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  • The Monster Collection

  • By: Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Dan Stevens, Greg Wise, and others
  • Length: 30 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702

Audible presents a special edition of three Gothic masterpieces: a brand-new Audible Exclusive recording of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterful performance from Richard Armitage

  • By Valentina Ancilotti on 05-11-17

showing its age.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

hyde was very good, interesting, but frankenstien- good god its dull!
dracula-again, slightly dull, but way better than 'stein.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Anno Dracula

  • Book 1
  • By: Kim Newman
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 309

With the versatile voice talent of William Gaminara, acclaimed novelist Kim Newman explores the darkest depths of a reinvented Victorian London. It is 1888, and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking as her new consort the Wallachian Prince infamously known as Count Dracula. Peppered with familiar characters from Victorian history and fiction, the novel tells the story of vampire Geneviève Dieudonné and British spy Charles Beauregard as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jack the Ripper meets Vlad the Impaler

  • By Sara on 15-02-12

Dull.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

sorry, but its incredibly dull. the narrator is average at best, annoying at worst, the characters undeveloped or just mired in cliche. maybe its my taste to blame- but having the vampires in society, excepted and even encouraged, robs the listener of any tension, any mystery.

  • Alien: Covenant

  • A Novel
  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien adventure. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great addition

  • By Andy on 31-05-17

OK. not great.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

full of cliches, with an ending so obvious it could only be a hollywood film.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Massacre of Mankind

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 293

It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The army is prepared. So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells' book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No one would have believed . . .

  • By Simon on 20-01-17

disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

Hate to say it, but sone of her 'male' characterizations are extremely annoying. A full cast would be much better. deleting, unfortunately.

  • Last Argument of Kings

  • The First Law: Book Three
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 27 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,054
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,643

The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I miss it already.

  • By John on 18-09-11

blast! its finished.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

The trouble with a well written, well acted audio triology? It has to end. I hate that! God! that was good!

  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,852
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,354

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly My Favourite Listen So Far...

  • By Andrew on 18-10-13

excellent.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

great story- visceral, well paced, fully rounded characters- and one of the best narrations I've ever heard- really can't recommend this enough.

  • Dissidence

  • The Corporation Wars, Book 1
  • By: Ken MacLeod
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

One of SFX magazine's Most Anticipated Books for 2016. An epic vision of man and machine in the far reaches of space. Carlos is dead. A soldier who died for his ideals a 1000 years ago, he's been reincarnated and conscripted to fight an A.I. revolution in deep space. And he's not sure he's fighting for the right side. Seba is alive. By a fluke of nature, a contractual overlap and a loop in its subroutines, this lunar mining robot has gained sentience.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Mara on 12-09-17

sci- fi to make you think

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

Reviewed: 14-12-16

I'm a huge fan of 'hard sci- fi'. having been weaned on Niven, Asimov, and their like its nice to listen to a story you have to really concentrate on. This is not a audio to have in in the background. It's a cliche, but 'a breath of fresh air' springs to mind. will definitely be getting next book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

great story, excellent narration- one of the best.

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

Reviewed: 20-07-16

loved the story only criticism- descriptions possibly slowed the story down too much. more pace!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful