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  • 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 1,247
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182

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

Don't bother...

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

I feel like I wasted a credit to be honest. First book was OK. Second book I couldn't even finish. It's boring frankly. The whole thing consists of the mountain man getting drunk, nearly killing himself with stupidity, killing a few zombies, then getting drunk again.

I got as far as the giant rats and checked out at that point.

It's basically the same thing just repeated again and again and again. Boring and unimaginative. The main character is horrendous and not at all likeable or interesting, which makes the story a very hard slog.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • One by One

  • By: Chris Carter
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD's Homicide Special Section receives an anonymous call asking him to go to a specific web address - a private broadcast. Hunter logs on, and a show devised for his eyes only immediately begins. But the caller doesn't want Detective Hunter to just watch; he wants him to participate, and refusal is simply not an option. Forced to make a sickening choice, Hunter must sit and watch as an unidentified victim is tortured and murdered live over the Internet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another brilliant read

  • By Ms on 02-03-19

Another winner!

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

Reviewed: 21-09-17

Chris Carter and Thomas Judd have done it again and delivered another fantastic story!

Chris has an imagination for the darkest murder that simply blows you away and Thomas has an amazing way of really bringing the characters to life.

I just went to buy the next book in the series and realised we've lost Thomas as a narrator. That's sad as he really bought Robert Hunter to life and the new narrator just doesn't sound right!

  • The Boy on the Bridge

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy. The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world. To where the monsters lived. In The Boy on the Bridge, M. R. Carey returns to the world of his phenomenal word-of-mouth best seller, The Girl With All the Gifts, for the very first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So clever. Tension all the way...

  • By Robyn on 05-02-18

So much better than the first!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

Amazing story. I wasn't keen by about half way through as it seemed implausible and it dragged on a little... But the ending!!! I really hope this isn't the last. I'm dying to know what happens next!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,133

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

Simply Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 19-07-17

If you could sum up The Girl with All the Gifts in three words, what would they be?

Absolutely bloody brilliant

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

Finty was an amazing storyteller, bringing the characters to life without going over the top. She read them aloud better than my own imaginations could have done.

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

Yes, if only I didn't have to work! And eat. And sleep.

Any additional comments?

Buy this book. Even if you've seen the rather disappointing film by the same name. The audio book is a wonderful read. Well worth every penny.

  • The Edge of Hell

  • Gods of the Undead: A Post-Apocalyptic Epic
  • By: Peter Meredith
  • Narrated by: Erik Johnson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The fall of mankind begins with just one man, a man who sells his soul piece by piece. Perhaps he does it with the purest of intentions or perhaps he does it because he's a greedy, grasping, evil son of a bitch. Either way the results are the same: Hell on Earth. Jack Dreyden, a doctoral candidate in ancient languages, begins his road to Hell when he translates an ancient scroll that was never supposed to see the light of day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original and enthralling twist on the zombie story

  • By Annette Wright on 12-12-16

Meredith does it again!

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

Would you listen to The Edge of Hell again? Why?

I would, It was a very different take on zombie/mummy stories. I enjoyed it!

Have you listened to any of Erik Johnson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've not listened to any before but I thought his change in voice between characters was much better than I've previously heard from other performers.

Any additional comments?

I'm a big Meredith fan generally, and whilst this wasn't as good as some of his other stories, it was still well up there among others of it's genre. I recommend it, even if the main character is a bit of a drip!

  • In a Cowboy's Arms

  • Zebra Historical Romance
  • By: Janette Kenny
  • Narrated by: J. Rodney Turner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Colorado sheriff Dade Logan has waited 20 years to reunite with his long lost sister, Daisy. But when she finally turns up, they barely recognize each other. That's because the beautiful stranger isn't Daisy, but her childhood friend, Maggie, on the run from an impending marriage. Moved by this last link to Daisy, Dade determines to bend any law that stands between him, his sister - and the intriguing Maggie. Maggie Sutton will risk anything to escape her fate, though accompanying the broad-shouldered sheriff in his pursuit of Daisy rattles her to the core.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice story line, shame about the end

  • By SJ on 16-06-17

Nice story line, shame about the end

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

Reviewed: 16-06-17

Where does In a Cowboy's Arms rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the middle I guess. It wasn't the worst, it wasn't the best. The story dragged on a bit and there was no real conclusion at the end.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

What ending? It didn't close any of the main story line at all. I felt a bit cheated.

What does J. Rodney Turner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His incredible accent. Great narrator, he really was able to bring all the characters to life.

Any additional comments?

As I said, it was an OK book. The story line dragged on a bit and then never concluded. To be honest I was left feeling a bit ripped off after investing so many hours into listening to not get a proper end to the story.