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  • Necroscope IV: Deadspeak

  • By: Brian Lumley
  • Narrated by: Michael Troughton
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Harry Keogh's Necroscope powers are gone, just as a new evil rears its head in the Balkan Mountains. Janos Ferenczy, master vampire and black magician, has risen from an ages-long sleep. He prepares an army of undead warriors to conquer the world. The dead try desperately to attract the Necroscope's attention, but Harry Keogh is deaf to their pleas and their screams. As Harry searches for a cure, he learns that to save mankind he must ally himself with the crafty father of vampires, the infamous Faethor Ferenczy. And Faethor's price will be very high indeed!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but...

  • By Anonymous User on 15-04-19

Having a hard time with this one!

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

Reviewed: 19-04-19

Firt of all I should say it's not because of the story because thats great! As other reviews have said, the new narrotor is totally unsuitable for this title, the voices are all wrong and the pronounciation of many words such as Wamphyri is completley wrong which really distracts you from the story. The original narrator for the series was a 1000 times better, please audible suggest to the publishers that they bring him back for the remaining titles or at least get someone more suited, as another reviwer sugested Simon Vance would be good I think.

Heres a little tip for Michael Toughton: HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE WAMPHYRI?

"Vam" as in vampire – "phyr" as in fear – and "i" as in eek! Vam-fear-ee, with a hissed, slightly extended emphasis on the fear bit!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Necroscope III: The Source

  • Necroscope Series, Book 3
  • By: Brian Lumley
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 64

Russia's Ural Mountains hide a deadly secret: a supernatural portal to the country of the vampires. Soviet scientists and ESP-powered spies, in a secret military base, study the portal - and the powerfully evil creatures that emerge from it, intent on ravaging mankind. When Jazz Simmons, a British agent sent to infiltrate the base, is captured by the KGB espionage squad and forced through the portal, his last message tells Harry Keogh, the Necroscope, that the vampires are preparing for a mass invasion.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When is book 4 due to drop?

  • By allan smith on 01-02-19

Bloody Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

The best in the series so far in my opinion, lets have the next one very soon audible!

  • Necroscope

  • By: Brian Lumley
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Harry Keogh is the man who can talk to the dead, the man for whom every grave willingly gives up its secrets, the one man who knows how to travel effortlessly through time and space to destroy the vampires that threaten all of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've waited years for this to come to Audible.

  • By Mr D Jones on 28-04-18

At long last

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

Wanted this on audible for years and unlike some other titles I read years ago its as good as I remember. The narrator is very good too, hope they stick with him for the rest of the series. Please Audible can we have the next one soon?

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Elysium Fire

  • Inspector Dreyfus, Book 2
  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

Featuring Inspector Dreyfus - one of Alastair Reynolds' most popular characters - this is a fast-paced SF crime story, combining a futuristic setting with a gripping tale of technology, revolution and revenge. One citizen died a fortnight ago. Two a week ago. Four died yesterday...and unless the cause can be found - and stopped - within the next four months, everyone will be dead. For the Prefects, the hunt for a silent, hidden killer is on....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not his best

  • By AndyMackenzie on 29-01-18

Good Story but why change the voices?

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

Reviewed: 23-02-18

I usually love John Lee reading Alastair Reynolds books but as another reveiwer has ponted out, in this title he has completley changed a lot of the charaters voices since The Prefect which is set only 2 years earlier. For me Sparva is the worst example of this, he used to soind gruff, with an attitude but now sounds like a posh aristocrat rather than a Hyperpig Prefect.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Floating Dragon

  • By: Peter Straub
  • Narrated by: Fritz Weaver
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Two monstrous evils. The quiet suburban town of Hampstead is threatened by two horrors. One is natural. The hideous, unstoppable creation of man's power gone mad. The other is not natural at all. And it makes the first look like child's play.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great book - awful audiobook

  • By Michael on 22-12-17

Great book - awful audiobook

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

Reviewed: 22-12-17

This is one of my favourite Peter Straub books and I cannot praise the physical book high enough, however, this abridged audio version is just terrible. I will admit that I dont really like abridged titles but I will listen to them if thats all that is available as in this case. The actual book is long and complex, the audiobook is ridiculously short and I reckon that around 80% of the story has been cut for the abridgement leaving just a series of scenes with no real connecting story. This book deserves a fully unabridged version as many of Peter Straubs other titles now have although for some reason they are not available in the UK on Audible, just the USA, you can order them on CD though. I will be requesting a refund for this item,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shepherd's Crown

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627

A Shivering of Worlds. Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength. This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad. As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • :'( it's the last one!

  • By Katherine on 28-08-15

So sad it's over

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

Reviewed: 30-10-15

I got this as soon as it was released but have put off listening as I knew I would feel sad at the end. Well I just finished listening and the book was wonderful, the narration by Stephen Briggs spot on as usual. I am more than sad now, knowing there will be no more from Sir Terry. I will miss his wit and wisdom so much.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Great & Secret Show

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Chet Williamson
  • Length: 22 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

In the little town of Palomo Grove, two great armies are amassing; forces shaped from the hearts and souls of America. In this New York Times best-seller, Barker unveils one of the most ambitious imaginative landscapes in modern fiction, creating a new vocabulary for the age-old battle between good and evil. Carrying its readers from the first stirring of consciousness to a vision of the end of the world, The Great and Secret Show is a breathtaking journey in the company of a master storyteller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite book

  • By Jay on 03-09-16

Great story

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

Reviewed: 29-10-15

I read this when it first came out, even got my book signed by Clive Barker so yes I love the story, however I don't like the narrator, should have stuck with Simon Vance who read Weaveworld and Imajica. That said, please release Everville!

  • Faerie Tale

  • By: Raymond E. Feist
  • Narrated by: Tim Flavin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

A chilling and dark fantasy from bestselling author Raymond E. Feist. Successful screenwriter Phil Hastings decides to move his family from sunny California to a ramshackle farmhouse in New York State. The idea is to take some time out, relax and pick up the threads of his career as a novelist. Good plan, bad choice. The place they choose is surrounded by ancient woodland. The house they choose is the centrepoint of a centuries-old evil intent on making its presence felt to intruders.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but....

  • By Michael on 11-01-15

Great Story but....

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

Awful narrator, read this when it first came out and loved it but listening to to the reader was very annoying. He was hesitant and felt like he was reading a childrens story half the time Also some of the words were pronounced wrong!.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Mr Mercedes

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,026

Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cliched, Predictable but Brilliant

  • By Philip on 26-07-15

Superb story beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 28-09-14

Loved this story and now found out its the first part of a trilogy. Please keep the same reader for the other 2 books as his voice fits perfectly.

  • Weaveworld

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

Clive Barker has made his mark on modern fiction by exposing all that is surreal and magical in the ordinary world - and exploring the profound and overwhelming terror that results. With its volatile mix of the fantastical and the contemporary, the everyday and the otherworldly, Weaveworld is an epic work of dark fantasy and horror - a tour de force from one of today's most forceful and imaginative artists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More please!

  • By Michael on 18-07-14

More please!

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

Reviewed: 18-07-14

Superb story read by excellent narrator. Weaveworld has always been a favourite story of mine, I got my hardback signed by Clive Barker at the Forbidden Planet bookshop in London years ago, The audio version is amazing and highly recommended.

Now Audible, can we please have The Damnation Game, The Great and Secret show, Everville, and Imajica as soon as possible please!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful