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  • Magicians of the Gods

  • The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth's Lost Civilisation – the sequel to Fingerprints of the Gods
  • By: Graham Hancock
  • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

Graham Hancock's multimillion best seller Fingerprints of the Gods remains an astonishing, deeply controversial, wide-ranging investigation of the mysteries of our past and the evidence for Earth's lost civilization. Twenty years on, Hancock returns with the sequel to his seminal work filled with completely new scientific and archaeological evidence which has only recently come to light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By A on 14-12-15

Our future in our hands

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Glimpsing Heaven

  • The Stories and Science of Life after Death
  • By: Judy Bachrach
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

If you caught a glimpse of heaven, would you choose to comeback to life?

Investigative journalist Judy Bachrach has collected accounts of those who died and then returned to life with lucid, vivid memories of what occurred while they were dead, and the conclusions are astonishing. Clinical death - the moment when the heart stops beating and brain stem activity ceases - is not necessarily the end of consciousness, as a number of doctors are now beginning to concede.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A look at things to come. . .!

  • By SaxonSpirit56 on 04-10-15

A look at things to come. . .!

Overall
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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Mammoth Book of Cover-Ups

  • The Most Disturbing Conspiracies of All Time
  • By: Jon E. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Peter Marinker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86

Uncover why the Titanic sank, ponder the sinister Vatican/Mafia network that plotted the assassination of liberal John Paul, find out why NASA 'lost' its files on Mars, read why no-one enters Area 51, and consider why medical supplies were already on site at Edgware Road before the 7/7 bombs detonated. Just because you are paranoid, it doesn't mean that they aren't out to conspire against you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Summary of every conspiracy you can think of

  • By Daniel on 10-01-17

Mystery and Intrigue at High Level

Overall
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?

  • Hell House

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 244

For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen

  • By Sara on 30-06-09

A little bedtime tale

Overall
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

  • Mary Celeste

  • Mystery & Conspiracy
  • By: iMinds
  • Narrated by: David Whiteley
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Learn about the mystery of the Mary Celeste with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. In December 1872, a ship was discovered in the Atlantic Ocean. The ship's sails were raised and it was in a seaworthy condition. Yet it appeared to be bobbing quite strangely rather than sailing. Upon closer inspection, it was discovered that the crew of the ship was missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Sinister High Seas

  • By SaxonSpirit56 on 04-09-15

The Sinister High Seas

Overall
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 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. . .?

  • Hope Diamond

  • Mystery & Conspiracy
  • By: iMinds
  • Narrated by: Ellouise Rothwell
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Learn about the mysterious Hope Diamond with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series.

The 45.52-carat Hope Diamond is the largest deep-blue diamond in the world. In its body of less than one cubic inch, it holds a history dripping with mystery, conspiracy, and celebrity. It is now housed behind three inches of bulletproof glass in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and looks out at a world fixated with its beauty and history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sparkling Story

  • By SaxonSpirit56 on 04-09-15

A Sparkling Story

Overall
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.

  • Our Haunted Planet

  • By: John Keel
  • Narrated by: Michael Hacker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

In the classic Our Haunted Planet, John A. Keel brings into chilling focus strange truths about the Earth and its mysterious inhabitants. Could an unseen, prehuman race have taken careful measures to remain hidden from surface dwellers? Are they still watching us from their secret hiding places, manipulating and misleading us, using us for their own entertainment, and controlling our actions?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For lovers of the Unknown. . .!

  • By SaxonSpirit56 on 31-08-15

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.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Evil Games

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mystery to sink into

  • By SaxonSpirit56 on 30-08-15

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,008

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-10-16

Very good first Novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

  • The Haunting of Hill House

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 222

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Stephen on 09-01-11

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful