Review: High Moor (Audio Book) by Graeme Reynolds – Read by Chris Barnes

Book Description:

When John Simpson hears of a bizarre animal attack in his old home town of High Moor, it stirs memories of a long forgotten horror. John knows the truth. A werewolf stalks the town once more, and on the night of the next full moon, the killing will begin again. He should know. He survived a werewolf attack in 1986, during the worst year of his life.

It’s 1986 and the town is gripped in terror after the mutilated corpse of a young boy is found in the woods. When Sergeant Steven Wilkinson begins an investigation, with the help of a specialist hunter, he soon realises that this is no ordinary animal attack. Werewolves are real, and the trail of bodies is just beginning, with young John and his friends smack in the middle of it.

Twenty years later, John returns to High Moor. The latest attack involved one of his childhood enemies, but there’s more going on than meets the eye. The consequences of his past actions, the reappearance of an old flame and a dying man who will either save or damn him are the least of his problems. The night of the full moon is approaching and time is running out.

But how can he hope to stop a werewolf, when every full moon he transforms into a bloodthirsty monster himself?

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I’ll be the first to admit that before High MoorI thought werewolves were stupid, and I blame that on Jacob in the Twilight books. I had about as much interest in these creatures as I did in witches, (absolutely none) but when I heard the hype surrounding the brilliant storytelling, and after “Hyphen-Gate” happened, I had to pick up a copy.

Not only was this story surprisingly refreshing, High Moor did for werewolves what Draculas did for vampires – it made them scary again. High Moor features likable characters, badass 7-foot tall werewolves, and a story that you may have trouble putting down. The end is left wide open for the sequel, High Moor 2: Moonstruck, and High Moor 3 is in the works, as we speak. And before you ask, I didn’t even notice the hyphenated words as I read along with the audiobook.

Now that you know that this is a great book on its own, let’s talk about the audiobook. As you know, I love Chris Barnes. His narration brings a unique life to the characters in every story he reads. However, while listening to High Moor, I noticed an intensity that I never noticed before. It is very obvious that Chris loved this story and he reads it with a tremendous enthusiasm and ferocity that I doubt any other narrator could pull off. He has to perform a number of different voices in High Moor, and some of them are so well done, you forget there’s not another person narrating the book with him. It took me a little while to get used to his American accent, but considering how thick his Scottish accent is, I think it was very well done.

High Moor is gritty, brutal and very well written. Whether you like werewolves or not, this one is worth your time.

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