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  • The Day of the Martians

  • The Martian Diaries, Volume 1
  • By: H.E. Wilburson
  • Narrated by: Terry Thompson, Harry Preston
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

The terror of the coming of the Martians has become a distant memory, a bad dream that has faded with time. It is now 1913 and the cosy, suburban life of the writer from H G Wells' iconic The War of the Worlds descends again into a Martian nightmare. A cylinder from the previous invasion has been unearthed in Wales, intact and completely sealed from the Earth's atmosphere, then transported to London for no apparent reason. It is unclear whether there are Martians still alive inside it after more than a decade.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Little Diamond From Mars!

  • By Simon on 25-04-18

A Brave New World

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

The book follows the themes and style of the original War of the Worlds in a very credible fashion and although very short at just over two hours is a perfectly acceptable sequel to H G Wells classic Sci-Fi Tale

Harry Preston as Narrator turns in a fine performance as narrator with a variety of accents and character voices. He has a pleasant Grandfatherly tone that is very easy on the ear, I would have liked to hear a little more variety in his pace as his narration is perhaps a little too unvarying for the prose parts.

The production is I imagine largely inspired by the Jeff Wayne War of the Worlds LP read by Richard Burton. A very, very tough act to follow! and because of this I have to save the five stars for that production and drop a star for this one. The music is good but there is simply too much of it.(as other reviewers have pointed out) It plays over maybe 90-95 per cent of the narration. I can only recall a short scene near the beginning in a cafe where there wasn't music for a very few minutes. I actually appreciate the use of SFX and the work that has gone into them. But on this production I felt that at times the music didn't so much increase the emotion of a scene but because it was always there lessened the impact at the points where it would have been best used. However huge thumbs up for the work that had gone into it.

  • Journey into Space

  • Frozen in Time
  • By: Charles Chiltern
  • Narrated by: David Jacobs, Michael Beckley, Alan Marriott, and others
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

In this thrilling new episode, the spaceship Ares has been heading back to Earth for 30 years, with the crew in suspended animation - except Captain Jet Morgan, whose sleeper pod failed. With the ship six months from home, Jet picks up an SOS from Mars, and wakes the others to go on a rescue mission. But when our heroes meet up with the stranded crew it becomes apparent that all is not what it first appeared.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Frozen in Time

  • By Leonard on 11-02-09

Well produced

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

Reviewed: 17-12-17

A very simple story, involving corporate greed and ecological themes An "entry level" villain for the "trainee hero" might be the best way to describe the level of threat in this adventure . Very well produced and performed however with first class music and effects. Rather short compared to many of the available titles here at audible that provide great value for money. Whole series etc So not great value but a title that you could listen to several times easily enough and of high quality.

  • Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection

  • By: Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
  • Narrated by: Paul Eddington, full cast, Nigel Hawthorn
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,785
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,630
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,628

Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hasn't dated a day.

  • By Steven Turner on 01-12-15

Classic Comedy

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

Reviewed: 18-04-17

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

You get a lot for your money here! And all of it good. One of my best spent credits on audible.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nigel Hawthorne as Sir Humphrey Appleby. Devious, funny but still likeable in a strange Wily Coyote kind of way.

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

It is funny, it does make you laugh, it also makes you think and is as relative to today's politics as it was when it was made.

Any additional comments?

Great value, one of the greatest TV comedies of all time up there with Fawlty Towers, Dad's Army, Blackadder. So cleverly written and perfectly cast.

  • The Man Behind the Master

  • The Biography of Anthony Ainley
  • By: Karen Louise Hollis
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Although known to an audience of millions the world over for his portrayal of The Doctor's arch nemesis The Master in Doctor Who during the 1980s, Anthony Ainley had a prolific career which encompassed starring roles in Spyders Web and It's Dark Outside as well as appearances in renowned dramas such as The Pallisers, Elizabeth R, Nicholas Nickleby, and Upstairs, Downstairs....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dire - an audio IMDB

  • By Michael on 06-10-17

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 17-12-16

What did you like most about The Man Behind the Master?

I love a good villain and The Master has always been a great foil for the Doctor. Anthony Ainley had a wonderful screen presence and portrayed the Master brilliantly, albeit in a considerably more over the top pantomime villain style than Roger Delgado

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Man Behind the Master?

I really felt bad for the poor guy being deserted by his parents and abandoned to a children's home, although in some ways it sounded like it came with certain benefits not dished out to regular kids with trips to America, visits from Laurence Olivier and Noel Coward etc etc

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

No this is the only one I've heard, It was a very good reading and it would be completely unfair to criticise John for his reading by saying that I would have liked to have known the reader as a colleague or family member of Anthony Ainley's, In the same way that I very much enjoyed knowing that Michael Troughton read his father's autobiography. That link makes it a more personal and genuine listening experience.

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

"Masterful"

Any additional comments?

A good read especially for Doctor Who Fans, for Actors with an interest in how other actor's careers came about, and as a social history lesson in how the good old days weren't all that good.

  • The Cotswolds Werewolf and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Peter K. Andersson
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Someone is killing sheep in the Cotswolds. Or something. As Holmes and Watson arrive in the tranquility of a little village of shepherds and farmers to enjoy a few restful days in the idyllic countryside, strange things start to occur. While Holmes locks himself in his hotel room, consumed by depression, Watson is left to explore the surroundings on his own, acquainting himself with both the local shepherding community, the eccentric vicar, and the local folklore concerning a mysterious werewolf.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent homage

  • By G. Preston on 14-12-17

Great Sherlock Holmes audiobook

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

Would you listen to The Cotswolds Werewolf and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes again? Why?

The audiobook hits all the right notes, it's a truly Hound of the Baskervilles adventure as Holmes and Watson are embroiled in the mysterious appearance of a Werewolf in a village community of local Shepherds etc. What makes it extra special is the narration which is full of very well defined characters performed by a very versatile Narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the narration and all the sound effects, which made this audiobook more like a full cast drama. Watson and Holmes are well characterised. Holmes in particular is truly enigmatic and powerfully performed. The strength of the vocal characterisation portrays the enigma that is Holmes.

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

Mr Peever is an actor Narrator, sometimes narrators have the most wonderful voices that are just a pleasure to hear them read, great for falling asleep too. Mr Peever performs the script, great for driving.

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

It was exciting and the tale of the journey by ship that is related is a hammer film in itself.

Any additional comments?

Well worth listening too.

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  • Reckoning

  • The Silver Blackthorn Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Kerry Wilkinson
  • Narrated by: Kat Rose-Martin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorn takes the Reckoning. This coming-of-age test not only decides her place in society, Elite, Member, Inter or Trog, but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor. But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Listen

  • By Michelle on 19-01-15

Dystopian Hogwarts.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

Where does Reckoning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Kat is a natural for the role of Silver Blackthorn with her Emmerdale erm I mean Martindale accent and youthful tones. The fact that the novel is written entirely in first person from Silver's point of view is carried throughout very convincingly.

What other book might you compare Reckoning to, and why?

I was reminded of The opening of John Christopher's novels about the The Tripods as intelligent young people are selected and the remaining population are kept at a primitive level in a dystopian future. Then the train journey to Windsor was very J K Rowling's Hogwarts Express, but Hogwarts turns out to be more like Colditz.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The conclusion because.. well it's the most exciting bit.

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

People die, cruelly and unnecessarily so you feel for them and the ones left behind, there aren't a great many laughs in this book.

Any additional comments?

Very much the first in a series it ends abruptly leaving the characters still in some peril and the reader thinking now I'll have to read the next one! so be prepared This is only the beginning!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful