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Jonathan

Jonathan Haywards Heath, United Kingdom Member Since 2007
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  • "A great collection of short horror ..."

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    I'm always hungry for collections of good short stories, especially horror, and often disappointed by what gets released. Thirteen, though, has everything I look for in a collection - good stories and great narration, with excellent sound effects and music as a very welcome (and effective) bonus.
    The stories themselves are pretty diverse in terms of content, and while some are inevitably stronger than others, none of them are less than enjoyable to listen to, delivering genuine scares and a lingering atmosphere of building tension throughout. The collection even includes a modern-day retelling of the much-loved "the monkey's paw" and, though personally this is my least favourite tale, I have to admire the effort to bring the classic to a new audience.
    The narration is excellent, as diverse as the stories themselves, and none of the actors involved deliver anything less than a brilliant performance. So many audio books suffer from poor narration, which, for me, can sometimes ruin a decent story entirely - I'm delighted to say that Thirteen doesn't fall in to this group.
    Overall - it's definitely worthy of a place in any horror fan's collection, and I only wish it was called 14 or 25 or 62. Really hoping for a Thirteen volume 2 in the near future.

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    Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Scott Harrison, Dan Abnett, Cavan Scott, and others
    • Narrated By Gemma Arterton, Lalla Ward, Frances Barber, and others
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    In early 20th Century England Hamilton James Macaulay relates the tale of how he found himself in a Scarborough Bric-a-brac shop. The owner of the shop has 13 long playing records that each contain a hidden track at the end, that tell strange tales of future times. These 13 tales of terror will change Hamilton James Macaulay's life forever and he will leave the shop a murderer. Thirteen is a portmantaeu audio anthology, harking back to the classic horror albums of the 1970s.

    Jonathan says: "A great collection of short horror stories"
  • "Interesting horror fiction, very we..."

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    The Dreadtime Stories collections are the home of some brilliantly enjoyable horror fiction, imaginative and interesting and excellently written and performed. Some of it I saw coming, some of it genuinely surprised me, but I enjoyed all of it - "Wolf" was particularly clever in the way it leads you by the nose into your own conclusions, and then effortlessly trumps them. This is a must have for fans of horror stories or dramatized horror stories.



    If you enjoy this, Volume 2 is just as good, and you might want to check out Tales from Beyond the Pale, also on audible.

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    Fangoria's Dreadtime Stories, Volume One (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Steve Nubie, Max Allan Collins, Dennis Etchison, and others
    • Narrated By Malcolm McDowell
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    "A Fungus Among Us" by Steve Nubie: A mysterious fungus is causing people to act like zombies before their heads explode and spore - like snakes ooze out of their brains! "Wolf" by Max Allan Collins: A modern-day werewolf whose appetite for beautiful young women vacationing at a lodge retreat has guests and workers panic-stricken. "The Late Shift" by Dennis Etchison: A company takes flesh-peddling to a whole new level. Plus three more original short stories, fully dramatized to thrill and chill you.

    Jonathan says: "Interesting horror fiction, very well dramatised"
  • "Enjoyable blend of horror & comedy"

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    A lot of horror likes to call itself "not for the faint hearted" but this really isn't, and the easily squeamish may want to give it a miss as well. A lot of it was also conciously written to be funny rather than serious horror, so if that sort of thing annoys you, again maybe pass. The humour is generally pretty crude, mostly too crude for me to find amusing, but that's just me, and I think the level of humour fits the stories well.

    The stories themselves are by & large pretty good. They tend to deliver shocks rather than scares - I don't think I was ever scared, but was shocked constantly. For me it's the difference between something like The Grudge and a slasher flick like Friday the 13th - the gore in the latter is shocking, the more psychological nature of the former is scary, and the stories here all fall very squarely in the shocker category. They are all very original, very rarely predictable, which I prize highly in horror fiction. A lot of cannibalism though.

    The narration - generally it's good solid stuff, with well defined character voices etc., but I find it hard to forgive the cockney accent in "The Screaming", which is a bit of a diction nightmare in any case - Konrath claims to have made a great effort to match the langauge for the setting, i.e. 1960s England, but I found it pretty horrendous. Don't get discouraged and stop listenening though, the rest is much better.

    All in all, if you like your horror stories to be gory, brutal and nasty, you should enjoy these. If you like something less visceral, I really wouldn't risk it. If you do end up liking these, I'd recommend Haunted by Chuck Palanuik, which is as nasty but a good deal more intelligent, or The Collection, by Bentley Little.

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    Horror Stories: Twenty Six Scary Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jack Kilborn, J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
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    Twenty-six horror stories by masters of fiction J.A. Konrath and Jack Kilborn.

    Gemma says: "Predictable but Entertaining"
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  • Burning Chrome

    "Found the Chrome a bit patchy"

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    Heard a lot of great things about this collection of short stories, and even about film spin offs from some, so thought it must be good.



    I think it is fair to say, William Gibson's writing has matured over the years, as some of the earlier works on here are really not that brilliant. That said, I can't deny that some of stories on here are great, and they show the genius that he is and the great worlds he can create. The mix of narrators is also a good move, but again, some are better than others.



    Overall, good, but approach with care.

Paul

Paul Kettering, United Kingdom 08/01/2012 Member Since 2011
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  • "A Super Effort"

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    Listening to this great little anthology I have read in my early 20's. I am glad at last these books are finally being audiobooked.

    I found Luke Daniels vocal talents gave each character a voice of their own, male and female.

    The new additional stories added a little extra to a great series of stories. Roll on getting the audiobooks for the other novels in the series.

    (I can hope the next anthology series from my youth they audiobook would be the Thieves World Anthology. I can dream).

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    Wild Cards I

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    In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.

    Paul says: "A Super Effort"

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