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Alice

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A mixed bag but worth it

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This first volume is more than worth listening to just for Ghizela's reading of The Raven which is wonderfully preformed and very atmospheric! I struggled with Gideon's readings as he is a bit more ponderous but he does a good job reading The Haunted Oak. It's interesting finding out how different authors handle the macabre theme. There is a lot of variety in the extracts and poems chosen for this.

More treat than trick

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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: 03-10-19

This book isn’t so much a parody of A Christmas Carol as a warm and loving tribute.
It’s beautifully written and wonderfully read. If you consider Charles Dickens’ work sacred this might not work for you. I however believe Dickens would have loved the clever jokes and well rounded characters, which help the listener to remember what Halloween is all about. It does pull at heart strings, but it's also very funny. Although I think this story is aimed at adults, the language is very mild. I think children who don't find A Christmas Carol too frightening, would enjoy this to.

Drink, drugs & Womanizing!

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

Reviewed: 28-05-19

I really wanted to like this story. The reader Nicky Diss is good at accents. The story starts out well with Meg off on a sudden exciting opportunity. I am afraid it's the multiple descriptions descriptions of Johnny being found in his own vomit after drinking, doing coke and bedding yet another young woman that I struggled with. I get that he is a bad boy but this is not such a fun comic romance book as many others out there like Lindsey Kelk. Fine if you like gritty romance. Not so good if you prefer light romantic comedies.

Wonderful story shame about the narrator

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

Reviewed: 17-12-18

This has been one of my favorite books for years. I was delighted when Audible released it. It's funny, lighthearted and has well rounded characters. The narrator Lara J. West isn't the best person to read it though as some of her accents, like Gabi's are painful. She also seems to have given Melissa's sister Emery a lisp. She does however do a good, plummy tone for Melissa. It might be my computer but I did have a problem with the story volume changing but overall being very quiet. Can't bring my self to send it back though as the story is such good, escapist Chick Lit!

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Mildly entertaning

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I was inspired by the ideas in this book, to the point where I had to make bunting! However the amount of sheer procrastination and secret keeping by almost all the characters seemed silly and felt like Heidi Swain's way to pad the pages out. Worth a listen if you like sewing with a cup of tea and a story in the background but not wonderfully entertaining.

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Not worth a credit

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

Reviewed: 22-01-18

I read previous reviews for this particular story but as I enjoyed the first in the series I took a chance. Robyn Peterman's style of writing is quirky and irreverent. Book one has a plot that helps the listener overlook her lack of polish (and multiple references to "ball licking"). This book is just repetitive and boring, with the same characters telling the same jokes for hours on end. The first in this series is a voyage of discovery in which she rebuilds her life but book two adds very little to the story.

Stories Included

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-17

1) A view from a hill.
2) Rats.
3) A school story.
4) The Ash tree.
5) The story of a disappearance and an appearance.

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A word about the content

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

Reviewed: 27-01-17

Would you try another book written by Tom Slemen or narrated by Norman Gilligan?

Just because it was not for me doesn't mean others wont enjoy the element of "True" ghost stories. I prefer stories with more humour and action to balance the death and realism of life.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Personally I found the narration flat. I realise that voices are a very personal thing and that a narrator who would suit one listener would drive another listener to the brink or to sleep.

Any additional comments?

My strongest feeling about this collection is that it should have a warning about the disturbing content. The first story has a brutal rape described in detail. At least one later story features the suicide of a young girl. Yet another features the appalling murder of a new born baby. I know that not everyone will be troubled by these, as these stories have a fictional aspect and are ghost stories but I think its worth mentioning.

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Gripping and Unsettling!

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

Reviewed: 15-12-16

What made the experience of listening to Carmilla the most enjoyable?

The story was well written and full of suspense. It's dated well and it's interesting to see where so many modern Vampire stories get there origins.

What did you like best about this story?

There are lots of good characters in this classic novel. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu really did his research making the story compelling. Although there are some plot holes which he didn't explain, such as what happens to some of the more minor characters.

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

Elaine Wise has a light voice which really suits the young lady Laura, who is recounting the worrying and mysterious events which happened to her. Elaine makes the characters sound passionate and well imagined but not over dramatised.

Any additional comments?

There is definitely an intensity to the relationship, which verges romantic, between Laura and Carmilla, which could be called erotic! Carmilla is much more interested in young ladies then young gentlemen and she gets very excited at times!

Overall I was carried along by the energy in this story and will be listening to it again. I will however I will be keeping a light on at night, for some time to come!

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A very good reading of a Classic book

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

Where does Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a story I thought I should listen to as it is a well-loved Classic. It is not among my favourite books but is funny, inventive and very well read by Michael Page.

Any additional comments?

Michael Page is a great choice for this very fanciful book. I first listened to Alice in Wonderland as an adult and I was impressed with Michael Page. He doesn't patronise the reader but helps them imagine the wonderful world that Alice finds herself in. I will be relistening when I want to escape into Wonderland. Having the same reader for Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass helped keep the continuity going and worked very well.

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