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James Wing

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  • Six Scary Stories

  • Selected by Stephen King
  • By: Elodie Harper, Manuela Saragosa, Paul Bassett Davies, and others
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Esther Wane, Jane Collingwood, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Winning stories from The Bazaar of Bad Dreams Hodder- Guardian competition. The number one best-selling writer Stephen King presents six gripping and chilling stories in this captivating anthology: 'Wild Swimming' by Elodie Harper. 'Eau-de-Eric' by Manuela Saragosa. 'The Spots' by Paul Bassett Davies. 'The Unpicking' by Michael Button. 'La Mort de L'amant' by Stuart Johnstone. 'The Bear Trap' by Neil Hudson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Six spine-chilling short stories

  • By Steve on 10-05-17

Great set of stories

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

It’s like a really good collection of creepy pastas with great performances. Well worth the current asking price (£2.59 as I write this), though too short to use a credit for. Definitely worth a listen, especially if you enjoy short horror stories.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,230

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Entertaining science fiction

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

A great story that would make a entertaining cliffhanger type of TV show, excellent science fiction ideas and realism, however it’s a bit cringe worthy in places and dialogue feels a bit weird at times.

  • What Does This Button Do?

  • By: Bruce Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Bruce Dickinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030

Pioneers of Britain's nascent rock and metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style and stage presence of its second but twice-longest-serving lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. As Iron Maiden's front man - first from 1981 to 1993, and then from 1999 to the present - Dickinson has been, and remains, a man of legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scream for me Audible

  • By Neil Pardoe on 19-10-17

Excellent autobiography

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

Reviewed: 20-01-18

I’ve listened to a few autobiographies on Audible now and this one is the best. None of the usual cliches, it’s a series of interesting events that fleshes out into a story of the highs and lows of a rock star’s life. Especially recommended for Iron Maiden fans.

  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,341

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stumbled across this 'plying' beauty

  • By M.Brad on 11-04-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Great story, lots of laugh out loud moments, some interesting science fiction themes and some likeable characters. Hope it gets a sequel!

  • David Mitchell: Back Story

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: David Mitchell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,141

David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Total Joy

  • By Stan on 17-10-12

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 19-12-17

A very entertaining look at the world behind the projects he’s worked on and filled with his trademark angry rambling rants. Worth a credit.

  • Red Horizon

  • Discovery Series, Book 2
  • By: Salvador Mercer
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

The truth of discovery is on mankind's horizon, a Red Horizon. For nearly four long years, the world's superpowers have mobilized their people and resources in preparation for the next discovery, Mars. The race against one another pales in comparison to the inherent dangers of travelling through the vastness of the cosmos, going where mankind has never gone before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listen

  • By M.Martin on 03-03-19

Good sci fi

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

Reviewed: 13-12-17

An enjoyable listen, a bit more far fetched than the previous book but still scientifically plausible. The story felt like it could have been fleshed out more, perhaps into two books given the pacing, depth and detail you might expect after the first book but this isn’t much of a complaint since most of the time you hear this the other way around. Definitely left me wanting the next book though.

  • Lunar Discovery

  • Discovery Series, Book 1
  • By: Salvador Mercer
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

What lies on the dark side of the moon could change the course of humanity forever. When a Chinese rover discovers an alien technology on the dark side of the moon, it is up to Richard "Rock" Crandon and his NASA team of scientists and engineers to devise a way to return before the Chinese and Russians. Forced to deal with bureaucratic oversight and a complex team of personalities, Rock Crandon pushes his team to their limits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Initail Thoughts

  • By Stephen on 22-11-17

Enjoyable sci fi

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

Reviewed: 19-10-17

Falls into a lot of the same cliches as other work but nothing unforgivable. Unless maybe you’re a fan of the Chinese communist party who don’t come off great but hey, who is? Realistic in terms of the science and technology which is this books strongest point, perhaps less so with the political side but not enough to spoil anything. Enjoyed this book and will be listening to more of the series if this is anything to go by. If you enjoyed the Martian for all the geeky technical details, problem solving and the ongoing race to do the impossible against the clock then this is for you.

  • How Not to Be a Boy

  • By: Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,716
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,357

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating charming sad redemptive

  • By sarah on 02-09-17

That's numberwang!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

This is a truly exceptional and heartwarming story, it's touching and relatable, saddening in places and hilarious in others. I don't normally like stuff like this and only got it because it's Robert Webb, I figured I know him, he's funny, this'll be a laugh, and it was but not like I thought it would be. I actually feel like I do know Robert Webb now, and weirdly I feel like that's made me happier. Maybe you won't feel that way if you don't relate to it, but I sure did.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Emergency Admissions

  • By: Kit Wharton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Shocking, funny and unflinchingly honest, Emergency Admissions gives us a fascinating glimpse into the extraordinary world of ambulance driving from the man behind the wheel.

Kit Wharton has been an ambulance driver for a dozen years. This book is his report from the frontline of that work: 999 calls that hurtle him to critical moments in other peoples' lives. Nothing in this job is normal; every job is different. From the bizarre to the terrifying and tragic, Wharton takes his audience through his strange work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it

  • By Rachel W. on 18-07-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 16-08-17

One of the best books I've listened to on Audible. In places laugh out loud hilarious and all through well written and performed, it's an amazing window on the sides of a job you don't see.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes

  • Incredible Real-Life Murders
  • By: Robin Odell
  • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

A gripping collection of stories of human criminality at its most bizarre.

These unusual, sensational murders recall not only gruesome historical crimes, but also touch on shocking and macabre modern murders. Included are details of groundbreaking advances in crime detection, law enforcement, and forensic science. This is the top-secret report on the most grisly, and unusual, criminal activity of our time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lives up to the title

  • By James Wing on 11-05-17

Lives up to the title

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Most entries are very detailed, though some leave you wondering about outcomes and loose ends. Overall a good listen.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful