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  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing after 14

  • By M on 08-06-15

Fantastic Sequel, brilliantly performed.

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

Reviewed: 16-12-18

I found this to be a much better book that the first - titled '14' - and I really enjoyed that one too begin with. For people who haven't read 14, fear not, you can read this as a completely stand alone book. For those that have read it there are 'Easter eggs' throughout the story that you'll recognise as referring to the previous tale and the odd character from 14 make appearances too.

This is a great sci fi novel that fans of Stargate will love thanks to its main them off portals to other locations (and beyond).

The author really excels at character scenes with the dialogue just following and you can easily envision the characters in scenes. There is a light steak of humour in the characters conversations with their friends and co workers and thanks to Mr Porter's superb performance and timing there are some genuinely laugh out loud moments.

However, if the story is so great and the writing so good why have I given the story only four stars? That's because for the first third of the book the main character is an outsider amongst the tightly knit group of scientists who all have egos. They take exception to Mike's overseeing of their work and they are convinced he's there to spy on them and grass them up to his boss. As a result they are very abrupt and rude with many arguments breaking out and that started to wear really thin. I was glad once the story got beyond that and got into the main story. The arguments were very repetitive and got on my nerves by the end. But anyways that's a small niggle and the following two thirds of the book more than made up for it.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,880
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,890
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,861

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Excellent story but horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

This is a great story although it gets a little bogged down in the science of survival.

The one large negative of this title for me is its narrator R C Bray. Why do people rave about this guy's performances so much? His voice drones on and on and on...

  • One Way

  • By: S. J. Morden
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Eight astronauts. One killer. No way home. Frank Kitteridge is serving life for murdering his son's drug dealer. So when he's offered a deal by Xenosystems Operations - the company that runs the prison - he takes it, even though it means swapping one life sentence for another. He's been selected to help build the first permanent base on Mars. Unfortunately, his crewmates are just as guilty of their crimes as he is - and he'll have to learn to trust them if they're to succeed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It Is Apparently Rocket Science!

  • By Simon on 15-04-18

An interesting concept that could never happen.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I'm not a huge sci fi fan so it was with trepidation I started this whodunnit-on-Mars book. The idea of having a group of prisoners going to Mars to be the first humans to set foot on it so that they can build the bases for the true NASA astronauts is intriguing to say the least but there's no way it could happen in reality.
And so after signing their lives away to an evil corporation responsible for the building of the bases the astronauts wake up on Mars and from day one things go wrong but more worryingly it turns out there's a murderer amongst this group of murderers and drug dealers. who's have thought it! One by one the group numbers start to decrease whilst the paranoia increases.
The narrator's reading style is pretty dry but then again that perfectly suits the baron exterior of the planet.
So in the end we have what I can only describe as a mashup between Andy Weir's The Martian and Agatha Christie's "And then there were none ". I've really enjoyed the book which is a surprise to me, the ending is left wide open for a sequel and I'm so pleased to see that there is one coming in Jan 2019 with the same narrator. Roll on next month.

  • The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire

  • The Complete Series
  • By: Rod Duncan
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

The complete set of The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire trilogy, featuring The Bullet Catcher's Daughter, Unseemly Science and The Custodian of Marvels. Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life - as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Steampunk Adventuress rights wrongs

  • By Andrew on 23-02-18

Great value for money

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

This is a fantastic trilogy of steampunk-esque Victorian detective novels. The books are read brilliantly by Gemma and she really brings the character to life. If there was one minor niggle I don't think her "brother" voice gets deep enough to make you believe that the book's characters would believe in the male-persona. But that really is nitpicking. I am so pleased I bought this as the deal of the Day. £3 for three excellent books was fantastic value for money but for those who missed it, do not worry, this trilogy compilation is more than worthy for your monthly credit. :-)

  • God of War

  • By: J. M. Barlog, Cory Barlog
  • Narrated by: Alastair Duncan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

His vengeance against the gods of Olympus years behind him, Kratos now lives as a man in the realm of Norse gods and monsters. It is in this harsh, unforgiving world that he must fight to survive...and teach his son to do the same. This startling reimagining of God of War deconstructs the core elements that defined the series - satisfying combat, breathtaking scale, and a powerful narrative - and fuses them anew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good if you are familiar with the series

  • By Alex on 20-09-18

A Scottish Kratos? Um ok.

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

Reviewed: 23-09-18

The narrator of this book played Mimir the head who is played by Scotland's Alistair Duncan and unfortunately Alistair's deep Scots ascent permeates every characters voice in the book and this does affect the enjoyability of the performance for anyone who is a keen player of the God of War series. Mimir was a brilliant character and his accent was a great boon to his likeability to the point that he was my favourite secondary character in the game. But it was a mistake having him read the book.
This aside the books story read like it is rooted straight from the games recording script and many if not all scenes from this book are in the game itself.

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  • The Grey Bastards

  • The Lot Lands
  • By: Jonathan French
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard, member of a sworn brotherhood of half-orcs. Unloved and unwanted in civilized society, the Bastards eke out a hard life in the desolate no-man's-land called the Lots, protecting frail and noble human civilization from invading bands of vicious full-blooded orcs. But as Jackal is soon to learn, his pride may be misplaced. Because a dark secret lies at the heart of the Bastards' existence - one that reveals a horrifying truth behind humanity's tenuous peace with the orcs, and exposes a grave danger on the horizon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hells Angels on Pigs - With Added Style!

  • By Simon on 25-06-18

A fantastic read/listen

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

Reviewed: 19-08-18

I absolutely loved this book and if anyone is a fan of Joe Abercrombie then I highly recommend checking out this new author's first ever title. I can't wait to read more of the Lot Lands series. I think book two is already out or coming soon.
Kudos must also go out to the narrator whom I've never listened to before but he was fantastic with a broad range of voices for the large cast list that this book has. I'm always hesitant listening to a narrator for the first time but I'll not hesitate in future.

  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, Volume 4

  • By: Rod Serling, Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Experience one of television's greatest science fiction series: The Twilight Zone. This collection of episodes is fully dramatized for audio and features a full cast, music, sound effects, and narration by some of today's biggest celebrities.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Twilight Zone

  • By Lee on 04-07-18

Fantastic.

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

Reviewed: 25-06-18

I own the first four volumes of these now and I can see the next 25 or so credits being spent on getting every single release. They are fantastic. I cannot recommend these highly enough for any radio drama fans or fans of Graphic Audio or Sci fi drama or of course The Twilight Zone TV/radio series.

  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, Volume 1

  • By: Rod Serling, Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Experience one of television’s greatest science fiction series: The Twilight Zone. This collection of episodes is fully dramatized for audio and features a full cast, music, sound effects, and performances by some of today’s biggest celebrities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent & creepy.

  • By Archieblackcat on 19-02-17

Fantastic collection

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

How I missed these I do not know but I'm so pleased I stumbled on them. The writing and performances are all superb. Highly recommended for drama, full cast and/or sci fi fans.

  • Inner Sanctum: Shadows of Death

  • By: Radio Spirits Inc.
  • Narrated by: Raymond Johnson, Paul McGrath, Mercedes McCambridge
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Your host creaks open the door and delivers you into the dark for 16 terrifying tales of suspense and the supernatural. Amidst storms and curses, risks and obsessions, threats and things that go bump in the night, people are plotting death, or trying to prevent their own! Hosts Raymond Edward Johnson and Paul McGrath share the microphone with the wicked Jackson Beck, Richard Widmark, Mercedes McCambridge, and more. Pleasant dreams...hmmmm?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nowhere near the quality of Escape or Suspense

  • By Trekkie Monster on 18-05-18

Nowhere near the quality of Escape or Suspense

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

Having recently discovered the joys of old radio story broadcasts with the Escape and Suspense series in Audible and being blown away with just how good they were considering they were seventy years old in some cases I thought I'd give Inner Sanctum a try as I love horror stories. Sadly the recording quality was poor so I'm presuming these were not remastered like the Escape and Suspense recordings. Also I wish they'd lower the volume on the organ. it was the only part of the recordings that were making me jump. If be bidding off asleep then the organ music would start up and blow my ears off. Returned for my credit back sadly.

  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Clive Merrison, Michael Williams, full cast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33

Clive Merrison and Michael Williams star as Holmes and Watson in these 12 full-cast dramatisations of short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. The stories are: 'The Empty House', 'The Norwood Builder', 'The Dancing Men', 'The Solitary Cyclist', 'The Priory School', 'Black Peter', 'Charles Augustus Milverton', 'The Six Napoleons', 'The Three Students', 'The Golden Pince-Nez', 'The Missing Three-Quarter' and 'The Abbey Grange'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb production

  • By Trekkie Monster on 06-02-18

Superb production

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Whilst Jeremy Brett will always be my definitive Sherlock Holmes Clive Merrison must come a very close second. He plays Holmes with such energy and conviction. Likewise Michael Williams is superb as Watson and indeed is my favourite representation of the faithful doctor and sidekick. He has such a warm, caring almost Grandfatherly voice which plays as the perfect contrast to Mr Merrisons's hyper Holmes.
My Favourite part of this recording? Well it comes in The Norwood Builder when Lestrade points out the thumbprint to Holmes. When Lestrade leaves I couldn't help but genuinely laugh out loud at Holmes laughter and gloating to Watson at Lestrade's error. I will leave that there so I don't inadvertantly leave some spoilers behind as to the resolution.
But anyway all of these BBC dramatisations of the Sherlock Holmes canonical stories are superb and well worth the credits/money. HOWEVER I cannot praise the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as warmly. Whilst they still have the superb Merrison playing Holmes we have a change in Watson in the forms of the outgoing Williams being replaced by Andrew 'Fawlty Towers' Sachs. The change really grates and the performance is too quiet. The other big change is that those adventures are not from the Conan Doyle canon but instead are written by Bert Coules and there's just not the same level of complexity to the case solutions.
If you like Holmes the get The Return of Sherlock Holmes. You won't regret it.

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