• Night After Night

  • By: Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-11-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (67 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Leo Defford doesn't believe in ghosts. But as the head of an independent production company, he does believe in high-impact TV. Defford hires journalist Grayle Underhill to research the history of Knap Hall, a one-time Tudor farmhouse that became the ultimate luxury guest house...until tragedy put it back on the market.
Its recent history isn't conducive to a quick sale, but Defford isn't interested in keeping Knap Hall for longer than it takes to make a reality TV show that will run night after night. A house isolated by its rural situation and its dark reputation. Seven people, nationally known, but strangers to one another, locked inside. But this time Big Brother may not be in control.
©2014 Phil Rickman (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sires on 05-13-15

Big Brother in a haunted house, or Big Other

Big Brother in a haunted house, or Big Other as the show runner named it. If this is your first book by Phil Rickman then I would suggest going back and reading the first two books he previous wrote under the name Wil Kingdom that tell the backstory of a few of the characters. However, I think you could enjoy this story without having read the first two.

Grayle is a journalist with a background of a column she wrote in the US about various areas of spirituality, especially of the New Age sort and having worked to keep afloat a magazine in Great Britain owned by Marcus Bactin called The Phenomologist. When this story opens, the wonderfully grumpy Marcus has given up his magazine and is now writing his magnum opus, a book on the supernatural. Grayle is working as a stringer for a struggling regional press service. When she is offered a job as a research for a Big Brother like program to be set in a haunted house it appears to be the answer to everyone's prayers except hers.

Grayle yearns for journalistic credibility, which it seems that being a researcher for the Big Other is not going to grant her. The original center of the story is a house owned by the remaining member of a celebrity couple and that was once offered as a very upscale hotel where the guests paid to be cosseted in a Tudor atmosphere without the Tudor discomfort. Add the story of one of Henry VIII's wives, a Welsh cross-dressing shaman and ventriloquist, a group of (mainly) has been celebrities and the story is set up for another really good story by Phil Rickman.

As for the narration-- ok Sean Barrett is no Emma Powell (the narrator of the Merrily Watkins books) but he has almost toned out all of the original New Jersey accent he gave poor Grayle in the first book-- seriously, she's a daughter of New York intelligentsia, not from the Jersey Shore. I do like his voicing of the other characters though and would look forward to more books in this series.

So what happened to Bobby Maiden, the policeman who had a central role in the two earlier book? He isn't here at all although there are a couple of references..

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3 out of 5 stars
By kim neely on 08-09-15

Not too interesting

Started out well, but it did not hold my interest. Found my mind wandering. Maybe too many characters, I would have to listen to it again to get the full effects.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kate Wescombe on 06-06-15

A superb not-ghost story.

Excellent telling of a multi-layered story where nothing is as it first seems. Loved it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Barrie on 07-21-15

Welcome back, after long years of waiting!

What made the experience of listening to Night After Night the most enjoyable?

A great reader, plus a great book - what could be better?

What other book might you compare Night After Night to, and why?

Mean Spirit because it keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through - but this is what Phil Rickman does time after time,

What about Seán Barrett’s performance did you like?

Sean Barrett (to me), is an inspired choice of reader for Phil Rickman's non "Merrily" books, he has the ability to take you out of yourself and right into the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely! You hear people talking about "un-put down-able books", but this was the ultimate listen - made more so by the reader!

Any additional comments?

This is the 3rd book in the Grayle, Cindy & Marcus books, finally written and published after a break of quite a few years. It was well worth the wait and I hope there will be more to follow!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bonita N. Jones on 05-03-17

Phew!!!!

Mr Rickman has done it again with this absolutely fabulous crafted story. So many hints, clues and edge of seat moments. Grayle, Cindy, Marcus and every other character is totally believable. I'm NEVER stepping foot/mind, in a haunted house again....unless it's another thrilling adventure written by the evocative Mr Rickman. Sean Barret's narrative is just so good. He was born to bring Grayle, Cindy, Marcus, Andy and Bobby alive. I missed Bobby in this one. More, more, more, please Phil.

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