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Stowmarket United Kingdom
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  • The Spanish Armada (Dramatised)

  • By: Kenneth Allen
  • Narrated by: Edward de Souza, Paul Eddington, Francesca Annis, and others
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

There have been many invasion threats to Britain. This programme dramatises one of the most potent: the mighty Armada sent by Philip of Spain against the navy of Elizabeth I and her sea captains, led by Sir Francis Drake. This is a crucial narrative of stirring history, relived with verve and freshness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Reasonable Introduction to History

  • By Jan on 28-03-18

A Reasonable Introduction to History

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

Very disappointed with this dramatized 'story' of the Armada. Not suitable for serious study. It does not give any of the intrigue; political situations; or the reason why we 'beat' the Armada.
This is something I would expect to see by viewing on television aimed at senior school children.
A missed opportunity to dramatise all of the characters and the full story.

  • Charles Paris: Cast in Order of Disappearance

  • A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Martine McCutcheon, Suzanne Burden, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris with Martine McCutcheon as Jodie Ricks in this BBC Radio 4 comedy detective drama. Charles finds himself uncharacteristically employed in a film, having landed the part of Szabec, a middle management vampire in 'The Wreathing'. His co-star is swimwear model turned actress Jodie Ricks and before long, Jodie is using Charles as a confidant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By Speckledy Hen on 23-12-12

A Charles Paris Book

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

Bill does a good job of narrating this book but slightly misses on his delivery of the humour related to the character.
A good story that will keep your attention and can be read in total, in one sitting.
A good introduction to the Charles Paris series but the actual books are far superior. The audio book somehow loses something in translation.
A good read to pass a long train journey!

  • Gangsters and Goodfellas

  • By: Henry Hill
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

"In 1980, my life as a 'Goodfella' came to an end… I traded my Brioni and Armani suits for T-shirts and jeans. I became a normal citizen. I became Joe Schmoe," says Henry Hill, author of Gangsters and Goodfellas and subject of Wiseguy, which was the inspiration for the blockbuster film Goodfellas. After a quarter of a century of silence, Hill can finally tell us the rest of the story, Gangsters and Goodfellas picks up where Wiseguy left off, taking readers on the crazy ride of Henry's life....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring Whinge

  • By robert on 31-08-15

The True Story behind the mafia film "Goodfellas.!

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

If you have seen the film "Goodfellas" and enjoyed it, this book is for you! The film has stuck closely to the true facts as related by Henry Hill. Although it does have a small amount of artistic license.
This book will appeal to anyone interested in the Mafia and how it operated during the 1980's.

  • Blood Money

  • The Method and Madness of Assassins
  • By: RJ Parker
  • Narrated by: Don Kline
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

From the old days of mobsters in smoky barrooms plotting to gun down their rivals, to the new age of ordinary people hiring contract killers through the Dark Web, this book depicts the history of assassins and how they work. While movies portray assassins as glamorous, wealthy, and full of mystery, the sober truth is often quite different.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely Worth Reading

  • By Jan on 25-11-17

Definitely Worth Reading

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

Reviewed: 25-11-17

Contract killers are usually associated with the mob. This rectifies that notion and also tries to catagorise the type of killing. Is the killer a serial killer for instance. Well written and researched examples of contract killers proving that they still operate on the 'Dark Web'. it also looks at the type of person that hires a killer; looks at women killers; also defines murder Inc.
I started this book thinking that it would, in general just concentrate on mob 'hits' but this makes you realise that it still goes on and also makes you think!. I was captured by the true content and conjecture and listened start to finish in one go.
Definitely a 'must read', especially the mechanics of what is involved in killing ie what weapon, when to strike,what mental state certain contract killers have to experience to 'get the job done.'
It's nothing personal - it's just business! A thumping good read!

  • The Bell Witch

  • An American Haunting
  • By: Brent Monahan
  • Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Known throughout Tennessee as "Old Kate," the Bell Witch took up residence with John Bell's family in 1818. It was a cruel and noisy spirit, given to knocking and gnawing sounds before finding its own voices. With these voices and supernatural acts, the Bell Witch tormented the Bell family. The extraordinary tale recounts the only documented case in U.S. History when a spirit "actually caused a man's death".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If This is True i'll Eat My Hat!!!!

  • By Jan on 16-10-17

If This is True i'll Eat My Hat!!!!

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

Reviewed: 16-10-17

Honestly, I don't know where to start on this. As a genuine haunting it is totally unbelievable.
If this genuinely occurred, the peers of these people haunted by a witch would shun and snub them, not sleep around their house asking it questions! They would be cast out of the village and accused themselves of witchery, especially by their church who would expel them
The only thing I can say about this book is although it is totally unbelievable and lacks any kind of credit it's a thumping good listen for a story. It entertained me and if it was in the Fiction Section I would rate it very highly!

  • A Most Haunted House

  • By: G.L. Davies
  • Narrated by: David Ayers
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31

A Most Haunted House is the worldwide best seller based on a true and terrifying account of an aggressive haunting in a small Welsh town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't listen at bedtime or by yourself

  • By ShakeySpear on 13-05-15

I Could Relate to this Book

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

Although the author has been prevented from undertaking a full investigation of this house it takes nothing away from the authenticity of the clear interviews with those affected.

I could really relate to the torture that this couple had to endure in their house. My ex husband and I moved unknowingly into an extremely active house. We had nowhere to turn to for help. I fully believe that we shared our house with either a demon or at the least, an extremely negative presence. I am now, many years later just starting to write of my own experiences.

As the author concludes in his final chapter, scoff by all means - its fully understandable if you haven't had such a bad experience. Like myself, if you have experienced the paranormal this book will reassure you that you are not mad, insane imagining it or alone in your terror.

Well written. Easy to listen to. The story is clearly laid out for the listener and well read. I listened to this audio book in one sitting. \it captivates your interest from the start. If only more Investigators or those who experience the paranormal would come forward with their stories. Forget Ed and Lorraine Warren books that are trite and quite honestly exaggerated, THIS IS THE REAL DEAL !!

So glad I purchased it!

  • Ghost Tracks

  • By: Cheryl A. Wicks, Ed Warren, Lorraine Warren
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Just beyond the shadows, in the twilight space between life and death, lies the place where ghosts, demons, and otherworldly horrors tread. For most people this place is something to be encountered only in their worst nightmares, but for Ed and Lorraine Warren, it is home. As the founders of the New England Society of Psychic Research, the Warrens are the world's most renowned experts in the paranormal, investigating thousands of supernatural events in their long, spectacular careers. And now, in this remarkable audiobook, their story can finally be told.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Uninformative!

  • By Jan on 21-09-17

Boring and Uninformative!

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

Reviewed: 21-09-17

I started this book soon realising that it was a mediocre read. I persevered but it got no better at all.

Unfortunately, through further reading of Ed and Lorrain's books, I have realised that Ed likes to talk, and talk, and talk about himself.

This book is unfortunately boring, unbelievable and lack credibility. I am a paranormal believer having had my own very bad experience. Having read the majority of Warren books I conclude that they are mainly too similar although the story is always different.

I do believe that the Warrens experienced many paranormal events but that they exaggerated these experiences and also used them for self publicity and an income derived from the books.

This particular book is awful and torturous to listen to. Don't waste your money or a credit on this one guys. The Warrens have written other more interesting, thought provoking books.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The World’s Most Haunted House

  • The True Story of the Bridgeport Poltergeist on Lindley Street
  • By: William J. Hall
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1974. A crowd of more than 2,000 onlookers gathered. National media reported jumping furniture, floating refrigerators, and attacking entities. Decades after the publicity quieted, more than 40 hours of never-before-released interviews with police officers, firefighters, and others tell the story as it actually unfolded.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ed and Lorraine Warren Publicise Themselves Again!

  • By Jan on 01-09-17

Ed and Lorraine Warren Publicise Themselves Again!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

I was quite disappointed with this book. In my opinion it is more 'fiction paranormal' as opposed to 'non fiction paranormal.'

It contains the usual description of Ed and Lorraine Warren according to themselves. This appears in all of their books and their constant self indulgent "trumpet blowing" soon becomes tedious reading or listening if you read their whole book series.

It is worth noting that Ed and Lorraine, according to another book written on this 'case' were asked to leave and not to come back by the home owners themselves. One of the first things Ed did, was to telephone all the media - national papers; local papers and television channels - all expensive calls on these poor people's own telephone to gain self publicity for the 'happenings.' If you were in the middle of having your life turned upside down by paranormal events i' am sure that the last thing you would want would be to have the media knocking on your doorstep!

Although the story in the main keeps your attention I would rather have heard from the home owners what their actual perspective was and how or if the problem was finally sorted for them.

The narration although good, does tend to get tedious after a while. Especially when the man is trying to portray Lorraine Warren's voice.

On the whole, in my opinion it is a reasonable listen provided that you bear in mind the above caveats. Other books written independently on this Paranormal episode are more objective and should be read to receive a better opinion.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Demonologist

  • The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'
  • By: Gerald Brittle
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for Bedtime

  • By Andy on 20-10-13

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 17-04-16

I was compelled to read this book almost in one sitting. I have heard of Ed and Lorraine Warren and know that they attracted supporters and also sceptics over their 'powers.'

My viewpoint was 'sit on the fence' until I listened to this book. It's layout, as a chat between friends reminiscing, or relating advice
to those who have experienced ghost attacks makes it easy to listen to.

I fully believe that the Warren's have witnessed the paranormal events that they claim to have seen. This book must be quite old as Ed Warren passed away some time ago but in his time, he helped many people.

A good listen. An insight as to how the Church views hauntings, Demons and Exorcism. I found myself wanting to hear more!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Haunted Life

  • Scary True Ghost Stories
  • By: G. Michael Vasey
  • Narrated by: Alan Philip Ormond
  • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

If you enjoy creepy true tales about ghosts, demons, and the paranormal then this book is for you. This is just the book you were looking for, but never found, at Halloween.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nit what I was expectingL

  • By Jan on 07-04-16

Nit what I was expectingL

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-16

A very strange book with experiences that to be honest don't sound ghostly at all.
I enjoyed listening to it and the stories but I would say that the majority happened through an active mind whilst still asleep.