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  • Charles Paris: What Bloody Man is That?

  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Simon Brett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Charles Paris is on his way up again, career-wise. No longer ‘resting’ or playing a corpse in a cupboard, he finds himself doubling almost every role in a provincial production of the play dreaded by superstitious theatrefolk: Macbeth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly written and read by Simon Brett

  • By Jim on 18-01-12

would have got a higher rating but ...

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

'She wouldn't see the joke if it knocked her down and Raped her'.

Well I don't see the joke in putting this in a nice family friendly audio book.

How about we move away from the stereotype?

'He wouldn't see the joke if it knocked him down and buggered him'

Not funny?? I agree. I don't think either of these are funny so can we not have them in these books please?

  • Witches Abroad

  • Discworld, Book 12
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,045

What could be easier than preventing a servant girl from marrying a prince, especially for three clever witches? But Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick face more than they bargained for when they journey to the distant city of Genua. For one thing, their power is limited to Mrs. Gogol's weak voodoo spells, a one-eyed cat, and a secondhand magic wand that works only on pumpkins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly the best of the Witches series

  • By Katharin on 14-02-08

terry at his finest

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

Reviewed: 26-06-18

great book. Read it first as a child and revisited as an adult on audio. What a great book!! The witches and guard stories are my favourites so I'm sure I'll revisit this again on my walk to work or train travel.

  • Titanic with ZOMBIES

  • By: Richard Brown
  • Narrated by: Simon Whistler
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

A mysterious infection turns hundreds of passengers into violent, flesh-eating zombies, sinking the maiden voyage of the Titanic. Forget everything you thought you knew about the famous disaster. This is the zombie apocalypse...at sea.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a credit

  • By Magic Inc. on 17-01-16

ok if you can ignore the terrible accents

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

Ok story for a credit if you can get past the TERRIBLE accents!!

I think the narrator must have offered mates rates or been somebody's brother because how anybody could have thought his Irish accent sounded realistic is beyond me!

Same goes for the American. In my opinion it did spoil what was otherwise a decent story At-all At-all I'll be having a pint of Guinness with me terrible fake Irish accent if you please there !

  • Wyrd Sisters

  • Discworld, Book 6
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934

In Wyrd Sisters, the enchanting world of Discworld is turned upside down by 3 meddling witches: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick. Their interference in royal politics causes kingdoms to wobble, crowns to topple, knives to flash, and citizens to shudder in fear.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It just does snot work for me

  • By Mr. S. Hyams on 04-01-11

Oh God!! What's going on with Nanny Ogg?

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Completely ruined for me by the TERRIBLE Nanny and Granny voices - OMG!! Buy another version!!!!

  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 771

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much Much More...

  • By Salter on 28-04-18

Don't expect a fast paced book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-17

From the title and blurb I was expecting a book of the extinction/zombie trope but what I got was something that felt like it was written in real time and scripted the minutia of the scene rather then a galloping page turner.

I managed an hour and a half before turning off. I suggest Frank Tayell, Scott Sigler's Infected books or R R Haywood's zombie books.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Contagious

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Scott Sigler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Across America, a mysterious pathogen transforms ordinary people into raging killers, psychopaths driven by a terrifying, alien agenda. The human race fights back, yet after every battle the disease responds, adapts, using sophisticated strategies and brilliant ruses to fool its pursuers. The only possible explanation: the epidemic is driven not by evolution but by some malevolent intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Martin on 27-02-09

read by the author and actually ... quite good!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

I was surprised at how well the author read this and how engaged in was by it.

if you like zombie trope books then give it a go.

  • Blood at the Premiere

  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Rachel Hine
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Henrietta Swallow may be a stunning model, but she has ambitions to be a film director. At a film premiere she tries engaging a producer about a new project...before everything goes terribly wrong. Soon Swallow finds herself on the run amidst the full horror of the Undead. Along with a small band of survivors, and one miserable producer, Swallow must do everything just to stay alive on the blood-soaked streets. As the Undead get more numerous, can she run, beat and hack her way out of trouble?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointed

  • By Richard MacMillan on 30-03-17

put off by the title

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

I was put by the title originally and thought this would be a charactature of a woman based on male fantasy but to be honest if you can get through the first 15 minutes to the zombie part it's good.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Charles Paris: The Dead Side of the Mic

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, Charlotte Green, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Actor and reluctant sleuth Charles Paris is facing chaos on the domestic front. He’s lodging with his ex-wife Frances, and now their pregnant daughter has moved in as well. It’s all a bit much.... So he is over the moon when he lands a job on the BBC Radio Rep - but the ink is barely dry on his contract when a murder takes place in Broadcasting House. A young female studio manager is found dead in an editing suite, and Charles steps in to investigate....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Helen on 07-10-11

light listening

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

As usual. Good for background noise.

It would be nice if the Mrs got a bit of a social life though, women over 40 are allowed a sex life now - just saying!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 16-18
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

The Last Puzzle: When amiable old village eccentric Quentin Andrews dies, the good folk of Cherringham are astonished at the crowd that turns up to his funeral. But even more astonished are the beneficiaries of his will: Quentin has left a veritable fortune to whomever is the first who can solve an intricate 'Cherringham crossword'. That puzzle is only the first of many that Jack and Sarah will uncover as they follow the treasure hunt for clues and learn the truth about who Quentin Andrews really was.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stories combined

  • By kitty67 on 25-06-18

Not a classic but a good listen

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

Great for exercising or doing anything else that could benefit from a little mental distraction.

Good stories with decent plots and the narrator is actually ok at accents - something a lot seem to fall down on!

Reasonable value for money and enjoyable without needing too much concentration to keep up with the story.

  • We're Alive: A Story of Survival, the Second Season

  • By: Kc Wayland, Shane Salk
  • Narrated by: Blackstone Audiobooks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53

Season two of this action-packed audio drama plunges listeners back into a ravaged world of violence and terror. The hope of a better life forces the survivors of the Tower out into the dissolving world around them. The consequences of past battles leave them struggling not only with each other but the remaining fragments of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great - worth a credit

  • By Suz on 29-06-17

great - worth a credit

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

Reviewed: 29-06-17

I read a few negative reviews about this series but I enjoyed it.

It made a nice change from some of the other zombie books by having a couple of women characters in it who were more then 2 dimensional victims waiting to be raped or rescued by men - that does get a bit boring after a while!

The full cast format was also refreshing but there were times when it did get a bit hard to work out who was talking. Worth persisting though. It kept me listening; and now I'm going to use my last credit to buy season 3 :)