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Editor reviews

The protagonist of Others literally begins his journey in hell as a tormented soul until two angels make him a proposition for a chance at redemption through a mission on the surface. Reborn as a private investigator in England with no memory of his past life, he is sent on an investigation that takes him to a nursing home and unlocks mysterious secrets of his personal and the demons of Others. Kris Dyer performs the audiobook with a gripping and macabre style that puts you into the detective's plight. Any fan of James Herbert's will delight at this chilling and inventive tale that keeps your blood pumping until the very end.

Summary

The ugly truth. Nicholas Dismas is a Private Investigator, but like no other that has gone before him. He carries a secret to which not even he has the answer. Dismas is hired to find a missing baby. One that was taken away at birth... Or was it?

His investigation takes him to a mysteriously located place called Perfect Rest, a nursing home for the elderly. Here Dismas will discover the dark secret of the Others. And in an astonishing and spectacular finale he will resolve the enigma of his own existence.

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.

©1999 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, 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)

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Loved it!!

A++++ book!! You must get this!!! Soooo good!!! Loved the writer and will bet getting another book soon!!!! Thank you

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  • carol
  • SUFFOLK, United Kingdom
  • 31-05-15

Very listenable as ever

Where does Others rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's up there with all of James's books as thought provoking as ever. Great story teller, with new perspectives.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dis as main charater

Which character – as performed by Kris Dyer – was your favourite?

As above

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Always makes you consider all avenues

Any additional comments?

Easy listen

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I would recomend this book a good read

Would you consider the audio edition of Others to be better than the print version?

I have not read the book.The detail of the characterS was very good, I didn't realise this was based on a true events and shocked me even more at the end to fine this out. The book was very good at putting both views across.

What other book might you compare Others to, and why?

I would compare this with Beautiful Mind and The Elephant Man

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I think the scene in the News agent was very effective

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I didnt want to put this book down, I actually found it hard to sleep until i finished it.

Any additional comments?

This was an Excelent book

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a nasty book that lingers with you.

Very well written with good character development. One of the most disturbing books I've listened to on here.

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  • 15-12-16

Awful, narration, weak story, obvious ending.

Kris Dyer. if ever a person was miscast in a voice role this is the epitome of oops.

A soft, lilting almost Irritating voice that would be better suited to a voiceover on the bake off adds very little to a story of fantasy and horror. Julian Clary is a master of his profession, but this felt like Clary being asked to narrate the Texas chain saw massacre in the style of the Nigella Dawson, twee, breathless and oh so weak.

Story, weak, obvious and cliched in its entirety, but I can, hand on heart state that this is the first James Herbert, I have been disappointed in. Cannot say if a better vocal artist may have improved matters, but I doubt it.

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A really great and different read

I love James Herbert. So I'm biased. Did I love the books 2&3 of the Rats - er, not so much, but did I love this, yes. All the better that it's based on a true story.
Narrator was good, convincing. Characters were enveloping, and the plot, it was brilliant. Missing his writing now he's gone - but the brilliance lives on

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exquisitely provoking story - thoroughly enjoyed!

Just loved this book. Gripping tale excellently narrated. One of James Herbert's best for me. Written with a very good expression of urgency which sweeps you along on the proverbial emotional rollercoaster and invoking disturbing images which James Herbert obviously wanted to project. This story will sit both pleasantly and disturbingly in my mind for a while...

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A Very Disturbing Thriller

I loved Others by James Herbert a lot. It was a gripping, disturbing action packed book full of believable characters.

The reader was good, but back in the early 2000s I bought the abridged version on cassette read by Robert Powell and I honestly think that he was a better reader with more expression and better voices than the bloke who read the unabridged version. I've forgotten his name!!! Don't get me wrong, he was a good leader just not as good as Robert Powell.

I honestly couldn't stop listening to this book and have been getting on average of 4 hours sleep per night because I've listened to it almost constantly over the past week.

If you like to be disturbed then this is the book for you!!!

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Fantastic book

I've listened to this book and when i could, I've read it over and over and over again m i just love it. I have a curiosity for the macabre and love listening to the descriptions of the poor' unfortunate people who had been born in such unfortunate conditions. !. I used to be a nurse and during my training i visited Guys hospital museum where i saw thousands of glass jars containing all sorts of body parts gone wrong and foetuses with all sorts of deformities James Herbert was a literary genius whose like we may never see again.

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awesome

great book easy to become absorbed in. easily identify with the characters gripping and never a dull moment.

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  • Joy
  • 26-06-18

Good book

Nice book and quite interesting😊
I want to read more of his book again!
Highly recommended

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  • Susan
  • 03-06-16

Depravety.

Upon his death a movie star handsome man jumps at the chance when offered another life to redeem himself from living such a selfish and vain life. He will have no memory of his current life and will return horribly disfigured.

As the story unravels the purpose behind his deformities become relevant and he must do whatever he can to stop the gruesom horror that he uncovers.

A good thriller with a original story.

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  • Mary
  • 21-11-13

not for me

What would have made Others better?

less self-pity

What was most disappointing about James Herbert’s story?

I really did not like the way he tied sins to being born with handicaps

Would you be willing to try another one of Kris Dyer’s performances?

no

What character would you cut from Others?

the main one

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