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The Chalk Man

Written by: C J Tudor
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
4 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor, read by Andrew Scott and Asa Butterfield.

None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning.

Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own?

Was it the terrible accident?

Or when they found the first body?

©2017 C. J. Tudor (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

What the critics say

"[I] haven't had a sleepless night due to a book for a long time. The Chalk Man changed that. Many congrats C. J. Tudor." (Fiona Barton, best-selling author of The Widow)
"It's been a while since I've read such an impressive debut." (James Oswald, author of the Inspector McLean series)
"Tense, skillful storytelling." (Ali Land, best-selling author of Good Me Bad Me)

"If you like my stuff, you'll like this." (Stephen King)

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Stop whispering!!

I don’t think I’d buy another audiobook narrated by Andrew Scott. Love him as an actor. But I found his narration frustrating. Almost every other sentence, he trails off into a whisper, for dramatic effect. But I found myself constantly having to turn it up or rewind because I couldn’t hear what he was saying.
Story was OK. But it was awfully predictable, nothing surprising about the “twists”

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Okay thriller but bland voice acting

The book was okay, the character set up was great and I really enjoyed Asa Butterfield’s interpretation and voice.

Then we get to 2016 with Andrew Scott . His voice was so bland, boring and mumbling it was grating to my ears. I had to listen to his segments over and over again to understand what he was saying.

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not scary but very good

I'm not disappointed that reviews said it was scary and it wasnt to me. I'm still very glad to have listened to this book it's a very original idea and exploration of in my mind how we are all kinda messed up.

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Lacked suspense

Wasn’t a fan... too many things didn’t add up. The story dragged on and plot twists felt more like plot holes. I had much higher expectations for this.

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I liked it

A very strange book but I found it intriguing and well written. The narration by both Adam Scott and Asa Butterfield was splendid.

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Dark and unexpected twist!

I love both narrators’ performance. Their voices and tones match the emotions of the context that is being read out loud, which is quite a change from the usual monotone narrating style ...

As for the story, if you like stories like “It” by Stephen Kings, you might find this one rather interesting.

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  • Tom
  • 2018-03-07

Great story. 1/2 the narration god awful.

The story is great let’s get that out of the way. The one narrator who does the chapters from flashbacks is great. The man whoever that does the 2016 chapters. Is beyond horrible. I noticed that on some of the reviews before buying people saying the same thing. I’ve never seen such a harsh review be so correct. He is so bad, honestly doesn’t seem like he’s even trying. He mumbles so some words aren’t even understandable. He also whispers for intense moments trying to make it sound creepy but it doesn’t work. They should have just had the one guy do both parts. Duo narrations always are weird but this was bad. I would have just rather bought the book.

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  • OA
  • 2018-03-12

Ok, but flawed narration

I really don't understand why the producers of this book decided to use an Irish narrator for the 2016 parts. It suggests that Eddie grew up to become Irish, which doesn't make much sense, since he stayed in the same town until the age of 42.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-09

The narration was awful.

The guy with the Irish accent was a horrible narrator. I still don’t know he had an Irish accent being from England, or why every other sentence he read trailed off in lazy mumblings.

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  • Kconnerty
  • 2018-12-31

Excellent story

But I will never listen to an Andrew Scott read again, I’m very sorry to say. Some of his reading was barely audible. And some of it was so garbled I missed it. I would pump up the volume and then when Asa came on I would have to turn it down. The whole book was listened to in this way. Remember: you’re reading a book that will be listened to in numerous settings. Amongst those will be noisy places. So being all dramatic with a falsetto type voice is not conducive to those places.

Otherwise,the story was very good and I enjoyed the two voices very much.

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  • Mme A.
  • 2018-08-17

Prepare to be surprised

With a story that jumps between the past and the present, believable characters. This book makes you care about the people and their (extra)ordinary lives.
A book about friendships, family, prejudices and being at receiving end of society’s judgement.