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  • Reaper Man

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928

In Terry Pratchett's Reaper Man, Death has left Discworld - but that's not necessarily a good thing. After all, chaos always ensues whenever important public services are withdrawn, and Discworld is no exception. Society is suddenly overrun by ghosts and poltergeists, while Dead Rights activist Reg Shoe finds himself busier than he's ever been and newly-deceased wizard Windle Poons rises from his coffin as a living corpse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect Halloween listen.

  • By Nina on 24-05-17

One of the most moving of the Discworld book

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

Reviewed: 26-07-15

Any additional comments?

This was one of the first Discworld books I read, and it's a very moving book, as well as being as funny and quirky as you'd expect from Discworld. It's the one that confirmed me as a fan and made me want to get hold of every Discworld books available at the time.

Though I prefer the Stephen Briggs narrations, Nigel Planer is excellent too.

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  • Welcome Home, Captain Harding

  • By: Elliott Mackle
  • Narrated by: Robert G. Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Returning to California after eighteen terrifying months in Vietnam, Captain Joe Harding is assigned a trio of duties: assisting his fatherly former commander at base operations, spying on misbehaving bomber pilots and organizing an air show designed to counter the anti-war fever sweeping the state. Meanwhile, his much younger tennis partner has enrolled at Cal Berkeley, enmeshed himself in pacifist politics and resumed his role as Joe's lover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite of the series.

  • By Becky Black on 26-07-15

My favourite of the series.

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

Reviewed: 26-07-15

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book most of all of the series. It's fun to see Joe back home in America that, after being away so long, is as foreign as his other postings. He's soon drawn into more dark dealings and trouble. It's fascinating to read about a non-fighting military man, who has his own struggles that he fights in his own way - with paperwork and wits. Of course he's no paragon, is Joe. He gets himself into plenty of trouble by thinking with the wrong body part at times.The story may well break your heart at the end, but you'll love Joe for what he's ready to do to protect those he loves.

  • Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary

  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Michael is a waif in eyeliner who's determined to wipe vampires off the face of the earth. Wild Bill's got the hots for Michael and will stop at nothing to go home with him. Forget about moonlit castles and windswept moors. These bad boys haunt all-night diners and cheap motels, cut-rate department stores and long, lonely stretches of the interstate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!

  • By Lily G Blunt on 11-05-15

Great story and great narration.

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

Reviewed: 20-04-15

Any additional comments?

Excellent audio version of the stories - and it's very interesting to listen to the five of them all together rather than reading one at a time with gaps between. They work well as single episodes, but fit together beautifully as a single story too.

The narrator is the same as the one for the Psycop series, but don't worry, he sounds different enough that you won't think of Vic at all. And when he does the voice of Dr. Harman it's like there's suddenly a different narrator entirely.

Can't wait for more Michael and Wild Bill audio!

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  • Body & Soul

  • PsyCop, Book 3
  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Thanksgiving can't end too soon for Victor Bayne, who's finding Jacob's family hard to swallow. Luckily, he's called back to work to track down a high-profile missing person. Meanwhile, Jacob tries to find a home they can move into that's not infested - with either cockroaches or ghosts. As if the house-hunting isn't stressful enough, Vic's new partner Bob Zigler doesn't seem to think he can do anything right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm loving this series

  • By CRYSTAL CLEAR on 16-05-16

Vic and Jacob take it to the next level

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

Vic and Jacob are house hunting - which for Vic means ghost hunting, hoping not to find any. Meanwhile at work he's trying to find the ghosts of several missing people, and isn't finiding them.

Another excellent performance from Gomez Pugh and of course an excellent story I already love. Pugh is great with all the minor characters as well as the leads. and continues to be perfect as the voice of Vic.

  • Bloodline

  • Whyborne & Griffin, Book 5
  • By: Jordan L. Hawk
  • Narrated by: Julian G. Simmons
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Between his bullying father and dissolute brother, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough problematic family members to deal with. So when his sister returns to Widdershins asking for help solving the mystery of a derelict ship, Whyborne is reluctant to get involved. Until, that is, a brutal murderer strikes, leaving Whyborne and his lover Griffin no choice but to take the case. The investigation leads them deep into a conspiracy of blackmail, murder, and darkest sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favourite of the series.

  • By Becky Black on 25-12-14

My favourite of the series.

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

Reviewed: 25-12-14

I read this as soon as it came out and couldn't wait to have it in audio too. It's also another excellent performance by the narrator.

  • FREE FIRST EPISODE: Six Degrees of Assassination

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: M J Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

On a sullen, cloudy July day 10 years since 7/7, the happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It's just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell's government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent performance, but poor story

  • By Becky Black on 24-11-14

Decent performance, but poor story

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

Reviewed: 24-11-14

Any additional comments?

The performers are good, but the story is awfully cliched. I felt like every moment of it was something I've seen 100 times before. Not an original idea in it, I'm afraid. I won't be continuing with the rest.

  • The Little Death

  • By: Michael Nava
  • Narrated by: Gregory St. John
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

A burnt-out public defender battling alcoholism, Henry Rios has reached a crossroads in his life. While interviewing his former lover Hugh Paris in jail, Rios goes through the motions, but notices that Paris is far more polished and well off than the usual suspects arrested for drug possession. Paris is mysteriously bailed out - but a few weeks later, he turns up on Rios's doorstep. Skittish and paranoid, he admits to using heroin and says he's afraid that his wealthy grandfather wants to murder him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect marriage of story and narrator

  • By Becky Black on 24-11-14

A perfect marriage of story and narrator

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

Reviewed: 24-11-14

Any additional comments?

This is a new series to me, not having read these books, and I found this first one absolutely excellent. The story is good, a well written mystery, with a lead character I liked and lots of interesting supporting ones, some of whom I hope show up again. The narrator Gregory St. John is absolutely excellent. His voice is beautifully clear and melodious. He gets great intensity into the emotional moments. I will definitely be continuing the series.

  • Criss Cross

  • PsyCop, Book 2
  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Criss Cross finds the ghosts surrounding Victor getting awfully pushy. The medications that Victor usually takes to control his abilities are threatening to destroy his liver, and his new meds aren't any more effective than sugar pills. Vic is also adjusting to a new PsyCop partner, a mild-mannered guy named Roger with all the personality of white bread. At least he's willing to spring for the Starbucks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not much mystery in this but...

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-08-16

Even more fun that the first one

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

Reviewed: 11-11-14

Would you listen to Criss Cross again? Why?

I'd definitely listen again. It's a favourite series and the narration is good.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Criss Cross?

Vic's first freak out with the "heads in the bush" and I love the whole sequence near the end when Vic's held prisoner by the bad guys and who comes to rescue him.

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

I listened to his readng of the first of the series and like this one more, as I wasn't as keen on some of the other voices in the first one as I am on his Vic narration. But the tweaks he's made to the performance this time really work for me.

Any additional comments?

I hope the audio of the series continues. Criss Cross is great. I like it beacause Vic is suffering even more than usual and I'm a terrible sadist about characters I like. But my all time favourite book of the series is yet to come.

  • Among the Living

  • PsyCop, Book 1
  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who's more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves. He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or "Stiff") from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner's retirement party, and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness' idea of the world's hottest guy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great to hear Victor's voice at last.

  • By Becky Black on 14-08-14

Great to hear Victor's voice at last.

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

Reviewed: 14-08-14

What made the experience of listening to Among the Living the most enjoyable?

I already know the book well, so it was great to hear the words come to life. The narration works well for the character.

What about Gomez Pugh’s performance did you like?

He captured Vic's tension and nerves well, along with the edge of cynicism. I was a bit more mixed in my reaction to the other character voices. Some I liked right away, others I took a while to warm up to. One I'm still not on board with. But the voices were all clearly differentiated and the narrator handles the opposite sex voices well.

Any additional comments?

At just under three hours this one can be listened to in a single session quite easily. I'll definitely try to do at least once when I listen again in the future. I hope the rest of the series will follow!

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