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  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,780
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,081

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need more!

  • By Lily on 08-11-17

QI version of the classics

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

this is really how the classics should be told today!

this is not as good as Gaiman's re-telling of the Norse myths but its still a great listen.

it gets better the further in you go, his writing to begin with is a bit to many listing of names but as you get into the tales and deeds its much richer.

as mentioned it the title, is very much a QI version of re-telling, a few facts, a few jokes, a few pop culture references all read in Stephens harry potter style.

a good book, perhaps not as great as it could be but a sterling listen all the same.

37 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4

  • By: Sue Townsend
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Barnes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

Meet Adrian Mole, a hapless teenager providing an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life. Writing candidly about his parents' marital troubles, the dog, and his life as a tortured poet and 'misunderstood intellectual', Adrian's painfully honest diary is still hilarious and compelling reading thirty years after it first appeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4

  • By Susan Random on 19-04-17

still just as funny

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

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

of course......
for anyone who grew up in the 80's this was one of THE books to read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved grandma, she was funny and warm....and of course we see our family in them.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Christmas........

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I have, and re-listened

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Haunted Liverpool 1

  • By: Tom Slemen
  • Narrated by: Norman Gilligan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

This book - which put Liverpool on the paranormal map - is about ghosts - whatever they are. Every culture has believed in ghosts at one time or another: Buddha trained himself to overcome fear by sitting in a haunted cemetery. Spooky tales are not just a contemporary phenomenon - there are several ghosts mentioned in the Old Testament. In the course of a person's lifetime, the chances of encountering a ghost are surprisingly high.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hear-say accounts and opinions, not stories

  • By D Coleman on 17-04-17

Hear-say accounts and opinions, not stories

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

its like an audio version of the small paperback guides and folk tales on a local area, you pickup when you visit a place.

its not bad, just gets a bit dull after a few hours.

to be honest I have given up about halfway through it, there is only so many..... this person said, superstition says and I was told accounts.... I can stand!

What will your next listen be?

not sure.

How could the performance have been better?

it's perfectly adequate, just the subject gets a bit dull after a while.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Haunted Liverpool 1?

its not really that sort of book.

Any additional comments?

its not awful, just more of a local radio feature than an audio book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Matter

  • By: Michelle Paver
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273

January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 Horror

  • By Joseph on 04-04-11

a truly chilling ghost story

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

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

its one of my favourite ghost stories and one I recommend to people who like the genre

What did you like best about this story?

its just a well told story of isolation and terror.

Have you listened to any of Jeremy Northam’s other performances? How does this one compare?

not listened to any others I can think of.but does a good job on this one.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I am using the word too much but...CHILLING

Any additional comments?

it ranks with the best ghost stories from modern writer's

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas Days

  • 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days
  • By: Jeanette Winterson
  • Narrated by: Jeanette Winterson, Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68

For years Jeanette Winterson has loved writing a new story at Christmastime, and here she brings together 12 of her brilliantly imaginative, funny and bold tales. For the 12 Days of Christmas - a time of celebration, sharing and giving - she offers these 12 plus one: a personal story of her own Christmas memories. These tales give the listener a portal into the spirit of the season, where time slows down and magic starts to happen. Perfect for listening to by the fire with loved ones or while traveling home for the holidays.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A thoughtful choice for the Christmas season

  • By Alex Morrison on 05-12-16

a very mixed bag of festive tales

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

What did you like best about Christmas Days? What did you like least?

the stories were often quirky and well written.very mixed bag of stories some good some not so, I could live without the "feast" sections, and I was expecting more feel good instead of quirky.by the end you were well and truly ready for the new year

Would you be willing to try another book from Jeanette Winterson? Why or why not?

not sure?

Did Jeanette Winterson and Imogen Church do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Imogen church was fine, but very much a reader rather than a performer.

Did Christmas Days inspire you to do anything?

nope

  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

  • BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: full cast, Stuart McQuarrie, John Dougall
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

A brand-new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. At its heart is an enigma: what is the strange connection between the apparently unrelated Dr Henry Jekyll and Mr Edward Hyde? A battle between good and evil is played out in Victorian London, and its origins are stranger than anyone could imagine.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad...but more inspired by than an adaption

  • By D Coleman on 17-04-17

Not bad...but more inspired by than an adaption

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

What disappointed you about The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde?

it was told from others view points, and not really an adaption of the original tale

Has The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde put you off other books in this genre?

no

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

the cast were fine.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

boredom

  • Thin Air

  • By: Michelle Paver
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 442

The Himalayas, 1935. Kangchenjunga. Third-highest peak on earth. Greatest killer of them all. Five Englishmen set off from Darjeeling, determined to conquer the sacred summit. But courage can only take them so far - and the mountain is not their only foe. As the wind dies, the dread grows. Mountain sickness. The horrors of extreme altitude. A past that will not stay buried. And sometimes, the truth does not set you free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tragedy that can never be righted

  • By Kaggy on 26-02-17

interesting, but ultimately hollow.

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

Would you try another book written by Michelle Paver or narrated by Daniel Weyman?

yes, Michelle paver's other ghost story (Dark Matter) was a masterpiece
Daniel Wayman's narration was fine although as a reader I would not seek out other titles, just based on him reading

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

most interesting was the setting, and the isolation of the mountain least interesting was the brother rivalry which was not played out too well for me.

What three words best describe Daniel Weyman’s voice?

clear, old-fashioned, steady

If this book were a film would you go see it?

yeah, but would suit TV better

Any additional comments?

I learnt what the world 3rd highest mountain is.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alanatomy

  • The Inside Story
  • By: Alan Carr
  • Narrated by: Alan Carr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

In his first novel, Look Who It Is!, Alan told his story ('oh and what a life') with his unique twist of natural, observational and tongue-in-cheek humour that made him famous. Alan Carr described his life story in his own words, from growing up in a football-mad family in Northampton to his rise as one of Britain's best-loved comedians. And now he is ready to divulge the next chapter in bursts of hilarious Technicolor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant second book, full of the stuff we want to hear about.

  • By D Coleman on 10-11-16

Brilliant second book, full of the stuff we want to hear about.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

His 1st book was good, but this covers all the stuff for the period we really want to hear about.
Honest, revealing and all read by Alan in his own unique way. Perfect.

This book has got me through a difficult time, made me laugh when I needed one, distracted me from my worries & left me feeling better by the end.

One of the most enjoyable books this year.

Thank you Alan!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Church Farm House

  • By: Benedict Ashforth
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond, Kris Dyer, Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

From the UK best-selling author of Abbot's Keep comes a new dimension in terror. Spanning four decades, the dark history of Church Farm House is explored within four interlinking horror stories. Welcome to the nightmare... Benedict Ashforth is the author of the UK best-selling Kindle ghost story, Abbot's Keep.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's been done

  • By Claudia Duncan on 15-06-17

Four tales told, but really just one dark story.

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

Reviewed: 22-08-16

Would you listen to Church Farm House again? Why?

As with most ghost stories, benefit from being told.this is no exception, a chilling tale not without it's faults.but well worth a second or third listen

Would you be willing to try another book from Benedict Ashforth? Why or why not?

yes, have already purchased all that audible has.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

the 3 narrators tell the story well, with the voices being neither too hyper or too monotone.
Each narrator tells a different part of the story

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it's a chilling, grisly story, but never graphic or too disturbing

Any additional comments?

This is not strictly a ghost story although it has those elements, more a decent into a madness told from it's different participants.Think POE rather than M R James, but within recent history (1970's to present day)

  • Printer's Devil Court

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

Ideally spooky Halloween listening.... A chilling ghost story by the author of The Woman in Black. One murky November evening, after a satisfying meal in their Fleet Street lodgings, a conversation between four medical students takes a curious turn, and Hugh is initiated into a dark secret. In the cellar of their narrow lodgings in Printer's Devil Court and a little used mortuary in a subterranean annex of the hospital, they have begun to interfere with death itself, in shadowy experiments beyond the realms of medical ethics.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Victoria sponge...

  • By FictionFan on 17-06-15

Classic ghost story but sadly not classic S. Hill

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Would you try another book written by Susan Hill or narrated by Steven Pacey?

Oh yes, both are great

If you’ve listened to books by Susan Hill before, how does this one compare?

Not that well, not in the same class as women in black, or the other short tales such as man in the picture or dolly

What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

He alway does a nice gentle reading tone, but not a mono tone or hyper as many readers tend to be.

Was Printer's Devil Court worth the listening time?

Yes, but a bit forgettable and a terrible title

Any additional comments?

Ok book, well read