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Summary

Frank Cotton's insatiable appetite for the dark pleasures of pain led him to the puzzle of Lemarchand's box, and from there, to a death only a sick-minded soul could invent. But his brother's love-crazed wife, Julia, has discovered a way to bring Frank back-though the price will be bloody and terrible . . . and there will certainly be hell to pay. This book is the basis for the blockbuster movie Hellraiser.

©2009 Clive Barker (P)2013 David N. Wilson

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Great

I loved it, listened in one sitting, a good companion to the book. With barkers telling you can hear drama of love and lies unfurl leaving all hope lost

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amazing

classic book definitely worth a listen. Clive Barker's narration makes it 10 times better .

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Truly awesome

Been a fan off Hellraiser forever, but never got around to reading the novella that it spawned from... until now, and I do not regret it. Clive Barker sucks you into the world of the Cenobites in true horror fashion. Tremendous.

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Better than the film... And I love that!!!

So, so good, and to hear Barker's inflections really shows you how he viewed the characters. Also added a whole other level of depth to the film that I missed.

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Read by Clive!

The real joy in this is that it is read by the author himself and he does a cracking job of it too. No one knows better the nuances of how this tale should be told and I only wish he'd read his other books for Audible too.

The downside is that, for some reason, this fairly short story (it's a novella) has been abridged still further. I couldn't spot what was cut but my guess is that at some point this was a physical release and shortened to fit onto disc. Shame. Otherwise it would be 5 stars all the way.

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The hellbund heart

One good read wish that it was longer and would also have liked to have read the original version to witch Frank becomes the leader of his centbits

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Accidental download

I was downloading some catch up material before reading The Scarlet Gospels and picked the wrong version. It's good to have version with Clive Barker narrating but wanted the unabridged version... and now I own both :)

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Great short story.

I hope Clive Barker gets his rights back one day and he can reboot the movie 'Hellraiser'.

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A must read for any horror fan

The best horror story read by Clive Barker himself. It is so much better than the films. The descriptive of the Cenobites is exquisite.

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  • sean
  • 02-07-18

A brief glance of Hell

You'll check your clothes for bloodsplatter and feel like you've witnessed the horror from somewhere in the room it happened. Perfectly short and the imagery is on another level.

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  • Edwin A. Blanton
  • 12-05-18

Pretty good

It was a fun romp, and its not that expensive. Check it out. Its abit campy, but I like that

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  • Haley
  • 02-05-18

Horror Classic

I remember buying this book before but I cannot for he life of me find it anywhere, yet even so I'm glad to have the audible version. an easy read and an entertaining one. I feel the voice work could have been more enthusiastic but eh, it's not a deal breaker.

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  • gregory weese
  • 02-04-18

Loved this!

Great book, it was amazing to hear Clive Barker read, it, everyone's voice read just as it was supposed to sound. Great visual experience!

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  • Danielle Morrison
  • 08-02-18

A Must!

The Hellbound Heart is one of the best works in Barker’s Arsenal. Barker’s performance of his work only adds to the beautiful gore found within his pages. As a fan of the film, I enjoy there being so much different from the source material. Both are allowed to live and breathe inside the same universe, while being independent enough to feel fresh with each reading, or in the case of the film, viewing, of the work. 5 stars all the way!

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  • Roy
  • 21-09-17

Perfect

Clive Barker is a brilliant writer and does a great job reading his book. It is always preferable to have the authors read there own stories. If you love horror, this is a must read/listen.

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  • motor max
  • 06-08-17

I love Clyde Barker

highly recommend this to anybody I love Clive Barker had me hooked all the way through

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-06-17

The Hellbound Heart

Great if you like horror and need a short book for a short road trip

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  • Jerry Bobowski
  • 29-05-17

It is a must for all Clive Barker's fans!

I loved the fact that Clive Barker himself narrated this classic storybof his. Clive's voice, suprisingly soothing and delicate can at moments become really scarry while he reads the villain's lines. He read it so well as if he were a professional actor. It was an experience really worth having.

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  • Victor Romero
  • 07-05-17

amazing story you need to hear

clear and spooky. if you enjoy the horror genre you need to listen to this book.