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  • 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 1,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,465

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

Excellent narration. Worth a credit.

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

This was my first time reading Dracula. The narration was excellent to deal with the way the story is written - entirely second hand, through diaries and letters. The only issue was that all narrators had different accents for the character of Van Helsing. Not a deal breaker but put me out of the immersion a little.

  • The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

  • By: Olaudah Equiano
  • Narrated by: Jeff Moon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Olaudah Equiano's autobiography challenged minds and hearts in the late 1700s. The first autobiography ever written by a former slave, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano is one of the most well-recognized slave-narratives. It was first published in 1789 and gained notoriety as a mechanism for the abolitionist movement in England in 1807. In his work, Equiano illuminates the life of himself as a slave and then a freed man, ultimately becoming a respected politician and philosopher.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Anonymous User on 01-03-18

Essential Reading

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

Reviewed: 28-10-18

Fascinating account of what life was like in the 1700's for an African slave.
My only complaint is the narrator should have been black. It spoilt the immersion and the reading was quite dry at points. It did not do this work justice.

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  • Lagoon

  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Three strangers, each isolated by his or her own problems: Adaora, the marine biologist. Anthony, the rapper famous throughout Africa. Agu, the troubled soldier. Wandering Bar Beach in Lagos, Nigeria's legendary mega-city, they're more alone than they've ever been before. But when something like a meteorite plunges into the ocean and a tidal wave overcomes them, these three people will find themselves bound together in ways they could never imagine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent

  • By Aleisha on 14-05-15

Excellent Afro-Futurist story

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

What a fantastic performance from the two narrators. It worked very well with the two of them. This Afro-Futurist story was well spun and drew me in. I also felt I learnt new things about Nigeria and the city of Lagos.

  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Formed Tale Hits the Sweet Spot

  • By Simon on 06-12-17

Mediaeval London comes to Life

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Fascinating and immersive, I felt like I was learning history as well as being carried along by the story. What an interesting story it was too. Not something I would normally listen to but I have already purchased the second part. Highly recommended for those who like history.

  • Dungeon Lord

  • The Wraith's Haunt: A LitRPG Series, Book 1
  • By: Hugo Huesca
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

When Edward is swept into the world of Ivalis as a Dungeon Lord, the Dark's most powerful servant, he has no servitude in mind. He'll oppose the evil plans of the Dark god, Murmur, whatever it takes. Through only his wits and his guts to help him survive a weakened arrival, Edward must rise to power if he is to earn the right to live another day. But in the battle between Dark and Light, what can Edward choose if both sides are cruel, uncaring monsters?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sceptical at first but loved this book!!

  • By Anonymous User on 26-07-18

Dark fantasy - scarier than expected

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

Reviewed: 26-05-18

What a fantastic story. I was expecting a gameworld adventure romp and got much more. The writing of some of the monster scenes crossed into horror. Unexpected and refreshingly different. The world hangs together well. The narration was excellent!

  • Survival Quest

  • Way of the Shaman Series # 1
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

Barliona: a virtual world jam-packed with monsters, battles - and, predictably, players. Millions of them come to Barliona, looking forward to the things they can't get in real life: elves and magic, dragons and princesses, and unforgettable combat. The game has become so popular that players now choose to spend months online without returning home. In Barliona, anything goes: You can assault fellow players, level up, become a mythical hero, a wizard, or a legendary thief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Sub-Genre

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-04-16

Enjoyable story- stick with it.

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

Reviewed: 19-05-18

This title of this book is ridiculous. However the story is an interesting concept. It was well set out and I would get stuck into book 2 to see what happens. The narrator is skilled and even did a Shaggy from Scooby Doo voice for one of the characters.

  • The Well of Ascension

  • Mistborn, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 28 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,226
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,790

The impossible has happened. The Lord Ruler is dead has been vanquished. But so too is Kelsier, the man who masterminded the triumph. The awesome task of rebuilding the world has been left to his protege Vin; a one-time street urchin, now the most powerful Mistborn in the land. Worryingly for her Vin has become the focus of a new religion, a development that leaves her intensely uneasy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Blimey - it's longer than the first one!

  • By Lee Grant on 29-11-14

Fantastic Series

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

Reviewed: 13-05-18

Book 2 of the Mistborn Series is an excellent return to the characters I'd grown to love in the first book, The Final Empire. Brandon Sanderson's has woven together some unusual magical concepts. His worldbuilding hangs together really well. Highly recommended. I advise on reading book 1 first.

  • Binti

  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uplifting and magical

  • By Sandra on 05-11-18

Hugo and Nebula award-winning Afrofuturism.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

What a joy it was to read this book which blended African culture and science fiction. The story is rich and well defined. The characters, especially Binti, believeable. I particularly liked the unusual tech in this future vision, including biological spaceships. The narrator, Robin Miles, is superb. Her performance covers so many emotions. I cannot wait to dig deeper into the rest of the series.

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,647

A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields. But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Turned out to be good :)

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-03-14

Excellent fantasy tale

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

You should go into this knowing that the Hero mucked up and, as a result, a society has had to live under evil rule for 1000 years. Brandon Sanderson introduces some fascinating magical concepts for the characters to use. He builds a believable world that hangs together. The narrator does a good job. There were so many turns I was constantly wondering how the characters were going to get out of their predicament. On to the second book!

  • Black Swan Green

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Chris Nelson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2006.
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, 2006
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best Book, 2007.

Jason Taylor is 13, doomed to be growing up in the most boring family in the deadest village on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome nostalgia

  • By Kelly on 23-03-07

Eighties Childhood Nostalgia

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

My goodness this was an excellent story following the year in the life of a thirteen year old in 1982. David Mitchell has an uncanny ability of making the reader know exactly what is going on by what some characters don't say or do. Or making the character half say something and the reader's mind fills in the blanks. Chris Nelson did a great job as the narrator. His young voice was perfect and his accents, while sometimes slightly off, immersed one into the story. Plenty of childhood lessons, some hard, are explored. Overall, the 80's nostalgia was a big win for me. I actually whooped and yelled aloud at certain points in the story. Highly recommended!