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The Reddening

Written by: Adam Nevill
Narrated by: Conner Goff
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
3 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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A gripping folk-horror thriller from the author of The Ritual

One million years of evolution didn't change our nature. Nor did it bury the horrors predating civilization. Ancient rites, old deities, and savage ways can reappear in the places you least expect.

Lifestyle journalist Katrine escaped past traumas by moving to a coast renowned for seaside holidays and natural beauty. But when a vast hoard of human remains and prehistoric artifacts is discovered in nearby Brickburgh, a hideous shadow engulfs her life.

Helene, a disillusioned lone parent, lost her brother, Lincoln, six years ago. Disturbing subterranean noises he recorded prior to vanishing, draw her to Brickburgh's caves. A site where early humans butchered each other across 60,000 years. Upon the walls, images of their nameless gods remain.

Amidst rumors of drug plantations and new sightings of the mythical red folk, it also appears that the inquisitive have been disappearing from this remote part of the world for years. A rural idyll where outsiders are unwelcome and where an infernal power is believed to linger beneath the earth. A timeless super-normal influence that only the desperate would dream of confronting. But to save themselves and those they love, and to thwart a crimson tide of pitiless barbarity, Kat and Helene are given no choice. They were involved and condemned before they knew it.

The Reddening is an epic story of folk and prehistoric horrors written by Adam Nevill, the author of The Ritual, Last Days, No One Gets Out Alive, and the three times winner of the August Derleth Award for best horror novel.

©2019 Adam L. G. Nevil (P)2019 Journalstone

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  • Jamie
  • 2020-01-24

Wrong Narrator

The narrator should have practiced. His voice is nice but it’s American and the story is set in Devon. He tried on an accent here and there, but not consistently. Mostly I was super distracted by his mispronunciation of many, many words. I actually found myself correcting him out loud, because I was frustrated at the interruption of the flow of the story. Definitely the wrong narrator.

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  • Kathleen Saracen
  • 2020-01-17

Actually gave me nightmares

Nevill does a good job of building dread. I found myself reluctant to continue past a certain point, unsure if it was going to be too much. That's rare for me, and I applaud the author.

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  • Ms. K. Murphy
  • 2020-02-11

reader makes it work or not

the story is interesting, but I found myself wandering because of the 'wrong' reader. His voice is monotonous and does not draw the listener in. better choice in reader may have made me not stop and start so often just to get to the end.

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  • L. K. F.
  • 2019-12-13

Accents

The narration was fine, but perhaps it should have been done in the accents used in the country where this story takes place.

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  • leahondemand
  • 2020-03-03

Would be Better with a Different Narrator

The story itself was alright. I stayed engaged and entertained until the end. The narrator, however, left much to be desired. Sometimes he gave the characters British accents and sometimes he didn’t, and at one point would can hear him burp. Doesn’t anyone proof-listen to these recordings?

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  • Colin
  • 2020-01-07

Neville never disappoints...

However, this narrator was wrong in every way possible for this novel. Female leads should be given female voices. Furthermore, this took place in the UK. Why was an American man, who only did accents occasionally, chosen to narrate this title, which followed two women from the UK? The story told is good enough to overlook this detail but the narrator will likely turn off a great many people who try this book. I advise potential listeners to try to stick with it. Your persistence will be rewarded.

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  • Paul Preston
  • 2020-08-02

Feed the red.

I loved this. So well written. Adam Nevill is a wordsmith, being able to bring forth a creepy dread with vague descriptions. This is not an easy book, there are connections that build to the storyline that may seem random at first. The scenes are dark and gory with an ultra violent cult placating the demon below.

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  • Ekaterina
  • 2020-08-01

Intricate but a bit ponderous

Generally liked the book. Unfortunately, the book does feel wearing at points and made me sometimes plough through a chapter; this is the case with many of Adam Nevill's novels, though. Strangely or not, knowing this doesn't stop me from purchasing yet another of his works every time. Guess I must be a fan;)

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  • K. Moore
  • 2020-06-25

Good story, needs a different narrator

I have no particular dislike about Conner Goff, but considering the setting of the story (England) and the range of regions, I feel it would better set the environment with a British reader who could approximate the accents that would no doubt set the characters apart. Occasionally I would be pulled from the story by a word mispronunciation (Brazier pronounced like brassiere, etc.)

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  • Kaley Faber
  • 2020-06-25

So-so

I know it’s blasphemous to say this but, this would have been a much better movie than it was a book. It was so long that what was a cool idea for a story just became a 12 hour meandering narrative. Maybe because I am not already an Adam Nevill fan it didn’t hit the mark with me?