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M. Orton

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  • The Damned

  • By: Tarn Richardson
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

It's 1914. The outbreak of war. In the French city of Arras, a Father is brutally murdered. The Catholic Inquisition sends its most determined of inquisitors, Poldek Tacit, to investigate. Yet as Tacit arrives, armed forces confront each other across No Man's Land. As he strives in vain to establish the truth behind the murder, a beautiful woman, Sandrine, warns British soldier Henry Frost of a mutual foe even more terrible lurking beneath the killing fields....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and unusual story

  • By Robin on 15-10-16

Not great

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

Reviewed: 16-03-16


I disliked this book right from the off but I persevered until about a third of the way through and by that point I wanted to throw myself in to the jaws of the nearest werewolf.

The juvenile plot constantly flips from one thread to another in an obvious attempt by the author to make the story appear to be complex and sophisticated but this is so badly done that the writing style comes across as amateurish and disjointed.

The characters are mostly absurd clichés and the weak attempts by the author to add depth only serves to make each of the main players seem more and more ridiculous. The incidental characters are just tossed in to the story to die, like those non speaking bit part players who wear the red shirts in Star Trek.

The narrator does his best with the material at hand but his limited repertoire of voices only makes things worse but to be fair, even Sir Lawrence Olivier would struggle to improve drivel such as this.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Taking on the Dead

  • The Famished Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Annie Walls
  • Narrated by: Amy Barron Smolinski
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2

Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed. She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It's the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes that the world has moved on without her. Only it's not what she expects.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty awful stuff

  • By M. Orton on 15-12-14

Pretty awful stuff

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

Reviewed: 15-12-14

Without a doubt the worst audio book I have had the misfortune to listen too. This is like Mills and Boon with zombies, it starts out badly and goes down hill from there. The plot is nonsensical and the characters are superficial cliches. The author seems to have taken all the ingredients from every post apocalyptic/zombie story ever told and just chucked them into the plot in a random fashion.

To be fair I have to say that I am obviously not amongst the intended audience for this audiobook, working on the principle of an infinite universe there must be somebody somewhere who will enjoy this story.

  • Excalibur

  • The Warlord Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 414

A story of love, war, loyalty and betrayal, Excalibur begins with the failure of Lancelot's rebellion and the ruin of Arthur's marriage to Guinevere. The Saxons, sensing the disunity of the Britons, seize the chance to destroy Arthur. The climax of the war comes with the legendary triumph at Mount Badon, and Arthur`s great victory. But the promises he made then come back to haunt him after the years of peace and glory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Now Complete"

  • By Lee on 10-04-15

This recording is incomplete

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

Reviewed: 29-08-14

A good yarn well narrated but completely ruined by the premature ending. This recording is missing a big chunk from the end of the story, made even worse because this is the final book of a trilogy. It's like getting towards the end of one thousand page book only to find the last 30 pages have been ripped out.

I have contacted audible about this problem, as have others, but this title continues to be available in its truncated format. (14 hrs and 58 mins)

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The People of the Mist

  • By: H. Rider Haggard
  • Narrated by: Alton Lennard
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

This "lost race" novel begins as an exciting African adventure. Leonard Outram is a British adventurer who is in Africa seeking his fortune. He becomes part of the rescue of a Portuguese woman from a large slave camp. Leonard, his companion Otter, and the girl set off and find the people of the mist. They then impersonate gods and priests with the hope of getting the people's hoard of jewels.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A good yarn spoiled by an awful narration

  • By M. Orton on 27-03-12

A good yarn spoiled by an awful narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-12

The narrator sounded like somebody who has recently learned to read and was using a finger to move through the sentances one word at a time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful