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  • The Hour of the Wolf

  • Dr. Geoffry Stanhope (Dramatized)
  • By: Thomas E. Fuller
  • Narrated by: Daniel Taylor, Bill Jackson
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

If The X-Files starred Sherlock Holmes, it would look like this: Colonel Horatio Fitzwilliam, late of Her Majesty's Army, finds wonders beyond imagination as the sturdy companion of the perpetually bemused Doctor Geoffry Stanhope. It was supposed to be a simple hiking tour of the Bavarian Alps. But something is hunting the hunters in the haunted Duchy of Augsbach, and it is up to Dr Stanhope and Colonel Fitzwilliams to find out what it is - if it doesn't find them first.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So bad it was entertaining, once

  • By ru gardner on 27-06-18

So bad it was entertaining, once

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

What can I say the accents had my daughter and I in stitches. One of them, I can’t remember which now even sounded like Kermit.
The story did have promise and presented some interesting points.

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  • Zombie Fallout: Zero

  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 65

Those who would seek a new world order have unleashed the most devastating virus onto mankind, and even they do not know the secrets hidden in their weapon. Follow along as Harry, a CDC scientist, races to figure out what exactly the virus is and how to stop it. It will be up to him and a group of marines led by Major Sanders to stop the zombie fallout before it ravages an unsuspecting world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth the free credit

  • By Nathan on 11-04-18

Nice short history lesson.

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

Reviewed: 22-01-18

History of the apocalypse that is. So many stories start after the beginning and when you get into them, you're left wondering how did it all begin.
Well now you know, but I won't spoil it. Just listen;)

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  • After It Happened

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1 & 2
  • By: Devon C. Ford
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060

This omnibus edition contains Survival (book 1) and Humanity (book 2) of the After It Happened series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Story and Very Enjoyable

  • By David on 30-09-17

Well thought and more colourful than expected

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

Reviewed: 19-01-18

Hadn't expected the level of well thought out and detailed descriptions of what it could be like.

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  • Ghostly Tales

  • Audible Christmas Gift 2017
  • By: Charles Dickens, E. F. Benson, J. H. Riddell, and others
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow, Sally Phillips, John Banks, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,900
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,895

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and as Christmas approaches the time is high for some ghostly tales. As an exclusive gift for Audible members, settle down, snuggle up and listen to four chilling ghost stories, read by Simon Callow. Four great stories, one master storyteller - what could be simpler than that?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good old-fashioned read

  • By Kindle Customer on 21-12-17

Wonderfully chilling tales

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

You can't complain about Dickens or the other authors. all of the stories are classic stories of haunting.
The narration by Simon Callow has introduced me to a voice I will look for more work from. Sally Phillips gave a refreshing balance and centre of the story telling.

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  • Super Powereds: Year 2

  • Super Powereds, Book 2
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 32 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 359

Despite having their secret revealed, the residents of Melbrook Hall return to Lander University for another year in the Hero Certification Program. Good thing the focus of this year is teamwork, because with their origins known, they'll have to lean on each other more than ever. Now finally sophomores, their curriculum expands, allowing them to train in the majors that Heroes specialize in. The new classes will test their minds, bodies, and determination in ways never anticipated.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's ok.

  • By Paul on 24-09-16

awesome characters and all the little details

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

Reviewed: 14-10-17

The characters aren't perfect, they have flaws. But they come to life with such detail.
The narrator adds a consistent and emotional support to the character allowing the listener to forget it is not a dramatisation.

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  • Alien: River of Pain

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Christopher Golden, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Anna Friel, Philip Glenister, Colin Salmon, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,348

Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 — where the crew of the Nostromo first came into contact with the deadly xenomorphs — has been renamed Acheron. Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What happened on Planet LV-426?

  • By Becks on 26-04-17

filling in that gap you never realised you missed.

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

Reviewed: 29-04-17

at first i wasn't convinced, but i was whole heartedly on board by the end. Don't want to give anything away, but there were some difficult decisions made on what to include even we all know where the story has to end. They did fit in a couple of surprises. Some of the characters you formed one opinion about from the Aliens film will be challenged.

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  • The Colour of Magic

  • Discworld 1
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,343

The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and, of course, "The Edge" of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio - white noise

  • By Frank on 29-07-14

smashing story, wonderfully read.

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

Reviewed: 28-02-17

shame about the audio quality. volume kept changing in parts, sometime with added hiss.
but thoroughly enjoyable story

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  • Snow Crash

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 813

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Perfect Blend

  • By R on 23-09-10

clean and comprehensive descriptions to emerse you

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

Reviewed: 16-01-17

Neal conjures a graphic world with very broad reaching concepts and emerses you in it.
Some parts have you roaring with laughter. Rat things;)
Others on the edge of your proverbial seat.


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  • Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident

  • By: Eoin Colfer
  • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 252

Someone has been supplying Class-A illegal human power sources to the goblins. Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit is sure that her archenemy, 13-year-old Artemis Fowl, is responsible. But is he? Artemis has his own problems to deal with: his father is being held to ransom and only a miracle will save him. Maybe this time a brilliant plan just won’t be enough. Maybe this time Artemis needs help....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • just as entertaining as the first one.

  • By ru gardner on 10-11-16

just as entertaining as the first one.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

Eoin Colfer's humour keeps you chuckling all the way through, brought to life appropriately by the gentle Irish accent of Gerry O'Brien.
Sets me up with an appetite for the next to continue the saga of our dear young Artemis.

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  • The Burrowers Beneath

  • By: Brian Lumley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

For millennia men have strutted their pride over the fragile surface of the Earth, arrogantly proclaiming themselves masters of creation. But now their feeble investigations have disturbed the planet's original rulers far beneath the globe's crust.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent Lovecraftian story

  • By Stephen Arnott on 14-07-19

Lumley has mastered Cthulhu literature

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

Reviewed: 21-10-16

Simon Vance's naration is eminently appropriate to the material. Gripping listen, finished as quick as I could and will get the others in the series.

I have always enjoyed HP Lovecraft and Brian Lumley carries on his tradition admirably.