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  • A Secret History of Witches

  • By: Louisa Morgan
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Brittany, 1821. After Grand-mere Ursule gives her life to save her family, their magic seems to die with her. Even so, the Orchires fight to keep the old ways alive, practising half-remembered spells and arcane rites in hopes of a revival. And when their youngest daughter comes of age, magic flows anew. The lineage continues, though new generations struggle not only to master their power, but also to keep it hidden. But when World War II looms on the horizon, magic is needed more urgently than ever - not for simple potions or visions, but to change the entire course of history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Little More Research!

  • By DoodleHead on 28-02-19

A Little More Research!

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

Reviewed: 28-02-19

Although the story was fairly enjoyable, it was jarring in its Americanisms and in the inaccuracies that an American would make. A little more research would have helped. I know that these are small things, but there were so may instances that it became annoying and ruined my enjoyment of the book. And I don’t even mean The Queen Mother being a witch! - That’s not a massive give away.

  • Heroes and Villains

  • By: Angela Carter
  • Narrated by: Rosie Akerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Sharp-eyed Marianne lives in a white tower made of steel and concrete with her father and the other Professors. Outside, where the land is thickly wooded and wild beasts roam, live the Barbarians, who raid and pillage in order to survive. Marianne is strictly forbidden to leave her civilised world but, fascinated by these savage outsiders, decides to escape. There, beyond the wire fences, she will discover a decaying paradise, encounter the tattooed Barbarian boy Jewel and go beyond the darkest limits of her imagination.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By DoodleHead on 12-10-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I am so used to beginning an Angela Carter book with great anticipation and high expectation only for the expectation to be wonderfully exceeded. I love that I can never guess the way the story will go, I love that they are so beautifully written, captivating, entrancing! So, imagine my disappointment when I started "Heroes and Villains" and had to check whether it was indeed written by Angela Carter. I just can't finish it! I can't even bare the thought of having it as background noise!

Yes, I am surprised at this too.

  • A Brief History of Brief Lives of the English Monarchs

  • Brief Histories
  • By: Carolly Erickson
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Often the colourful kings and queens of England seem like mere caricature, while less familiar rulers like William IV or Henry VI have faded into the shadows of history. Carolly Erickson's sensitive and revealing portrayals bring new life to the big names, and light up some of our most neglected but intriguing royals. Here is the puny Charles I, nervous, tense and socially awkward, the frail slight Richard II, melancholic and sad, and the homosexual James I with his handsome favourites.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting

  • By Ellie on 23-11-15

Very Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 28-09-16

What disappointed you about A Brief History of Brief Lives of the English Monarchs?

The constant recaps are somewhat reminiscent of a Channel 5 documentary. The all to often use of an incorrect word is jarring to the ear, as is the over use of other words, for example, magnates.

What could Carolly Erickson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Maybe to review the work. Being more aware of repeated words. Not to assume that the reader needs a reminder of the monarch from the previous chapter. I feel as though the text has been "dumbed-down" to its and my detriment.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Roger Davis?

Although Roger Davis gives a fluent and level reading, he appears to have trouble pronouncing a huge number of words.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Brief History of Brief Lives of the English Monarchs?

The beginning of the chapters that are repeated from the previous chapter.

Any additional comments?

I don't think that I will be listening to anything else by Carolly Erikson. I bought this audio book to share with my nine year old son and even he grew tired of the repeats and mispronunciations. Often, the book appeared to be a bad translation from a language other than English.

  • Old Harry's Game

  • Series 5
  • By: Andy Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Mulville, Andy Hamilton, Robert Duncan, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 247

Poor Satan has to undergo yet more trials and tribulations in this fifth series of the Sony Award-winning comedy. What with missing the Professor, a case of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and, above all, the disastrous overcrowding in Hell, he hasn't felt this depressed since Bill Clinton survived his heart operation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strangely addictive

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-07-15

A Demonic Chuckle!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

With its off the wall premise and the sometimes dry sometime silly humour, this is a delight of an audiobook and guaranteed to brighten your day.

What other book might you compare Old Harry's Game to, and why?

Old Harry's Game is incomparable!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I most enjoy the interactions between Gary & Thomas.

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

What the hell......?

Any additional comments?

Old Harry's Game is a delightful bit of silliness. From time to time I would catch it on Radio 4 but could never get enough. I was as pleased as punch to find all the series on Audible and bought them all. This is my go to audiobook when I need cheering up or just fancy a laugh! The only trouble is, once I start, I have to listen to all of the episodes. Familiarity has not dulled the pleasure of listening again and again.

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  • Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy

  • By: Padraic Colum
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

The Iliad and The Odyssey are retold in a glorious saga of courage and magical adventure. Written in a manner that will delight both young and old, this is a great way to learn the immortal epics of Homer.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • not recommend

  • By DoodleHead on 10-11-15

not recommend

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

Reviewed: 10-11-15

For the life of me I can't understand why the author n ended to write this in such archaic language. We don't speak like that and neither did the ancient Greeks. My son, who is 8, and I found it most distracting.
Why are Penelope's suitors called wooers? And so many other jarring idiosyncrasies made listening to this audiobook more of a penance than a pleasure.
Sean Pratt's reading borders on the monotone. His inconsistent pronunciation of names made us look at each other in frustration.
I would definitely not recommend.

  • More Hollywood Murders and Scandals: Tinsel Town After Dark, More Famous Celebrity Murders, Scandals, and Crimes

  • Murders, Scandals, and Mayhem, Book 2
  • By: Mike Riley
  • Narrated by: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr.
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

More Hollywood Murders and Scandals: Tinsel Town After Dark, More Famous Celebrity Murders, Scandals, and Crimes is volume two in the Murders, Scandals, and Mayhem series. It adds to the collection of the most famous and infamous Hollywood scandals and celebrity murders from the early beginnings of Hollywood right up to today.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Turgid and uninteresting

  • By DoodleHead on 29-07-15

Turgid and uninteresting

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

Reviewed: 29-07-15

Read in monotone and raises no new information. There already exist so many better books and all with more information. I would suggest Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon.

  • Fragile Things

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Here is a stunning collection of short stories by the acclaimed fantasy writer. The distinctive genius of Neil Gaiman has been championed by writers as diverse as Norman Mailer and Stephen King. These stories will dazzle your senses, haunt your imagination, and move you to the very depths of your soul. This extraordinary compilation reveals one of the world's most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely wonderful

  • By Tracey on 31-10-08

It's all good stuff but...

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

Reviewed: 22-07-13

What made the experience of listening to Fragile Things the most enjoyable?

The stories are up to the usual standard and the performance is good. The only thing is that with all of these collections of Neil Gaiman's stories, they are so often repeated in each collection. Rather disappointing.

Any additional comments?

How about an anthology of Neil Gaiman's short stories to date? Then there would be no repeats!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Telling Tales

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

A collection of stories written and read by Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning author Neil Gaiman, including "A Writer’s Prayer", which he says, "was written shortly before I began American Gods. I knew the first two verses when I began it, and the conclusion was there when I reached it. This is why I love writing."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh my.

  • By Elsa Griggs on 08-01-19

Beware of Repeats!

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

Reviewed: 16-07-13

Any additional comments?

I did enjoy this book and, for any other Gaiman follower I would say, have a look at the other collections before you buy. Many of the stories appear in other collections.

  • The Secret History

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308

The smartest murder-mystery you will ever hearA misfit at an exclusive New England college, Richard finds kindred spirits in the five eccentric students of his ancient Greek class. But his new friends have a horrific secret. When blackmail and violence threaten to blow their privileged lives apart, they drag Richard into the nightmare that engulfs them. And soon they enter a terrifying heart of darkness from which they may never return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but....

  • By Simon Bird on 25-10-16

Long & Slow!

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

Reviewed: 16-07-13

What did you like best about The Secret History? What did you like least?

The narration seemed monotone and the story slow. Maybe that's what was required, but I found it reduced the "action" to mundanity. Instead of evoking an emotional reation to the story, I was left cold by it, even though I knew I should be feeling something. I was not so much numbed as completely uneffected.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,207
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,716

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just fantastic!

  • By Miles on 12-06-13

Absolutely Engrossing!

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

Reviewed: 16-07-13

What did you like most about American Gods?

I really enjoyed this road-trip/detective story/mythology. It is exactly the type of story that appeals to me and is told by a master story-teller.

What other book might you compare American Gods to, and why?

American Gods harks back to the classic Neil Gaiman of Good Omens, Neverwhere and Anansi Boys.

Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman and George Guidall ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

The performances were first class. I am a confirmed Neil Gaiman admirer and know that I will be reading/listening to more of his works. I would be tempted by any other author's work if performed by George Guidall.

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

There were so many. I experience a complete emotional involvement in t his book that happens so rarely. Once I had finished it, I felt bereft. And the story has stayed with me. I look back fondly on the time I listened to it. I doubt that it will be long before I start listening again.

Any additional comments?

American Gods is not so much a book, but an old friend to who one returns over and over again.