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Chris Halliday

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  • The Conception of Terror: Tales Inspired by M. R. James - Volume 1

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: M. R. James, Stephen Gallagher, A. K. Benedict, and others
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst, Tom Burke, Rosa Coduri, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

A collection of four ghostly tales inspired by M. R. James: Casting the Runes, Lost Hearts, The Treasure of Abbott-Thomas and A View from the Hill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant modern ghost stories

  • By Chris Halliday on 10-02-19

Brilliant modern ghost stories

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

Reviewed: 10-02-19

Being an M.R. James fan, I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy these reimagined classic tales. When I saw they were a Bafflegab production, any concerns evaporated. These are masterful modern ghost stories, told as full-cast audio dramas. Everything from the performances to the sound design is spot on. I’m very glad I didn’t listen to these in the dark.

Roll on Volume 2!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Dalek Audio Annual

  • Dalek Stories from the Doctor Who Universe
  • By: Terry Nation
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Briggs, Louise Jameson, Matthew Waterhouse
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

The Daleks rampage in this collection of vintage stories from Terry Nation’s Dalek Annuals of the 1970s. Urgent message to all Anti-Dalek Force agents: the Daleks are coming! Defend yourself with The Dalek Audio Annual, packed with exciting tales of galactic terror, global invasion and the adventures of plucky human resistance fighters. Special ADF agents Nicholas Briggs, Louise Jameson and Matthew Waterhouse read five stories of battlefield reportage.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oops - bad purchase

  • By C. A. Bailey on 14-01-19

Dalek nostalgia from the 70s

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

This took me back to the late 1970s, when Christmas meant hoping that Mum had bought me the latest Dalek annual (she did. Thanks Mum!), then diving into the colourful pages to devour these dark tales of the deadliest enemies of humanity. Without the presence of the Doctor, these stories often ended very badly for mankind, which somehow made them even more enjoyable.

This selection of stories and features from the annuals is a delight. Narrated by Nicholas Briggs, Louise Jameson and Matthew Waterhouse, there’s a lot to love here.

Highly recommended for Dalek fans of a certain age!

  • Pilgrim: The Collected Series 1-4

  • The BBC Radio 4 fantasy drama series
  • By: Sebastien Baczkiewicz
  • Narrated by: Paul Hilton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

The first four series of the original BBC Radio 4 fantastical drama series set in a world almost, but not quite, like our own. Paul Hilton stars as William Palmer, the immortal, reluctant and unthanked hero protecting mankind from an enemy they resist believing in: the Grey Folk. Thrilling, dark and contemporary, the dramas are set in a recognisable present day but one haunted by the folktales of the British Isles: drowned villages, changeling children, werewolves and unruly nature spirits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pilgrim

  • By gepocock on 19-06-16

Uniquely enchanting

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

There’s nothing quite like PILGRIM; the tale of a cursed immortal forced to walk between the worlds of magic and men. That summary makes it sound like a dozen other urban fantasy stories, but the reality is very different. PILGRIM draws from the deep well of British folklore and mythology, filling its tale with characters simultaneously fantastical and believable. PILGRIM is beautifully written, cast, performed and produced, one of the masterpieces of BBC radio drama.

Very highly recommended.

  • Bad Medicine

  • By: H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre's Bad Medicine brings three classic tales of horror and medicine to life in a 1930s-style radio drama. Edgar Allan Poe's "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" and H.P. Lovecraft's stories "Cool Air" and "The Picture in the House" are brought to life by a talented cast of professional actors, exciting sound effects, and thrilling original music by Reber Clark.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly creepy stuff!

  • By Chris Halliday on 30-09-18

Superbly creepy stuff!

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

Reviewed: 30-09-18

I’m a big fan of the HP Lovecraft Historical Society productions, and I’m thrilled to see them available on Audible. This one’s a bit of a departure, adapting three stories (two from Lovecraft, one from Poe), but it’s a great introduction to the HPLHS. Give it a try, then pick up the rest. You won’t be sorry!

  • Return To Hell House

  • By: Nancy A. Collins
  • Narrated by: Jamie du Pont MacKenzie
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

In 1927 the infamous millionaire occultist Emeric Belasco disappeared without a trace, leaving behind dozens of dead bodies in the rambling, isolated mansion known as Hell House. In 1931 a team of parapsychologists entered Hell House in order to solve the riddle of Belasco's fate, only to meet with horror, insanity and death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite as good as the original tale...

  • By Mrs A on 25-06-15

Great story, rushed performance

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

Reviewed: 18-06-18

I really enjoyed Nancy A. Collins’ prequel to Richard Matheson’s classic HELL HOUSE, but I really hope this eventually gets a proper audiobook production with a real voice actor one day. The reading of the tale was paced entirely wrongly, maintaining a mile-a-minute speed that robbed the story of much of its suspense. It deserves a more measured, nuanced reading to really capture the atmosphere and horror of Emeric Belasco’s hateful home.

Collins does great work with this tale, filling in the narrative spaces that Matheson chose to leave to be filled by our own imaginations, only Collins does the remarkable job of making it worse than we could have imagined. In this tale, Hell House really earns its name.

A truly chilling haunted house novella.

  • The Great Martian War: Counterattack

  • Martian Front Series
  • By: Scott Washburn
  • Narrated by: Ray Greenley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

As the Martian force tries to consolidate their position in the US, President Theodore Roosevelt gathers the best scientific minds and industry leaders to meet the Martian challenges. Staking everything on a roll of the dice, a joint army-navy force are in the midst of developing a landship to win the war. The big question is if they can complete it in time. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple but compelling

  • By Chris Halliday on 25-05-18

Simple but compelling

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

Reviewed: 25-05-18

The Great Martian War novels, inspired by the war game All Quiet On The Martian Front, are written by Scott Washburn with a simple elegance that belies their origin. Ingeniously told from both the human and Martian viewpoints, these stories are full of heroism, tragedy and action. There are stirring battles, reversals of fate, and some fantastic technology - not all of it Martian. Ray Greenley does a fine job of bringing a huge cast of characters to life, giving each a unique voice

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dracula

  • By: Bram Stoker, Jonathan Barnes
  • Narrated by: Mark Gatiss, Joseph Kloska, Deirdre Mullins, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

When a young solicitor, Jonathan Harker, visits the heart of Transylvania - ostensibly to meet reclusive nobleman Count Dracula - he cannot begin to imagine what horrors might lie in store for him there...or the chain of events he will set in motion at Castle Dracula. Soon, Dracula's bloodlust spreads to England's shores, and Harker's fiancée, Mina Murray, becomes embroiled in his affairs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great adaptation...

  • By Stuart C on 20-02-18

Bloody good!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Despite being a fan of Big Finish I’ve been reluctant to pick this up. I should have my head examined. It’s an excellent adaptation, remarkably faithful to the book, with a great script and cast, and Big Finish’s usual high-quality sound design. Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 722

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

Genuinely chilling supernatural drama

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

Going in to this, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew that with the involvement of Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith that I’d enjoy it. What I wasn’t expecting was a full-on period horror audio-movie. Everything about this production is pure gold, from the script and the performances to the amazing sound-design. Truly a delight for fans of British horror, and anyone who enjoys a really well-told scary story.

Very highly recommended!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ghostly Tales

  • Audible Christmas Gift 2017
  • By: Charles Dickens, E. F. Benson, J. H. Riddell, and others
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow, Sally Phillips, John Banks, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,816
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,812

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and as Christmas approaches the time is high for some ghostly tales. As an exclusive gift for Audible members, settle down, snuggle up and listen to four chilling ghost stories, read by Simon Callow. Four great stories, one master storyteller - what could be simpler than that?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well read

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-12-17

Thank you, Audible!

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

Reviewed: 18-12-17

A great collection of classic ghost stories, beautifully read by Simon Callow, wrapped in a very clever framing story. I loved listening to this, and can’t wait to do so again.

26 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Broken Meats

  • A Harry Stubbs Adventure
  • By: David Hambling
  • Narrated by: Gethyn Edwards
  • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Weird things lurk in the dark streets of London in 1925. After a bizarre shooting incident, Harry Stubbs, former heavyweight boxer and sometime debt collector, is coerced into helping a visitor from Shanghai. Mr Yang, an agent of the feared Si Fan Society with unusual powers, is seeking information about a dead man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific adaptation of a cracking story

  • By Philip Hemplow on 28-01-17

Lovecraftian Noir Thriller

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

The second of the Harry Stubbs audiobooks, and what an improvement in narration! Gethyn Edwards really brings Stubbs to life in this thrilling homage to The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward.

The story is tautly written and rich in suspense, action and atmosphere. Harry Stubbs is a brilliant addition to the world of pulp horror, and I can’t wait to start his next adventure.

Very highly recommended for fans of Lovecraft and noir detective fiction.