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  • Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: H. G. Wells, Jeff Wayne
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Theo James, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,575
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,408
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,394

One of the world’s most recognisable sci-fi stories, H. G. Wells’ The War of The Worlds established numerous conventions for the genre, including the threat of an invasive extraterrestrial species, space travel and intergalactic conflict, inspiring directors, gamers, producers and writers alike with its sobering story of struggle and survival. Marrying the suspense, drama and urgency of Wells’ original novel with Jeff Wayne’s rousing and flamboyant score, Audible’s new and exclusive dramatisation uses action, narration, original music and evocative sound design to immerse listeners in a world that’s as thrilling as it is desolate. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Interpretation of Jeff Wayne's Classic!

  • By Simon on 29-11-18

So sorry! This is not for me.

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

Reviewed: 22-12-18

So Sorry! This was brilliant the first time round. Now Jeff Wayne has fiddled with his music I just don't like it. Perhaps it gets better later on but I've only managed to get as far as the Martians on the common. I found it extremely disconcerting as the music had become wrong. I had the first LP for years then when I realised it had been re-released I was ready for it, Unfortunately this is a re-imagining and I felt the drama of the music has been watered down. It wasn't broken so why did you try to 'fix' it. Michael Sheen is a great actor but by trying not to imitate Richard Burton meant the dialogue emphasis was changed too much for me. Sorry, though I'm sure other people will love this.
I've given it 4 and 5 stars because it was well performed and the story is great so my review isn't against the recording just this wasn't great for me.

  • The Late Scholar

  • By: Jill Paton Walsh
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 246

When the fellows at an Oxford college appeal to Peter Wimsey to resolve a dispute, he and Harriet are happy to oblige. The dispute between the two passionate parties is evenly balanced, that is, until several of the fellows unexpectedly die. And the causes of death bear an uncanny resemblance to the murder methods in Peter's past cases - methods that Harriet has used in her novels.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as a DL Sayers but better than nothing

  • By Claire on 15-05-14

A Bit of a Curate's Egg

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

Good in Parts.
I've read all of the Lord Peter Wimsey books by both Dorothy L Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh. I think Jill Paton Walsh catches the mood perfectly. Unfortunately I don't think the accents were captured as well, particularly Bunter. I know butlers are portrayed more often with lofty accents but I found this Bunter far too studied and posh.

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  • The Federal Witch

  • The Collected Works, Book 1
  • By: T S Paul
  • Narrated by: Francis Alais
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Imagine a world where witches, weres, and vampires work among us. The paranormals came out to the world during World War I. History as we know it took a left turn as world events changed. World War II never happened as we remember it. The Empire of Japan still exists. As does the British Empire. America is finding itself overwhelmed by magic. Particularly the FBI. Agatha Blackmore is a witch and she has all but been drafted by the FBI to help. Demons, dragons, weres, and fae are her opponents.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent story but worst narration I've ever heard

  • By Sam on 02-07-17

Not as good as it should be

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

Reviewed: 22-07-18

I love these stories which is why I got this audio book. Unfortunately the quality of the recording is quite bad. The sound fluctuates from loud to soft (this is disorientating). I listened on my PC and also tablet, it happened on both. Sometimes a couple of words at the end of a sentence are repeated which I found quite odd. Did anyone at Audible listen to this before it was published? Sometimes the voice of the main character changes and I don't mean as she speaks as other characters. Her voice changes as if she has moved away from the microphone or has had to insert a word. I haven't read any of the other reviews yet as I enjoy all of the books in this series and wanted this recording so didn't think I needed to, perhaps I should have. I thought Francis Alais was quite stilted in her reading but she got more used to the story as she read on and got better. I was really enjoying this but then the sound started to go wrong and I couldn't enjoy it.

  • Busman's Honeymoon

  • Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 13
  • By: Dorothy L Sayers
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

They plan to have a quiet country honeymoon. Then Lord Peter Wimsey and his bride, Harriet Vane, find the previous owner's body in the cellar. Set in a country village seething with secrets and snobbery, this is Dorothy L. Sayers' last full-length detective novel. Variously described as a love story with detective interruptions and a detective story with romantic interruptions, it lives up to both descriptions with style.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story spoiled by narrator

  • By bookworm on 07-12-15

Sorry, wrong voice for these stories.

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

Where does Busman's Honeymoon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not very high, I found the reader's voice too light.

What did you like best about this story?

It's the one you wait for, where their story has its happy ending apart from a dead body and a hanging!

What three words best describe Jane McDowell’s performance?

Clear, pretty, wrong

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

yes

Any additional comments?

I love Dorothy L Sayers and have read all of the Lord Peter books. Unfortunately, though I love the story, I wasn't happy about the reader's voice. Very sorry M/s McDowell, you have a lovely voice, it is very clear and nice to listen too but I didn't like it for this audio book. I haven't been able to finish it.

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