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Morgan Hughes

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  • The Valley of Fear

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

The mystery begins with a coded warning of imminent danger, drawing the illustrious Sherlock Holmes and the faithful Dr Watson to a secluded country home. A trail of bewildering clues, including raincoats, dumbbells, and a missing wedding ring, leads to sleuthing in the finest Holmesian tradition - with a gripping back story of a cult that terrorized a valley in the American West.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly enjoyable.

  • By Sara on 18-01-11

Where's Sherlock

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-13

Sherlock is hardly in this book, really disappointing after listening to the previous three, which were all very good. A huge shame.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Watch

  • Watch, Book 1
  • By: Sergei Lukyanenko
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

Set in modern day Moscow, Night Watch is a world as elaborate and imaginative as Tolkien or the best Asimov. Living among us are the "Others," an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. A thousand-year treaty has maintained the balance of power, and the two sides coexist in an uneasy truce. But an ancient prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will rise up and tip the balance, plunging the world into a catastrophic war between the Dark and the Light.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Good Listen

  • By Pauline on 04-03-12

Something Not Quite Right

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-13

I've actually stopped listening to this book - something about it just isn't quite right, and it feels as if it was written by a teenager, or perhaps it is just lost in translation? Anyway, what was a cool idea for a book just seems to lack the spark, and it falls into the realm of 'cheap vampire movies' . Unfortunately.

  • Self Matters

  • Creating Your Life from the Inside Out
  • By: Phil McGraw
  • Narrated by: Phil McGraw
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Your life has a root core that, once understood, unlocks a powerful force to create the life the way you want. Key questions and an amazingly clear "map" are now at your fingertips so you can "live by design".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ANOTHER WINNER

  • By Jay on 21-12-08

Pretty god, probably prefer to read it...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

As I listen to books mostly in the car, this book wasn't ideal for me, as you are supposed to stop and do 'homework' of sorts, which obviously, you can't do in the car, so I gave up. But I do love Dr Phil, and his wisdom and warmth do come through in the book, its just impractical as an audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Existence

  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shame that the whole book is not on the download.

  • By Rod on 10-11-12

Stick with it...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

This book is absolutely fantastic. Actually, its IMPORTANT. But it took me a while to get into, and there are a few things I just had to decide to overlook (some of the language - ie it is set after some world-altering event called 'Awfulday', etc.), and in a way the book is a vehicle for the author to explore the theory and questions around artificial intelligence, alien life, and how humanity would react to first contact (which doesn't happen as you think it would!!). It is imaginative, and the further in you get, the more each thread of the story falls into place, and parts of the story that you thought may be 'filler' had intention from the start. It is my most recommended new read of the year, but you have to persevere - stick with it for rewards!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Fry Chronicles

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,886

This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of Fry's most turbulent and least-well-known years, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours of delighted listening

  • By Mary on 21-09-10

Fry by Fry, what more can you ask?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I haven't read or listened to 'Moab', so I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to jump straight into this book, but its fine to start with this one - you don't need to have read the prequel.



It is exactly as you would imagine Stephen Fry to be - intelligent, eloquent, self-affacing, and brilliant. Fry is at his witty, open, unashamed yet vulnerable best. If you're a fan of Stephen, you won't want to miss this.

  • Moranthology

  • By: Caitlin Moran
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Moran
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 382

Possibly the only drawback about the best-selling How to Be a Woman was that its author, Caitlin Moran, was limited to pretty much one subject: being a woman. Moranthology is proof that Caitlin can actually be ‘quite chatty’ about many other things, including cultural, social and political issues which are usually the province of learned professors, or hot-shot wonks – and not a woman who once, as an experiment, put a wasp in a jar, and got it stoned.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not half as good as it should be

  • By kisag_queen on 20-08-15

Funny, insightful, & tough-talking, classic Moran

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I had recently read 'How to be a Woman' and then seen Moran do a reading from youtube, so when I saw that she had another book out, I thought it would be one to listen to, rather than read, because she narrates it herself. I wasn't disappointed, although it is not as funny as 'How to be a Woman', its still a really good listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bleak House

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Teresa Gallagher
  • Length: 35 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century. As the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, it becomes an obsession to everyone involved. And the issue on an inheritance ultimately becomes a question of murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Ultimate Dickens Audiobook

  • By nero5 on 17-01-12

Now I know what the reviews were talking about....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I was looking for reviews of dickens's work to help me to decide what to listen to. The reviews spoke of how good the narrators are, which was the selling point for me. I could not be more delighted. Seriously, I thought it was going to be hard-going, but Teresa Gallagher in particular has drawn me right in. If you are thinking about this, just don't hesitate. Seriously, I can't recommend it enough.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Coldest War

  • The Milkweed Triptych, Book 2
  • By: Ian Tregillis
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Someone is killing Britain's warlocks.... Twenty-two years after the Second World War, a precarious balance of power maintains the peace between Great Britain and the USSR. For decades, the warlocks have been all that stand between the British Empire and the Soviet Union - a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. But now each death is another blow to Britain's security.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A sequel that doesn't disappoint.

  • By Morgan Hughes on 23-12-12

A sequel that doesn't disappoint.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I had previously listened to 'Bitter Seeds' and although it took a while to grow on me, I was very excited to listen to this sequel. I really enjoyed it; the narration is actually better than bitter seeds, and I'm now on tenterhooks for the finale of the Milkweed story...

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  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Performance from Tim Curry

  • By Salter on 29-04-18

A fantastic version of a yearly read...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I absolutely love this book, but what I'm reviewing, really, is the audio recording. Tim Curry was the main selling point for me as there are cheaper versions I had listened to before. It is WELL worth the extra few quid, as Curry's voice lends itself well to bringing Dickens alive. If you're a stranger to dickens, this is the way in, a great place to start, and a fantastic version. :-)