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Adam Brake, a professor of astrophysics, and his teenage son Matthew, arrive in Milbury, an English village surrounded by a stone circle. Adam has been commissioned to investigate the residual magnetism of the stones, but he and Matthew soon begin to realise that this is no ordinary village....

Based on the classic television series starring Gareth Thomas (Blake's 7) and Freddie Jones, this is the original novelisation, published for the first time in 35 years.

About the authors: Jeremy Burnham and Trevor Ray are both actor-writers. Children of the Stones for HTV was their first collaboration, closely followed by Raven and the children's novel Mystery of the Tower. Jeremy's writing credits include The Avengers, Paul Temple, When the Boat Comes In, Minder, C.A.T.S. Eyes, and Inspector Morse to name but a few. A stalwart of the National Theatre and the BBC Radio Drama department in both capacities as actor and writer, Trevor is best known to fans of Cult Television for his work on Doctor Who in 1969/70.

©2016 Fantom Publishing (P)2016 Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd/Fantom Publishing

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GT is a legend, but his narration is horrible

I adore Gareth Thomas but his voice is in a terrible state, and very hard to listen to. Love the story though and great for fans of 70s children's TV.

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Stunning performance of a great story

I discovered the 1977 children's TV program about 10 years ago, as an adult, and loved it. I was surprised recently to see this audio book version, and couldn't resist, especially since it was read by Gareth Thomas (who acted in Blake's 7 and Children of the Stones TV series). The story is great and builds up the tension nicely over 6 hours. I found the ending to be a bit weak. I didn't mind the unanswered questions, that is fine, but the ending just seemed to lack the punch that I felt was promised in the build-up. Nevertheless it was a great experience overall and I expect I'll immerse myself in it again in the future. A truly excellent thing was the narration by Gareth Thomas. The distinct voicing of the characters was a joy - he even did a very impressive impression of the actor Iain Cuthbertson who also starred in the TV series next to him. Most impressive of all was the passion he put into the reading. I don't know if this was because he had fond memories of starring in the TV series, or just because he had extraordinary talent as a narrator. What a pity Gareth Thomas is no longer with us. If he could bring to other audio books what he brought to this, I'd be looking for everything he narrated. As it is, all I can find is this book, and several of the Blake's 7 audio books. And to be honest, although he is most well known for playing Blake, his narration in Children of the Stones is in a different league. I'd highly recommend this to fans of the TV series, or anyone looking for a quirky, original British creepy sci-fi fantasy read by a narrator who is totally immersed in it.

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Children of the Stones

A wonderfully, mysterious and entertaining story. I remember it from my childhood and have since rewatched it and now listened to this fabulous reading narrated by Gareth Thomas. And what could be better than having one of the original actors from the TV series read Jeremy Burnham and Trevor Ray’s story with all the nuances that trained actors bring to such readings. I should add that my own children also loved the series as well as this audible version. Highly recommended.

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An absolute joy!

This was an absolute treat! CHILDREN OF THE STONES was a mini-series for children's TV in 1977 which I adored. The show has stuck with me ever since. Despite the show being fondly remembered by a lot of people, it was never repeated. Having not seen it since it was televised, I was surfing for a DVD and found the writers of the show had adapted it into a book. The book stands up very well. The story itself is very much a John Wyndham style story featuring father and son, creepy villagers and their kids. Combining paganism, science and standing stones, it makes for great sci-fi story. I think one of the reasons it resonated with me at the time is that it's very adult in its telling. It doesn't talk down to its intended audience. The only criticism that could be leveled at the book is some of the science is hokum but it's such a fun book, I don't care. :-)

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  • A.P. Xavier
  • 27-12-19

The Wicker Man - for Kids

Recommended for children who want a scare, and adults who want a fascinating folk horror story. The book contrasts a homey feel around the protagonists' relationships as they work to uncover the mysteries of the town with an atmosphere of dread around the town and its residents without diminishing either. The performance - by one of the actors of the original TV mini-series that this book adapts - is memorable. It gives me the sense of a scary story being told to children in a British country home - a dark companion to the narrators of The Hobbit and the Chronicles of Narnia. Highly recommended.