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  • Sepulchre

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (232 ratings)

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With hard-hitting, jarringly gruesome detail that recalls Stephen King and Dean Koontz, Sepulchre finds James Herbert delving into some of his favorite themes, including psychic cognizance and the dark side of spirituality. Actor Jonathan Keeble has lent his macabre mutterings to a considerable swath of Herbert’s’ catalog, and his vocal dexterity is clinical here, as he seamlessly weaves between brooding atmospherics and intense action sequences. Keeble is grizzled and garish as antihero Liam Holloran, a mercenary bodyguard who finds himself in the employ of a psychic with a secret. That would be Fritz Kline, who gained his clairvoyant powers in a Faustian deal with a Fallen Angel from ancient Sumeria. Kline’s unholy pact has mortal consequences for the psychic and his steward.

Summary

The bodyguard. There is a house, hidden away in a small valley, that holds a dark and dreadful secret. The house is called Neath. There is a psychic who lives in that house who is part of its secret. His name is Kline. There is a guardian of the house, and of the psychic, and of the secret. He is known as The Keeper. Together, in unholy union, they serve a force whose existence threatens mankind itself. But now a terrible danger is sensed and an outsider must protect them all.

The outsider is Halloran, and he is unaware of the insidious evil he must face. He will learn of a multinational corporation's strange method of detecting new mineral resources; he will combat men who thrive on the worst of physical corruption; he will find love of a perverse nature; he will confront the darkness of his own soul. And eventually Halloran will discover the horrific and awesome secret of the Sepulchre.

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.

©1987 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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Sepulchre

This is a very dark story I love James Herbert and this story did not disappoint, A bodyguard is employed to take care of a very special psychic but when he stays at his property all is not has it seems, there is a lot more to this dark psychic and he has a lot more in store for his bodyguard! There is a lot of graphic detail and some disturbing parts extremely gory too, but if you like all that then this is the story for you.

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Dark and sinister!

The narration was superb for this story. Each character was brought to life and given a real individual feel, which added another dimension to the book.

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Brilliant

Brilliant story, comments about "weird sex" very off the mark (I hope those people never read something like 50 shades of grey), very enjoyable mystery.

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the narrator was superb. he made this story come alive. I could not stop listening.

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fanbloomingtastic

wow James Herbert is the master and this audiobook is no exception it was gripping from start to finish. Jonathan Keeble is a brilliant narration and I loved the fact the Liam sounded like Russell Crowe xxxxxxxxx

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not my favourite

I am a James Herbert fan, but this book didn't grab my attention. Jonathan Keeble did a grand job though

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Excellent dramatisation

Great to listen to excellent story very interesting story good twisting plot.
I'm sure that you can name some of the characters voices.

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couldn't get past chapter 2

I love Herbert's books but I couldn't get past chapter 2 of this one. I don't like giving bad reviews so I'll say no more

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Typical James Herbert

Abundance of blood, gore, twisted pain, weird sexual perversions... oh boy he had a very strange imagination. Not sure what that says about me but, yes, I did enjoy it.

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like your in the room

Great story
Well read A easy to follow a story line Make You think About what we are told