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The Rats Series, Book 3
Narrated by: David Rintoul
Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Imagine: the scrabble of little claws, the cold slither of hairless tails.… That is just part of the terror of James Herbert's third book in the chilling Rats Series. Domain imagines a horrible post-apocalyptic world in which humans must compete with rats to survive the nuclear holocaust. David Rintoul's performance is truly disturbing in the best ways! Rintoul is able to ratchet up the suspense in Herbert's novel until it almost feels as if the rats are right below you!

Publisher's Summary

Book Three in Herbert’s classic ‘rats’ series. The final countdown. The long-dreaded nuclear conflict. The city torn apart, shattered, its people destroyed or mutilated beyond hope. For just a few, survival is possible only beneath the wrecked streets - if there is time to avoid the slow-descending poisonous ashes. But below, the rats, demonic offspring of irradiated forebears, are waiting. They know that Man is weakened, become frail. Man has become their prey.

James Herbert was one of Britain’s greatest popular novelists and our #1 best-selling writer of chiller fiction. Widely imitated and hugely influential, he wrote 23 novels which have collectively sold over 54 million copies worldwide and been translated into 34 languages.

Born in London in the forties, James Herbert was art director of an advertising agency before turning to writing fiction in 1975. His first novel, The Rats, was an instant bestseller and is now recognised as a classic of popular contemporary fiction.

Herbert went on to publish a new top ten best-seller every year until 1988. He wrote six more bestselling novels in the 1990s and three more since: Once, Nobody True and The Secret of Crickley Hall.

Herbert died in March 2013 at the age of 69.

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Critic Reviews

“Herbert was by no means literary, but his work had a raw urgency. His best novels, The Rats and The Fog, had the effect of Mike Tyson in his championship days: no finesse, all crude power. Those books were best sellers because many readers (including me) were too horrified to put them down.” (Stephen King)
"There are few things I would like to do less than lie under a cloudy night sky while someone read aloud the more vivid passages of Moon. In the thriller genre, do recommendations come any higher?" (Andrew Postman, The New York Times Book Review)
"Herbert goes out in a blaze of glory" ( Daily Mail)

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A step too far for me

Don't get me wrong, the book is OK but just seemed to go a step too far for me. It's good to finish the series but nuclear war and the myriads of bomb shelters ..great job by one of my favourite narrators without whom I probably would not have finished the book.

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  • Matthew S. Hill
  • 18-01-2017

A fitting end to a great trilogy!

"Domain" is the third and final installment of "The Rats" trilogy. It is primarily about London dealing with the fall out of Nuclear destruction and the survivors of the attack. But of course when the meek inherit the earth, in this case we're talking about the rats, who are anything but meek. They are violence, hunger and fury rolled into one.
This is 1970's style horror story telling at its best.
Read excitedly by David Rintoul.

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  • CJ
  • 06-07-2016

Not what I exerted for the final chapter.

I really enjoyed the first two books but this Domain took a big left turn. It was alright and David Rantoul did a great job as usual. I would still recommend it so you can finish the story of the rats.

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  • klaserie
  • 07-11-2013

Gripping

Would you listen to Domain again? Why?

There would be no need to as every word is embossed on your brain,(excuse the pun)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Domain?

The killing of the "THING" and is offspring..

What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

He made you feel as though you were involved in the story.

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

The death of the doctor.

Any additional comments?

The story tells you what could happen when Man interfers with Nature.

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  • Mike
  • 04-06-2018

Just as good as I rememberd

I read these books when first published and enjoyed them, the only negative was some of the dramatization was a bit over done, however I would recommend this to James Herbert fans.

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  • Steve Sanderson
  • 25-05-2018

Breathless

Great story as usual for James Herbert but performance a bit excited and breathless for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-2018

very good. a must

Yes I liked it so mush, would here again when I get some time to do so.

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  • Jim R.
  • 01-05-2018

A fitting end to the series

(providing you ignore the graphic novel)

This is an excellent final part of the Rats trilogy. While it lacks some of the more personal horrors of the first book, the vision of a destroyed world is truly unsettling.

David Rintoul's narration deserves special mention, he imparts an urgent sense of drama to the book.

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  • Mr M W Fluke
  • 15-07-2019

Repetitive

Very good book however, found it a bit repetitive at times being chased down by hordes of rats kind of merged into one. Still really enjoyed it though. Excellent narrator, shame all Herbert’s audiobooks were not narrated by David Rintoul.

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  • Miss
  • 09-11-2018

Exceptional

Still as good today as when it first came out and excellent narration made it all the more chilling!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-11-2018

James Herbert is a God among author's.

Brilliant end to a great trilogy. David Rintoul is a fantastic narrator. JAMES HERBERT ROCKS.

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  • Amber O'brien
  • 09-10-2018

outstanding. a slog that's worth it.

Slow to start but it lays out the necessary elements for you to understand this new world. a gripping tale of human endurance. i listened at every given oppurtunity and have raved about these books to friends.

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  • Ian M
  • 07-06-2018

Great narration

I love this book, for me it’s the best in the Rats trilogy, the narrator keeps up the fast breathless pace throughout which stops you being able to put it down. Classic Herbert horror with fantastic narration.
What more could you ask for!?