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  • The Uncynical Cannibal

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Dewi Llywelyn
  • Narrated by: Richard Glover, Simon Kane, Daniel Lawrence Taylor, and others
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 236

A gloriously mad desert island romp - complete with zombies, walrus pirates and a talking goldfish called Albie. Like Robinson Crusoe on acid, it follows the adventures of Isaac, a shipwrecked sailor whose boat is sunk by a excess of radio sound effects and is then washed up in a tropical paradise where warring tribes compete to pay homage to a giant sea beast called Gary. A fast-paced gag fest which is a splendid mix of music hall and surreal nonsense, which is fresh, intriguing and laugh-out-loud funny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully executed...pun intended.

  • By TamTam on 09-07-15

Didn't work for me

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

Reviewed: 27-07-15

This wasn't my cup of tea at all. I fell asleep about half way through... The cast did a good job, though.

  • Working for the Big Man

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Rob Sears, Tom Sears
  • Narrated by: Kevin Eldon, Felicity Montagu, Mitch Benn
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 399

Have you ever wondered what happens when you die? If there is a God? And did he ever have a plan for the world? When committed rationalist and atheist, Ralph, dies on his honeymoon he discovers, much to his unhappy surprise, the answers to all of these questions. He finds himself on a cloud, working for a God who is very unhappy that his plan for the world has all gone horribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So funny!

  • By Angela C on 13-08-15

Off to a good start

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

This is a promising pilot. It's my second favourite of them all, and I think it could turn out really great as a series. It has a lot of potential to be taken in all sorts of directions.

  • Catching Up

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Bronagh Fegan
  • Narrated by: Louise Ford, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Carrie Quinlan, and others
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 331

Carol, Sarah, Samira and Mac were best friends at university. They were the bright young things who had the world on a string and shining futures ahead. Now, as they find themselves tipping into their 30-something lives of work, relationships and responsibilities, they meet up for a big reunion night out, ready to recapture their shared past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun stand alone play, but...

  • By thomas on 08-07-15

Familiar setting

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

I'm not sure how interesting this will be over time. It has it's funny moments, but never really enough to make me wish for a whole series like this. Feel pretty indifferent to the pilot, not really interested in hearing more. Great cast, though.

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  • Slaving Away

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Miranda Kane, Unusual Productions
  • Narrated by: Hugh Dennis, Miranda Kane, Jon Holmes
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 455

Meet Miranda. She is a cheerful and happy-go-lucky single girl who just happens to be a dominatrix with a dungeon in her flat, where she services clients with flogging, extreme correction and (if she’s lucky) gets the occasional slave to pay her for the honour of doing her vacuuming. And when she’s not delivering 30 lashes to the sensitive parts of religious zealots or doing step-aerobics in stilettos on the buttocks of retired army officers, she is just trying to get on with the neighbours....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something Really New

  • By Fred on 07-07-15

My favourite of the pilots

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

Enjoyed this one the most of the pilots, but I feel it does run the risk of getting a tad repetitive over time. The main character will need a varied storyline to mix it up a bit, rather than just a string of different clients with different fetishes. If the author can pull that off: awesome.

  • The Hub

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Bruce Windwood
  • Narrated by: Susy Kane, Alex Kirk, Howard Gossington, and others
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 274

Deep underground, in a top-secret location, the war against Terror, Anarchy and Foreigners in General is being waged. Inside The Hub, where intelligence gathering blends seamlessly with state-of-the-art, counter-terrorist hardware, dedicated professionals work day and night to keep us safe...and somehow always manage to totally screw things up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable, but fairly enjoyable

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-07-15

Predictable, but fairly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

I think it started out nicely, had a few chuckles, but by the time I got to the end I was just a bit bored. It was very predictable, you just sort of know what jokes they're gonna make.

I liked the different characters though, and the narrators all did a great job.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Stand So Close

  • By: Luana Lewis
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34

Traumatized by her final case as a psychologist, Stella only feels truly safe hidden away in the isolated house she shares with her husband, Max. Then Blue appears in the middle of a snow-storm, begging to be let in. As secrets and lies gradually seep out of the young girl, Stella’s tightly controlled world begins to unravel.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Showed promise in the beginning, but...

  • By Pocketsand on 03-10-14

Awesome beginning, but...

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I don't think so. There are so many other books I'd recommend over this one. But it's not terrible, just not a title I'd bring up. If the whole book had been as good as the start, I'd be pushing it on everyone I know, but alas...

Would you be willing to try another book from Luana Lewis? Why or why not?

I'm not gonna make a point to avoid this author, but I'm not rushing to read her next one, either.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The beginning was the most striking, in general. With the traumatized protagonist in her house, the girl outside who refuses to go away and is eventually let in because the alternative seems to be her freezing to death.There's also another scene later on that was very well written, but I'm not gonna spoil it for you.

Could you see Don't Stand So Close being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Yes, I suppose this could be made into a thriller movie. Not sure who the cast would be.

  • Do No Harm

  • Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery
  • By: Henry Marsh
  • Narrated by: Jim Barclay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742

What is it really like to be a brain surgeon, to hold someone's life in your hands, to drill down into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? In this brutally honest account, one of the country's top neurosurgeons reveals what it is to play god in life-and-death situations. Henry Marsh gives us a rare insight into the intense drama of the operating theatre and the exquisite complexity of the human brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brain surgeon in the 21st century nhs

  • By David on 15-07-14

Humble and honest

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

What did you like most about Do No Harm?

The honesty of the author. People tend to think of doctors, maybe surgeons in particular, as some kind of superhumans. In this book, the author does a brilliant job at showing that he is a person like the rest of us. All his fears and insecurities, the mental pain he goes through when he loses or permanently damages a patient (even in the cases it was not his fault): it paints a picture of a compassionate and humble person, nervous about his job (early on he even says he hates cutting into brains), but determined to get it right every time.

What other book might you compare Do No Harm to, and why?

I'm not entirely sure, I don't read a lot of biographies. Can't think of any other genre I might compare it to, either. To me it's one of a kind (but like I said: I don't read a lot biographies).

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

I don't believe I have - but I won't mind listening to him again.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Can't we just keep "Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery"..?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Colour of Magic

  • Discworld 1
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,560
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075

The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and, of course, "The Edge" of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio - white noise

  • By Frank on 29-07-14

Pretty good story - low quality recording

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

Reviewed: 27-08-14

What did you like best about The Colour of Magic? What did you like least?

I like the humour, the light heartedness, and many of the characters. Also enjoy Planer's performance. I liked the quality of the recording the least. This is not up to Audibles usual standard, unfortunately.

If you’ve listened to books by Terry Pratchett before, how does this one compare?

I listened to The Light Fantastic right after this one, and I must say I liked the second book better than I liked The Colour of Magic. I can't quite pinpoint why, I'm afraid. Maybe I like the characters from the second part better... Or maybe the author has more room to be playful and creative when the stage is set and the protagonists introduced. Either way - the first one is alright, but The Light Fantastic is what convinces me that this series deserves its popularity.

Which character – as performed by Nigel Planer – was your favourite?

I think Planer did a brilliant job with all of the characters - brought them to life and kept them apart. I must, however, say that the quality of the recording isn't very good. As someone who's native language is not English, I occationally couldn't even make out what word it was, due to the low quality production.

Was The Colour of Magic worth the listening time?

Absolutely, but the story gets better in the second book.

Any additional comments?

I've finally gotten started on this series - and I can't wait to continue. I enjoy how Pratchett is playing around with fantasy clichés.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,053

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

Different and good

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

Reviewed: 26-08-14

If you could sum up The Girl with All the Gifts in three words, what would they be?

Different, heartbreaking perspective.

What other book might you compare The Girl with All the Gifts to, and why?

This is pretty different from most other books in this genre, but the ending sent instant flashbacks to a science fiction classic I unfortunately can't mention due to spoilers.

What about Finty Williams’s performance did you like?

The narration is excellent - Williams is able to bring the characters to life and make them sound different from each other.

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

There are parts scattered all over this book, and because I think the less you know about the story before starting, the better, I won't elaborate much here. What I will say is that it's quite a heartbreaking premise, and with the jumps in perspective the reader is drawn into situations where everything makes sense in it's own way, and nothing is easy.

  • Whispers Under Ground

  • Rivers of London, Book 3
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,327
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,673

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well - he's already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy, especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, wonderful narration

  • By Jane on 04-07-12

Really good

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

Reviewed: 05-01-14

What made the experience of listening to Whispers Under Ground the most enjoyable?

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith lifts this series to a new level, but the story and writing is excellent on its own.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Still like Peter. And the rest of them...

What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He brings them to life, with accents and voices. Love his performance.

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

Yep.

Any additional comments?

This series is definitely worth a listen. I found that the previous book, Moon Over Soho, was weaker than expected - but with this one Aaronovitch is back at the same level as he was with the first book, Rivers of London.