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  • Executable

  • The Demon Accords, Book 6
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

For 17 years Declan O'Carroll has lived quietly in the upstate Vermont town of Castlebury, waiting impatiently for a chance to get out and meet the great wide world. When an odd new girl appears in town, Declan finds out that the world might be coming to meet him. But the big question remains...who is in more danger? Declan or the world?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful Irish accents

  • By Mr Anthony Geoghegan on 22-09-16

Good story, but patronising towards the Irish

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

Reviewed: 23-01-19

The story is pretty good, but the Irish characters speak in a dialogue last seen in 1970s clichéd American Irish cop dramas. Only falling a little short of shouting "Begorrah!".

The narrator also has some issues with the Irish accent, ranging from a phoney American Oirish accent to something so god awful it verges on Dick Van Dykes fake Cockney accent in Mary Poppins. Cockney is a London East End dialect, so has no relation to Irish.

Overall, these things work to distract from what is otherwise an enjoyable enough introduction to some new characters.

  • Inspector Hobbes and the Blood

  • Unhuman, Book 1
  • By: Wilkie Martin
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 278

Set in a small Cotswold town, Inspector Hobbes and the Blood is a fast-paced comedy cozy mystery fantasy about the adventures of Andy, an incompetent reporter, when he is reluctantly working with Inspector Hobbes, a police detective with a reputation. Andy soon finds himself immersed in a world where not everyone is human, and a late-night visit to a churchyard nearly results in grave consequences, and a ghoulish outcome. An accidental fire leads to Andy having to doss in Hobbes's spare room.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me.

  • By Isata on 26-05-18

amusing story

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

The story was entertaining enough, but I felt the narrator was a little stilted, with an accent that was plummy event when doing "common" voices...

  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun "D&D" style adventure.

  • By Joe on 05-08-17

Enjoyable fantasy adventure

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

Reviewed: 22-11-17

A rather enjoyable fantasy adventure, reminiscent of many a night spent playing dungeon role playing adventures. The main characters are well fleshed out, if occasionally predictable, the story flows well and I am now waiting for the next in the series.

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  • My Name is Markham

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Piers Wehner
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599

Like a smaller and much scruffier Greta Garbo - finally - Markham speaks! It's Christmas and time for the first (and almost certainly last) St Mary's Annual Children's Christmas Party - attendance compulsory, by order of Dr Bairstow. Discovered practising his illegal reindeer dance and poo-dropping routine, our hero, along with fellow disaster magnets Peterson and Maxwell, is dispatched to Anglo-Saxon England to discover the truth about Alfred and the cakes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas isn't Christmas without St Mary's

  • By Nicole P on 22-12-16

A thoroughly entertaining short story.

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

Reviewed: 23-04-17

Telling the story from Markhams perspective, offers a fresh, yet funny, take on the adventures of St Mary's.

  • The Night Watch

  • Watch, Book 1
  • By: Sergei Lukyanenko
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

Set in modern day Moscow, Night Watch is a world as elaborate and imaginative as Tolkien or the best Asimov. Living among us are the "Others," an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. A thousand-year treaty has maintained the balance of power, and the two sides coexist in an uneasy truce. But an ancient prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will rise up and tip the balance, plunging the world into a catastrophic war between the Dark and the Light.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Good Listen

  • By Pauline on 04-03-12

Good story missing key plot elements

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

Overall, the story is good and the narrator tells a good tale. The only downside is that several key plot devices have been removed.

This leaves me a little confused as the story claims to be unabridged.

  • The Light Fantastic

  • Discworld 2
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400

The Great A'Tuin, the heroic turtle who supports the weight of the entire Discworld, not to mention four giant elephants, swims through the galaxy day and night with the burden of being the only creature who knows exactly where the universe is going. Philosophers have long debated where this is, and are due to find out in about 2 months. Shall they worry?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The start of the legendary series...

  • By J Whitney on 05-10-07

poor sound quality

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

Reviewed: 21-09-16

The story is good, as expected from Terry Pratchett. The sound quality, however, is crackly like an old audio cassette copy.

  • The Colour of Magic

  • Discworld 1
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,716
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,221

The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and, of course, "The Edge" of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio - white noise

  • By Frank on 29-07-14

shoddy sound quality

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

The story is excellent, as expected with a Discworld novel, however the sound quality was atrocious.

The sound quality had volume fluctuations, intermittent background hiss, and generally felt like it had been copied off an old cassette tape.

Nigel Planers performance was good, but heavily marred by the poor sound.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 888

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book But Annoying Over Use of The Word "said

  • By Michael on 18-07-12

A quick witted parody of a distopian Star Trek

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

If you could sum up Redshirts in three words, what would they be?

Don't wear Red

What did you like best about this story?

The story quickly dismantles a Star Trek-like distopian universe into a funny, if slightly silly, fantasy. It asks the age old questions, "what do the redshirts think about their survival chances and what can they do to improve them?"

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059

A kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth from best-selling storytelling legend Neil Gaiman. A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anansi Boys, featuring an all-star cast lead by Lenny Henry, will premiere on Christmas Day 2017. Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Anansi brought up to date

  • By Joyceline on 28-02-07

Good story well told

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

As with all his other books on Audible, Neil Gaiman doesnt disappoint - the story is filled with dark humour, romance, fantasy and adventure. It is also worth noting Lenny Henry's storytelling abilities - people often forget Lenny's capacity for voices, but it's hard to forget when he puts in a performance like this.

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