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The Jonah

Narrated by: Damian Lynch
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)
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Detective Jim Kelso, voiced by narrator Damian Lynch with a charming, everyman quality, is sent to a small coastal town to investigate how an average local family almost lost their lives from taking LSD. Lynch amps up the pace and tension as Kelso discovers the existence of a dangerous organization and begins to piece together the terrifying secret of the Jonah. Listeners will find themselves at the edge of their seats and unable to tear themselves away from this audiobook as Kelso edges closer and closer to the truth.

Summary

Half light. The shadow of his past was always with him. But he never knew what it was, or when it would strike next.

Sent to a small coastal town to investigate drug smuggling, Kelso stumbles onto a dangerous organisation and, suddenly, more than just his life is at stake. It's his past, his future, his sanity. Through torture and drugs he discovers the terrifying secret of the The Jonah. And learns, in the most horrifying way, that it can destroy him as well as others.

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 best-seller 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.

©1981 James Herbert (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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simply amazing classic James Herbert. 10/10

classic James Herbert with all the twists and Turns you would expect James was an amazing author and is still to this day sorely missed by me I have all of his books and found each one to be magnificently different whilst still showing his charisma and spirit and the time and effort it took to write the books.

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up to standard

i had read a lot of James Herbert's work. i enjoy the eay he writes as his characters are always well developed.

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Interesting mash-up

This was an entertaining story, although not one of Mr Herbert's best. It is actually a bit of an experiment and must be one of the first crime/horror mash-ups written. It does this a little clumsily in places and when the horror does appear it sort of comes out of nowhere. The narrator was clear and fine most of the time. All in all, this was plenty of fun and definitely worth a read but not spectacular.

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Supernatural or Crime Story?

This is my first James Herbert novel and while it held me to the end, it was more determination than anything else.
I'm not sure that there will be a second one for me.
It got it hard to decide whether it was horror or crime and much of it is unexplained.

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  • Jon Weimer
  • 08-08-17

Terrible and idiotic

I'm a huge fan, but he just phoned it in with a friend ex machina ending and a stupid premise