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  • The Missing Boatman

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Miracles are happening. Pray to God they stop. In the dead of winter, on a highway in Quebec, a man crashes his car and survives. In New York, a homeless person is run over by a bus and lives. In Tokyo, a teenager jumps off a high rise building and fails in taking her own life. All over the world, miracles like these transpire, and people breathe a sigh of relief. But for the next week, some people will begin to suspect a terrible truth. A handful will even search for it. One man will find it. And in seven days, all hell will break loose.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh my god, Pj Ochlan really !!!

  • By Jsun-LG on 05-11-18

KCB delivers yet another lateral ripping yarn

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

Reviewed: 29-03-19

Keith has a rare ability to look at well trodden genre's in a novel and quirky way, that are right up my street. I loved each and everyone of "The Mountain Man" series and the unique and novel "Breeds" series also but the "131 days" series wasn't something for me, tried it, didn't like it, sorry Keith. It's just not for me. I took a gamble after 131 days and I'm glad I did. The Missing Boatman builds slowly but once you get the gist of what's going on it speeds along nicely. It's a great concept (won't spill any spoilers), well explored. I'd read some negative comments about the narrator, funny how we focus on the few negative comments or they can plant seeds of doubt in your noggin, but I have no complaints. Especially towards the end of the book where I feel the narrator contributes positively to the whole audiobook experience and successfuly brings some great and distinct personalities alive. Great book, thank you KCB!..

  • A Farewell to Arms

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Farewell to a good listen

  • By James on 16-12-07

Felt dated with uninspired narration.

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

Disappointed and I Struggled to finish, never connected with any of the characters. Fortunately it finished before I could be bothered to return it. Much preferred the Old Man and the Sea and For Whom The Bell Tolls. Flat uninspired narration..

  • 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

Number 3 of an outstanding series...

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

Reviewed: 19-04-18

I'm not a huge fan of the werewolf genre but, as per usual form, Keith C Blackmore delivers another genre busting treat. Narration by Sean Runnette (of Mark Tufo's Zombie Fallout fame) is extra icing on the cake. I wasn't expect this to be as good as "Mountain Man" but I have to admit it is..

  • Demon Fallout

  • The Return
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Zombies are a nightmare of the past, the Lycan wars are over. Mike feels that he can finally settle down after 200 years of war until he hears an impossible message from beyond. Tommy, his adopted son, is in trouble and there is nothing in Heaven or Hell that will stop Mike from helping him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listening

  • By aaron on 22-02-18

I've missed Mike Talbot..

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

Demon Fallout (The Return) is Formulaic Tufo. In a Big Mac kind of way. Not fine dining, but you know what you're asking for and what you're gonna get. Not quite as enjoyable, for me, as any of the Zombie Fallout or Indian Hills series but still an enjoyable way to pass some time...

  • 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

Ticks almost all the zombie novel boxes..

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

Reviewed: 28-01-17

Good, well laid out concept which rolls along at a great pace. This is the first book of a series and I'll be straight onto the second. Well narrated and produced...

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  • The First Days

  • As the World Dies, Book 1
  • By: Rhiannon Frater
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-01-12

Barbara Cartland does Thelma and Louise vs Zombies

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

Reviewed: 25-01-17

Clearly written by a woman for women. Oestrogen fuelled yarn exploring femenine concerns that the zombie apocalyopse may present...

  • Cell

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 326

The event became known as The Pulse. The virus was carried by every cell phone operating within the entire world. Within hours, those receiving calls would become insane, or die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deceptively Intriguing & Enjoyable.

  • By Mark on 05-06-06

Good, but not King good.

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

Reviewed: 22-12-16

Novel (no pun intended) concept lacking King's usual depth and finesse. King has an ability to take the reader to uncomfortable places and sadly I didn't get taken anywhere by this. It's an easy read and I had no problem getting through or finishing and wasn't tempted to quit on it. A good book by most authors but not King good. The lack of character depth spoiled any bonding and I never really cared what happened to any of them. Not a horror, not a thriller and not a zombie story. Certainly not the worst book I've listened to but certainly nowhere near the best. Certainly not King at his best.

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 46 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story brilliantly narrated!

  • By Rachael on 11-07-12

Timeless Classic beautifully narrated.

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

Flawless and well crafted epic worthy of any list of top five classic fiction novels of all time ( so far). Don't neglect to read (listen to) this thinking you know the oh so familiar story as you've seen the film. The film adaptation is but a pale shadow of the riches found within the book. It's exquisitely written and beautifully narrated. It gripped me for the full 47 hours and I'm saddened it's ended. One of a handful of books I wish I could experience again for the first time....

  • Tristram Shandy

  • By: Laurence Sterne
  • Narrated by: Peter Barker
  • Length: 21 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is a novel by Laurence Sterne considered one of the greatest comic novels in English. It was published in nine volumes, the first two appearing in 1759, and seven others following over the next 10 years. Laurence Sterne (1713 - 1768) was an Irish-born English novelist and an Anglican clergyman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My wound in the groin

  • By Jackson on 01-08-12

An absolute gem. Straight into my all time top 5

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

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

Well, the headline pretty answers that one. I had no previous conceptions or expectations (so why buy it I hear you ask) about Tristram Shandy. I gave it a go and boy (or girl) I'm sooo glad I did. The title kind of gives the impression that it will be a serious, drawn out, Victorian "classic" trudge. I couldn't have been more wrong.

What did you like best about this story?

The story, as such, is described as the life and opinions of, the a fore mentioned, Tristram Shandy. The biographical elements provide opportunity to humorously explore various opinions however the subjects explored and how they're explored elevate the book to another level. One topic explored that springs to mind is the numerous advantages and values of a lengthy nose in many practical and social situations. The discussion drills down into the impact a midwife and/or wet nurse and the physical qualities of the bosom and associated breast feeding can have on the development of the nose and subsequently the life and times of it's wearer. This is explored over various chapters and is one of the many off the wall topics encountered in the work. Obviously the author benefited from an extensive and classical education and the references to history, philosophy, theology, mythology, military history etc are peppered throughout the book and enrich it even further. I've been searching for a book just like this since finishing Don Quixote, which is of a similar style, though different topic obviously.

What about Peter Barker’s performance did you like?

Briefly wooden performance on outset though as the book progresses you can feel Peter's confidence and familiarity with the content and style grow. It's a good, natural flow rate with neutral accent, no strange mispronunciations, which happens at times in other audio books, other than a few Americanisations or should I say Americanizations. Nothing to distract from the book, performance or story.

Any additional comments?

In a nutshell it's intellectual and funny. Almost a precursor to the off beat Monty Python type alternative humour. I can't begin to imagine how it must have been received back in the 1700's. An absolute classic of English literature and one I wish I'd discovered decades ago.

There is a note (on the audible website) stating "This is a vintage recording" and at times that's evident. There's some paper rustling, background crackle/static, odd clicks, throat clearing etc. but honestly it's minor stuff and in no way interferes with or detracts from the experience.

Fantastic piece of literature which I desperately hope I'll be able to find something of similar style and quality. I was sad when Don Quixote finished and struggled to find anything to match it. This came very, very close. The search is now back on...

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  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950

Savagely funny and hauntingly sad, Lolita is Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel. It is the story of tortured college professor Humbert Humbert and his dangerous obsession with honey-skinned schoolgirl Dolores Haze.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a truly spellbinding and brilliant book

  • By Tom on 04-05-10

Beautiful and well crafted.

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

Reviewed: 20-08-16

Mr Nabokov cleverly draws us in (and repels others) with the taboo, then takes us on a ride along with a suitcase full of dark and brutal humour to keep us entertained along the way. To clear up any misconceptions, In no way is this to be considered pornographic. It chronicles the temptations created by and pursuance of "Lolita" and digs down into the subtleties of human nature, the compulsion of desires, jealousy and relationships both good and bad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful