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The Fog

Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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Perhaps his best book, The Fog is James Herbert's terrifying thriller where contact with a mysterious fog turns the most innocent of people into homicidal maniacs. Given an extra dose of tension from the sly and gravelly voice of veteran narrator Sean Barrett, the poor folks in little Wiltshire don't stand a chance. The menacing and uncontrollable fog takes over, leaving the town of Wiltshire devastated and on the hunt for more victims. James Herbert is at his prime here and when paired with the dramatic performance from Sean Barrett, The Fog is an audiobook not to be missed.

Summary

The peaceful life of a village in Wiltshire is suddenly shattered by a disaster which strikes without reason or explanation, leaving behind it a trail of misery and horror. A yawning, bottomless crack spreads through the earth, out of which creeps a fog that resembles no other. Whatever it is, it must be controlled; for wherever it goes it leaves behind a trail of disaster as hideous as the tragedy that marked its entry into the world. The fog, quite simple, drives people insane.

©1975 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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Great stuff

My most read book in physical form. Now collecting all James Herbert's books on Audible. First read this in my early teens. Love it. Brilliantly read by Sean Barret.

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First but not last Herbert

This is my first James Herbert and will not be my last, I went in blind so had no idea what to expect, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I like the suspense this book gives you, a fast paced read

I like how Herbert jumped straight into the action, it was so easy to listen to full of craziness, brutal killings, emotions & trust

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FANTASTIC BOOK!!!

I usually don't write reviews but for this book I'll make an exception. I definitely wasn't expecting this book to be as good as it was. The story, the characters, the narrators performance, it was all GREAT!. I'll definitely pick up another one of this authors books for sure.

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Loved it

Brilliant book. Brilliant narration. Sean Barrett brought it to life. I would highly recommend. Looking forward to listening to more from James Herbert and Sean Barrett.

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I read it ... so you don’t need to bother :)

So ...
in common with every other 14 year old boy I read this book (I thought) in 1977 maybe... I read the Rats and this and I really liked it ... everyone in my class read it under the covers ... and everybody liked it

SO ... for nostalgic reasons I decided to revisit it ...
A piece of old horror nonsense ...
it’ll be fun ....

And it sort of is for the first 30 minutes ... all the little set-piece stories you remember ... madness spreading through a town ...and school

And it’s shocking and good fun ... and then you gradually realise how badly written it is ... and how old fashioned and actually kind of dull it is.
It really drags in the second half.

There are one or two amusing set pieces ... but they are rare and not really worth the effort.

The reading is good in an old-fashioned over-acted way ... But only as a novelty piece.

It has sex in it ... really badly written sex. I can see why I liked it as a teenager but these sections now feel creepily old-fashioned.

Overall it’s shocking without intelligence or any subtlety. And then it’s old fashioned in the way women are written. There are lots of different voices ... including foreign folk and (obviously) weedy female voices. The overall sexist vibe is like a 1970’s episode of the Sweeney and It’s very difficult to feel any affection or empathy for its ‘hero’.

Basically overall it’s difficult to care about survival of the human race.
The whole thing is kinda soulless and depressing.

And then I realised ... even as a 14 year old boy I had run out of patience with it. I never finished this book in 1975.

This time through I’ve got about 45 minutes to go and I’ve decided I’m going to drag myself to the end just to prove I can do it this time.

I feel like it’s my fault for falling for it so maybe I won’t bother returning it ... but I strongly advise you not to bother. The nostalgia doesn’t make it worth your hours.

I read it
You don’t have to make the same mistake

Please keep out of the Fog

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Awful. Just awful.

Picked this up in a two-for-one deal and only finished it because I couldn't believe how poor it was. Sub-sub-John-Wyndham disaster fiction with pointless sex scenes and gratuitous gore.

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A trip down memory lane that yielded little

As a teenager, I loved James Herbert's books. 30 years later The Fog was not as good as I remembered it. Herbert must have been a closet homosexual on account of the fact he spends so much time talking about penises; this guy's penis, that guy's penis, all the boy's penises. More fog, less penis for me please. The sex scenes detract from, they don't add to the story and infrequently (no penis pun intended) Herbert will spend so long on an unnecessary sex act that he seems to make up time cutting short a more important proceeding event. Otherwise, I did keep listening to the end and was overall enjoyable.

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Shows it's age - and mine

James Herbert books were my favourite when they were first published and I bought this by way of "reminiscing". 40 years later, they seem dated and, to be honest, a bit silly. Perhaps that says more about me than about the book....

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My Frist James herbert book

This was my Frist James herbert book and my God what a book and will not be my last book from this author

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Tense, murky horror

Herbert's The Fog is as dark and relentless as his antagonist. Mostly made up of gory vignettes, Herbert skillfully ties everything together to create a harrowing and terrifying story. As with Herbert's other work, some of the horror edges into the realms of excess and, for some, he may go too far in terms of his descriptions of his characters' irrational and perverse behaviour. However, for those who like their horror steeped in iniquity, this is a must-read story which revels in being tense and unforgiving

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  • Anne
  • 26-05-17

not bad but a bit dated

This was written in 1975, it was a bit like watching an old movie, somewhat patronizing towards women, all about the men and their misadventures with science.
An event happens and we follow multiple characters as it affects them. I did not come to care about any of them but their stories held my interest.
There was no swearing I remember but some gratuitous sex which did not add to the story.
The reader did a good job.

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  • Chris Hubbell
  • 29-06-15

classic! Another brilliant tale on chem wafare!

I found this brilliant tale to be very unique in how the plot was constructed.

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  • Nick
  • 07-11-19

Different!

One man's struggle through an environmental crisis turned possible apocalypse is both interesting and very depraved.

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  • Wade Lancaster
  • 27-10-17

Old School Horror

I read this over 30 years ago and wanted to revisit it. It is what it is...a James Herbert horror book. He has some good character details, but his strength is the big picture description of horror. His action sequences are usually over the top violent. They are gory. Like most horror books he tries to shine a light on the darker aspects of life....how twisted humans can be and just what little it takes for us to show our dark sides. I just enjoy the ride of a graphic horror book from time to time.

Sean Barrett is great. He brings the insanity to life. He doesn’t overdue the dialect.

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  • J-Mart
  • 23-08-17

Loved this audiobook. Sean Barrett is amazing

Loved this audiobook. Sean Barrett is amazing to listen to. started off slow but got crazy really quick.

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  • Dr.
  • 04-04-17

Sean Barrett makes it worth your while.

Would you listen to The Fog again? Why?

This is not great fiction but it is a very entertaining story.

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

I would pay to listen to Sean Barrett read a recipe book frankly. He brings any story to life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-16

Not what I was looking for...

Not what I was looking for in a story. There were parts I really enjoyed, I just didn't care for the overall story. Just ok for me. I will give the author one more try.

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  • David
  • 25-05-16

Decent Pulp

If you’ve listened to books by James Herbert before, how does this one compare?

Both of the books by Herbert I've listened have been very stock material, which while enjoyable, does not seem to add anything to the genre.

Do you think The Fog needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

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  • Anne Coolbaugh
  • 22-02-16

Not What I Expect

I thought that this story was going to be more like the movie. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't. It was not what I expected but was worth it!

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  • Patricia Lucero
  • 07-06-15

Well written thriller

James Herbert let's all the thrills and chills out...I may have been listening, but still had to turn on the lights and check under bed and closets...