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Our future in our hands

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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: 16-10-15

This is a superb book, and an admirable follow up to Hancock's previous books. Maybe a little worrying, but definitely thought provoking.

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A look at things to come. . .!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

What made the experience of listening to Glimpsing Heaven the most enjoyable?

The fact that it's something we'll all experience - one day!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Characters as individuals didn't matter too much; it was the flow of ideas and experiences.

Have you listened to any of Susan Boyce’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not yet.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

As a non fiction book, this would be more of a documentary.

Any additional comments?

As a subject this is something that has always fascinated me, and the older I get the more fascinating it becomes. But I liked the fact that this book was not just an endless list of similar stories; it was more a set of ideas with people whose stories supported the ideas.
A fascinating book, well written, albeit from an American point of view - not a criticism - and the narration was very good.

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Mystery and Intrigue at High Level

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

Reviewed: 29-09-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Only as an introduction to Conspiracies

What did you like best about this story?

Relatively short sections introducing well known cover-ups

What does Peter Marinker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Easy to listen style.

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

It was all interesting.

Any additional comments?

I liked the book, though I did feel that the author did not make any hard and fast decisions about each story. Perhaps it was best for the listener to make up his own mind?

A little bedtime tale

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

I was inspiredto listen to this book by watching the film years ago! Very good

The Sinister High Seas

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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: 04-09-15

If you could sum up Mary Celeste in three words, what would they be?

The Mystery Ship

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mary Celeste?

It was all thought provoking

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The discovery that the crew were missing!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The story is not intended to be funny or upsetting. To me it it is intended to make you think.

Any additional comments?

A good introduction to a well known mystery of the sea. Anyone wishing to delve deeper may find that most of the mystery stems from the lack of Communications in those days. . .but then again. . .?

A Sparkling Story

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

If you could sum up Hope Diamond in three words, what would they be?

A Jewellers Nightmare

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hope Diamond?

The sale to its first private owner

What about Ellouise Rothwell’s performance did you like?

Clearly Narrated though the background music was a little distracting

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

As a short story version of a well know tale it was all very interesting

Any additional comments?

This Short story is a very good introduction to a well known mystery.

For lovers of the Unknown. . .!

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

Reviewed: 31-08-15

If you could sum up Our Haunted Planet in three words, what would they be?

Highly thought provoking

What other book might you compare Our Haunted Planet to, and why?

"Mysteries" by Colin Wilson. For me both writers present the facts in a straight forward and understandable way and without recourse to sensationalism

What about Michael Hacker’s performance did you like?

I particularly liked his calm but authorititive sounding narration - almost as if he had written the book himself.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

". . .the future, is in the past . . .!"

Any additional comments?

I've always been a fan of John Keel. His books are always well written and in a manner that shows a writer at one with his subject. He learned his trade in Journalism and though he does not sensationalise, he makes the story fascinating.

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A mystery to sink into

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

Reviewed: 30-08-15

What did you like most about Evil Games?

Down to earth characters and a very touchy subject cleverly dealt with. Smart people manipulating the characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Evil Games?

No one particular moment; but all of the scenes with Alex and Kim and their build up to a final battle of wits.

Which character – as performed by Jan Cramer – was your favourite?

Kim has got to be in the line up - pardon the pun - but she is, for me, just pipped by Alex.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Could well be except for time constraints. My listening is usually around two to three hours at a time, though this one could fit a weekend.

Any additional comments?

The Kim Stone series is definitely one to remember, along with the author, Angela Marsons. One tiny criticism is that Jan Cramer should have put a bit more pause between sentences - but this did not spoil my enjoyment. Well Done.

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Very good first Novel

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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: 23-08-15

What did you like most about The Girl on the Train?

To me it was a gentle build up to an unexpected ending. Down to earth characters I could relate to

Who was your favorite character and why?

Surprisingly, NOT the girl on the train, but Megan, the girl she watches. I could sympathise with her, knowing she was the victim.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

As a new member - not yet, but I very much liked the idea of a different narrator for each character; it brought them to life for me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Would have done if I'd had the time - definitely!!

Any additional comments?

My favourite character was Megan; the narrator enabled me to conjure up a picture of a pretty girl you could feel for. She had a gentle, slightly husky voice that suited her perfectly.

One to read at Midnight

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

Reviewed: 23-08-15

Would you listen to The Haunting of Hill House again? Why?

I don't think so. I listened to it mainly because I enjoyed the film, and was curious about the book. Seeing the film did help with mental visualisations. The story was OK but too many "he said" - "she said's" got a bit tedious.

Would you be willing to try another book from Shirley Jackson? Why or why not?

Maybe.

Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not yet!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really

Any additional comments?

I would be warey of Jackson's "He said" - "she said's" - I find them tedious and largely unnecessary, but the story wasn't bad.