How is it that during the past hundred years so little interest has been taken in the Devil's activities? The Haunting of Toby Jugg suggests an answer. Woven into a tale of modern love and courage, of intrigue, hypnotism and Satan-worship, it propounds a theory that under a new disguise the Devil is still intensely active - that through his chosen emissaries he is nearer than ever before to achieving victory in his age-old struggle to become, in fact, as well as in name, the Prince of this World.
©1948 Dennis Wheatley (P)2014 Audible Ltd
The book is written in the first person so whoever reads it is telling the story as if they are Toby Jugg - and the character is only 20 years old.
Nick Mercer's accent is indistinct – but has a more northern roundness than you would expect with a Dennis Wheatley novel. I quickly accepted him as Toby Jugg. Nick Mercer’s higher pitch gives him a young sounding voice, and as I don’t know Nick Mercer I can picture a young Toby Jugg telling the story. Also the character of Toby Jugg has working class roots in Sheffield, he was educated in Cumbria and is now living in Wales so Mercer’s accent adds to that background in his reading.
THOTJ is, to me, DW’s most frightening book and Mercer manages to inject mounting panic and fear as the suspense builds. I really enjoyed it and would recommend this particular DW reading.
From a Dennis Wheatley novel I was expecting better things, unfortunately the narrator sounded like he had just learnt to read. He made what may have been a good story into something very tedious and very boring.
The author is known for books like, 'The devil rides out', 'To the devil a daughter' and the like, good solid fear stories. This book is blank.
The narrator did not have the right voice for this kind of genre.
The suspense - Dennis Wheatley never fails to disappoint in his occult fiction thrillers
Definitely Toby - he proved his sanity so well that even Sally was convinced.
I would like to have done - it's one you just can't leave.
I agree with some reviewers of Dennis Wheatley's titles that Nick Mercer could put a bit more suspense into his voice, but I'm just thankful to have access to Dennis Wheatley's books. It's great to listen to this book, because I felt as though Toby was sitting in the same room as myself as he went through his journal. We've already got one of the Colonel Verney books, so please let's have The Satanist. I'm looking forward also to trying some other horror authors such as James Herbert and some of the Stephen King titles sound promising.
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