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  • Ep. 1: Family Secrets (Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets)

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Of course, all families, high born and low have secrets. Confidential conditions of mind or body. Black sheep. Skeletons in cupboards. Unmentionable uncles. Naughty nephews... aunties who aren't... conventional. More often than not it boils down to something - sexual. This episode is about the keeping and uncovering of family secrets. In a way it unlocks all the secrets in all our episodes. Many Victorians, especially the more successful ones, feared shame. In a way this fear was something quite new. A new and growing newspaper industry was keen to amplify that shame. And a new middle class, desperate to cling to its new-found monied status, felt threatened. And, new theories about heredity, coming later in the century, meant that (perish the thought!) shamefulness could be passed on – like red hair or big feet - from generation to generation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Musak, ugh!

  • By ZX80 on 19-12-18

Really annoying background piano music

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

Stephen Fry gives his usual good performance, marred by the really irritating piano music in the background. Normally, you get music at the beginning at the end but this was underneath a lot of the narration. I gave up listening.

  • The Undead: Part 18

  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 118

Reeling from the events of the previous night, the team struggle to cope with the shock and pain. How can you win against something you can't bring yourself to fight? Do they use the nuclear option and risk it all? In the north, Cassie grows bored and pushes Gregori and the Boy on a course of action that will change everything, and the infection evolves into a terrifying opponent, pulling both sides into an ever-darkening game of cat and mouse. New characters hear the call to arms, and questions are answered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-05-18

Great emerging back story

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

Reviewed: 22-05-18

Can’t get enough of this series and this episode has just added to the enjoyment. Added to which, the narration has improved so much so as to make the whole experience really enjoyable. Roll on the next instalment!

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  • The Undead: Part 17

  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 98

The battle for survival against the Undead continues. Three weeks of highs and lows, and the group are celebrating their victories and nursing their hurts like never before. They head out once more to a world where the threat comes from an altogether different foe, and in their darkest hour so far, the infection might just be their only ally as Marcy finally finds her role in the team. But will Howie accept it? Will it tear them apart? Will they do the right thing?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It just gets better and better!

  • By Bald guy who knows stuff. on 03-06-18

Great addition to series but...

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Great new addition to a fantastic series ... but... please get a better editor. ‘Surrealness’ is not a word. ‘Surreality’ is.

The new fashion for randomly adding ‘...ness’ to the end of a word, when there is already a perfectly good word available, shows a lack of a professional editor.

  • R. R. Haywood

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Elise Italiaander
  • Narrated by: R. R. Haywood
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Joining Elise Italiaander in the Audible Studios is author of the UK's best-selling zombie horror series The Undead. British writer R R Haywood has just made the quantum-leap into the time travel genre, where a young scientist in the year 2061 has to save the world from oblivion, with the help of three ordinary people from the past. Here he talks about his latest book, Extracted, as well as all things zombies, time travel and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • funny and warm

  • By Angela Smith on 14-02-17

Great to put a voice and personality to his words

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Am really enjoying The Undead series and loved the two (soon to be three) Extracted books — so it’s great to hear how he started and what his plans are going forward. Seems like a nice bloke, too!

  • The Undead

  • Part 11
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

It is the morning after the storm. Thick fog covers everything. In the stifling, claustrophobic atmosphere, Howie and his group head out for supplies. Skirmishes and tense fights take place and there are messages left in blood at key sites: 'he's coming'. As the day progresses, Howie becomes increasingly darker in thought, and more demanding of his team. By the end of the day they have discovered a munitions factory, but can Howie hold it together?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • R.R Haywood... Why would you do that?

  • By Darren on 04-10-17

Just shows how vital a narrator is

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I couldn’t agree more with other reviewers, I wish Joe Jameson had listened to the previous narrator’s work before setting out on this. His general narration is very good, it’s the voices and characterisation that are so bad. Howie, Cookie, Blowers and even Clarence are okay, but the women are jaw-droppingly dreadful. They sound like total airheads. And don’t even get me started on Dave!

Such a massive disappointment and it has really affected my enjoyment. In fact, I found my attention wandering during this story, for the first time since Book 1, and I’m not sure I’ll bother with the rest. What a pity.

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  • Half Lost

  • By: Sally Green
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Nathan Byrn is running again. The Alliance of Free Witches has been all but destroyed. Scattered and demoralised, constantly pursued by the Council's Hunters, only a bold new strategy can save the rebels from total defeat. They need the missing half of Gabriel's amulet - an ancient artifact with the power to render its bearer invincible in battle. But the amulet's guardian - the reclusive and awesomely powerful witch Ledger - has her own agenda.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was wounded not lost

  • By Beccameriel on 02-05-16

Touching ending to this excellent trilogy

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

Reviewed: 28-01-18

Very touching last book in the trilogy, great story, perfectly narrated. All audio books should be like this

  • Half Bad

  • By: Sally Green
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 400

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Half Bad by Sally Green, a breathtaking debut novel about one boy's struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches. Read by the actor Carl Prekopp. You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.You get sick if you stay indoors after dark. You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen. All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your average YA teen witch story!

  • By Beccameriel on 20-05-14

Superb narration, intriguing story

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

Reviewed: 19-01-18

Carl Prekopp is a joy to listen to. With him you believe and enjoy a story and can easily discern the characters. None of the new ‘voiceover artist’ boring style of narration, full of repetitive pronunciation, third word emphasis and rising sentence endings.

I wish more narrators were this good.

  • Executed

  • Extracted, Book 2
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,910
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,813

The team of heroes extracted from their timelines to stop the impending apocalypse didn't think they needed a leader. But they've got one anyway. With their mission in tatters, Miri has been called in to steady the ship. And to focus them on their assignment: preventing the end of the world. The problem is, the world doesn't know it's in danger. With governments pursuing them relentlessly, attempting to steal the time-travel device to use for their own ends, the heroes are on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unputdownable - an absolute must listen

  • By Londongirl on 12-06-17

Superb narration, great story

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

Reviewed: 24-12-17

Really enjoyed this second in the series. Not least because of the brilliant narration. Please note, Audible — we want actors to read these books, with their ability to add drama and feeling to the story, not voice-over artists with their mannered rising inflection delivery
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  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,178

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 8 hours of Awesome in a 12 hour audiobook

  • By Bob on 23-03-17

Believable dialogue read by excellent narrator!

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

Reviewed: 19-12-17

I very much enjoyed this one. The narration in particular is really brilliant. Carl Prekopp has a way of narrating dialogue (which is also very well written) in a really natural manner. The story is good if not a little long winded in parts. All in all, a really good listen. I’ve listened to hundreds of audiobooks over many years and this narrator really stands out in my opinion.

  • Star Trek, The Next Generation: Q-Squared (Adapted)

  • By: Peter David
  • Narrated by: John de Lancie
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Captain Picard has never encountered an opponent more powerful than Q, a being from another continuum who is dangerous, obnoxious, mysterious, and seemingly all-powerful. But now, Trelane has tapped in to an awesome power source that makes him more powerful than the entire continuum. Q warns that Trelane has become unspeakably dangerous - this time the stakes are all of creation. Read by John de Lancie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Adaptation really hurts this one

  • By Alan D. Hardman on 12-07-14

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 16-09-17

Excellent narration but really intrusive and annoying sound effects and music. Disjointed story which I imagine would work far better as a TV episode. It's difficult to work out where you are and which version of the main characters you're listening to.