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  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

My new favourite author!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

Would you listen to The Stone Man again? Why?

It is a great story full of excitement and mystery and very well read. So will probably listen to it again in the future.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stone Man?

The first contact with the stone man. The excitement of the first appearance and everyone's response.

Which character – as performed by Matt Addis – was your favourite?

Paul. I liked his bravery and enthusiasm.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did both. There are some really funny parts that lighten the mood.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this audio book and will be trying more by Luke Smitherd.

  • Parasite

  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them. But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives... and will do anything to get them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Mira Grant!

  • By A. Hodgson on 02-01-14

Edge of the seat listen

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Would you listen to Parasite again? Why?

Yes. This story gripped me from the start. The characters are brought to life by the narrator and there is a nice mix of science and drama.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Parasite?

When they are in the mall cafe and first see the sleepers.

Which character – as performed by Christine Lakin – was your favourite?

I enjoyed all the characters voices but especially Sal's.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me think.

  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Now, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It

  • By Sue on 22-07-07

A nice winter listen

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Would you try another book written by Agatha Christie or narrated by Hugh Fraser?

Yes. Although this was not a favourite of mine the story is still decent and Hugh Fraser is a good narrator.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I did not find anything that interesting.

Have you listened to any of Hugh Fraser’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He did quite well with this story.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Not really. It is a good story on a cold night in, and will keep you occupied while doing something else, but I would not want to sit in a cinema and watch it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing after 14

  • By M on 08-06-15

Brilliant from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 22-07-15

If you could sum up The Fold in three words, what would they be?

An exciting adventure

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fold?

When Mike figured out what was really happening.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

He gave each character their own voice and personalities.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely

Any additional comments?

If you listened to 14 this is a must!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Seven Dials Mystery

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

Gerry Wade had proved himself to be a champion sleeper, so the other house guests decided to play a practical joke on him. Eight alarm clocks were set to go off, one after the other, starting at 6.30 a.m. But when morning arrived, one clock was missing, and the prank had backfired with tragic consequences. For Jimmy Thesiger in particular, the words "seven dials" were to take on a new and chilling significance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio perfection

  • By Sue on 17-06-07

Not Agatha's best

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

Reviewed: 13-01-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I don't believe it is to Agatha Christie's usual standard and rather point a friend to some of her better mystery novels.

What will your next listen be?

Another of Agatha's novels.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Who: Dead Air

  • By: James Goss
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

This is an exclusive, original adventure for the 10th Doctor, read by David Tennant. Featuring additional music and effects, Doctor Who: Dead Air has never been previously published. Hot on the heels of a creature that exists through sound, the Doctor lands on a pirate radio station boat in the late 1960s. The creature has already killed some of the DJs, and the Doctor befriends the survivors. But then the lights go out, and a desperate race for survival begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Starships and Aliens Review

  • By S. J. MacDonald on 26-05-11

Dead Air Dead Time!

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

Reviewed: 20-10-14

Would you try another book written by James Goss or narrated by David Tennant?

Yes. I quite liked David Tennant's narration, not sure about James Goss's writing.

Would you ever listen to anything by James Goss again?

Maybe if the story appealed to me.

What about David Tennant’s performance did you like?

I like his voice and his interpretation of the Doctor.

What character would you cut from Doctor Who?

There are not that many characters in the story to begin with, so I believe that cutting a character would be a mistake.

  • Third Girl

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Three single girls shared the same London flat. The first worked as a secretary; the second was an artist; the third, who came to Poirot for help, disappeared, convinced she was a murderer. Now there were rumours of revolvers, flick-knives, and blood stains. But, without hard evidence, it would take all Poirot's tenacity to establish whether the third girl was guilty, innocent - or insane.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Bimjob on 02-03-16

Not third rate!

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

Reviewed: 20-10-14

Where does Third Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the Agatha Christie novels I would rate it high.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed this story because of the detail that went with setting up the murders and the complexity of uncovering who committed them.

Have you listened to any of Hugh Fraser’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to many of Hugh Fraser's excellent performances and found this narration just as good as his others.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Man in the Brown Suit

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Another title in the ever popular Agatha Christie series.The suave and debonair Colonel Race must solve a question, not of ‘accidental death or suicide’, but ‘murder or double murder’.Pretty, young Anne came to London looking for adventure. In fact, adventure comes looking for her – and finds her immediately at Hyde Park Corner tube station. Anne is present on the platform when a thin man, reeking of mothballs, loses his balance and is electocuted on the rails.The Scotland Yard verdict is accidental death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, shame about the narration

  • By catsatcastle on 02-01-17

A great story!

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

Reviewed: 20-10-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I quite like the story as it is. However I thought it was a little slow starting but built up nicely.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the mix of romance and mystery in this story.

Which character – as performed by Emilia Fox – was your favourite?

I liked the main character, Anne Beddingfield. I thought Emilia Fox did an excellent job portraying this passionate young adventurer.

  • The Monogram Murders

  • The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 594

Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffee house is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified, but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one's mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Boring Monogram Murders

  • By Ulla on 18-09-14

Intresting story, but too long

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

Reviewed: 11-09-14

What did you like most about The Monogram Murders?

It was great to get a new Poirot novel after all this time and the perspective from another author.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It was very complex and introduced a new detective. All of the story was mainly delivered by this new detective in his perspective, I am not convinced this worked.

What aspect of Julian Rhind-Tutt’s performance might you have changed?

I liked his performance but found in places I could not hear what he was saying.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was very excited when this book came out and I really enjoyed the first few chapters. However, near the end I just wanted to know who did it so it could finish.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Ordeal by Innocence

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Dr. Arthur Calgary takes a ferry across the Rubicon River to Sunny Point, the home of the Argyle family. A year before, the matriarch of the family was murdered and a son, Jack, was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. Dr. Calgary is surprised when his revelation has a disturbing effect on the family: it means one of the family is a murderer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not her best murder mystery

  • By Sarah Bridge on 18-01-18

Not an ordeal to listen to!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Ordeal by Innocence to be better than the print version?

Yes. It is nice to listen to a story and hear how the narrator portrays each character. Hugh is an excellent narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Leo Argyle. Although he is broken after Rachel's death he remained a pillar for his family.

Have you listened to any of Hugh Fraser’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to most of his Agatha Christie novels and have enjoyed them. This was one of his best performances.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Everybody makes mistakes, but some mistakes are deadly.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful