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  • The Antipope

  • The First Part of the Brentford Trilogy
  • By: Robert Rankin
  • Narrated by: Andy Greenhalgh, David Gooderson, Robert Rankin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

You could say it all started with the red-eyed tramp with the slimy fingers who put the wind up Neville, the part-time barman, something rotten. Or when Archroy's wife swapped his trusty Morris Minor for five magic beans while he was out at the rubber factory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Anti-pope

  • By John on 12-07-09

For the love of God, no more backing music

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

No audiobook needs to have a backing soundtrack. Enjoyed the story, the acting, but the backing music is just distracting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Spell

  • Occult Crimes Unit Investigations, Book 1
  • By: Justin Gustainis
  • Narrated by: Peter Brook
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Scranton, the strangest city on earth has an uneasy “live and let unlive” relationship with the supernatural. But when a vamp puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that’s when they call me. “My name’s Markowski, a Detective Sergeant on the Scranton PD’s Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit. I carry a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.”

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect recipe.

  • By Sue on 16-01-15

Not as good as Dresden Files or Rivers of London

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

Reviewed: 21-04-15

Two problems with this. First is that the story just seems a bit too predictable, even for a crime story pastiche. You can see certain plot points a mile off. Second is the narration - there's some truly over the top accents which seem to be there just to telegraph who's speaking when. Worst offence is a Japanese origin character who "speaks better English than me" being voiced with a chop sockey style.

I'd stick to Dresden Files or Rivers of London.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shattered Hourglass

  • Day by Day Armageddon, Book 3
  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

In a desperate bid to take back the continental United States - where hordes of undead now dominate the ravaged human population - a Navy commander leads a global mission to the heart of the pandemic. Task Force Hourglass is humanity’s final hope, and his team’s agonizing decisions could mean living one day more - or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Shattered Hourglass: Day by Day Armageddon, Book 3

  • By Al on 11-04-13

Format change, clumsy politics

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

Reviewed: 11-10-13

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, and would recommend them to people. Saying that, I can't recommend this one. The previous two used a diary format which built tension and helped the sense of one man moving through a terrifying situation. In Shattered Hourglass unfortunately, Bourne has moved to a standard writing style. This disrupts the style from the previous two. The second problem is that Bourne has developed a habit of suddenly diverging into clumsy political rants (for example, characters out of nowhere going into a diatribe about gun control in the past or similar). Snyder's performance is still good, but he can only work with what he's given.

All in all, I'd second what another reviewer said - listen to the first two, and stop there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful