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  • Jarrem Lee - Ghost Hunter - The Tollington Hall Case, The Ancient Burial Barrow, Lord Wentworth's Statue and Professor Taylor's Final Experiment

  • A Radio Dramatization
  • By: Gareth Tilly
  • Narrated by: Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Meet Jarrem Lee, Ghost Hunter (or as he prefers to call it, a psychical detective). With the help of college student Arthur Bennett, he embarks on a series of spine tingling and exciting adventures in the world of the dead. Episode 1: "The Tollington Hall case" - Sir Frederick Carmichael asks Lee to visit Tollington Hall, where a ghost haunts the attic each night. Episode 2: "The Ancient Burial Barrow" - A demon is trying to escape from a grave discovered during an archaeological dig. Episode 03: "Lord Wentworths Statue" - A collector becomes obsessed with a strange statue that becomes more life-like each day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem of a Find

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-07-15

A Gem of a Find

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

I'm a big fan of The Colonial Radio Players, especially the Father Brown series. I had never heard of Jarrem Lee- Ghost Hunter before and really liked this. Will download the whole series. And yes, I know the English accents are a bit dodgy, sometimes a bit Dick Van Dyke in places but as an English person this makes me laugh and is part of the appeal !

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Slaving Away

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Miranda Kane, Unusual Productions
  • Narrated by: Hugh Dennis, Miranda Kane, Jon Holmes
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 452

Meet Miranda. She is a cheerful and happy-go-lucky single girl who just happens to be a dominatrix with a dungeon in her flat, where she services clients with flogging, extreme correction and (if she’s lucky) gets the occasional slave to pay her for the honour of doing her vacuuming. And when she’s not delivering 30 lashes to the sensitive parts of religious zealots or doing step-aerobics in stilettos on the buttocks of retired army officers, she is just trying to get on with the neighbours....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something Really New

  • By Fred on 07-07-15

Filthy and Funny

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

This is not without its issues but then most pilots/ first novels are clunky to begin with but this still made me laugh and I would really like to hear a longer series, especially if Jon Holmes is still in it!

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kallgren lowers the rating

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-05-16

A good listen but poor editing

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

Reviewed: 10-12-14

I do like this audiobook but it does have it's issues. The actress reading Lucy has a very bizarre voice, it sounds like Lisa Simpson doing an impersonation of Mary Poppins channeling Marilyn Monroe!
The other actors are great but there are some passages in part one, Dr Seward and Mina's diaries where the actors have obviously reread the lines and these have not been edited out so some parts are repeated, really should have been "proof listened"

  • The Canterbury Tales [Blackstone]

  • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis, Jay Carnes, Ray Porter, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

In this edition, we hear, translated into modern English, 20-some tales, told in the voices of knight and merchant, wife and miller, squire and nun, and many more. Some are bawdy, some spiritual, some romantic, some mysterious, some chivalrous. Between the stories, the travelers converse, joke, and argue, revealing much about their individual outlooks upon life as well as what life was like in late 14th-century England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Olde English classic

  • By Zoe on 07-04-13

Bit disappointing

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

Reviewed: 21-10-14

Like other reviewers I thought I would try this having struggled with the books, thinking that a "modern english " version might be easier. Although it isn't Chaucerian language I still would not call this modern english. Prehaps it's was the book and not the language I am not enjoying, but can't fault the actors.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Booktaker

  • A Nameless Detective Mystery
  • By: Bill Pronzini
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 137

The Nameless Detective is called upon to find out how rare books and maps are being stolen from an antiquarian bookshop with a faultless alarm system. He goes undercover in the store, only to be foiled when a theft occurs right under his nose. Then, as he ponders the case (while on a date with the lovely Kerry), he’s violently struck from behind by a car that seems bent on driving him off the road. Will Nameless survive this attempt on his life and solve the case?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Salter on 01-12-14

I Know it was free but....

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

Reviewed: 01-10-14

I'm probably being churlish, I downloaded this because A- it was Free and B because I had heard good things about the Nameless Detective series but boy was this a major diasppointment. The story was fine, a bit dated but not dated enough to be classic, but the narrator was really dull, it sounded as if he knew it was a free download and thought he probably shouldn't bother making an effort. His voice was just mono- tone, even when doing other characters. I fell asleep twice on different attempts to listen so just as well I wasn't driving!
I feel a good story spoiled by dull narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Son

  • By: Philipp Meyer
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Love, honour, children are sacrificed in the name of ambition, as the family becomes one of the richest powers in Texas, a dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By Objective, unbiased on 18-09-16

A Must Have For Your Library

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

Reviewed: 07-03-14

This is such an amazing book- I'm absolutely raving about it in the bookshop I work in -but it is also one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to as the three main storytellers have such brilliant voices and acting skills it's like listening to a big drama production.
The three very different voices make it easier to listen to than read as I do find myself getting a bit confused reading a multi character narrative as I forget who I'm supposed to be reading about ( bit dim sometimes!) but you know who is talking to you here as it's obviously either Eli, Peter or Jeanne ( the three main characters) when you hear them speak.
Honestly I can't urge you enough to get this- even if the start, without giving anything away, is a bit gruesome.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 70 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

Here in one recording is every Sherlock Holmes story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally appearing in serial form, these famous stories are here presented in the order in which they were first published beginning in 1887. Included in this definitive, award-winning collection are four novels and 56 short stories, a total of 60 titles. The 56 short stories are aggregated into five named collections, just as they were originally published in book form.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed.

  • By SARAH on 18-01-14

Excellent Value For a Credit!

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

Reviewed: 13-02-14

This is an absolute bargain- 70 hours for 1 credit!
All the stories are here, and yes the narrator does go a bit Dick Van Dyke "Cor Blimey Mary Poppins" at times but it's not as bad as some of the reviews suggest. This will be my new comfort listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547

A guy walks into a bar.From here, the story could take many turns. A guy walks into a bar and meets the love of his life. A guy walks into a bar and finds no one else is there. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humour and intelligence and leave you deeply moved. In Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Sedaris remembers his father's dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy. The common thread? Sedaris masterfully turns each episode into a love story: how it feels to be in a relationship where one loves and is loved over many years, what it means to be part of a family, and how it's possible, through all of life's absurdities, to accept oneself. With Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris shows once again why he has been called 'A humorist par excellence, he can make Woody Allen appear ham-tongued, Oscar Wilde a drag' (Observer).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • funny and often disturbing

  • By Marcus on 17-07-13

Good Stuff From Sedaris

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

This is the latest collection of stories from David Sedaris, some of which appeared on the Radio 4 series "Meet David Sedaris" and as usual they are funny, charming and sometimes moving in places.
As usual his dad doesn't come out well in this collection and his poor family! but you can tell that despite the cutting comments about them there is genuine love between them all.
Being read by the author himself is the main selling point of this- I have read some of his books but it is hearing them in his voice that makes them so much better.

If you have never read/heard any David Sedaris before jump in here and I guarantee you will download more!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Bleak Expectations

  • By: Mark Evans
  • Narrated by: Mark Evans
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

Bleak Expectations' recounts the remarkable adventures of young Pip Bin as he tries to repair his destroyed family and distinctly damaged life, aided by his best friend Harry Biscuit and definitely not aided by his cruel and ironically named guardian Mr Gently Benevolent and his accomplices, the fearsome Hardthrasher siblings.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the radio

  • By John on 07-04-13

An hilarificatious listenation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

I have to disagree with the previous review - I loved this and kept laughing out loud when listening to it on my breaks at work to much funny looks as they couldn't hear what I was as I was wearing earphones.

OK the series is better, but then most many voiced audiobooks are better than a reading, P.G Wodehouse for example, but I still enjoyed it and I thought the narration was very good, but I admit that no one can do Mr Benevolent's evil laugh like Anthony Head can.

If you are a fan or not of the series then try it anyway, what can you lose, apart from your dignity- see above!

  • The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: 60-Episode Set

  • By: PDQ AudioWorks, Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Basil Rathbone
  • Length: 28 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

The world-famous sleuth is back in this astounding 60-episode collection (many previously believed to have been lost) direct from the original radio broadcasts. Featuring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, this collection contains nearly 30 hours of Old Time Radio broadcasting at its best. Digitally remastered from the original broadcast recordings, this amazing set is a true collector's item for Sherlock Holmes fans everywhere!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been better

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-04-13

Could have been better

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

I was disappointed in this as the production values are quite poor. The episodes are in no order what so ever so the actors chop and change , the references to the next episode at the end of each make no sense and the sound isn't brilliant- I know they are old recordings but some episodes are unlistenable to through headphones. Some of the same episodes are available on Murder By Moonlight where the quality is better so I'd suggest you download that instead.

It's a shame as the stories and actors are great just let down by the reproduction efforts at PDQ.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful