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For 400 years, the curfew bell has tolled nightly from the church tower of the small country town, Crybbe's only defence against the evil rising unbidden in its haunted streets. Radio reporter Fay Morrison came to Crybbe because she had no choice. Millionaire music tycoon Max Goff came because there was nothing left to conquer, except the power of the spirit. But he knew nothing of the town's legacy of dark magic - and nobody felt like telling him....
©1993 Phil Rickman (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd
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By MAE50 on 03-09-15

Not as scary

Not what I thought, but kept my attention. Loved the narrator. Long, very detailed, just not as scary as I thought.

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By Stephan B. Collins on 09-11-14

Good old-fashioned story of ancient evil

What did you love best about Curfew?

The narrator was excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

It developed slowly. Not too many stupid decisions on the characters' parts.

Have you listened to any of Seán Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Top notch

Any additional comments?

If you like slow moving, British horror stories you'll enjoy this.

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By Rosemary on 02-18-13

An Enthralling Listen

I really enjoyed this book. I was a bit hesitant about the subject matter but I need not have been. It is a story that centres on the impact of the supernatural/spirit world on a down at heel and rather grim rural town. Anyone who has ever lived in a similar community will recognise and appreciate the wonderfully descriptive way that Phil Rickman has drawn it. They will also recognise his depiction of so many of the "local" characters who are again, very well drawn. The book manages to play out the supernatural story yet weaves it around the lives of the main characters and the town.



The book is narrated by the brilliant Sean Barrett. He is one of my favourite narrators and in Curfew, surpasses himself with his excellent portrayal of a range of characters.



The supernatural element gives food for thought but Rickman’s analysis of a community that has not embraced the 21st Century will keep me thinking about how people react emotionally and intellectually in such a situation. Curfew and its characters will stay with me for some time and I can’t think of a better thing to be able to say about a book.

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By Mrs on 04-13-13

Curfew and Sean Barrett

This was my first Phil Rickman Novel and this is my first ever review. This was a definite slow builder, gradually and tantalizingly sucking me into the wonderfully creepy world of Crybbe and its inhabitants. I only came across this book because I was looking for works narrated by Sean Barrett, (I think he would make my shopping list sound good!) But the lovely descriptive narrative pinned around superstitions you feel you almost already know, was enough to make me listen to other books by the same author, which were not even read by Sean Barrett!!!

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By Bonita N. Jones on 10-15-17

Brilliantly narrated by Sean. Brilliant storyline.

This is another gripping, don't read at night, story by Mr Rickman. More Joe Powess please. Sean Barret's dulcet tones weave their magic yet again. Ten out of ten

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