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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,244
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,298
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,270

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

FNtastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-17

The narrator really brings this book to life. I was surprised by the level of humour and drama involved but there is no doubt in my mind that the narrator turned in a performance which lifts a decent book into excellence. It is not perfect; I will admit that I borrowed the book to check up on some of the technical speak but overall any shortcomings were easily ignored. I loved it...nearly as much as disco😀

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Northern Lights

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Gary Littman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Lunacy was Nate Burke's last chance. As a Baltimore cop, he'd watched his partner die on the street - and the guilt still haunts him. With nowhere else to go, he accepts the job as chief of police in this tiny, remote Alaskan town. Aside from sorting out a run-in between a couple of motor vehicles and a moose, he finds his first few weeks on the job are relatively quiet. But that's about to change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent audio experience

  • By Tamara on 15-12-08

hugely enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 22-06-15

Set in Alaska, this is a well crafted novel with a great cast of characters made even better by a great performance. A shining example of how a brilliant narration can really add to a story which was already good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • After Glow

  • Harmony World, Book 3
  • By: Jayne Castle
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Life is complicated for Lydia Smith. She's working at that tacky, third-rate museum, Shrimpton's House of Ancient Horrors, trying to salvage her career in para-archaeology - and dating the most dangerous man in town. Just when she thinks she might be getting things under control, she stumbles over a dead body and discovers that her lover has a secret past that could get him killed. her lover has a secret past that could get him killed. Just to top it off, there's trouble brewing underground in Dead City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Out of this World

  • By Sue Wilson on 29-07-16

excellent narration makes for entertaining listen

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

This builds on the previous book in the series. It has a decent mix of romance and adventure . It throws a few new insights into the characters and of course has a great dust bunny character. It's fun to listen to if you like these books but kudos to the narrator for her handling of the different characters

  • The Life and Loves of a He Devil

  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623

Graham Norton has been entertaining audiences and having fun with some of the world's biggest stars for nearly 20 years. He is loved across the nation for his delight in the peculiar and for his ability to find humour and a common ground in all that life brings. The Life and Loves of a He Devil is Graham's funny and honest memoir on the theme of love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weak, but diverting if you're a committed fan

  • By T on 24-10-14

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 16-12-14

This will never be great literature but it is enjoyable and easy to listen to.. Having the narration done by the author really helped bring out some of the charm for which Graham is known but also helped imbue the book with an honesty I wasn't expecting in certain places.

  • Frost Moon

  • Skindancer, Book 1
  • By: Anthony Francis
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

In an alternate Atlanta where magic is practiced openly, where witches sip coffee at local cafes, shapeshifters party at urban clubs, vampires rule the southern night like gangsters, and mysterious creatures command dark caverns beneath the city, Dakota Frost's talents are coveted by all. She's the best magical tattooist in the southeast, a Skindancer, able to bring her amazing tats to life. When a serial killer begins stalking Atlanta's tattooed elite, the police and the Feds seek Dakota's help.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting start to a series

  • By Toomanybooksnotenoughtime on 17-05-14

Interesting start to a series

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

Reviewed: 17-05-14

Enjoyable 1st book based around Dakota Frost, (cool name) who is a magical tattoo artist. It is set in alternative world Atlanta and a decent job has been done at world building.Well paced and good narration

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kallgren lowers the rating

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-05-16

Well worth listening to

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

Reviewed: 17-05-14

Everyone has heard of Dracula. Everyone has seen at least one film, But how many people have bothered with the original book?
This a great retelling of the original with the cast delivering excellent performances. There are some genuinely creepy elements to the book which explains why it grabbed the imagination, However, I also found the character of Lucy irritating which does take away a bit from the story, However I would recommend that you try this if you want to find out what the fuss is about and why it is a classic

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Black Water

  • A Jane Yellowrock Story
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

When Jane killed a small pack of marauding werewolves, she had no idea that the female had a brother in Angola prison. John-Roy Wayne swore vengeance, escaped prison, and kidnapped two young women. Jane has no choice but to go after the human, who is far worse than she ever expected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good easy listen.

  • By comphute on 06-08-17

Short story which adds to the JaneYellowrock world

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

Reviewed: 17-05-14

Short story with excellent narration as usual. Would have made more sense if I had bought and listened to Beneath a Bloody moon first as the events follow on from that story

  • Black Arts

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 7
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace. Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy - one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The name black arts didn't suit the book.

  • By Emma J on 07-07-14

Another knock out from Faith Hunter

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

Reviewed: 09-01-14

The series storms on at a rocketing pace. It opens with a bang as Evan comes looking for his wife Molly. As is normal, it never rains but it pours so Jane also gets summoned to Katie's to search for 2 of her girls who have gone missing plus Leo summons her to run the security for a gathering... what could possibly go wrong??

There is a lot more of Leo in this book as Jane stays firmly on New Orleans turf and it gives an opportunity to develop Jane's reactions to the events of a couple of books back and to seek a solution to the bind she found herself in.

It is also interesting to see how Jane is coping now that the cat is out of the bag about her secret skinwalker abilities. Strangely, Jane seems to be shifting less as the series develops but Beast is as ever a distinct and memorable voice.

So good story, good pacing, good to see the reintroduction of some old familiar characters. Good to see Jane both finding a level of acceptance about herself (the moral crisis had been drawn out a lot over the series) while still allowing Jane to be vulnerable, and boy are there some vulnerable moments shown.

Bad things revolve mainly around the number of questions still left open at the end and the time it's going to take to get the next book released,

The narration as ever was first class.

Like reviewers on other sites, I did have an odd occurrence of a male voice seeming to overlay but it was only a few times for a word or two so didn't detract from my enjoyment.

One tip for this book, there is a crucial fight scene and it is worth checking out the song Dust Bowl by Joe Bonamassa to get the atmosphere



  • Midnight Bayou

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: James Daniels, Sandra Burr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted - and obsessed - with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Roberts romance with a ghostly twist

  • By Toomanybooksnotenoughtime on 16-12-13

Classic Roberts romance with a ghostly twist

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

Reviewed: 16-12-13

In many ways, this is a classic Roberts romance with the attractive hero overcoming all the feisty heroine's reservations about falling in love. However, the ghost story which underpins this book turns it into something a bit special.

The novel centres around Declan Fitzgerald, a Boston lawyer who has changed his life to move to outside new Orleans to rebuild Manet Hall. But the Hall holds some dark secrets and the past and the present become strongly entwined.

Both narrators are excellent and particularly good at bringing a Cajun flavour to the story. However, I found the switches between narrators a bit jarring. I know it highlighted the switches in the narrative past and present but I personally prefer one voice in a book( unless it's a full cast drama), especially as either of the narrators were more than competent to have delivered the whole package on their own.

  • Raising Steam

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,013

To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it’s soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Essential for fans, but not the best of Discworld

  • By Andrew John Rae on 19-11-13

Excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 15-12-13

There is the sense of an end of era about this book. It may be because of the topic which sees the arrival of the steam train and a sense of industrialisation not seen before on Discworld. It is also like the end of a long running soap operas where old characters make guest appearances or are name checked.
I found the pace a bit slow at the beginning but sometimes, later, it gallops along almost too fast.
It is not my favourite Pratchett book but it does have the Patrician, Moist Von Lipwig and Sam Vimes which is all to the good.
As ever Stephen Briggs provides excellent narration bringing the voice and spirit of Discworld to life.
Overall, worth listening to