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  • Necronomicon

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia, Bronson Pinchot, Stephen R. Thorne, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919

Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and '30s, H. P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when first published. This tome brings together all of Lovecraft's harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were when first released.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Collection, but NOT Complete.

  • By Ian on 28-09-15

A Great Intoduction To The World Of H.P. Lovecraft

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

Reviewed: 28-04-19

Although this collection of Lovecrafts stories,does not contain all of his main works.It is a perfect place to begin a wierd and wonderfull journey into the mind of this ingenius writer.All the stories are well read by the numerous narrators.So read on and come face to face with the Cthulhu mythos and other incredible worlds !

  • A Short History of Film

  • By: Wheeler Winston Dixon, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

The history of international cinema is now available in a concise, conveniently sized, and affordable volume. Succinct yet comprehensive, A Short History of Film provides an accessible overview of the major movements, directors, studios, and genres from the 1880s to the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent History Of World Cinema

  • By Stephen Gott on 28-02-19

An Excellent History Of World Cinema

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

Reviewed: 28-02-19

As a long time lover of cinema and somebody who has read about and studied Film over many years.I can say that I found "A Short History Of Film" very interesting and informative.It gave me a long list of films to check out and even more,a number of directors I need look at,.Especially the important women directors,who have been unjustly overlooked in other film histories.As for the narration,I found it nicely paced and clearly spoken.

  • Literary Theory

  • A Very Short Introduction
  • By: Jonathan Culler
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

What is literary theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? These are some of questions addressed by Jonathan Culler in this new edition of his highly popular Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction. Culler, an extremely lucid commentator and much admired in the field of literary theory, uses easy-to-grasp examples as he outlines the ideas behind schools of criticism that can otherwise be quite daunting, such as deconstruction, semiotics, and postcolonial theory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now have bought the book

  • By Ms. S. Iliffe on 11-01-17

A Good Starting Point

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-19

As a complete beginner ,were Literary Theory is concerned.I found this introduction informative and full of references for further study.The narration was well delivered, in pace and clarity.

  • Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction 

  • By: Stephen Eric Bronner
  • Narrated by: Alfred Gingold
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Critical Theory emerged in the 1920s from the work of the Frankfurt School, the circle of German-Jewish academics who sought to diagnose - and, if at all possible, cure - the ills of society, particularly fascism and capitalism. In this book, Stephen Eric Bronner provides sketches of leading representatives of the critical tradition (such as George Lukács and Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse and Jurgen Habermas) as well as many of its seminal texts and empirical investigations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, clear, a little random

  • By Christine on 12-02-14

Making Sense Of Critical Theory

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-18

For anybody interesting in critical theory,or just wanting to know what its all about."Critical Theory:A Very Short Introduction",is a good starting point.Yes the information is crammed into a short space of time and you may need to go back on things.However, the ideas expressed,the thinkers of critical theory named and the lists of works mentioned,are very useful if you want to continue your reading of critical theory.I thought the narration was clearly read,which is all you can hope for in any complex study of this kind.

  • Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

  • By: P. H. Matthews
  • Narrated by: James Conlan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Linguistics falls in the gap between arts and science, on the edges of which the most fascinating discoveries and the most important problems are found. Rather than following the conventional organization of many contemporary introductions to the subject, the author of this stimulating guide begins his discussion with the oldest, 'arts' end of the subject and moves chronologically through to the newest research - the 'science' aspects.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Introductiom For The Curious

  • By Stephen Gott on 09-12-18

A Good Introductiom For The Curious

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Linguistics is one of those subjects,I've always been curious about."Linguistics:A Very Short Introduction" is a good way to learn about the basic ideas and theories of linguistics and some of the advances it has made.It will also leave you wondering about future advancements and it may also inspire you learn more.As for the narration by James Conlan,it was a clear and solid performance,which is perfect for this type of book.

  • Amusing Ourselves to Death

  • Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
  • By: Neil Postman
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

In this eloquent and persuasive book, Neil Postman examines the deep and broad effects of television culture on the manner in which we conduct our public affairs, and how "entertainment values" have corrupted the very way we think. As politics, news, religion, education, and commerce are given less and less expression in the form of the printed word, they are rapidly being reshaped to suit the requirements of television.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book read far too fast

  • By discerning reader on 14-03-17

Television:The Opium Of The People !

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

Reviewed: 24-11-18

This book might have been written some 30 years ago,but what it says about television can equally (if not more so ) be applied to todays Multi Media Soma.A Brave New World,where you don't need to worry about climate change,war or anything negative in the "Real World".Because you can enter your own world of virtual reality and manage a virtual football team or like some kind of superman wipe out an entire enemy.
An excellent book,which makes you think about the world we live in today.A thing that might not always be "a laugh" or entertaining,but is necessary if we want a better world for all and have humankind progress.
Some reviews have complained about the narrators speed of reading,but I did'nt have a problem with this.All I would say is,this is the kind of book were to get its full meaning.You may need to run it back at times,or as I intend to do,listen to it again.

  • The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection

  • By: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone brilliantly interpret twenty of Edgar Allan Poe's most chilling stories and poems - an unforgettably intense listening experience!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost perfect but...

  • By ERMZ on 06-11-16

The Master Of The Macabre

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Anybody wanting to know where to start with Edgar Allan Poe,should look no further then this superb recording.All the classic tales and poems are here and they are read by two of of the "Golden Age Of Hollywoods" greatest orators,Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone.If I had one minor complaint,It would be the lack of title headings and poor chaptering.

  • The Rats

  • The Rats Series, Book 1
  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

The terror begins. London is struck by an invasion. Women, children, old and young, none are safe from the deadly menace. The attacks are swift and sure, escape is impossible. A state of emergency is declared. Evacuation seems the only solution in the face of a growing panic and mounting death toll. War is declared on the public enemy number one. The Rats!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • As good as I remember....

  • By Dave on 17-03-14

I Can't Wait To Read Book 2 !

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-18

"The Rats" is my first James Herbert book and I'm wondering why.If the other two books in the series are as good as this, then I've got some good listening time ahead of me .As for David Rintoul's narration,it's as good as it gets !

  • Planet of the Blood Demons

  • By: Jamie L. Evans
  • Narrated by: Rod Barnes (Night Voices)
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

In the future, Earth has run out of oil. A company called Yakunan-Group found oil on the planet called Tarqouiste, which they promptly renamed Yakunan Planet. Communications go down on the mining facility on Planet Yakunan. So the Yakunan-Group sends their space security specialists to the planet on a mission to learn why. The spaceship, Battere, led by Captain Harry Deckard lands on the planet and finds most of the miners have disappeared.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pulp Sci-Fi Horror

  • By Stephen Gott on 07-10-18

Pulp Sci-Fi Horror

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-18

From the off,this tale of a rescue mission trying to discover what has happened to a far off mining planet.Shoots along in its narrative at breakneck speed.The over the top narration by Rod Barnes perfectly suits this pulpy tale of humanity fighting a demonic lifeforce.A fun and quick listen,which is unfortunatley spoilt by some overpowering sound effects

  • Necro Files

  • Two Decades of Extreme Horror
  • By: George R. R. Martin, Bentley Little, Edward Lee, and others
  • Narrated by: Eric A. Shelman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

Spanning over 20 years, 20 masters and modern authors of hardcore horror share their most bad-ass stories in this special edition from Comet Press. Many hard to find and out of print, some that were banned, Necro Files covers every imaginable mode of mayhem including serial killers, necrophilia, cannibals, werewolves, zombies, sex fetishes, psychopaths, snuff, occult, and more stories that dial into the dark side of human nature.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Varied World Of Extreme Horror

  • By Stephen Gott on 02-10-18

The Varied World Of Extreme Horror

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

Having only read,what I would guess you'ed call traditional horror.In other words vampires, demons and ghosts etc.I decided to give the more modern Splatter Punk variety a try.So I downloaded "Necro Files:Two Decades Of Extreme Horror" and boy was it different ! Whilst it did include some of the more recognized horrors.It also introduced me to a world that the Marquis De Sade would have been well versed in.On the whole,I found the stories maybe a little too extreme for my taste,but having said that there are a number of stories that stick in the mind.So in closing,I would say that the stories might not be for everyone,but if you are adventurous in your reading,give these well read stories a try.