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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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  • Terra

  • By: Mitch Benn
  • Narrated by: Mitch Benn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

An SF fable for the young-at-heart from stand-up comedian and satirical song-writer Mitch Benn. No-one trusts humanity. No-one can quite understand why we're intent on destroying the only place we have to live in the Universe. No-one thinks we're worth a second thought. And certainly no-one is about to let us get off Rrth. That would be a complete disaster. But one alien thinks Rrth is worth looking at. Not humanity, obviously, we're appalling, but until we manage to kill every other living thing on the planet there are some truly wonderful places on Rrth and some wonderful creatures living in them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, touching and beautifully read

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-07-13

Pratchett, Potter and then some

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

Reviewed: 27-11-15

Loved this. I've always liked the humour of Terry Pratchett but could somehow never quite get on with his novels without quite knowing why. This had so many parallels but filled that mystery gap for me. The narration was excellent and I suspect no-one else could have done this other than the author himself. The characters were good, humour just right and unmistakable elements of Harry Potterness added to, rather than detracted from, the overall flow and feel of the story. Can't wait to hear the next one!

  • London Falling

  • The Shadow Police, Book One
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,067

Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect, Rob Toshack, is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law - until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow and a bit confusing but stick with it!

  • By Beccameriel on 07-07-15

Took a while to build

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

Eventually I liked this story but I struggled to begin with in taking in the characters and I found I was having to listen again to sections that had somehow passed me by. Overall, an interesting concept of similar lines to The Rivers of London series which I love.

  • Midnight

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

Jack Nightingale found it hard enough to save lives when he was a cop. Now he needs to save a soul – his sister's. But to save her he has to find her and they’ve been separated since birth. When everyone Jack talks to about his sister dies horribly, he realises that someone, or something, is determined to keep them apart. If he's going to save his sister, he's going to have to do what he does best - negotiate. But any negotiation with the forces of darkness comes at a terrible price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Had hoped ...

  • By TinaF on 09-02-16

Admirable sequel

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

Didn't keep me quite as gripped as the first in the series but still thoroughly enjoyed this. Well narrated once again. You really need to have read the first to appreciate this though. I will certainly be buying the rest in the series.

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  • Nightfall

  • A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

“You’re going to hell, Jack Nightingale”: They are words that ended his police career. Now Jack’s a struggling private detective – and the chilling words come back to haunt him. Nightingale’s life is turned upside down the day that he inherits a mansion from a man who claims to be his father. It comes with a warning that Nightingale’s soul was sold at birth and a devil will come to claim it on his 33rd birthday – just three weeks away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a gripping tale.

  • By Hilary T. on 15-06-10

Can't fault it

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

Great story, good balance of fantasy and reality, well developed characters, plot that keeps you hooked, humorous, a few gory parts and excellently (and flawlessly) narrated. I'll be listening to this again soon.

  • Pride And Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Emma Messenger
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

Austen’s heroine Elizabeth Bennet deals with the issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Austen at her wittiest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Missing words and names mid sentence ruined this

  • By Allison on 30-06-15

Missing words and names mid sentence ruined this

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

Reviewed: 30-06-15

Classic story that was in general narrated well but I became infuriated by the repeated oddity of place names simply omitted mid sentence. There was also other fluffs such as repeated paragraphs. Call me pedantic but these just ruin the flow of a story for me. I would be tempted to try one of the other versions of this if you're likely to feel similarly.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Pickwick Papers

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 32 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

The Pickwick Papers, Dickens's first novel, is a delightful romp through the pre-Reform Bill England of 1827. Samuel Pickwick and the rest of the Pickwickians are some of the most memorable of all Dickens's creations, and it is a joy to hear of their adventures in search of "interesting scenes and characters", and the repeated efforts of the quick-witted Sam Weller to rescue them all from disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By MicT on 21-05-17

Werry Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 14-06-15

A classic tale, well narrated. Full of Dickensian humour and typically rich characterisation. A long but light-heated read that I will listen to again. Recommended.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,285
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,507

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relished every minute

  • By Sara on 22-03-10

A triumph

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

Reviewed: 16-05-15

I usually have difficulty with the flow of stories from several different viewpoints but this was done extremely well both in the writing and by the various narrators. I already knew the story from watching the film but the book was extremely well written and performed brilliantly. It had comedy, pathos, real life grit, and compelled me to keep listening. Heartily recommended.

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,087

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 17-04-15

Interesting storyline. Well explored characters and generally well narrated except for some slightly dubious Scottish accents! I would recommend this.

  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,370

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

Well read yarn in a novel setting

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

Reviewed: 30-03-15

Enjoyed this and have now added other titles by the author to my wish list. An interesting setting and enjoyable cast of characters make this novel stand out. Narrated well too. Would recommend.

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kallgren lowers the rating

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-05-16

Terrible accents

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

Reviewed: 19-03-15

Let down by narration sadly. Terrible and inconsistent accents. Was a disappointment considering the cast and special edition. Story is a classic though

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