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  • The Survivor

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (215 ratings)

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The Survivor begins with a bang and never lets up. In his morbid Mancunian drawl, decorated actor Robert Powell (The Italian Job, Jesus of Nazareth) delivers this chilling tale, following pilot David Keller as he emerges the lone survivor from a gruesome airplane wreck that claims over 300 passengers. As the townspeople of Eton grapple with the unthinkable tragedy, Keller begins to experience horrific visions, leading him to wonder what unfathomable forces want him alive. Master of the macabre James Herbert transports listeners to an eerily quiet English hamlet as he doles out old-world religion and supernatural specters - hallmarks of the "British Stephen King", to be sure. Powell hosts the proceedings in his lilting, melodious death whisper, as haunting and ominous as Herbert’s ghosts.

Summary

The living dead. It had been one of the worst crashes in airline history, killing over 300 people and leaving only one survivor. Now the dead were buried and the town of Eton tried to forget. But one man could not rest. Keller had walked from the flames of the wreck, driven on by unseen forces, seeking the answer to his own survival. Until the town was forced to face the shocking, dreadful truth about what was buried in the old graveyard. And a truth Keller did not want to believe.

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.

©1976 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

I read this book so many years ago and it was a great
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First class reading by Robert Powell

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Don’t listen in the fog at 2am while on your own at the stable yard...

Really enjoyed this story by James Herbert. Spooked myself so much at the start I was seeing all sorts of things in the fog by torchlight. Not the most sensible story (even if it isn’t The Fog) to listen to while on your own at the stable yard at 2am! Much less scary in the warmth of the (locked) house with the lights on LOL. It might not be the best story he’s ever written, but it’s enjoyable.

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Solid Herbert if not his best

A good solid novel if somewhat a rushed feeling at the end. Still great performance by the excellent Robert Powell

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Classic Herbert

one of James Herbert's best novels. Fantastic atmosphere, great twists and turns and a great ending. Perfect narration by Robert Powell.

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excellent listen

loved it, although not totally surprised at the finish was still well read and written.
will re listen in the future.

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Most enjoyable - even if I guessed the end!

Not as visceral as many of Herberts books, this is entertaining and thoughtful. Would be so easy to spoil the ending by saying too much and the journey made by our survivor is well worth your time. Have to say that I did and hope that you will too.

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A great book

A great book Put on Alexa It Is great way of listening to it A great way to spend A-day

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Dated, but we'll read

A dated, ghost story, but very well read.
I tried the paperback years ago, but couldn't get into it. Robert Powell helped, with his good reading.

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typical james herbert

Loved it. Robert Powell is a fantastic narrator, real atmosphere throughout. James Hermert never fails to entertain

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great story

love James herbert have done since I was in my teens great story couldn't stop listening didn't want the book to end love the story telling rob read a good story enjoyed as always

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  • BlueRidgeBob
  • 18-03-15

Terrific adventure in horror!

This was the my first James Herbert book, and I am looking forward to more!!!! The narrator, Robert Powell, was great!!!

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  • Matthew S. Hill
  • 06-02-17

Decent story that should of been half as long.

Although the language is somewhat pretty, I felt it was a bit too long. Less filler would have been nice.
I was unclear about what I was supposed to be afraid of. Is it ghosts, ghouls, the undead. It was a bit confusing and vague on what exactly these things are.
Read well, but hardly acted at all.
The story is good, but that's it, good.