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Worms

Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Norfolk coast made for a perfect holiday - as long as the sun still shone. But when the rain came, the creatures left the shadows....

Worms

Spectres from the past tortured James Hildebrand's mind. His blackest nightmares were crowded with malevolent, coiling images of decay. Then, suddenly, he knew the threat was real.

Worms

The dead alone could not quench their hunger. And, for the living, the horrors that fed and multiplied in the darkness of the night became more terrible with the dawn....

Written by screenwriter Christopher Wood (The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker) under the pseudonym James R. Montague - an homage to the great ghost story writer M. R. James - Worms (1979) is a rediscovered horror gem that will make your skin crawl.

©1979 James R Montague (P)2019 Valancourt Books LLC

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  • timj26
  • ontario canada
  • 06-23-19

Excellent

I’m glad these classic horror novels are getting new life in audiobook form
Part psychological horror and part creature feature that still holds up
The narration by Hannibal with his deep voice and pleasant accent fit the story perfectly
If you like 70s and 80s horror don’t skip this one
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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A very nicely done tale! Plus worms are gross...

I dug this one. The worms are more of a backdrop for most of the story even though they definitely wreak some major havoc. They are more like Poe’s raven or tell-tale heart. The real menace being human nature instead of the outward manifestation of a beastie. (Bwhaha…I almost sounded smart there for a second.)

Top notch narration added a little extra something here, as good narration will. The pacing and tone and realization of the characters came thru expertly and made the story that much deeper.

*I received a requested complimentary copy of this audiobook and am leaving this honest and voluntary review.

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  • Brian
  • ANN ARBOR, MI
  • 07-21-19

Awesome Creature Feature

Awesome creature feature with a tortured protagonist giving a juxtaposition between psychological horror and horror of a more straight forward kind. Like any good creature horror story that's not all that's going on as in response to the existence of the title worms humans find it in their capability to cast doubt on who the real 'enemy' is. And along the way it's exciting and creepy and gross (worms right?).

Narration is fantastic.

I received the audiobook code for this at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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Excellent!

I loved everything about this audible. Suspense, drama, horror with twists and turns throughout the story.

The only thing that's better than the story is the narration. Hannibal Hills was the best choice for the story. One compliments the other making Worms the best audible so far this year.

I received a copy of this audible free at my request. I'm thrilled to be able provide my review.

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 07-04-19

Exciting horror tale!

Get ready for an exciting and fast-paced horror tale. If you’re not a fan of the wriggly critters this account may get you squirming in your chair. Well-defined characters with great narration; highly recommend. This is a revised edition, first written in 1980. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Marcus
  • East Coast, USA
  • 06-28-19

Great mix of horror and mystery

This novel had a great creepy old vibe to it with a bit of supernatural mixed in. There's some murder, there's a creepy little town, there's some odd occurrences of all types (both human and "other"). I was hooked from beginning to end.

This is an older horror novel. I believe it takes place in the 70's or 80's. I mention that because 1) there's a different tone than that of contemporary works and 2) you may notice the lack of cell phones in certain situations. Neither of these are a bad thing though!

The narration was excellent. In some stories there are certain words that get repeated to the point that it becomes a bit of an annoyance. In this story, the word was obviously "worms". That said though, I actually loved it. As the story went on, each of the narrator's pronunciations of WURRRRRMMMS perfectly relayed the increasing horror and disgust that the protagonist had to be feeling.

While this was a great ride, I do wish there were a clearer resolution to some plot points though. I walked away feeling that this story took place in a larger universe and I needed to listen to other works in it to get a better idea of the bigger picture.

I was provided this audiobook at my request and am leaving this review voluntarily. It reflects my own thoughts on the material and no one else's. Overall though, definitely worth a listen.

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Fantastic narration on a pretty mediocre story

Worms is largely a family-ish drama with some psychological thriller elements. The horror aspect only comes into play in about the last hour of the audiobook. And at that it's more of the disgusting sort of horror rather than the scary sort.

As I've come to expect from Hannibal Hills, the narration was absolutely fantastic. He has a fantastic range of voices with vocal inflections that are almost always spot on and a variable tempo, which almost perfectly illustrates the tension of any given scene.

The honest truth is the majority of the reason I listened to this audiobook was for Hannibal's narration.

Okay, the first thing to understand is this is a first person book written in 1979. As such, I'm actually very impressed with the writing.

As was the standard in those days, it's adverb heavy and relies extensively on passive voice and telling. But apart from that it is extremely well written with a compelling voice.

It takes a lot to keep me interested in a first person narrative because in the main I hate the style. So I have to give the author kudos for that.

That being said, when I found this book in the horror section I was expecting some sort of scare. Either a psychological, supernatural, or literal monster.

Sadly, this book has none of these.

We get lots of references to the worms and how the protagonist is terrified of them, but nothing really happens with them until the last 10-15% of the book.

Prior to that, this book can be beat described as a family drama with psychological thriller elements. In fact, it goes so far that I'm not at all certain this book belongs in the horror category.

Now, once the horror plot comes out it hits full force almost all at once, going from zero to so disgusting I almost threw up within mere moments.

Since that was almost certainly the author's intent, I have to give kudos for that as well.

However, that's not really the sort of horror I enjoy. I would have much preferred something a bit more supernatural and a lot scarier, as I didn't find the book scary at all.

Finally, the ending.
I'm sure the end is meant to be a huge, mind-blowing twist. And I'm sure it would have been, had I not called every aspect of it within the first 30 minutes of the audiobook.

Unfortunately, while I will absolutely continue to follow the narrator to his other works, I have no real desire to read anything further by this author.

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Older Horror

I did enjoy listening to this book that I read back in 1980 and enjoyed it more. I always hated worm so this book was gross with the descriptions especially the last half which made me nauseated a couple of times, but a little slow at the beginning. Recommend if you like gross descripted horror .I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you!

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Worrms review

Worms by James R. Montague and narrated by Hannibal Hills is a well rounded, creepy story. Keeps your attention and well worth listening to. Five stars

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Creepy story!

After listening to this creepy tale, you will never look at a worm the same way again.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 07-19-19

Perfect seventies horror production

I loved this, I am certain that I read this back in the eighties, and I think Hannibal HIlls was the perfect man for the job of narrating it.

It's a typical story from that era, creepy crawly worms and shocky jumpy moments (not so shocky these days though) about a rather unpleasant couple who should probably have got divorced years ago, back in the seveties that was not really so common though but it probably would have saved this lady's life. He finds the property of his dreams, she disagrees, so bye bye wifey. After murdering his wife, he goes on to buy the 'home' he has his heart set on, which is, in fact a derelict outbuilding/boat house. He is forever plagued by WORMS (the caps are deliberate) , they are everywhere, in paintings, in his nightmares, in the water ... Blegh. So I hope I have set the scene for you here, it's ridiculous but enjoyably so.

The ending is perfect, literally perfect, made my day anyway.

I totally recommend this one to fans of seventies and eighties horror, and even to others, try it, you might enjoy it, it's really rather entertaining.

I received my own copy free of charge at my request and I am delighted to leave this unbiased and honest review.

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  • Angela
  • 06-25-19

Old Style Horror

I love old sci-fi and horror and this book was right up my street.
Cheesy and rather stupid, it would make an excellent B-movie (provided they dialled down the inherent sexism rife throughout but alas, political correctness was rather sparse back in 70s cult literature).
Performance wise, Hills does a decent job but it does take a while for him to hit his stride with this book. Would be interesting to hear others he has narrated for a sense of style.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request via Audioboom and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • deafmick
  • 05-30-19

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This is my first audio book by James r Montague i liked it 10 out of 10 hanniba l hills is good as allways

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  • SarahC1985
  • 05-20-19

I’ve heard scarier books in my time…

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read this book… But it wasn’t what I got.
It was certainly Strange… Maybe I just read harder horror novels… But this didn’t really scare me. As for the narration, I think hills sounded bored at the beginning… And it wasn’t until towards the end that he really seem to get into it.
This isn’t one I would read again, but if you are beginning the genre… Then maybe I would suggest this one. But I suppose as it was written in the 70's, they couldn't write the same stuff they do now.

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  • Joel
  • 05-15-19

Ok so... narrated by a play school teacher?

I got a couple of minutes in and couldn’t stand the narrator. Seriously he’s reading it like I’d read a children’s book to my 5 year old niece. And that’s not an exaggeration by any stretch.