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Nobody True, performed in appropriately frantic and bewildered British tones by Jonathan Keeble, is a suspenseful and supernatural story that is a gripping "whodunit" listen.

Jim True is dead. He was killed and brutally dismembered. By whom, he doesn’t know. But he’s going to find out, for Jim True has come back to life as a ghost - no one can hear or see him except for the one who killed him - and he’s going to solve his own murder. The murderer just may be closer to Jim than he realizes.

This is similar in plot to the smash hit 1990 film, Ghost - but not as funny and much more ominous.

Summary

Deadline. Jim True has returned from an out-of-body experience to find he has been brutally murdered and his body mutilated. No one can see him, no one can hear him, no one, except his killer, knows he still exists.

Freed from his body, True embarks on a quest to find his killer and discover why and how he has managed to survive. As he closes in on his murderer, True discovers that even the very people he loved and trusted have betrayed him. He meets his killer, a strange and sinister figure who can also leave his body at will.

An epic and deadly battle ensues between True and a seemingly unstoppable and hideous serial killer - a man now intent on even more murders, including True's wife and child.

James Herbert was one of Britain’s greatest popular novelists and our number-one 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 '40s, James Herbert was art director of an advertising agency before turning to writing fiction in 1975. His first novel, The Rats, was an instant best seller and is now recognised as a classic of popular contemporary fiction. Herbert went on to publish a new top-10 best seller every year until 1988. He wrote six more best-selling 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.

©2003 James Herbert (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Critic reviews

"Herbert was by no means literary, but his work had a raw urgency. His best novels, The Rats and The Fog,M.i> 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)
"Herbert goes out in a blaze of glory" ( Daily Mail)

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excellent book

bit slow to start but once it gets going is excellent couldn't put it down

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Nobody true

A fantastic story by James Herbert, The narrator read it so beautifully. Sadly missed James. .

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unusual

the story was very enjoyable, and thought provoking. I love James Herbert books and he certainly delivered another great book as I've come to expect 9/10 😊

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Truly enjoyable yarn!

Enjoyable ghost story, made brilliant by the Stephen Fry-esque narrator who I absolutely loved! A nice change from the usual psychological thrillers, a good ghost yarn, ridiculously far fetched but I was happy to be strung along right to the end!

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so much repetition!

such a good premise wasted, the bulk of this book is filled with melodrama and played out by a bunch of characters that had not a single redeeming feature among them. even the main character is a whiny idiot whom the reader is constantly begging to catch up with since you will be several steps ahead of him almost the entire way. the narrator is fine and unobtrusive but he's working with very poor material. easily the worst of James Herbert's work that I've read.

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this book features the most irritating narrative interruption ever, repeatedly stopping the flow or pace of a scene. iykyk

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Nobody True

Unlike other James Herbert books the wanting to turn the next page never stopped - this book was was at times a hard read as the the detail if events seemed to go on forever before merging back to the story - the audio version better for me. Thought provoking story.

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A Fairly Good Book.

Not J. Herbert's best book, but still quite enjoyable and the narrator was rather good.

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Really disappointingly off-tone

I’ve enjoyed a lot of James Herbert, but this book is awful!

It feels 3 times as long as it should and it’s representations of Arab rapists, victim shaming and bland sexism were a real struggle to persevere through.

I fear to return to previous Herbert novels incase I now recognise hints of the author who wrote this crap.

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Verbose and pointless story

Excellent narration by Johnathon but I’m pleased this wasn’t the first James Herbert story I’ve listened to because it would have been the last. Save your money.

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  • 12-04-21

one star as I cannot give less

first hour was not so bad but later was only worst, few scenes and description could be spared and it would not loose anything from story line and it would be much more pleasant to read/listen

before middle of the book I had already in my mind 2 possible endings so I'm sorry I cannot really say that I found surprising plots

for me boring, irritating in few point of views of the world, how character think about women, point of view for parent-child not related as blood give some special connections... it doesn't

story line about domestic violence... most of cases 30-40 years ago ended different then in book

few different things I found really really irritating but if you want, try and get your own opinion

but this guy doesn't know when finish, I'm not sure how many pages he could just throw into fire but last 2-4h from audiobook was pure waste of my time, it's my fault that I have to finish this what I started but I would not lost anything just delete this from my device after first 1h of the book and never go back

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  • 26-07-15

Thought provoking...excellent plot

It starts with an OBE (out of the body experience) and gradually develops into multiple subplots, each more riveting and thought provoking as they come. Add some phylosophy and an explanation of "ghosts". Deception, lost love, you name it...a must if uou are a Herbert fan. Beautifully read!!

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  • 14-03-21

Totally enjoyed this book,

It has many faithful similarities to experiences of my own, thankyou Mr Herbert, I hope you are currently experiencing that wonderful change.

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