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Veteran actor David Rintoul delivers a superb performance of best-selling British author James Herbert’s The Rats, the first book in the classic The Rats series. His rich voice and charismatic delivery heighten the exciting nature of this audiobook. London comes under attack and a state of emergency is declared. The problem? Rats. Swift, terrifying rodents wreaking havoc in the big city. No one is safe. As the death toll rises, it appears that evacuation may be the only option left - that or war.
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Summary

Book One in Herbert's classic "rats" series. 
The terror begins. London is struck by an invasion. Women, children, old and young, none are safe from the deadly menace. The attacks are swift and sure, escape is impossible. A state of emergency is declared. Evacuation seems the only solution in the face of a growing panic and mounting death toll. War is declared on the public enemy number one. The Rats! 
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.
©1974 James Herbert (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Ian Millar on 23-02-15

Epic

Mr Herbert at his best.Love all his books but a revisit to The Rats had to be done.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Dave on 17-03-14

As good as I remember....

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I first read the The Rats probably about 25 years ago, it was the first James Herbert novel I read and it still stand up to the ravages of time. It's quite a short simplistic book, however the subject matter is still pretty scary to most. It's fast paced and graphic but Herbert still takes time to build the characters even if they are potential next victims. Some great references to 70's Britain, unfortunately the victims could not text or tweet, so a phonebox will have to do. Overall a great audiobook.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kim Venatries on 04-11-13

Who Will Survive?...The Rats!

What did you love best about The Rats?

The story captures the mood and feel of London and its suburbs about 30 years ago. A bit dated but as much as you would think. The story is actually pretty well written with realistic characters. Not overly gory but no one is safe. I will definitely get Parts 2 and 3.

Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm not sure but he does a a good job narrating The Rats so I am sure he did a fine job on other books.

If you could take any character from The Rats out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Considering that many of the characters ended up AS dinner I wouldn't want to say.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Grace on 13-12-13

You're right there running from the rats!

If you could sum up The Rats in three words, what would they be?

Worst nightmare ever!

What other book might you compare The Rats to and why?

The closest book I have is,"The Colony" by A.J. Colucci because its another when nature goes wrong book!

Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favorite?

I found the main character extremely brave and very capable! If I were in that situation I would have wanted him keeping me safe!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Mostly I just cringed!

Any additional comments?

I'm in the process of listening to it now and all I can say is if I'm ever in charge of telling a campfire story I'm bringing this! (I'll get permission first!)

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