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  • Locke & Key

  • By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Narrated by: Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 694

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill ( NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely incredible

  • By MsRanPan on 05-12-15

Total disappointment

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

Reviewed: 27-04-16

I was expecting so much more and got so much less. From the totally unbelievable characters to the poor story line - far from the quality of his last book

  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,931
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,724

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the university at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Robyn on 31-01-13

whats in a name

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

Reviewed: 19-12-14

Loved it. I wasn't sure at the very start but by the end of the first chapter I was totally hooked. I couldn't put it down from then on. Each character is easily to identify and the story is just as easy to follow. That doesn't mean it lacking in content - far from it. In fact I was so drawn into the story and intent to discover what happened to the main characters that I went and brought the second book as soon as I finished the first.

  • Fire Spirit

  • By: Graham Masterton
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cannon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

A mesmerizing new story from the master of supernatural horror - Ruth Cutter juggles family life with her career as a top arson investigator, but a series of horrific fires leaves her baffled. The victims seem to have nothing in common except the unnatural intensity of the fire that engulfed them . . . and the creepy kid who haunts each crime scene. But these are no ordinary fires. Can Ruth overcome her scepticism in time to save her family and avert the coming apocalypse?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Drivel from beginning to end

  • By Dr. J. Crawford on 04-01-15

Devilishly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

This story tells of 3 men who join together to wreak havoc across a city by attacking people. These people are pick at random but because of their appearance – no one is safe not the young or the old. Then if their humiliation isn’t enough, the creepy kid turns up and sets them on fire.

Then there are the souls of those who wish to return to tend to unfinished business. Then ask yourself if you were in continuous agony would you do anything to get rid of it?

This book is fast paced and an interesting read. The narration was good, each character is easily identifiable but some of the voices she uses are a little dodgy.

  • Among Others

  • By: Jo Walton
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A spectacular ode to science fiction

  • By Karen on 13-12-12

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

I wanted a nice gentle read with a bit of fantasy thrown in and thats what I got. I so loved this book and will listen to it again and again. I loved the accent, which was wonderful and left me wishing for more. It takes you through some of the issues faced by young girls as they enter womanhood especially those that are a bit different.

It entwines the real bland and everyday reality with that of magic mysticism and escapism. It questions if one creates the other and is it reasonable or even advisable to try and control these – after all who wants to live with puppets or to become one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Magic Cottage

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

The nightmare home. We thought we'd found our haven, a cottage deep in the heart of the forest. Quaint, charming, maybe a little run-down, but so peaceful. The woodland animals and birds couldn't have been more neighbourly. That was the first part of the Magic. Midge's painting and my music soared to new heights of creativity. That was another part of the Magic. Our sensing, our feelings, our love for each other - well, that became the supreme Magic. But the cottage had an alternative side. The Bad Magic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • performance not good

  • By John Hollingsworth on 08-03-16

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

This story in the main is a “nice” meander through which seems an enchanted life of a musician who turns out to be a magician. It is not until Midge and Mike meet up with members of a sect that things become interesting and even then I was expecting far more than this novel had to offer. The narration of this story didn’t help either. Even though Mike is supposed to be a bit weedy Kris’s portrayal of him left you wondering if he even had the strength to lift his guitar.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight Is a Lonely Place

  • By: Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by: Rula Lenska
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

After a broken love affair, biographer Kate Kennedy retires to a remote cottage on the wild Essex coast to work on her new book - until her landlord’s daughter uncovers a Roman site nearby and long-buried passions are unleashed! In her lonely cottage, Kate is terrorized by mysterious forces. What do these ghosts want? That the truth about the violent events of long ago be exposed or remain concealed?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Midnight is a lonely place

  • By Diane on 26-07-12

Romancing the ghost

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

This is very much a Barbara Erskine book, a love cheated girl leaves her lover, meets a deep brooding hunk, a few ghosts to cause trouble, finally a climax where all ends well. I have read two of Barbara’s books now, which I must say I did enjoy, but I really don’t think I’ll try a third. All in all it’s like a really good rich dark chocolate - some people can eat a whole bar but most enjoy the first couple of chunks before it becomes too sickly sweet to continue.

The narration by Rula Lenska was brilliant and I loved the echo on the roman voices. However, the failed attempt at a Norfolk or even Suffolk accent missed its mark by over 200 miles as it was more Cornish.

  • The Know

  • By: Martina Cole
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

Being in the know can be deadly. Joanie Brewer's children mean the world to her. She'd do anything to make sure they're fed and clothed - even if it means going on the game - and she lives in constant fear that one of them will be taken from her. Eighteen-year-old Jon Jon is knee-deep in crime, and Jeanette, only fourteen, knows more than is good for her. But it's Kira who really scares her, for in a world where no one is to be trusted, her eleven-year-old angel is the most vulnerable to danger. Then Kira disappears and Joanie's darkest fears are realised. She thinks she knows what's happened to her little girl, and her obsession to uncover the truth threatens to destroy them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • GOOD GRITTY DRAMA

  • By Mo on 18-12-13

Lifes knocks

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

I found this novel an interesting take on the criminal underworld and its interaction with the police and everyday life of those living on the fringe of society. It is based on the life of a working girl and how this impacts on her family and friends. This is reflected in the language and some might find this a little uncomfortable as it is peppered throughout with choice words.

It delves into prostitution, their pimps and some might find the explicit child abuse difficult to deal with and cringe worthy, especially the way some of the minor characters see, speak and use their children. It does however show how some children follow in their parents’ footsteps.

Nevertheless, I did enjoy the novel and its juxtaposition of different styles of mothering from the same social settings. It follows the route of honour among thieves and how they look after their own which at times seem a little cliché but at others have you thinking ‘good on you’. All in all the story is a bit like Christmas cake, not to everyone’s taste and sometimes comes with cheese and at other times soaked in brandy.

I loved the way Annie Aldington adds character to each personality through her narration of the book. I would definitely listen to another of her performances.

  • NOS4R2

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067

Summer. Massachusetts. An old Silver Wraith with a frightening history. A story about one serial killer and his lingering, unfinished business.Anyone could be next. We're going to Christmasland . . .NOS4A2 is an old-fashioned horror novel in the best sense. Claustrophobic, gripping and terrifying, this is a story that will have you on the edge of the seat while you read, and leaving the lights on while you sleep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic narration and an incredible story

  • By B. Webb on 21-12-16

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

From the first 5 minutes to the last word, I was totally entertained. I had never read any of Joe Hill books before and to be honest this was an impulse buy but I didn’t regret it in the slightest.

This book is so descriptive that it takes you to the characters highs and lows. This leads to the only negative point in the book – that is the main characters are created in such a way that it takes little imagination to visualise them in front of you. A bit like a Victoria sponge, easy to identify and enjoyable to eat but can be slightly boring as there is no surprises.

Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable listen. I love the way that Vic McQueen is the heroine but is still human, a mother who tries her hardest even when there is so much staked against her. The author has managed to cram in so many twists and turns that it keeps you totally engaged. Just as you think that you could turn it off the story takes a dark turn and begs to be listen too for just another 10 mins (that turns into the next 30 mins).

There is a theory that everything in this world originates in our thoughts and feelings and this novel takes this idea to a whole new level. The author builds delicate and sinister inner worlds called inscapes and transports you there. Christmas Land a place all children would love to go but all parents fear.

The narrator was fabulous as well. She is easy to listen to and not once did I have to rewind. She brings the characters to life and it is easy to work out which personality is speaking.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Scarlet Lion

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Christopher Scott
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

The prowess and loyalty of the great knight William Marshal have been rewarded by the hand in marriage of Isabelle de Clare. William has weathered the difficult years of King Richard's absence on crusade and is currently serving him on campaign in Normandy. But the stability William and Isabelle have enjoyed comes crashing down as Richard dies and his brother John becomes king. Rebellion stirs throughout the Angevin domains, and William and Isabelle distance themselves in Ireland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping story

  • By Lesley on 21-11-09

The games we play

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

This novel contains many twists and turns as it follows the life of William Marshall and his family. As one of the greatest knights of his time and close to the King John, William has to make decisions that see his wife and the King on opposing sides. As a child he is held hostage and well aware what a precarious position this is to held, now he first hands over his born son then the second to the King to be held as hostages.

I love the strong female character of Isabelle but to be honest I can’t help grinning at Christopher Scott’s interpretation. This novel shows her not as a victim of her times but one that plays a stacked hand with great finesse.

The narrator is clear and makes clear distinctions between each and every character. I have really enjoyed this novel and the reading of it. I would recommend it to any history buff and will definitely be listening to it again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Played With Fire

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,707

Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about sex trafficking in Sweden are murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society - but no-one can find her. Mikael Blomkvist, Millennium magazine's legendary star reporter, does not believe the police. Using all his magazine staff and resources to prove Salander's innocence, Blomkvist also uncovers her terrible past....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't disappoint

  • By Jill on 21-07-09

ok but not great

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

Reviewed: 06-10-13

I would like to say that this book was as good as the first but I would be lying. For the life of me I cannot understand why the author had to write mathematical workings time and time again. I understand that the character has certain personality traits that would lead to them becoming obsessed by such arithmetic’s but these traits were established in the first book. All it achieved was to bore me so much I switched off only to realise that the story had continued and I had missed lumps of the story and had to rewind. You couldn’t even use the argument that it enabled the book to stand alone as without the knowledge from the first book they make no sense. If these were removed it would only add to the continuity and flow of the story.

Once you have got passed the first few chapters the story does pick up. I enjoyed getting to know Lisbet a bit better. There are some interesting swings and roundabouts that lead you in circles eventually taking you into the world of espionage and prostitution. I had difficulty with the unusual names of people and places and this also added to my frustration. The last couple of chapters require you to suspend reality as I’m sure no human body could survive that much.

The narrator was easy to listen to and I feel was the only reason why I stuck with this book. Saying that I am glad I persevered with the story and did find the second half of the book far better than the first. Would I listen again- probably not but that depends on the third book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful