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There is an old, empty house in Devil's Cleave, a deep gorge that leads from the high moors down to the harbour village of Hollow Bay. The house is Crickley Hall and it's large and grim, somehow foreboding. It's rumoured to be haunted. It's thought to hold a secret. Despite some reservations, the Caleighs move in, searching for respite in this beautiful part of North Devon, seeking peace and perhaps to come to terms with what's happened to them as a family.

But all is not well with the house. They hear unaccountable noises. A cellar door they shut every night is always open again in the morning. They see things that cannot be real. The house is the last place the Caleighs should have come to, for the terror that unfolds is beyond belief. Soon they will discover the secret horror of Crickley Hall....

©2006 James Herbert (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Global
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  • karen
  • 07/12/2013

Great old-fashioned ghost story

I don't seek out ghost stories too often -- nothing ever seems to equal Susan Hills's "The Woman in Black" -- the audiobook, not the film. Ghost stores just don't get any better than that. But this one comes close. I'm not sure why I decided to take a chance on it, but I like creepy old houses, especially if a ghost or two might linger, so that was probably it.

Glad I did -- I should have known this would be good. James Herbert also wrote "The Fog" and I remember reading that decades ago, and afterward, that book came to mind every single day when the tule fog overtook the Sacramento Valley and I had to navigate around in it. That's a seriously frightening book, too.

"Secrets" also has none of the things I don't like in a scary story, which is to say, I don't like stories that merge into science fiction. These are actual ghosts in this book -- real ghosts -- ha! -- not alien creatures or dragons or man-made monsters, or any of that sort of thing.

There are truly creepy moments aplenty -- although why people who are already unnerved by odd happenings decide to explore the basement is always beyond me, although I suppose if they didn't, there wouldn't be a book.

Special praise for the narrator, David Rintoul -- he must have burned up a thousand calories an hour narrating this. It's a high-energy narration, but in a good way. Just very well done.

Highly recommended. And three cheers for Chester -- a real trouper!

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  • Hope
  • 24/11/2012

The SECRETS of Crickley Hall

The book should be called "The Secrets of Crickley Hall" as there is much to find out about this depressing and creepy vacation home. Herbert's dark and stormy night tale of tragedy and suspense is narrated perfectly by Rintoul. I found Rintoul's narration in some parts bordering on theatrical, I would score it as 4.5 if we could give half stars. The story has many layers which made it a "page turner" for me. Overall a great ghost story.

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  • T. Thurston
  • 13/11/2015

Wickedly well done haunting

I really enjoyed this tale. The narration was awesome. Couldn't put down my earpiece kind of wonderful. Not gory, has great twists. Enjoy!

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  • Chet42
  • 06/05/2015

Finally, A great classic Ghost Story!

Where does The Secret of Crickley Hall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I listen to ALOT of books. Most are to just get through the day and have background noise, but this is really one of the better books I have ever listened to, as far as thrillers / mysteries go. Reader was perfect, and the book was long,18 hours or so, but the plot moved along as it should have. Overall, I am now a big fan of James Herbert.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Caretaker of Crickley Hall. Because he's an animal lover. Very cool twist at the end of the book regarding the family dog, Chester.

What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great English Accent.

Any additional comments?

If you like classic ghost stories this is a great one. Old spooky house, strange happenings, unexpected twists and turns, very talented Reader, how can you go wrong?

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  • Cheryl
  • 11/10/2012

Perfect Ghost Story!!

What made the experience of listening to The Secret of Crickley Hall the most enjoyable?

David Rintoul is an amazing narrator! Such an engaging listen. I will definitely seek out his books.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Can't wait for the BBC show!

Any additional comments?

Enthralling ghost story and a wonderful narrator. A definite "page turner, edge of your seat" kind of book. Loved it!

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  • Karen
  • 07/02/2013

Thoroughly Creepy

If you could sum up The Secret of Crickley Hall in three words, what would they be?

Touches every fear

What other book might you compare The Secret of Crickley Hall to and why?

The Haunted by Bickley Little
Tells of a tortured, purely evil soul bent on terrorizing it's occupants.

Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't heard any of his other performances but I truly enjoyed him in this book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did but it also wasn't too hard to put it down as needed, rewind it a little when I got a chance and finish it up.

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  • Kari
  • 06/05/2016

A Truly Great Ghost Story

If you could sum up The Secret of Crickley Hall in three words, what would they be?

Hauntingly horrific heartache.

What did you like best about this story?

Even though this story is clearly a supernatural story, it's core is very, very human. The love of the family for each other and their shared grief and struggle over their loss is so endearing. On that same note the stories of the orphans is heartbreaking but also endearing, you feel for these people and you WANT them to be ok, to be at peace. Ultimately it comes down to people relying on each other and their faith to be strong in impossible situations.

What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

David Rintoul is fantastic. His performance from Percy to the children, to the young women was incredible. It never felt silly, but was very sincere and very well done.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

They will not be forgotten.

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  • michael king
  • 13/09/2014

Swish Thwack. READ IT!

Any additional comments?

get it. read it. good good good. being a jaded horror reader, i didn't think i would like Crickley Hall. I was wrong. I deeply enjoyed it. was it terribly scary? no, but i did get the creeps from time to time. and it was a very interesting read. the characters were good. their relationships were believable. there was plenty to keep me coming back when the chills were only so-so. the reader is extraordinary. his nuanced reading adds to the material. it lends the lines an extra push of reality, of "this is actually happening."

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  • Karen
  • 18/11/2012

ZZZZZ......

Would you try another book from James Herbert and/or David Rintoul?

I've read and enjoyed others, so maybe.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Probably a John Connolly mystery.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Rintoul?

He was ok.

What character would you cut from The Secret of Crickley Hall?

Oh, that is funny. The whole thing needs an editor to pare it down by half. It never seemed to end.

Any additional comments?

I love a good ghost story. Sadly, this isn't one. The characters are stupid waaaay past the point of disbelief. I felt smothered with foreshadowing that never really came to much. The only mystery here is why this story went on so long.

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  • naelene
  • 05/11/2012

Really enjoyed this book! mystery,@suspense

Where does The Secret of Crickley Hall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Well I couldnt stop listening till the end and thats a good book to me. Once I got over the annoying fathers attitude , but he came right after a while .There's alot of inner mind thinking by the characters which actually helps the story at first i thought it would hinder the flow of the book. A true ghost story with a good ending.

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