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  • A Carriger Quartet

  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: J. Daniel Sawyer, Merelan Jones, Dawn Phynix
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Four original, unabridged, full-cast productions of Gail Carriger's most beloved fantasy short stories: "The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar": A mummified cat, a secret agent, and an aristocrat entangle Alessandro Tarraboti (father of Alexia Tarraboti from the Parasol Protectorate series) in a rollicking, wry adventure into the supernatural secrets of ancient Egypt.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A grave dissapointment

  • By Frankieg3 on 03-03-19

A grave dissapointment

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

I love Gail Carriger books so this has been a great mistake. The sound production is poor, false British accents and dreadful music. I gather this was crowd funded but they should have saved the money. It was so poor it might be better to read the stories.

  • Unseen Academicals

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: David Jason, Jon Culshaw, Mathew Horne, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible adaptation of a wonderful book

  • By Kate on 10-07-18

This breaks my heart.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

OK I am a big Disc World fan but I did come to this with and open mind, I did not expect the book.

What I liked. The cast is very good, production is what I expect from Audible and the report of the Foot the Ball Match is inspired.

Shame about the rest. Did anyone read the book? Time line was all over the place. It was if some one had taken the main points out on different pieces of paper and muddled them up. The way some of the characters have been messed around with when it was not necessary leaves me wondering who to put on the naughty step. Characters written against type, it was not necessary.

If you do not know Disc World, great, listen and enjoy. Then get the full book on Audible and laugh yourself silly at the real thing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Starling Project

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina, full cast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 160

Audie Award, Original Work, 2016; Audie Award Finalist, Audio Drama, 2016. An aborted raid targeting a major arms dealer. A hostage standoff at a bank that may not be what it seems. A plot to spring a former African dictator from prison. What is the threat that connects them all? And just who is the mysterious mastermind, The Starling? From Mexico to Washington – from London to Marseille to Prague – war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his team of Volunteers risk their lives to follow the trail of clues. But how can they stop The Starling – when he always seems one step ahead?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculous accents

  • By the-leveller on 15-01-15

Suspend belief and enjoy.

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

After trashing the last book I listened to I went into this one with my heart in my boots. I have loved it, it is fast, fun and well acted. Not my normal book but I might try another sometime if they do as good a drama as this one.

  • The Lazarus Prophecy

  • By: F.G. Cottam
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 397

There is a killer loose on the streets of London, one that evades security cameras, is not held by locks, and savagely mutilates his victims. When the murderer switches from unknown prostitutes to Julie Longmuir, a beautiful actress at the height of her success, no woman feels safe. As the press begin to draw uncomfortable comparisons with Jack the Ripper, Jane Sullivan, heading up the police investigation, grudgingly has to agree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent novel, excellently narrated.

  • By K on 26-07-15

I did not finish it.

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

This book got great reviews but I did not get around to listening and it got lost in the list of audio books I have. I should not have bothered, it is awful, it is SLOW, it is boring and I cannot send it back. It is a hackneyed copy of other pot boilers that have been produced over the last few years. The narrator is fine and have listened to other books read by him.

  • Belonging

  • The Story of the Jews: When Words Fail (1492-1900)
  • By: Simon Schama
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 36 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Belonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour. It spans centuries and continents; from the Jews' expulsion from Spain in 1492, it navigates miracles and massacres, wandering, discrimination, harmony and tolerance, to the brink of the 20th century and, it seems, a point of profound hope. It tells the stories not just of rabbis and philosophers but of a poetess in the ghetto of Venice; a boxer in Georgian England; a general in Ming China; and an opera composer in 19th-century Germany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Story of the Jews

  • By G. Child on 09-02-18

I do not have enough life left to waste it on this

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I was really looking forward to this book and cleared a week to listen. Three hours in I have given up. This should have been an interesting subject but the story telling is boring. The narrator is very good and I can only have admiration as he read all 36 hours.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Arabian Nights: Volume 1

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Zahra Ahmadi, Raghad Chaar, Omid Djalili, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

This multicast dramatisation of Arabian Nights: Volume 1 is an Audible Original reenvisioning of three iconic tales - with a twist. Adapted by the great Marty Ross, whose previous audio dramas include Romeo and Jude, Dark Shadows, Doctor Who and Blood and Stone, listeners can expect to hear Sheherezade, Ali Baba & 40 Thieves and Julnar the Sea Born as they've never done before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fiery, comedic and bursting with life.

  • By Elizabeth Ann Duffy on 19-05-18

More, more, more. Please

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

I bought this book this morning and have listened ALL day. I love it. The actors are brilliant, the script is brilliant and the production is brilliant. Audible get your finger out and do more soon. As you may gather I like this book. I have read various translations of the 1001 nights but this is the best.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 785

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This virus really infected me!

  • By Samuel on 08-11-11

That was a suprise!!!

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

Reviewed: 29-11-17

I liked the reviews but I have come unstuck on that one before. Well I could always send it back if I did not like it.

Loved it big time, it kept me enthralled to the end. Four days of my life not wasted and the house has never been so clean with all the ironing done.

  • The Last Wish

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,117

Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly witty, funny and all round Amazing.

  • By Fraza92 on 27-04-15

This book is a great supprise of the best kind.

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

Reviewed: 15-03-17

I bought this thinking it might be a goodish sword and sorcery book.

Well I was in for a brilliant read, I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. So much so I am going to get others in the series.

The main character is fully rounded and the minor characters are of interest and well rounded.

I loved the narrator he is brilliant and I will look out for other narrations by him.

All in all a dammed good read.

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  • Uncle Tungsten

  • Memories of a Chemical Boyhood
  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Long before Oliver Sacks became a distinguished neurologist and best-selling writer, he was a small English boy fascinated by metals - also by chemical reactions (the louder and smellier the better), photography, squids and cuttlefish, H.G. Wells, and the periodic table. In this endlessly charming and eloquent memoir, the he chronicles his love affair with science and the magnificently odd and sometimes harrowing childhood in which that love affair unfolded.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Frankieg3 on 07-03-17

Great book

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

I read this book some years ago and loved it. I am really into science and all the explanations were really great.

Why did you get an American to read it? The narrator grated, Andrew Sacks is British not American and I am well aware of how he talks as he lived around the corner from me in Cricklewood.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Saffron Trail

  • By: Rosanna Ley
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

Once there was a girl who loved saffron. She loved its secrets and its mystery, and best of all she loved its hint of magic. After the death of her beloved mother, Nell travels from rural Cornwall to the colour and chaos of Marrakech. Her marriage may be on the rocks, but exploring the heady delights of Moroccan cuisine could help her fulfil her dream of opening her own restaurant. It's there she meets Amy - a young photographer trying to unravel the story behind her family's involvement in the Vietnam War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Locations

  • By Kathy on 07-11-16

I do not have that much life to waste.

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

Reviewed: 21-02-17

This book is boring. I thought it would be good as there is Morocco, food and a love interest. A little light listening, just what I need.

Well I have given up half way through part one before I cut my throat.

Not only is the story tired but so is the narrator. No life at all to the narration.

Not going to try this author again