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Nobody True

Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)

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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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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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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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One long introspective...

What did you like best about Nobody True? What did you like least?

Struggled with this one. I'm absolutely a James Herbert fan - just not of this book. Yeah - not much dialogue: virtually a monologue by the main character that dragged on...

What was most disappointing about James Herbert’s story?

Not a great, or particularly original, story. Never really took off.

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Jonathan certainly did his best, I think, with the material.

Do you think Nobody True needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. Didnt really care enough for the characters to make a follow-up worthwhile

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James Herbert's Nobody True - Gripping and Intense

I loved it. Kept me on the edge of my seat all night listening!! Brilliant!

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Herbert at his best

A fantastic story made even better with the excellent narration from Jonathan Keeble.
once you start listening to this story you will find it hard to stop.
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A good story worth listening to

I enjoyed this story, presented well by the narrator. Interesting story lines with twists and turns along the way although some aspects were a bit far fetched in my opinion. Overall definitely worth listening to.

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interesting book

A great book to escape the mundane reality of life's monotony it was really good

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  • 17-11-18

could not stop listening

Read brilliantly loved the narrator Jonathan keeble. This was the only book I had not read by James Herbert and as always kept me engaged from start to finish. loved it.

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Extremely long winded - disappointing

I’m a fan of JH, but found this story a little frustrating. There is way too much repetition explaining the physics surrounding the main characters condition and constant reference to side issues. I was hoping for a few more twists and action scenes but instead the author gets bogged down constantly with explaining all manner of things which makes the book go off the boil somewhat.
I struggled to the end. D+

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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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