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Worms

Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
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3.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Summary

The Norfolk coast made for a perfect holiday - as long as the sun still shone. But when the rain came, the creatures left the shadows....

Worms

Spectres from the past tortured James Hildebrand's mind. His blackest nightmares were crowded with malevolent, coiling images of decay. Then, suddenly, he knew the threat was real.

Worms

The dead alone could not quench their hunger. And, for the living, the horrors that fed and multiplied in the darkness of the night became more terrible with the dawn....

Written by screenwriter Christopher Wood (The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker) under the pseudonym James R. Montague - an homage to the great ghost story writer M. R. James - Worms (1979) is a rediscovered horror gem that will make your skin crawl.

©1979 James R Montague (P)2019 Valancourt Books LLC

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Old Style Horror

I love old sci-fi and horror and this book was right up my street.
Cheesy and rather stupid, it would make an excellent B-movie (provided they dialled down the inherent sexism rife throughout but alas, political correctness was rather sparse back in 70s cult literature).
Performance wise, Hills does a decent job but it does take a while for him to hit his stride with this book. Would be interesting to hear others he has narrated for a sense of style.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request via Audioboom and have voluntarily left this review.

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This is my first audio book by James r Montague i liked it 10 out of 10 hanniba l hills is good as allways

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I’ve heard scarier books in my time…

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read this book… But it wasn’t what I got.
It was certainly Strange… Maybe I just read harder horror novels… But this didn’t really scare me. As for the narration, I think hills sounded bored at the beginning… And it wasn’t until towards the end that he really seem to get into it.
This isn’t one I would read again, but if you are beginning the genre… Then maybe I would suggest this one. But I suppose as it was written in the 70's, they couldn't write the same stuff they do now.

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  • timj26
  • 23-06-19

Excellent

I’m glad these classic horror novels are getting new life in audiobook form
Part psychological horror and part creature feature that still holds up
The narration by Hannibal with his deep voice and pleasant accent fit the story perfectly
If you like 70s and 80s horror don’t skip this one
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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  • MasterTorian
  • 25-06-19

Fantastic narration on a pretty mediocre story

Worms is largely a family-ish drama with some psychological thriller elements. The horror aspect only comes into play in about the last hour of the audiobook. And at that it's more of the disgusting sort of horror rather than the scary sort.

As I've come to expect from Hannibal Hills, the narration was absolutely fantastic. He has a fantastic range of voices with vocal inflections that are almost always spot on and a variable tempo, which almost perfectly illustrates the tension of any given scene.

The honest truth is the majority of the reason I listened to this audiobook was for Hannibal's narration.

Okay, the first thing to understand is this is a first person book written in 1979. As such, I'm actually very impressed with the writing.

As was the standard in those days, it's adverb heavy and relies extensively on passive voice and telling. But apart from that it is extremely well written with a compelling voice.

It takes a lot to keep me interested in a first person narrative because in the main I hate the style. So I have to give the author kudos for that.

That being said, when I found this book in the horror section I was expecting some sort of scare. Either a psychological, supernatural, or literal monster.

Sadly, this book has none of these.

We get lots of references to the worms and how the protagonist is terrified of them, but nothing really happens with them until the last 10-15% of the book.

Prior to that, this book can be beat described as a family drama with psychological thriller elements. In fact, it goes so far that I'm not at all certain this book belongs in the horror category.

Now, once the horror plot comes out it hits full force almost all at once, going from zero to so disgusting I almost threw up within mere moments.

Since that was almost certainly the author's intent, I have to give kudos for that as well.

However, that's not really the sort of horror I enjoy. I would have much preferred something a bit more supernatural and a lot scarier, as I didn't find the book scary at all.

Finally, the ending.
I'm sure the end is meant to be a huge, mind-blowing twist. And I'm sure it would have been, had I not called every aspect of it within the first 30 minutes of the audiobook.

Unfortunately, while I will absolutely continue to follow the narrator to his other works, I have no real desire to read anything further by this author.

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  • willee
  • 24-06-19

Older Horror

I did enjoy listening to this book that I read back in 1980 and enjoyed it more. I always hated worm so this book was gross with the descriptions especially the last half which made me nauseated a couple of times, but a little slow at the beginning. Recommend if you like gross descripted horror .I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you!

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  • Mark Mackey
  • 27-05-19

Worrms review

Worms by James R. Montague and narrated by Hannibal Hills is a well rounded, creepy story. Keeps your attention and well worth listening to. Five stars

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 24-05-19

Creepy story!

After listening to this creepy tale, you will never look at a worm the same way again.