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  • Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: H. G. Wells, Jeff Wayne
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Theo James, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,385

One of the world’s most recognisable sci-fi stories, H. G. Wells’ The War of The Worlds established numerous conventions for the genre, including the threat of an invasive extraterrestrial species, space travel and intergalactic conflict, inspiring directors, gamers, producers and writers alike with its sobering story of struggle and survival. Marrying the suspense, drama and urgency of Wells’ original novel with Jeff Wayne’s rousing and flamboyant score, Audible’s new and exclusive dramatisation uses action, narration, original music and evocative sound design to immerse listeners in a world that’s as thrilling as it is desolate. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Interpretation of Jeff Wayne's Classic!

  • By Simon on 29-11-18

Absolutely Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 21-12-18

One of the best audio recordings around, a must have for any 2sci-fi fan, BRILLIANT.

  • 101 Creepy, Weird, Scary, Interesting, and Outright Cool Facts

  • A Collection of 101 Facts That Are Sure to Leave You Creeped Out and Entertained
  • By: Tyler Backhause
  • Narrated by: Dave Wright
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Who doesn't love facts and random bits of information? "I did not know that" or "Teach me something I don't know!" are commonly heard phrases among people today. Along with this, the most powerful driving force behind our random browsing of the Internet or social media is the pursuit of new information. This brings me to the reason why I wrote 101 Creepy, Weird, Scary, Interesting, and Outright Cool Facts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Content

  • By Simon Hodding on 14-11-18

Excellent Content

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

Very exciting story content, full of facts that I thought I knew only to be proved wrong
Some amazing recherche must have gone into the writing of this book
Very well nerated and highly recommended

  • Eyewitness 1900-1949

  • Voices from the BBC Archive
  • By: Joanna Burke
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Eyewitness accounts from the BBC Archive are at the heart of this unique history of the first half of the 20th century, narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith. The events of 1900-1949 are described by the people who saw them happen, from the death of Queen Victoria and accession of Edward VII through the First World War, to the sinking of the Titanic, the General Strike and the Great Depression, to the Second World War and its aftermath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent History Lessons

  • By Simon Hodding on 02-06-18

Excellent History Lessons

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

This is a must have for anyone who is interested in World history
Very clear audio recordings
Highly recommended

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones & Other Victorian Scandals

  • By: Michelle Morgan
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

A grisly book dedicated to the crimes, perversions and outrages of Victorian England, covering high-profile offences - such as the murder of actor William Terriss, whose stabbing at the stage door of the Adelphi Theatre in 1897 filled the front pages for many weeks - as well as lesser-known transgressions that scandalised the Victorian era. The tales include murders and violent crimes but also feature scandals that merely amused the Victorians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent storyline

  • By Simon Hodding on 16-05-18

Excellent storyline

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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: 16-05-18

Absolutely loved this audio book
Great little stories with great detail to events
The storytelling is fantastic
I can't recommend this book highly enough
BRILLIANT

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dark City

  • Crime in Wartime London
  • By: Simon Read
  • Narrated by: Kim Hartman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

There was more to wartime London than stiff upper lips and rousing choruses of 'Roll Out the Barrel'. There was crime and plenty of it in the time of blackouts, Blitz and bloodshed, and it is chronicled here in this lively and accessible history. Criminals hunted their prey without fear of reprisal. Many operated under the cover of darkness, emerging when the city sank into the oblivion of its nightly blackout. Others simply struck whenever opportunity presented itself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting. But it's not history. It's entertainment history

  • By Mr on 01-09-16

Great true stories

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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: 07-04-18

A very good book for all criminology students
Very well read with great clarity
I would highly recommend the book and the reader

  • The World's Most Bizarre Murders

  • True Stories That Will Shock and Amaze You
  • By: James Marrison
  • Narrated by: Drew Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

This is no ordinary true-crime book. If you think you've got the stomach for the most blood-curdling, sickening, and downright strangest murders you will ever come across, then look no further than these pages. You have been warned....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • potentially good book, distracting narration

  • By Ian on 11-03-13

Amazing Stories

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

Reviewed: 22-01-18

Amazing Stories of horrific acts
I would recommend this book 100% apart from another narrator trying badly to do accents
Stephen fry he is not
apart from that this is a good listen and well worth purchasing

  • Tales of the Weird 2

  • By: Tom Slemen
  • Narrated by: RK Meier
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Welcome to the second jam-packed volume of Tales of the Weird by the internationally recognized expert of the supernatural - Tom Slemen. From teleportation secrets to a mysterious being that tried to entrap a girl in a nightmare world, you will hear of horrors and intrigues across the world which will send a tingle down your spine and give you nightmares.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • love Tom Siemens books but.....

  • By Darren R. on 12-12-16

good storylines but....

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

Reviewed: 16-12-17

this book is a good listen with some good storys
its all good apart from the narrator trying to master a Liverpool accent.
its almost laughable but ruins the listening experience

  • Tales of the Weird

  • By: Tom Slemen
  • Narrated by: RK Meier
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Welcome to Tom Slemen's Tales of the Weird, a journey into the chilling sphere of the supernatural where you will encounter, vampires, werewolves, and even the Devil himself.... Here are just some of the things you will hear about in Tales of the Weird: A centuries-old demonic royal rapist.... A happily-married woman who became possessed by three strange personalities - including that of a nymphomaniac.... The terrifying power of the Evil Eye, which could be upon you at this moment....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shame.....<br />

  • By Lastknight on 17-01-18

a good listen apart from ........

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

Reviewed: 16-12-17

this book is a good listen with some good storys
its all good apart from the narrator trying to master a Liverpool accent.
its almost laughable but ruins the listening experience

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • True Ghost Stories

  • True Ghost Stories of Terrifying Paranormal Activity, Haunted Houses and Spooky Places from Around the World
  • By: Jo Lavine
  • Narrated by: Ken OBrien
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Who doesn't love a great ghost story? Haunted houses? Moving objects? You're about to discover some of the most scariest and true ghost stories from around the globe. If you love a scary ghost story, then this book is for you. Whether you're at home alone or sitting around a campfire, true ghost stories are sure to get your spine tingling. From weird objects that were bought and later started doing scary things, to houses that have been haunted since the 1800s, true ghost stories will take you on a trip that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not that scary

  • By Simon Hodding on 16-12-17

Not that scary

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

Reviewed: 16-12-17

the narrator needs to learn how to pronounce peoples name's properly
the stories are ok but dont gave the scare factor that is promised

  • 9/11 Fire Dispatch Recordings

  • By: New York City Fire Department
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

In August 2005, the New York City Fire Department released approximately 23 hours of radio dispatch audio recordings from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. This came after The New York Times, along with eight 9/11 families, sued to win public dissemination of the transmissions, as well as hundreds and hundreds of pages of transcribed oral histories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By dougle on 19-11-18

very hard listening

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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: 15-12-17

this is very hard listening but is worthwhile to appreciate what the brave fire fighters went through on that terrible day