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  • The Silence

  • By: Tim Lebbon
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

In the darkness of an underground cave, blind creatures hunt by sound. Then there is light, voices, and they feed.... Swarming from their prison, the creatures thrive; to whisper is to summon death. As the hordes lay waste to Europe, a girl watches to see if they will cross the sea. Deaf for years, she knows how to live in silence; now it is her family's only chance of survival. To leave their home, to shun others. But what kind of world will be left?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great apocalyptic story

  • By alex on 20-04-16

Great apocalyptic story

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

Reviewed: 20-04-16

Really really enjoyed this, I'm a big fan of true escapist horror stories/post apocalyptic stories, and I spend a lot of time searching for good ones on audible, and this very much hit what I was looking for. As someone has already noted, it has similarities to "the rats" by James Herbert, but updated to a modern setting, and I thought the protagonist of the teenage girl being deaf worked really well. If you liked Stephen Kings "the mist" or any of James Herbert's work you should really like this

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  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny's visions grow out of control. As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217, and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic horror novel

  • By Steve on 03-10-13

better than the movie

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

Reviewed: 13-12-13

What made the experience of listening to The Shining the most enjoyable?

much more fulfilling experience than the movie

What other book might you compare The Shining to, and why?

as chilling as stephen kings IT

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

n/a

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

better than the original

Any additional comments?

i loved this book, extremely scary listen, left me shivvering in the dark, much more engrossing than the movie, and made said movie look pretty pedestrian, the topiary animals especially were horrifying, highly recommended

  • Spoonface Steinberg

  • By: Lee Hall
  • Narrated by: Becky Simpson
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

The listener response to this play when it was first broadcast as part of the God’s Country series was overwhelming, and it has gone on to become an audio best seller. Performed by Becky Simpson, Spoonface Steinberg is about a young autistic Jewish girl who, learning that she is terminally ill, contemplates the meaning of life and death in a dramatic monologue interwoven with operatic extracts from the magical voice of Maria Callas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An all time favourite!

  • By Tam Hewitt-Baker on 02-10-18

Modern classic radio play

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-12

This is one if my all time favorite radio plays, and I have been trying to get it on digital for quite a few years. It is a heartbreaking account of a terminally ill young girl told through her eyes, about how she makes peace with her predicament through listening to beautiful operas. It may sound like a very tough going subject, but it contains such moving thoughts accompanied by the hauntingly beautiful music of Maria callas, that you will smile with joy as much as cry by the time it finishes. I cannot recommend this enough, it is an absolute joy to have this in my collection, worth joining audible just to hear it again, 11 out of 10