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  • Anno Dracula 1899

  • And Other Stories
  • By: Kim Newman
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

A brand-new collection of chilling stories by master of horror Kim Newman, in which Jack the Ripper still stalks the streets, Frankenstein's monster rises from the Arctic ice, and the terrifying legacy of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde haunts fog-shrouded London. This volume also includes a brand-new exclusive Anno Dracula story, 'Yokai Town: Anno Dracula 1899', which sets the scene for the forthcoming novel Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bit of a let down!

  • By Jonsey on 08-02-17

Not Anno Dracula

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

Reviewed: 29-03-18

Where does Anno Dracula 1899 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its in the top twenty

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the various "alternate universes" that the short stories explore.

Which character – as performed by William Gaminara – was your favourite?

No character stood out. I find William Gaminara an excellent narrator,

Any additional comments?

This is not really a series of short stories set in the Anno Dracula world. The stories are of a similar form as Anno Dracula in that the protagonists are interwoven with real historical characters and cultural figures. There is however precious little crossover to the Anno Dracula world and if that is important to you you will be dissapointed. If you are happy with a book of disperate short stories, as I was, then you'll find this entertaining.

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  • The Bloody Red Baron

  • Anno Dracula Book 2
  • By: Kim Newman
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

A brand-new edition with an additional novella, this sequel to Anno Dracula will keep you mesmerised. It is 1918 and Dracula is commander-in-chief of the armies of Germany and Austria-Hungary. The war of the great powers in Europe is also a war between the living and the dead. As ever, the Diogenes Club is at the heart of British Intelligence and Charles Beauregard and his protégé Edwin Winthrop go head-to-head with the lethal vampire flying machine that is The Bloody Red Baron...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Bodie on 07-06-12

Exciting Adventures

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

I really enjoyed this novel, more so than Anno Dracula. It’s a great story of an alternate WWI in which real historical figures mix with literary characters. I don’t want to go into detail as it would spoil the plot but if you enjoyed Anno Dracula I’m sure you’d love this. Well written and equally well read.

  • Through It All I've Always Laughed

  • Memoirs of Count Arthur Strong
  • By: Count Arthur Strong
  • Narrated by: Count Arthur Strong
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

Count Arthur Strong reads the story of his extraordinary journey from his humble early years as the only son of a contortionist in wartime Doncaster to the dizzy heights and excesses of fame as one of the shining lights of popular entertainment. Count Arthur Strong is a show business legend, after-dinner speaker and a leading authority on Ancient Egypt, having been stationed there during his nation service. He has countless friends in the showbiz world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • through it all I have always laughed.

  • By Phil D on 19-04-15

Character driven comedy at its best

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

Reviewed: 19-03-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Through It All I've Always Laughed to be better than the print version?

The audio version is better than the print version as Count Arthur has such a distinctive voice and turn of phrase.

What other book might you compare Through It All I've Always Laughed to, and why?

I would compare this to the best of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series in its humour. Although one is set on a fictional planet and the other is rooted firmly in the shallow end of Britains post war celebrity circuit, they perfectly evoke what it must be like for the befuddled heroes.

What about Arthur Strong’s performance did you like?

Count Arthur should read more audio books. Celebrity biographies where he could add his personal memories of the subject would be perfect.

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

Sod it.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful