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  • Doctor Who - The 10th Doctor Adventures, Volume 1

  • By: Matt Fitton, Jenny T Colgan, James Goss
  • Narrated by: David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Rachael Stirling, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

When the Doctor and Donna visit London's Technology Museum for a glimpse into the future, things don't go to plan. The most brilliant IT brain in the country can't use her computer. More worrying, the exhibits are attacking the visitors, while outside, people seem to be losing control of the technology that runs their lives. Is it all down to simple human stupidity, or is something more sinister going on?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • They left the best story last, ‘Death + the Queen'

  • By Nigel on 12-12-17

Nice variety

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

Reviewed: 21-03-19

Great to hear Tennant and Tate, with Big Finish production values. So the drama is top notch...except the over-the-top octopus baddy in the middle story annoyed me throughout. Was he meant to sound like Fagin from Oliver?

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,258

Shortlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb production of a sci fi classic!

  • By Peter on 21-07-07

Sci-fi masterpiece. Great narrator.

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

Reviewed: 16-03-19

Only problem with this is the actors who are shoehorned in at random points. The main narrator conjures the characters and drama up better in my opinion. Same goes for the annoying interruptions by the Princess. But I loved the story and atmosphere, the detail of the world Herbert creates.

  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 2

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, cast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,262

The thrilling second book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, read by the author and a full cast. In this stunning sequel to Northern Lights, the intrepid Lyra Silvertongue and her daemon, Pantalaimon, find themselves in a shimmering, haunted other world – Cittagazze where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. Here she meets twelve-year-old Will Parry, a fugitive from a third universe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book... but why the changes?

  • By Kirsty on 06-01-08

Engaging dramatisation narrated by the author

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

Reviewed: 30-03-16

Don't let the ridiculous end-of-chapter midi music put you off. Good to get the whole story compared with the movie or BBC radio version. The BBC version was the real McCoy world class radio drama but abridged. This audio book doesn't have sound effects or appropriate music, but is more comprehensive and has good performances. Darker story than Northern Lights. Can't wait to get stuck into The Amber Spyglass now!

  • The Uncynical Cannibal

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Dewi Llywelyn
  • Narrated by: Richard Glover, Simon Kane, Daniel Lawrence Taylor, and others
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 237

A gloriously mad desert island romp - complete with zombies, walrus pirates and a talking goldfish called Albie. Like Robinson Crusoe on acid, it follows the adventures of Isaac, a shipwrecked sailor whose boat is sunk by a excess of radio sound effects and is then washed up in a tropical paradise where warring tribes compete to pay homage to a giant sea beast called Gary. A fast-paced gag fest which is a splendid mix of music hall and surreal nonsense, which is fresh, intriguing and laugh-out-loud funny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully executed...pun intended.

  • By TamTam on 09-07-15

Original Radio Comedy Lives! Surreal genius.

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

Reviewed: 20-09-15

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

This glorious tropical adventure blew a typhoon of fresh air into a lifetime radio comedy addict. Endlessly surprising, even second time through, because it's so fast paced, witty, and dense with ideas. Pleasingly surreal, the plot joyfully takes the co-pilot's seat in the service of refreshingly absurd, gory antics and the lovingly crafted 'meta' commentary. Likewise the characters are not there for their depth, but inspire confidence that writer Llywelyn has plenty more up his sleeve. First rate production. More episodes, please!

What other book might you compare The Uncynical Cannibal to, and why?

Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker 'trilogy': for the intelligent footnotes, jaw-dropping variety and satirical capers.Anything by the great Monty Python (ditto)

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

Pythons of the Carribbean?

  • Gulliver's Travels

  • By: Jonathan Swift
  • Narrated by: David Thorn
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Set and written in 1726, This is a marvelously imaginative tale of the four voyages of Lemuel Gulliver. He finds himself shipwrecked and the prisoner of captors ranging in size from 6 inches tall to 60 feet tall and of various other persuasions. But this is just the beginning of a story written, strangely enough to satirize the foolishness and vices of modern men as they were perceived at the time. No one, young or old, can ever forget the Lilliputians and the Yahoos that starred in these wonderful and riveting stories of long ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lose the stupid music please

  • By Gregory Chick on 22-04-15

Lose the stupid music please

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

Reviewed: 22-04-15

A marvelously fluent and captivating reading, by an English actor, of this historical book by. David Thorn brings the eighteenth century language alive. Marred only by the irritating amateur variations of a sea shanty played clumsily on a keyboard at the end of each chapter (and the occasional edit they've missed).

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