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Kathleen-Ann

Manchester, United Kingdom
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  • Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Quintessential Englishman!

  • By Simon on 21-10-18

Well... it’s Mr Fry in fine form once again

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

Reviewed: 27-10-18

Brilliant and genuinely informative series. I love Stephen Fry & this Victoriana is superb. I’m very glad I came across this.

  • The Physics of the Dead

  • A Supernatural Mystery Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 997

The afterlife doesn't come with a manual. In fact, Hart and Bowler (two ordinary but dead men) have had to work out the rules of their new existence for themselves. It's that fact (along with being unable to leave the boundaries of their city center, unable to communicate with the other lost souls, unable to rest in case The Beast catches up with them) that makes getting out of their situation a priority. But Hart and Bowler don't know why they're there in the first place; if they ever want to leave, they will have to find all the answers to be able to understand the physics of the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is Simply no Formula for Luke Smitherd!

  • By Simon on 04-03-16

I kept returning.... but then

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

when I finally stopped messing around and started to actually listen to this book, I was hooked.

Luke Smitherd: you've got an amazingly intricate and extremely intelligent imagination and I'm about to go find another offering from you.

Well written, well read and well... I'd definitely recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Witch

  • The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic modern witchy tale

  • By Suzanne on 02-12-13

Started off strong

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

Reviewed: 30-01-17

started strong and for my money, flew rapidly downhill from there.

I fully appreciate that I may well be the only 30 something woman on the planet who doesn't enjoy or want a blow by blow running commentary on anyone's bedroom gymnastics, again and again and again.... in fact ever!

I've experienced sex, I was hoping to be pulled into a tale woven from the magickal and fantastical, but was dragged kicking and screaming into something entirely different and utterly drab.

Pass on this if you want an actual story worth listening to.

  • Magda

  • A Darkly Disturbing Occult Horror Trilogy Series, Book 3
  • By: S. E. England
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

The dark and twisted community of Woodsend harbors a terrible secret - one tracing back to the age of the Elizabethan witch hunts, when many innocent women were persecuted and hanged. But there is a far deeper vein of horror running through this village; an evil that, once invoked, has no intention of relinquishing its grip on the modern world. Rather, it watches and waits with a focused intelligence, leaving ward sister Becky and police officer Toby constantly checking over their shoulders and jumping at shadows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Tanya I am very upset to tell you that I have not received these items as yet...Therefore I can not comment on them... I have friends waiting for their Christmas gifts still... Dissatisfied is all I can say!!!! on 20-10-18

Hail Sarah E England the new nightmare Queen!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

I waited for the audio version of Magda because I'd listened to the first two books on Audible and loved them and it was absolutely worth the wait.

This author is up there with Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Stephen King and Mary Shelley in my humble.

I'm going to be waiting somewhat impatiently for the next installment.

A new modern masterpiece in horror fiction is born.

Ms England has a very successful career in writing ahead and I can't wait to see where we go next on the journey.

  • Explaining Social Deviance

  • By: Paul Root Wolpe, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Paul Root Wolpe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

How do deviants reconcile their behavior with society's norms? This set of 10 lectures examines the complex topic of deviance and how major sociological theories have attempted to define it and understand its role in both historical and modern society. Professor Wolpe introduces deviance as "a complex, often ambiguous, social phenomenon that raises numerous questions about how a varied and often arbitrary set of characteristics can be used to name the same idea."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking

  • By C on 15-06-15

Excellent and enjoyable tutorials

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

Reviewed: 20-12-16

This is an excellent set of tutorials looking at social deviance from a sociological perspective as opposed to what I've read from my psychological studies and subsequent career in which I work to support offenders in the community.

Extremely informative and highly recommended.

  • Tanners Dell

  • A Darkly Disturbing Occult Horror Trilogy Series, Book 2
  • By: S. E. England
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Following the hypnosis of a violently disturbed psychiatric patient, Ruby Dean, an unholy dark force was unleashed on the medical staff who tried to help her. Now only one of the original team remains - Ward Sister, Becky. Despite her fiancé, D.I. Ross, being unconscious and many of her colleagues either dead or critically ill, Becky is determined to rescue Ruby's 12-year-old daughter from a similar fate to that of her mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Horror Series!

  • By Kathleen-Ann on 17-12-16

Perfect Horror Series!

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

Reviewed: 17-12-16

I pre-ordered this second book from the series as soon as I finished the first 'Father of Lies' and haven't been disappointed!

Terrifying from the get go it was as much a hook as the first book in the series for me.

My idea of a true horror story is one in which I can believe. I am a believer of this type of occult, bump in the night frightmare and have devoured both first and second acts and cannot wait to see what the third brings.

Excellent story, well read. BOOM!

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  • Father of Lies

  • A Darkly Disturbing Occult Horror Trilogy Series, Book 1
  • By: S. E. England
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Ruby is the most violently disturbed patient ever admitted to Drummersgate Asylum, high on the bleak moors of northern England. With no improvement after two years, Dr. Jack McGowan finally decides to take a risk and hypnotizes her - with terrifying consequences. A horrific dark force is now unleashed on the entire medical team, as each in turn attempts to unlock Ruby's shocking and sinister past. Who is this girl? And how did she manage to survive such unimaginable evil?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is my idea of scary!

  • By Kathleen-Ann on 09-12-16

This is my idea of scary!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

I adore the kind of horrors that I can believe are possible. This was one such tale and I'm keenly awaiting the release of the second in the series; so much so, I've pre-ordered it. Not something I do often.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Company of Ghosts

  • By: Andrew James
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Inspector George Grimchard of Scotland Yard is the only man to have solved a premeditated murder in the last 50 years without resorting to the testimony of the deceased. Moreover he is the grandson of Edgar Grimchard, disgraced founder of the Department of Irregular Souls, a police department that has virtually ridden the British Empire of murder by solving crimes using the testimony of spirits held at séance.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Ms GM on 01-01-17

Sooooooo much promise!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-16

Sooooooo much promise, I can't wait to find out what happens next. Andrew James has hit on something that is ripe with possibilities and I will be watching with keen interest in where this goes next.

Exciting and ooooooh so many ways to take it.

I loved the weaving of this story and how Kris Dyer brought it to life. Thanks!

  • The Devil's Evidence

  • Thomas Fool, Book 2
  • By: Simon Kurt Unsworth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

A stunning new thriller from the critically acclaimed author of The Devil's Detective. Thomas Fool, now the head of Hell's Information Men, must solve a new mystery that crosses the divide between Heaven and Hell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Sequel!

  • By Lynn Worton on 18-12-16

Definitely one I've relished

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

For me Audible is just so hit and miss with the miss list substantially outnumbering the hits unfortunately.

Reading is such a deliciously (almost always) self indulgent treat for me and when I sew I've started to listen, which initially made me feel I'd won a watch, and then the awful awful narration to be allowed air time on far too many great books (or ones that had potential but I'm not sure if I'll ever get around to reading them instead) started to tally up

The long and the short of it is; it's ALL in the telling of the story if you have someone else reading for you.

I always trust a story with swearing and this one was doubly delightful due in no small part to the narrator and my mental image of the man he is IRL and it tickled me to hear such vulgarity from (my mind's version of him) such a proper gent.

Applause indeed for Thomas Fool and that's largely because his story is being told well.

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  • Stalking Jack the Ripper

  • By: Kerri Maniscalco, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. Audrey's work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags her into the investigation of a serial murderer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe I'm being too harsh

  • By Kathleen-Ann on 01-11-16

Maybe I'm being too harsh

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-16

I'm not the intended target market for this story, however, YA fiction is one of my guilty pleasures if I can find those little gems which aren't overly throbbing with angsty hormones and ruining (for me) what otherwise could have been an enjoyable tale.

This take on the 'Ripper' mystery we've all heard details of is nothing new and quite obvious from early on and I don't usually tend to mind grammatical inconsistencies but I find some of the very modern language used here to be one more reason to not love this book.

The cast of characters were flat but some of them, especially the young apprentice Dr. Thomas and the almost just as young chief of police, to have a spark of something about them that might be potental to be great characters if developed.

I've read worse but I wasn't excited by this and wish I'd used my credit elsewhere.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful