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  • Hell House

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen

  • By Sara on 30-06-09

loved it but not for the faint of heart.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

Brilliant classic haunting story with shades of The Excorcist. Quite graphic at times so be warned.

  • Red Dragon

  • Hannibal Lecter, Book 1
  • By: Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813

A quiet summer night...a neat suburban house...and another innocent, happy family is shattered - the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness. All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer's tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer who Graham put in prison years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Red Dragon, kept me on the edge of my seat

  • By Mrs on 20-07-15

Classic crime/horror.

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

Reviewed: 28-05-17

Brilliantly written and performed. If you like the Hannibal movies then you'll love this as they are extremely faithful to this text.

  • The Amityville Horror

  • By: Jay Anson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up. This is the shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining for the Lutz family, who were forced to flee their new home in terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good

  • By Griff.81 on 12-02-12

A little samey.

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

Reviewed: 21-05-17

Overall the story is good but I did find myself a little bored at times as similar things happen over and over again and usually don't have much pay off. Since it's meant to be grounded in "fact" that sort of makes sense but having seen the film interpretation I found this less engaging. Of course the film takes huge liberties with the source material and was written to entertain the masses so this also makes sense. Performer was great often sounding a little like Ray Standz from the Real Ghost busters which was fun.

  • The Canterville Ghost [Classic Tales Edition]

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

The ghost that haunts Canterville Chase has built a marvelous career of midnight haunting. But when an American family moves in, they simply have no respect for permanent bloodstains, nightmarish chains, or ancient legends. They even throw pillows at him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By J Svo on 11-04-18

A fantastic reading and great story.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

B. J. Harrison knocks another performance out of the park. The story itself, almost certainly the basis for films like Beetlejuice and The Frighteners, was superb. Displaying Wilde's wry wit and an ability to poke fun at genre conventions that make the whole thing a joy to listen to.

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  • Rosemary's Baby

  • By: Ira Levin
  • Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling-actor husband, Guy, move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and only elderly residents. Neighbours Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome them; despite Rosemary's reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband starts spending time with them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Insidious classic

  • By Dallas Winston 9 on 18-08-17

Fantastic.

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

Reviewed: 21-03-17

A great listen. Voice work is on point and of course the story is fantastic.

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  • The Man Who Would Be King [Classic Tales Edition]

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Through the sands of the scalding deserts of India, two loafing vagabonds follow a half-scribbled map, heading for a land they hope to conquer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh...

  • By Andrew on 27-08-16

Fantastic.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

Brilliantly written and brilliantly read. The incredible story of two con men who attempt to swindle the tribes of the Middle East. Highly recommended.

  • Easily Distracted

  • By: Steve Coogan
  • Narrated by: Steve Coogan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778

Steve Coogan was born and raised in Manchester in the 1960s, the fourth of six children. From an early age, he entertained his family with impressions and was often told he should "be on the telly". Failing to get into any of the London-based drama schools, he accepted a place at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre and before graduating had been given his first break as a voice artist on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image. The late '80s and early '90s saw Coogan developing characters.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Self conscious autobiography.

  • By Mr Duncan J Burden on 15-12-15

Very honest and insightful.

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

Reviewed: 27-12-16

loved it. It's interesting to chart Coogan's career and the slightly disjointed almost Pulp Fictionesque way which the book is presented works really well and gives it a very loose and conversational style.

  • A Christmas Carol

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 334

"Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding," says Ebenezer Scrooge. Mean old Scrooge despises Christmas until Christmas Eve, when a haunted voice from the past changes his life: overnight! Many know this story but few have experienced the true marvel of the tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tried several versions - this was the best

  • By Monkypeaky on 02-10-15

Irresistible listening at this time of year.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

Pop the tree lights on, make a hot chocolate and get cosy on the couch. Then enjoy this classic.

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  • Alan Partridge: Nomad

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,604
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,073

In Alan Partridge: Nomad, Alan dons his boots, windcheater and scarf and embarks on an odyssey through a place he once knew - it's called Britain - intent on completing a journey of immense personal significance. Diarising his ramble in the form of a 'journey journal', Alan details the people and places he encounters, ruminates on matters large and small and, on a final leg fraught with danger, becomes not a man (because he was one to start off with) but a better, more inspiring example of a man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every line has a joke.

  • By Dickie Armstrong on 24-10-16

Classic Partridge.

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

Reviewed: 15-11-16

Fans of Alan will love this. Hilariously funny with all the arrogance and spin we've come to expect and love from the Norfolk based TV and radio personality.