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  • Holgar's First Bloodbath

  • By: Persephone Rose
  • Narrated by: Grant Patrizio
  • Length: 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

We live in trying times. Anti-demon sentiment is at an all time high. Gone are the days when devils could get together on a Sunday night to sacrifice some virgins and crack open a few cold ones. While we have been shunned and despised since our first ancestors arrived here from Hell, today it’s impossible to walk even a single city block without running into a self-proclaimed “hunter.” Living under this threat of constant danger, it has never been more pertinent to hold on to our sense of identity. And more importantly, to pass that along to our spawn. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is utterly mad but fun

  • By Rose on 16-04-19

This is utterly mad but fun

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

Well, what else could I do? I don’t want to be Holgar’s next victim now do I? No, seriously though, short but really funny, well performed too. I thought it was longer but anyway, no worries, I liked it. Even better that I got this as a promotional freebie but that’s not the point. it’s compulsive reading for all little demons and big ones too.

  • Black Acres

  • The Complete Collection
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

There's no place like home.... Kim and Julian Taylor are in the market for their first home, and a visit to the secluded Beacon estate finds them enamored. It's a peculiar home, rather large and in need of some renovations. The price is right, however, and after a tour, they snap the house up without hesitation. The man who sells them the house has one last detail to share before they sign on the dotted line. The previous owners of the home disappeared under mysterious circumstances nearly eight years ago and have recently been declared dead in absentia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is totally weird

  • By Rose on 15-04-19

This is totally weird

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

Reviewed: 15-04-19

Yes, I know, it’s stating the obvious this boook being a horror and all that but this really is weird. An empty houuse on the market and an odd kind of story to justify not only its price but the fact that it is on the market in the first place and why are all the trees dead? Well, you’ll have to listen to it to find out. The naration is perfect for this kind of book and the book itself is well, weird. What more can i say? A house on the edge of a wood and all kinds of weird stuff happening. A family drama and a horror story combined and of course the one not believing the other until it’s too late. Not gory but well worth a read in my opinion and with a rather unexpected ending.

  • The Locked Ward

  • Memoirs of a Psychiatric Orderly
  • By: Dennis O'Donnell
  • Narrated by: Dennis O'Donnell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

The Locked Ward is an extraordinary memoir that sets out to reveal the true story of life in a psychiatric ward - the fear, the violence and despair, and also the care and the compassion. Recounting the stories of the patients he worked with, and those of the friends he made on the ward, O'Donnell provides a detailed account of day-to-day life behind the doors of the most feared and stigmatised environment in healthcare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful, Poignant, Thought Provoking and Funny

  • By M. R. Nixon on 24-01-18

Not exactly one flew over the cuckoo’s nest

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

Well, I liked this book. it’s one of the best I have listened to in quite some time. I liked it yes but i can imagine that some readers might find parts of it distressing and the accent of the narator is difficult to make oout unless,, like me you do accents fairly welll. it’s a book that charts the life of staff and patients in a typical period of life working on a locked ward just as it says it is. it’s told with humour and understanding as well. the wit might jarwith some people and it is flipant in places but i think it is a pretty good book for all that. It deals with aspects of life and then gives you case examples to ilustrate a point which kind of gives it the feell of a documentary but better done that most books oof that style. Not sure i agree with his taste in literature though but that’s by the by. Overall i’d say give it a go, you might at least get a better understanding about menntal heallth. If i had one criticism to make about the book it would be this. it talks about how patients are rarely as we think of them. In other words everything you think you know is wrong. Then it goes on to demonstrate how right we are which seems to me to be something of a contradiction but it’s a small point hardly worth noting really so why did I? Well, because this is a review of course.

  • Tressa

  • The 12-Year-Old Mum
  • By: Tressa Middleton
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40

Tressa Middleton made UK history when she became Britain's youngest mum in 2006 aged just 12 years and eight months. Her case provoked shock and outrage - but the truth behind the headlines was far sadder than anyone could ever have imagined. Born into a life of poverty and neglect, Tressa was forced to grow up fast when was she taken into care at just four years old. She was returned to her mother's chaotic world, but by the age of seven, she was being abused by her own brother and at 11 years old she fell pregnant with his child. For years she kept his dark secret in an attempt to hold her family together until the truth threatened to destroy her completely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking and genuine

  • By Johanna on 24-08-18

how can you not give this book five stars?

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

This book is neither well written and it is not always particularly well read but these are Tressa’s words and this is her story. One ought to feel shocked by the events that take plae in this book but, I’m not shocked at all. I know well the depths of depravity in to which humanity can sink. However, this book is certainly not for the faint-hearted and there’s bound to be more than one gasp of horror and disbelief not from me though but from some no doubt of it. If you want to see huumanity in all its gory details then this book is a must. if though, you prefer to sleep in your innocence at night or turn a blind eye to what can happen out there then give it a mis, your illusions that there’s a spark of good in everyone will be well and truly shattered if you’re of this belief.

  • Fight Club

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Jim Colby
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531

Every weekend, in basements and car parks across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter and dark, anarchic genius. And it's only the beginning of his plans for revenge on the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • better to read

  • By Mr on 02-01-13

Tyler says, Tyler says, Tyler says. How boring is that?

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

Reviewed: 26-03-19

The headline says it all really. Boring but intriguing in its way. The characters are off the scale in terms of madness or something. the naration is good and there’s really not much more to tell about this book except that, thank goodness it’s short.

  • Tweet of the Day

  • A Year of British Birds
  • By: BBC Natural History Radio
  • Narrated by: Bill Oddie, Brett Westwood, Chris Packham, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

First heard every weekday morning at 5.58am on BBC Radio 4, Tweet of the Day captured the imagination of early risers and bird lovers, proving so popular that it was named Radio Programme of the Year 2014. Each episode begins with a bird call or song, followed by fascinating ornithological detail about its owner. This collection contains every edition from the first series, British Birds. The songs of over 160 birds can be heard over the course of a year, from the cuckoo's call in spring to the summer seaside sound of the herring gull, the autumn song of the robin and the song thrush's voice of hope in the depths of winter. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • better than twitter any time

  • By Rose on 26-03-19

better than twitter any time

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

Reviewed: 26-03-19

There’s an interesting exercise you can do with this programme, one can’t really call it a book after all, and that is to see how many birds you can name just by hearing the tweet before the name of the bird is annnounced. I think my favourites were the divers and warblers though there are some very complicated birdsongs in this collection. it’s just a nice relaxing book to listen to and there’s not much more to say about it. I liked it.

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  • Finding Life on Mars

  • A Novel of Isolation
  • By: Jason Dias
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

When the last man on Earth reveals he has a nuclear weapon pointed at the tiny Martian colony, the colonists can only survive by working together. Jaye, a Trueborn Child of Mars, isn’t like her father, Merlin. Like all the Trueborn, she is cursed with perfect memory and deep sensitivity. But not even the knowledge that Merlin killed her mother can change the fact: They need each other for more than survival. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Somebody’s been watching too much ‘Star Trek’

  • By Rose on 19-03-19

Somebody’s been watching too much ‘Star Trek’

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

Reviewed: 19-03-19

This is a very painful poignant book and not half bad. The performance given is excellent and just right for this book. The reader seems to connect with the central character so that you feel what she feels through the voice of the reader. However while the book isn’t half bad it is way far from perfect. There are two things I find irritating about it. There’s the usual quite unimaginative delivery of dialogue but we’ve been there before and the other i this. The central character is made up of fifty percent woman and fifty percent man which makes ehr human so where do all these difference come from? Why the constant insistance on ehr not being human? Considering the company she keeps is mainly human one wonders why she is so different unless there awas life on mars before the colony got there in which case merlin might well be the father of the central character but the mother must have then been Marsian or otherwise the story of how different she is including lacking a real sense of humour, doesn’t work. Also there are times when she sounds not far off a computer giving orders and specific facts which is kind of irritating. her story though is very real and very poignant as I have already stated. Overall, not a bad read.

  • The Electric

  • By: Andrew David Barker
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

In the summer of 1985, 15-year-old Sam Crowhurst discovers an old, abandoned cinema that screens movies made by ghosts, for ghosts. Sam and his friends Emma and David find themselves drawn into a world where the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Lon Chaney, and Theda Bara are still making pictures, where Harold Lloyd and John Belushi team up for roustabout comedies, and Karloff and Lugosi appear in films scripted by Edgar Allan Poe. Sam comes to learn the mysteries of the Electric cinema and his part to play in its long and strange history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully written and amazingly read

  • By S R Williams on 21-02-19

Goosebumps or Ghostbusters take your pick

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

Reviewed: 17-03-19

This book is bad. This book is very, very bad. In fact, this book is positively awful. I must praise the reader though. This is nine hours of his llife he will definitely not get back and really,, it wasn’t worth it. If I have to sit through one more ‘Emma said’ or ‘david said’ or ‘I said’ I’ll scream the house down that’s how bad this book was. I mean, it’s not even all that original. It’s obvious. Anyone of a certain age watching cartoons with their children will recognize this at once as being a parody of either Goosebumps or Ghostbusters (the cartoon version that is) straight away and it doesn’t end there. The author is tryiing to mimmick Ray Bradbury as well and boy is it awful. The only redeeming factor about this book is that it has sound effects which at least give it some kind of drama but beyond that there’s nothing good about this at all. I reckon even the ending is ikely to be predictable. Some kid drawing the final scenes of the film and everythingg going up in flames. I bet that’s how it ends. I don’t know, I can’t stand to read that far ahead. Sorry, but this simply is not good enough.y

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  • A Broken World

  • By: Marion Tucker
  • Narrated by: Rebecca McKernan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

A young girl meets the god of a heaven dimension when she falls sick in a psychiatric ward. Golleta is a god who needs and her help to rid his world of the evil Demon Queen. With the help of Cloud, a shape-shifting quest leader, Vallery experiences both the world of a hospital and that of a parallel universe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weird, eratic kind of fantasy

  • By Rose on 15-03-19

Weird, eratic kind of fantasy

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

I have stated this before and there’s no doubt I’ll make the same point again. If words tummble from the mouth of a character then it is blatantly obvious that they were ‘said’. What is not so obvious is how they were ‘said’ that is what readers need to know not the fact of them having been ‘said’ so for that reason this story loses one star. there is far too much ‘said’ in it for my taste. Now for the story. Well, it reminds me a bit of ‘Alice’s adventures in wonderland’ teenage stylle. The central character certainly is going through a truly messed up period of her life not helped by the performance though she has nothing to do with that. Valllery is in most respects, a typical teenager all mixed up inside and out, a crazy but with something more in there. Thenaration is truly awful though. I can’t explain why it is so bad but it is. You’ll have to take the book and try it to fully understand just how bad the performance is though I’m not sure I’d recommend it unless you don’t mind a whole bunch of ‘said’ that is and you want something truly warped and weird in which case yeah, this book is pretty close to the mark.

  • SEED

  • A Novel of Horror and Suspense
  • By: Matt Shaw
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Mark fears that his wife is cheating on him. Over the past couple of weeks, she has been growing more and more distant and shudders at his very touch. Determined to keep his new marriage afloat, he confronts her only to find the truth of the situation is far more horrific than he could have ever envisioned.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh wow, what a story

  • By Rose on 14-03-19

Oh wow, what a story

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

Reviewed: 14-03-19

There are those reading this that will say something like: ‘This is sick and in ad taste’. Tjey’d be right tooo if you take the plot only in small details such as the ending but, it’s possible and plausiblle and probably has happened before which is not to say all such cases are as false as this one. The characters are well presented and the story, well it’s twisted and not for the faint of heart either. I would advise though that if you’ve experienced a sexuallly traumatic event do not read this book. The naration is very poor, flat and monotonous but since the book is short it’s just about bearable.

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