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  • Strange Magic

  • By: Syd Moore
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 554

Rosie Strange doesn't believe in ghosts or witches or magic. It's no surprise therefore that when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run. Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There's the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for the bones of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there's curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can't decide if he's tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strange Magic

  • By David on 19-09-17

a bit of fun

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

Reviewed: 25-04-18

this was fine as a bit of backround listening while working. not very 'deep'. fairly predictable. quite well read or I probably wouldn't have made it through. worth the credit, but only just.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Barkskins

  • By: Annie Proulx
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 25 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

From Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain, comes her masterpiece, 10 years in the writing - an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about taming the wilderness and destroying the forest, set over three centuries. In the late 17th century, two illiterate woodsmen, Rene Sel and Charles Duquet, make their way from Northern France to New France to seek a living.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very detailed story, but couldn't finish

  • By Scotch-writer on 24-12-16

Epic. A masterpiece.

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

Reviewed: 23-01-18

An amazing novel. Annie Proulx is a master of the craft and never on better form. Long but engaging from start to finish and I didnt want it to end. Cannot recommend highly enough.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Carnival of Shadows

  • By: R J Ellory
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 20 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Kansas, 1959. A travelling carnival appears overnight, intriguing the townsfolk with acts of inexplicable magic and illusion. But when a man's body is discovered beneath the carousel, FBI Special Agent Michael Travis is sent to investigate. But things are not what they seem, and with each new turn of the investigation, Travis’ faith is challenged as he struggles to open his mind to a truth that defies comprehension.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book crime really enjoyed

  • By JOHN on 22-08-15

an intriguing listen

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

Reviewed: 19-01-18

well narrated and a good story. lost a little momentum about half way thru. could have been cut back a bit in length and not lost much. a bit of a disappointing showdown for the climax but well worth the credit none the less. still worthy of 4 stars.

  • A Case of Exploding Mangoes

  • By: Mohammed Hanif
  • Narrated by: Paul Bhattacharjee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

There is a saying that when lovers fall out, a plane goes down. A Case of Exploding Mangoes is the story of one such plane. Why did a Hercules C130, the world's sturdiest aircraft, carrying Pakistan's military dictator General Zia ul Haq, go down on 17 August, 1988?

Was it because of: mechanical failure; human error; the CIA's impatience; a blind woman's curse; generals not happy with their pension plans; the mango season? Or could it be your narrator, Ali Shigri?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • whatever happened to blind Zenab?

  • By Mark on 14-01-15

good but somewhat anti-climactic

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

Reviewed: 28-11-17

Very well read and a captivating story but ends with a bit of an anti-climax. Worth the credit though and I may try Hanif's other book on Audible.

  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 419

You think you know how the world works? Think again. From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller that questions the very foundations of the modern world. Magic has faded from the minds of mankind, until an encounter between Melisande Stokes, linguistics expert at Harvard, and Tristan Lyons, shadowy agent of government, leads to the uncovering of a distant past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The DODO may not be extinct just yet!

  • By Simon on 18-06-17

loses momentum...

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

Reviewed: 15-08-17

I was enjoying listening to this but about two-thirds in the originality and inventiveness seemed to dry up and the rest of the book became a bit of a slog. the conclusion is terribly unsatisfying. well read though.

  • How to Be a Vigilante: A Diary

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804

It's 1998. The Internet age is still in its infancy. Google has just been founded. Eighteen-year-old supermarket shelf-stacker Nigel Carmelite has decided that he's going to become a vigilante. There are a few problems: how is he going to even find crime to fight on the streets of Derbyshire? How will he create a superhero costume - and an arsenal of crime-fighting weaponry - on a shoestring budget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We're Only Making Fans For Nigel

  • By Simon on 15-09-16

Great book, great listen.

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

Reviewed: 25-10-16

Thanks Luke! Didn't want to stop listening at any time during this engaging novel. Love the fact you read your own work as I know we are getting the intended emphasis and not another artist's interpretation. This book really held my interest, start to finish, through Nigels crazy, sad, darkly comic adventure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

brilliant

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

Captivating! I couldn't stop listening once I'd started. Really well paced and keeps you gripped throughout. It is a seemingly simple story based on an essentially simple premise but exceptionally well written and the narration brilliantly captures the mood of the story.

Off now to see what else Mr. Smitherd has on Audible.

Thanks!

  • 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 1,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,739

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

A great listen! A gripping story, start to finish.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Where does In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 10 I reckon.

What other book might you compare In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story to, and why?

Probably either Murakami's IQ84 or the Wild Sheep Chase.

What about Luke Smitherd’s performance did you like?

Captured the mood, pace, tone of the book perfectly. As you would expect from the author!

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

Ever hear a voice when there's no one there?

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed this book and it is read exceptionally well. Thanks Luke!

The Cunning Man
    
    
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        Robertson Davies
    
    


    
    
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        Frederick Davidson
    
    


    
    Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
    3 ratings
    Overall 3.7
  • The Cunning Man

  • By: Robertson Davies
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

"Should I have taken the false teeth?" This is what Dr. Jonathan Hullah, a former police surgeon, thinks after he watches Father Hobbes die in front of the High Altar at Toronto's St. Aidan's on the morning of Good Friday. How did the good father die? We do not learn the answer until the very end of this "Case Book" of a man's rich and highly observant life. But we learn much more about many things, and especially about Dr. Hullah, as the Cunning Man takes us through his own long and ardent life of theatre, art, and music, varied adventures in the Canadian Army during World War II, and the secrets of a doctor's consulting room, his preoccupation is not with sorrow but with the comedic canvas of life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, well read, poor quality recording.

  • By airhugs on 14-01-15

Great book, well read, poor quality recording.

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

Reviewed: 14-01-15

Any additional comments?

I am a big fan of Robertson Davies and though this is not his best, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and admire the narrators rendition but there is a persistent 'echo' in the backround of the recording which had me constantly thinking I had left the radio on in another room and it seems the editing is incomplete as many passages are repeated often with a different emphasis. Quite annoying.

Pity.