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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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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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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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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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Disappointed... Ridiculous story

Struggled with ridiculius story line made tolerable only by narrator. At times laughable with sexual gratification that felt distinctly pathetic

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Disappointed

The narrator was excellent. The story was very weak and completely nonsensical. It would appear that the author was obsessed with over long episodes of graphic sexual scenes. Regarding the role of the military I was reminded of Thunder Birds International Rescuer. The authors description of a bullet having been identified as having been fired from a Browing 9mm high power pistol, how could they tell. The term high power refers to the number of rounds the pistol and hold, and all respects is identical to the standard 9 mm Browing. Stupid mistake.

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I'm a James Herbert fan. Enough said.

The greatest regret I had during this book was that we will have no more James Herbert. I think I can honestly say I've enjoyed every book he wrote. If you haven't tried him before then give him a go. I don't think he ever disappointed.

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Good visceral horror action with one major caveat.

You most likely know a bit of what you're going to get buying a James Herbert book. Lots of visceral horror action. That's fine. To be expected. What I did NOT like was the chapter with thoroughly unnecessary extremely graphic juvenile homosexual violence. No editor / publisher would have accepted that today (I hope).

Otherwise it's an enjoyable fast paced horror action book, excellently narrated by Sean Barrett.

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Great story. If you like chiller/thriller stories you'll love this.

UPDATED REVIEW: I first read the book and enjoyed it so much that when I joined Audible I decided that at some point, if I came across it, I would get this book. Can't rate it highly enough.

It's been brought to my attention that my original review (below) 'may confuse other customers that are interested in the audiobook'. That was in no way my intention but was meant more as a reference point.

If you've seen the film but are new to the book then you'll be surprised at the difference. Just remember...the book came first.
I saw the film first many years ago. Having liked it so much I decided to buy the paperback...it was even better than the movie, but it's usually the way of things I find.
Set NOT in a USA coastal village but in the English West-Country, initially, this is the story of....what? Well, I'm not going to spoil it for you but I will tell you it has nothing to do with cursed dead pirates treasure.

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  • Charlie
  • Ipswich, United Kingdom
  • 09-08-19

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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  • 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...

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  • ginger
  • 20-10-13

I lost interest

This book has some creepy and interesting ideas, but it really fell short. The story did not pull me in and I lost interest rather quickly. Every once in a while, something interesting happened, but overall something was missing. I did not care what happened to the characters and could barely get myself to pay attention to the last chapter - no matter how many times I replayed it and tried to tune in. I love horror, but it must grip the reader and not let go! This book was a disappointment for me.

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