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.


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

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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- Benjamin

Spooky horror with excellent characters/narration

What made the experience of listening to The Calling the most enjoyable?

The story really kept moving with interesting reveals and new characters. I never really could predict where it was going. It was very dark and spooky and compulsive listening.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. Bad things seem to follow Christopher and the book is never dull. There's many shocking events that take place in this book (no spoilers), and I was always waiting to see what would happen next and how it would play into the overall story arc.

What about Tristan Morris’s performance did you like?

Tristan Morris does excellent narration. I often find fiction narrators difficult to listen to, but he was able to convincingly portray many different characters and give them unique qualities. He's a narrator I will watch.

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

Ah, if only I had that kind of time.

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- Adam

Book Details

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