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  • The Vampire Armand

  • The Vampire Chronicles 6
  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Mesmerising, darkly erotic, terrifying, The Vampire Armand is an historic instalment to Anne Rice's internationally best-selling Vampire Chronicles. Magnificent and electrifying, The Vampire Armand tells the tale of the mesmerising leader of the vampire coven the Theatre des Vampires in Paris. This angel-faced killer was snatched from the steppes of Russia as a child and sold as a slave in Renaissance Venice.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, terrible narrator

  • By Heather R on 26-02-17

Disappointing!

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

Reviewed: 23-06-19

Having listened with great enjoyment to the previous books in this series I was very disappointed with this story, due in large part to the monotonous tone of the narrator. His continuous downturn of voice and long drawn out pronunciation at the ends of sentences became extremely irritating and spoilt the meaning of what he was narrating. Neither did I enjoy the long descriptions of sex which I struggled with. I like to listen to my audio books in the car but actually found myself closing the windows in case passers-by thought I was listening to porn!

  • Taltos

  • Lives of Mayfair Witches
  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

It's centuries since I've seen one single other member of my own species. Oh, there have been others. I've heard of them, chased after them, and in some instances almost found them. Mark, I say almost. But not in centuries have I touched my own flesh and blood, as humans are so fond of saying. Never in all this time....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-09-18

Disappointing!

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

Reviewed: 20-06-19

I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this series, but Taltos has left me feeling very disappointed. Having invested many hours in listening to all three books, I feel cheated by the abruptness of the ending and I feel it has spoilt the overall impression of the series.

  • Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story

  • A Psychic Surveys Prequel
  • By: Shani Struthers
  • Narrated by: Heather Tracy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

In 1899, in the North Yorkshire market town of Thorpe Morton, a tragedy occurred; 59 people died at the market hall whilst celebrating Christmas Eve, many of them children. One hundred years on and the spirits of the deceased are restless still, 'haunting' the community, refusing to let them forget. In 1999, psychic investigators Theo Lawson and Ness Patterson are called in to help, sensing immediately on arrival how weighed down the town is. Quickly they discover there's no safe haven. The past taints everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Supernatural tale, superbly narrated

  • By J. Farrer on 03-12-18

Irritating!

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

Too many ghost story cliches combined with a narrator’s Wallace and Gromit type Yorkshire accent made this story irritating instead of something to be enjoyed.
If it’s a well written ghost story you’re looking for, then there are far better books out there for you to read!

  • The Last to See Me

  • A Novel
  • By: M Dressler
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

In a small logging town in northern California, young Emma Rose Finnis was born and died. Now, no one remembers her hardworking life and her grand dreams - but she remembers. She remembers everything. Emma Rose is still here, one hundred years after her death...and she doesn't plan on leaving. But when a determined hunter arrives with instructions to "clean" Emma Rose out of her haunt, the stately Lambry mansion, death suddenly isn't the worst fate imaginable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommended!!

  • By Mme on 13-11-18

Highly Recommended!!

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

I loved this book, becoming completely absorbed with the main character and her story. I felt her situation reflected the hard lives many women must have found themselves in at the turn of the last century. If I have a criticism, it is with the ending which I felt simply petered out.

  • The Haunting of Hill House

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 563

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

Massively disappointing!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

A spectacularly disappointing book which, because of its reputation, I had saved for a rainy day. Instead it took all of my will-power to make it to the end. One dimensional characters, a dreary narrative outline and an irritating speaker all combined to make this a book to be got through. I am also thoroughly sick of hearing the word said. He said, she said. Is it too much trouble to vary this word and think of something a touch more original?

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  • Predator: Incursion

  • The Rage War, Book 1
  • By: Tim Lebbon
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 525

Predator ships stream into human space in unprecedented numbers. The Colonial Marines, controlled by Weyland-Yutani, respond to the incursion, thus entering the Rage War. This terrifying assault by the Yautja cannot go unchallenged, yet the cost of combat is high. Predators are master combatants, and each encounter yields a high body count. Then, when Lt. Johnny Mains and his marines - the VoidLarks - enter the fray, they discover an enemy deadlier than any could imagine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Good.

  • By A Reader on 05-01-17

An Excellent Read!

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

Reviewed: 23-03-18

A fabulous extension to the Alien series of books. Beautifully described with believable characters alongside a very good plot-line. The only thing which has slightly spoilt the experience for me has been the narrator’s myriad of irritating female voices which has only served to make all the female characters sound weak and a useless, something completely at odds with the written word. However, don’t let this comment put you off as it is still well worth a listen to!!

  • Breeds 3

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 195

Douglas Kirk is having a bad week. Not only are groups of human hunters after him, whole werewolf packs have orders to kill him on sight, forcing him to flee Halifax without identification, money, weapons, or even his phone. If he wants to survive, he'll have to evade the killers on his trail, travel across the country to confront the elusive elders, and learn the truth behind the order that made him what he is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story to end a fantastic trilogy

  • By Andrew W-B on 24-05-17

Very disappointing!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

What began as quite a promising series, deteriorates into time-wasting nonsense. Very disappointing overall.

  • The Mountain Man Omnibus

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 27 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219

Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laid-back Zombie Horror

  • By Simon on 31-08-16

Outstanding!!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

I came upon this series by chance and have been more than amply rewarded. It is extremely well written, beautifully descriptive with charismatic characterisation. I am a great fan of Kirkman's The Walking Dead but have found these books to be far superior. Highly recommended!!

  • Zombie Rules: Zombie Rules, Book 1

  • By: David Achord
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Rick, an aging Vietnam veteran, alcoholic, and prepper, convinces Zach Gunderson that the apocalypse is on the horizon. The two of them take refuge at a remote farm. As the zombie plague rages, they face a terrifying fight for survival. They soon learn, however, that the walking dead are not the only monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By eddie on 28-03-15

Don't waste your money!!

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

Reviewed: 15-06-17

I am an avid fan of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead and other post-apocalyptic novels so was really looking forward to this book. What a disappointment!! In fact, don't waste your money. It lacks any sense of drama in the situation whatsoever. In fact the narrator might as well be describing a dreary Sunday afternoon drive in the countryside. I also agree with one of the earlier reviews. The writer's constant references to sex and to women's bodies really begins to irritate, and actually becomes a bit disgusting in the end. There is one description, the killing of their first zombie where the two main protagonists proceed to describe the zombie's body and her breasts! Not nice at all.
A completely lost opportunity!

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  • The Colony

  • By: F.G. Cottam
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 315

For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping story

  • By Textiletart on 04-12-14

A Ripping Yarn

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

I wanted to listen to an addictive and intriguing, ghost story and The Colony fulfilled those requirements. A good 'ripping yarn' despite many stereotypical flaws of characterisation and of the narrative outline.