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  • The Black Friar

  • Damian Seeker 2
  • By: S. G. MacLean
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

London, 1655, and Cromwell's regime is under threat from all sides. Damian Seeker, Captain of Cromwell's Guard, is all too aware of the danger facing Cromwell. Parliament resents his control of the army while the army resents his absolute power. In the East End of London, a group of religious fanatics plots rebellion. In the midst of all this, a stonemason uncovers a perfectly preserved body dressed in the robes of a Dominican friar, bricked up in a wall in the crumbling Black Friars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good I was sorry when it ended

  • By Clare on 03-09-17

Good story, shame about the narration

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

I listened to this book straight after finishing The Seeker. Again it has a good storyline that keeps the readers attention, and the Seeker himself is revealing himself as a warmer, more human character as the series progresses.

Now, I know some listeners didn't like Nicholas Camm, who narrated the first book. I did - I'm Northern and having someone with a genuine northern accent narrating a character who is a northerner was very refreshing and gave the character a legitimacy that often isn't there. It was a bit like listening to Sean Bean for 11 hours. Most pleasant. Jonathan Keeble, by contrast, sounds either like his has plums in his mouth or like an episode of Monty Python. His female characters and children are just dreadful (I kept expecting the female preacher to screech 'he's not the seeker, he's a very naughty boy'!). And as for the Seeker, he now sounds like either the worst type of parody of a northern accent, or like he's been modelled on DCI Gene Hunt from Life on Mars.

Very disappointed to see that Keeble is back for the next instalment. Come on audible - you have better narrators and you can be more diverse when you try.

  • The Seeker

  • Damian Seeker 1
  • By: S. G. MacLean
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

London, 1654. Oliver Cromwell is at the height of his power and has declared himself Lord Protector. Yet he has many enemies at home and abroad. London is a complex web of spies and merchants, priests and soldiers, exiles and assassins. One of the web's most fearsome spiders is Damian Seeker, agent of the Lord Protector. No one knows where Seeker comes from, who his family is, or even his real name. All that is known of him for certain is that he is utterly loyal to Cromwell and that nothing can be long hidden from him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Dark-Cloaked Figure

  • By Simon on 10-12-16

Narration not as bad as some would have you believe

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

A good tale, well told and also very well narrated. To be fair, it takes a little while to settle in, but the characterisation suits the story well and the voices of each character are easy to differentiate. Well worth a listen.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Snowblind

  • Dark Iceland
  • By: Ragnar Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Thor Kristjansson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 182

Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors - accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik - with a past that he’s unable to leave behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugely atmospheric setting & palpable tension!

  • By MRS V L HALL on 01-12-15

Really wanted to like this...

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

...but the narration made it impossible. Soporific and not enough distinction between characters or parts of the story, which caused me to continually wonder what was going on. Given the simplicity of the story, that shouldn’t have been possible. I will try the next one in the series to see if it improves with a change of narrator.

  • Ghost Music

  • By: Graham Masterton
  • Narrated by: Mac MacDonald
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

The dead cant seek justice can they? - Gideon Lake, a successful composer, is immediately smitten by Kate Solway, who lives below him. They begin a passionate affair, and Kate invites him to Europe so that they can be together without her husband finding out. But when Gideon witnesses all kinds of strange and terrifying events, he soon realizes that nothing in Kates world is what it seems. Gideon must work out who, and what, Kate really is, and what she wants from him....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ghost Music

  • By jennifer on 06-06-14

Dreadful narration

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

Reviewed: 29-03-18

What would have made Ghost Music better?

A different narrator might have made it worth a listen.

Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Masterton again?

Possibly

Would you be willing to try another one of Mac MacDonald’s performances?

Absolutely not. Couldn't get beyond the first few minutes.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

  • The Many Selves of Katherine North

  • By: Emma Geen
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

Kit has been projecting into other species for seven years. Longer than anyone else at ShenCorp. Longer than any of the scientists thought possible. But lately she has the feeling that when she jumps, she isn't alone.... Since she was 12, Kit has been a phenomenaut, her consciousness projected into the bodies of lab-grown animals for the purpose of research.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Meraki on 08-08-16

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

I really liked the idea of this book. I enjoy science fiction and was intrigued by the environmental twist. I'm afraid it just didn't work for me, though. The concept had something of WestWorld to it, but the idea was poorly developed with unlikeable protagonists and intriguing sub plots were poorly developed if at all. The writing style was very disjointed. I have no problem with jumping backwards and forwards in time, but the jumps were too fragmented to maintain the storyline. The lead character was petulant and immature - part of this was clearly what the author was aiming for (without giving any spoilers), but this rapidly became a distraction as the characters behaviour became more and more bizarre. Others have mentioned that the ending was a bit flat and I'd concur. The last hour and a half or so led to many revelations (not unexpected despite the jerky style), and yet none were followed through. Instead we end up with a classic cop out boy-meets-girl-all-is-well-with-the-world. Could have been excellent. Instead just feels like a waste of 10 hours.

  • Revenger

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 416

The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilisations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives. And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them.... Captain Rackamore and his crew do.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear

  • By Mr S. on 12-10-16

Terrible book made worse by woeful narration

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

Reviewed: 30-04-17

I wish I'd read more reviews for this one before purchasing. Lots of reviews raise the same issue I experienced:

- no idea this was a YA book when I purchased. Don't get me wrong, I've listened to and enjoyed YA books in the past, but this seemed to have a reading level of around 10, but with quite gory violence making it not really suitable for any age;
- none of the protagonists were in the slightest bit likeable. Again, I've enjoyed books previously when the main protagonists are not likeable. But generally there's at least one redeeming character - even if minor - who makes the reader feel they haven't completely wasted their time;
- Clare Corbett as a narrator is absolutely dire. To be fair, I didn't think all her male voices were terrible, but Fura (or Führer, as she pronounces it) and Adrana were made to sound so whingy and annoying I just wanted to box their ears as soon as they started speaking;
- as others have mentioned, the audio quality was very poor, but this could have been down to the narration. Quiet narrative interspersed with loud, often screechy, dialogue made it impossible to set the volume at a comfortable level.

May be for someone, but certainly not for me.

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  • The Paradox

  • By: Charlie Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Charlie Fletcher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

Those who belong to the secret society called The Oversight know many things. They know cold iron will hold back the beasts in the darkness. They know it is dangerous to stand between two mirrors. And they know that despite their dwindling numbers, it remains their duty to protect humanity from the predations of the supernatural. And vice versa. But two of the society's strongest members, Mr. Sharp and Sara Falk, are trapped in the world between the mirrors, looking for each other, searching for a way back home.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear no Simon Prebble reading.

  • By Michael on 15-08-16

Not as bad as some reviews make you think!

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

Reviewed: 13-04-17

After reading a lot of negative reviews, and having enjoyed the first book and narration, I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. I could the narration absolutely fine and I'm picky about narrators. Also didn't seem to experience the editorial issues others have commented on. So give it a go, it might just be better than you think...

  • Dance of the Gods

  • Circle Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Raised in a family of demon hunters, Blair Murphy has her own personal demons to fight: the father who trained, then abandoned her, and the fiancé who walked out on her after learning what she is. Now she finds herself training a sorcerer from 12th century Ireland, a witch from modern day New York, a scholar and a shape changer from the mythical land of Geall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb second instalment

  • By Nadia on 06-03-09

Still terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

Persevered with the second in the series. Narration is still dire but I must be getting used to it as it seemed more intelligible and less of a distraction from the story. More than a little annoying that one of the female characters seems to have changed her nature completely since book one and become less strong and independent and more reliant on men.

  • Morrigan's Cross

  • Circle Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Standing on the cliffs of 12th-century Ireland following the disappearance of his twin, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith is visited by the goddess Morrigan and is charged with the ultimate of tasks: saving his and all future worlds. His enemy, the beautiful but deadly vampire queen Lilith, has had over 2,000 years of experience in cruelly killing and changing humans into one of her own - including Hoyt's brother, Cian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Morrigan's Cross Trilogy

  • By Elizabeth on 16-05-09

Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 31-03-17

Story might not be bad but it is hard to get past the dreadful narration. Incomprehensible in large parts and the accents are awful, particularly for the female characters as others have noted. Wish I'd read more reviews before wasting credits on this series.

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  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, and others
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

This was to be her last day alive. The renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin prepared her suicide thoroughly. The death of her eldest daughter had weighed too heavily on her conscience for her to carry on and she yearned for one last drink to raise a toast to oblivion. Her morbid plans are interrupted and she is called in to negotiate a gruesome hostage situation at a radio station where a psychopath is playing a morbid game. While the show is on air, he calls people from the phonebook at random. If they pick up the phone with a certain slogan, a hostage is set free. If they don’t, then the hostage is unceremoniously shot.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Over Blown Pathetic Clap Trap - Bad Writing

  • By Highlight on 26-07-15

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 27-03-17

The story might have been good but I found the background noises and music highly irritating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful