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  • Zombies, Run!: The Way of All Flesh

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 58

It's barely a few months since the shambling dead began to rise. Now nine people are trapped together in an English country house by the zombie horde outside. There's a journalist, a student, a professor, a surgeon, a housekeeper, a math teacher, a bank clerk, a taciturn Scotswoman, and a celebrity actor. They are strangers to each other. There would be no reason for any of them to harm the others. And yet... before their first night in the house is over, one of them will be dead, and it will be clear to the others that among their number is a murderer.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I Should Have Listened to Nigel

  • By Simon on 31-03-18

3.5 Good twist on a Christie-esque murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

A team is stuck in a house by zombies and then one of them turns up dead!

I did enjoy this and I didn't mind that it was short and sweet. The sound effects and audio were good and I didn't think it was predictable. I also think a lot was covered in a short period of time. My only criticisms were that there wasn't as much zombie action as I was hoping and some of the voice actors sounded similar. I also found Jodie's accent a little annoying. I also thought some of the characters were unnecessary. There were quite a few characters, a couple of whom had little to no role, in my opinion. I like that the app did a audio collaboration with Naomi Alderman. Overall, I did enjoy it. I think the creators did well considering how compact it was. I would definitely listen to a sequel, if one was ever released!
3.5 out of 5.


SPOILER:
I also really enjoyed how they tied together family dramas, political conspiracies with the creepy old house with secret passages etcetera. Was very inventive!

  • Escape From Jonestown

  • By: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Forty years ago, on Nov. 18, 1978, 914 members of a ‘utopian’ society deep in the Guyana jungle, known as Jonestown, drank a lethal elixir of Flavor-Aid and cyanide. Tim Carter was in the inner circle of its charismatic leader, Jim Jones. He escaped into the jungle. This is his story.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but disjointed and confusing

  • By Sam Jones on 15-11-18

2.5-Lots of potential. Was let down. Want more!

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

Reviewed: 29-01-19

2.5 Could have been great, but I was let down. I wanted this to be impactful and change me...I was disappointed. It was just too short.

A short podcast series, summarising the events of Jonestown and in particular, one survivor's account of the events.

I felt this was rushed. They tried to cram too much into too short of a period. They should have eitger focused on just the event itself or expanded the series. Details were rushed over and I became a bit confused at times. This had such potential, but I would have liked it to have been longer; I WANT TO LEARN MORE. I still don't feel I learned much. I would have liked further discussion on the reaction and aftermath; what effect did this have on society? The survivors story was so crushing, but important. It was hard to listen to nonetheless. I might pick up another nonfiction account of this. I want the survivor to have a real chance to get his message across and tell his story CLEARLY. To be heard. The mix of music, audio accounts, tapes of thr tragedy, etcetera, did make it interesting but again left it feeling somewhat jumbled.
I have no criticism of the accounts, I just feel the narrator raced through details, facts and dates, additionally, feeling the way these accounts and the mixed media were compacted in these short episodes made it very confusing. I didn't even know who was talking at times or where in the timeline we were or what was happening. I will have to pick up another nonfiction account though, as I feel the responsibility to become more informed on this.

  • Ep. 5: Exodus (Escape From Jonestown)

  • By: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Tim and the rest of the movement join Jim in the remote jungle of Guyana. They begin to notice increasingly sinister changes in their leader, culminating in a disastrous visit from a Congressman sent to investigate troubling rumours.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 2.5 Stars- This had so much potential.

  • By Kim on 28-01-19

2.5 Stars- This had so much potential.

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

A short podcast series, summarising the events of Jonestown and in particular, one survivor's account of the events.

I felt this was rushed. They tried to cram too much into too short of a period. They should have eitger focused on just the event itself or expanded the series. Details were rushed over and I became a bit confused at times. This had such potential, but I would have liked it to have been longer; I WANT TO LEARN MORE. I still don't feel I learned much. I would have liked further discussion on the reaction and aftermath; what effect did this have on society? The survivors story was so crushing, but important. It was hard to listen to nonetheless. I might pick up another nonfiction account of this. I want the survivir to have a real chance to get his message across and tell his story CLEARLY. To be heard. The mix of music, audio accounts, tapes of thr tragedy, etcetera, did make it interesting but again left it feeling somewhat jumbled.
I have no criticism of the accounts, I just feel the narrator raced through details, facts and dates, additionally, feeling the way these accounts and the mixed media were compacted in these short episodes made it very confusing. I didn't even know who was talking at times or where in the timeline we were or what was happening. I will have to pick up another nonfiction account though, as I feel the responsibility to become more informed.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,449

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

2.5

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Coming soon...
I will add a review in here and on my goodreads soon. I have a lot to say on this book...

  • Ghostly Tales

  • Audible Christmas Gift 2017
  • By: Charles Dickens, E. F. Benson, J. H. Riddell, and others
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow, Sally Phillips, John Banks, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,827

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and as Christmas approaches the time is high for some ghostly tales. As an exclusive gift for Audible members, settle down, snuggle up and listen to four chilling ghost stories, read by Simon Callow. Four great stories, one master storyteller - what could be simpler than that?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well read

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-12-17

3.5

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

The narration was excellent and this was a nice short audiobook, perfect for autumn. The stories were just ok and were predictable, flat and not very developed, but the narration definitely made up for this. My favourite was the third short story 'Was it an illusion'. I liked the contemporary spin on these collected and classical shorts.

  • The Sealwoman's Gift

  • By: Sally Magnusson
  • Narrated by: Katherine Manners
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted some 400 of its people, including 250 from a tiny island off the mainland. Among the captives sold into slavery in Algiers were the island pastor, his wife and their three children. Although the raid itself is well documented, little is known about what happened to the women and children afterwards. It was a time when women everywhere were largely silent.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best death scene written yet.

  • By cat on 10-06-18

2.5 Stars

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

Writing was beautiful and the narrator was good, but this was quite different from what I had been lead to expect. I was sold on the concept that this book was about a historical fantasy set in Iceland, drawing on their local mythology including elf people and seal people. This was more a dark historical drama, where the mythology was only briefly touched upon on the start and end. I enjoyed the setting but it was not for me. It was very dark and I did not feel for the characters or understand their decisions. I think it is also important to alert people to the fact that rape and slavery are potentially triggering and frequent occurrences in the book. The amount of characters was also a little confusing at the beginning. Obviously, not what I had hoped for. The writing was very beautiful and I liked the historical Icelandic setting very much. The ending was a little rushed and confusing though.

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  • The Salt Path

  • By: Raynor Winn
  • Narrated by: Anne Reid
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, the couple lose their home and their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5

  • By Kim on 02-06-18

4.5

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

4.5. This was simultaneously both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Close to home, now close to my heart. An insight into both the beauty if the British coastline and into the pandemic of nationwide homelessness. Memorable. I just wanted to hear more and know what has become of this wonderful couple since.

29 of 31 people found this review helpful