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  • Boy's Life

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's at the top of my list.

  • By Ms Amanda Thompson on 07-04-15

Once listened to, never forgotten.

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

Reviewed: 20-08-19

Beautiful story, one of the best I've listened to. I read the reviews and decided to see for myself if this book lived up to its reputation. I can honestly say it surpassed it. If you want a quality story that has growing up in the 1960's, pure escapism and nostalgia then this is your book. George Newbern narrates this story so well, takes you on the journey.

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  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

'I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger....' writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up '1922', the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerising tales from Stephen King, linked by the theme of retribution. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - this is excellent!

  • By Mrs Mac on 28-01-11

Craig Watson good but Jessica Hecht irritating.

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Craig is a wonderful story teller, excellent and takes you away on the journey. But, Jessica Hecht I found very irritating. She sounds as if she has a permanent smile on her face, like reading for children. Urgh, please do not let Jessica read anymore Stephen King books, she ruins the story telling. Otherwise I would have given five stars for this collection of stories.

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  • Well of the Winds

  • A DCI Daley Thriller, Book 5
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912

As the Second World War nears its end, a man is stabbed to death on the shoreline of Kinloch, in the shadow of the great warships in the harbour. Many years later the postman on Gairsay, a tiny island off the coast of Kintyre, discovers that the Bremner family are missing from their farm. When DCI Daley comes into possession of a journal written by his wartime predecessor in Kinloch, Inspector William Urquhart, he soon realises that the Isle of Gairsay has many secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meyrick Eases off the Throttle a Little

  • By Simon on 20-06-18

Great narrator but Welsh accent sounds Scottish!

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

Oh dear, sorry David Monteath you can't speak with a Welsh accent. However David Monteath is excellent at other accents especially all the Scottish variations, but narrating a character from South Wales sadly no.

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  • Yesterday's Gone: Season Six

  • By: Sean Platt, David Wright
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase, R.C. Bray, Cassandra Campbell, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

On October 15, humanity went missing. A handful of scattered survivors woke up to find the world empty of friends, family, and neighbors. Now, they are home. But they're not alone. The Darkness has killed nearly everyone on the planet. But it is no longer the biggest threat to humanity. Can this band of survivors overcome an even greater threat before all is lost?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely fantastic

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-03-19

R C Bray and Ray Chase, brilliant as usual

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

I really enjoyed R C Bray and Ray Chase, I just wish the female narrators were as good. I shall miss the characters.

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  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,707

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG the best book EVER!!!

  • By Teri on 15-01-18

A Gift of Time

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

Reviewed: 18-02-18

Beautiful stunning Sci-Fi time travel book. Would make a fantastic film. Ingenious story with characters that you become attached too. Sad to have ended this lovely story. I do hope that Jerry Merritt writes many more Sci -Fi stories as good as this. Well read by Christopher Lane too. Can't can't recommend this story enough. Thank you Jerry and Christopher....and Audible too.

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  • In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Peter on 15-04-16

It bit too much swearing

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

I'm a huge fan of The Stone Man which is by the same author. I was looking forward to listening to this especially after enjoying The Stone Man so much. However, I found the frequent use of the f word and blasphemy used in this book uncomfortable to my taste. Which is why I can't give this book five stars.

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  • Lunar Discovery

  • Discovery Series, Book 1
  • By: Salvador Mercer
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

What lies on the dark side of the moon could change the course of humanity forever. When a Chinese rover discovers an alien technology on the dark side of the moon, it is up to Richard "Rock" Crandon and his NASA team of scientists and engineers to devise a way to return before the Chinese and Russians. Forced to deal with bureaucratic oversight and a complex team of personalities, Rock Crandon pushes his team to their limits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Initail Thoughts

  • By Stephen on 22-11-17

Lunar Discovery.

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

Reviewed: 26-01-18

Brilliant Sci Fi, can't wait for the next book in the series. Excellent narration that you can imagine and takes you there.

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  • Mount Weather

  • Zombie Rules Series, Book 5
  • By: David Achord
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

In the ongoing saga of the Zombie Rules series, Zach, his family and friends are lured from their home in Tennessee and relocate to a post-apocalyptic bunker known as Mount Weather, nestled in rural Virginia. They have been promised a better life by none other than the President himself. Zach's apparent immunity to the zombie virus may hold the key to creating a vaccine and securing a future for the human race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More excellent work

  • By Mark on 19-06-17

Disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

Would you try another book written by David Achord or narrated by Graham Halstead?

Emm, depends on if those involved can breath life back in the story and narration.

Has Mount Weather put you off other books in this genre?

No, because I know there are many brilliant ones out there.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Graham Halstead?

Ray Porter or R C Bray.

What character would you cut from Mount Weather?

Savannah.

Any additional comments?

Sadly this was not as good as the previous four books, such a shame. I thoroughly enjoyed Zombie Rules 1, 2, 3 and 4, but this was book doesn't do the other previous books in the series justice. Boring and predictable, even the narrator couldn't breath life in to this book. Female characters came across as inferior and passive. Ufff, of this is the last in the series it's gone out with a puff of smoke. Perhaps the author has given up on this series?

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  • Annihilation

  • Alien Invasion, Book 4
  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

What they have lost, we must find. The resistance has nearly been wiped out, its numbers reduced to a scant fraction of what they once were. Meyer has fallen. With hope nearly a memory, something must turn the tide of war. A deadly weapon, known only as Thor's Hammer, brings promise of salvation. Now the scattered remnants of the human race must find the device and recover it before the aliens can discover its location. Because if the rampaging Astral forces beat them to the weapon, the fate of Earth will be sealed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why oh why have you changed the narrator!!

  • By A. Banner on 23-11-16

Awful narrator.

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

Reviewed: 23-08-17

Where does Annihilation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Such a brilliant series that has been ruined by this different narrator. The narrator is useless at changing voice techniques for the different characters, making everyone sound the same. Confusing the story, and making what would have been an exciting story boring and non eventual. Such a shame. I have the next books in this series, but they are also read by this boring narrator. I honestly don't think I can tolerate him, I might have to actual read the books instead.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Annihilation?

Bad, boring tedious narrator.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Narrator can't read expression in the different characters, therefore it's very hard to differentiate who is who so he fails to engage his audience.

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

Nothing, due to poor narration.

Any additional comments?

Get the original narrator Ray Porter BACK ASAP. Or get R C Bray or Scot Brick.

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  • ZFinity

  • Zombie Rules, Book 3
  • By: David Achord
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

It's now two years since the zombie apocalypse changed the world. Survival is precarious for Zach Gunderson and his friends. They are encountering zombies who are evolving into something more than mindless automatons, and the group dynamic is threatened by the revelation of a murderer in their midst. They handle each situation in their own special manner, but a seemingly innocent encounter with a group of Marines leads to disastrous consequences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By James on 27-05-15

Couldn't stop listening, so absorbing and captivating.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

This series is right up there along with the Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and Mark Tuffo's Zombie Fallout series. Well Done David Achord, thank you for imagining and writing all this.