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  • House of Cards

  • By: Michael Dobbs
  • Narrated by: Paul Eddington
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

The acclaimed political thriller that first introduced the unforgettable Francis Urquhart, MP, and launched Michael Dobbs' Number-one best-selling career - now reissued in a new cover. Michael Dobbs' entertaining tale of skulduggery and intrigue within the Palace of Westminster has been a huge hit with the public. Its scheming hero, Chief Whip Francis Urquhart, who uses fair means and foul to become Prime Minister, is one of the best-known characters of the last decade - the politician we all love to hate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I liked the 1990 BBC mini series so much I got the book it was based on.

  • By Rufus on 10-01-19

I liked the 1990 BBC mini series so much I got the book it was based on.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-19

Let's get this straight to begin with:
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This audio book isn't the book of the (UK) TV mini series starring Ian Richardson as the indomitable Chief Whip Francis Urquhart. However it is the book the aforementioned mini series was based on.
I haven't seen the American series and, refuse to watch it, due to the fact that too many changes will have had to be made to major characters and plot details.
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About the book: It's Abridged, so has been shortened.

If you saw the original mini series then you'll know that when I say the major players all seem to be there means it's a good 'read'. There are some characters that aren't, presumably because they weren't in the original printed version. Don't be put off by that. As I've already said "this audio book isn't the book of the (UK) TV mini series".
With characters such as Chief Whip Francis Urquhart, newspaper reporter Mattie Storin, PM Henry Collingridge and Charles Collingridge (alcoholic brother of PM Henry) there's plenty of twists and turns to be able to play out. And play out they do. With political intrigue, sex scandal, drug taking and the manipulation that goes on. This is a book to 'read' and listen to again.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey. Hoop and his associates uncover a nest of Xenomorphs, and hell takes on a new meaning. Quickly they discover that their only hope lies with the unlikeliest of saviors.... Ellen Ripley, the last human survivor of the salvage ship Nostromo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super-charged Alien Creepiness!

  • By Simon on 14-12-18

Great story ruined by bad sound quality on music.

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

Backing track (music & sound effects) were bad & could've been recorded under water. Potentially 5 stars.
I enjoyed listening to the story but...as I've already said, my enjoyment was ruined by the music /backing track that sounded as if it had been recorded on magnetic tape that had worn thin (those over a certain age will know exactly what it sounds like. If you don't then ask your elders). Audible, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE sort out the sound quality... We don't live in an age of audio cassettes anymore. If it were still the 1980's I'd expect it of a secondhand home recording.

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  • Alice In Wonderland

  • By: Lewis Carroll
  • Narrated by: Joan Greenwood, Stanley Holloway
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

A full cast performance starring Joan Greenwood and Stanley Holloway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joan Greenwood/Stanley Holloway. Perfection😇

  • By Rufus on 17-12-18

Joan Greenwood/Stanley Holloway. Perfection😇

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

Reviewed: 17-12-18

Not yet listened to this on Audible. HOWEVER, we had this on vinyl way back in the '60's so I already know what it's like. I've searched this out especially for this version.

Once you've heard the Joan Greenwood/Stanley Holloway version (this one) you'll not want another.

  • Lair

  • The Rats Series, Book 2
  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Book Two in Herbert’s classic ‘rats’ series.They've waited long enough.The mutant white rats had grown and mated, creating offspring in its own image. They dominated the others, the dark-furred ones, who foraged for food and brought it back to the lair. Now the dark rats were restless, tormented by a craving they could not satisfy. But the white sluglike thing that ruled them knew. Its two heads weaved to and fro and a stickiness drooled from its mouth as it remembered the taste of human flesh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LAIR: by James Herbert

  • By Fran Sandling on 22-02-16

LAIR... This just goes to show James Herbert's.

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

LAIR... This just goes to show James Herbert's DOMAIN. What an excellent trilogy of books.

  • The Rats

  • The Rats Series, Book 1
  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

The terror begins. London is struck by an invasion. Women, children, old and young, none are safe from the deadly menace. The attacks are swift and sure, escape is impossible. A state of emergency is declared. Evacuation seems the only solution in the face of a growing panic and mounting death toll. War is declared on the public enemy number one. The Rats!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • As good as I remember....

  • By Dave on 17-03-14

The first, and maybe best, of an excellent series of books.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I read the paperback many years ago and when I saw 'The Rats' as an audiobook I decided it's time to treat myself. I'm glad I did. I love James Herbert's books.

I must try to sit down and re-read the paperbacks I own.

  • The Fog

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

The peaceful life of a village in Wiltshire is suddenly shattered by a disaster which strikes without reason or explanation, leaving behind it a trail of misery and horror. A yawning, bottomless crack spreads through the earth, out of which creeps a fog that resembles no other. Whatever it is, it must be controlled; for wherever it goes it leaves behind a trail of disaster as hideous as the tragedy that marked its entry into the world. The fog, quite simple, drives people insane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stuff

  • By M Henderson on 28-12-16

Great story. If you like chiller/thriller stories you'll love this.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

UPDATED REVIEW: I first read the book and enjoyed it so much that when I joined Audible I decided that at some point, if I came across it, I would get this book. Can't rate it highly enough.

It's been brought to my attention that my original review (below) 'may confuse other customers that are interested in the audiobook'. That was in no way my intention but was meant more as a reference point.

If you've seen the film but are new to the book then you'll be surprised at the difference. Just remember...the book came first.
I saw the film first many years ago. Having liked it so much I decided to buy the paperback...it was even better than the movie, but it's usually the way of things I find.
Set NOT in a USA coastal village but in the English West-Country, initially, this is the story of....what? Well, I'm not going to spoil it for you but I will tell you it has nothing to do with cursed dead pirates treasure.

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  • The Bone Collector

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Harding
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

New York City is thrown into chaos by the assaults of the Bone Collector, a serial kidnapper and killer who gives the police a chance to save his victims from death by leaving obscure clues. The cops go to Lincoln Rhyme, an ex-NYPD forensics expert left paralysed after an accident on the job. Rhyme reluctantly postpones his ambitions towards suicide and puts together a forensic investigation team, enlisting as his eyes and ears young police officer Amelia Sachs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent performance

  • By Ann on 12-12-15

The film is great...The novel/audiobook is excellent. Forget Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-18

The Bone Collector is one of my favourite movies. The novel/audiobook, however, has to beat even the movie. There are a few differences between the two, however minor they seem. Things such as Amelia Sachs (in the novel) becomes Amelia Donaghy, the nurse in the novel is Thom and in the movie he's become Thelma. As I've already stated though these are small things so don't let them put you off the novel or audiobook.

All in all it's a good read or listen, depending on your preference. Personally I got the Kindle book with Audible narration...possibly the best of both worlds.

  • Silent Victim

  • By: Caroline Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen. It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge.... Returning to the shallow grave in the garden, she finds it empty. The body is gone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good story

  • By fabian on 14-03-18

Here lies MADNESS!? Murder, mayhem, mystery and...

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

SILENT VICTIM.

With short, make that very short, chapters it's got a pace of it's own. Couple that with the fact that it's in a diary format (leaping forwards and backwards) it sounds very confusing. It's not!!!

You soon get into the swing of this book/audiobook and find yourself trying to work out who did what, when and where. You'll be guessing until the end.

All in all a book to indulge yourself in. I'd highly recommend SILENT VICTIM to fans of murder mysteries. It's like an Alfred Hitchcock film in book/audiobook form.

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  • Mort

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400

Mort, like many teenagers, is gangly, unpromising, and struggling with a menial job - in his case, as Death's apprentice. He can barely handle his simple task of ushering souls out of Discworld, but he really screws up when he meets the beautiful Princess Keli, who is scheduled to be assassinated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good but poor quality recording

  • By Sam on 19-04-15

A mishmash of accents and uninteresting listing (SADLY).

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-18

The usual brilliant storytelling from Terry Pratchett.

I bought this from the Kindle store as an add-on to book...now I'm sorry I did. I found the Nigel Planer narration flat, boring and totally uninteresting. His accents for the various characters changed at times from London to northern/West country to, what seemed to be, an attempt at some form of Asian or oriental.

After hearing the BBC production I've been let down. Sadly I was looking forward to hearing this audiobook. I won't be listening to anymore Nigel Planer narrated audiobooks.

  • Poseidon's Gold

  • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 5 (Dramatised)
  • By: Lyndsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser, Anna Madeley, Trevor Peacock
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Returning to Rome after his mission to Germania, Falco finds that his mother is being harassed by a centurion named Censorinus, who says he is chasing a debt owed to him by Falco's brother Festus. Censorinus claims that Festus was involved in a syndicate, shipping valuable statues from Greece - and that even when his ship sunk; Festus had guaranteed that everyone in the group would get their money back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rome brought to life

  • By Laura on 05-05-11

Poseidon's Gold (BBC dramatisation with Anton Lesser and Anna Madeley). Beg, borrow (but don't steal) this excellent story.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-17

Beg, borrow (but don't steal) this excellent story.

Poseidon's Gold has been a very enjoyable listen. Sadly it's the last in the BBC full cast dramatisation starring Anton Lesser and Anna Madeley. I don't think that there'll be another production that will equal this series.