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  • Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: H. G. Wells, Jeff Wayne
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Theo James, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,572
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,405
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,391

One of the world’s most recognisable sci-fi stories, H. G. Wells’ The War of The Worlds established numerous conventions for the genre, including the threat of an invasive extraterrestrial species, space travel and intergalactic conflict, inspiring directors, gamers, producers and writers alike with its sobering story of struggle and survival. Marrying the suspense, drama and urgency of Wells’ original novel with Jeff Wayne’s rousing and flamboyant score, Audible’s new and exclusive dramatisation uses action, narration, original music and evocative sound design to immerse listeners in a world that’s as thrilling as it is desolate. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Interpretation of Jeff Wayne's Classic!

  • By Simon on 29-11-18

More story - slightly less music

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

Reviewed: 08-04-19

I miss some of the wonderful tunes of the original. But I do like the mix of the main theme here.
Yes there is a strong score. But there is also at least 5X more story. Michael Sheen narrates well (though not quite Richard Burton).

I would not swap this for the original. But I'm glad both exist.

  • Jaws

  • By: Peter Benchley
  • Narrated by: Erik Steele
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580

Jaws is the classic, blockbuster thriller that inspired the three-time Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time! Jaws was number 48 in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, and the film earned the coveted number-one spot on the Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my all time favourite books

  • By Steffiwinkle on 17-08-15

The 70's was Another World

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

Reviewed: 08-04-19

The assumptions made in the book. What passed for "racy" in the 1970's. Parts of this great story are like a Jackie Collins book.
But the Great White is always there. The tension even during a badly paced dinner party scene still draws you back tot he shark.
The conversation with a reporter on the beach. I'm left waiting, worrying and fretting. I know its coming. The book does this better even than the film.

I do miss the more loquacious Quint of the movie; "Here's to swimmin' with bow legged women"

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,410

When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Outsider Stands Tall

  • By Simon on 24-05-18

Dribbles away at the end

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

Reviewed: 08-04-19

I enjoy most of King's police procedural's. Even if they (spoiler to some) rely ultimately on the supernatural.
But this one seems to be a little contrived towards the end.
The police procedure part. The mystery of the "How can someone be in two places at once" is wonderful in the first two thirds of the book.
The last act however negates that and rather than push the narrative - it introduces the predicable supernatural force which explains all (or nothing depending on your view).
It has an end. Just not a particularly satisfying one.
Well written.
It's always Fall in Maine, and even if the denouement fails to deliver on the promises of the set up. It's still a well written book and reasonably well read.

  • Alien: The Cold Forge

  • The Alien Series
  • By: Alex White
  • Narrated by: Michael Braun
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

With the failure of Hadley's Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating setback - the loss of the Aliens they aggressively sought to exploit. Yet there's a reason the Company has risen to the top of the food chain. True to form, they have a redundancy already in place: the facility known as "The Cold Forge". Remote station RB-232 has become their greatest asset in weaponizing the Xenomorphs. However, when Dorian Sudler is sent to RB-232 to assess their progress, he discovers that there's a spy aboard - someone who doesn't necessarily act in the company's best interests.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why can’t the movies be this good?

  • By Raph on 05-08-18

Excellent. Should be canon...

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

Reviewed: 28-11-18

Excellent story. Well told. Female hero who is a real hero not a meme or a selling point. Best of the none movie books so far.
I rely now on none movie sotries as the whole concept of Alien in the movie was spoiled now that we know they are man made.
(Or made by an android that man made)
The whole mystery of space. The motives and means of the Xenomorph has been spoiled by Scott with his tired reliance on the old "A Ha... mankind was the real enemy. look it's all their fault. Mankind's greed created the Xenomorphs"
As a GCE level story finished for homework on a wet Wednesday I might give that plot a "C"
Cliched, predictable and lazy

But not this book. Oh no.
I this book mankind is terrible, self centred and greedy
AND the Xenomorphs are inscrutable interesting and other worldly
WIN/WIN

If only movie canon could forget Scott's cliched movies and give the aliens their mystery back and give them the real deep "space alien" genesis story they (and us as long time lovers of the franchise) deserve.


  • Night Watch

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,485
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,062

Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a hard-boiled egg! Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past, without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck. Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive; he has a job to do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Serious fun.

  • By Will on 15-11-11

If you only read one Discworld book..

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

It might be this. Though Monstrous Regiment and some of the Witches books are great, and Thud, and The Fifth Elephant and Guards Guards and..

Well ok this is ONE of the best. It has everything.
A slightly more adult plot than most. Proper suspense.
Great storytelling.
Real pathos, especially when you understand why they "Wear the lilac"
Then there is Sam Vimes. Sounding like a cockney Clint Eastwood. (Stephen Briggs narration makes Sam sound like he's from north London, but his attitude is very much "Unforgiven")

Emotional, exciting - just brilliant. I miss Terry every time I think about him and books like this.

  • Toast on Toast

  • Cautionary tales and candid advice
  • By: Steven Toast
  • Narrated by: Matt Berry - as Steven Toast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,146

In Toast on Toast - part memoir, part "how to act" manual - Steven Toast draws on his vast and varied experiences, providing the reader with an invaluable insight into his journey from school plays to RADA and from "It's a Right Royal Knockout" to the Colony Club. Along the way he reveals the secrets of his success. He discloses how to brush up on and expand your technical and vocal skills, how to nail a professional voiceover, and how to deal with difficult work experience staff in a recording studio....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helpless with laughter!

  • By Wayne on 11-11-15

Matt Berry is a pleasure to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 20-01-17

Over the top in places. Toast gives away more than he thinks about his own rumbling psyche as he gives an hilarious potted history of his rise to fame.

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  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

'I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger....' writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up '1922', the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerising tales from Stephen King, linked by the theme of retribution. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - this is excellent!

  • By Mrs Mac on 28-01-11

Short Stories At Their Best

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

Reviewed: 25-10-15

What made the experience of listening to Full Dark, No Stars the most enjoyable?

King's afterword sums up these stories very well, They are of varied length, the first a fair bit longer than the others. All have a tale to tell. Revenge, error and regret. A little supernatural in places but really relying on simple human nastiness for most of its impact.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Full Dark, No Stars?

The central act in the first story was memorable. A messy nasty business that rang of truth. Forbid that I ever see anything like it IRL.

Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson and Jessica Hecht ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Listened to Craig a couple of times. He has a slightly "smoky" voice. Impressed with Jessica first time I've heard her I think.

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

The third story - the lack of emotion of the main protagonist. Some people you meet will be like this! And you'd never know...

Any additional comments?

One of King's best books. Great modern short stories (not so short mind you) all with a ring of reality that is the most uncomfortable thing about them

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Revival

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 762

In a small New England town, in the early '60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. Then tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, the preacher curses God, mocking all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. In his mid-30s, he is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate, he sees Jacobs again....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been so much better

  • By KE on 11-03-16

King's Homage To Lovecraft

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

Reviewed: 25-10-15

Would you listen to Revival again? Why?

Maybe, It's a decent book. The end did jar a little and seemed a little "Bolted on". As usual the characterisations were superb.

What other book might you compare Revival to, and why?

Comparisons with another King book? Duma Key maybe. Similar pace, solitude of the main character and "bolt on" ending

What does David Morse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

David Morse doesn't shy away from adding some emotion to the story. Often emphasising points that I might not have thought to if I was just reading. Editorial nuance? Maybe, but all in all very good.

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

The end was genuinely scary. It didn't live with me for long as it covers thoughts I've had about life and the universe many times before. But it was well written if a little incongruous.
It did make me pick up my guitar again.

Any additional comments?

Solid SK book. Not in his top 10, but a decent read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pandora's Star

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 37 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286

Britain's bestselling SF writer returns to outer space.In AD 2329, humanity has colonised over four hundred planets, all of them interlinked by wormholes. With Earth at its centre, the Intersolar Commonwealth now occupies a sphere of space approximately four hundred light years across. When an astronomer on the outermost world of Gralmond, observes a star 2000 light years distant - and then a neighbouring one - vanish, it is time for the Commonwealth to discover what happened to them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very solid and enjoyable space opera

  • By Stephen on 21-09-13

Don't Expect Any Conclusion

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

Reviewed: 01-05-15

I wish I felt more empathy for the characters but aside from that the story is pretty good though the pacing is pretty "stop start"

  • Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive

  • The Complete Series 1
  • By: Armando Iannucci
  • Narrated by: Armando Iannucci
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

Armando Iannucci and his guests return with a heady mix of topical sketches, chat, and lots of lies, in front of a live audience. Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive is a topical, events-driven radio comedy hosted by comedy guru Iannucci.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid clever comedy

  • By Scritty on 18-01-15

Solid clever comedy

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

Reviewed: 18-01-15

Some of the political satire is dated. Other than that very enjoyable. John session rambling is a highlight for me.