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The Stone Song

By: Tom Bale
Narrated by: Raza Jaffrey
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Editor reviews

“This story is pacey, dark and captivating. I loved the world the author’s built, and felt totally swept up in the peril.” (Harriet, Audible Editor) 

“Tom Bale’s ability to transport you right into the centre of the action is remarkable. With rich detail, dimensional characters and superb narration by Raza Jaffrey, I truly felt like I was meandering the streets of Stenhurst with the rest of the gang.” (Jess, Audible Editor)  

About the author


Tom Bale had a variety of jobs before realising his lifelong ambition to be a full-time writer. He is the author of nine thrillers, including the best sellers See How They Run and All Fall Down, also available on Audible. The Stone Song is his first Sci-Fi novel. A keen cyclist and swimmer, he lives by the sea in Brighton.

Summary

A dystopian sci-fi thriller set in a small Sussex village.

On a sweltering summer’s night, teenage siblings Jack and Lily witness a helicopter crash on the main road between Brighton and London. The next morning they wake to find their village has been sealed off from the entire world. A terrorist cell is holed up in Stenhurst - or at least that’s the official story, put out by sinister government agent Wynter and his vicious sidekick, Major Kellett. 

But later that day, Lily and Jack stumble on the truth: the authorities are hunting for a mysterious creature, labelled CatX, who escaped during the crash. Together with their friends, Erin and Oliver, Lily and Jack take it upon themselves to defy the lockdown and protect the creature, no matter what the risks. 

The stakes are raised still further when a team of American agents arrive with their own unique technologies. Nobody who sees the CatX must be allowed to survive, and yet it soon becomes clear that there is a much bigger secret here...one that threatens the entire world. 

With four teenagers pitted against deadly opposition, this is a story of supernatural menace that will appeal to fans of Stephen King and Stranger Things

Featuring an exclusive interview with narrator Raza Jaffrey at the end of the audiobook, in which he talks about the narration experience, his career as an actor and the things (and people) he loves to listen to.

©2019 Tom Bale (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

About the performer


Raza Jaffrey’s film work includes The Rhythm Section, Cliffs of Freedom, The Rendezvous, Sex and the City 2, Eastern Promises, Harry Brown, The Crew and Infinite Justice.

On Television he is known for The Enemy Within (NBC), Lost in Space (Netflix), Code Black (CBS), Homeland (Showtime), Elementary (CBS), Smash (NBC), Mistresses and Spooks / MI5 (BBC).

He has also worked extensively on stage where he lead Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Bombay Dreams (Apollo), and played roles including Sky in Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward) and Billy Flynn in Chicago (Garrick).

Critic reviews

“I loved this book. A thoroughly original premise executed with verve and utter emotional truth. An unforgettable read.” (Elly Griffiths)

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Must read!!!

Gripping, a story line that had me gasping. Transported to the edge of where reality meets fantasy. Excellent performance.

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Bring on the sequel!

Yes, it’s derivative of nearly every other alien-meets-kids story ever. Yes, it’s a bit clunky with certain dialogue and references that feel like they were dreamt up by a white, middle aged, straight man (which I’m assuming they were). And yes, the ending is telegraphed from the outset with all the finesse of a hammer thrower. But so what? I REALLY enjoyed it! Warm, engaging, intriguing, fun. With a genuinely interesting bit of world building - which, IMO, should have been front loaded and explored much earlier on. Though that’s clearly the plan for book two...

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A poor imitation of Stranger Things

The blurb says - 'for fans of Stranger Things'. It isn't, really as Stranger Things is much better.

The premise is as near as dammit identical but set in Britain. The narration was good and so was the story but it's a rip off.

And... Spoiler Alert - a very stupid and annoying and unnecessary ending. Ruined it.

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  • 08-11-19

Great Story!

I really enjoyed this book! This was the first Tom Bale book I read and when I finished I went and looked to see if there was a second book in this series. Although the book was a complete story (No Cliffhangers), the author did leave an opening for another book. When (and if) another in this series comes out, I will definitely get it!

The narrator, Raza Jaffrey, did a great job with different voices for the cast of characters.

Thanks for writing a great story!