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  • Children to the Slaughter

  • Slaughter Series, Book 1
  • By: A.I. Nasser
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

There is an evil lurking in the darkness, under the beds and behind closet doors. It seeks vengeance and retribution and will not be denied. No one knows this more than Alan Carter. Returning to his hometown after a 20-year absence, he is resolute in uncovering the truth behind his sister's abduction and the strange disappearance of children. Alan finds himself thrown into the middle of a conspiracy led by the town council as it desperately tries to hide its secrets from the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sinister and very entertaining

  • By Petra on 29-07-16

Highly Sinister!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you like sinister and dark tales and 'what goes bump in the night' paranormal horror, then this is for you. It's also a mystery, one that is slowly revealed as the book goes on.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The sandpit scene, the nightmare, was very vividly depicted. It sent chills through me when imagining the scene in my mind. Seriously scary, made more so by Jake Urry's narration.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

What would you do to save your child?

Any additional comments?

Jake's narration once again has great pace and adds much to the creepy and dark text. I loved the structure of the book, where we move between present and past using the journal entries. The back-story of the past is slowly unveiled as the chapters progress, building large doses of tension towards the end.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Medicine for the Dead

  • The Ulrich Files, Book 2
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

Facing tough times, private investigator Harlan Ulrich takes a job looking after a historic downtown building as a favor to an old acquaintance who's out on business. Settling into the elegant Exeter House for a week-long stay, Ulrich's apartment is beautifully furnished and situated on the top floor, giving him a great view of the city. At first, he thinks it a wonderful opportunity. He's got plenty of coffee, good books to read and the whole building to himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2

  • By med c on 22-07-16

I'll Never Be A Building Manager After This!

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

What made the experience of listening to Medicine for the Dead the most enjoyable?

This book paid hommage to the 1st volume (The Sick House) in the narrative, which I thought was a great way to tie both books together.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ulrich of course is the ever self-doubful and somewhat unlucky PI. My heart goes out to him. He seems to have gained a lot from this latest experience, so maybe his luck truly is going to change. Book 3 may find him with more confidence perhaps?

What does Jake Urry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Jake's tone continues to layer the text with authority. Easy to listen to at any time of the day/night.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The descriptions during the fire are the most vivid for me, and bring very clear, and horrific, scenes into minds eye. Powerful stuff.

Any additional comments?

It's taken a while to get through the book due to personal circumstances, but I've been totally engrossed all the way through. A very superb second volume to what I hope will be a large long-term collection of stories about Ulrich from the very able pen of Mr Ibsen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When Evil Calls Your Name

  • Dr. David Galbraith, Book 2
  • By: John Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Emily Wilden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

When 29-year-old Cynthia Galbraith struggles to come to terms with her traumatic past and the realities of prison life, a prison counsellor persuades her to write a personal journal exploring the events that led to a life sentence for murder. Although unconvinced at first, Cynthia finally decides she has all the time in the world and very little, if anything, to lose. She begins writing and holds back nothing: sharing the thoughts she hadn't dared vocalize, the things that keep her awake at night and haunt her waking hours.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow both books have been amazing

  • By kim paton on 17-06-16

Compelling Listening

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

Reviewed: 29-06-16

Would you listen to When Evil Calls Your Name again? Why?

Yes I certainly intend to listen again as I'm certain to have missed something. There's a great deal to take in during the narrative, especially over the first couple of chapters where the story jumps around a bit.

What other book might you compare When Evil Calls Your Name to, and why?

I can't think of a direct comparison as the style of story is new to me. However, I would absolutely recommend listening to the first book in this series, White Is The Coldest Colour, to gain Doctor Galbraith's perspective on the events depicted here.

What does Emily Wilden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Emily is perfect for the narration given her delightful Welsh accent. I doubt the vocal inflections and pronunciations would easily be 'heard' in the mind when reading the book. The accent, considering the book is set in Wales, gives much more depth and realism.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The way that Dr Galbraith gradually brainwashed Cynthia made me very angry at the Doctor, and in despair that Cynthia could not break free from his torment. Having listened to the first book, where we hear more of the way Cynthia was treated, I felt even more sorry for her. Truly cruel what she went through.

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed the drak gripping story, especially as it alternated chapted by chapter between prison and historical tales. The 'Journal Reading' style of story telling was my first of this type, and although it took me a couple of chapters to get comfortable with it, I thourougjly enjoyed the experience. Bravo to John and to Emily.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Wizard

  • By: R. F. Whittaker
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

When his experiment goes horribly wrong, leaving an innocent man dead, Ambrose leaves the Wizard's Guild low in confidence and filled with guilt, for a wilderness rife with dastardly hunters and the surrealist of creatures, in search of a new purpose in life. In his search for redemption, Ambrose wanders to the campfire of Bertold, a brute of a man who harbors a sadistic fixation with the torture of Bloodsuckers. This discovery opens a door for Ambrose in which he is forced to take a stand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tookingtons

  • By MISS E HAYES on 17-06-16

Eventful story, surprising characters

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

Reviewed: 14-06-16

Would you listen to A Wizard again? Why?

I fully intend to listen to this story again because I'm certain to pick out pieces I've missed the first time around. There's multiple tales going on at the same time, all woven together in a mystical world.

What other book might you compare A Wizard to, and why?

The complex predicaments that our characters found themselves in form a very rich storyline. I'd certainly put this book somewhere within the Harry Potter genre, perhaps with the vivid expanse that comes with Lord of The Rings.

What about Jake Urry’s performance did you like?

Jake has an uncanny ability to slide his voice into a character that seem to fit perfectly.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The plight of the beautiful Bloodsucker, especially whilst on the run with the Shapeshifter was a very exciting part of this book. The descriptions, the fear, the turmoil all bound me very firmly into the story.

Any additional comments?

Highly enjoyable book, and one I look forward to revisiting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • White Is the Coldest Colour

  • Dr. David Galbraith, Book 1
  • By: John Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Fifty-eight year old Dr. David Galbraith, a sadistic, predatory paedophile employed as a consultant child psychiatrist, has already murdered one child in the soundproofed cellar below the South Wales Georgian townhouse he shares with his wife and two young daughters. Anthony becomes Galbraith's latest obsession and he will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard hitting subject, incredible story

  • By Devilish Accord on 05-06-16

Hard hitting subject, incredible story

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

If you could sum up White Is the Coldest Colour in three words, what would they be?

Freightening, Shocking, Upsetting

Who was your favorite character and why?

From a purely narative point of view the Doctor would be my favourite. As he's the primary character he stands out and has incredible depth. However, his wife Cynthia becomes the dark horse of this story, finding me cheering her on during the last chapter.

What about Jake Urry’s performance did you like?

Jake's inflections whilst speaking as the Doctor convey this man's brutal nature. Spot on!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

When the ring calls your name.

Any additional comments?

A gripping book with a subject matter I was initially very wary of. Powerful scenes from the first chapter are shocking and not for sensitive individuals. However, beyond that the narrative allows the listener to delve into the psyche of an utterly deranged and incredibly cruel man. A classic battle between police investigation and the criminal ensues, with a highly developed plot and a twist at the end that left me screaming in delight.
Superb text, narrated beautifully and sensitively by Jake Urry.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Cryptic Lines

  • By: Richard Storry
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42

Lord Alfred Willoughby is deciding what is to become of his vast fortune after his death. Whilst his head is telling him to leave nothing at all to his wastrel son, Matthew, his heart is speaking differently. After much deliberation, in a last-ditch attempt to try and show to his son the importance of applying himself to a task and staying with it to the end, he devises a series of enigmatic puzzles cunningly concealed within the lines of a poem - the cryptic lines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twists, turns and unexpected results

  • By Devilish Accord on 01-05-16

Twists, turns and unexpected results

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cryptic Lines to be better than the print version?

I haven't seen the printed version, but I'm finding audio editions to be rather delightful.

What did you like best about this story?

The descent into the crypt was nail-biting, and the reveals at the end were not as I had expected.

Which character – as performed by Jake Urry – was your favourite?

James the butler was for me the best character. The voice performance was as I would expect this type of servant to sound.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The reveals at the end of the book left me shocked and very happy for the hero. Just desserts and all that.

Any additional comments?

Absorbing book with lots of colour and twisting plot turns kept me engaged all the way through. Very interesting characters, perfectly voiced by Jake Urry. Highly recommended.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Sick House

  • The Ulrich Files, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Dr. Siegfried Klein has vanished on a mysterious pilgrimage to an abandoned infirmary in the ghost-town of Moonville. The locals in the surrounding areas are tight-lipped, hostile to outsiders. Local legend has it that the old Sick House is packed with spirits, none of them friendly, and that to set foot in it is to enter Hell itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Engaging 1st Audio Book

  • By Devilish Accord on 17-04-16

Highly Engaging 1st Audio Book

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

Reviewed: 17-04-16

Would you listen to The Sick House again? Why?

Yes, I'll be listening again in the future. Highly engaging story with a plot that continues to deliver and build right until the final chapter.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ulrich, the PI and main character, is of course the favourite. He's a flawed and somewhat lonely man, yet with a passion he himself underestimates.

Have you listened to any of Jake Urry’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is my first audiobook and thus my first listen to Jake's narration. I will certainly be visiting the store very soon to sample more of his work. Very happy!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

With coffee, living is less of a problem.

Any additional comments?

Jake Urry's narration is crips and clear, with a good steady tone and with a proper spoken English accent that is easy on the ear.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful