Imagine: the scrabble of little claws, the cold slither of hairless tails.... That is just part of the terror of James Herbert's third book in the chilling Rats Series. Domain imagines a horrible post-apocalyptic world in which humans must compete with rats to survive the nuclear holocaust. David Rintoul's performance is truly disturbing in the best ways! Rintoul is able to ratchet up the suspense in Herbert's novel until it almost feels as if the rats are right below you!
Book Three in Herbert's classic 'rats' series. The final countdown. The long-dreaded nuclear conflict. The city torn apart, shattered, its people destroyed or mutilated beyond hope. For just a few, survival is possible only beneath the wrecked streets - if there is time to avoid the slow-descending poisonous ashes. But below, the rats, demonic offspring of irradiated forebears, are waiting. They know that Man is weakened, become frail. Man has become their prey.
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.
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"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)
I'm an author who loves to listen. I work as a zoologist specialising in pathology and behaviour and while I'm doing so I love to listen.
I've loved the Rats series. Typically Herbert, it's earthy and unfiltered with graphically good descriptives. These are pure, right to the point, not ease you in slowly dirty bloody horrors, without the need for ghosts to frighten. Domain gets right into the action, no slow ease, no gentle background, you just go in and stay there till the end. Not a chill out audiobook. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
from the first bomb to the last bullet fired I was there willing the humans on to survive the destruction of London and the nashing teeth of the Rats.
No problem recommening this title to anyone.
From the off, it's gripping,exciting and thrilling.
A briiliant ending to a brilliant trilogy.
Culver or Deely....not a lot between them but two totally different charactors.
Culver is your typical have a go hero and Deely is a typical government official who secretly wants to be a leader.
Got to be Culver
Loss of animals
Epic third of three rats books. It was a shame when it came to an end.
I enjoyed this book, but it's not as good as the first two. The writing is good and the narration is the same as the others. I have nothing in particular to complain about its just that the first book was so much better. that says I'm still glad I bought it and I did enjoy it if you have read the first two than I would say buy it.
I would recommend this book to a friend...and have! The Rats will never be beaten, and in my opinion Lair was a not as good as the Rats, but this could be simply because the story had lost its shock value on its audience. However, with the apocalyptic theme the shock value returns in this book and gives a hard hitting view of how the survivors cope with the aftermath and the attacking rats. The story lets the imagination run riot and there were certainly some moments that made me flinch and cringe! The attacks get a little repetitive towards the end, as well as some of the characters’ reactions. However this is still a good read. If you enjoyed The Rats you will undoubtedly enjoy Domain.
I didn't really have a favourite character, probably because there was no point getting attached to any of them as they were dropping like flies!
David Rintoul was great at narrating this book and gave it oodles of passion and added intenseness. However, he was speaking a little too fast at some points when the action was going, although this probably would have been fine if it weren't for the fact I was listening to it in the car which has added motorway driving noise added. Also, there seemed to be a bit of an echo all the way through which sometimes made it hard to understand what was being said.
James Herberts' 'The Rats' trilogy is an excellent collection from start to finish & this third installment is pretty much what you expect if you have listened to the previous two volumes.
David Rintoul does a magnificent job with the narration, the story itself will always keep you interested and with the vocal delivery being of such high quality I'm sure anyone downloading this will not be disappointed.
James Herberts' untimely death last year means sadly there will be no fourth story which is a great shame as without spoiling anything for those who haven't heard (or read) 'Domain' the ending was done in such a way that a fourth volume was possible.
I would listen to this book again because it grips you right from the start! It is one of those books where you think, this could actually happen!! It shows you (realistically, I think, how people might react if this nightmare scenario were ever to occur. Brilliantly written, and wonderfully read. James Herbert at the top of his form.
James Herbert's PORTENT. Because this again seems to portray events that could happen (especially with todays focus on global warming).
I have listened to other David Rintoul performances, and I always find that he is able to bring a book to life. A lot of the audio books I purchase I have already read as books, And Mr Rintoul's performances always seem to add an extra dimension to them.
I found the moment where the survivors tried to find shelter in the underground, only to be faced by another horror a particularly blood-freezing moment!
Listening to these books reinforced my sadness that James Herbert is no longer with us, and that he will never again be able to keep awake half the night while we read (or listen to ) the last few pades of another great book!
"Not what I exerted for the final chapter."
I really enjoyed the first two books but this Domain took a big left turn. It was alright and David Rantoul did a great job as usual. I would still recommend it so you can finish the story of the rats.
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