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P J Faulkner

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  • The Incident at Fives Castle

  • By: Clara Benson
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

It is Hogmanay, and Angela Marchmont is at Fives Castle, the Scottish seat of the Earl of Strathmerrick, to see in the start of 1928. But when she finds out that the Foreign Secretary, the American Ambassador, and the Head of British Intelligence are also among the guests, Angela begins to suspect that something momentous is afoot. Before long, they are all snowed in and a body is discovered, and Angela soon finds suspicion directed against herself.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By E on 25-09-18

Good Story Spoiled by Delivery

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

A good story spoiled by the narrator’s delivery. The voices she gives to each of the characters makes each sound as if they are trying to impress an elocution teacher.

  • I Contain Multitudes

  • The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
  • By: Ed Yong
  • Narrated by: Charlie Anson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes. It's an entire world, a colony full of life. In other words, you contain multitudes. These microscopic companions sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour and bombard us with their genes. They also hold the key to understanding all life on earth. In I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong opens our eyes and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and more as thriving ecosystems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable read

  • By Millymagpie on 14-09-16

Problematic Reading

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

Reviewed: 18-09-17

From beginning to end a fascinating and informative book. Unfortunately I frequently found Mr Anson's reading of the text both irritating and distracting. His reading speed not infrequently accelerated as a chapter progressed, so that the text became difficult to follow and even more difficult to understand. Fortunately the books content is such that it makes the extra effort to follow it more than worthwhile.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil Rides Out

  • By: Dennis Wheatley
  • Narrated by: Nick Mercer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

A classic of the horror genre, Dennis Wheatley’s The Devil Rides Out pits the powers of good against the forces of evil as the Duc de Richelieu wrestles for the soul of his friend with the charming but deadly Satanist, Mocata. Mocata has the power to summon the forces of darkness and - as the Duc and his friends will find - is willing to call upon ever-increasing horror until thundering hooves herald the arrival of the Devil Himself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Story Spoiled

  • By P J Faulkner on 25-02-17

A Great Story Spoiled

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

Reviewed: 25-02-17

Would you try another book written by Dennis Wheatley or narrated by Nick Mercer?

Yes to Wheatley. No to Mercer.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Mercer’s performances?

Most definitely not.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. A great story spoiled by its reading.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Carol

  • By: Charles Dickens, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Cranham, Miriam Margolyes, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,830

'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!' Charles Dickens’ ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU 🎄🤶🏻🎄& Merry Christmas

  • By Highlight on 14-12-16

A Christmas Present

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

Reviewed: 14-12-16

Everything about it was good; in fact it was very good. Thank you Audio for a wonderful Christmas present.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Glimpses of the Moon

  • By: Edmund Crispin
  • Narrated by: Philip Bird
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Death and decapitation seem to go hand in hand in the Devon village of Aller. When the first victim's head is sent floating down the river, the village's rural calm is shattered. Soon the corpses are multiplying and the entire community is involved in the murder hunt. While the rector, the major, the police and a journalist, desperate for the scoop of the century, chase false trails, it is left to Gervase Fen, Oxford don and amateur criminologist, to uncover the sordid truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such fun!

  • By PFK on 07-04-13

Glimpses of the Moon

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

Reviewed: 26-11-16

A first class reading of a first class book. The storyline keeps your attention, whilst the well-developed characters are believable even when at their most eccentric.

  • The Moonstone

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The story involves a huge diamond, the moonstone, originally stolen from an Indian shrine. The gem is given to an English girl on her 18th birthday but disappears that same night. What follows is a spellbinding mystery that to this day has the power to draw the listener into its world of danger, suspense, and surprise.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Moonstone

  • By P J Faulkner on 19-07-08

The Moonstone

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-08

A classic rendered boring by the by the patchy quality of the recording, but most of all by the amateurish narration. I would suggest you only buy this audiobook if you want to test your patience.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful