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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 2,258
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,096

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

A true classic imaginatively done

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

Reviewed: 26-01-19

wonderful mix of the incredible music of Jeff Wayne and some fine actors. a great way into this story.

  • The Reckoning

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 418

Pete Banning was Clanton's favourite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbour and a faithful member of the Methodist Church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder wasn't shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it - to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends and to the people of Clanton - was 'I have nothing to say'. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham Grinds to a Halt!

  • By Simon on 24-10-18

Grisham at his bedt

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

a well crafted tragedy. you find yourself rooting for a number of characters desperate to find out their story and genuinely caring about the outcome. if you like John grisham style then this is thoroughly recommended.

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  • Jackdaws

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Two weeks before D-day, the French Resistance attacks a chateau containing a telephone exchange vital to German communications - but the building is heavily guarded, and the attack fails disastrously. Flick Clairet, a young British secret agent, proposes a daring new plan: she will parachute into France with an all-woman team known as the Jackdaws, and they will penetrate the chateau in disguise. But, unknown to Flick, Rommel has assigned a brilliant, ruthless intelligence colonel, Dieter Franck, to crush the Resistance. And Dieter is on Flick's trail....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping listen

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-18

powerful and wonderful

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

a good paced thriller with enough intrigue and guessing to keep you glued to the audio to the end

  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,104
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,200

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen Fry does it again

  • By L. Turner on 14-11-17

Fry on Myth. can't go wrong.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

lovingly told with humour and style. accessible and a joy to listen to. highly recommended

  • Domina

  • Maestra, Book 2
  • By: L. S. Hilton
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

She thought her troubles were over...they're only just getting started. Judith Rashleigh has made it. Living a life of luxury amidst the splendour of Venice, she's just starting to grow comfortable. Which is when her past catches up with her. Someone knows what Judith's done. Facing blackmail, Judith can save herself only by finding a priceless picture - unfortunately one she's convinced doesn't exist. And she isn't the only one seeking it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Returned this

  • By Malz on 23-07-18

A fantastic sequel

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

Reviewed: 20-04-18

building up from where we last met Judith the story takes her on another adventure. it is well written and despite the subject matter surprisingly relievable well worth a listen highly recommended

  • The Horse Whisperer

  • By: Nicholas Evans
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

In a snow-covered morning in upstate New York, a girl out riding her horse is hit by a 40-ton truck. Though horribly injured, both 13-year-old Grace and her horse Pilgrim survive. Annie, Grace's mother, refuses to have Pilgrim destroyed and hears about a man in Montana, a 'whisperer' who is said to have the gift of healing troubled horses. They set off across the continent to find him and there, under the massive Montana sky, all their lives are changed forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A poignant tale

  • By Jessica on 14-07-11

great story

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

this is a lively story which has some wonderful interwoven themes. the main linking of the central love story is believable and develops smoothly throughout

  • Animal

  • The Autobiography of a Female Body
  • By: Sara Pascoe
  • Narrated by: Sara Pascoe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604

Take a funny and illuminating tour of the female body with award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe. Women have so much going on, what with boobs and jealousy and menstruating and broodiness and sex and infidelity and pubes and wombs and jobs and memories and emotions and the past and the future and themselves and each other. Here's a book that deals with all of it. Sara Pascoe has joked about femininity and sexuality on stage and screen, but now she has a book to talk about it all for a bit longer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and conversation starting

  • By Kathryn on 05-05-16

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Not what I expected and being male found much of this unimaginable eye opening. this book should have been written years ago to help us all bring society forward. Funny, thought provoking and entertaining could not recommend more

  • The Child

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,879

My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling, Difficult in places, but damn good!

  • By Simon on 07-06-15

fantastic drama

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

really strong story which builds to a great climax. superb performances throughout the cast bring the story to life

  • John Finnemore's Double Acts: Series 2

  • 6 full-cast radio dramas
  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: John Finnemore
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 76

This is the second series of one-off comedies written by the genius behind the smash-hit radio sitcom Cabin Pressure - John Finnemore. The first series won the coveted Writers Guild of Great Britain award for Best Comedy. Each show is a comedy perfumed by just two actors - including (across the series) famous household names such as Martin Clunes ( Doc Martin), Julia McKenzie ( Fresh Fields) and the inimitable voice of Carolyn in Cabin Pressure, Stephanie Cole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • John Finnemore is a genius

  • By Nigel Ayres on 01-09-17

Radio plays at their finest

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

Reviewed: 18-12-17

John Finnemore lets his considerable writing talents loose again. With stand out performances to complement the scripts this is a complete delight

  • EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Paul Blake
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Julius Caesar has taken his legions north into mighty battles with the Gallic tribes. But as his successes mount, overwhelming ambition and new alliances begin to threaten his friendship with Marcus Brutus, brother-in-arms and fellow warrior. Although the conquest of Gaul has made Caesar a hero all over again, his victories on the battlefield cause still more rivalries at home. And ultimately Caesar and Brutus will have to choose whether to cross the Rubicon - together or singly - and to take the fight to Rome itself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Extra word on previous review

  • By Alex on 12-09-10

historical fiction at its finest

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

Reviewed: 30-11-17

written by someone who did the research. performance is good and the story comes to life even while stuck in traffic