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  • Notes in a Mirror

  • By: Helen Macie Osterman
  • Narrated by: Lolita Anderson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

The year is 1950. The place: Hillside State Mental Hospital. In this atmosphere of hopelessness and despair come student nurses from surrounding hospitals for their three-month psychiatric rotation. Mary Lou Hammond and Kate Stephens are two of these young girls. Mary Lou begins receiving messages from a woman who died in the previous century. She becomes obsessed with finding proof that the woman existed. Follow Mary Lou to the life-threatening climax in this frigid winter of 1950.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is awful

  • By Mr Peter Geran on 11-06-16

Narrator is awful

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

Would you try another book written by Helen Macie Osterman or narrated by Lolita Anderson?

Never narrated by Lolita Anderson, with the exception of the main character she talks as if she has a golf ball in her mouth!! The voices are so muffled its laughable. I couldn't get passed the first hour because it is unlistenable.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See above, good grief!

  • Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse

  • By: A. L. Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

An original novel by A.L. Kennedy featuring the Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker in the BBC TV series. Something distinctly odd is going on in Arbroath. It could be to do with golfers being dragged down into the bunkers at the Fetch Brothers' Golf Spa Hotel, never to be seen again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very Douglas Adamsy

  • By John Telfer on 24-01-17

NOT a 12th Doctor book

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

Reviewed: 25-07-15

What would have made Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse better?

This is not a 12th Doctor story as listed by Audible, it is a story for Tom Bakers 4th Doctor.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Needful Things

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 25 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709

There was a new shop in town. Run by a stranger. Needful Things, the sign said. The oddest name. A name that caused some gossip and speculation among the good folks of Castle Rock, Maine, while they waited for opening day. Eleven-year-old Brian Rusk was the first customer and he got just what he wanted, a very rare 1956 Sandy Koufax baseball card. Signed. Cyndi Rose Martin was next. A Lalique vase. A perfect match for her living room decor. Something for everyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On the whole, good...

  • By T. Norman on 19-09-12

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

What did you like most about Needful Things?

The build up was better than the ending, excellent characterisation.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Needful Things?

Discovering what each person needed the most

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

No, did it in a couple of days.

Any additional comments?

Very good story and well narrated. Not as long as some King epics and it didn't suffer from that.

  • The Sittaford Mystery

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

In a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor, six shadowy figures huddle around a small table for a seance. Tension rises as the spirits spell out a chilling message: "Captain Trevelyan...dead...murder."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for winter evenings in front of the fire

  • By Sue on 21-08-08

Great easy listen

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

Reviewed: 11-02-15

I can't say there were any particular momentous moments but there also weren't any dull bits. The narration was spot on and the variety of voices splendid. All in all I would highly recommend this story. Would be a great addition to take on holiday.

  • The Last Centurion

  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

In the second decade of the 21st century, the world is struck by two catastrophes: a new mini-ice age and a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as "Bandit Six", an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of his homeland - despite the best efforts of politicians, both elected and military.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent book

  • By Martin D. on 22-05-09

Good stuff

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

Reviewed: 16-05-14

Where does The Last Centurion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

IN this genre, somewhere in the middle

Any additional comments?

I got the book because of the negative 'don't get this because its right wing' nonsense posted by others. Its not right wing, it gives the authors opinion on the sacred cows of Global Warming, gender politics etc. Forget the left/right rubbish and enjoy the action story it is.

  • Doctor Who

  • Shining Darkness
  • By: Mark Michalowski
  • Narrated by: Debbie Chazen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

For Donna Noble, the Andromeda galaxy is a long, long way from home. But even two-and-a-half-million light years from Earth, danger lurks around every corner... A visit to an art gallery turns into a race across space to uncover the secret behind a shadowy organization. From the desert world of Karris to the interplanetary scrap yard of Junk, the Doctor and Donna discover that appearances can be deceptive, that enemies are lurking around every corner.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Narration

  • By Mr Peter Geran on 16-05-14

Poor Narration

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

Reviewed: 16-05-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Doctor Who fans will enjoy the story

Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Michalowski? Why or why not?

Yes, I have enjoyed many of his Dr Who books

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The god awful accents she used for subsidiary characters. I couldn't finish the book because the stupid regional accents she gave the characters spoiled the story for me.

What character would you cut from Doctor Who?

The narrator!!

Any additional comments?

If a diverse selection of regional accents doesn't do it for you, don't bother!

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  • Street Without Joy

  • The French Debacle in Indochina
  • By: Bernard B. Fall
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

In this classic account of the French war in Indochina, Bernard B. Fall vividly captures the sights, sounds, and smells of the savage eight-year conflict in the jungles and mountains of Southeast Asia from 1946 to 1954. The French fought well to the last, but even with the lethal advantages of airpower, they could not stave off the Communist-led Vietnamese nationalists, who countered with a hit-and-run campaign of ambushes, booby traps, and nighttime raids. Defeat came at Dien Bien Phu, in 1954.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Missed opportunity for the US

  • By Mr S.M.R.Plocki on 28-04-15

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 16-05-14

What did you like most about Street Without Joy?

Clearly the history. It is a war which is rarely discussed, especially with the American involvement so soon afterwards. This was written while the US was still in Vietnam so his descriptions of the combat and conditions resonate with what we know of the US War.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Street Without Joy?

The story of the Jewish refugee from WWII who found his way into the French Foreign Legion and into Vietnam to confront an enemy from his past. That is a story crying out for a film to be made.

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

It wasn't business like which some historical narrations can be, he came across as interested in what he was reading.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The suffering on all sides was terrible.

Any additional comments?

Fine historical knowledge gained from this book particularly so as the war isn't that well covered. I learned things I hadn't known and my respect and pity for the French soldiers as well as admiration for the Vietnamese has increased tenfold.

It is also interesting to note that the US repeated so many of the French failures in Vietnam while the VC kept to broadly the same tactics. The blurb for the book states this is now required reading at American military schools as examples of counter insurgency successes and failures. I would hope such lessons are learned well to keep American soldiers safe in current wars.

  • Wings Over the Watcher

  • By: Priscilla Masters
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Dedicated to her profession, DI Joanna Piercy has built her imposing reputation on thorough investigative police work. However, the job that once excited and intrigued her has now fallen into a familiar pattern of form filling and snide office banter. She resorts to formulaic solutions to resolve her cases, having seen the same situations time and again. But when a strangled body is discovered recklessly dumped on the Leek moorlands, she is forced to revaluate her stance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wings over the Watcher

  • By Mr Peter Geran on 16-05-14

Wings over the Watcher

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

Reviewed: 16-05-14

What could Priscilla Masters have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She appears to have a very shaky grasp of police procedure, for some that wouldn't be an issue but as ex job it grated on me. Perhaps she should learn more to help with the portrayal of the police

Any additional comments?

A good tale, well read but with big errors in the way the police operate. This is a personal niggle so hopefully wont put off anybody else in listening to it. If however you know a thing or two about procedure, you will be irritated. A minor gripe.

  • Bird Box

  • By: Josh Malerman
  • Narrated by: Katharine Mangold
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news. But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street. Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent. The phones stopped ringing. And we couldn't look outside anymore. Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors. The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows. They are out there. She might let them in.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different Take on an Apocolyptic Tale.

  • By Sharon on 18-01-19

Very good

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

Reviewed: 16-05-14

If you could sum up Bird Box in three words, what would they be?

Don't. Open. Eyes.

What did you like best about this story?

The tension created. Cant really say much more without giving the central theme away but because of the plot device used the listener gets caught up in the characters tension.

Which character – as performed by Katharine Mangold – was your favourite?

The lead

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

This works so well as an audio book, especially at night. In the dark. The memsahib listened to the story after I had and although not a fan of this type of story she really enjoyed it.

  • Trooper #4

  • By: Noah Chinn
  • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

It's the end of the world, but not as we know it. A woman wakes up in a motel on the outskirts of a remote Oregon city with no memory of who she is, a gun at her bedside, and a state trooper uniform. As she explores the world outside the motel it seems that civilization has come to an abrupt end, and whatever caused it is still out there, looking for the survivors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Started well but then ....

  • By Mr Peter Geran on 16-05-14

Started well but then ....

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

Reviewed: 16-05-14

Would you try another book written by Noah Chinn or narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel?

I would have a look certainly

Was Trooper #4 worth the listening time?

Hmm, not really

Any additional comments?

It started so well and was really promising but after halfway I felt it got a bit lost in itself and I started to wane. The main character is engaging but the rest, well they were instantly forgettable for me.