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  • The Merry Spinster

  • Tales of Everyday Horror
  • By: Mallory Ortberg
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

From Mallory Ortberg comes a collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales. Adapted from her beloved "Children's Stories Made Horrific" series, The Merry Spinster takes up the trademark wit that endeared Ortberg to fans of both The Toast and her best-selling debut Texts from Jane Eyre. The feature has become among the most popular on the site. Sinister and inviting, familiar and alien all at the same time, The Merry Spinster updates traditional children's stories and fairy tales with elements of psychological horror, emotional clarity, and a keen sense of feminist mischief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I bought it

  • By NotYourAmelie on 14-02-19

Glad I bought it

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

I feel like the narrator struck the exact right tone, and the stories themselves were cleverly constructed and very well written

  • The Haunted Forest Tour

  • By: Jeff Strand, James A. Moore
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Haunted Forest Tour! Sit back, and enjoy a smooth ride in air-conditioned comfort as your heavily armored tram takes you through nature's most astonishing creation. The forest is packed to capacity with dangerous and terrifying creatures of all shapes, sizes, and hunger levels, and you'll get to observe these wonders in complete safety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Talk about a terrifying tour!

  • By SarahC1985 on 06-09-18

Eh

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

I ended up returning it. I loved the premise - it's novel and interesting. Unfortunately every female 'character' (by which I mean that they have zero personality and are walking stereotypes) is rated on her looks and nothing more. Every male character is either an objectifying ass or an idiot, it's stereotypes only right from the start. There's also an unhealthy dose of fatphobia in there too. Either the writer has no idea how to write three dimensional characters or this was badly written satire on the objectification of women. Unfortunately it seems likely to be the former. I'd give it a miss.

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

For more than 10 years, a mysterious and violent predator committed 50 sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated 10 sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website True Crime Diary, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called the Golden State Killer. Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, Compelling True Crime, But Material Missing!

  • By Simon on 26-11-18

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

Well written and informative without becoming objectifying and creepy. However narrator never pronounces the 't' in Sacramento, despite being well spoken. Sacramennow Sacramennow Sacramennow. It pulled my attention from the overall feeling of the the story and the authors' hard work.

  • Into the Drowning Deep

  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a tragedy. Now a new crew has been assembled. But this time they're not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life's work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart, this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

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

  • By Ruth dugard on 09-03-19

Not bad, an interesting take.

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

Reviewed: 12-01-19

The premise and story itself are very good, even if Ms Grant/McGuire does tend to fall down a hole of over description occasionally. It was an interesting take on the myth of the mermaid and not dissimilar to what I have imagined. It was very nice to have some casual and natural representation of different groups in the story. I do wonder, however, if she utilised any Deaf sensitivity readers (there were parts of the story that really rubbed me the wrong way in relation to how the deaf characters were described) .
Overall, a good story.

  • City of Ghosts

  • By: Victoria Schwab
  • Narrated by: Reba Buhr
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn't like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead...and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost. So things are already pretty strange. But they're about to get much stranger. When Cass's parents start hosting a TV show about the world's most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And then Cass meets a girl who shares her "gift"....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good teen book, but the accents?!

  • By NotYourAmelie on 09-01-19

Pretty good teen book, but the accents?!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

Interesting story, good premise. Genuinely awful accents. I say this with good humour but don't listen to this if you're at all sensitive about English or Scottish accents. Really it was very distracting and unintentionally funny!

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  • Hunted

  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Twenty-two-year-old Eileen goes missing while hiking in the remote Ashlough Forest. Five days later, her camera is discovered washed downriver, containing bizarre photos taken after her disappearance. Chris wants to believe Eileen is still alive. When the police search is abandoned, he and four of his friends create their own search party to scour the mountain range. As they stray farther from the hiking trails and the unsettling discoveries mount, they begin to believe they’re not alone in the forest...and that Eileen’s disappearance wasn’t an accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book

  • By Abi on 12-12-18

Welcome to headache land

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

Overall I liked the story. Often with horrors and thrillers I can guess who the baddie is from early on and at least in this one I was unable to until near the end. The main characters resolution of the issue was also surprising.
Heads up for anyone interested, the book has ablist slurs in, which aren't addressed at all, and the female characters (out side of the main one) are all tropey stereotypes though I can see that the author has tried to broaden their characters somewhat as the story moves along.
All in all 3/5 so not bad.

  • Milk and Honey

  • By: Rupi Kaur
  • Narrated by: Rupi Kaur
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

From Rupi Kaur, the top 10 Sunday Times best-selling author, comes the beautiful audio edition of milk and honey, her debut poetry collection. Read to you by the author, milk and honey is a book about survival, love, loss and femininity. milk and honey takes you on a journey of hurting, loving, breaking and healing. Listen to Rupi Kaur's incredible poetry, in her own words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so enlightening

  • By Aminat Sow on 15-03-19

Art

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Utter art. I want to write it on every wall, fill my halls with it all.

  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

  • By: Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Narrated by: Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783

In February 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge posted an impassioned argument on her blog about her deep-seated frustration with the way discussions of race and racism in Britain were constantly being shut down by those who weren't affected by it. She gave the post the title 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'. Her sharp, fiercely intelligent words hit a nerve, and the post went viral, spawning a huge number of comments from people desperate to speak up about their own similar experiences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not great

  • By Anon on 04-02-19

I thought I had an idea

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

But I was even less informed than I thought I was. I'll be listening again!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Annihilation

  • Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 426

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilisation. This is the twelfth expedition. Their group is made up of four women: An anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor reading

  • By Lawrie Roboto on 04-02-18

Imaginative and enthralling

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

It's so good to see women as complex and unique individuals with their own faults, idiosyncrasies, and strengths.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,875

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

I was ready for disappointment

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

Reviewed: 20-11-17

But it didn't happen. A really great story with believable characters narrated incredibly well. At the very least on a par with The Martian but honestly I enjoyed this story even more.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful