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Publisher's Summary

The living dead. It had been one of the worst crashes in airline history, killing over 300 people and leaving only one survivor. Now the dead were buried and the town of Eton tried to forget. But one man could not rest. Keller had walked from the flames of the wreck, driven on by unseen forces, seeking the answer to his own survival. Until the town was forced to face the shocking, dreadful truth about what was buried in the old graveyard. And a truth Keller did not want to believe.

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 best-seller 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.

©1976 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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Terrific adventure in horror!

This was the my first James Herbert book, and I am looking forward to more!!!! The narrator, Robert Powell, was great!!!

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A Stunning Tour de Force.. 5 Stars

A breathtaking horror story that was superbly written… top marks for a finely wrought thrill ride.

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Decent story that should of been half as long.

Although the language is somewhat pretty, I felt it was a bit too long. Less filler would have been nice.
I was unclear about what I was supposed to be afraid of. Is it ghosts, ghouls, the undead. It was a bit confusing and vague on what exactly these things are.
Read well, but hardly acted at all.
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  • Caz
  • 12-31-20

Don’t listen in the fog at 2am while on your own at the stable yard...

Really enjoyed this story by James Herbert. Spooked myself so much at the start I was seeing all sorts of things in the fog by torchlight. Not the most sensible story (even if it isn’t The Fog) to listen to while on your own at the stable yard at 2am! Much less scary in the warmth of the (locked) house with the lights on LOL. It might not be the best story he’s ever written, but it’s enjoyable.

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  • Michael J Dawson
  • 03-27-15

Great

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First class reading by Robert Powell

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  • Ms. E. J. Baker
  • 09-13-21

My VERY favourite JH just amazing

This is an amazing book with a really interesting storyline which was written way back in the 70's and before the real terrorism such as Lockabie had actually happened. Without giving too much away this story concerns such an event and is a fictitious account of such a plane crash and although all on board were killed by a bomb one person apparently walks away unscathed, the co pilot, the survivor. There is also a real twist in the tail and plenty to get your teeth into.

The Survivor is unlike other JH books written and I think at that point he had written 4 others. There is no annoying heroine for a start and the sex in this book is non existent in graphical content and there is only reference to it nothing like the Rats for instance. It is instead the story of this co pilot and his attempts to find out what happened and some evil forces at work for vengeance and more besides. JH always did his research for the subject he was writing and the end result are his books are interesting and the subject matter thought provoking as well as gripping reading.

I would heartily recommend reading this. The book was way ahead of its time and I read this a long time ago but it remains my favourite after all these years. RIP James you are sadly missed.

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  • arsenal 74
  • 04-07-20

great story

love James herbert have done since I was in my teens great story couldn't stop listening didn't want the book to end love the story telling rob read a good story enjoyed as always

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  • Dredddog
  • 03-22-17

Superb narrator

If you could sum up The Survivor in three words, what would they be?

Brilliant supernatural horror.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Survivor?

The final twist ending was terrific.

Which character – as performed by Robert Powell – was your favourite?

Robert Powell performs the character of the medium brilliantly. At one point was like hearing a dozen different people in the same room.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The air crash scene was particularly scary and moving.

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Robert Powell is my favourite narrator, and here he really shines, doing several different parts so well you would think they were played by different actors. The story is a memorable supernatural thriller with a terrific twist ending. Well recommended.

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  • Caroline
  • 05-11-22

This recording needs more editing or redoing

Enjoyed it. Herbert books are a mixed bag so you can never be sure. But on this one, you can hear all the swallowing and mouth noises of the narrator, which is off-putting.
Random, but the pronunciation of ‘fingers’ is also weird and sticks out. Most people say it ‘fing-gers’. This narrator says ‘fing-ers’ and I couldn’t stop noticing it!

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  • Suzanne Tattersall
  • 02-14-22

Great story telling

Only just Discovered James Herbert can’t believe it’s taken this long to find such a great storyteller so enjoying these books

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  • banythehat
  • 08-02-17

Solid Herbert if not his best

A good solid novel if somewhat a rushed feeling at the end. Still great performance by the excellent Robert Powell

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  • Karolina
  • 09-18-22

Very good and scary story

I didn’t have the guts to listen to it at night when alone at home. It helped as it is properly scary. I believe in such things so it’s like the worst nightmare to me and it made it even better.
It’s a very good story, well written and fantastically performed. Mr Powell was excellent. I’ve listened to many books which, I thought, were read well but this is how it should be done. Well worth a credit.

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  • PinkWytch.
  • 09-14-22

Classic Herbert

If you like Herbert you'll love this fast paced ghost story. Excellent performance too.