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  • Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby, Luke Daniels, Peter Berkrot, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Though perhaps most famous as a novelist, Philip K. Dick wrote more than one hundred short stories over the course of his career, each as mind-bending and genre-defining as his longer works. Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams collects ten of the best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic PKD but avoid the introductions for spoile

  • By Max on 11-01-18

Good stories but really terrible readings

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

The stories are generally great, but the narration is dreadful. Overexcited, overacted, completely lacking in subtlety. Pretty much all 10 stories, I can’t remember one which was actually well read.

  • Patrick Melrose, Volume 2: Mother's Milk and At Last

  • By: Edward St Aubyn
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 76

Now a major Sky TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The once illustrious, once wealthy Melroses are in peril, and Patrick Melrose, now a husband and father, is trying to gather together the pieces of his life. Caught up in the turmoil of broken promises, assisted suicide, adultery and - most tender and terrifying of all - fatherhood, Patrick is still a long way from salvation, but even as the family struggles against the pull of its dark past, a new generation promises new light, new hope and - perhaps - the promise of a brighter future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Melrose

  • By P on 08-12-18

Probably the best performance on Audible

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

Alex Jennings is the perfect narrator. And a brilliant book too. Utterly engaging, infuriating characters. Brilliant.

  • Patrick Melrose, Volume 1: Never Mind, Bad News and Some Hope

  • By: Edward St Aubyn
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 211

Now a major Sky TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Moving from Provence to New York to Gloucestershire, from the savageries of a childhood with a cruel father and an alcoholic mother to an adulthood fraught with addiction, Patrick Melrose is on a mission to escape himself. But the drugs don’t make him forget his past, and the glittering parties offer him no redemption....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!!! *****

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-05-18

Brilliantly written, brilliantly performed and hugely insightful

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

if it wasn’t semi autobiographical it might be tempting to dismiss many of the characters as monsters or mere caricatures. But it is entirely believable, and absolutely enthralling. Even better than the tv adaptation.
I suspect that the third section, some hope, tells you everything you need to know about the character of the people who are currently doing such a comprehensively appalling job of governing this country.

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  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,963

The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, best-selling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Norseome

  • By AnnG on 03-03-17

The description of Ragnarok is genuinely chilling

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

Reviewed: 16-01-18

Who better to read these stories than the author? Ok his voice characterisations are not always quite up to the standard of Stephen Fry or some other favourite readers but his passion for these stories shines through. And the last section, Ragnarok, is just brilliant.

  • Collusion

  • How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House
  • By: Luke Harding
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

A gripping exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era. Moscow, July 1987. Real-estate tycoon Donald Trump visits Soviet Russia for the first time at the invitation of the government. London, December 2016. Luke Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the president-elect's connections with Russia. Award-winning journalist Luke Harding reveals the true nature of Trump's decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of the dossier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Devil's Bargain

  • By Adam on 14-02-18

Essential listening

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

Puts everything you have heard about Trump-Russia into context. Makes it clear how totally clear how unsuitable Trump is to be POTUS.

  • Ordinary Thunderstorms

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Martyn Ellis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 479

Adam Kindred, visiting London for a job interview, comes across a little Italian bistro as he walks along the Embankment, admiring the views. During his meal he strikes up a conversation with a diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterwards. With horrifying speed, Adam's encounter leads to a series of accidents through which he will lose everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book, beautifully read.

  • By L. Fuchs on 24-09-09

Interesting story, wrong narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

The narrator sounds like Alan Bennett most of the time, which could be perfect for another book but is wrong for this one. Some of his characters' voices are ok but some just don't ring true.

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • Continuing Stieg Larsson's Dragon Tattoo Series, Book 4
  • By: David Lagercrantz, George Goulding - translator
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,463
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,228

Mikael Blomkvist is contacted by renowned scientist Professor Balder. Fearing for his life, but more concerned for his son's well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story. More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder's advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker. It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters that will soon bring terror to the streets of Stockholm, the Millennium team....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry, terrible!

  • By DKHerts on 14-11-18

hugely disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

This is just dreadful.
It is hard to give the story a fair review when the performance is so awful. Young men sound like old women, Americans are all bombastic idiots, and the women all have irritating breathy voices, like drag queen Marilyn Monroes.
The performance would ruin a better book, but this isn't a better book. It feels like a bad pastiche of a Stieg Larsson novel - hackers, Russian gangsters, biker gang mentioned in passing. I realised a few hours in that I was simply wasting my life listening to this. Avoid.

  • The Finkler Question

  • By: Howard Jacobson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 46

Julian Treslove and Sam Finkler are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they've never quite lost touch with each other - or with their former teacher, Libor Sevick. Now all three are recently widowed, in their own way, and spend sweetly painful evenings together reminiscing. Until an unexpected violent attack brings everything they thought they knew into question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, dark, funny and a complete pleasure

  • By Deborah on 14-01-11

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 13-05-15

This won the Booker Prize a few years ago. No idea why. Tediously repetitive, two of the three main characters are entirely unsympathetic (Libor was the only person I liked) and not very funny, despite what I thought was a good, well charaterised reading by Stephen Crossley. I almost gave up with two hours to go, and now I have finished I wish I had given up and done something more rewarding with the time.

  • Under the Skin

  • By: Michel Faber
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 289

Isserley spends most of her time driving. But why is she so interested in picking up hitchhikers? And why are they always male, well-built, and alone? An utterly unpredictable and macabre mystery, Michel Faber's debut is an outstanding piece of fiction that will stay with you long after you have finished listening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A haunting and heartbreaking story

  • By Kaggy on 03-05-14

Thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 29-01-15

A remarkable story. The performance is ok overall but let down by some truly horrible Scottish accents. Well worth listening.