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Mrs W.

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  • The Deathwatch Journal

  • An Original Story for BBC Radio 4
  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Chisholm
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Saughton Prison, Edinburgh. 1962. Thomas Scott is a prison warder, assigned to watch over a man condemned to hang for the murder of his wife. As the two men talk over a number of days, Scott begins to doubt whether his prisoner is guilty of the crime. With the execution date looming, can he find proof of his suspicions? And at what cost? An exciting original short story from Ian Rankin, written for the landmark Radio 4 Book at Bedtime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Mrs W. on 09-12-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Very good story, some things don’t change I guess. Worth the listen for the “twist” at the end.

  • Don't Wake Up

  • By: Liz Lawler
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,071

A dark and gripping debut psychological thriller with a horrifying premise and a stinging twist. Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn't a doctor. The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable. But when Alex re-awakens, she's unharmed - and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind. And then she meets the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By artlover on 17-10-17

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

From the opening chapter I was hooked! If you suspend disbelief then you will throughly enjoy this tale, twisting and turning until he final chapter.

Will keep you engaged. RECOMMEND

  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

  • By: Jonathan Swift
  • Narrated by: David Hyde Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lively and unusual

  • By Ruth on 13-02-11

Completely Crackers!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

This story is crazy, much loved and well written, but for me the only thing that makes this Audible story GREAT, is David Hyde Pierce’s excellent narration.

It’s probably the best delivery of this story ever! Download it now!

  • Dexter Is Dead

  • Dexter Book 8
  • By: Jeff Lindsay
  • Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

It wasn't supposed to end this way. In a flash of steel, a flurry of gunshots, a chorus of strangled moans, blending with the wails of sirens, certainly. A properly dramatic ending, with a good body count, a dash of treachery, absolutely. But not with Dexter, serial killer and forensic blood spatter analyst, horribly wronged and unjustly accused of the wrong murder, languishing inside the Guilford Knight Correctional Centre, bound and restrained, getting one hour's exercise a day.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible book, don't bother, ruins the series

  • By T. Merritt on 09-07-16

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I’ve really enjoyed the previous Dexter books and I loved the TV series, but this is a waffle-fest. It takes forever to get to the action, or even to get to the point!
This book gives you one thing though. It confirms that Dexter is a dick.

Waste of a credit.

  • Jurassic Park

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,177

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jurassic Park!

  • By kmcca5 on 20-05-15

Once the science lesson is over.....

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

Good story, it’s very well performed. My only gripe is it’s very “scientific “ in the first half and if you’ve not read up on dinosaurs it can be educational, but if you’ve already studied them it goes on a bit, but that’s my preference.
All in all though, I’d recommend it, once the lesson is over!

  • Dreams from My Father

  • A Story of Race and Inheritance
  • By: Barack Obama
  • Narrated by: Barack Obama
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683

Dreams from My Father is a masterpiece: a refreshing, revealing portrait of a young man asking the big questions about identity and belonging. The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama recounts an emotional odyssey. He retraces the migration of his mother's family from Kansas to Hawaii, then to his childhood home in Indonesia. Finally he travels to Kenya, where he confronts the bitter truth of his father's life and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Mr. Elbow on 04-10-16

A Genuine Man. Superb

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Fantastic story, witty well written and definitely worth listening to. With all that is happening in America, it is wonderful to hear a strong, motivator and a genuinely great man speak.
The story is heartfelt and honest.

Please listen to the amazing speech at the end. It will make you realise what a difference there is in this humble man with a funny name and the fake president the USA has.

God I miss this guy.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Man's Folly

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village fête, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery. In good faith, Ariadne Oliver, the well known crime writer, agrees to organise their murder hunt. Despite weeks of meticulous planning, at the last minute Ariadne calls her friend Hercule Poirot for his expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses that something sinister is about to happen. Beware: nobody is quite what they seem!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Suchet

  • By Diana on 23-06-09

Surprising narration!!

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

Reviewed: 19-10-18

This is one of my favourite Christie stories and it is well told, David Suchet is a good narrator but in this he actually makes Poirot a character he’s synonymous with sound like something from ‘allo ‘allo! Definitely not a Belgian Detective more like a vaudevillian French man!

For me that spoilt it somewhat as when acting on screen, he really is the best Poirot ever.

  • Mercury Theatre: The 39 Steps - August 1, 1938

  • By: Orson Welles
  • Narrated by: Orson Welles
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a radio series created by Orson Welles, presented adaptations of classic literary works. These were performed by actors from Welles' celebrated Mercury Theatre repertory company, with music composed or arranged by Bernard Herrmann. The series ran from July to December 1938, after which the title was changed to The Campbell Playhouse.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unedited version

  • By Mrs W. on 14-10-18

Unedited version

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

Reviewed: 14-10-18

In this, the broadcast is complete with editing comments, script problems, appalling music and errors.

I do enjoy listening to Orson Welles but this was very disappointing and it made it very hard to follow.

Don’t bother.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955

The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it. With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • balanced and the text is served well by narration.

  • By David W. on 12-09-18

Trump is a fu*lng LIAR!!

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

Reviewed: 15-09-18

Wow! I can see why Trump hates this book. The above is a direct quote from his own lawyer! (No spoiler as it’s already in the press!) Not only is he a liar, he’s thick as two short planks! Joking aside though, it’s the people pulling his strings that scare me.

Bob Woodward is probably the best investigative journalist ever. This book should be read/listened to by all those Trump supporters so they can hear what he really thinks of them.

All I say is hurry up and impeach him!!

  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Now, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It

  • By Sue on 22-07-07

Classic Christie

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

Reviewed: 31-07-18

This is one of my most favourite stories, it's narrated beautifully by Hugh Fraser (can't do a scouse accent though!)

This is an unusual Christie story as it is 'narrated' by the local Doctor, so you get a very different perspective.

I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting a true classic novel masterclass.