Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £22.49

Buy Now for £22.49

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

A decade ago, teacher Nathan Brookes saw four of his students walk up a hill and vanish. Only one returned, Olivia, starved, terrified, and with no memory of where she’d been. Questioned by the police but released for lack of evidence, Nathan spent the years trying to forget. 

When a body is found in the same ancient woodland where they disappeared, it is first believed to be one of the missing children but is soon identified as a Bronze Age warrior, nothing more than an archaeological curiosity. Yet Nathan starts to have horrific visions of the students, alive but trapped. Then Olivia reappears, desperate that the warrior’s body be returned to the earth - for he is the only thing keeping a terrible evil at bay.

©2017 James Brogden (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

What listeners say about Hekla’s Children

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    201
  • 4 Stars
    107
  • 3 Stars
    52
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    10
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    212
  • 4 Stars
    82
  • 3 Stars
    34
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    7
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    168
  • 4 Stars
    108
  • 3 Stars
    34
  • 2 Stars
    13
  • 1 Stars
    13

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Stereotyped

I really couldn’t listen to this. The writing is very stereotyping and the performers voice comes over as one of those plummy annoying middle class English teachers. Not fir me.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

great start

great start, but for me this really lost its way in the last third of the book, to a point this became difficult to keep up with as I started to stop listening due to the randomness.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant Story

Really good fantasy, I would highly recommend. Set in contemporary times and pre history. Very believable characters and fascinating interpretation of ancient lives.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Two listens advised!

Finished and immediately started it again as was left with far too many questions. Second round turned it into 5 stars for me as had a clue what was going on 😂 and I loved it!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

okay

took me a month to finally wade through it. Too reminiscent of the superior first Mythago Wood novel to really sustain my interest. this is the second of this author's books which I've listened to on Audible and already I can detect trademark tropes which he returns to time and again across the two novels and which I suspect are there in his other works too. the constant swearing is tiring too. I can swear like a docker and even I felt it was overkill and nothing more than a lazy attempt at being 'edgy'

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely great

I loved this. I’ve enjoyed all of James brogdens books but this one especially. Hints of James Herbert without the meandering forecast and much more story to it. Hope another one is one the way soon

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Good, maybe great, but the twists are too much.

I enjoyed this book a lot, but (can't say too much without giving the story away) the twist in direction/setting/character focus was too much for me. It was like 3 separate ideas tacked together and some of the changes in direction seemed to me like they were for the sake of appearing clever or unexpected, but to the detriment of the story's credibility. I felt a bit cheated having invested in one character for so much of book, for those aspects to have then been irrelevant. e.g. For example, what was the relevance of the Tinkerbell scene?

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent

Really enjoyed this listen,
very original, great story, very well read.
Has a bit of everything, supernatural horror, alternative realities, strong emotion and a sprinkle of spice,
big thumbs up from me, will definitely look at other titles from this author.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

unexpectedly good

the main protagonist of the story is pretty unlikeable however the supporting characters who are my opinion are the real hero are actually amazing. the story is gripping even though it's completely and utterly far-fetched

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Not quite sure what happened to the main character

Bizarre. But good. Great narrator. A few odd accent shifts to the keen ear though.