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  • The Labyrinth Index

  • Laundry Files, Book 9
  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Britain is under New Management. The disbanding of the Laundry - the British espionage agency that deals with supernatural threats - has culminated in the unthinkable: an elder god in residence in 10 Downing Street. But in true 'the enemy of my enemy' fashion, Mhairi Murphy finds herself working with His Excellency Nylarlathotep on foreign policy - there are worse things, it seems, than an elder god in power, and they lie in deepest, darkest America.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story utterly utterly ruined by the performan

  • By Anonymous User on 31-10-18

Great story, awful narration

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18

I have loved the other Laundry audiobooks and the story did not deserve this narrator. I did not think that Mhari was American in the books and the accents generally were pretty jarring. The regional ones were painful. I will return it and buy it again with a new narrator as soon as it is available.

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  • WEIRD. DARK.

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

From the author of Audible #1 bestsellers In The Darkness, That’s Where I’ll Know You, The Physics of the Dead, and The Stone Man - shortlisted for the Audible Audiobook of the Year award 2015 - comes this special omnibus edition collecting three of Luke Smitherd's books: Hold On Until Your Fingers Break, The Man On Table Ten, and My Name Is Mister Grief, plus exclusive bonus story "The Crash", unavailable anywhere else!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More brilliance from Luke Smitherd!

  • By Chris Goulter on 14-02-16

Fascinating and absorbing

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

Reviewed: 30-03-16

I listened to these in one run today (day off around the house) and loved them.

The characters and stories inspire sympathy and for me provoked reflection on the themes of the stories. For someone who reads to escape that is quite something as the day job has its challenges.

The great thing about author narration is that the words are always right, and this author reads compellingly. If I wrote as well as this I would be a bit more impressed with myself and the reading would suffer.

A little moan is I would have liked more definition between the stories. Climax of one is followed by title of the next which means I was left wondering if the previous had actually finished. Since yes I was listening but I was multitasking.
Overall please listen to these as they are wonderful stories and deserve to be heard.

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  • X Minus One

  • Old Time Radio, Sci-Fi Series
  • By: Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, and others
  • Narrated by: Old Time Radio
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

X Minus One was a half-hour science fiction radio series broadcast from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958 in various timeslots on NBC. Initially a revival of NBC's Dimension X (1950-51), X Minus One is widely considered among the finest science fiction dramas ever produced for radio. The first 15 episodes were new versions of Dimension X episodes, but the remainder were adaptations by NBC staff writers, including Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts, of newly published science fiction stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid stuff from the Golden Age

  • By Angela on 05-06-13

Fabulous listening from Amazing Stories

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

Reviewed: 29-12-13

Would you consider the audio edition of X Minus One to be better than the print version?

Largely much better although these are radio dramatisations of classic science fiction stories. What is lovely is that when these were recorded they weren't classics-and some of the stories and authors on the audiobook are new to me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of X Minus One?

I have always loved 'The Green Hills Of Earth" by Robert Heinlein and the audio did it justice.

What about Old Time Radio’s performance did you like?

Everything-and adding the little bits about baseball games next week etc made me feel much more as if I was back in the 50s-couldn't have been given my age!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several of the stories do that short story 'thing' of leaving a miserable upsetting ending and unresolved problems. Given the Cold War at the time it seems fair enough.

Any additional comments?

I bought this from pure nostalgia. I have early print editions of several of the stories, not because of collecting but as they were at home since my father had bought them new and can't throw books out. I enjoyed them immensely and the very long school runs/commutes became bearable. It felt as if I was in 1950s America waiting for the radio. There are some repeats which seems to reflect laziness in compilation. I listen to them in the car and fast forwarding 25 minutes using the hands free controls is not feasible, so I listened to some twice. Unfortunately they weren't the particularly good ones. Overall though if there were a volume 2 I would willingly buy it despite minor gripes.

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