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  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,529

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good one!

  • By Robyn on 23-11-16

Wow. Great book. Great narrator.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

This sat in my library for months before I got around to listening to it. I bought it because I heard Ray Porter voice another book (Paradox Bound also by Peter Clines), which lead me to another two of Mr Porter's narrations (We Are Bob series) and Earthcore which despite having thoroughly unlikeable characters, kept my interest for 20 hours.

When I finally got around to listening to 14, it was a "can't wait to get to the next time I can listen" book. I normally listen whilst driving in the early hours of the morning, but I've sat at home and listened to it because I was so eager to find out how it went.

Ray Porter's narration is - as always - top notch. He's one of the better people with female voices.

The story - no spoilers so sorry for being vague - doesn't sound like much at the start, but soon hooks you and then proceeds at a decent pace. I don't ever recall thinking "oh good grief, get ON with it". OK a couple of the characters I'd have kicked sometimes but the actual story by Peter Clines, I can't fault.

If you're into sci-fi/fantasy then I don't think you'll regret purchasing this.

And someone please give Mr Porter a payrise. I don't know how much he earns but it isn't enough.

  • The Elements of Eloquence

  • By: Mark Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style, from the best-selling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon. From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase - such as 'Tiger, Tiger, burning bright', or 'To be or not to be' - memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you, too, can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rhetoric, Rhetoric, Rhetoric!

  • By Sarah on 20-07-15

Horrible

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

Reviewed: 28-05-19

I loved the entymologicon but this is quote after quote from Shakespeare. It could have been so much better.

If i wanted to listen to a Shakespeare love fest I'd have purchased one.

Narrator is good but the writing here is lazy.
One of the few books I've ever refunded.

  • It's So Easy

  • And Other Lies
  • By: Duff McKagan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

In 1984, at the age of 20, Duff McKagan left his native Seattle - partly to pursue music, but mainly to get away from a host of heroin overdoses then-decimating his closest group of friends in the local punk scene. In LA only a few weeks and still living in his car, he answered a want ad for a bass player placed by someone who identified himself only as "Slash." Soon after, the most dangerous band in the world was born. Guns N' Roses went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By PerrieBelle on 15-09-16

I don't even LIKE GnR.

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

Reviewed: 23-05-19

I had no idea who the guy was before I read the precis. I don't like GnR. How did I wind up with this? Well my sister mentioned Russel Brand's biography, I had a look at that (alcohol addictions being a mutual interest), didn't like it and this popped up as a similar book. I listened to the sample and thought "wow". So I got it.

It's an amazing ride from nothing, showcasing a lot of work, good luck, bad decisions, good decisions and moments of "that's just wow". This guy definitely put some work in and he takes you on this journey via some truly "WTF" moments.

The narrator is excellent and gives a real feel for someone talking "off the cuff". I couldn't fault him and I'll look for other things he's done as a result of listening to this book.

The last 5th of the book seems a bit rushed and I do wonder about a sequel.

Fantastic book and you REALLY don't need to like GnR to enjoy it.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 908

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting concept ruined

  • By Mr. G. Mitchell on 12-10-17

Real mixed bag; read the full review!

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

Reviewed: 23-05-19

This is a tough one.

Wil Weaton's performance was good, I wish he had better material. He was a bit too shouty but I can only presume that's because of the writing. I appreciate that the shouty dialogue is a parady of a fair few sci-fi shows; and this becomes more clear later on in the book, but if you listen on headphones, you may want to turn the volume down a bit. Mr Wheaton doesn't do voices for different characters and here that can be a bit confusing. Mr Weaton's performance of Ready Player One was exceptionally good and didn't confuse at all so I believe that here, he was let down by Mr Scalzi.

That is entirely down to one thing "he said, he said, he said". I know other reviewers have mentioned it; and I almost didn't buy the book because of it. It is incredibly annoying. No really. Think about entire paragraphs of dialogue going back and forth <sentence> he said <sentence> she said <sentence> he said <sentence> she said. If that was annoying to read, imagine how annoying it is to hear. For the love of all things, please get Mr Scalzi a thesaurus; or direct him to the website of the same name. Why not "replied", "interjected", "mentioned"? Anything but 56 "he said"s?!

The premise is interesting, unfortunately I do feel that the script needed another draft before being released. The Codas are actually better written than the main novel.

I had a hard time deciding on stars for this. The performance is good but let down by the writing making parts confusing. The story is ok but needed tightening. Overall it's ok but could have been better.

I would say it's worth a punt on the buy 2 for one credit deals that Audible sometimes do. But I wouldn't go full price. Personally. YMMV.

  • The Easy Way to Control Alcohol

  • By: Allen Carr
  • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

Allen Carr established himself as the world’s greatest authority on helping people stop smoking and his internationally best-selling Easy Way to Stop Smoking has been published in over 40 languages and sold more than 10 million copies. In his Easy Way to Control Alcohol Allen applies his revolutionary method to drinking. With startling insight into why we drink and clear, simple, step-by-step instructions, he shows you the way to escape from the ‘alcohol trap’ in the time it takes to listen to this audiobook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very effective, although could do with some modernisation re comparisons

  • By Karen on 11-08-15

Poor start but has interesting points

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

I wasn't impressed by the multitude of 5* anonymous reviews but I was interested in the subject because I've lost my mother and my brother to alcohol and am in the process of losing my best friend to it. I'm aware of the higher chances that a child of an alcoholic has of becoming an alcoholic themselves so it's something of which I've always been leary. Over the years I've gone from teetotal (18-33), drinking a wine at Xmas/birthday, vodka/gin to sleep (33-40), teetotal again (could afford it) and then back to alcohol as a sleep aid. Now I'm teetotal again at 49 and this book is why I intend to stay that way ...

My initial impression was that Mr Carr is a snake-oil salesman. The start of the book comes across like a charlatan trying to sell you a bridge. Standard sales techniques, get you saying yes a lot and hope you sign on the dotted line. This may be a UK/US thing and as an ex-salesperson I don't have a high tolerance for that type of thing.

However, as the book went on it was interesting to hear the points being made. Many of which I knew but hadn't really thought about enough and actually asked myself the question and got a real honest answer. Mr Carr takes a presumption, talks about the issues around it and gives you the opportunity to actually ask yourself if you really want to drink.

Having listened to this and then read any artical about drinking, you see the same old tropes which he's just debunked being trotted out as to why a person drinks. "It's social". Is it? Having your senses deadened means you have more fun? Wouldn't it be better to not to somewhere where it's only tolerable if you're sedated? "You must be miserable if you don't drink." Why? I enjoy the moment and can remember it! "I like the taste" Do you? Really? The book goes through more points and much better than I can here but you see the point.

It isn't a quick fix, it's a thought-evoking book. So if you aren't going to listen with an open mind then don't bother. If you are just going to trot out the usual tropes to the points he raises, then don't bother. If you are going to listen, consider the points he's making (most of which aren't new or radical but maybe being put in a way that you haven't heard), then you will get something out of this book.

I don't agree with everything he's said. However on balance it's worth a listen and it may help you come to a decision regards drinking alcohol. At the very least, I hope that it will get you to critically consider your drinking because it will creep up on you.

The narrator is good, the marks deducted are for:
- initial sales type nonsense
- general repetitiveness about Mr Carr's smoking book

  • Platoon F: Big Ass Bundle (Platoon F eBook Bundle 3)

  • By: John P. Logsdon, Christopher P. Young
  • Narrated by: John P. Logsdon
  • Length: 35 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Lieutenant Orion Murphy is facing execution due to a military mistake, but he's offered a deal that will allow him to live. He must go through a physical transformation, take on the new name of Don Harr, and agree to lead a crew of misfits known as Platoon F. Over the course of nine missions, Captain Harr slowly begins to understand what the 'F' in 'Platoon F' truly means. Jump in today and grab nine missions (plus the bonus) that will seriously push the boundaries of insanity, absurdity, and reality. If you're looking for laughs, you'll find them in Platoon F! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A dicking good laugh!

  • By Jamie on 24-07-18

Great story/performance not for the PC brigade

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

Reviewed: 09-02-19

Ok first off, if you're a "right-on", "politically correct" person ... just skip this because the stereotypes will annoy you. If you take one look at a "Carry On" film and start writing angry letters ... it's not for you. However, if you're willing to see how the characters develop and the stereotypes become real and are dealt with with humour and respect, then great.

Now we have that out of the way, this is a great series with many genuine laugh out loud moments. The narrator is fantastic with wonderful characterizations and voices which make it easy to tell which character is speaking. Honestly, one of the best that I've heard.

I don't want to talk much about the story and ruin it, but whilst you might think that it starts out as a cliche, the twists and turns, soon turn it into something much more. The series develops very well (I'm on Book Eight right now) and never feels like it's dragging. The only slow moment is the story-recap near the start of each book but that's only noticable because I'm listening to one book after the other. It isn't that instrusive.

I will be looking out for other books by these authors and definitely by books read by this narrator.

Honestly, you can't spend your credits in a better way than this but do expect some off-colour jokes and characters. They will flesh out (as Jensen or Parfait would say) but until then you might be thinking "ugh". Don't. It's absolutely worth listening to this series unless you are really an OTT PC person.

For the record, I'm female. And pushing 50.

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  • Ep. 1: Family Secrets (Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets)

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Of course, all families, high born and low have secrets. Confidential conditions of mind or body. Black sheep. Skeletons in cupboards. Unmentionable uncles. Naughty nephews... aunties who aren't... conventional. More often than not it boils down to something - sexual. This episode is about the keeping and uncovering of family secrets. In a way it unlocks all the secrets in all our episodes. Many Victorians, especially the more successful ones, feared shame. In a way this fear was something quite new. A new and growing newspaper industry was keen to amplify that shame. And a new middle class, desperate to cling to its new-found monied status, felt threatened. And, new theories about heredity, coming later in the century, meant that (perish the thought!) shamefulness could be passed on – like red hair or big feet - from generation to generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pity!!

  • By Jo on 04-12-18

Let down by intrusive sound effects

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

Reviewed: 28-10-18

This goes for all of the episodes which I've listened to so far (1-4).

Mr Fry is (as always) superb. I don't think the man is capable of a bad performance.

The stories are generally interesting and linked together quite well.

Where the production fails - and the reason for my 3 stars - is the intrusive and unecessary sound effects. A wailing baby in the first title (from the first moment) to similarly unwarrented intrusions in the other episodes. It totally spoils what is otherwise an excellent series.

If they had someone remove those effects, it'd be a definite five stars. As it is, you have to wade your way through this nonsense to hear Mr Fry. It's like a useless laughter track which detracts from the main point of the book.

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  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the wait

  • By JP on 15-07-17

"Slow is steady, steady is smooth, smooth is fast"

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

Reviewed: 22-07-18

Having listened to and enjoyed the We Are Bob series, I looked for something with the same narrator. I found this.

I started listening to this and thought "nothing much is happening, this doesn't make any sense, I think I'll refund it". Then I checked how long I'd been listening for and it was three and a half hours. I thought it was about 30 minutes.

Well anything that can deceive me that much, deserved continuing. I did. I discovered I pretty much disliked every single character. But I did want to find out what happened. So I kept listening.

And listening.

And then tried to ensure I finished it by the end of the week because I generally listen at work (I'm a driver) and didn't want to wait until the next week to hear the conclusion.

Ray Porter was amazing, as always. He's the only one I've heard do female voices without them sounding comical. I can't comment on the accents, but they sounded fine to me.

The story didn't seem to move at first, but obviously did and set the scene for the later parts of the book. Once it seemed to pick up, it unfurled very well and whilst I disliked pretty much every character, I really wanted to find out what happened to them. Preferably a slow death in some cases. (Not saying they got that!)

Buy it. It's well worth it.

I'll be keeping an eye out for Scott Sigler's stuff too.

Thanks to both Sigler and Porter for an enjoyable 20+ hours.

  • Blacklands

  • By: Belinda Bauer
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Steven Lamb digs holes on Exmoor, hoping to lay to rest the ghost of his uncle, who disappeared aged 11 and is assumed to have fallen victim to the serial killer Arnold Avery. Only Steven's Nan is not convinced her son is dead. Steven is determined to heal the widening cracks in his family before it's too late. And if that means presenting his grandmother with the bones of her murdered son, he'll do it. So the boy takes the next logical step, carefully crafting a letter to Arnold Avery in prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compulsive Listening

  • By robert on 31-03-10

Let down by lacklustre ending

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I don't normally buy books either written by women or read by women. Frankly, they generally focus on things which I find disinteresting and the vocals get on my nerves. (I am female.) However, the story seemed like an interesting premise and the preview sounded good.

The premise is excellent. The writing is overall very good. The narration is well rounded and Colleen Prendergast has done an excellent job with the reading of the story.

My one criticism is that while the tension is built superbly, the denoument is disappointing.

Belinda Bauer seems to have rushed the last two chapters and (in my view) this has resulted in an ending which is unsatisfying. I'm not talking about gory/sensational details, but just what happened and how. Yes, you can argue "leaving it to the imagination" but I could have done that by not listening to the last two chapters. It's a real shame and spoils what is otherwise a very good book and an excellent reading.

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  • One of Your Own

  • The Life and Death of Myra Hindley
  • By: Carol Ann Lee
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

'Infamous, I have become disowned, but I am one of your own' - Myra Hindley, from her unpublished autobiography. On 15 November 2002, Myra Hindley, Britain's most notorious murderess, died in prison, one of the rare women whose crimes were deemed so indefensible that 'life' really did mean 'life'. But who was the woman behind the headlines? How could a seemingly normal girl grow up to commit such terrible acts? Her defenders claim she fell under Ian Brady's spell, but is this the truth?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched. Terrible narration.

  • By Jamie Wilkins on 23-05-14

Astonishing, unsensational case history

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

This isn't a light book and given the subject matter it couldn't be. But it seems very well researched and gives a wonderful in depth view of the life and times of one of the most disturbing cases - if not THE most disturbing - case in UK criminal history.

It doesn't seek to excuse Hindley - I don't think anyone could. It does try to shed light on the times, the motives and the sheer chances which lead to her and Brady becoming the depraved pair that they did.

While facts of the case are gruesome, this book and reading are never sensationalist. I was pleased that the transcript of the audio tapes Brady and Hindley made were not reproduced.

Have a listen to the sample and if you have any interest in the case, I don't think you'd be disappointed in this.

And I still hope that one day, Keith Bennett will be found.