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  • Blood on Satan's Claw

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Mark Morris - adapter, Piers Haggard, Robert Wynne-Simmons
  • Narrated by: Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Thomas Turgoose, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 659

Seventeenth-century England, and a plough uncovers a grisly skull in the furrows of a farmer's field. The skull disappears, but its malefic influence begins to work in insidious ways upon the nearby village of Hexbridge. First, the cows stop milking and the fruit turns rotten on the trees. Then, an insolent ungodliness takes hold of the local children, mysterious fur patches appear on limbs and people start disappearing.... Something evil is stirring in the woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Folk Horror at it's best. A stellar adaptation.

  • By Film Lover on 17-01-18

Fantastic - A horror classic given new life

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

Reviewed: 22-01-18

A really well produced audio drama dripping with atmosphere and a clear love for the source material. Really enjoyable

  • Ghost Stories, Volume 2

  • By: M. R. James
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

A second collection of tales from the master of ghost stories, M. R. James, whose stories have for many years inspired the BBC's A Ghost Story for Christmas TV adaptations. This volume includes 'A Warning to the Curious', 'The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral', 'The Mezzotint', and 'A Neighbour's Landmark'.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Volume 1

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-11-11

Better than Volume 1

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-11

What can I say - if you like M.R. James then these are superb adaptations. Derek Jacobi is the perfect voice to inhabit the world and his measured delivery is engaging and well suited to the 'academic' style M.R. James so often writes in.

I actually prefer this volume to the first, mainly because of the fantastically creepy 'A Warning To The Curious' which more than justifies giving this a listen on it's own. If I have any criticisms then they are those that can be levelled at all M.R. James material - repeated stories, styles and characters. That said, as an adaptation I cannot fault it.

One of those audiobooks I can certainly imagine myself returning to time and time again.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,107

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2005.

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Potter for Grown Ups

  • By Cosima on 18-11-10

Look beyond the 5-star reviews

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-11

As other reviews have reflected, my initial feeling when purchasing this audiobook was one of real anticipation. The subject seemed highly suited to my interests, the reviews encouraging and the length of the thing great value, but I have to say that this was really tough-going. I'm not one to bail out of books or audiobooks yet was sorely tempted on several occasions, persisting only because of the excessive amount of time I had already invested.

On the positive, the narration is superb, with the characters and story as it is undoubtedly well realised. The story too shows moments of real promise and scattered throughout are some proper points of interest and the foundations of an interesting book. That said the writing is so ponderous and overwrought and the whole thing just so in need of a very substantial edit that I'd struggle to widely recommend this to anyone.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,525
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,118

Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan’s never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma? Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You get what you pay for

  • By ico on 06-10-11

Lovely stuff

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-11

Not really sure what to say about this audibook other than this - if you are a Partridge fan then this is a must-listen.

Entertaining, believably in character and most importantly funny, this is one of the best comedy tie-in books I've ever heard. No mere shameless cash-in, this is a well constructed book by people that by now totally get the character, and cleverly weave in the false reality of Partridge's appearances in 'On The Hour,''The Day Today' and 'Mid morning matters' as well as his interpretation of events seen in 'I'm Alan Partridge' to great comic effect. Being read by Steve Coogan in character adds so much more to an already well considered and contructed comedy autobiography and there's enough new material as well as new takes on old favourites for any Partridge fan to enjoy. If you're a fan then get this audiobook. You won't regret it.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,879

This is the first book in the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award-winning trilogy His Dark Materials, from Philip Pullman. Set in a parallel world very similar to our own, Northern Lights tells the compelling story of 12-year-old Lyra's quest to rescue her friend and find her father, aided by her daemon, an armoured bear, and a witch-queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT BRILLIANT

  • By Clair on 16-10-07

Superb audio adaptation of a superb story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-11

Leaving the story itself aside which already has a well-deserved almost modern 'classic' reputation, this audiobook is equally fantastic. Without a doubt this is one of the best audio adaptations of a book I've ever heard, with the author proving an engaging narrator and a superb supporting cast fleshing out the characters by reading their lines at the appropriate points. I was sceptical as to how well this approach would work, and at first I found it a little jarring, but before long I was hooked and now would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this as a 'must listen' for fans of great audiobooks of all ages.

  • The Fry Chronicles

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,809

This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of Fry's most turbulent and least-well-known years, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours of delighted listening

  • By Mary on 21-09-10

A delight

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-11

I probably can't articulate it better than any of the other reviews here but essentially this is a superb audiobook. If you're a fan of Mr Fry this is a fascinating listen narrated with real warmth and an engaging charm by the man himself. Covering his time at university and first forrays into comedy this is an open, honest and most importantly entertaining account by a real national treasure. I see this audiobook advertised everywhere on audible but it certainly deserves all the attention it gets. Quite simply, great.

  • God Collar

  • By: Marcus Brigstocke
  • Narrated by: Marcus Brigstocke
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 207

‘There's probably no God ... but I wish there was. I've got some things I need to ask him.' Based on Marcus Brigstocke's award-winning Edinburgh and West End show, God Collar focuses on the ‘God-shaped hole’ that opens up in Marcus’s life following the death of his best friend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry but I don't do 'Laugh out loud'

  • By M. Russell on 18-07-11

Thoroughly enjoyable listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-09-11

As a fan of Mr Brigstocke's comedy style and someone fascinated with the topic of belief, I expected this would be an enjoyable listen and I was not disappointed. Brutally honest, deeply thoughtful and most importantly genuinely funny, this is a fascinating journey through one man's struggle with both his atheism and the tenets of traditional religion. With lovely personal touches and an open 'no holds barred' approach I found the whole thing incredible engaging. No doubt helped by Brigstocke's superb narration and skills with well-formed arguments (as demonstrated to his fans through years of 'Now Show' rants and 'Argumental') this book is imbued with a real honest charm.There are odd arguments that seem over-repeated or dwelled upon but overall I would not hesitate to call this a 'must listen' audiobook.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex

  • By: Mark Kermode
  • Narrated by: Mark Kermode
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

In It's Only a Movie, the incomparable Mark Kermode took us into the weird world of a film critic's life lived in widescreen. Now, The Good, The Bad and the Multiplex takes us into the belly of the beast to ask: 'What’s wrong with the modern movie business – and how can we make it right?'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most definitely 'The Good'

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-09-11

Most definitely 'The Good'

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-11

I was a fan of the previous book/audiobook ('It's only a movie') but this is definitely a step-up from that already enjoyable listen. Rather than the autobiographical format this is more a collection of thoughts and rants - some of which will be familiar to fans of the previous book, the 5 Live show or Mr Kermode's entertaining video blog. All delivered with passion by the man himself, this is an engaging listen and whilst fan's of the good Doctor will be unsuprised at some of the thoughts on offer, he delivers them in a passionate manner and proves as forthwright, erudite and witty as ever. A really enjoyable listen with a poignant end and a great sense of a considered narrative argument compared to its predecessor. A must for anyone interested in the state of modern cinema.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • It's Only a Movie

  • By: Mark Kermode
  • Narrated by: Mark Kermode
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

To avoid fainting, keep repeating It's only a move ..only a movie ..only a movie ..only a movie If you grew up believing that Planet of the Apes told you all you needed to know about politics, that Slade in Flame was a savage exposé of the pop world, and that The Exorcist revealed the meaning of life, then you probably spent far too many of your formative years at the cinema. Just as likely, you soon would have realised that there was only one career open to you - you'd have to become a film critic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As slick as his hair

  • By PP Merge on 23-02-10

It's only a review but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-11

Really enjoyed this - as others have reported its a strange mix of autobiography and general thoughts/anecdotes but all entertainly narrated by the man himself. He does it with a real sense of passion and enthusiasm that for me made this a far more engaging experience than I suspect the book counterpart would be. If you're a fan of the good Dr. then this is a really entertaining listen with some fascinating insights into the life and thoughts of the country's best film critic.