• The Magic Cottage

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-13-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.8 (29 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

A young couple finds a dilapidated but still-idyllic cottage in Hampshire's New Forest and quickly move into their dream home. However, before long, strange occurrences begin to disturb their little paradise: ominous sounds from the attic and shadowy figures lurking among the trees. Narrator Kris Dyer builds an easy rapport with listeners as Midge and Mike settle into their home, then slowly infuses tension and anxiety into his performance as the couple cross paths with a cultish group with sinister intentions. Listeners will continue to feel the chill of this horror story long after they have turned it off.
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Publisher's Summary

The nightmare home. We thought we'd found our haven, a cottage deep in the heart of the forest. Quaint, charming, maybe a little run-down, but so peaceful. The woodland animals and birds couldn't have been more neighbourly. That was the first part of the Magic. Midge's painting and my music soared to new heights of creativity. That was another part of the Magic. Our sensing, our feelings, our love for each other - well, that became the supreme Magic. But the cottage had an alternative side. The Bad Magic.
What happened to us there was horrendous beyond belief. The miracles, the healings, the crazy sect who wanted our home for themselves, the hideous creatures that crawled from the nether regions, and the bats - oh God, the bats! Even now those horrible things seem impossible to me. Yet they happened...
James Herbert was one of Britain's greatest popular novelists and our #1 best-selling writer of chiller fiction. Widely imitated and hugely influential, he wrote 23 novels which have collectively sold over 54 million copies worldwide and been translated into 34 languages.
Born in London in the forties, James Herbert was art director of an advertising agency before turning to writing fiction in 1975. His first novel, The Rats, was an instant bestseller and is now recognised as a classic of popular contemporary fiction. Herbert went on to publish a new top ten best-seller every year until 1988. He wrote six more best-selling novels in the 1990s and three more since: Once, Nobody True and The Secret of Crickley Hall. Herbert died in March 2013 at the age of 69.
©1986 James Herbert (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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By naelene on 10-31-13

liked it! just a nice fun story.

To me it was a good fairly predictable story with a good ending.
But beware of the bats and crazy cultists.Mitch was a bit annoying, when she was seeking answers from her dead parents, but thank god! She saw the light just in time.kept me listening which is good as I don't always finish a book.

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By KandyMay Poff on 11-18-17

Slow

This was a slow moving book, I kept waiting for more to happen but it didnt. however it was well written and I appreciated that.

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By Nathan Carr on 04-11-16

Great story, spoiled by the Narrator

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I love this story, I've already read the book, but the narrator's voice for Midge is so annoying that I find it hard to imagine anyone save a deaf person would find her attractive. not a great opinion to have of one of the chief protagonists and someone you are supposed to care about. It did spoil the story for me.

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By John Hollingsworth on 03-08-16

performance not good

a good story hard to put down and fill of mystery, the reader made all females sound like Julian Clarey which spoiled it slightly.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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By J0n66 on 05-03-17

Good voice-overs, except for Midge's...

The story is a Herbert classic, and Dyer's voice-overs work for the characters telling the story is good, except for the main female character, Midge. His rendering of her voice is cringeworthy, and there's not much difference in voice vs the Vicar character. Shame, as otherwise it's well told - definitely worth a listen

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