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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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  • Jackie B
  • 07-07-2013

Hard to get into

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

I am a James Herbert fan normally but I just couldn't get into this book at all, the story never seemed to emerge and didn't grip me. I kept fast forwarding through it to get to an interesting part but never found one.

Has Ash put you off other books in this genre?

No

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

Yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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
  • 14-04-2013

ok-ish

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

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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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  • Helen
  • 28-09-2012

Well Worth The Wait

The Haunted by James Herbert was the first audiobook I listened to as part of the RNIB's Talking Book Service a few years ago, that was before audible of course and since then I've enjoyed many titles via downloads from here, when I saw that Ash was available last week I wasted no time at all in ordering and downloading it.



Well worth the wait, the anticipation of a follow up book with more from David Ash I am certainly not disappointed. The book is well written, in depth, highly descriptive, interesting main characters with brilliantly depicted supporting cast, quite thought provoking in terms of authority figures, the powerful, rich, famous and infamous, some truths thrown in to the mix so it truly is fun and interesting deciding which is which as the story unfolds, brilliant continuity between Ash and The Haunted although if you'd never read The Haunted it wouldn't really matter as Ash is a stand alone book in its own right not strictly a follow up, it is just nice that there are references to the character's past experiences in this one. James Herbert has done exceptionally well to keep me interested, every single day this week I've been excited to sit down and relax to listen to more and more, could hardly leave the book alone always wanting to listen to more.



Read by the brilliant Steven Pacey the characters, castle and surroundings are well and truly brought to life, its made to sound so real the whole experience was incredibly thrilling. Pacey and Herbert are a fantastic combination, after finishing Ash this morning its made me want more from this duo in the future, I certainly hope there is another story in the making for our psychic detective and psychologist characters, I think that would just be brilliant.



Only one small niggle about the plot, Kate does not feature much towards the end, I found that a bit disappointing and would definitely like to hear more from her character as well.



Thank you James and Steven, loved Ash and cant wait to read more.

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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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  • Mr. D.A. Borland
  • 01-06-2013

What happened

Used to read James Herbert. This was such a disappointment. Very drawn out and actually boring. Won't try another in a hurry.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • DJS
  • 09-04-2013

Excellent, but the ending......

I love James Herbert. He was one of the first authors I picked up on and Ash didn't disappoint.



The action started from the beginning and led all the way through, just a shame it ended rather sharp. I had expected a more fulfilling ending to close off a great book and great series, but please don't let that put you off listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful