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  • 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 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

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

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

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

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

2 of 2 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 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

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

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

Overall
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 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

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....

Overall
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 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

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

Overall
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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

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
  • very hard listening

  • By Simon Hodding on 15-12-17

very hard listening

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

  • Serial Killers

  • Shocking, Gripping True Crime Stories of the Most Evil Murderers
  • By: Brian Innes
  • Narrated by: David John
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

The terrifying story of the most monstrous serial killers through history. Serial killers are the most notorious and disturbing of all criminals, representing the very darkest side of humanity. Yet they endlessly fascinate and continue to capture the public's attention with their strange charisma and deadly deeds. From Jack the Ripper to Ted Bundy and the Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, these killers transfix us with their ability to commit utterly savage acts of cruelty and depravity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • everything you've read already but in one place

  • By Katie on 08-01-18

content could be better

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

Reviewed: 24-11-17

the content of the book could be better
there are a lot more interesting serial killers that could of been included
the narrative could have been better

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,915
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,607
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,594

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

  • By Mr. P. J. Marsh on 10-03-17

Steven Fry at his best

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

Reviewed: 21-11-17

fantastic narration and could not be better
I could not stop listening
it's the type of book you will come back to time after ttime