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  • Folk

  • By: Zoe Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Dark, magical and unsettling, Folk is a debut of breathtaking imagination which introduces the remote, unforgiving island of Neverness and its singular inhabitants. Take a torch, the last to be lit, and follow the jostle of fat, spitting lights as the men and women of Neverness spread out along the gorse edge. Every year they gather while the girls shoot their arrows and the boys hunt them out. The air is riddled with spiteful shadows - the wounds and fears and furies of a village year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting, magical

  • By Marzie on 11-02-18

Wonderfully unsettling.

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

Reviewed: 29-08-18

A weave of short stories each with a deep current of twilight that tugs and builds as theses unique tales unfold.
Penelope Rawlings narration is finely paced allowing the understated disquiet to rise as the tales progress. Looking forward to reading or listening more of Zoe Gilbert’s work. Well worth a listen.

  • Treasure Island

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson, Marty Ross - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960

Audible Originals takes to the high seas to bring to life this timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps and mutiny. When weathered old sailor Billy Bones arrives at the inn of young Jim Hawkins' parents, it is the start of an adventure beyond anything he could have imagined. When Bones dies mysteriously, Jim stumbles across a map of a mysterious island in his sea chest, where X marks the spot of a stash of buried pirate gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All - star treasure island

  • By Mikey on 17-08-17

Excellent and Gripping

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

An excellent and gripping retelling of R.L. Stevenson’s classic novel. Full credit to Amazon’s production team.

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  • I Found You

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,633

East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him in to her home. Surrey: 21-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful ,involving and moving l Antonia Beamish's narration outstanding.

  • By Susie on 28-03-17

Surprisingly gripping

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

This is not my usual type of story, but the premise was intriguing and I know East Yorkshire, so thought I’d give it a try.

I was hooked early on! The characters are well fleshed out and there are intriguing plot turns from different perspectives and time points. Definitely worth a try.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,793
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,783

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Satisfying follow up to The Martian

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

Gripping thriller set on the Moon’s only city. The storyline flows well and is interspersed with interesting scientific detail that provides the warp and weft to deliver a satisfying tale.
Jas, the main character and narrator, is brought to life by Rosaio Dawson’s expert narration whose cadence and rhythm flows across any minor defects in the story. So, a whole hearted recommend.

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  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 846

A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting and beautiful

  • By S. Goodyear on 13-04-16

Gripping narration by Kenneth Branagh

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

Reviewed: 28-11-17

Very much a story of it’s time in use of language, racial, National and social stereotyping, BUT, as a tale of the impact on mind and behaviour as a result of isolation in a hostile environment without support, combined with Kenneth Branagh’s captivating narration, it deserves it’s place in the classics. Sort of an Andy Weir’s ‘The Martian’ of the 1900s.

  • Retribution Falls

  • By: Chris Wooding
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay, leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts. An inveterate womaniser and rogue, he and his gang make a living on the wrong side of the law, avoiding the heavily armed flying frigates of the Coalition Navy. With their trio of ragged fighter craft, they run contraband, rob airships, and generally make a nuisance of themselves. So a hot tip on a cargo freighter loaded with valuables seems like a great prospect for an easy heist and a fast buck. Until the heist goes wrong, and the freighter explodes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Basically a steampunk Firefly :)

  • By Beccameriel on 26-06-13

'Firefly' style, fun and fast moving

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

Reviewed: 25-01-17

Highly enjoyable, fast moving yarn. An audible version of Firefly style novel, but no criticism of that. Expertly read by Rupert Degas who brings the tale to life and expertly covers up any shortfalls. Great listen. Please can we have more in the series?

  • Fire From Heaven

  • A Novel of Alexander the Great
  • By: Mary Renault
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Alexander's beauty, strength and defiance were apparent from birth, but his boyhood honed those gifts into the makings of a king. His mother, Olympias, and his father, King Philip of Macedon, fought each other for their son's loyalty, teaching Alexander politics and vengeance from the cradle. His love for the youth Hephaistion taught him trust, while Aristotle's tutoring provoked his mind and Homer's Iliad fuelled his aspirations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical fiction of great quality

  • By Paul D on 25-04-15

Sadly, no fire in the story

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

Reviewed: 15-08-16

Thought I remembered this from reading as a teenager many years ago. Perhaps not. Story could not grab my attention despite being interested in that history period and also found narration flat and dull.

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 392

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Laugh Out Loud High-Speed, Utter Absurdity!

  • By Simon on 24-05-16

Suitably silly and enjoyable short

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

Reviewed: 15-08-16

Alex Baldwin provides brilliant tongue in cheek narration to a comprehensively daft but amusing storyline. Great for full vehicle listening, preferably on the way to a ComiCon.

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  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811

Major Ernest Pettigrew (Ret’d) is not interested in the frivolity of the modern world. Since his wife Nancy’s death, he has tried to avoid the constant bother of nosy village women; his grasping, ambitious son; and the ever-spreading suburbanisation of the English countryside, preferring to lead a quiet life upholding the values that people have lived by for generations. But when his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs Ali, the widowed village shopkeeper of Pakistani descent, the Major is drawn out of his regimented world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old age is not for softies

  • By Morag on 24-05-11

An unexpected gem

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

Although not my usual type of book, Audible reviews gave this an excellent write up and they were not wrong. This is a clever story that draws you ion. Issues of ageing, passive racism, and religious differences are tackled sympathetically whilst the main character has his life's certainly' and values exposed and tested. Bill Wallace's narration is well paced and brings out all the character distinctive personalities. A shame poor editing lead to some long gaps in the narration but all in all, a thoroughly recommend read or listen.

  • First Response

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996

From best-selling writer Stephen Leather comes an utterly addictive all-action thriller in which a huge terrorist threat to the capital can only be stopped by one man. From the best-selling author of the Spider Shepherd and Jack Nightingale series comes First Response, the utterly addictive new thriller by Stephen Leather. London is under siege. Nine men in suicide vests primed to explode hold hostages in nine different locations around the city, and are ready to die for their cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning and so expertly narrated. Oh the pace

  • By Gavingks on 14-03-16

Gripping, clever thriller. Excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 22-03-16

Well paced, intense narration makes this excellently driven story an enjoyable listen. Clever plot line hides, for me, an unforeseen twist. Recommended.