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  • Blood on Satan's Claw

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Mark Morris - adapter, Piers Haggard, Robert Wynne-Simmons
  • Narrated by: Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Thomas Turgoose, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 795

Seventeenth-century England, and a plough uncovers a grisly skull in the furrows of a farmer's field. The skull disappears, but its malefic influence begins to work in insidious ways upon the nearby village of Hexbridge. First, the cows stop milking and the fruit turns rotten on the trees. Then, an insolent ungodliness takes hold of the local children, mysterious fur patches appear on limbs and people start disappearing.... Something evil is stirring in the woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Folk Horror at it's best. A stellar adaptation.

  • By Film Lover on 17-01-18

OK

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

Reviewed: 14-07-19

Short, gory, a bit predictable, well produced. Suddenly ends though that makes it feel like a finale is absent. Guess it is setup for a sequel.

  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Half Supernatural thriller, half Yes Minister

  • By Anonymous User on 16-03-18

Very good to the end!

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

Reviewed: 17-05-19

I have always enjoyed this authors work and this one is no exception.

The story has more twists than a twisty thing that level of humour throughout is set at just the right level.

Well worth a listen.

  • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963

On 14th June, 2007, the King of Sweden disappears. In 1994 South Africa dismantles six missiles developed during its brief nuclear weapons programme. In 1961 Nombeko Mayeki is born in a Soweto shack. Seemingly destined for a life nasty, brutish and short, her path takes an entirely unpredictable turn. Because really this story is all about the seventh South African missile - the one that was never supposed to have existed. The one that Nombeko knows far too much about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Intellectual Laugh-out-loud Read!!

  • By Lulu on 03-12-15

Excellent throughout

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

Reviewed: 13-04-19

A very different story, that is delivered with constant wit. Everything is wrapped up together intelligently towards the climax of the story.
The orator is excellent and really brings the story alive.
If you like things that are a bit different and a bit crazy, then give this ago and I am sure you will not be disappointed. Highly recommended.

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

Lucy has stumbled upon a marvellous land of fauns and centaurs, nymphs and talking animals. But soon she discovers that it is ruled by the cruel White Witch, and can only be freed by Aslan, the great Lion, and four children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellence

  • By Ms. J. Menzies on 14-12-13

Timeless classic

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

Read many times as a child and still enjoys an adult.
The orator was okay, but the musical interludes well lousy. Didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the book though.
Great book to play to the kids, as all the other six books in the collection.

  • Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

  • By: Jerome K. Jerome
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Here is one of the greatest English comic novels read by incontrovertible king of English comic audiobook readers, Martin Jarvis. Three men, worried about their health and in search of different experiences, set off 'up the river' in a boat. Jerome's delightful novel, dating from 1900, paints a vivid picture of innocent fun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jerome and Jarvis

  • By cad on 13-04-13

A bit of a struggle!

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

Reviewed: 27-03-19

The book is essentially a series of anecdotes, wildly embellished to inject humour, stitched together to make a story.
The orator is very good, but the humour just does not work for me. Think ‘last of the summer wine’ at the end of the Victorian era and you pretty much have it.
The embellishments throughout the book we are just silly and got irritating very quickly. To be honest, I couldn’t wait for it to finish.
Just can’t recommend this one I am afraid.

  • Shooting Hipsters

  • Rethinking Dissent in the Age of PR
  • By: Christiana Spens
  • Narrated by: Helen Johns
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

In an age of PR, public protest and other forms of dissent have lost their meaning and impact. The intense media interest in rioting and political violence, as well as an existing obsession with youth culture, have led to an oversaturation and misrepresentation of what these movements are about. Political protest has become a pantomime where activists are always villains, and therefore the politics of these groups are routinely ignored.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good starting point for organising a riot!

  • By Steve S on 22-03-19

Good starting point for organising a riot!

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

Reviewed: 22-03-19

Short, sharp and to the point!

Nothing ground-breaking here, but interesting reflections on where previous protests succeeded or failed.

Only paid a couple of quid, which was about right!

  • The New Human Rights Movement

  • Reinventing the Economy to End Oppression
  • By: Peter Joseph
  • Narrated by: Peter Joseph
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

In our interconnected world, self-interest and social interest are rapidly becoming indistinguishable. If current negative trajectories remain, including growing climate destabilization, biodiversity loss, and economic inequality, an impending future of ecological collapse and societal destabilization will make "personal success" virtually meaningless. Yet our broken social system incentivizes behavior that will only make our problems worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A critique of modern western capitalist society

  • By Elio D. on 19-08-17

Hard going, but stick with it

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

Reviewed: 21-03-19

At first I didn’t like this book because it was too heavy on use of technical terms, which made it almost on fathomable for me. But after the shaky start, it started to become more listenable to.
Ultimately this book is about the divide between the rich and the poor, how people are dying as a result and what we do to resolve it. There is nothing to contentious in what is presented, and that you have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.
Whilst it is a heavy lesson, it is a valuable one and helps to put in perspective what is going on in the world. I recommend it.

  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,165
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,646

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly My Favourite Listen So Far...

  • By Andrew on 18-10-13

Meh!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

The story promised to be quite good at times, but never quite delivered. It then suddenly ended and I was left a bit bemused.
A little bit cliched at times, with the fighting woman who can take on 10 men without even breaking into a sweat. Yawn!
Glad when it finished and cannot recommend it at all. Orator it’s good though.

  • Flowers for Algernon

  • By: Daniel Keyes
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470

Charlie Gordon, a floor sweeper born with an unusually low IQ, has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that doctors hope will increase his intelligence - a procedure that has been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon. All Charlie wants is to be smart and have friends, but the treatment turns him into a genius. Then Algernon begins to fade. What will become of Charlie? Read by Adam Sims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He may forget himself but you never will

  • By Kaggy on 05-09-17

Hated it at first!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-19

When I started listening to this book I took an instant dislike to it and almost gave up on it within the first half an hour. The operator droned on in such a way that I didn’t think I could cope with it for much longer. It dawned on me quite quickly though that this was to set the scene of the book and ultimately added to the greatness of the story.
Stick with this and you will get a very cleverly written book, that is quite different to anything I have listened to before. The plot twists and turns and it is ultimately all pulled together in a very clever way.
Highly recommended!

  • The Kraken Wakes

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

Journalist Mike Watson and his wife, Phyllis, trace it back to the strange showering lights they noticed on the final day of their honeymoon cruise; lights which appeared to land and disappear into the water. Reports mount of similar sightings all over the world. Governments embark on missions to investigate the sea, but ships disappear and diving crews never return to the surface. Something deep in the ocean does not want to be disturbed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • They come over here stealing our deep places...

  • By Dr Caterpillar on 03-10-16

Truly dreadful!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Starts off quite promising and the orator does quite a good job, aside from when he’s doing his Russian accent that rapidly becomes really annoying! From there though, things go downhill rapidly.
There is so little story in all of this, that it feels like it is just nine hours of padding. The dialogue is done in a very disinterested manner and, frankly, the story is just complete nonsense and totally unbelievable.
So much of the book is just a listing of how various parts of the world are dealing with their latest issue. It gets really tedious and it just keeps repeating every time there is another incident.
Quite how this book such good reviews is highly suspicious! Take it from me, do yourself a favour and don’t get this book because it is awful. Look elsewhere on the web for reviews and you might get a clearer sense of how truly bad.
Final mention for the musical interludes, which are completely incongruous to the story. I love musical interludes when they are sympathetic to the story, but the ones in this book makes you want to throw you a listening device at the wall.
Right, i’ve said my piece!