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The Electric

Narrated by: Nigel Peever
Length: 9 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)
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Summary

In the summer of 1985, 15-year-old Sam Crowhurst discovers an old, abandoned cinema that screens movies made by ghosts, for ghosts. 

Sam and his friends Emma and David find themselves drawn into a world where the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Lon Chaney, and Theda Bara are still making pictures, where Harold Lloyd and John Belushi team up for roustabout comedies, and Karloff and Lugosi appear in films scripted by Edgar Allan Poe. Sam comes to learn the mysteries of the Electric cinema and his part to play in its long and strange history. 

The Electric is about movies, ghosts, and that ephemeral moment in all of our lives: childhood. 

©2013 Andrew David Barker (P)2019 Andrew David Barker

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Wonderfully written and amazingly read

A compelling story about a few days in the lives of three children and an old, abandoned cinema with a secret.
The narration by Nigel Peever was flawless. He made me laugh out loud at certain parts and during the last few chapters I actually had tears in my eyes as Nigel conveyed the emotion of the main character beautifully.
Of course, the highlight was hearing the old projectionist played by the great Patrick Troughton. Well, you’d think it was the real Patrick Troughton as Nigel’s vocal skill at recreating the great man’s voice is uncannily brilliant.

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Gloriously Creepy, but heartfelt story

The Electric by Andrew David Barker

I must admit I am partial to a well written Ghost Story but this one really was a cut above the rest. It is ingenious and fresh with a premise that draws you in almost immediately. A teenage boy finds an abandoned cinema in the wasteland near his home, where long dead stars create films and an audience of the deceased congregate to experience films from the grave.
Like Sam I am a particular fan of old films and was more likely to be watching Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart than the brat-pack as a teenager. I too had a little gang who would hide in the undergrowth and play too close to the river.

The central dynamic between Emma, David and our narrator Sam through whose point of view we experience The Electric is reminiscent of those in Stephen King’s Short Story The Body (which later became cult Classic Stand By Me) or the early storyline of IT or Dreamcatcher. Tens brought together and irrevocably changed by a shared experience and whilst this is a deeply atmospheric tale, a spine tingle festival, it is actually a much more nuanced and tender tale about the callowness of youth, about grief and loss and the acceptance of those emotions and of final goodbyes.

Where stars of a Bygone age cannot let go of their need to be in Movies, and buffs just want one more thrill in those velveteen seats, where love, betrayal romance and high adventure are reflected from the screen into the lives of the viewer. Here two young souls find each other as they seek to go on after the loss of a parent.

I was profoundly moved by the story (so if you were in Waltham Abbey today and you saw a woman crying as she trudged through the wind, sorry that was The Electric Effect) and yet deeply uplifted by Story’s End. The best story allows the reader to carry on the tale and here is one where we really can do it…
Where the stars we have loved and lost are collaborating together to star again in great Dramaand other lost souls are sitting in the dark letting that story unfold before their very eyes.

A word about the Narration by Nigel Peever: This is one of the most immersive tellings of a tale I have listened to in a long time. Nigel has a knack for creating true emotion in his characterisation , anger and sarcasm and deep loss are felt as well as heard and his general narration voice is so strongly enunciated with such warmth and timbre that you cannot help but be drawn further and further into the story. Definitely added to my favourite Narrators list!!

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Highly recommend

I was very kindly given a free copy of this book. Initially it appealed to me because I love a good ghost story. It turned out to be much more then that. It’s about growing up and dealing with loss. I won’t say anymore as I don’t want to spoil it for others! The writing was great and I would be interested to read/listen to more books by this author.
For me the performance itself was fantastic. I’ve never listened to anything quite like this before. Usually I listen to books that are simply read. This one was definitely more of a performance with sound effects. I didn’t think that it would be to my taste so I was pleasantly surprised to find that they helped me immerse myself in the story even more. One of the best narrators I have listened to!

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Atmospheric & creepy

I wasn’t sure at 1st when I started listening but after about 45 mins the narrator got me wondering what was next! He built the creepy vibe as he went.
The story was really unusual & The Electric was a definite place I wish I’d seen & experienced. The kids weren’t annoying, like I usually find in some stories. The way they got on was sweet & innocent.
The build up to climax was very good & I wasn’t expecting the end at all.
Overall very good story & reading

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What a performance!

I totally loved this book. I'm a film buff and I loved all of the references to old and 'not so old' films. The idea behind the book is interesting and original and kept my attention all the way through.There is lots of variety with the developing relationships between the main protagonists and I thought they were sensitively and realistically portrayed.

The narrator,Nigel Peever, is an actor and it really shows.His narration is superb. The sound effects/music really added to the overall effect.

Miss this one and you'll miss out on a real treat!

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An intriguing tale

This was a spooky read and the sound effects really bring the story alive. The narrator does a superb job of distinguishing between the characters and sounds a bit like Vincent Price when recounting the story as the main character Sam. During the summer holiday Sam discovers the wonderful Electric Cinema, a dilapidated building hidden from view. The Electric is a Picture Palace for ghosts which shows films made by ghosts. Deceased directors, writers and even well know actors have carried on doing what they do best, producing films, but this time for a ghostly audience. This is an intriguing tale with a moving finale - it would make a great film!

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A Ghost Story Filled With Movie Memories.

This is a wonderful coming of age tale, ghost story and movie nostalgia memoir. The main, young, characters are well rounded and constantly remind the listener of their own teenage years. The story is told with empathy through great narration and background sound track. The characters, ghosts, The Electric movie house and old movies intertwine with warmth and sympathy. I was left feeling warm and nostalgic for times past but not forgotten.

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Evokes a time and a haunting place

I thought the narrator was particularly good with dialogue and the teen characters's voices, excellent in reading description and creepy narrative.

The premise of a haunted cinema, a film that was never made and a group of teen friends in the 1980s hooked me and delivered the mix of nostalgia and coming of age that I was hoping for. The teen relationships rang true, especially the boys' embarrassment and self-consciousness at Emma's precocious teasing - a timely reminder that growing up is no easier for boys than for girls.The places linger in my imagination although I finished listening two weeks ago: the Car Cemetery, where the kids hang out in wrecked vehicles, and the derelict cinema were vividly brought to life and every place felt real to me. I also found the ending well-conceived,a haunting conclusion. There was much to love but I sometimes grew irritated by the slow pace, the repetition, and being told every single emotion felt by the characters at all times.Also, the period detail came from lists and names, which worked for me as I knew most of them but more context and fewer names, whether of e.g. song hits or film stars, would have been better.

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  • Deedra
  • United States
  • 28-02-19

The Electric

This was a really good ghost story!Kids find an abandoned theter in the woods.Creepy goodness. Nigel Peever was the perfect guy to narrate this.The extra sounds lead to the effect of you being there. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Goosebumps or Ghostbusters take your pick

This book is bad. This book is very, very bad. In fact, this book is positively awful. I must praise the reader though. This is nine hours of his llife he will definitely not get back and really,, it wasn’t worth it. If I have to sit through one more ‘Emma said’ or ‘david said’ or ‘I said’ I’ll scream the house down that’s how bad this book was. I mean, it’s not even all that original. It’s obvious. Anyone of a certain age watching cartoons with their children will recognize this at once as being a parody of either Goosebumps or Ghostbusters (the cartoon version that is) straight away and it doesn’t end there. The author is tryiing to mimmick Ray Bradbury as well and boy is it awful. The only redeeming factor about this book is that it has sound effects which at least give it some kind of drama but beyond that there’s nothing good about this at all. I reckon even the ending is ikely to be predictable. Some kid drawing the final scenes of the film and everythingg going up in flames. I bet that’s how it ends. I don’t know, I can’t stand to read that far ahead. Sorry, but this simply is not good enough.y

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  • Mindy H
  • 13-03-19

Phenomenal Story!

The theater style Narration of the story is incredible. Typically I listen to audiobook while I work or commute, but this one caused me to simply sit and listen. Reminiscent of the radio shows in the day befor television, the reader is left hanging in every word. The feeling of suspense is palpable and one hears the sound effects and music notes. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a story about an other world theater caught between the past and present! Bravo! I am a new fan!

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  • Shannon G
  • 12-02-19

Really Great Story!

This is an Enhanced story, so if that is not something you like then don't bother. However, if you enjoy enhanced audio books then you have to check this one out! The story itself is well written. It's told as a memory of the main character, Sam. As memories go, it does "wander" a bit but the wanderings do tie together nicely. I really enjoyed the slow eerie feeling and quiet spookiness of the tale. The narration is superb! Nigel Peever has become one of my favorite narrators! He can do so many different distinct and clear voices it's just amazing! He has a nice clear voice and knows just how to use sound effects to truly enhance the listening experience. This is a great story with excellent narration that is well worth your time and credit.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 11-02-19

Fantastic Story!

This horror tale is superbly written and the fact that it's narrated by the very talented Nigel Peever makes it even more enjoyable. If you like horror and suspense tales, then you'll love this one.

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  • patricia sterlin
  • 06-02-19

An awesome book on teenagers and ghosts

Sam has a great love of old black and white movies. a love that his father cultivate in him. When Sam happenes upon a dilapidated old movie theater strange things started to happen. He starts seeing actors like Bograt and Greta Gable in movie that had never been seen by anyone else.Sam got his friends to go with him to the old theater, they started seeing these same ghosts. the ending had me getting goose bumps. Nigel Peever was awesome in his narration of the story. I liked the plot that the author wrote. great book

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  • Ivy Moore
  • 28-01-19

just wow

I really loved this audiobook. I had to stay up all night to finish this that's how good it was. This is a reading with sound effects and atmospheric music and it really drew me in. At four am, I was making coffee so I could continue to stay up.

Writing: You may think Andrew Davide Barker's writing style is a bit meandering but this book is a reminiscence and memories are rarely a straight timeline. When we think back, we remember odd bits that may not have much to do with the main plot of our life. Stick with it if you are finding it a bit slow at first.

In this book, there is a lot of history dealing with films but it's not dry, it's woven very well into the story. Barker writes about the feelings that movies can create in us. Those feelings that make you believe in magic, make you believe in that world that exists in imaginations but is often more real than what goes on around us. It's such an indescribable feeling but Barker catches that feeling with this book.

Narration: I can't imagine the work that must go into a production such as this. That being said, wow. This performance was amazing. Nigel Peever has SUCH a wonderful voice for narration, especially for nostalgic pieces. His voice captures bygone eras brilliantly. His accents and voices for Bogart, Chaney and others were done really well. I've heard so many Bogart impressions over the years and some of them are really over the top.

Production: Very, very well done. The sound effects really drew on my memories of going to the movies. The sound the projector makes, how the film sounds as it's going through the projector, the music from the era's the movies were set in. But it also captured that idea that these were movies made by ghosts, for ghosts.

I found myself wishing I had someone to talk to after this book was done. It's going to stick with me for awhile.

Brilliant writer, narrator and production.

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  • Michael Parker
  • 22-01-19

Brilliant!

The concept of the story is brilliantly conceived and executed! A story of mystery, loss, love and the dreaded growing up. The story flows wonderfully from start to finish. The narration and production are excellent, adding even more depth to the story. I would recommend this story to anyone teen and up.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • MeDi
  • 30-01-19

The Electric

The story is about the ghosts but the story is carried by the children, especially the protagonist, Sam. The tale weaves and dances around and fits the autumn backdrop perfectly; the fading sun proving a great metaphor for how childhood slips away.

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  • Radar
  • 23-01-19

Old style King-esque

I received a copy of this audiobook free at my request and have voluntarily left a review. If you're into the old style Stephen King, this one is for you. The author has done a great job at describing everything, and I do mean everything. It got a little long-winded at times, which did kind of turn me off. Nonetheless, the story is solid, and well thought out. The narrorator wasn't bad either, as his voice fit the story telling style of this novel. It's a "Wonder Years" style, of an older man looking back at events of his past. While not normally my taste, this coming of age story really was not bad, and while it's not overly frightening, it's a good story to pass the time.

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