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  • Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: H. G. Wells, Jeff Wayne
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Theo James, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,274
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,110

One of the world’s most recognisable sci-fi stories, H. G. Wells’ The War of The Worlds established numerous conventions for the genre, including the threat of an invasive extraterrestrial species, space travel and intergalactic conflict, inspiring directors, gamers, producers and writers alike with its sobering story of struggle and survival. Marrying the suspense, drama and urgency of Wells’ original novel with Jeff Wayne’s rousing and flamboyant score, Audible’s new and exclusive dramatisation uses action, narration, original music and evocative sound design to immerse listeners in a world that’s as thrilling as it is desolate. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Interpretation of Jeff Wayne's Classic!

  • By Simon on 29-11-18

Great version with 2 faults

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

I very much enjoyed this version but it feels like you probably get the most from this if you're familiar with the music from the original albums.

A couple of the sound effects were bizarre, e.g. the early instance of the typewriter made it sound like the narrator was having a haircut.

On to the 2 issues I had:

1) Having the original (reworked) music without any of the singing felt like a missed opportunity.

2) Some of the strange warbly effects (and deliberate sound cutting out) at the end of some of the tracks was ridiculous. What was JW thinking?

In summary, definitely worth spending a credit on but not quite perfect.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Sanjeev Bhaskar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

One boy, one boat, one tiger.... British comedian, actor and broadcaster Sanjeev Bhaskar, OBE performs this brilliant edition of a work of fiction that is loved by fans around the world. After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a 16 year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orangutan - and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for an extraordinary adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Georgina Gyetvai on 20-03-18

Superb Fantastic Story

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Brilliant story, excellently delivered by the narrator. I have previously read the book but this didn't detract from the enjoyment on the second time around. Well recommended.

  • High-Rise

  • By: J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by: Tom Hiddleston
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 880

From the author of the Sunday Times best seller Cocaine Nights comes an unnerving tale of life in a modern tower block running out of control. Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on "enemy" floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for riots and technological mayhem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing Fable

  • By G. K. Lowell on 14-05-15

Confused!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I didn't enjoy the story, which didn't really hold my attention. The pacing was poor and I'm not sure if this was meant to be a metaphor for something that floated above my head.

Whilst the performance wasn't horrible, there was little attempt to differentiate between characters using various voices.

Not recommended.

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  • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939

On 14th June, 2007, the King of Sweden disappears. In 1994 South Africa dismantles six missiles developed during its brief nuclear weapons programme. In 1961 Nombeko Mayeki is born in a Soweto shack. Seemingly destined for a life nasty, brutish and short, her path takes an entirely unpredictable turn. Because really this story is all about the seventh South African missile - the one that was never supposed to have existed. The one that Nombeko knows far too much about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Intellectual Laugh-out-loud Read!!

  • By Lulu on 03-12-15

Brilliant, Clever and Funny

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Great writing style with a totally off the wall story. I bought this after listening to "The hundred year old man..." and any enjoying it even more than that. The same narrator was used on both and this guy is BRILLIANT! His delivery is utterly perfect and is deliberately laugh out loud funny in places.

Get this book; you won't be disappointed.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,498

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This book has got character!

  • By Sebastian on 24-12-14

Kept Sabotaging Its Own Pace

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

The story was ok but far from being the author's best. There were points in the story where the author would take over from the performance artists and this completely brought the pacing of the story to a jarring halt. I struggled through to the end but will never venture back into Shadow's world again. Disappointing.

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,524
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,978

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this

  • By Mr. P Shaw on 25-11-08

Stylish and Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 27-11-16

I already had this as an ebook but couldn't resist when Audible had it in offer. The story is enjoyable and the performance from the author is very good.

Definitely recommended to anyone who enjoys simple but out of the ordinary fiction.

  • The Rithmatist

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles. As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • light entertainment - with Sanderson magic

  • By Robyn on 09-08-13

Chalk This Up As A Success

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

Reviewed: 23-10-16

I'd already read the ebook and thoroughly enjoyed it. When I saw this on offer I had to buy it.

The pace of the storey is spot on and the characters are mainly likeable, with the exception of one of the professors (but he's meant to be a target of your dislike).

Brandon Sanderson's range of magic systems is superb and this book contains a unique one. Well thought out and believable.

Overall a well recommended listen.

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  • Red Dwarf: Better Than Life

  • By: Grant Naylor
  • Narrated by: Chris Barrie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271

Better Than Life finds the crew trapped in a mind-boggling computer game that is threatening their lives and safety of the ship. One by one, they enter the game to rescue each other - and one by one, they become trapped! Holly will have to use his mega brain to solve this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Sci-Fi, but...

  • By Christopher Wilton on 05-01-11

Amazing Voice Acting

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

Reviewed: 13-05-16

What an amazing performance by Chris Barrie. I kept forgetting the performance was being delivered by just one man.

The story was very familiar for the most part as I'm a big fan of the TV series, and this brought back some great memories.

Very entertaining and a recommended purchase.

  • The Shepherd's Crown

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,739
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606

A Shivering of Worlds. Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength. This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad. As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad & elegiac but also funny because, of course...

  • By Beccameriel on 01-09-15

Disappointing Final Novel

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

Reviewed: 28-09-15

I normally love Discworld books but this fell somewhat flat. It almost felt like a way of getting as many characters mentioned as possible with most of the references leading to nothing.

The story had little progression and what plotline there was could be easily predicted.

I really really wanted to like it but it all felt a little hollow.

Thanks for the series, Sir Terry. Rest in peace.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Time Being

  • By: Antonia Honeywell
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 721

At 11 Lalla should be enjoying her childhood in London. But this is not London as we know it. In a collapsed society, Lalla struggles to imagine her future. When a government announcement invites her to enjoy a new life in Regent’s Park, Lalla sees a glimmer of hope. But what is she willing to risk? The Time Being is the short-story prequel to The Ship by Antonia Honeywell, if you enjoyed this, you’ll love the full-length novel sequel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good

  • By S. Corner on 03-01-16

Interesting Premise

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

Reviewed: 17-09-15

Great short story, narrated well. I can't go into detail without giving anything away but I really felt for the main character. Definitely worth a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful