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Victoria Miller

England, UK
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  • Mrs. Zant and the Ghost

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Gillian Anderson
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 330

Mrs Zant has recently lost her beloved husband, and while walking in the Kensington Gardens, the spot where she and her deceased husband declared their love for each other, she feels his presence trying to warn her of some coming danger. Mr Rayburn witnesses it all, and he'll have to fight his own incredulity regarding the supernatural and his gut feeling that the disturbed young woman is telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Michele on 07-01-16

Not quite a ghost story nor a social thriller

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

Reviewed: 22-06-17

I suppose this could be best placed in the supernatural romance category; it is certainly not the creepy or chilling ghost story I had hoped for.

there is a ghost of a dead husband, and his brother who wants the widow for himself, and a kindly widower as the main character who is moved by pity to rescue her.

the characters seem so underdeveloped, even for such a short piece. and I don't know when it was written, but the style is very Victorian, both manner of writing and stiltedness of social interaction. And the fact that the main women exists to be rescued, the man pursuing her is described as having a dark complexion, and the housekeeper is the hopelessly in love jealous trope.

Gillian Anderson's quiet half-whisper adds absolutely no drama or emotion to this piece, and the only character's voice she actually seems to distinguish is John Zant's, who has a bit of an accent.

I honestly can't say I enjoyed it, but it is probably not objectively bad. I'm glad I got it for free.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,312

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it

  • By Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow on 05-02-17

An intriguing mystery

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

Reviewed: 31-01-17

kept me going to the end, and certainly picked up in the second half. Can't say I see what all the raving was about, but it is good, and I listened to it in four days.

there are three voice actors. I don't know who plays what character, but "Rachel" the main character is good and expressive, "Megan" always sounds like she's about to cry but is also expressive and does the best accents, and "Anna" honestly sounds like the text -to-speech voice, nasal and entirely monotone. I wondered if they actually got the text to speech woman in.

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  • The Back Road

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Penny McDonald
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 971
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 970

A girl lies close to death in a deserted lane. A driver drags her body to the side of the road. A shadowy figure hides in the trees, watching. For Ellie Saunders last night’s hit and run on the back road could destroy everything she has ... Ellie’s new neighbour, former Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas has moved to the village for some peace and quiet, but as he is drawn into the web of deceit his every instinct tells him that what happened that night was more than a tragic accident.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The biggest disappointment on Audible

  • By Ryan Clontz on 23-09-14

communicate with your damned partners and friends

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

every single issue in this story is caused by a lack of communication and assuming that you know what someone else is thinking and how they'll react. and the lack of communication just goes for /so long/. I understand that lies can feel like they tie you up until you can't move, but in the end you have to tell the truth

the whole story with ellie I just wanted to shake her and scream "TALK TO YOUR HUSBAND"! and after a while I wanted to do the same to max.

miscommunication as a plot device can be hilarious in comedy, but I find it extremely frustrating in tragedy.

there were just /so many/ little things that I felt any real person would have mentioned - aside from major plot points, minor ones would have been brought up.

when it got to the revealing conversation late in the game between max and leo, despite being the point at which truth was revealed, they both still sat there assuming they knew what the other was on about for much more time than I feel real people would have - certainly on leo's side I really feel she should have ascertained if she was even on the right track before charging forward like that

the narration was clear - I could always tell who was speaking, or if it was scene description.

I didn't expect some of the twists, but I also found I didn't care that much because I was so frustrated at the general lack of communication

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  • The Story About Peter Wells

  • By: Merrick Badger
  • Narrated by: Tom Robinson
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Peter Wells was 26, his partner was 18. Because this was England in 1974, when the gay age of consent was 21, Wells was sentenced to two and a half years in jail. There, he was assaulted and abused by guards and inmates alike. On release from prison, he was interviewed by Gay News just as songwriter Tom Robinson was composing "Glad to Be Gay". He devoted a verse to Wells' case, and that inspired this biography. As a generation comes of age who are incredulous that homosexuality was ever illegal, it is important to remember our social history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Victoria Miller on 08-11-16

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

Important insight into the life of the man who's case formed a foundation stone in the battle for gas rights, specifically the equalisation of the age of consent between gay and straight men.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Watership Down

  • By: Richard Adams
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 471

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and myths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Rory on 10-06-16

Excellent classic story everyone should read.

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

Reviewed: 19-10-16

Heroic, brave characters and compelling story, interspersed with stories of of the Rabbit Spirit everyone should know. Perfect for long car rides :p

Shame about the narrator though. The narrator is pretty monotone, doesn't differentiate between voices too much, and barely has any change in pace during exciting vs calm times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

  • By: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

A bird of good omen is murdered. A fickle crew is punished by supernatural, spectral beings. A skeletal ship is sighted moving against the wind and tide. The figure of Death along with a singular, gruesome companion man the fiendish craft. And as they draw closer, it becomes clear that the two play at dice for the soul of the ancient mariner. The result is nothing short of cataclysmic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is it me or...

  • By Anonymous User on 08-01-18

Chilling tale and engaging narrator

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

Reviewed: 30-08-16

But some lines repeat and I don't know if that's because the narrator repeated them, the editor didn't join up separate recording sections well, OR they are just repeated in the original work and I didn't realise.

  • The Janus Stone

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 870

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway - minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out - and fast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I still can't get on with this reader....

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-11-15

Decent crime novel, consistently kept my attention

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

Reviewed: 31-07-16

Worth getting on Daily Deal or for maybe £4-5, probably not worth at full price.

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  • FREE SHORT STORY: Champion of Dead Time

  • By: Edward Cox
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122

In the heart of the Retrospective, a demon is awakened from never-ending war with a terrible new purpose.... 'Champion of Dead Time' is as a stand-alone prologue to The Cathedral of Known Things, the second book in the Relic Guild series by Edward Cox. The Cathedral of Known Things is available for preorder now. The Relic Guild and Hemlock, a prelude to the series, are available for download now.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lacklustre

  • By Emily on 15-05-17

Sufficiently piqued my interest

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

This was released no doubt to entice people to read the series and it's worked.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nyarlathotep

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

During a time of political and social unrest in Egypt, a god-like force, Nyarlathotep, emerges. He travels the land dazzling people with electricity and psychology. While witnesses of this god-like creature encourage others to see him, afterwards, people seem terrified. As the narrator recounts his experiences, he becomes disoriented. By the end of the story, the narrator and the other viewers of Nyarlathotep begin to lose touch with reality.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy but plotless

  • By Victoria Miller on 27-02-16

Creepy but plotless

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

Reviewed: 27-02-16

A very unnerving 10 minute short, but very little plot actually happens or is explained.

  • Red Queen

  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 407

This is a world divided by blood--red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of godlike superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • In the spirit of twilight...

  • By Rosie on 04-12-15

Could have been better

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

Fun-ish, but dragged on. I saw many of the twists coming. Fine for background listening.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful