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  • H.G. Wells: The Science Fiction Collection

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, and others
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Known as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’, Herbert George Wells’ writing career spanned over 60 years. He was a writer of novels, short stories, nonfiction books and articles. As a young man, Wells won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, sparking his infamous vocation as a science fiction writer. Introduced by film director and H. G. Wells fanboy Eli Roth, this collection features unabridged recordings of the novels performed by Hugh Bonneville, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, David Tennant and Alexander Vlahos.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant stories!

  • By Kazzakirk on 25-04-19

A mixed bag of slightly disappointing goodies...

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

Reviewed: 07-05-19

It's difficult to be harsh when you get 5 audio novels for a single credit, so I give the package 3 to 4 stars even though I do have reservations about recommending this to everyone.

I haven't read the books before but I have seen most of them in film or TV version, so I was looking forward to this audiobook becoming available as a single collection. As it is 5 different stories read by 5 different readers I should go through them individually.

War of the Worlds is a great story about Martian invasion. It runs along at a pace and remains interesting throughout although the fact that the whole story takes place in a small part of southern England surprised me as it is clearly different to the 2 film versions. David Tennant reads it ok, but I didn't find him as engaging as I expected him to be. 4 out of 5 for War of the Worlds.

The 1960s film of the Time Machine was a favourite of mine and this story still has lots to enjoy even if the novel spends much more time with the morlocks than it needs to and less on the fascination of time travel - the traveller only really investigates 2 or 3 periods in the novel unlike the funny/cool late 20th century imaginings of the film (changing shop window, etc). Reader fine. 4 out of 5.

The Invisible Man was the part I found most disappointing. Throughout you wish the protagonist to do so much more. Even in 1900 England, all he can think of to do with his invisibility is hide in shops and rob people. I also was also disappointed with the reader. For a novel with so much dialogue from several different people (Invisible Man, tramp, doctor, shopkeeper) I thought her range was poor with most of them coming across as 'bumpkin'. 2 out of 5.

The Island of Doctor Moreau ranges from interesting and thought provoking to tedious and boring (that section with the 'sayer of the law' - please make it stop!). It definitely has some good ideas in it though, so it probably merits 2 out of 5 and the reader was excellent.

The piece I found by far and away the most enjoyable was 'The first men on the moon'. This completely surprised me as it was the only story in the collection I had not come across before in another form. It also differs from the others by being a kind of comedy or at least it does have very comic moments mixed in with some deep thinking about aliens, insects and ultimately finishes with a very threatening conclusion. A very weird and utterly fascinating novel, 5 out of 5.

As I said at the start, you can't complain with so much for a single credit, but I will only go back to some parts for a second listen.

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  • Blood Sport

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Gene Hawkins, investigator by trade, was expert at arranging events so that they appeared accidental to all involved. Therefore, when he himself witnessed an ‘accident’ his curiosity flared up bright, and he insisted on looking into what he regarded as a work of art. A quarter of a million pounds worth of Derby-winning stallion had vanished into the Blue Grass of Kentucky... and a young man and a girl spent a dangerous afternoon in a punt on the River Thames.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Second tier Francis

  • By "geordiemoozy" on 27-03-19

Second tier Francis

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

Reviewed: 27-03-19

Pretty decent Dick Francis book. Hero was a bit annoying but otherwise enjoyed it. Good reader

  • The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau

  • By: Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Breton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 366

Manfred Baumann is a loner. Socially awkward and perpetually ill at ease, he spends his evenings quietly drinking and surreptitiously observing Adèle Bedeau, the sullen but alluring waitress at a drab bistro in the unremarkable small French town of Saint-Louis. But one day, she simply vanishes into thin air. When Georges Gorski, a detective haunted by his failure to solve one of his first murder cases, is called in to investigate the girl's disappearance, Manfred's repressed world is shaken to its core.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing Tale

  • By Deirdre More on 04-08-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

Really interesting study of a nervous man with a big secret. I found myself chuckling at the way he constantly questioned himself, changed his mind then changed it again. Many of us have been there albeit without such a guilty secret in our history!

  • Doctor Who: Classic TV Adventures Collection One

  • Seven full-cast BBC TV soundtracks
  • By: Kit Pedler, Gerry Davis, Malcolm Hulke, and others
  • Narrated by: Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker star as the Doctor in these seven narrated full-cast TV soundtracks of classic Doctor Who TV serials. The stories are 'The Tomb of the Cybermen' (narrated by Frazer Hines); 'Doctor Who and the Silurians' (narrated by Caroline John); 'The Sea Devils' (narrated by Katy Manning); 'The Curse of Peladon' (narrated by Katy Manning); 'The Monster of Peladon' (narrated by Elisabeth Sladen); 'The Pirate Planet' (narrated by John Leeson); and 'Destiny of the Daleks' (narrated by Lalla Ward).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Doctor Who: Classic TV Adventures Review

  • By orkney buyer on 28-01-18

Fine for fans but not for me

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

As a child of the 70s I grew up with Tom Baker as the doctor. A golden age for the doctor until the new post 2000 generation. So I gave this a go, but I have to say that I found it pretty boring. The last story involving the Daleks was ok, but some of the others seemed to go on and on, especially the pirates and the second Peladon one. The conversations with the actors that pop up from time to time were mildly interesting but in the end I was glad to finish it and get back to a proper novel.

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  • The Godfather

  • By: Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,986
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,983

A modern masterpiece, The Godfather is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Still shocking 40 years after it was first published, this compelling tale of blackmail, murder, and family values is a true classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DO NOT MISS THIS!

  • By suze0501@aol.com on 26-02-15

Generally excellent, but with some slow chapters

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

The story of the Corleones. Very well known due to the movies but the book covers some extra areas as you'd expect - some good diversions (like Johnny Fontaine section), others not so vital (Jules the doctor). For those coming to this after seeing the films, the book essentially covers the timeline of the first movie but with sections of part 2 thrown in too (like young Vito in New York). Generally a good listen. Good reader.

  • Flying Finish

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Henry Grey doesn't particularly care for having been born the heir to an earldom. he is a reserved young man whose greatest problem is his mother's match-making plots and whose greatest joy is to ride as an amateur steeplechase jockey. But on a sudden impulse, he throws in his respectable desk job to join a firm which transports racehorses all over the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • believable story line

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-05-12

For Francis fans only

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

Reviewed: 28-11-18

I've been listening to a number of Dick Francis books on audible over the last few months. This is the fifth I've tried and it was the one I enjoyed the least by far. It seemed to take an awfully long time to get going with the first half all setting the scene while not really advancing the story at all. When it did finally get into thriller mode the plot was ok, if a little predictable about who the 'baddies' were, but by then I was fairly bored and had no empathy for the hero. I did make it to the end so it wasn't a dead loss, but I would recommend other Dick Francis books ahead of this one, especially For Kicks, Odds Against, or his first novel Dead Cert.

Tony Britton reads it well.

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,388

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer-simulated war games at the Battle School; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. Ender is the result of decades of genetic experimentation, Earth's attempt to make the military genius that the planet needs in its all-out war with an alien enemy. Ender Wiggin is six-years-old when it begins. He will grow up fast. This, the special 20th Anniversary Edition, includes an original postscript written and recorded by Orson Scott Card himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You've go to read this!

  • By V. S. on 17-06-05

Interesting ideas, slow in places

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

Reviewed: 29-08-18

It took me a while to get around to listening to Ender's Game, even though it is often cited in reviews of books that I have enjoyed, especially Ready Player One and Armada by Ernest Cline. You can clearly see where Card's novel has inspired some ideas in those other books. Overall, for me though, it was a bit boring. Sci-Fi novels have a habit of splitting into different sections, ideas and visions of worlds interspersed with battle or action segments. I always enjoy the battle segments least and Ender's Game spends a lot of time dealing with the detail of the "games". I would have preferred more on the future world or the enemy civilisation. Too much of the game led to me zoning out.

I also struggled with the whole idea of Ender being so young - I know that is the crux of the book but while I could believe in his achievements for a young teen, Ender starts his actions at what, six? I just couldn't buy the thoughts he was having were from a 6 year old and that made the rest of the book ring untrue.

I thought the whole rise of Peter was a bit underplayed, that was an area Card could have gone into more, but perhaps he does in other novels from the series.

My main issue with the audiobook was the different voices used. I found it very jarring when a new one came in. There were too few to sound like a proper performance with different readers for different parts (as done very well in the audible version of American Gods 10th Anniversary edition), and I hated the choice of reader for a few parts especially Valentine - slow and squeaky, like nails on a blackboard.

So in general, good ideas, some really great plotting, but some dull moments and for me, poor reading, means just about average.

  • Nerve

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Despair, suicide, and obsessive hatred, mixed well with humor, love, and horses, brew up into the story of a battle between one man's nerve and another man's cunning. Robert Finn, steeplechase jockey, finds himself the focus of a malicious campaign which is also afflicting his friends. He sets out to discover its source, and remove it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb description of racing

  • By Simon Evers on 25-01-09

Gentle thriller

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

Reviewed: 22-08-18

The second of Dick Francis' novel set in the world of racing. I thought it was an enjoyable listen even though there weren't loads of twists and turns in the plot...

  • Dead Cert

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Three jockeys warned not to win their races turned into also-rans. Bill died when the sure-footed Admiral fell, Joe was scared rotten, and Alan York became the target of a vicious gang. But he wanted revenge and to hell with the risk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stone Cold Classic

  • By Mark on 07-04-13

An old fashioned thriller

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

This was the first Dick Francis I had ever tried and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story wasn't too complicated and the villain could only be I've of a handful of characters but I still listened riveted! The memory of the chapter where the hero was hiding in the forest has stayed with me for days afterwards for some reason... Sound disappeared occasionally on my recording but generally it was fine. I will definitely give Dick another try with my next credit.

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,484

Pilgrim is the code name for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting but a bit too full of cliches

  • By Anna on 19-12-16

Just ok...

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

Reviewed: 23-07-18

I like a thriller and while I appreciate they are often contrived, I felt this one just had a few too many coincidences to live with. The fact that the first policewoman Pilgrim meet in Turkey just happened to be (SPOILER ALERT) intrinsically linked to the Saracen was one I couldn't believe...
The writing style also caused me some issues as the first 30 chapters or so seemed to jump around all over the place - perhaps this works better on the page rather than as an audiobook where you possibly binge a bit more. I was also a little concerned by some of the stereotypical characters Hayes used.
However, overall or did entertain for a week by the pool so not all bad...