong' reader. His voice is monotonous and does not draw the listener in. better choice in reader may have made me not stop and start so often just to get to the end.

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Actually gave me nightmares

Nevill does a good job of building dread. I found myself reluctant to continue past a certain point, unsure if it was going to be too much. That's rare for me, and I applaud the author.

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Would be Better with a Different Narrator

The story itself was alright. I stayed engaged and entertained until the end. The narrator, however, left much to be desired. Sometimes he gave the characters British accents and sometimes he didn’t, and at one point would can hear him burp. Doesn’t anyone proof-listen to these recordings?

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The narration was fine, but perhaps it should have been done in the accents used in the country where this story takes place.

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Nevill never disappoints...

However, this narrator was wrong in every way possible for this novel. Female leads should be given female voices. Furthermore, this took place in the UK. Why was an American man, who only did accents occasionally, chosen to narrate this title, which followed two women from the UK? The story told is good enough to overlook this detail but the narrator will likely turn off a great many people who try this book. I advise potential listeners to try to stick with it. Your persistence will be rewarded.

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Bad narrator

I am usually not picky about narrators but this one was awful. Aside from the poor casting choice of an American male for a book centered in England with two female protagonists, the narration was just not very good. His weird pronunciation of words like ethereal and enclave was very distracting as was his sporadic use of accents for the characters. I really wanted to enjoy this story but I couldn’t immerse myself in it due to the odd narration.

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Fantastic horror

I was difficult to stop listening to this novel. The story is written well, the protagonists are believable and the over all effect is rather pleasant.

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Can't Recommend it

This story was actually pretty good until the last 5 - 10 chapters. Up until that point, I would give this book a 4. Unfortunately, the ending is utter garbage and that just completely ruined the entire experience for me. Furthermore, the narration is pretty lackluster. The story takes place in England and not a single character was portrayed with a British accent. The narrator also consistently mispronounces common words, which is pretty annoying. I can look past the meh narration, but the ending was just horrible. I don't recommend wasting a credit on this. In fact I wouldn't recommend committing to this even if it became free at some point.

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I really struggled with the audio. i had to slow the recording back - and a British narrator should have been used. The reader's voice displaced the listener.

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  • Kevin Boone
  • 01-08-20

Not one for anybody who's ever been to Devon

I so much wanted to like this audiobook. It's set (so far as I can tell) in the area of the red cliffs of South Devon, an area I know well, and which lends itself to stories of mysteries out of prehistory. It's not called the Jurassic Coast for nothing. Unfortunately, whatever good qualities the story may have had, they were completely overwhelmed by the inappropriateness of the choice of narrator. I've heard Conner Goff read other (US) books, and he made a decent job of them. But this is an English story set in England with English people speaking English jargon. I don't know if readers outside the UK will experience the same dissonance, but if a reader of an American book used a faux-Texan drawl to render the voice of a New Yorker, I'm sure I would notice. That's the kind of thing we have here. '"Blah blah blah," he said, in a broad Westcountry accent' where the "blah blah blah" is spoken in a Dick Van Dyke, May Poppins faux-Cockney. It's particularly galling where English jargon is concerned. I really wouldn't expect a North American to know how to pronounce "recce" (as in, short for 'reconnaisance'). Hint: it doesn't rhyme with "tetchy". But not knowing does not excuse the error -- Mr Goff was entirely the wrong narrator for this book. I think the story was OK, but I was completely unable to pay attention to it, as the reader just kept distracting my attention with relentless bad accents and mispronunciations.

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  • pointlessgods
  • 12-21-19

great story wrong narrator

while nothing wrong with narrator's performance and as a massive fan of nevill i loved the story i just cant get on onboard with the choice of narrator. Set in Devon England led by female characters why on earth use an American male narrator who couldn't pronounce certain words, just so off putting would of loved it otherwise

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  • Jack
  • 02-12-20

Worst narrator imaginable.

If you've listened to it you'll know that 'Mid-A' is actually lunch time, haha (midday). Peculiar pronunciations that made me stop listening. There's an English swear word that he says so badly I burst out laughing and that, alas, was where I ended. Terrible narrator.

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  • P A BENNETT
  • 11-19-19

Mispronunciations..

Loved the book. Big fan of Adam Nevill, but I have to say the narrator mispronounced a fair amount of the text. Place names in particular, but also "lino" "midday" "wafted" and the big one "brazier", the last made me pause the book and wonder why they were burning their bras... till I realised what he'd attempted to say. It's a shame really as other than that he did a good job, surely someone should coach Americans to correctly pronounce British words and places, especially when the mispronunciation is obvious.

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  • Cornelius Z_G
  • 02-04-20

Incredibly bad narrator choice vs mediocre novel

At some level there might be a good book in here hidden away, but it is hard to tell because it is massacred by the worst narrator I've ever heard on an audiobook. He destroys the English language, appears to have two voice (American male [tough mean] and American female [soft, doubting), can only read in 8 word bursts and hasn't discovered yet the ideas if how to, emote or capture the spirit of a piece. He says all the words though, you've got to give him that, he says the words. He does try a regional dialect at one point, a kind of weird Irish Geordie mix that is supposed to be a regional Devonshire accent. He trashes a book that in itself seems to be trying to make South Devon (land of holiday lets, cream teas and leafy lanes) into some kind of threatening wilderness... there are evil cold eyed sheep early on which give a warning sign of the horrors to come. Pathetic really... Oh and there's a mistake about two hours in where there is a pause and we can enjoy or narrator clearing his throat. I guess the editors couldn't be bothered to listen to it through at the end. Don't blame them!!

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  • Louise Bush
  • 02-04-20

Ok.

The narrator is American and so confused by English place names such as Torquay. This is really off-putting, sadly.

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  • Raph
  • 01-19-20

Great story but...

This was a really great book but it’s let down a bit by the narration. There’s nothing particularly wrong with the narrator’s voice or anything, actually it’s quite pleasant and engaging to listen to. It’s just that this is a British story featuring British terms, slang and accents which the American narrator often pronounces incorrectly and therefore takes you out of the story. Also he tries to do a west county accent at times and it just doesn’t work. Apart from this it was great and well worth your time.

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  • Amanda
  • 02-09-20

Great story, but oh my, the narration......

I generally enjoy Adam Neville and this story didn't disappoint. But the narration - who on earth decided an American narrator would be suitable for a story very firmly rooted in south Devon? The narrator was clearly unfamiliar with a great deal of stuff that may be considered 'British' (at a stretch). The most confusing (and amusing) was the pronunciation of 'brazier' as 'brassiere' - a number of times. So a couple of times characters 'burnt their brassieres', leaving me wondering how rampant feminism had come to be in the stury.

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  • Raf - IT pro
  • 07-06-20

less is more

Adam Neville has delivered another pretty good horror story but it goes on and on, and the gore is repetitive and a bit desperate. In previous books MR Neville has left more to the imagination - with better effect. none of the characters were likeable. I was much more concerned about the animals than the people which isn't what I suspect was intended. Some passages are excellent and would rate more stars (e.g. the long swim, the village fair, the Willows's history) and the premise of a 60's hippy star gone mad on drugs is great, but in my view a bit of editing would have sharpened it up. What I found most annoying, however, was the narration. The book is set in the west country and yet we had an American narrator without even the most basic knowledge of English-speaking English. I could have tolerated the accent but not the bizarre pronunciation of basic English words. They jarred and it spoilt the audio book for me. I wish I'd read it instead and cc it's made me cautious about how other books are narrated.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-20

the reddening

enough effectively sinister moments for a novella but not for a full novel, but then I would say the same of most of Stephen King's output of recent years. Really needed a British narrator.

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  • Isabel
  • 12-15-19

why why why?

I loved this book and I am so disappointed that they chose an American narrator! It was distracting and it meant that there was a lot missing from the atmosphere. English slang words didn't sit right and the lack of Devon accents was a missed opportunity.

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