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  • Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad

  • By: M. R. James
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,257

The story tells the tale of an introverted academic who happens upon a strange whistle while exploring a cemetery on the East Anglian coast. When blown, the whistle unleashes a supernatural force that terrorises its discoverer. Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918) and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy Short Story

  • By Lynn Worton on 29-03-14

Good ghost story

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

Ghosts purpose not known, for presence in this particular form or activities.
Good story on a historical backdrop.
David Suchet was brilliant.

  • King of the Mountains

  • The Remarkable Story of Giuseppe Musolino, Italy's Most Famous Outlaw
  • By: Dan Possumato
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Camponeschi
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

In 1897 the young Italian peasant Giuseppe Musolino was falsely convicted of a crime and sentenced to 21 years at hard labor. He soon escaped, and began hunting those who had played a role in his false conviction, extracting an ominous and lethal revenge, killing as many as 25 people. For three years he eluded a massive manhunt conducted by hundreds of police and even a full regiment of the Italian army. He soon became a hero to the common people of southern Italy, who risked imprisonment themselves to hide, protect, and sustain him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outlaw Musolino, not dictator Benito Mussolini.

  • By BigBaby on 07-05-14

Outlaw Musolino, not dictator Benito Mussolini.

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

Reviewed: 07-05-14

Would you listen to King of the Mountains again? Why?

Yes. This story of the outlaw Giseppe Musolino is facinating. Can he truly be likened to a Robin Hood character, or was he essentially a criminal. Musolino's young life is not without disapprobation, However, his resentment for perceived injustices feel genuine here. Conjecture the extent of injustices suffered by him, and the true character of this popular rogue.

What was one of the most memorable moments of King of the Mountains?

His escape from prison and survival in the mountains evading recapture. Unfortunately, this is relatively short lived given the length of time spent incarcerated.

What about Edoardo Camponeschi’s performance did you like?

Delivery with accents very good.

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

Short story, so yes.

Any additional comments?

I have given the highest overall score as is a true story and very enjoyable.

The content and delivery have been marked down a star as Musolinos's escapades end suddenly in the middle of the story, when he returns to jail. The remainder of the narrative bullet points and explains facts.

  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich

  • A Leo Tolstoy Short Story
  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Bill DeWees
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

The brilliance of this story is in how a normal bureaucrat, a judge in this case, has a small accident that winds up gradually taking his life. As he deals with this incident, with hope at first and then despair, he comes to terms with his family, his life, and the mediocrities that we all suffer with, except for the exceptional few. This story rings a particularly poignant note for those in early middle age facing the next part of their lives. This story is considered Tolstoy's best.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read with an American accent

  • By Silja on 22-03-14

The life story of Ivan.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-14

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

No. The story is not really as per synopsis. I expected more of how feeling the hand of mortality affects an individual. Nevertheless, the listener can be drawn into the characters of this story, so in fairness I've given it some stars.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It just tells of Ivan's career, marriage, family, marital problems, onset of illness and ends with his death and his wife's reactions in bereavement. That is everyone's story, nothing unusual and without interesting insights.

Could you see The Death of Ivan Ilyich being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Just a plot line for a soap.

Any additional comments?

Full names, narrated every time each character is mentioned. Ivan is never called just Ivan, always his full name, same for everyone else. This was very tedious, confusing and unnecessary as lends nothing to the story for such great effort. Bill DeWees is tongue-twisting very similar sounding surnames throughout, awful!

  • Making Magic in the World

  • By: Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by: Michael Toms
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

This gifted storyteller poignantly shares the memories of those mentors and teachers who profoundly influenced her life. She speaks of her voluntary muteness as a child. Even in this silence, "Mama" (Angelou's grandmother) spoke prophetically to the child's unbelieving ears: "You'll speak about the glorious nature of the human spirit and what we can be striving for."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • POWERFUL AND PERSONAL

  • By TheZee on 08-12-13

Cheerful and uplifting

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

Reviewed: 02-05-14

Would you listen to Making Magic in the World again? Why?

Yes, to further absorb the dialogue.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The explanation of how Maya became a voluntary mute, and how she was brought out of it by a respected elder.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The interview focuses on maintaining positive outlook.

Any additional comments?

Can't say the title is entirely fitting after one listen. Perhaps I've missed something.

  • Making the Weight: Boxing's Lethal Secret

  • Sport Shorts
  • By: Barry J. Whyte
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Barry J. Whyte examines the dangers of boxing’s 24-hour weigh-in by looking into the far-reaching consequences of a fight between Joey Gamache and Arturo Gatti in February 2000. He shines a light on a controversial system which allows boxers to ‘boil down’ for the weigh-in the day before the fight then pile the weight back on in the time left before stepping into the ring. He exposes the extreme physiological dangers both boxers are subject to under this flawed system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really interesting.

  • By BigBaby on 02-05-14

Really interesting.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-14

What did you like most about Making the Weight: Boxing's Lethal Secret?

Didn't know how far the sport stretches the rules to 'make the weight'.

What other book might you compare Making the Weight: Boxing's Lethal Secret to, and why?

Don't think this can be compared to any other.

What does Damian Lynch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

New information. Many boxing fans might not realise this

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

The whole idea of deliberate severe dehydraton, then fighting in that condition is quite shocking

Any additional comments?

The facts claimed here are based on the fight during which, Arturo Gatti (RIP) ended the boxing career of Joey Gamache.

  • Cum for Bigfoot

  • The Monster Sex Series, Book 1
  • By: Virginia Wade
  • Narrated by: Lolita Young
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

On a weeklong outing in Mt. Hood National Forest, what begins as a flirty, fun-filled trip soon turns into a nightmare, when an ape-like creature kidnaps a group of young women with the purpose of procreating with them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Scarred for Life.

  • By Tiffany Richardson on 03-10-14

Summary is the whole story.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-14

Would you try another book written by Virginia Wade or narrated by Lolita Young?

Not soon. Some bits were actually quite funny, whether this was intentional or not, don't know. There is a sequel, but not in a hurry for a double dose of slurping double dose.

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

Haven't

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Some of the comments during the escape plan, really quite funny.

Was Cum for Bigfoot worth the listening time?

Yes, quite entertaining and delivered as promised. A bit more storyline wouldn't go amiss.

Any additional comments?

Bit weird bigfoot having a mother, not a bigfoot, A real bigfoot can't speak either. Research Zana.

  • Chayatocha

  • By: Shane Johnson
  • Narrated by: Gregory Papst
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Daniel Paradine is a man of education and reason, devoted to his wife and son, and dedicated to leading them safely to Oregon. But, when their wagon train is led into a treacherous mountain detour and horrifying attacks begin to pick apart the small group, Paradine must confront the beast responsible for the nightmare...a creature that defies all logic and spares the teacher only to accomplish its most sinister desire.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bible story.

  • By BigBaby on 19-04-14

Bible story.

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

Reviewed: 19-04-14

What would have made Chayatocha better?

Create tension and suspense for the Western adventure promised. This was supposed to be a wagon train ambushed on the way to Oregon, remember.

What could Shane Johnson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Classify as a religious story of challenge and salvation. The religion is overbearing, complete with the crucifixion of Christ, Mary at his feet, mentions Samson...........

When a character crosses terrain, duress caused by pursuit, threat or physical pain and exhaustion are brought to life by the author. Paradine crosses barren land where totem poles stand tall and proud, a tribute to their maker, he then goes through a narrow wood and that's it! Not that we're asking for this to be bulked out with description and clever adjectives.

Most people think that 'Robinson Crusoe' was a story about a man on a desert island. That was because the main story line was focal throughout. The classic was actually about god. Trust in providence and he will provide, food, shelter, strength and even a companion 'Man Friday'. Shane Johnson is no Daniel Defoe.

What didn’t you like about Gregory Papst’s performance?

He gives all the characters (especially the demonic ones) exaggerated voices, that don't come across well.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really. Without being a horror story, it revolves around demonic possession.

Any additional comments?

Thanks to the previous review, warning of the Christian aspect, I found on Wiki a link to Christian Review's synopsis, where this is #76. It claimed that Shane J can hold together the promised story within a christian theme, a remarkable literary feat. Not put off by the Christianity, it sounded different and a potentially enjoyable novel with some interesting christian insights. Have listened twice for any missed interpretation, but it is just boring.

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  • Children of the Noisy Village

  • By: Astrid Lindgren
  • Narrated by: Catherine Byers
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

A charming story about the everyday life of six children living on the three neighboring farms that everybody calls "noisy village" because of its "high spirits".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly engaging

  • By Christine on 02-04-13

A collection of short stories.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-14

Where does Children of the Noisy Village rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not near the top.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The stories based around noisy village, are more like recollections and observations of the children. It would have been better, as one tale with an a proper ending.

Which character – as performed by Catherine Byers – was your favourite?

None

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh, yes.

Any additional comments?

The short stories give some amusing thoughts and conclusions from a child eye.

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  • The Familiar

  • By: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell, Walter Zimmerman
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu was one of the major figures of 19th-century supernaturalism. He helped move supernaturalist fiction away from the gothic's emphasis on external sources of terror and toward a focus on the effects of terror, thus helping to create the psychological basis for supernaturalist and horror literature that continues today. "The Familiar" is one of his most terrifying tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery start to end.

  • By BigBaby on 07-04-14

Mystery start to end.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-14

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

Sets the stage for a very eerie tale.

Has The Familiar put you off other books in this genre?

No

What about Walter Covell and Walter Zimmerman ’s performance did you like?

Very good. Does individual voices for characters well.

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

Yes, but is a short story anyway. It doesn't provide any reason for the haunting. The apparition follows his subject with the same menace throughout. In the final chapters he becomes aware of his impending demise. When this comes we do not learn what happened either.

Any additional comments?

For the price it was a good listen. No-one can ascertain motives of a supernatural force but the story does suggest possible causes for the haunting.

  • Astral Projection

  • Out-Of-Body Travel, Guided Meditation, Self Hypnosis, Binaural Beats
  • By: Erick Brown Hypnosis
  • Narrated by: Erick Brown Hypnosis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Have you always been curious about how to use Astral Projection but didn’t know how? Do you wish you could have an out-of-body experience into a higher realm? Experience astral travel in safe and informative environment with this hypnosis program from Erick Brown. Let Astral Projection help you release into a higher spiritual realm by guiding through what is commonly called an out-of-body experience. Powerful suggestions for deep relaxation and positive change will be received by your mind, releasing you from worry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Effective?

  • By Tari on 13-04-13

One experience so far

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

Reviewed: 01-04-14

What did you like best about Astral Projection? What did you like least?

I had this audio for a while now and have been holding off this review as you are asked to listen for 21 days straight to allow the changes to occur. Now listened well over 21 times and found quite often I fail to get into the relaxed state necessary to 'astral project'.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Erick Browns hypnosis audios follow a similar format, described in the summary. This one repeats almost identical sessions about 4 or 5 times during the 4 hours of running. Instructions cease once in the relaxed state, replace by sounds of the sea and what Erick must think are music/sounds of outer space. You are left to your journey with the rules of OBE travel, white light protection and reassurances not to be afraid of feeling astral breeze etc.Quite often I am still wide awake by cycle 3 or 4 and the noises are bothersome.

What three words best describe Erick Brown Hypnosis’s performance?

Repetitive, sleep disrupting.

Once had the very real feeling of rising up slowly and floating across the room. Fantastic. Unfortunately, was aware of the programme running even though asleep. This awareness disturbed the dream which is most likely what the experience was, Didn't wake, but felt my self lowering vertically on the other side of the room. Then I was looking at the the image of myself that had floated. From about 4 feet away, I appeared to in a deep sleep. Body upright, hence in a cramped position and about 6 inches to a foot above the floor. That would make 2 spirits wouldn't it.

Did Astral Projection inspire you to do anything?

Continue listening in case the sensation happens again. Dream or not it was really good. Maybe not the best subject for hypnosis, as my logical thought pervade sleep.

Any additional comments?

It is recommended that if listening at night time, to put the recording on loop and listen all night. Problem is that during intervals between sessions it gives instructions to 'return to your body' and wakes you up. For this reason, not a good sleep aid for insomniacs.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful