• The Exiled

  • By: William Meikle
  • Narrated by: Chris Barnes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-18-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Gryphonwood Press
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When several young girls are abducted from various locations in Edinburgh, Detective John Granger and his brother Alan, a reporter, investigate the cases from different directions. The abductor is cunning, always one step ahead, and the only clue he leaves behind at each scene are the brutalized corpses of black swans.
When the brothers' investigations finally converge at a farmhouse in Central Scotland, they catch a glimpse of where the girls have been taken, a place both far away yet close enough to touch. A land known throughout Scottish history with many names: Faerie, Elfheim, and the Astral Plane. It is a place of legend and horror, a myth. But the brothers soon discover it's real, and, to catch the abductor, they will have to cross over themselves.
To catch a killer, John and Alan Granger will have to battle the Cobbe, a strange and enigmatic creature that guards the realm, a creature of horrific power that demands a heavy price for entry into its world. The fate of both realms hangs in the balance... and time is running out.
©2014 William Meikle (P)2014 Gryphonwood Press
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jürgs on 01-04-15

Who's riding with the black cob?

Many thanks to Chris Barnes @ChrisBarnesVA for the opportunity to listen and review my first William Meikle @williemeikle book. I enjoyed it immensely, I really wasn’t sure what to expect as I only read enough of the summary to know I was interested in finding out more plus the note from Chris which said: “This is a Scottish book, by a Scottish author, read by a Scottish narrator featuring Scottish characters” so it had to be great, right?

William grabbed my attention immediately and I was drawn in by the Granger boys depth of character from the off. A copper (John) and a hack (Alan) pressed back together to investigate a string of missing girls who are only linked by the broken carcasses of black swans left at the crime scenes. Unconditionally they take on the unasked responsibility to make sure another child doesn’t go missing at the hands of who knows what. Our heroes are set to struggle against the unknown, against the authorities, against the powers of a dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in a far off realm.

We are introduced to a host of characters that are well devised and developed within the fast paced powerful plot. I loved the way they interacted with each other and how we couldn’t easily work out who was on the side of good and who was riding with the black cob. I really wasn’t prepared for the level of horror we would be subjected to, but the refined method of subtle introduction allowed me to develop along with it within the storyline, understanding and accepting its place within the text.

This was also my first listen to Chris and I was very impressed with his audio style, he brought the narrative to life and his Scottish accent added weight and authenticity to the characters and story line. Having lived in Fife for a couple of years in the late eighties his brogue transported me back to that now (for me) far off land. His inflection, intonation and enunciation added a warm-hearted contrast to the dark words we were hearing and I thoroughly enjoyed his most accomplished performance.

I highly recommend this superb piece of work, I haven’t read the written version but would urge you to listen to it if you have the opportunity as the narration really brought the piece together for me. I will definitely be looking to read/listen to more books by both William and Chris and if that happens to be the same title that would be perfect, thank you gentlemen for an utterly entertaining read.

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3 out of 5 stars
By LilMissMolly on 01-02-15

Narration enhances Scottish crime thriller.

Any additional comments?

The Exiled written by William Meikle is a crime thriller set in Scotland, reminiscent of Jack the Ripper. Thankfully, I was well into the story when the horror begins, subtlety at first, which builds as the story progresses.

The story centers around Detective John Granger and his news reporter brother, Alan. They investigate why little girls are disappearing from differing locations around Edinburgh. The perpetrator is always one step ahead of their investigation, and the only clue left behind at each scene are the brutalized remains of black swans. The investigation culminates at a farmhouse in Central Scotland, where John and Alan realize that the land of the Faerie is far too real. To catch the perpetrator, they must cross over into Elfheim.

I listened to the Audible version of this story, narrated by Chris Barnes. His narration was flawless. His Scottish brogue really set the tone and tember for this crime thriller set in Edinburgh. Chris really brought the characters to life and brought an urgency to certain scenes when appropriate. Great job!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew Cash on 12-22-14

Scottish Horror Fantasy

Where does The Exiled rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Exiled ranks pretty high,well the top, out of the audiobooks I've listened to so far as the last one was Dumbo when I was still a kid. But like the narrator told me himself "like Dumbo, this too has scary black birds!"
I loved the story,part crime,part horror fantasy and it helped a lot that the Narrator had the right accent for the job. His narrative diverse and abilities to create different character vocals top form. Will be showing an interest in Audible,Chris Barnes and William Meikle's work

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Exiled?

Mammy, ah'm lost

What about Chris Barnes’s performance did you like?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I'm not giving no spoilers

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5 out of 5 stars
By serisa on 11-23-14

a must for all horror fans.

If you could sum up The Exiled in three words, what would they be?

Thrilling, exciting, captivating

What does Chris Barnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Chris Barnes makes the story his eye for detail when narrating charachters and places is brilliant.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me think how vulnerable we are and how we dont know whats around the next corner of our lifes

Any additional comments?

The story is set in Edinburgh were young girls are going missing the only thing linking them is a mutilated black swan. Great story and great charachters.

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