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Jemma B

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  • Elevation

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

Castle Rock is a small town where word gets around quickly. That's why Scott Carey wants to confide only in his friend Doctor Bob Ellis about his strange condition: he's losing weight, without getting thinner, and the scales register the same when he is in his clothes or out of them, however heavy they are. Scott also has new neighbours, who have opened a 'fine dining experience' in town, although it's an experience being shunned by the locals; Deidre McComb and her wife, Missy Donaldson, don't exactly fit in with the community's expectations. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Long for a Short Book Cut Short!

  • By Simon on 30-10-18

Disappointed & out of pocket!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

A very disappointing addition to Stephen Kings collection. The plot is just too thin (no pun intended). It's a lot of money for what it is.

  • The Godfather

  • By: Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,870

A modern masterpiece, The Godfather is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Still shocking 40 years after it was first published, this compelling tale of blackmail, murder, and family values is a true classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DO NOT MISS THIS!

  • By suze0501@aol.com on 26-02-15

& the book wins 1st prize!!!

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

Much better than the films but I still saw Marlon Brando in the iconic role!

  • Nightfall

  • A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603

“You’re going to hell, Jack Nightingale”: They are words that ended his police career. Now Jack’s a struggling private detective – and the chilling words come back to haunt him. Nightingale’s life is turned upside down the day that he inherits a mansion from a man who claims to be his father. It comes with a warning that Nightingale’s soul was sold at birth and a devil will come to claim it on his 33rd birthday – just three weeks away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a gripping tale.

  • By Hilary T. on 15-06-10

Great story concept but sadly it's construction is just a little too flimsy to contain a soul of its own.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Not an awful story not an excellent one either. I discovered Jack Nightingale through the short story compilation, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I eagerly bought this one as a result. Sadly I was rather disappointed. This just felt like, what could easily have been another great short story, that had been heavily fleshed out by a lot of rather inane, and extremely repetitive, dialogue. One thing I really can't understand, is why there is so much emphasis put on cigarettes?! I know it's pretty standard for a character such as Nightingale to be a smoker - it's actually rather clichéd and stereotypical to be honest- but does it really need to be referred to quite so frequently?? The narrator does his job well enough, and does manage to breath life into a few of the weaker characters. I do wonder if his interpretation of Jack was influenced by John Constantine, & in turn, if Mat Ryan's portrayal of Constantine, in the eponymous tv series, was influenced by this narration? Anyway, if you want a simple but entertaining story, that you don't have to think particularly hard about, give it a try. If you want something challenging and thought provoking I'd try something else.

  • The Book of Abominations: A Horror Collection

  • By: Conrad Jones
  • Narrated by: Paul Holbrook
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

When an author helps the police to identify symbols carved into two dead bodies, he becomes the focus of a murderous cult. He has to become the hunter to survive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wouldn't be bad if the narration was good!

  • By Jemma B on 13-12-17

Wouldn't be bad if the narration was good!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-17

I'm only about halfway through this book, and I normally don't review at all, but there's something that's really irritating me. This is a book, written by an English author, and set in England, so why have they chosen an American narrator who can't even take the time to check how the British English words are pronounced?! Come on! Surely that's a rather big thing to overlook, especially in cases where mispronouncing the word actually changes it's meaning entirely!! I also don't understand why some English words have been substituted with their American English counterparts, i.e trousers for pants etc. To be honest this narrator really doesn't work for this book and the editor just doesn't work!!

  • The Screaming Staircase

  • Lockwood & Co., Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Miranda Raison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions. Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good scary fun

  • By Sharon4 on 10-06-14

A story full of spirit. (the pun very much intentional)!!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Pretty impressive. I didn't realise this was a book written for the young adult category until I was half way through, the first couple of chapters really were surprisingly frightening. The ending was slightly predictable to me but I have the unfair advantage of being a writer myself. Over all a enjoyable book for anyone, young or old. Thank you Mr Stroud.

  • The Vision

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

The Vision - one of Dean Koontz’ early novels - is a chilling look into the paranormal and what occurs when a psychic channels the mind of a crazed killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Male Narrators

  • By Janet M. on 27-01-19

Not the best but not the worst either

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-17

This was only the second Dean Koontz book is listened/read.The first book was great this one was unfortunately not great! It seemed to be one long laborious therapy session playing at a small spead. The narrator was great he was just let down by the material! All in all - a well read, predictable story that would have been much better as a novella!

  • Lust

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, Gillian Anderson, Julian Rhind-Tutt, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Two husbands secretly agree to a night of passion - with each other's wives; a slighted old man takes an elaborate and chilling revenge on his tormentor; a sculpture comes between a scheming wife and her put-upon husband.... Lust highlights a domestic familiarity always on the edge of something much, much darker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great selection of short stories

  • By J on 05-11-16

Wonderful book by the greatest wicked imagination

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

Roald Dahl was a favourite as a child, I read & reread "Georges Marvellous Medicine" over & over again. Although these stories wouldn't be suitable or understandable for children, Mr Dahl still managed to add his brand of playful wickedness; & I laughed out loud more than once. Suitable for newbies to his work, & us old hands at it, alike. Wonderful book. Thank you Mr Dahl wherever you are.

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  • Others

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

The ugly truth. Nicholas Dismas is a Private Investigator, but like no other that has gone before him. He carries a secret to which not even he has the answer. Dismas is hired to find a missing baby. One that was taken away at birth... Or was it? His investigation takes him to a mysteriously located place called Perfect Rest, a nursing home for the elderly. Here Dismas will discover the dark secret of the Others. And in an astonishing and spectacular finale he will resolve the enigma of his own existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!

  • By Mia on 07-01-15

The better version of the two.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-17

Not my favourite James Herbert story to be honest. I think it goes a bit too far in to the realms of fairy tales for me. Faries, pixies, elves etc, but it's still wonderfully written in true James Herbert style (& more than a little steamy!!). If you're reading this review while browsing, you may see another Audible narration of this story. That version is only 2hrs 55mins long and costs £7.95. Considering this is 17hrs 28mins and costs less when combined with the Kindle Whispersync.

  • Blood, Sweat, and Fears

  • By: J. D. Cutler, Michael Angel
  • Narrated by: Joe Matic, Katrina Carmony, John Podulka, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Visit a world where a wild-land firefighter must use his mysterious powers to save his crew from a roaring inferno. Follow an eco-tourist's frantic efforts to escape an African quarantine zone ravaged by a deadly virus. Meet a gumshoe journalist as she tracks down a figure that'sable to predict the future with terrifying accuracy. And tune into Texas station KRAP (don't touch that dial, there's KRAP on it!) as a pair of down-home country deejays try their damnedest to stop a murder...while they're still on the air.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe ok for some but certainly not for me.

  • By Jemma B on 15-07-17

Maybe ok for some but certainly not for me.

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

Reviewed: 15-07-17

I must apologise to the authors for being critical, but this audiobook really is terrible. Sadly barely passable stories are massacred by absolutely atrocious narrators. Some stories I had to pass over after less than a minute because a narrators false accent, or ridiculous character "voices" set my teeth on edge. Such as chapters 6 & 8. The stories themselves are rather trite. Dialogue lacks any realism & the characters are pitifully two-dimensional. If you are looking for any horror element you with be disappointed, these are more like fairytales, but still more Disney than Brothers Grimm. I'm afraid I'm just going to have to put the book to one side, to maybe pick up again at a later date.

  • Horror Stories: A Short Story Collection

  • ScareStreet Horror Short Stories, Book 4
  • By: Ron Ripley, Eric Whittle, Sara Clancy, and others
  • Narrated by: Matt Gilcheck
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Enjoy this multi-author collaboration by Team Scare Street. These 10 terrifying horror stories will make you leave the lights on. Listen if you dare!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty standard

  • By Jemma B on 30-06-17

Pretty standard

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-17

Not a bad collection of short stories but nothing particularly outstanding. The narrator was pretty irritating with a "I'm going to try to change my tone so it sounds scarier" kind of voice. Only 3 stars though I'm afraid (partly because I wasn't!)

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