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  • The Call of the Weird

  • Travels in American Subcultures
  • By: Louis Theroux
  • Narrated by: Louis Theroux
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

For 10 years, Louis Theroux has been making programmes about off-beat characters on the fringes of US society. Now he revisits America and the people who have most fascinated him to try to discover what motivates them, why they believe the things they believe, and to find out what has happened to them since he last saw them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite downloads so far

  • By CA Weir on 26-06-07

Must listen for all Theroux fans

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-11-18

I only recently got into Louis Theroux’s work in the last few weeks and I’ve binged a lot. Like, everything I’ve had access to have been watched and rewatched several times at this point. Because of his soothing, calming voice I decided to check Audible to see if he had narrated anything and was pleased to discover that not only did he narrate a book, but it was his own book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this little reunion journey he took us on. Because I’m so new to his documentaries, I’ve only recently ‘met’ most of the people he reunited with, so it was fun to see the differences in the people, and in Theroux’s thoughts about them.

The book is more about his journey into why he is so interested in ‘weird cultures’ rather than the cultures themselves, basically a look back on his work and what he learned and continues to learn. It’s like a continuation of the documentaries, only there’s no camera crew to stand beside him, he’s more vulnerable and I think that gives his thoughts and opinion more strength because this is really just about him, not an audience.

  • The Wine Dark Sea

  • By: Robert Aickman
  • Narrated by: Reece Shearsmith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

First published in the US in 1988 and in the UK in 1990, The Wine-Dark Sea contains eight unsettling stories that explore protagonists' fears and desires, at once illogical and terrifying, and culminate in a disturbing and enigmatic ending. Aickman's "strange stories" (his preferred term for them) are a subtle exploration of psychological displacement and paranoia; his characters ordinary people that are gradually drawn into the darker recesses of their own minds. For fans of the horror genre, Robert Aickman is a must read.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Aickman's Psychological Evaluation of Humanity

  • By A. Abbott on 08-09-13

Fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-10-18

This was my first time venturing into the works of Robert Aickman and I fell in love quickly. To me, it felt like a mash up of Lovecraft and King, which is a perfect fit for me. Each story grabbed me in it's own way, and I found myself surprised by many of the twists and turns. Shearsmith brings the stories alive, and I would recommend this to any Aickman fan, or to horror fans in general.

  • Cold Hand in Mine

  • By: Robert Aickman
  • Narrated by: Reece Shearsmith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Cold Hand in Mine stands as one of Aickman's best collections and contains eight stories that show off his powers as a 'strange story' writer to the full. The listener is introduced to a variety of characters, from a man who spends the night in a Hospice to a German aristocrat and a woman who sees an image of her own soul. There is also a nod to the conventional vampire story ("Pages from a Young Girl's Journal") but all the stories remain unconventional and inconclusive, which perhaps makes them all the more startling and intriguing.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distinctly underwhelmed by this collection

  • By Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits) on 21-03-14

Good listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-10-18

Over the past short while I've fallen in love with the works of Aickman, and after listening to The Dark Wine Sea I was excited to get started on Cold Hand in Mine. I did enjoy this collection, but it didn't grab me like The Dark Wine Sea. It's a good listen (or read!) and has some very capturing stories, but I wouldn't say it's the best of Aickman's works. Reece Shearsmith, as always, brings the stories to life, however, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of good old fashioned horror.

  • Red Dwarf

  • Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers
  • By: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor
  • Narrated by: Chris Barrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,741
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,133

When Lister got drunk, he really got drunk! After celebrating his birthday with a Monopoly-board pub crawl around London, he came to in a burger bar on one of Saturns moons, wearing a lady's pink crimplene hat and a pair of yellow fishing waders, with no money and a passport in the name of "Emily Berkenstein". Joining the Space Corps seemed a good idea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration and fun to listen too

  • By Leon on 22-08-08

Fan-smegging-tastic!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-09-18

This was a fantastic listen. Chris Barrie is the master of impressions and it was an absolute joy to hear him impersonate the whole crew and more. It was a good old blast from the past as well as more back story and little alternative details. It was cool to hear the original storyline and what made it through to the TV series. Absolutely loved it. A must listen for any Smeghead.

  • 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 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 720

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

Fantastic performances

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-18

I’d only heard of the old movie, so when I saw there was an audio drama staring two of my favourite actors (Shearsmith and Gatiss) I knew I had to give it a try. I absolutely loved it. The vocal performances were fantastic and really did embody the personality of each character. I found myself getting mad at some characters and pleased with others, which can be.a bit difficult with some audio performances, but not this one. It was definitely worth the money and I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the movie, or just a fan of old tales of witchcraft and demonology.