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  • The Sound of His Horn

  • By: John William Wall
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The Sound of His Horn is a classic novel of the uncanny. Alan Querdilion becomes a prisoner of war during World War II and then awakes, only to find himself in an alternative future in which the Nazis have won the war. Against a sylvan backdrop, the legend of the wild huntsman is revived and genetic experiments have created strange hybrids. Humans are hunted for game, haunted by the sound of the huntsman's horn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sound of HIs Horn

  • By DreddMancunian on 08-02-19

Sound of HIs Horn

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

This was a rather short novel in which for no reason a WWII prisoner of war finds himself transported to the future where genetically engineered humans are used to hunt people. for sport. While I enjoyed this, it seemed over too quickly. I can see how it has been very influential on other works. Worth listening to and very imaginative for its day. The narrator was okay but a little bit stilted.

  • The Elementals

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame, on Alabama's Gulf Coast, where three Victorian houses loom over the shimmering beach. Two of the houses are habitable, while the third is slowly and mysteriously being buried beneath an enormous dune of blindingly white sand. But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Characters, Chilling Story, Excellent Narrator

  • By Sophie on 29-11-16

Great supernatural tale

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

A great southern gothic supernatural story with some very unusual and striking imagery. I really enjoyed this one. The narrator did a good job of telling the story, and the characters were just okay, but it was the setting that stole the show. An interesting old-fashioned ghost story before the horror boom of the 80s. Recommended if you like a spooky story.

  • The Concrete Island

  • By: J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

A chilling novel about our modern world, from the author of Empire of the Sun and Crash. An architect is driving home from his London offices when a blow-out sends his speeding Jaguar hurtling out of control. Smashing through a temporary barrier he finds himself, dazed and disorientated, on a traffic island below three converging motorways. But when he tries to climb the embankment or flag-down a passing car for help it proves impossible - and he finds himself marooned on the concrete island.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Ballard but a bit short

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-09-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

I'd heard a lot about this book, but beyond the surreal dark humour of a man being stuck on a motorway island, it didn't really deliver in terms of a satisfying story. The narrator was okay, although the female character came across as a bit shrill. In all, an interesting read.

  • The Exorcist

  • By: William Peter Blatty
  • Narrated by: William Peter Blatty
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

Father Damien Karras: 'Where is Regan?' Regan MacNeil: 'In here. With us.' The terror begins unobtrusively. Noises in the attic. In the child's room, an odd smell, the displacement of furniture, an icy chill. At first, easy explanations are offered. Then frightening changes begin to appear in eleven-year-old Regan. Medical tests fail to shed any light on her symptoms, but it is as if a different personality has invaded her body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it's horror is undiminished

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-04-17

Better than the film

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

This was a superb story that had much more depth than the movie. It's not just an extremely scary tale, but it has a real moral heart in the story of Damien Karras, who struggles to find faith in today's society. and the mother of Regan, who has to confront the supernatural when it intrudes into the modern world. It made much more sense than the film, but what was really great was the author, William Peter Blatty's standout performance. His reading was brilliant, taking on the different voices of the demon, and creating a very creepy atmosphere. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Time and Again

  • By: Jack Finney
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

Si Morley is bored with his job as a commercial artist, and his social life doesn't seem to be going anywhere. So when he's approached by an affable ex-football star and told he's just what the government is looking for to be part of a top-secret project, he doesn't hesitate. One night he steps out of his twentieth-century New York apartment into the winter of 1882 and finds a kind of Eden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Time and again

  • By Paul c on 17-11-16

Great story great narration.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

A great time travel novel by Jack Finney, writer of INvasionof the Bodysnatchers. This was a superbly researched story of a man's trip back to the 1890s in New York. Totally believable. The narrator did an excellent job of conveying the main character and the other speaking roles. I would definitely recommend it.

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  • The Lair of the White Worm

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5

In a tale of ancient evil, Bram Stoker creates a world of lurking horrors and bizarre denizens: a demented mesmerist, hellbent on mentally crushing the girl he loves; a gigantic kite raised to rid the land of an unnatural infestation of birds, and which receives strange commands along its string; and all the while, the great white worm slithers below, seeking its next victim.... Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula, is one of the most enduring and masterful influences on the literature of terror.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good performance, bad story

  • By DreddMancunian on 29-07-17

Good performance, bad story

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

Reviewed: 29-07-17

Bram Stoker's Dracula is a classic. However, the Lair of the White Worm suffers from a story that is at times incomprehensible. It feels abridged, although it is not. As a result, it is frustrating, as there are some nice ideas in the story, but as a whole it fails to make any sense. This was a shame, as the narrator did an excellent job, especially acting out the villainous Edgar Caswell.

  • The Jonah

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Half light. The shadow of his past was always with him. But he never knew what it was, or when it would strike next.Sent to a small coastal town to investigate drug smuggling, Kelso stumbles onto a dangerous organisation and, suddenly, more than just his life is at stake. It's his past, his future, his sanity. Through torture and drugs he discovers the terrifying secret of the The Jonah. And learns, in the most horrifying way, that it can destroy him as well as others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • simply amazing classic James Herbert. 10/10

  • By Ricky Bridgman on 07-12-18

Interesting mash-up

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

This was an entertaining story, although not one of Mr Herbert's best. It is actually a bit of an experiment and must be one of the first crime/horror mash-ups written. It does this a little clumsily in places and when the horror does appear it sort of comes out of nowhere. The narrator was clear and fine most of the time. All in all, this was plenty of fun and definitely worth a read but not spectacular.

  • Tom Jones

  • By: Henry Fielding
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 37 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Tom Jones is a splendid Hogarthian panorama of 18th century English life and morals, encompassing both city and country, and comprising some of the greatest comic characters in British literature. First published in 1749, it was an instant success and has gone on to become a classic of its genre. Quite simply, there has never been anything like it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece

  • By DreddMancunian on 19-06-17

A masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 19-06-17

There's so much in Tom Jones it's hard to know where to begin. It's funny, satirical, thoughtful and downright outrageous in parts. The narrator is superb and perfectly suits the material. Well recommended.

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  • The Survivor

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

The living dead. It had been one of the worst crashes in airline history, killing over 300 people and leaving only one survivor. Now the dead were buried and the town of Eton tried to forget. But one man could not rest. Keller had walked from the flames of the wreck, driven on by unseen forces, seeking the answer to his own survival. Until the town was forced to face the shocking, dreadful truth about what was buried in the old graveyard. And a truth Keller did not want to believe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Michael J Dawson on 27-03-15

Superb narrator

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

Reviewed: 22-03-17

If you could sum up The Survivor in three words, what would they be?

Brilliant supernatural horror.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Survivor?

The final twist ending was terrific.

Which character – as performed by Robert Powell – was your favourite?

Robert Powell performs the character of the medium brilliantly. At one point was like hearing a dozen different people in the same room.

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

The air crash scene was particularly scary and moving.

Any additional comments?

Robert Powell is my favourite narrator, and here he really shines, doing several different parts so well you would think they were played by different actors. The story is a memorable supernatural thriller with a terrific twist ending. Well recommended.

  • Treasure Island

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

First conceived during a rainy summer holiday in the Highlands of Scotland in an attempt to amuse his stepson, Treasure Island began with the map. Young Lloyd Osbourne had drawn a crude version of an island, and Stevenson, looking over the boy's shoulder, began to elaborate, christening various curves and smudges the famed names of Skeleton Island and Spyglass Hill and finally adding the three red crosses marking the buried treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characterisation

  • By RobS on 13-08-16

Brilliant reading of a great classic

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

Reviewed: 24-12-16

What did you like most about Treasure Island?

Timothy West is exceptional in the way he brings to life all the characters of this famous novel and makes it a pleasure to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

Pirates, buried treasure, double crosses, curses, talking parrots and daring-do... what's not to like?

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene where the pirates pass around the black spot was terrific, with the narrator making each pirate a separate and distinct character.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

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