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The Reddening

Narrated by: Conner Goff
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
3.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Summary

A gripping folk-horror thriller from the author of The Ritual

One million years of evolution didn't change our nature. Nor did it bury the horrors predating civilization. Ancient rites, old deities, and savage ways can reappear in the places you least expect.

Lifestyle journalist Katrine escaped past traumas by moving to a coast renowned for seaside holidays and natural beauty. But when a vast hoard of human remains and prehistoric artifacts is discovered in nearby Brickburgh, a hideous shadow engulfs her life.

Helene, a disillusioned lone parent, lost her brother, Lincoln, six years ago. Disturbing subterranean noises he recorded prior to vanishing, draw her to Brickburgh's caves. A site where early humans butchered each other across 60,000 years. Upon the walls, images of their nameless gods remain.

Amidst rumors of drug plantations and new sightings of the mythical red folk, it also appears that the inquisitive have been disappearing from this remote part of the world for years. A rural idyll where outsiders are unwelcome and where an infernal power is believed to linger beneath the earth. A timeless super-normal influence that only the desperate would dream of confronting. But to save themselves and those they love, and to thwart a crimson tide of pitiless barbarity, Kat and Helene are given no choice. They were involved and condemned before they knew it.

The Reddening is an epic story of folk and prehistoric horrors written by Adam Nevill, the author of The Ritual, Last Days, No One Gets Out Alive, and the three times winner of the August Derleth Award for best horror novel.

©2019 Adam L. G. Nevil (P)2019 Journalstone

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great story wrong narrator

while nothing wrong with narrator's performance and as a massive fan of nevill i loved the story i just cant get on onboard with the choice of narrator. Set in Devon England led by female characters why on earth use an American male narrator who couldn't pronounce certain words, just so off putting would of loved it otherwise

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Mispronunciations..

Loved the book. Big fan of Adam Nevill, but I have to say the narrator mispronounced a fair amount of the text. Place names in particular, but also "lino" "midday" "wafted" and the big one "brazier", the last made me pause the book and wonder why they were burning their bras... till I realised what he'd attempted to say. It's a shame really as other than that he did a good job, surely someone should coach Americans to correctly pronounce British words and places, especially when the mispronunciation is obvious.

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Not one for anybody who's ever been to Devon

I so much wanted to like this audiobook. It's set (so far as I can tell) in the area of the red cliffs of South Devon, an area I know well, and which lends itself to stories of mysteries out of prehistory. It's not called the Jurassic Coast for nothing. Unfortunately, whatever good qualities the story may have had, they were completely overwhelmed by the inappropriateness of the choice of narrator. I've heard Conner Goff read other (US) books, and he made a decent job of them. But this is an English story set in England with English people speaking English jargon. I don't know if readers outside the UK will experience the same dissonance, but if a reader of an American book used a faux-Texan drawl to render the voice of a New Yorker, I'm sure I would notice. That's the kind of thing we have here. '"Blah blah blah," he said, in a broad Westcountry accent' where the "blah blah blah" is spoken in a Dick Van Dyke, May Poppins faux-Cockney.

It's particularly galling where English jargon is concerned. I really wouldn't expect a North American to know how to pronounce "recce" (as in, short for 'reconnaisance'). Hint: it doesn't rhyme with "tetchy". But not knowing does not excuse the error -- Mr Goff was entirely the wrong narrator for this book.

I think the story was OK, but I was completely unable to pay attention to it, as the reader just kept distracting my attention with relentless bad accents and mispronunciations.

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the reddening

enough effectively sinister moments for a novella but not for a full novel, but then I would say the same of most of Stephen King's output of recent years. Really needed a British narrator.

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Predictable

After reading another book by Adam Nevill I was really looking forward to this book. Sadly not only did I find it hard to get into but once I did the story came across as predictable , same old same.

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Absolutely brilliant

I totally loved this audio book. I have supported Nevill since his first novel Apartment 16, and this does not dissapoint. The best horror this year by far. Roll on the next novel!

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boring

boring ,
not what I expect from they author.
don't know what they where thinking.

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  • Colin
  • 07-01-20

Neville never disappoints...

However, this narrator was wrong in every way possible for this novel. Female leads should be given female voices. Furthermore, this took place in the UK. Why was an American man, who only did accents occasionally, chosen to narrate this title, which followed two women from the UK? The story told is good enough to overlook this detail but the narrator will likely turn off a great many people who try this book. I advise potential listeners to try to stick with it. Your persistence will be rewarded.

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  • Kathleen Saracen
  • 17-01-20

Actually gave me nightmares

Nevill does a good job of building dread. I found myself reluctant to continue past a certain point, unsure if it was going to be too much. That's rare for me, and I applaud the author.

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  • Brandon Davis
  • 10-01-20

I listened to the whole thing in one sitting...

This is now one of my favourite books and I wholly intend on listening to it a second time. The story is fantastic but tends to lose its pacing midway through. Though I'm not sure if that falls on the writing or the just "Ok" narration. Overall this book has me wanting to know more about the aftermath of this story. I was constantly in a state of questioning if the events in this book were paranormal in nature or the deranged actions of a criminal syndicate with cult mentality. I highly recommend giving the book a shot even if the narration is less than stellar throughout several parts of the story.

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  • L Henry
  • 03-01-20

Awesome example of modern folk horror with a twist

Only issue I had with this great story was the narrator. This is a British author and having listened to another of his tales, The Ritual, where a British narrator was used, it flowed much smoother & was just, in my opinion, more in keeping with the author's 'voice.' Using an American narrator just kind of detracted from the story.
Just like in The Ritual, the author is exceedingly clever in weaving in the elements of folk horror intertwined with a bit of the supernatural to create a story that will keep you guessing. One of our strongest & most primal instincts is anger. With the discovery of a significant archaeological site of an early culture that seemed to be based around ritual cannibalism & a dog headed goddess.
This amazing find unwittingly brings to light secrets that were best kept hidden about an ancient ritualistic society that might not have disappeared but rather gone underground that possesses a reach that extends beyond the small seaside town where the discovery was made. You will be constantly left guessing whether its just a bunch of people trying to revive these old ways or if there truly is something supernatural that demands ritual sacrifice. I found myself finding extra work to do just so I had an excuse to keep listening. It was an amazing story that grips you from the beginning & doesn't let you go at the end as you are still guessing.

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  • Billy D Bush
  • 31-12-19

Good Story....Bad Narrator

Interesting story. Definitely original and unique. If only the narrator could decide whether he is British or American. He seems to try to fake an accent...very inconsistently and not very successfully. Also, now and then during a pause, you can hear things going on in the background of the recording session.

BUT overall, it's worth it if for no other reason than this isn't a "been there/done that" story.

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  • osmosiphobe
  • 27-12-19

Hit/Miss

Nevill’s work is usually hit and miss with me, and I thought that this one was going to be a miss about an hour in. I kept going, though, and it really opens up. It’s about an hour longer than it needs to be, but it’s a pretty fun ride, overall. The narration and production is just ok.

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  • Elias Rostad
  • 25-12-19

fantastic story crippled by mediocre narrator

the book itself is great, but the choice of narrator was extremely poor.

I don't think he's a bad narrator, just not a good fit.

if you can fight past his fake British accents and mispronounced words, you'll find a marvelous horror story.

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  • Ananda
  • 19-12-19

Narrator not so great

He emphasized weird parts of words, like PHOTOgraph, and seems not to have encountered others before so does best guess pronunciation, like ether-real. Also, everyone in the story is from the UK. The story takes place in the UK. Why is an American narrating this book? His Yank pronunciation of "row" like " row your boat" instead of r-OW as the action hurt.

That being said, the story is brilliant.

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  • LF
  • 13-12-19

Accents

The narration was fine, but perhaps it should have been done in the accents used in the country where this story takes place.

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  • shawn bickford
  • 12-12-19

Well worth the credit

This was a pretty awesome book. Surprisingly well-written, with descriptive and eloquent vocabulary, sometimes almost overwhelmingly so.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful