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  • Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: H. G. Wells, Jeff Wayne
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Theo James, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,560
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,393
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,379

One of the world’s most recognisable sci-fi stories, H. G. Wells’ The War of The Worlds established numerous conventions for the genre, including the threat of an invasive extraterrestrial species, space travel and intergalactic conflict, inspiring directors, gamers, producers and writers alike with its sobering story of struggle and survival. Marrying the suspense, drama and urgency of Wells’ original novel with Jeff Wayne’s rousing and flamboyant score, Audible’s new and exclusive dramatisation uses action, narration, original music and evocative sound design to immerse listeners in a world that’s as thrilling as it is desolate. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Interpretation of Jeff Wayne's Classic!

  • By Simon on 29-11-18

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 25-03-19

Just brilliant. This was an absolute pleasure to listen to... Highly, highly recommended!

Sit back and enjoy!

  • The Silence of the Girls

  • By: Pat Barker
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton, Michael Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

The great city of Troy is under siege as Greek heroes Achilles and Agamemnon wage bloody war over a stolen woman. In the Greek camp, another woman is watching and waiting: Briseis. She was a queen of this land until Achilles sacked her city and murdered her husband and sons. Now she is Achilles' concubine: a prize of battle. Briseis is just one among thousands of women backstage in this war - the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead - all of them voiceless in history. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Soft Porn in a Trojan Horse?

  • By Ms on 02-03-19

Brilliantly powerful

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

Reviewed: 26-01-19

I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, whether you have an interest in Troy, Greek Mythology or not.

It beautifully and often sorrowfully - but always powerfully - explores the untold stories of the other half of the people living and dying on the beach of Troy, those that histoory so often forgets; the women.

Should be a GCSE text!

  • Clash of Empires

  • Clash of Empires, Book 1
  • By: Ben Kane
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

When a new empire rises, and old one must fall. After 16 years of bloody war against Rome, Hannibal Barca is on the verge of defeat. On the plains of Zama, Felix and his brother Antonius stand in the formidable Roman legions, ready to deliver the decisive blow. Victory will establish Rome as the pre-eminent power in the ancient world. But in northern Greece, Philip V of Macedon is determined to restore Alexander the Great's kingdom to its former glory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kane Is More Than Able!

  • By Simon on 21-05-18

brilliant as ever!

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

this was a fantastic weaving of stories, history truly brought to life through incredible story telling on the part of Ben Kane and wonderful narration by Steven Pacey.

highly recommended!

  • SPQR

  • A History of Ancient Rome
  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,500

Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and erudite

  • By Mr. D on 01-12-15

Narration needs re-editing in parts

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Thus was a brilliantly researched book and at times very very easy to listen to but there are a number of sections where you can hear that the narrator has recorded and then re recorded parts where she's unsure of the pronunciation of certain words.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Storm Before the Storm

  • The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
  • By: Mike Duncan
  • Narrated by: Mike Duncan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 367

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world. But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 7 minutes to 11 hours...

  • By borodude on 25-10-17

wonderful

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

Mike Duncan is so easy to listen to abs so knowledgeable... I lived his history of Rome podcast and am so glad I bought this audiobook

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Offering

  • By: Laura J Harris
  • Narrated by: Laura J Harris
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

A short fiction work, The Offering is a psychological thriller and a chilling exploration into an unhinged mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent thriller

  • By AudioJoy on 24-09-17

Excellent thriller

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-17

Excellent, unpredictable, short story thriller. I loved the descriptive text and the authors mellow voice.

  • Romeo and Juliet: A Novel

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

It's a story you think you know: the age-old tale of "star-cross'd lovers"; two families at war; a romance, so pure and absolute, fated for a tragic end. It's a story so thoroughly embedded in our culture, and so frequently retold. Yet, nothing captures the spark, the possibility, and the surprise of Shakespeare's work quite like this....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new view on an old story that actually is very current...

  • By Dorothea on 18-12-16

incredible!

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

Reviewed: 24-09-17

This is such a masterly well-imagined and skilfully told adaptation of a tale you think you already know... so well written and wonderfully performed!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Frankenstein

  • By: Mary Shelley
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 556

Narrator Dan Stevens ( Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good performance of a great story.

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-07-16

Just brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 23-08-17

Mary Shelley is such a talented and incredible writer! So clever, holding a mirror up to the world the way she does and opening the mind up to so many discussions regarding science, responsibility (especially parental responsibility!), accountability, the human psyche and our capability for committing great acts of love and compassion as much as the awful deeds triggered by fear, hate and violence.

Still stands up strong today... and a great performance.

  • Spectacles

  • By: Sue Perkins
  • Narrated by: Sue Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,442
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,241

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Spectacles, the hilarious, creative and incredibly moving memoir from much loved comedian, writer and presenter Sue Perkins. When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my stuff. What I found was that she hadn't kept some of it. She had kept all of it - every bus ticket, postcard, school report....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Jeannette on 31-01-16

Absolutely awesome book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-16

Absolutely open, honest and insightful, Sue Perkins' 'Spectacles' is moving, funny, witty, crazy and adorable!

  • Dragon Keeper

  • The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Saskia Butler
  • Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

Guided by the great blue dragon Tintaglia, they came from the sea: a Tangle of serpents fighting their way up the Rain Wilds River, the first to make the perilous journey to the cocooning grounds in generations. Many have died along the way. With its acid waters and impenetrable forest, it is a hard place for any to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful 'listen'!

  • By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 14-09-09

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

Would you listen to Dragon Keeper again? Why?

This is a story I have already listened to several times... It's just great... A brilliant first instalment of a larger narrative!

What did you like best about this story?

The complexity of the characters, the voice work was brilliant!

Which character – as performed by Saskia Butler – was your favourite?

Either Alise or Thymara... And the dragons... Her dragon voices are really appropriate !!

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

Many times! I laughed, became agitated and angry for the characters...

Any additional comments?

All of this series is great... But the narrators changes and that can be unsettling.