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J. Armstrong

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the most middle class horror collection

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 17-09-19

A radio 4 collection in the vein of twilight zone. it's a mixed bag. Performances are pretty good though.

utter shite

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Reviewed: 15-08-19

as per usual this hack drills out the cheapest, easiest and most uninspiring drivel.

he thinks he's funny being all self referencing and self deprecating but he's just being cheap.

i loved it from start to finish as i did the other two :-)

A dive into the Mythos

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Reviewed: 17-04-19

A treasure trove of information on the books of the mythos. Great fun, well read.

Enjoyed every Exclaimation and Ejaculation

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Reviewed: 10-01-18

wonderfully read and my first run through of the Canon of Holmes and Watson's adventure.

Compelling, informative, eye opening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-16

While this may seem like a book with an anti-western slant, in many ways it is, i don't get the impression the author set out with an agenda of malice. Rather, this is a thought provoking and insightful challenge to the way history was taught to me. Finishing this book I took a long hard look at how I viewed the West and i was pretty cynical to begin with.

That's the key to a good read, something that teaches you a lot of things you didn't know, but also challanges that which you already knew. The book is read excellant, it's never dry, preaching and isn't laiden down with dry statistics. Rather you take a journey across time from an alternative viewpoint.

Utterly compelling and without a doubt a must read. Even though you might feel a tad uncomfortable at the end.

Gripping from the first to the last

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 18-07-16

From the moment you begin this book you are on the edge of your seat. I tried to second guess the reason and outcome several times but each time the book slapped me hard for thinking so obviously. When the major reveal about half way through comes, it's a gigantic punch to the guts and it was genuinely thrilling and exciting. This is not a cliched story, it is original, well put together and utterly compelling.

Luke reads the book himself, and I rarely enjoy author read books over a professional reader, but Luke does a very good job, his only stumbling is when he's called on to 'shout' as a character which comes off as deliberately subdued and doesn't really work But it only occurs a handful of times and doesn't detract from the rest of this performance. He conveys the 'everyman' nature of the characters as well as some more, alternative, emotions that come into play later on in the book very well.

I am being cagey, deliberate in not revealing anything about the book. It's important to ge that excitement and surprise firsthand. Charlie and Minnie are great characters, likeable, believable and sympathetic. They are not perfect, both have made mistakes which come through in the story, but they show great courage in remarkable circumstances. You care about them every step of the way, and that, is a hallmark of a good writer. Yes there's a great 'gimmick' to tie the story together, but without compelling characters, you have nothing. Luke Smitherd hooks you with the characters first.

My only regret is the ending is a little quick, but it's effective, I think I just wanted more, and being left wanting more is no bad thing. No bad thing at all.

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Great narration and a good thriller

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-16

Where does Alien: Out of the Shadows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As a drama it is top notch, helmed by maestro Dirk Maggs (check his CV of work at the BBC).

What other book might you compare Alien: Out of the Shadows to, and why?

It's an audio drama not a book, I guess if you compare to Big Finish or Graphicaudio for production quality and style.

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

All the cast are great, the Ripley impersonator is a pretty good facsimile.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did want to but didn't have time. I picked it off over a few days.

Any additional comments?

If you can overlook the shoehorning of Ripley in to the story and the inevitable way of getting her out of the situation you'll have a good time.

the best AC book yet

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-04-16

ditching the third person narrative and going for a diary style first person this book is a good story, excellently read and with a deep and often conflicted protagonist.

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excellently read and engaging atory

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Reviewed: 06-03-16

The AC books are not the most detailed or sophisticated books but they convey the narrative of the games well and the narrator"s excellant performance elevates the simple writing.

but the stories are engaging nonetheless.

entertainingly read and interesting stuff

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Reviewed: 19-02-16

this book won't give you too much information on the subjects it covers.l, but it is a good introduction to all three categories and certainly inspired me to.read up.on some of the subjects.

the weakest section is the conspiracies as many were well known and you can't say much about crackpot stuff like that.

the narrator was good, varying his tone and pitch to.keep things interesting.

most surpinging thing was learning the Assassin"s from the popular game series Assassin"s Creed were based on a real historical cult.

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