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  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,896

First came the days of the plague. Then came the dreams. Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil. His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms. For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a key Stephen King title

  • By karen on 13-08-12

Stephen King at his best

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Absolutely brilliant; i was hooked within the first 5 minutes of the actual story. reader be warned, much like other books, this has a long prologue by Stephen explaining the fact that this is the original version, and therefore longer. I enjoyed this but could be seen to spoil some things. anyway overall fantastic read!!

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  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road Drugs Empire
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,041

From New York Times best-selling author Nick Bilton comes a true-life thriller about the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, the founder of the online black market Silk Road. In 2011, Ulbricht, a 26-year-old libertarian idealist and former Boy Scout, launched 'a website where people could buy anything anonymously, with no trail whatsoever that could lead back to them'. He called it Silk Road, opened for business on the Dark Web, and christened himself the Dread Pirate Roberts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely gripping

  • By S. Bramble on 23-12-17

Enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

The level of detail and research that went into making this book is staggering. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • The Running Man

  • By: Stephen King, Richard Bachman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Every night they tuned in to the nation's favourite prime-time TV game show. They all watched, from the sprawling slums to the security-obsessed enclaves of the rich. They all watched the ultimate live death game as the contestants tried to beat not the clock but annihilation at the hands of the Hunters. Survive 30 days, and win the billion dollar jackpot - that was the promise. But the odds were brutal and the game rigged.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • skip the first part

  • By Joe on 19-08-16

Enjoyable, but . .

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Excellent story, excellent performance, but as others have pointed out, in the intro to the book, where King talks about Bachman, the ending of the story is given away. Skip this if you don't want the ending ruined.

  • The Mist

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Fear changes everything. After a mysterious mist envelops a small New England town, a group of locals trapped in a supermarket must battle a siege of otherworldly creatures . . . and the fears that threaten to tear them apart.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Missed opportunity

  • By Stephen on 17-03-15

Not as good as the movie.

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

Reviewed: 14-07-17

One of the very rare occasions I'll say the movie was better than the book.
This is more of a audio performance rather than your standard audiobook, and the recording is terrible. As someone has pointed out, Stephen Kings wrtitting doesn't need sound effects and other gimmicks. On top of that, the levels are so off, it's almost unlistenable. I listen to my books in the car, one minute it's too low, next a huge bang will happen for no apparent reason, so you turn it down, next your right back to someone whispering and you can't hear a damn thing again.
I get the effect they're trying to go for, but it really doesn't work.
Save your credit, go for another King book.

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  • Ricky Gervais Show

  • The Complete Second Season
  • By: Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, Karl Pilkington
  • Narrated by: Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, Karl Pilkington
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669

It's the complete second season of The Ricky Gervais Show - six episodes in one tidy package. It's packed full of all-new drivel, as Ricky and Steve Merchant forage through the long grass of Karl Pilkington's brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five-star Drivel

  • By J. Shepherd on 30-04-06

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Absolutely loved it, but then again I'm a huge Karl Pilkington fan.

Note, if you're going to buy this, and you've listened to a lot of Karl/Ricky in the past (YouTube/podcasts etc), then there may not be anything new on here for you. A lot of what was on here, I'd heard before on their XFM shows, but still very enjoyable. It was the first time I'd heard some of the Rockbusters though.

  • The Alpha Plague, Books 1-3

  • By: Michael Robertson
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Rhys is an average guy who works an average job in Summit City - a purpose-built government complex on the outskirts of London. The Alpha Tower stands in the center of the city. An enigma, nobody knows what happens behind its dark glass. Rhys is about to find out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't sure at first.

  • By Z Matthews on 05-06-17

Wasn't sure at first.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Wasn't sure about this book at first. It was advised to me by my girlfriend, but after reading the reviews, I was a bit hesitant, but I took a chance and I really enjoyed it.
I do understand some of the poor reviews, this book won't be for everyone, and some of the writing doesn't fit well with the characters, and the narrator also doesn't fit some of the characters and how they'd speak.
But, overall, I really enjoyed this book. It's a great zombie read with some really tense sections and some great twists.

  • Phantoms

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Nonsense

  • By Chris on 12-08-11

brilliant as always, Koontz keeps you gripped

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

Reviewed: 25-04-17

loved it, usual Koontz style and a good read throughout! Still can't believe this was published in 1983 - a fantastic read, still, today!

  • World War Z

  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,978

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched firsthand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living - or at least the undead - hell of that dreadful time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good old fashioned gory fun

  • By monkey-puzzle on 21-11-12

Really Enjoyable Book With a Mix of Perspectives

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I already have recommend this to a family member. I know they love fiction books and zombies, so I'm sure they'll love this.

What other book might you compare World War Z to, and why?

'I am legend' is the only book I could compare to this, and possibly 'Cell' by Stephen King.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

One of the great things about this book is you get to see the Zombie outbreaks from all different perspectives. You get to see from the normal civilians point, from the army's, drug dealers, people in space etc. But this changing perspectives stops you getting connected to any one character.

Any additional comments?

While this book was excellent, and I'd highly recommend this. 1 or 2 of the peoples stories where a little weak and seemed to go on a little longer than needed, but this was only 1 or 2 and the others where all excellent.

  • Being the Alpha Male

  • The Psychology of Seduction
  • By: Seventy Seven
  • Narrated by: Seventy Seven
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Forget deep-space exploration, hunting for extraterrestrial life, or even searching out long-lost civilizations. In this book, world-renowned seduction psychology expert Seventy Seven is going to finally uncover the greatest mystery in the universe...how to get any woman you desire by giving her what she really wants and not what she says she wants. Use the techniques in this book, and I guarantee you will get friend zoned less, get much hotter girls than you ever have before, and get as much a sex as you want!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Concise, no bs approach to being more alpha

  • By Lee on 02-10-18

Excellent Read

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

Where does Being the Alpha Male rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is only the second psychology book I've read, the other being 'Influence - Robert B. Cialdini', I much preferred this one, it just gets straight to the point, and give practical examples.

Have you listened to any of Seventy Seven’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any of Seventy Sevens books before, but after reading this, I will be looking out for more of his books.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this book in 20 minute chunks. My only complaint, the book was so good, but just a little short.

Any additional comments?

There are a great deal of generalizations in this book, but seventy seven references this, and if you can ignore these, this is a brilliant book with practical examples, that get's straight to the point. Loved it!

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,771
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,293

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 30-01-17

Where does Career of Evil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the first crime/thriller book I've read, but I feel this has set the bar pretty high.

What did you like best about this story?

It being based in London, and being able to relate to some of the street names and tube stations.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Past memories, present pain.

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed this book, looking forward to reading the others in the series soon.