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Ash

Narrated by: Steven Pacey
Series: David Ash, Book 3
Length: 22 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
3.6 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

David Ash, detective of the paranormal, is sent to the mysterious Comraich Castle, secluded deep in the Scottish countryside, to investigate a strange, high-profile case. A man has been found crucified in a locked room. The reports suggest that the cliff-top castle is being haunted.... Who or what is the reclusive hooded figure that Ash has seen from the window walking across the courtyard in the dead of night? What are the strange, animal-like sounds that come from the surrounding woods? And why are the castle's inhabitants so reluctant to talk about what they have seen? What Ash eventually discovers is truly shocking....

Featuring one of Herbert's best-loved characters, first encountered in The Ghosts of Sleath and Haunted, Ash is a ghost story like no other that will chill you to the marrow.

©2012 James Herbert (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Best story yet

Ash is brilliantly written and well narrated, compelling story. So well written you'd think it actually happened.

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  • reg mountford
  • 29-12-2016

don't think this would have been the last

great story needed a follow on which couldn't happen great author brilliant storyline classic Herbert

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  • Unzipt
  • 12-12-2012

What A Mess!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better story with a comprehensible conclusion.

What was most disappointing about James Herbert’s story?

The most disappointing thing about ASH was the story itself. The book's beginning is interesting, with characters one quickly decides are likeable and unlikeable. The book then cascades into a series of inexplicable, and wholly unbelievable, occurrences that are never connected to one another in any meaningful way despite the constant intimation that there is some common explanation. Ash, the titular parapsychologist, never explains (perhaps, never understands) what is happening. The book's casst of ridiculous characters includes Hitler's bastard daughter, all grown up and crazy as hell, and the transparent (as in one can literally see his internal organs) prematurely born son of Princess Diana who comes to take her son into her loving embrace at novel's end. Oh, and did I forget to mention Qaddafi. 'Nuff said.

Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Pacey’s performances?

No.

What character would you cut from Ash?

Hitler's daughter and Louie, the son of Princess Diana

Any additional comments?

Save your Audible credit

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  • DBF
  • 19-01-2020

Stupidity

Worst book of his I have read. I have read nearly all. Ridiculous happenings using bats rats spiders maggots flies. Easy seen through plot and those guilty. I want my money back on this one Audible.

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  • Eff Ewe Leo
  • 07-05-2015

Great story

Story was great though strange catching throwback references to the "The Rats" series of books slipped in which is a very King style of writing that Aside it was a great listen

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  • Patricia Lucero
  • 29-03-2015

Great great great

James Herbert's best as far as I'm concerned... Very spooky but yet believe able. The reader took you right there....loved it..

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  • Don
  • 04-03-2013

Bilge

What would have made Ash better?

Ash dying of a flesh eating virus on 1st page.

Has Ash turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What character would you cut from Ash?

Ash

Any additional comments?

If an author chooses to write a plot involing a medical discipline such as Psychiatry, he should have the good grace to inform himself a little on the subject.
And certainly not refer to Psychiatric patients as Lunatics.

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  • Mary
  • 30-10-2012

A good story, it definately had some scary parts.

I would recommend this book, the fact that all the bad guys from the real world turned fictional got wasted was great. All though I was disappointed with Louis's end, to have gone through all the horror with such strength even though his illness was so severe and then to not be able to be with Ash and the doctor was sad, but to have gone to his mother was good and very tearful. This was a strange book, but I liked it.

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  • N. R. Gawlak
  • 29-11-2014

Not even Pacey could save this turkey

I managed to get through to Chapter 7 and couldn't listen any further. Stephen Pacey is as good a British narrator as I've ever heard...but even his credible narration could not make this awful novel into something entertaining, mildly interesting or enjoyable. The author should do "graphic novels" and forget any literary ambitions, at least, in this genre. Listening to this brought back the memory of listening to another audiobook wherein the author attempted to describe his characters almost entirely, by describing or mentioning, the popular music they liked. This author, though, uses a very different method to achieve the same effect... by using untold billions of descriptive adjectives and adverbs to "flesh out" his characters, settings, etc. But every word "picture" he tries to paint seems drawn, in sets, from previous material that is ever so familiar. His literary "inventions" are so trite, so hackneyed, that, although one may not remember the exact,original source(s), one already knows them by heart, long before this author ever pasted them in. Like, "the castle". Think about every popular image you have of a dark and brooding manse, all the images that one has ever heard about, read about, seen in movies or tv, or video games, even. Now, if one selects the image one has encountered most frequently, that seems to be the most popular, the one that just pops up first, that's the one the author uses. He applied that method to the first 7 chapters of this book, at least. Call the method "Write By Numbers". The novel is supposed to be a mystery, I think. This author does not know a mystery from a flight of migrating Canadian geese.

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  • Cathryn
  • 14-12-2012

Absurdity Unleashed

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better book

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Mystery of Edwinn Drood by Charles Dickens

What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings the English

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ash?

No comment

Any additional comments?

Middle aged sex - no thank you

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  • vicki
  • 12-04-2013

Great!!

This book will not let you stop listening until its finished. Brilliant listen. Lots of twists and turns dark and full of suspense. Good plot all the way through.

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  • patricia
  • 14-08-2013

Ash

Brilliant couldn not stop listening love James Herbert books read other books and always enjoyed narrator brought characters to life

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  • Mr. A. J. Bond
  • 14-07-2019

Sponsored by Maglite

I’ve not read any James Herbert for a long time so I thought I’d give this a go. The main character was immensely dislikeable and seemed to be more interested in Maglites, which are described at length, than the supernatural. The supernatural elements are mostly irrelevant to the story and the main character doesn’t really achieve anything. The dialogue is awful and the love interest is a simpering, insecure character who often needs a firm hand from the main character to calm her down . This also features one of the worst sex scenes I’ve ever heard or read. This is made even worse by the narrator who is not well suited to the text, unless you enjoy your grandad reading you porn. He also can’t pronounce the word “grimace “, which Herbert uses a lot. Finally, the use of real life personalities is both tacky and unnecessary. I won’t spoil anything by going into any details but there is a scene towards the end which managed to be both tasteless and nauseatingly twee.

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  • Ariadne Jones
  • 08-07-2013

A good yarn!

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

I would rate Ash in my top 20 audiobooks so far.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the supernatural aspect of the story but there were a few anomalies which I just ignored as it would have spoilt my enjoyment.

Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favourite?

I really enjoyed the narration but Ash was my favourite character - he was the typically flawed character which was ok as he wasn't filled with too much angst.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I don't think I'd manage it in one sitting as its too long but I did listen to it during most of my waking moment.

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  • Michael
  • 13-04-2013

Goes out with a bang!

Was really looking forward to this as I'm a huge James Herbert fan, and loved his previous books from this series, and now I'm gutted there will be no more as the great man has passed. This book was better than expected (and I expected excellence) I couldn't take my headphones out and was a little sad when the book was done. Great performance to go out on RIP Mr Herbert.

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  • Michael Ard
  • 07-04-2013

Ash

Good storyline, Very well read, but the "horror" parts were too long and became tedious.

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  • andy
  • 08-10-2013

Its not bad

James Herbert was the guy that got me into reading, i was hooked by him and read everything he did at that time, and I think thats the problem my reading has moved on but James books havent. Dont get me wrong the story has some depth to it and I found I cared about the main characters but it just didnt do it for me.

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  • GW
  • 24-06-2020

It made me grim-ace, it was so bad....

The narrator's pronunciation of grimace is annoying. The author's favourite word is grimace. I genuinely started off thinking this was a 1970s book because the lead female character is so fragile and pathetic. The sex was embarrassing. The attempts to shock were desperate. The 'story' could have been covered in a third of the time. James Herbert's early books were fantastic. This was not. Repetition. Boredom. Wandering nonesense.

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  • Mr
  • 14-04-2013

ok-ish

Interesting story with a couple of thrills along the way but spoilt by clumsy dialogue.

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  • Swords and Spectres
  • 26-03-2013

Enjoyable listen

I have read some of the reviews on here and am shocked that people found the story to be worthy of only 1 star. Perhaps because this is one of my first Herbert titles, I am not as used to his 'better' works. But I really enjoyed this and the narration of the piece.



I thought it was a good story with vibrant characters that you either loved or hated quite clearly. Some things seemed to fall into place a little too easily. Most notably the entire storyline to do with Cedric Twigg. But besides that, I felt it flowed rather smoothly and certainly enjoyed listening to it.

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