The Calling

  • by Robert Swartwood
  • Narrated by Tristan Morris
  • 10 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When eighteen-year-old Christopher Myers' parents are murdered, something is written on his bedroom door, a mark in his parents' blood that convinces the police the killer has targeted Christopher as the next victim. To keep him safe, he travels away with his estranged grandmother and uncle to the small town of Bridgton, New York. And it's in Bridgton that he meets an extraordinary young man who has come with his father to stop an unrelenting evil. Soon Christopher learns of the town's deep dark secret, and how his parents' murder was not so arbitrary, and how he has been brought to Bridgton by forces beyond his power - forces that just may threaten the destruction of all mankind.

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What the Critics Say

"The Calling is a powerful, gripping and terrifying novel, the sort that possesses your whole life while you're reading it; it'll stalk you through the day, and inform your dreams. Swartwood has delivered a novel that will become a classic." (Tim Lebbon, New York Times bestselling author of Coldbrook and Echo City)
"Robert Swartwood's The Calling is a diabolical rocket sled of a psychological thriller. Told through the vivid, almost druggy point of view of a young man on the edge, tangled in a web of tragedy and surreal horror, Swartwood's novel gets under the skin and stays there. Highly recommended." (Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor)
"This novel is small town horror at its best." (Hellnotes)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Too much religion

What was most disappointing about Robert Swartwood’s story?

“The Calling” was written for young, “born again” teens.I found it neither scary nor captivating, only tedious as it went on and on about religion, God and good and evil.


Any additional comments?

I will never listen to another Swartwood book again. I threw away a credit here. I am forced to give one star so it is for the narrator, who did a good job.

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- glenn

Excellent story, superb voice acting

The Calling is a well-paced and engaging supernatural thriller. Swartwood keeps the story going at a nice clip with plenty of twists and surprises. I listened while in the car and there were several times when I hit to sit idling in my driveway until the chapter ended so I could pull myself away. The characters are multifaceted and well-composed, and the voice acting is excellent—Tristan Morris is also definitely someone to keep an eye on.
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- MD

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-28-2013
  • Publisher: RMS Audio