The Rats

  • by James Herbert
  • Narrated by David Rintoul
  • 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.


Audible Editor Reviews

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.


What the Critics Say

“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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Customer Reviews

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

Like a zombie novel, but with rats.

Yes, this book has many of the features of a zombie story with rats in place of zombies and that's a good thing. We all know that there is no such thing as zombies, but rats are real. Rats are something that we seem to have an almost instinctive disdain for and has such a special place in our psyche is so much more poignant and than zombies. The very idea of being eaten alive by rats is somehow more disgusting to us than some make believe monster, I say this as a fan of zombie book films and games.

The story itself is extremely well written and imaginative and the narration is perfect. I think this book is a horror classic and should be read by all die hard fans of the genre.
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- Darren - UK

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-10-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios