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  • Never the Bride

  • By: Paul Magrs
  • Narrated by: Joanna Tope
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Brenda has had a long and eventful life and she has come to Whitby to run a B&B in search of some peace and quiet. She and her best friend Effie like nothing better than going out for tea and keeping their eyes open for any of the mysterious goings on in town. But the oddest thing in Whitby may well be Brenda herself. With her terrible scars, her strange lack of a surname or the fact that she takes two different shoe sizes, Brenda should have known that people as, well, unique as she is, just aren’t destined for a quiet life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing interlude.

  • By Crackdown on 26-05-15

The first of an amazing series

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

Reviewed: 29-05-18

I absolutely adore this series and am listening to it again. Read perfectly by Joanna Tope it is a comic horror noir series. Think Malcom Pryce with less Druids and more monsters

  • Death Mask

  • By: Graham Masterton
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

He appeared as if from nowhere, brutally slashed a man and a young woman in an office elevator, then vanished again without a trace. The woman survived and gave the police a detailed description of the killer's bizarre face, yet the police can find no sign of him anywhere. It's as if he never existed. But now he's killed again. And again. One woman holds the key to his terrifying secret, but how do you stop a murderer who isn't there?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What I wish I’d known

  • By JamesW on 27-05-18

What I wish I’d known

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

This book is actually the second in a series. Not that you would know that because it’s been renamed.
I wondered why a book with two strong female leads would have a male narrator (as good as he was) so if you want to read the series win a female narrator look for a book called the painted man and that should steer you in the right direction.

That being said the story isn’t that good and definitely not one of my favourites by Graham Masterton. The plot is so tenuous and staged that it is almost distracting and with the fake tarot cards which have so much imagery in them that it always points to the right path it becomes frankly embarrassing. If this was the first in a series I might have read the next bit as this is already the second (although very much a stand-alone book) I can’t be bothered reading the others

  • The Colony

  • By: F.G. Cottam
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 288

For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Drew on 07-08-13

Jolly good read

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

Reviewed: 18-04-16

The scone F.G book I read and I've had it in my library for a while, never getting past the first chapter, but I made a concerted effort and it really paid off.
Technically it's a ghost story I suppose but I found it a very enjoyable suspense read, quite dark in places.
My only real negative were there were quite a few characters who seemed to blend into each other, I'm still not exactly sure who was who at the end

  • Passenger 23

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Max Beesley, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Head, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,270

With no police to investigate and no escape, could it be the perfect setting for a crime? Martin Schwartz (Beesley) is an undercover detective who is recovering from his wife and sons' bizarre disappearance from a cruise ship 5 years ago. He is a desperate man willing to take big risks. Martin never wanted to step onto a cruise ship again until he receives a call which can't be ignored. On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back... until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Interesting stuff!!!

  • By lynsey on 22-12-15

Restored my faith

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

What did you like most about Passenger 23?

It has restored my faith in the author - I listened to Amok (drivel) and The Child (enjoyable drivel) both by the same author and so didn't immediately jump to order this one, however, my love of a long dramatisation and an interesting synopsis won me over and I'm SO glad I did

What did you like best about this story?

I genuinely didn't know where it was going - the plot was excellent and really kept it at the right pace

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

It's an ensemble cast, I've heard some of the actors on other books, and certainly know them all from TV. Anthony Head was my bonus as I didn't see him listed originally and so that was a lovely surprise

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

Yes! I had to finish it in two evenings but I desperately wanted to know the outcome and how all the mysteries were going to be tied up.Utterly engrossing

Any additional comments?

This is very much an adults book - there are some very disturbing themes here! But what a story!

  • The Starling Project

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina, full cast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 159

Audie Award, Original Work, 2016; Audie Award Finalist, Audio Drama, 2016. An aborted raid targeting a major arms dealer. A hostage standoff at a bank that may not be what it seems. A plot to spring a former African dictator from prison. What is the threat that connects them all? And just who is the mysterious mastermind, The Starling? From Mexico to Washington – from London to Marseille to Prague – war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his team of Volunteers risk their lives to follow the trail of clues. But how can they stop The Starling – when he always seems one step ahead?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculous accents

  • By the-leveller on 15-01-15

Utter drivel

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

Reviewed: 02-02-15

It's been a while since an audiobook has been so bad it's actually made me angry! I forced myself to finish this to be able to write a review.
Alfred Molina who is an incredible actor normally is as flat as a pancake in this drama. His voice is so monosyllabic and without emotion that you actually suspect he wasn't in the same room as the other actors when recording their lines as he recites his with absolutely no feeling at all.
The British accents are borderline racist! It's something from the 1960's in fact the two actors who did the best British accents weren't actually supposed to be British at all.
Because of Molina's deadpan acting the rest of the actors come across as overacting to compensate which is a shame as they tend to carry the story along much better.
At times the exposition is so staged it feels like you are listening to a video game moving onto the next scene.
Plot wise, it redeems itself slightly in the last half hour but twist and turns become laughable because of the acting and aforementioned plot and scene setting.
If this was supposed to encourage me to read anything else by Jeffrey Deaver than it has failed miserably

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The Silence of the Lambs

  • 25th Anniversary Edition: Hannibal Lecter, Book 2
  • By: Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 982

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Thomas Harris’ legendary best-seller, Audible presents The Silence of the Lambs, with a new introduction written and read by the author himself. An FBI trainee. A psychopath locked up for unspeakable crimes. And a serial killer getting ever closer to his latest victim... Seeking insight into the deadly madman she must find, FBI rookie Clarice Starling turns to Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a monster cannibal held in a hospital for the criminally insane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb and chilling

  • By JamesW on 01-12-13

Superb and chilling

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

When you listen to an audiobook which has such an iconic film version, I feel sorry for the narrator however in this case, Frank Muller absolutely pulls it off.
Yes Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster made these characters instantly recognisable and while Muller certainly does draw on these performances, he doesn't make it a pastiche, instead adding some of his own nuances whilst still retaining he characters that we know and loathe (love?)

The story itself is excellent and remains chilling even after 25 years, and is a throughly good listen

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Mirror

  • By: Graham Masterton
  • Narrated by: Robert Slade
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

It is said that a mirror can trap a person's soul... Martin Williams is a broke, two-bit screenwriter living in Hollywood, but when he finds the very mirror that once hung in the house of a murdered 1930s child star; he happily spends all he has on it. He has long obsessed over the tragic story of Boofuls, a beautiful and successful actor who was slaughtered and dismembered by his grandmother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A horror classic

  • By JamesW on 23-08-13

A horror classic

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

Reviewed: 23-08-13

I need to say a disclaimer, I'm biased, this was my very first Graham Masterton book I ever read almost 25 years ago. I went on to become a massive fan of his and while I felt some of his later books lost me slightly, I remain loyal to the end

Mirror was just a wonderful book to read when I was 14, I have read it multiple times since and was thrilled to find it available for audio

It is set in Hollywood in the 80's and aside from a few tv series mentioned and monetary non inflations, the story is relatively timeless.
A child actor called Boofuls from the 1920's was brutally murdered and his spirit ended up in the mirror which witnessed the crime. 60 years later a screenwriter and fan buys the mirror and all Hell breaks loose... Literally. Boofuls was most definitely not what he appeared to be

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story, the mythology of mirrors is explored and there are some wonderful references to CS Lewis as well. It is also wonderfully read by Robert Slade who brings a wonderful childlike evil to the main character as well as some excellent accents of other characters

This is just a great, old school, horror story. Once read, you will be definitely checking out Graham Masterton's back catalogue

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • In and Out of the Kitchen

  • By: Miles Jupp
  • Narrated by: Miles Jupp
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

The hilarious sitcom written by and starring Miles Jupp, featuring the entries and recipes from the kitchen diary of cookery writer Damien Trench. In these four episodes, Damien decides to do a radio programme about the French bean, accepts a job for a supermarket's online magazine, deals with a crisis affecting his Umbrian holiday villa and is offered a chance to front his own TV show.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gentle Comedy for Sunday Afternoons

  • By Victoria on 30-03-13

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-13

I heard this on the radio and couldn't wait for it to be released.
Miles Jupp and Justin Edwards are a perfect couple and the setting of cookery writer just works so well. The recipes that are thrown in are a delight and the use of language is just divine.
I love Miles Jupp anyway, I think he is so funny, and Justin Edwards ((Newsjack, the consultants) is excellent

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,485

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did it end?

  • By PatriciaWN on 25-08-10

Better than the book

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

Reviewed: 05-06-13

Yeah that's a strange headline but the book was a terrible disappointment however the audio version is much more enjoyable. It's engrossing, rather enjoyable and the performance makes up for a pretty long winded (and at times utterly nonsensical) story

1 of 1 people found this review helpful