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  • H.G. Wells: The Science Fiction Collection

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, and others
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

Known as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’, Herbert George Wells’ writing career spanned over 60 years. He was a writer of novels, short stories, nonfiction books and articles. As a young man, Wells won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, sparking his infamous vocation as a science fiction writer. Introduced by film director and H. G. Wells fanboy Eli Roth, this collection features unabridged recordings of the novels performed by Hugh Bonneville, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, David Tennant and Alexander Vlahos.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very good to revisit these classic stories<br />

  • By ghoultrouble on 24-04-19

Occasional Mistakes

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

Reviewed: 21-05-19

A good offer from Audible. The narrators fit the context of the books they're reading.
It appears that there are some unfinished edits in The Invisible Man story. Occasional lines are repeated where the lady narrator has recorded a second take of a sentence. If this happened once then it could have been overlooked by this listener. However, it happens a few times during the run of the story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When Dreams Converge

  • By: Stephen Massie
  • Narrated by: Simon Williams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

After a dramatic life-changing event in the Dominican Republic, Luke, a keen amateur sailor, persuades his wife to abandon their life in England and set to sea to live their dream of freedom. During their voyage they are thrust into a world of crime, terrorism, and murder. In a web of deceit and intrigue, they are pursued by ruthless criminal organizations. In a plot which covers three continents, who will win and who will lose? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Liked It

  • By Daddy Bear on 08-05-19

I Liked It

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

Reviewed: 08-05-19

A good story about a couple who enter early retirement and sail the world on their yacht. They get caught up in espionage and are wrongly accused, lose their boat and end up in a small town in the middle of a hate fuelled riot.

The production of this audiobook is well done. I enjoyed the use of sound effects, especially when the action was at sea. The sound of the sea added to the experience.
The narrator does characterise each person within the story and appears to be enjoying himself with the narrative. There was a couple of occasions where I ended up sitting in my van when I'd arrived at a client's house waiting to see what happened next in the story.

  • Human Rights

  • By: Philip Hoyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Williams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Ed Bush lives with his family in the coastal settlement of Chelmsford in South Britain, one of the United States of Europe. Their way of life is dictated entirely by the government known as Europarl. Every year at a four day celebration of human rights the people coming of age are assigned to their posts within the country. Ed doesn't think there is anything he can do about it until he meets an old man on the beach who lives outside the system, unknown to Europarl. Ed is recruited to join a rebel group and plans are made for him to leave with the old man, when he is distracted by the arrival of his new stepsister, Suzie. Will Ed leave with the rebels or stay with his family and accept his fate?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good production

  • By Daddy Bear on 08-05-19

A good production

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

Reviewed: 08-05-19

Not a bad effort on the part of the production. The story reminded me of The Tripods series in the 1980s, only there are no Tripods in this story, but the storyline is similar.
The narrator performs the story well and does what he can with the material he's been given. There are too many long segments of description which, in some instances, I think the narrator struggled to fight off boredom. However, this doesn't spoil the story and, if you stick with it, you'll find that this production isn't too bad.

  • Sons of Eirinn Operation Celtic Jihad

  • A Conner Ryan Series, Book 1
  • By: Anthony Arthur McNally
  • Narrated by: Simon Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Ex-Special Forces soldier Connor (Skid) Ryan is recruited as a contractor by his former hated SAS officer to capture or kill Declan O’Malley, a notorious Sons Of Eirinn bombmaker. With soldiers from the PKK, Ryan has to execute a daring military operation - this time without his Special Forces comrades before the terrorists can use the WMD on the streets of Britain. The worlds security services of China, Russia, USA, and the UK are all desperately homing in to prevent another 9/11 atrocity on an even larger scale. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gripping Story

  • By Daddy Bear on 08-05-19

A Gripping Story

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

Reviewed: 08-05-19

Thoroughly enjoyable story written by someone who clearly knows the subject matter.
The narration of the story is done professionally with due reverence for the characters involved. Some of the characterisations are quite amusing and I did laugh out loud with how certain characters in the story were portrayed by the narrator.
With the extra sound effects and music, the whole audiobook was a fun and gripping listen.
I'm hoping there'll be a book 2.

  • Neighbours from Hell

  • DCI Miller, Book 2: The Gripping Manchester Thriller with a Killer Twist
  • By: Steven Suttie
  • Narrated by: Simon Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

The Haughton Park development just outside Manchester is an exclusive new suburb of expensive homes for professional families. When the developer fails to sell half of the properties, the project is thrown into financial chaos. The local council steps in with a workable solution. They propose to use the unsold homes as social housing for homeless families in return for the much-needed cash injection that the developer needs to pay the bills. It’s a win-win situation. Or is it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Daddy Bear on 08-05-19

A great listen

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

Reviewed: 08-05-19

A good story that has been produced with a passion for the project. Rather than just having a single narrator, there are a multitude of voices playing the different characters. The characters of Graham and Suzanne are brilliantly realised by the actors portraying them. The same can be said for the Kev and Tanya characters. It's obvious that the person playing Rachel was never in the same room as the person she is speaking to as the acoustics are different, however, I'm just nit-picking with this.
The narrator delivers the story well and plays the main detective of the piece along with other characters.
This is the second book in the Miller series that I have bought and, while I liked the first one, this audiobook has seen a massive progression with the use of different voices.
The sound effects and music add to the whole piece. Many will argue that the use of effects and music are not necessary. As this book is more of an audio drama, the use of music and sound effects are a welcome addition.
I hope that the rest of the books in this series will continue to be produced with the same enthusiastic passion.

  • Doctor Who - Sword of Orion

  • By: Nicholas Briggs
  • Narrated by: Paul McGann, India Fisher
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The human race is locked in deadly combat with the android hordes in the Orion System. Light-years from the front line, the Doctor and Charley arrive to sample the dubious delights of a galactic backwater, little suspecting that the consequences of the Orion War might reach them there. But High Command's lust for victory knows no bounds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Proper Cybermen

  • By Daddy Bear on 13-04-19

Proper Cybermen

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

Reviewed: 13-04-19

Really enjoying the 8th Doctor series. So wonderful to hear the Cybermen I grew up with. Nick Briggs does a great job of impersonating David Banks' Cyber Leader. All that was missing was the word " Excellent"

  • Brewer's Revenge

  • By: James Keffer
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Admiral Horatio Hornblower has given Commander William Brewer captaincy of the captured pirate sloop El Dorado. Now under sail as the HMS Revenge, its new name suits Brewer's frame of mind perfectly. He lost many of his best men in the engagement that seized the ship, and his new orders are to hunt down the pirates who have been ravaging the trade routes of the Caribbean sea. But Brewer will face more than one challenge before he can confront the pirate known as El Diabolito.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fantastic

  • By Daddy Bear on 11-04-19

Absolutely Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 11-04-19

A totally thrilling and enjoyable listen. With Nigel’s excellent narration married together with authentic sound effects and music, this production is a must.
It’s fantastic

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Electric

  • By: Andrew David Barker
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

In the summer of 1985, 15-year-old Sam Crowhurst discovers an old, abandoned cinema that screens movies made by ghosts, for ghosts. Sam and his friends Emma and David find themselves drawn into a world where the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Lon Chaney, and Theda Bara are still making pictures, where Harold Lloyd and John Belushi team up for roustabout comedies, and Karloff and Lugosi appear in films scripted by Edgar Allan Poe. Sam comes to learn the mysteries of the Electric cinema and his part to play in its long and strange history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully written and amazingly read

  • By Daddy Bear on 21-02-19

Wonderfully written and amazingly read

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

Reviewed: 21-02-19

A compelling story about a few days in the lives of three children and an old, abandoned cinema with a secret.
The narration by Nigel Peever was flawless. He made me laugh out loud at certain parts and during the last few chapters I actually had tears in my eyes as Nigel conveyed the emotion of the main character beautifully.
Of course, the highlight was hearing the old projectionist played by the great Patrick Troughton. Well, you’d think it was the real Patrick Troughton as Nigel’s vocal skill at recreating the great man’s voice is uncannily brilliant.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Haunted Liverpool 29

  • By: Tom Slemen
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Welcome to Haunted Liverpool 29, another spine-chilling collection of stories by Tom Slemen, a writer who has gained a cult following across the world. In this collection of over 40 sinister yet fascinating tales, Tom Slemen will tell you stories about time-slips, bizarre bogeymen, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, witches, doppelgangers, occultists, time travellers, shape-shifters, weird killers, creepy dolls, parallel worlds, and there is even an appearance by Jack the Ripper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tom Slemen

  • By Katie Toale on 23-01-19

A gripping listen

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

Great stories that are so beautifully narrated by Nigel.
It's clear that a great deal of work has gone into this and other books in this series that Nigel has narrated.
Excellent characterisations accompanied by relevant sound effects and mystical musical stings make this series of books compulsive listening.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jago & Litefoot Series 2

  • By: Mark Morris, Jonathan Morris, Andy Lane, and others
  • Narrated by: Christopher Benjamin, Trevor Baxter, Conrad Asquith, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

The continuing adventure of Henry Gordon Jago and George Litefoot, characters first introduced on television in Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977), who have become Infernal Investigators, solving mysteries involving paranormal or alien phenomena in 1880s London. This release features four full-cast audio dramas plus a behind-the-scenes documentary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Victorian sheek

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-09-18

Thoroughly Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 13-06-18

Initially sceptical about listening to Doctor Who spin-offs it took me a while to venture into this series. However, having heard series one I immediately downloaded series two and enjoyed it enormously on my commute to and from work.
Series three now downloaded and about to commence.
Excellent work.