The Stone Man

  • by Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by Matt Addis
  • 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The #1 Amazon and Audible best seller, shortlisted for Audible UK's Audiobook of the Year Award 2015
Nobody knew where it came from.
Nobody knew why it came.
When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt.
Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.
As efforts by the local police - and soon the government - to halt the Stone Man's inexorable progress prove futile, only three questions are on the watching world's lips:
Where has it come from, where is it going, and what does it want?
Andy is determined to be the first person to answer those questions; after all, he was there when it arrived. Surely the headaches and visions he's experiencing are proof of a mental connection to the Stone Man. Clearly his dreams of champagne and notoriety are all about to be fulfilled once he uncovers the truth...and the scoop of a lifetime.
In a pursuit that carries him the length of the country and the breadth of the Atlantic, Andy uncovers the jagged pieces of an increasingly terrifying puzzle. As the number of lives lost in the wake of the Stone Man reaches grim figures, the terrible results of Andy's blind determination force him to confront the savagery of human nature.
When irresistible forces aren't met by immovable objects, how far is too far? Andy must discover the answer - and find out who he really is - in the shadow of the Stone Man.


What the Critics Say

"The Stone Man is a novel that intrigues, enthralls, horrifies, thrills, and hits the reader with an emotional resonance as only the best stories can." (Ain't It Cool News)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Stone Man to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the paper copy but always prefer audio if the narration is good...and Matt Addis was perfect.

What did you like best about this story?

The mystery...I was hooked within the first 5 minutes and then couldn't stop listening to it. I wanted to make it last but ended up ripping through it in 2 days. If I was listening to it whilst driving I'd take the longer way home so I could 'just finish this chapter'. Now I'm annoyed that I've finished it too fast...but this is one that I will listen to many more times in the future. I also loved the fact that it's written by a British author and is set mostly in England and Scotland...I even found myself looking on googlemaps to see whether the transport museum exists and how far Coventry is from Sheffield!

Have you listened to any of Matt Addis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was the first Matt Addis audio I've listened to and I thought he did a brilliant job...I couldn't fault it. I loved his portrayal of the main characters, and he even did a decent female voice. He also sounded like he actually enjoyed reading the book which seems to be missing from a lot of the narrators I've come across on audible. After finishing The Stone Man I immediately looked for other audio titles by Luke Smitherd and on finding none I then went searching through everything Matt Addis has narrated to see what else I could listen to.

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

yes... but I won't spoil the story by revealing them here, other than to say that I laughed in some places and was genuinely moved by some passages. I was also surprised in places when something happened that I really didn't one point I actually clapped my hand to my mouth and said 'oh s**t!'. So yes, I'd say that was an emotional reaction.

Any additional comments?

Make sure you listen to Luke's afterword at the end of the book and write a review. I've never written a review before because I always think nobody is going to be interested in my opinion but Luke's afterword made me realise how important ratings and reviews are, especially for self-published authors. I hope we see his other works available on audible soon.

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- Jude

Gripping story, original idea, well paced

Would you consider the audio edition of The Stone Man to be better than the print version?

Yes, Matt Addis brings real depth to the characters. He also appears to be an adept Sean Bean impersonator if we ever need a spare.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I'd love to say Patrick, but really it has to be Paul or the brigadier. Henry choked me up a little

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Henry's extraction

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

I was hooked, but I appreciate that is not necessarily an emotional reaction. I did genuinely get choked up by Henry and the respect shown to him.

Any additional comments?

I got this on a whim and I am really pleased I did, I don't usually go in for this genre but its location and original idea enticed me to give it a go. Luke is a great story-teller I am now keen to discover more of his work.

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- Adrian Rasburn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-04-2015
  • Publisher: Luke Smitherd