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  • MEMBER GIFT: The Tales of Max Carrados

  • By: Ernest Bramah
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,157
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,161

Max Carrados, a fictional detective series, was first introduced to the literary world by Ernest Bramah in 1914. In the Edwardian era, Carrados' stories often outsold Sherlock Holmes, with the blind detective sharing top billing with his fictional rival. George Orwell wrote that together with those of Conan Doyle, they were "the only detective stories since Poe that are worth rereading".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Lena on 17-12-15

Good for Stephen Fry a struggle otherwise

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

Reviewed: 16-04-16

I struggled to get into the story but enjoyed the well executed delivery of master Fry.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,332

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

The first of a great serie

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

Reviewed: 16-04-16

This book should come with a warning - once you have started getting to know PC Peter Grant via the superb narration of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, you are hooked for a long serie of equally brilliant sequel in this alternative yet often more authentic telling of London that you usually find around. I can only compare it to Nestor Burma or Maigret making their rounds through the different Parisian districts, I cant wait for PC Peter Grant to pay a closer visit to Tower Hamlets...

  • Passenger 23

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Max Beesley, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Head, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,318

With no police to investigate and no escape, could it be the perfect setting for a crime? Martin Schwartz (Beesley) is an undercover detective who is recovering from his wife and sons' bizarre disappearance from a cruise ship 5 years ago. He is a desperate man willing to take big risks. Martin never wanted to step onto a cruise ship again until he receives a call which can't be ignored. On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back... until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Interesting stuff!!!

  • By lynsey Patina on 22-12-15

Compelling thriller on a cruise

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

Reviewed: 16-04-16

The story and the dramatisation kept me glued to my earphones while listening to this audiobook - the cast is very good, it was great to get the surprise appearances of Anthony Head and Robert Glenister who should really get as much credits as Max Beesley here.
I listened to it twice with equal pleasure - the story has got good suspense and a great ending. now of course I'll think twice before booking a cruise! As some have said, there is an important bit after the credits so keep listening!

  • High-Rise

  • By: J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by: Tom Hiddleston
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 873

From the author of the Sunday Times best seller Cocaine Nights comes an unnerving tale of life in a modern tower block running out of control. Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on "enemy" floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for riots and technological mayhem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing Fable

  • By G. K. Lowell on 14-05-15

Spell casting narration from Tom Hiddleston

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

Reviewed: 16-04-16

High Rise is a someone sharing their nightmare of what living in a high rise is like, made particularly relevant nowadays as they seem to spruce out like mushrooms around London and with some at times naive beliefs they can regroup an otherwise divided community along too many lines. I never can buy into the attempt to turn the tale into universal myth because the female characters are superficial more as stepford wifes - which makes sense if the dreamer is a man. Tim provides a spellbinding narration, one of the kind that turn the novel and story weaknesses into features to be appreciated of their own merit. With him, this is a nightmare I'd gladly continue to explore.

  • Broken Homes

  • Rivers of London, Book 4
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,937
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,635

Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the best-seller list with his superb London crime series - a unique blend of police procedural; loving detail about the greatest character of all, London; and a dash of the supernatural. A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil: an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his caseload.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic and Mayhem...

  • By Sharon on 28-07-13

Another great adventure of PC Peter Grant

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

Reviewed: 16-04-16

Yep big fan of the book serie and of its narrator, gulping them all. This one is a favourite as it lingers on one of the estate - similar to the one I grew up in not glamorising it but not making it worse than too many authors have made them to be.

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

  • Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Brilliant!

  • By louise on 02-09-09

Clever combo of classic and zombie

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

Reviewed: 16-04-16

This retelling of a classic distinguishes itself from the rest either of other Austen parodies, inspired retelling etc etc etc Not usually fond of the genre, I got curious because this was book zero (aka the zombie books always obsess with patient zero...) and the movie adaptation just got out - the book is aging gracefully as it chooses where to mix and where to leave it to the romance in a crafty way. Entertaining read, perfect for holidays!

  • Foxglove Summer

  • Rivers of London, Book 5
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,975
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,704

In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can take a city wizard to the country but...

  • By Sarah on 17-11-14

Another great adventure for PC Peter Grant & co

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

Reviewed: 16-04-16

This serie is entertaining and fun - and you learnt tidy bits about London too.

  • Life Moves Pretty Fast

  • The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies (and Why We Don't Learn Them from Movies Any More)
  • By: Hadley Freeman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Harwood
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Hadley Freeman brings us her personalised guide to American movies from the 1980s - why they are brilliant, what they meant to her, and how they influenced movie-making forever. For Hadley Freeman, American moves of the 1980s have simply got it all. Comedy in Three Men and a Baby, Hannah and Her Sisters, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and Trading Places; all a teenager needs to know - in Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Say Anything, The Breakfast Club and Mystic Pizza.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and insightful

  • By Beccameriel on 16-12-15

As fun as title makes it sound and yet insightful

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

Reviewed: 16-04-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Life Moves Pretty Fast to be better than the print version?

I have not used the print version - its bit idiotic to ask on an audiobook website?

What did you like best about this story?

It was a non fiction book - it was also the first I bought upon the recommendation of another Audible user (whose review you can also find on the page) and I am glad I did - It was entertaining, mood uplifting and thought provoking as well.

Which character – as performed by Cassandra Harwood – was your favourite?

The book is divided in chapters that more or less focus on one or two movies at the time - it makes more sense when you have either seen the movie or used to it being a reference, even if only in jokes. The narrator is very good, it makes you feel like having a good chat in a pub rather than a monocord recording.

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

I was struck by how considerate the building of women characters were in 80s movie and how that element was what made me feel good or like them in a way that current movies seldom do. the author presented a convincing case on this particular topic, not just opinion based.

Any additional comments?

Great book on movies and women in movies for everyone interested in either of those. One of the gem I found as an audiobook that I might not have picked up in print.

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  • Dirty Daddy

  • The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian
  • By: Bob Saget
  • Narrated by: Bob Saget
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Millions of viewers know and love Bob Saget from his role as the sweetly neurotic father on the smash hit Full House, and as the charming wisecracking host of America's Funniest Home Videos. And then there are the legions of fans who can't get enough of his scatological, out-of-his-mind stand-up routines, comedy specials, and outrageously profane performances in such shows as HBO's Entourage and the hit documentary The Aristocrats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant funny and clever

  • By Eastendelle on 31-03-16

brilliant funny and clever

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

Reviewed: 31-03-16

Rediscovering Bob Saget as a grown up after vague yet cheerful memories of Full House childhood tv is like retrieving this wine bottle you bought for a picnic that never happened due to rain. It jst got better with the years so that it only delights you when you dust it up. when is he coming to London?

  • Carmilla

  • By: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Fox, Rose Leslie, David Tennant, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

Audible Originals brings you a brand new audiobook adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic gothic novella, Carmilla - starring Rose Leslie ( Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey), David Tennant ( Doctor Who and Broadchurch) and Phoebe Fox ( Life in Squares and The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing

  • By Kindling Micky on 29-10-15

well directed audiobook of high quality montage and dialogues behind the big names.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

I much enjoyed this audiobook, the big names attracted me but there is more to it - the dialogues are well written while remaining faithful to the story (glad there was no attempt to modernise as the original text seems to hold on its own!), the soundtrack diverse and reflecting the different moods (gloomy, creepy, reflective, all shades of gothic)for the different scenes - the ballroom scene audio is a greatly done.