When John Simpson hears of a bizarre animal attack in his old home town of High Moor, it stirs memories of a long forgotten horror.
John knows the truth. A werewolf stalks the town once more, and on the night of the next full moon, the killing will begin again. He should know. He survived a werewolf attack in 1986, during the worst year of his life.
It’s 1986 and the town is gripped in terror after the mutilated corpse of a young boy is found in the woods. When Sergeant Steven Wilkinson begins an investigation, with the help of a specialist hunter, he soon realises that this is no ordinary animal attack. Werewolves are real, and the trail of bodies is just beginning, with young John and his friends smack in the middle of it.
Twenty years later, John returns to High Moor. The latest attack involved one of his childhood enemies, but there’s more going on than meets the eye. The consequences of his past actions, the reappearance of an old flame and a dying man who will either save or damn him are the least of his problems. The night of the full moon is approaching and time is running out. But how can he hope to stop a werewolf, when every full moon he transforms into a bloodthirsty monster himself?
©2011 Graeme Reynolds (P)2013 Graeme Reynolds
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"A 'howling' good time!"
The story is well written and highly engaging. Chris Barnes brings it to life with his top-notch performances. From start to finish, the story is gripping, edge-of-your-seat suspenseful. It's hard to push the stop button and go about regular life.
I'd compare it to Twilight if only to highlight what a werewolf-or any supernatural novel-is supposed to be. Werewolves are supposed to bite, they're supposed to claw, they're supposed to rip people in half with no moral conscience whatsoever. They are not supposed to protect people from vampires or a seventeen year old girl who can't develop her way out of a brown paper bag.
High Moor delivers on the good stuff. The bloody stuff.
Tonia Brown's THE COLD BENEATH. This performances far surpasses the other.
"Creepy and heart-pounding! Adore this narrator!"
My review for: High Moor by Graeme Reynolds
Narrator: Chris Barnes from Dynamic Ram Audio
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars (if I could give more, I would)
Where do I begin? This is my first time reading Graeme Reynolds and I wasn’t disappointed. He has nailed the whole horror gory, fast paced thriller and nailed it well.
In the 1986, a strange beast stalked High Moor and its residents. With the death of a young boy and the horrific state of his body, the law enforcement knew they were dealing with a predator unlike any they have ever encountered and that they needed to call in the big dogs so to speak…
American hunter, Carl Schneider has been hunting these creatures for more than half his life. When the call came from the UK that there had been a boy killed, tore to ribbons, he knew what had done it. And he knew how to stop. With the help of Sergeant Steven Wilkinson, they try and hunt the creature down. And as the bodies pile up, it is clear that whatever is in the woods in High Moor isn’t your average dog. It’s something preternatural and its bloodlust can’t be slaked.
The plot was a mix of terror and raw emotions of adolescence and it flowed seamlessly between scene to scene as the horror played out. It’s brilliantly written with an ending that will shock you and have you wanting more. So much more.
Chris Barnes brings the story to life in an amazing ways. While his natural Scottish accent is one of my personal favorites, he’s a master at all dialects. But the difference with Chris and other male narrators that I have come across is the change in voices. You can clearly tell who is talking just by listening the change in pitch. The professionalism of the actual recording is beyond impressive, from the actual crackling of a CB radio to the muffled sound of a radio program in the background, it totally makes the narration into a full on performance. It is very easy to get lost into such a reading and in my humble opinion, Chris Barnes is a voice artist to look out for. Here’s hoping that he will read book two of this incredible series. Fantastic reader, fantastic writer. I loved it.
"Now that's a horror story! Damn!"
This is not a twilight, "sparkly" werewolf novel, this is a good-old-fashioned, hardcore, crap your pants, horror story and probably the best I ever heard. There is a connection between the protagonist and a girl from his past but this is not one of those horror-romance novels. The werewolves in this story are too busy ripping people apart to get laid. Brace yourself guys, these lycanthrope kill kids too....oh yeah! The character development in this book is second to none(except maybe Stephen King) with characters that really draw you in to the story. It took a minute or two to get used to the narrators Scottish accent but he did a fine job throughout the book. The story ends rather abruptly so I'm assuming they'll be a book 2(I hope). So if your sick of the twilight-ish Y/A horror stories check this book out, you'll probably like it! This book definitely has a "foggy-foresty" spooky vibe to it.
Thank You Graeme Reynolds for bringing "old-school" back to the Werewolf genre.
This isn't a shifter book, this is the down and dirty werewolf type book! It's the blood and guts type of werewolf, the ones that will eat you whole and the ones where you find yourself shuddering about. I loved it!!
Right from the start this story will grab you. We learn about John Sampson and basically, how he came to be a Moonstruck werewolf. It starts in the present with Sampson just preparing to lock himself up in his cage and then we are transported back to when he was young. He is a typical child and tries to spend his days hanging with his friends, until a faithful day on the Moor, when his world is changed forever.
This book isn't just a Werewolf book. It's a story of friendship, of mistakes, of finding out about yourself and who you can trust. This is quite a long book but I listened to it in one day because I couldn't put it down. It was fantastic!
There are quite a few characters but they were all extremely well written and developed. I loved reading about John, Michael and Maries' friendship when they were kids. It was so realistic that it brought me right back to my own childhood. Their banter and comradeship was awesome.
There are plenty of other characters like Steven, the Sargent, Carl,the american hunter, the old woman and the gypsies who are all an integral part of the story and all who add something extra. Each person has their own story and the author weaves each tale together seamlessly. There is no wasted information in this book, everything the author does has a point, and I loved that about the book.
The werewolf lore was another thing I loved. I loved how there were 2 different types of them. One is the ones who can turn at will and keep their sensibilities and the other are the "Moonstruck". They are the 7 foot tall ones of nightmares. They are the ones who will rip you to bits because at their core, they are animals and we are prey. The first type hunt and kill the second type because they can expose their secrets!
I loved the setting! It's a tight knit, small town in England with the back drop of the Moors. Even without the blood chilling werewolves, you can picture the creepy setting. Imagine that with the howls of the feral wolves and you get a sense of the frightening setting. It was perfect!!
Anyway. This book was such a tense and chilling read, though there actually was some laugh out loud moments!! The banter flowed with a lot of the characters and it added a much needed levity to the book. The action is basically non stop the whole way through and you will be sitting on the edge of your seat. This book is the old school gory, bloody werewolves and not for the squeamish. With each killing that happens, your heart will quicken and believe me when I say that no character is safe!! It's bloody brilliant ;)
I listened to the audio and I'm so glad I did. Chris Barnes did an amazing job with it. He easily portrayed each character and I had no worry about getting each character mixed up. He really knew when to ramp up the tension and when the voice needed to chill a bit! Loved it.
So ya. This book pretty much blew me away with how much I loved it and I can't recommend it enough! If you want old school werewolf horror, with a thrilling story, then this is for you.
"Skeptical at first"
Yes, I was turned on to this as an audiobook by a friend because the narrators accent fit in with the Welsh setting and story so well. It turned out to be a fantastic read for what I thought would be a typical werewolf novel.. it was far better than expected!! The story stands on its own and is a great book in general, not just for the horror genre. Great characters that I really cared about.
Can't wait for the second book to come out on audio, I will pick it up immediately!!
This is a fun book & well-narrated. The story drags at times in the earlier parts of the book, but it culminates with plenty of action, and some fun surprises.
This was an intriguing take on werewolves--fairly traditional, but with some interesting new twists.
"Howlin' at the Moor"
It wasn't long after I finally watched Dog Soldiers that I listened to the audiobook version of Graeme Reynolds' High Moor, so I had quite the experience with British werewolf stories. And I gotta say, I had a heckuva time with each.
Werewolves, like vamps and zombies, are an oft-used monster in horror and fantasy, and as well they should be because they are just so tragic and fierce and emotive--maybe Beyonce is a werewolf, come to think of it. Anyway, Graeme's approach is less about the werewolves, although the brand of beast he creates are a vibrant and vicious sort that I think any fan of the genre will appreciate, but the humans populating the smalltown of High Moor are the ones that steal the show for me.
If you're an 80s child, even one outside of the U.K., I am sure there are going to be more than a few identifying moments and characteristics featured in the story to enjoy, coupled with small town hijinks and a ferocious pace that doesn't let up, yet somehow allows enough breathing room for characters. If the flashback-y stuff doesn't suit you, you might be a bit disgruntled by the novel, but it plays in really well overall, and I'd really prefer this novel featuring the bulk of its tale in the 80s more so than present day. The nostalgia factor was set high for me on this one.
Sometimes an audiobook feels like you are being told the story, then there are the ones--like this one--that you simply experience the story. I'm sure had I read the print version of High Moor, I would have been equally pleased with Graeme's artful manner in presenting his characters in all their fabulously fallible glory. Having Chris Barnes practically imbue his voice over each character in a way that causes him to disappear and the story shine through just makes this audiobook a treat, especially for a fan of British horror.
A modern daytake on the werewolf .--sort of like Blade was for vampires. Lots of action. The story was well-paced and interesting; there was plenty of tension, suspense, and surprises; the characters were well drawn and believable; the writing style was very fluid and mature Kudos to the narrator...good job.
This is an awesome start to a great werewolf story. I got lost in this book and lost all track of time while listening. I love the narrator he was great. If you are looking for a good werewolf story look no further you have found it.
"No lovey dovey werewolves here!"
When Chris Barnes told me about his new production I was a bit skeptical, werewolves are very similar to vampires to me and either the story is going to be really horrible or really fantastic. As I have said in some earlier reviews, the whole Twilight thing kind of ruined them for me. I have the expectations built up in my head of what a proper werewolf or vampire story should sound, feel and look like and it is pretty difficult for people meet them. With werewolves I want the following; heart pounding action (of course), a gruesome story line, interesting characters, a reason for the story to go on, ect. So again I find myself taking a chance with High Moor but I am hopeful.
High Moor is nothing near a twighlighted, glittery, cuddly, lovey dovey werewolf novel. In fact it is a complete opposite, this was an extreme, holy crap don’t turn the lights off, werewolf horror story, and I loved it! Starts off strong and backs a way just a little bit for some very interesting back story of how one of the main protagonists becomes a werewolf. Then Graeme Reynolds unleashes hell upon the small town of High Moor. This is the first audiobook in a while were I actually felt something for, or connected with most of the characters, that’s what happens when an author builds them up layer by layer until some are complex “real” people. While not nearly as gory as you might think from my opening sentence, don’t get me wrong there was blood and gore, I mean werewolfs, but it was only used to enhance the action. I know there are squeals to the print version, I so hope that audio version are made of them as I think anyone that listens to this first one will be hooked.
This is my second time listening to a performance by Chris Barnes, my first being The Cold Beneath. Sadly I couldn’t remember what I thought of the previous narration, and within the first 10 seconds of High Moor I remembered. To be honest because of his thick accent I couldn’t understand a word he was saying because I was expecting something much further than what I got. Gladly within those first 10-20 seconds I had already adjusted and he became very clear. Barnes style very very fast paced, some could argue too fast, with hardly a breath between the last word of a chapter and the announcement of the next, but for this story he nailed it. Keeping the pacing fast kept the tension level pretty high and I think this helped the story never let up. That mixed with great characterizations, my personal favorite was the American, nailed it! I have become a fan of Barnes and will be looking for more.
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"A story to get your teeth stuck into."
Unknown as I have only heard the audio, but the recording is crystal clear and the narrator Chris Barnes comes across perfectly.
I really like Steve the police officer, a kind of no nonsense cop with nothing to lose and the accent makes him a very likable character.
Not wishing to ruin the story I will say any of the scenes with the kids, the patter is pretty much kids and again the narrator puts in a great performance for cheeky kids, troublesome teens and even a little girl.
Don't run, don't hide, just pray it's quick.
This is the second audio book I've heard from the narrator and his style and flow are spot on, a very rich likable story voice and then breaking into multiple character voices with accents make this a fantastic book, my only problem is that it ended.... I wanted more, and you will too.
quite new to the world of audio books, once you are used to the readers voice and how he plays out the book, it does listen well. I did get to the point in the book (just past half way) where I had to listen to it more and more to get to the next part... like a good book I didnt want to put it down. I will buy the next in the series to see where it moves on to.
Enjoyable listen - would listen to more read by Chris.
"Splendid horror with surprising moments of comedy!"
Bloodcurdling, funny, unputdownable.
The kids hilarious revenge on Malcolm's gang
I've heard 'The cold beneath' and I assume he read that before Highmoor as his ability to voice women has improved
Not for the weak-stomached!
I listened to this not knowing it had two sequels. Be warned, the cliffhanger is Brutal! Be sure you have a credit or two to spare when you finish this one!
I enjoyed it for what it was. A fantastically told story.
High Moor/High Moor 2: Moon Struck/High Moor 3: Blood Moon by Graeme Reynolds
Audiobook narrated by Chris Barnes
When John Simpson hears of a bizarre animal attack in his old home town of High Moor, it stirs memories of a long forgotten horror. John knows the truth. A werewolf stalks the town once more, and on the night of the next full moon, the killing will begin again. He should know. He survived a werewolf attack in 1986, during the worst year of his life.
It’s 1986 and the town is gripped in terror after the mutilated corpse of a young boy is found in the woods. When Sergeant Steven Wilkinson begins an investigation, with the help of a specialist hunter, he soon realises that this is no ordinary animal attack. Werewolves are real, and the trail of bodies is just beginning, with young John and his friends smack in the middle of it…
With a trilogy of books already released, it seemed to make sense to review all three in one go, because the fact is, I found after experiencing the first, you’ll be dying to get stuck into the rest. I could leave the review at that, and maybe you’ll take my word for it. But what if you don’t?
Let’s talk werewolves. When done right, the embodiment of pure, carnal beast is a formidable horror staple. Reynolds nails the lore from the first bite to the last bullet.
High Moor is thrill ride from start to finish, harking back to 80’s action horror classics whilst maintaining a firm sense of much loved nostalgia. With a group of friends facing off against a seemingly invincible terror, there’s a definite sense of a childhood betrayed, a trope Stephen King has used successfully in several of his Kids vs Monsters stories, and in this, Reynolds brilliantly portrays a struggling northern town to perfection.
Another point I loved is that Reynolds could’ve quite easily ended the novel at several points, and as a reader, I would have been happy. But the action keeps coming, taking the story much further than I ever expected.
Humorous and at times utterly shocking, High Moor sets the scene, with a group of characters you’ll come to love, and love to hate.
Moon Struck takes the story to the next level and introduces a larger pack of werewolves, delving into group politics and further into their history, which makes fascinating reading as we head deeper into Reynolds’ universe. Whilst Moonstruck moves at a slower pace, it soon picks up, especially with the inclusion of a psychopathic werewolf called Connie, who steals the show, literally chewing the scenery (and quite often, characters) with maniacal, blood squirting glee.
Blood Moon completes the saga (for the time being) with an all-out war of werewolves vs werewolves vs humans as species eradication and infighting is rife. This werewolf holocaust is touching at times, as Reynolds succeeds in humanising the monster, creating more than just a community, but families as well, struggling as their lives are turned upside down
But with a story about tooth and claws, it can only end one way; blood, and lots of it. Graeme Reynolds delivers it by the bucket load, satisfying even the sickest of gore lovers. My one gripe is the woefully underused idea of a werewolf super soldier, but there’s always room for another sequel.
Also, hats off again to Chris Barnes for his flawless performance, bringing depths to characters by creating individual voices for each. His ear for accents is uncanny, and hearing him flit between West Country lilt and thick Russian is a joy to behold, keeping me gripped for many a long and lonely drive.
All in all, High Moor is an exhilarating thrill ride of action horror that never threatens to give up the pace, and the entire trilogy is thoroughly recommended, whether it’s in book form or audiobook.
Great book loads of action it keeps you wanting more I've down loaded high moor 2 with the hope that's as good as the first one
I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to a friend...and non-friends alike. The writing is captivating and drags the listener along for a wild ride. Chris Barnes is the perfect voice to bring the story to life, the accents were excellent and I never struggled to know who was being performed. I was completely engrossed in the storytelling that once I started I just had to finish, in fact, at the halfway mark I had already decided I needed the next book in the series. If I had to pick a favourite character it would have to be Marie - that girl has some serious balls. I'm not a horror fan by any means and put off listening to this audiobook for quite some time and now I'm kicking myself that it took my so long, I have a small list of favourite books for the year and this audiobook has definitely made the cut.
"Great no nonsense horror"
Not a huge horror fan, but this book sucked me in and is definitely in my top five audio books. No character is safe from the werewolf in this book which I find a refreshing change.
To be honest the main protagonists are written so well and believably I can not choose one.
Chris' narration brings the characters to life and it nice to hear other British accents outside of RP.
Loved this book some much when I finished it I instantly downloaded the sequel
Love High Moor books with a passion and the badass narrative of Chris Barnes brings this to life like an audio action movie
"A werewolf tale with bite and heart"
High Moor is a complex, tightly plotted werewolf story, split between 1986 and the present day. The narrative follows a group of children living in the town of High Moor during what proves to be a very eventful summer, before pivoting to the here and now for the conclusion.
The children of High Moor are incredibly well realised – well rounded, pleasingly un-PC and just the right side of amoral. The dialogue between them crackles with authenticity, and the characters of the different children are swiftly drawn with great skill. I found myself very quickly getting to know and like these kids – they felt very real, very unsentimental. This drew me in immediately, and when bad things inevitably started to happen, I felt invested in the outcome.
Reynolds also does an exceptional job with his action sequences (of which there are many). He has a talent for keeping the focus where it needs to be – I found myself picturing these scenes as movies – and the horror is visceral and intense but never histrionic or overblown. Similarly, the plotting throughout is superb. There are times when the story reads almost as an action thriller, in that he has a genius for cutting away at a climactic point, which kept me keenly engaged. Again, it's testament to the plotting that this works as well as it does – even as I was impatient to get back to the cliffhanger, I was fascinated to see how the other characters were fairing. The story is dense, and the interweaving of the various characters plot lines is one of the strengths of the story.
The werewolves themselves are also well written, with the descriptions of their point of view vivid and evocative. My only minor issue was an over-reliance on certain phrases during the transformation scenes, but once the beasts are mobile, the storytelling is superb.
Overall, High Moor is a great read – well realised characters, exquisite plotting, and strong action horror. One note of warning though: The ending is a brutal cliffhanger that not only does not resolve the story but will left me impatient for more. This is unambiguously the first book of a trilogy, so don't go in expecting resolution.
Regarding the audio aspect, for the most part narrator Chris Barnes does a grand job. His Scottish accent is distinct but utterly clear – as someone who can struggle with thicker regional access, I found the entire story totally intelligible. He has a powerful and seemingly instinctive sense of pacing, which allows the action sequences to flow without either becoming rushed or dragging. He also acquits himself well for the most part with the various regional accents of the characters, though he does struggle somewhat with the lone American character.
There are also some subtle but deft audio techniques employed which added to my absorption in the tale – a use of effect when characters talk on the phone or via walkie talkie gave an added verisimilitude to the telling of the story, without being intrusive or showy.
Overall this audiobook was an immersive and captivating experience. Providing you know in advance this is only part one of a larger story, I would happily recommend this fine action horror novel.
Great story with brilliant sett narration from Chris Barnes
Finding out about Marie xx
Setting the school on fire and getting revenge xx
Can you keep the wolf inside?
Really enjoyed this audio and Chris Barnes just sets the scenes perfectly and makes it all the more realistic xx
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